Scandal in the cycling as Russian rider Baranova sent home over failed drugs text
16:20 GMT, 3 August 2012
Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova has been sent home from the Olympics after it failed a pre-Olympics drugs test for testosterone.
Baranova was due to take part in the keirin at the Velodrome at the Olympic Park this weekend, but is already back in her homeland.
Getting on with business: Olympic cycling continued on Friday despite the announcement that Russian rider Victoria Baranova has been sent home over a failed drugs test
An International Cycling Union spokesman said: 'It is the result of a test carried out by the IOC before the Games. She has admitted to taking a banned substance and was sent home two or three days ago.
'We have been working closely with the IOC and we are very happy with this collaboration, which strengthens our fight against doping.'
No deal: Benitez and Sampdoria fail to reach agreement for vacant manager's job
08:42 GMT, 28 June 2012
No new job: Rafa Benitez will not be the new manager of Sampdoria
Sampdoria's bid to appoint Rafael Benitez as manager has failed after negotiations broke down on Wednesday.
The newly-promoted Serie A club revealed talks had ended 'with mutual regret' after meeting with the former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss in London this week.
'Following discussions held recently in London and subsequent contacts between UC Sampdoria and Mr Rafael Benitez, with mutual regret, the club and the Spanish manager agreed that the time for collaboration was not right,' a statement on the club's website read.
Owner Riccardo Garrone revealed earlier this week that he had been chasing Benitez, out of work since leaving Inter in December 2010, despite coach Giuseppe Iachini still having a year to run on his deal.
Iachini took over the Genoa outfit last November and led the team to promotion to Serie A via the play-offs last month.
Everton say au revoir to Le Coq Sportif as Toffees announce Nike deal
09:00 GMT, 29 March 2012
Everton have signed a three-year kit deal with Nike, starting from next season. The sportswear giant take over from Le Coq Sportif and will be the official and recognised technical partner on all of Everton's match and training kits.
Everton's new deal, negotiated in close collaboration with their retail and merchandise partner Kitbag, is the first with Nike.
New deal: Everton have gone into partnership with Nike
'We're all excited by the prospect of working with Nike's design, marketing and retailing teams,' said Toffees chief executive Robert Elstone.
'We look forward to seeing some impressive, original kits and products, as well as being on hand to take advantage of new retail opportunities that we'll be working with Kitbag to drive forward.
'Nike has an impeccable reputation and we are confident that our supporters will be excited by the new partnership, with all of us looking forward to seeing our new home shirt this summer.'