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OLYMPICS

WADA seeks outside experts

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wants three outside experts to oversee the cleanup of Russia’s anti-doping system. A WADA report in November last year accused Russia of operating a state-sponsored doping program in track and field and also led to the national anti-doping agency RUSADA being stopped from carrying out tests, following accusations that it covered up drug use by Russian athletes. As RUSADA tries to earn back its right to run Russia’s anti-doping operation, WADA says it will appoint two “international experts” to oversee the process and wants a third to sit on RUSADA’s board. The UK Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday said it is close to signing a contract to run Russia’s doping test system across all sports while RUSADA is suspended.

BOXING

Brook to fight Bizier

Britain’s Kell Brook will make the third defense of his IBF welterweight title against Canadian mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in Sheffield, England, on March 26, he announced on Wednesday. Brook, 29, has overcome the rib injury that obliged him to cancel a prospective fight with Diego Chaves in October last year. “While I was gutted to miss out on fighting in October, I’ve fully recovered from the injury and feel stronger than ever,” Brook said. “I’ve been working hard in the gym and working on new things, and I cannot wait to put on another explosive performance for my hometown fans and prove I am the best 147lb fighter on the planet.” Brook (35-0-0) last fought in May last year, when he pulled off a comfortable six-round win over compatriot Frankie Gavin. Bizier, 31, has won 25 of his 27 bouts (25-2-0), but lost in 2014 to Romania’s Ionut Dan Ion, who Brook beat in four rounds in March last year.

SOCCER

Ref ‘asked player out’

A soccer player in Spain who said a referee tried to ask her out during a game will not file a formal complaint because it is her word against his. Romanian defender Elena Pavel accused referee Santiago Quijada Alcon of trying to provoke her by asking her on a date in Sporting Huelva’s first-division game against Santa Teresa on Sunday. Pavel told the Marca newspaper she felt “humiliated,” but will not take further action, partly because nobody else witnessed the incident. According to Pavel, the referee said he wanted to grab a cup of coffee with her after the game. She said she told him to keep the focus on his officiating. The referee denied saying anything to Pavel, and the local referee’s association on Wednesday said it might take action against Pavel because of her accusation. In 2012, Pavel was accused of racist insults against an opposing player, prompting Sporting Huelva to release an official statement defending her. The 31-year-old Pavel is a former player on Romania’s national team.

SOCCER

Rastar takes over Espanyol

Chinese model car maker Rastar Group on Wednesday completed its takeover of La Liga side RCD Espanyol as the old board of the Barcelona-based club announced their resignation.The deal will see Rastar, which also specializes in toys and video games, invest 50 million euros (US$54.51 million) for a 54 percent stake. Rastar announced when the deal was first struck in November that they would buy between 45.1 and 56 percent at 78 euros per share. Espanyol are currently in 14th place in La Liga, just five points above the relegation zone.

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