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Badminton: Korean body fined over missed doping tests

Badminton's world governing body said Friday it has fined the Badminton Korea Association $40,000 for negligence after two players were banned for missing doping tests. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said the South Korean association "failed in its duty of care" to Lee Yong-Dae and Kim Ki-Jung, who were banned for one year in January. Lee won mixed doubles gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and took a bronze in the men's doubles in London in 2012.

Football: English FA Cup semi-final draw

Draw for the semi-finals of the English FA Cup, made at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (ties to be played at Wembley on April 12-13): Hull City v Sheffield United Manchester City or Wigan Athletic v Arsenal afp14

Football: English FA Cup semi-final draw

Updated draw for the semi-finals of the English FA Cup, made at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (ties to be played at Wembley on April 12-13): Hull City v Sheffield United Wigan Athletic v Arsenal afp14

Badminton: Legend Gade offers Lee a warning

Long-time badminton legend Peter Gade has offered a respectful warning to world number one Lee Chong Wei about what is needed to prolong his career. The 31-year-old Malaysian hopes to regain the All-England Open title this week, but has talked of relinquishing an attempt at another Olympic medal at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and of retiring this year. That would disappoint millions of Malaysians and countless others everywhere, who hope Lee might have another shot at winning his country's first gold medal in any Olympic sport.

Olympics: Brazilian aerials athlete cries for paralysed friend

Joselane Santos could not help but break down in tears after finishing last in the women's aerials competition at the Sochi Olympics on Friday. But it wasn't her performance that upset her, it was the thought of the woman she replaced to come to Russia. Lais Souza was paralysed in a skiing accident in Utah, after which Santos took her place in the Olympic team. "I was very emotional. I dedicate this to my friend who was injured before I came here," said Santos.

Super Bowl would be welcome at Wembley, says FA chief

LONDON (Reuters) - The prospect of Wembley Stadium hosting a Super Bowl or a regular NFL franchise cannot be ruled out, according to Alex Horne, the general secretary of the English FA. Horne, a former managing director of Wembley Stadium which is wholly owned by the FA through a subsidiary company, told The Times newspaper that talks were ongoing with the NFL over a number of issues. Wembley has hosted various American football games since 1952 and since the stadium was rebuilt in 2007 the NFL has staged games there annually.

Judo: Japanese Olympic champion loses rape appeal

Japanese double Olympic judo gold medallist Masato Uchishiba lost his appeal Wednesday against a five-year jail sentence for raping a teenage student. The Tokyo High Court upheld a lower court's verdict, rejecting his repeated claim that the sex was consensual, but Uchishiba's defence counsel immediately appealed the case to the Supreme Court. Uchishiba, 35, was feted as a national hero after bringing home gold medals in the 66kg class during the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Olympics: IOC to discuss return of baseball, softball

Newly elected International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach delighted baseball-mad Japan Wednesday by saying that his organisation will discuss the sport's possible reinstatement for the 2020 Tokyo summer Games. Baseball, passionately followed in Japan as the king of sports, and its sibling softball were dropped after the 2008 Beijing Olympics by the IOC, which cited their lack of global appeal among other reasons.

Olympics: IOC to discuss return of baseball, softball

The International Olympic Committee will discuss a proposal by Japan and other countries to reinstate baseball and softball in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, its new chief said Wednesday. "I'm personally open for more flexibility in the programme of the Olympic Games," said Thomas Bach, who succeeded Jacques Rogge as IOC president in September when Tokyo was chosen over Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 summer Games. "But I still have to see what my colleagues in the IOC are thinking about this."

Equestrian: Italian equestrian legend D'Inzeo dies

Former Olympic showjumping champion Raimondo d'Inzeo, a gold medal winner at the Rome Games in 1960, died on Friday. He was 88. D'Inzeo won a total of six medals in an illustrious Olympic career -- one gold, two silver and three bronze -- spanning the Melbourne Games in 1956 to Munich in 1972. D'Inzeo was known for always wearing his military uniform in competition. He was an officer in the Italian cavalry and alongside elder brother Piero they became the first athletes to compete in eight Olympics, from 1948-1976.
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