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Spanish star claims third consecutive European title as Russia win pairs short programme

By Michael Pavitt

Javier Fernandez became the first man since Alexander Fadeev to win three European titles in a row ©AFP/Getty ImagesSpain's Javier Fernandez claimed his third straight title with victory in the men's free programme at the European Figure Skating Championships at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm today.

Qatar become first non-European team to reach World Handball final as France beat defending champions Spain

By Mike Rowbottom

Qatar's coach Valero Rivera gets a hug as his side take in becoming the first non-European team to reach the World Handball Championships ©Getty ImagesScenes of joy greeted the latest historic achievement from the host nation Qatar at the 2015 World Handball Championships as a 31-29 victory over Poland in Lusail made them the first non-European - and first Asian - finalist.

Ginola withdraws to leave five-horse race for FIFA Presidency

By Nick Butler

David Ginola has officially withdrawn from the race for the FIFA Presidency ©Getty ImagesDavid Ginola has confirmed his withdrawal from the FIFA Presidential race this evening after failing to secure the backing of five football associations.

France's Claude secures first victory this season at Open European Biathlon Championships

By Daniel Etchells

Fabien Claude (centre) celebrates his triumph in the junior men's 10 kilometre sprint at the IBU Open European Championships ©IBUFrance's Fabien Claude claimed his first victory of the season in the junior men's 10 kilometres sprint at the International Biathlon Union Open European Championships in Otepää, Estonia.

Russian set to be stripped of London 2012 Olympic title after doping ban

By Nick Butler

London 2012 Olympic steeplechase champion Yulia Zaripova will be stripped of her title after receiving a two year ban ©etty ImagesYulia Zaripova will be stripped of her 3,000 metres steeplechase Olympic title after being handed a backdated two-year suspension for doping today, while 2011 world heptathlon champion Tatyana Chernova has received a similar ban after failing for anabolic steroids. 

Jeptoo to miss Rio 2016 after receiving two-year doping ban

By Nick Butler

Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban by Athletics Kenya ©Getty ImagesMarathon runner Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban by Athletics Kenya after her failed doping tests for erythropoietin (EPO), it was announced today.

Dukurs dominates again to claim European and World Cup skeleton titles

By Nick Butler

Martins Dukurs won a sixth successive European title in La Plagne ©FIBTMartins Dukurs of Latvia secured a fifth International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) World Cup victory of the season today in La Plagne, earning a sixth successive European title in the process. 

Djokovic dethrones Wawrinka to set Australian Open final date with Murray

By Michael Pavitt

Novak Djokovic celebrates progressing to his fifth Australian Open final ©AFP/Getty ImagesWorld number one Novak Djokovic earned his place in the Australian Open final with a hard-fought five set victory over defending champion Stan Wawrinka, with Andy Murray now the only man standing in the Serbian's way of claiming a fifth title in Melbourne. 

Lawsuits to be filed against German TV station after "systematic doping" in Russian athletics accusation

By Nick Butler

Two lawsuits will be submitted against German TV station ARD next week, Valentin Balakhnichev has claimed ©Getty ImagesTwo lawsuits will be reportedly submitted next week by the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) against German television channel ARD after a documentary alleging systematic doping within the sport, the body's head has revealed.
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