Athletes braced for bombshell from McLaren report

By Steve Keating

Frustrated athletes will be watching Friday's release of the McLaren report into doping in Russia and are ready to take action if their voices are not heard, said United States Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart.

"There is some discussion about not participating in competitions," Tygart told Reuters. "That conversation is obviously a last resort but what's clear is that the athletes voices aren't being heard by the power groups.

"They are absolutely watching. They are not going to stand for lack of action.

Moenchengladbach defend club doctors after Dominguez retirement

By Richard Martin

BARCELONA Borussia Moenchengladbach's medical staff did everything "humanly possible" to help Alvaro Dominguez, the club's sporting director said on Thursday, following the defender's retirement due to injury.

Dominguez, 27, hung up his boots this week due to back problems and criticised the club in Spanish daily Marca for failing to recognise the severity of his injury.

"We are there for Alvaro," Max Eberl told reporters.

Danish great Elvstrom dies aged 88

Danish yachting great Paul Elvstrom, the first Olympian to win individual gold medals at four successive Games, died on Wednesday at his home in Hellerup. He was 88.

Elvstrom's first gold came, aged 20, at the 1948 Games in London, when he won the Firefly class. He then moved on to the Finn class, winning Olympics titles in Helsinki in 1952, Melbourne in 1956 and Rome in 1960.

The Dane, who competed in the last of his eight Olympics in Seoul aged 60, also won 11 world titles in seven different categories and seven European championships.

Leeds owner Cellino gets 18-month ban and hefty fine

LONDON Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has received an 18-month ban from the Football Association and fined 250,000 pounds.

The Italian was punished for breaching agent rules over the sale of striker Ross McCormack to Championship rivals Fulham in 2014.

"Mr Cellino has been suspended for 18 months from being a director or shadow director of Leeds United or any other football club or company whose activities include ownership of a football club," the FA said in a statement on Thursday.

Former Celtic youth coach charged with sexual abuse

By Ian Graham

BELFAST, A former Celtic youth coach appeared in court in Belfast on Thursday after being charged with sexually abusing a child and was remanded in custody due to fears for his safety.

Last week, police said about 350 victims had come forward to report sexual abuse within soccer clubs across the United Kingdom from the 1970s onwards and indicated the number was likely to rise.

Fighting talk from Swansea boss Bradley

Swansea City boss Bob Bradley came out fighting on Thursday despite being favourite with British bookmakers to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.

Bottom club Swansea host fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday when Bradley will be seek only a second win since taking charge of the Welsh club in October.

Defeat would pile the pressure on the American.

"I am going to keep fighting. That's how I work," Bradley, whose team were thrashed 5-0 by Tottenham Hotspur last week, told a news conference on Thursday.

Spanish prosecutors present tax charges against ex-Real Madrid players

MADRID Spanish prosecutors have presented charges against three former Real Madrid soccer players, Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria and Ricardo Carvalho, for alleged tax fraud, a prosecution source said on Wednesday.

Madrid's provincial prosecutor confirmed in a statement it had presented tax charges against three soccer players and said it was investigating two others, after acting on information from Spain's tax authorities.

It did not name the players involved or detail the exact charges it was pursuing.

Games bid process must change so there are no losers - IOC

By Karolos Grohmann
| LAUSANNE, Switzerland

LAUSANNE, Switzerland The way cities are awarded Olympic Games must change because too many losers are created under the current present system, the President of the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

Thomas Bach said the process would not be altered mid-race for 2024, with Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris bidding for that year's summer Olympics.

As expected, all three cities advanced to the next stage on Thursday but Bach said the IOC should think about future change.

Everton's Koeman eyes January shopping after Bolasie injury

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he wants to strengthen his squad in January following the news that forward Yannick Bolasie requires knee surgery.

Bolasie is travelling to London and is expected to have an operation next week after damaging ligaments in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Goodison Park

"It is a big loss for everybody, firstly himself, his team-mates and the club because he is an important player," Koeman told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to 11th-placed Watford.

Moving ball rule changed in wake of Johnson controversy

LONDON Golf's governing bodies have introduced a new local rule to eliminate the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the green, the scenario that overshadowed Dustin Johnson's maiden major victory at this year's U.S. Open.

Johnson played the closing holes of his final round at Oakmont not knowing whether he would be given a stroke penalty after the ball moved fractionally on the marble-slick fifth green when he grounded his putter next to it.