Sports Governance

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France v Wales: Six Nations officials to review incidents at end of game

<b>Six Nations officials are reviewing events in the closing stages of Wales' 20-18 loss to France, including an alleged bite on wing George North.</b><p>Wales coach Rob Howley was left to "question the integrity of our game" after France replaced Uini Atonio with Rabah Slimani during the 20 minutes of added …

European News

Doping in sport: Drug use 'fast becoming a crisis' - Nicole Sapstead

<b>Drug use at every level of sport is "fast becoming a crisis" according to UK Anti-Doping - responding to a BBC poll into doping in amateur sport.</b><p>It found more than a third (35%) of amateur sports people say they personally know someone who has doped, and 8% said they had taken steroids.<p>Half believe …

Cycling

Mo Farah denies breaking anti-doping rules after new claims against Salazar

• Report accused Farah’s coach of giving runners drugs when no medical need • ‘I am a clean athlete who has never broken the rules’<p>Britain’s double Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah has again denied that he broke anti-doping rules amid fresh allegations against his coach, Alberto Salazar, that also …

Rio Olympics

Australian Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shares heartfelt letter from ball girl

<b>It was the gesture at last year's Australian Open tennis tournament that made headlines around the world.</b><p>During his second-round match, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga noticed a ball girl was fighting back tears after being struck by a ball.<p>The Frenchman stopped play to check on the girl before looping his arm …

Australian Open (Tennis)

Russians No Longer Dispute Olympic Doping Operation

MOSCOW — Russia is for the first time conceding that its officials carried out one of the biggest conspiracies in sports history: a far-reaching doping operation that implicated scores of Russian athletes, tainting not just the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but also the entire Olympic movement.<p>Over …

FA set to announce most lucrative kit deal in England’s history

• Nike agree to pay £400m to continue making national strips for next 12 years • Contract includes penalty clauses and bonuses based on team’s performances<p>The Football Association is expected to shortly announce the most lucrative kit deal in England’s history, with Nike having agreed to pay in the …

New Haven

Russian state doped more than 1,000 athletes and corrupted London 2012

• Figure revealed in Professor Richard McLaren’s second report into doping • ‘London Games corrupted on an unprecedented scale,’ says McLaren<p>The London 2012 Olympics were “corrupted on an unprecedented scale” by Russia’s government and sports authorities, who colluded to ensure its sports stars …

Paralympics

Niki Lauda talks about 'team orders' for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at final race

Rosberg has a 12-point lead over Hamilton going into the final race of the season.<p>Mercedes F1 team's non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has made it …

Cricket

Rugby World Cup year yields record profits and revenues for RFU

• Rugby’s ruling body posts a retained profit of £3.9m • A truly exceptional year, says RFU’s Ian Ritchie<p>England may not have reached the knockout phase of the Rugby World Cup last year but the Rugby Football Union enjoyed spectacular success off the field. The RFU’s annual financial report shows …

Rugby World Cup

The ugly game

Soccer

Rio Olympics 2016: Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian tests positive

<b>Romanian Olympic weightlifting bronze medallist Gabriel Sincraian has tested positive for the banned substance testosterone.</b><p>The 27-year old made the podium at Rio 2016 in the men's 85kg category with a lift of 390kg.<p>Having already served a two-year doping ban, he could now face a lifetime …

Rio Olympics
Summer Olympics

Boxing's world governing amateur body sidelines all Olympic judges after Rio Olympics controversy

Boxing's world governing amateur body AIBA has 'sidelined' all 36 referees and judges used at the Rio Olympics until an investigation has been concluded, it said in a statement Thursday.<p>The move follows controversy surrounding the new '10-point must' scoring system, with allegations by some beaten …

Tommy Wright: Barnsley suspend assistant manager over alleged corruption

<b>Barnsley have suspended assistant manager Tommy Wright after he was named in a Daily Telegraph investigation alleging corruption in football.</b><p>Wright is filmed apparently being given an envelope of money in return for allegedly helping persuade Barnsley to sign players from a fake Far East firm.<p>The …

Corruption

Sam Allardyce Gets Ripped To Shreds For Blaming Media 'Entrapment' For His Downfall

Sam Allardyce has been widely condemned after blaming press entrapment for his downfall as England manager.<p>A row on the ethics behind a sting broke out on Wednesday after the former England boss attacked journalists and claimed “entrapment has won”, following his departure from the job he held for …

Who are the eight Premier League managers accused of taking bungs?

Eight top flight managers have been accused of receiving bungs in explosive allegations made by a string of football agents.<p>The claims came just …

Exclusive investigation: England manager Sam Allardyce for sale

Sam Allardyce used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal and offered advice to businessmen on how to “get around” FA rules on player transfers, <i>The Telegraph</i> can disclose.<p>Before he had even held his first training session as England’s new head coach, Allardyce negotiated a …

Sam Allardyce: Ex-England boss says entrapment has won

<b>Ex-England boss Sam Allardyce has said "entrapment has won" after newspaper allegations led to him stepping down as manager of the national side.</b><p>Allardyce left in disgrace after just 67 days after The Daily Telegraph said he advised undercover reporters posing as businessmen how to "get around" …

English Premier League

Mongolian wrestling coaches banned for stripping off in bizarre Olympics protest

• Coaches tore clothes off after Mandakhnaran Ganzorig was denied bronze • Both men given three-year bans, while national federation is fined<p>Two Mongolian wrestling coaches who tore their clothes off in anger following a controversial refereeing decision at the Rio Olympics have been suspended for …

Rio Olympics

Seán Kelly: Governance of Irish sports now needs to change for the better

Such a pity events that have nothing to do with the great athletes of Team Ireland will cast a shadow over Irish Sport in 2016, <b>writes Seán Kelly.</b><p>The …

Irish President Michael D Higgins says Olympics exposed 'serious issues'

<b>Doping and administration issues surrounding Ireland's Olympic Games could undermine public confidence, President Michael D Higgins has warned.</b><p>Olympic Council of Ireland President Pat Hickey is still in a Rio prison after being arrested during a police investigation into ticket touting.<p>Boxer …

Paralympics

Olympic tickets debacle shows the real pitfalls of weak corporate governance

No sooner had the police investigation into allegations of ticket touting begun when we began to see why strong corporate governance systems are …

Ryan Lochte: Speedo and Ralph Lauren among four to end sponsorship

<b>Four sponsors have dropped disgraced US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, including swimwear manufacturer Speedo and fashion label Ralph Lauren.</b><p>They were followed by announcements from skin care firm Syneron-Candela and Japanese mattress maker Airweave.<p>It comes after Lochte lied about being robbed at …

Paralympics

Caster Semenya will compete in the women's 800m at the Rio Olympics, but should she be allowed? Sportsmail asks the experts...

• <b>Caster Semenya is preparing to run in the women's 800m in Rio</b>• <b><br>There has been some debate over whether she should be allowed</b>• <b><br>Roger Pielke believes the</b> …

Rio Olympics: Swimmer Lochte apologises for 'robbery' saga

<b>US swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologised for his behaviour in Rio and "for not being more careful and candid".</b><p>The gold medallist had claimed that he and a group of fellow US swimmers had been robbed at a petrol station.<p>But CCTV footage contradicted that story, showing the men had vandalised the petrol …

Summer Olympics

IOC has annual income of ~$1.375bn, yet no money left to fly paralympic athletes to #Rio2016 Via @washingtonpost https://t.co/eg3L0Y9a9E

Hoskins a victim of rugby's power struggle

2016-08-17 15:44<p>Oregan Hoskins (File)<p>A lack of accountability is permeating through every sector of our society: from local councils right up to the …