LONDON Britain's most successful female Olympic rower Katherine Grainger could miss out on a fifth Games after failing to win a place in the women's eight for Rio.
Grainger, a four times medallist who won double sculls gold at London 2012 with Anna Watkins, shares with retired swimmer Rebecca Adlington the accolade of being Britain's most successful female Olympian.
GEORGETOWN Dean Elgar has been called up by South Africa to replace injured batsman Rilee Rossouw for the rest of the Tri-Nation One-Day International series in the West Indies, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday.
Rossouw dislocated his shoulder in Tuesday’s 47-run victory over Australia at Providence.
“Rilee fell awkwardly on his shoulder while fielding the ball on the boundary. He was immediately taken to the local hospital for X-rays which confirmed he had dislocated the AC joint of his right shoulder," manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement.
PARIS Banned UEFA president Michel Platini will be allowed to attend matches at the European football Championship providing he does not do it in any official role, the European governing body's acting general secretary said on Wednesday.
"We received a letter today (from FIFA) telling us Michel could attend matches as a person, providing he does not do so in any official function", Theodore Theodoridis told a pre-tournament news conference.
The executive committee of UEFA will now rule on a demand by the European body to invite Platini for the entire tournament, he added.
MOSCOW Russia's Investigative Committee said on Wednesday it had launched a criminal case into people with managerial responsibilities from the All-Russia Athletic Federation on charges of abuse of office in the period of 2009-2013.
The committee said in a statement the case was launched after a request for legal assistance by a court in Paris. According to the request from the French court, Russian athletics officials allowed violations of anti-doping rules, the statement said.
LONDON The career of Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova was in tatters on Wednesday after she was given a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) following her positive test for the banned drug meldonium at this year's Australian Open.
In a statement the ITF said the 29-year-old five-times grand slam champion's ban would be backdated to Jan. 26 this year, meaning her results and prize money from the Australian Open, where she reached the quarter-finals, would be canceled out.