Mon, Jul 11, 2016 - Page 12


Russian jumper given nod

Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete internationally as a neutral athlete after a successful appeal against a blanket ban on her country’s track and field athletes for systematic doping. “The IAAF [The International Association of Athletics Federations] Doping Review Board has agreed that Russian long jump athlete Darya Klishina meets the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as a neutral athlete,” the IAAF said on its Web site. “Darya Klishina’s participation as a neutral athlete in international competition is still subject to acceptance by the organizer of the competition in question, in accordance with the rules of that competition,” it said.


Canadian sprinters qualify

Andre de Grasse ran his fastest 100m of the year to book his place at the Rio de Janeiro Games, while world champions Shawn Barber and Derek Drouin also won their events at the Canadian Olympic trials on Saturday. De Grasse, co-bronze medalist at last year’s World Championships, clocked 9.99 seconds to defeat Aaron Brown in the meeting in Edmonton, Alberta.


Serbia, Croatia book berths

Balkan rivals Serbia and Croatia booked two of the last three remaining Olympic basketball berths after contrasting wins over their respective rivals on Saturday. Serbia qualified for the first time as an independent nation with a 108-77 rout of Puerto Rico, while Croatia beat Italy 84-78 in an overtime thriller after the game was held up for 15 minutes when the electronic scoreboard malfunctioned. France were to play Canada in the final of the Manila tournament last night for the last remaining berth. Host nation Brazil, champions the US, Argentina, Australia, Venezuela, Nigeria, China, Spain and Lithuania qualified earlier.


Riegger takes lead in NY

John Riegger followed his opening 66 with a five-under 67 on Saturday and was tied with Paul Goydos (66) for the lead at 11-under 133 at the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York. First-round leader Scott Dunlap (70) was third at 10-under. Wes Short Jr and Monday qualifier Neal Lancaster also shot 66 and shared fourth, another shot back at En-Joie Golf Club. Riegger thrived on the four par-fives on the narrow, tree-lined course. On Saturday, he birdied two of the three on the front side and eagled No. 12, the final par-five. This will be the first time Riegger has had the lead, or a share of it, entering the final round of a Champions Tour event.


Pele to marry again

Pele is to get married tomorrow for the third time, tying the knot with his girlfriend of six years, Marcia Cibele Aoki. Pele, 75, told O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that this time, he has found “love forever.” Pele and Aoki met in New York in the 1980s, but only started seeing each other in 2010, when they crossed paths in an elevator in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Aoki, a 42-year-old businesswoman, has been by the three-time world champion’s side for nearly all his public appearances since 2012, as well as during his repeated hospital visits in recent years. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is held by many as being the greatest soccer player in history. He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches, appeared 91 times for Brazil between 1957 and 1971.