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Brazilians urged to forget World Cup disaster and look forward to Rio 2016

By Gary Anderson

A number of Brazilian athletes are being featured in a new Nike advert urging Brazilians to forget the World Cup and look forward to Rio 2016 ©Getty Images Brazilians are being urged to forget about the traumas of their side's 7-1 humiliation at the hands of eventual winners Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and dream about the successes ahead for home athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympics Games in a new advert by Nike.

Russian biathlete handed eight-year doping ban despite retiring in February

By Nick Butler

Ekaterina Iourieva has been handed an eight-year ban after the second failed drugs test of her career ©AFP/Getty ImagesDisgraced biathlete Ekaterina Iourieva has been handed an eight-year ban after a second doping offence earlier this year, although the Russian had anticipated a hefty suspension by announcing her retirement in February.

Kiplagat and Amos are surprise packages in Monaco Diamond League meeting

Mike Rowbottom at the Stade Louis II in Monaco

Silas Kiplagat, who upset Asbel Kiprop's plans in Monaco to become the fourth fastest man ever at 1500m ©Getty ImagesSilas Kiplagat produced the shock result of the International Association of Athletics Federatons (IAAF) Diamond League meeting as he outsprinted the Kenyan compatriot who had been targeting a world record in the 1500 metres, Asbel Kiprop, to win in 3min 27.64sec, making him the fourth fastest man in history.

McIlroy takes command of Open Championship as Woods just makes cut

By Gary Anderson

Rory McIlroy will be content tonight as he leads the Open Championship by four shots ©Getty Images Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy put in another masterful display around the links at Royal Liverpool to take a four-shot lead into the weekend at the Open Championship as Tiger Woods struggled to a round of 77 to just make the cut at two-over-par.

Nibali tightens grip on yellow jersey with Tour de France stage 13 win as rival toils

By Zjan Shirinian

Vincenzo Nibali has strengthened his grip on the yellow jersey by winning stage 13 of the Tour de France ©Getty ImagesItalian Vincenzo Nibali has taken a major step towards Tour de France glory by winning today's stage 13 from Saint Etienne to Chamrousse, as his main rival slipped away.

Indian hope Nehwal becomes second defending badminton champion to withdraw from Glasgow 2014

By Nick Butler

Defending champion Saina Nehwal has withdrawn from her Commonwealth Games badminton title defence due to injury ©AFP/Getty ImagesIndia have been dealt a blow in their preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow following the announcement that the defending women's singles badminton champion Saina Nehwal has pulled out due to injury. 

Six-time Sochi 2014 gold medallist Petushkov wins Samaranch Award

By Zjan Shirinian

Roman Petushkov won six gold medals in front of his home crowd in March ©Getty ImagesSix-time Sochi 2014 gold medallist Roman Petushkov has been awarded the Juan Antonio Samaranch International Olympic Committee Disabled Athlete Award.

Former Czech world champion canoeists helping design Rio 2016 white water slalom course

By Gary Anderson

Designers at the Czech Technical University in Prague are working on the white water canoe slalom course for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ©Czech Olympic CommitteeFather and son Jaroslav Pollert and Jaroslav Pollert Jr are helping designers at the Czech Technical University laboratory in Prague design the white water slalom canoe course that will be used at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Russian two-time world champion swimmer suspended after positive drugs test

By Duncan Mackay

Russia's two-time world open water champion Vladimir Dyatchin has been suspended following a positive drugs test ©Getty ImagesRussia's anti-doping agency RUSADA has announced that Vladimir Dyatchin, the two-time world open water champion, has been provisionally suspended for failing a drug test.
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