Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova is appealing her ban from the Olympics, saying it was based on incorrect information and dubious legal grounds.
Stepanova sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee contending she never said she wouldn't compete for the Russian team, as the IOC stated. The IOC would not make any exception for her to compete under a neutral flag.
She says the IOC's ban of any Russian athlete who has previously served a doping ban is not permitted – a ruling the Court of Arbitration for Sport made in 2011.
Stepanova was an 800-meter runner who got caught for doping, but later came forward to expose the Russian doping system.
Both the World Anti-Doping Agency and track's governing body, the IAAF, recommended she be allowed in the Olympics.
MOSCOW (AP) Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities, world swimming's governing body FINA said.
Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian swimming federation because they previously served doping bans, FINA said. The others are Natalya Lovtsova, Anastasia Krapivina and Mikhail Dovgalyuk.
The International Olympic Committee on Sunday said Russian athletes with previous doping bans would be banned from the Rio Games. That followed the IOC's decision not to ban the entire Russian team over allegations of state-sponsored doping.
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Cubs acquired hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the New York Yankees, giving the NL Central leaders a boost as they try for their first World Series title in more than a century.
The Cubs paid a steep price, parting with top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and versatile pitcher Adam Warren in the four-player package going to the Yankees. Chapman also faced a domestic violence allegation in the offseason that cost him a 29-game suspension, and the left-hander is eligible for free agency after this year.
But there is no doubting the talent of the 28-year-old Chapman, who went 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves in 31 games with New York. He threw a 105.1 mph fastball to Baltimore's J.J. Hardy last Monday night, matching the fastest since Major League Baseball began tracking speeds in 2008.
He is expected to join the team in time for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
In addition to Torres, the Yankees also receive pitcher Adam Warren and minor league outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL and the players association have announced a new policy regarding game-day concussion protocol and discipline for clubs that violate the procedure.
Under the new policy, the NFL and NFLPA ''will follow a strict and fair process to investigate incidents and determine appropriate discipline, including club fines and possible forfeiture of draft picks.''
The league and the players union will each designate a representative to monitor the implementation of the protocol and investigate potential violations. The probe won't reach medical conclusions; it will only determine if the protocol was followed. An arbitrator will handle cases where the league and union disagree and report to the commissioner.
Commissioner Roger Goodell retains sole discretion in determining penalties for violations of the game-day concussion protocol.
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with human growth hormone or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last year.
The league said the quarterback and his wife, Ashley, fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators.
The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves ''different lines of inquiry and witnesses.'' Those other players – all of them linebackers – provided the league with sworn affidavits, but the NFL wants to interview them in person.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Troubled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.
Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Gordon in a letter that he can rejoin the team during training camp and will be allowed to participate in meetings and conditioning work. The league said once Gordon meets clinical requirements, he will be allowed to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games.
Gordon, who was suspended in 2015 for a year for multiple violations of the league's drug policies, will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17 season. He is eligible to return to the team on Oct. 3. During his suspension, Gordon may participate in team meetings and other activities but can't practice.
Gordon met with Goodell in New York last week, clearing the way for his partial return.
In his letter to Gordon, Goodell made it clear the onus is on the 25-year-old former Pro Bowler to stay clean.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Michael Jordan finally spoke out about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement.
The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner announced he is giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The aim is to help build trust following several shootings around the country.
Jordan's father was killed in 1993 in a botched carjacking in North Carolina. Daniel Green and his friend Larry Demery were convicted of killing 56-year-old James Jordan along U.S. 74 and dumping his body in South Carolina. Both were sentenced to life in prison.
The high-profile Jordan has been notoriously silent over the years when it comes to his opinions on politics or social justice issues, which has drawn some criticism.
But he said Monday he ''can no longer stay silent'' on the issue.