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Russia is banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program, after losing an appeal at sport's highest court.
 
Four sponsors drop Ryan Lochte after Rio
Less than 24 hours after the close of the Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte took a major financial hit Monday for a drunken incident he initially tried to pass off as an armed robbery.
 
Olympic springboard: Lakers sign Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian, who is fresh off an appearance with the Chinese national team at the Rio Olympics, has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA team announced on Monday.
 
Australia's 100-meter freestyle world record holder and gold medal hope Cate Campbell went into the Olympics with a painful hernia, a report said Tuesday.
 
Caroline Wozniacki entered the Connecticut Open as a wild card, hoping a tournament she has won four times would help her tune up for the U.S. Open.
 
Top European clubs set to win in new Champions League deal
The richest clubs and biggest leagues in Europe are set to tighten their grip on the Champions League's future format and prize money this week.
 
Pakistan celebrates national team's 'incredible journey' to No. 1
Cricket-obsessed Pakistanis were Tuesday celebrating their national team's "incredible journey" to the top of the Test rankings after a turbulent seven years in which they were forced to play home matches on neutral venues.
 
The Ethiopian marathon runner who made an anti-government gesture at the Rio Games while approaching the finish line will not face prosecution upon his return home and will have "a heroic welcome," a government spokesman said Monday. But it was not clear whether the runner would go back.
 
The Chinese Taipei Badminton Association (中華民國羽球協會) announced Tuesday they would drop fines imposed on badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) for not wearing shoes provided by the national team's official sponsor, Yonex. The association also said it would scrap the regulation requiring athletes to use sponsored shoes and rackets.
 
Olympics: Sponsors drop Lochte after Rio scandal
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lost four sponsorship deals Monday -- a major financial hit for the embattled gold medalist stemming from his spurious claim of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, a story later discredited by Brazilian police.
 
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