Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended 14 months by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for receiving an illegal intravenous infusion in May.
Lochte, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, will be banned until next July after breaking anti-doping rules around athletes not being able to receive IVs unless given an exemption or if they are hospitalized, per the USADA.
According to USADA’s statement, Lochte did not take any banned substances but contravened rules about the use of IVs in quantities over 100 millilitres.
Lochte said he still has his eyes set on appearing at Tokyo 2020 and stated, “I wasn’t taking anything illegal. Everything was legal. You can get it at CVS, Walgreens, but there are rules, and you have to obey them. … Don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep going [to Tokyo 2020]”, according to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports.
Lochte will miss the Pan Pacific Championships in August and the 2019 World Championships, and his ban was backdated to May 24th.
International Tennis Federation Defends Umpire Who Cited Serena Williams
Umpire Carlos Ramos, who cited Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final has been defended by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body.
Ramos, who said his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules”, cited Williams three times during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, once for getting coaching signals, another for breaking her racket, and a third for calling Ramos a “thief”.
The call for breaking her racket cost Williams a point.
On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to reports.
The ITF stated that Ramos’ citations were “reaffirmed by the U.S. Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses”, on Monday, adding “Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”
U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau
Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.
“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”
“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”
“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”
Aces’ A’ja Wilson Wins WNBA Rookie of the Year
“It means a lot with that rookie class,” Wilson said. “There are so many great players.”
Although the Aces struggled this season to a 14-20 record, Wilson was a star, and averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.67 blocked shots and her scoring average was second all time by a WNBA rookie, to Seimone Augustus’ 21.9 PPG rookie campaign back in 2006.
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