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Court rejects appeals by 47 Russians against Olympic bans

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Sports’ highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced Friday less than nine hours before the opening ceremony.
The International Olympic Committee had refused to invite the group of Russians, saying it had evidence of alleged doping in Russian sports.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the IOC has the right to set its own standards for who is eligible.
CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb, reading from a statement and declining to take questions, said the IOC process “could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision.”
“No finding that this was carried out in a discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner,” he said.
The IOC issued a statement welcoming the decision.

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Sri Lankans took control in the series decider of a two-Test series against host Bangladesh as they extended their lead to199 runs, with 7 wickets in hand, form 112 in the 2nd innings at tea break of the second day’s play at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpuron Friday.
Having 222 runs in the 1st innings, Sri Lanka opened the second innings and were on batting at tea break, scoring 87/3 * in 30th over where opener Dimuth Karunaratne (29* off 94b) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (4* off 14b) were on batting for the side.
Mustafizur Rahman lbw Danushka Gunathilaka (17 off 27 b; 1×4) on 80/3 in 25.5 overs after Taijul Islam bowled out Dhananjaya de Silva (28 off 24b; 5×4) on 53/2 in 16.4 overs and Abdur Razzak lbw Kusal Mendis (7 off 21b) for the first breakthrough on 19/1 6.5 overs.
Earlier, Bangladesh resumed the 1st innings on the second day with overnight score of 56/4 in 22 overs and finished on 110/10 in 45.4 overs, giving Sri Lanka a 112-run lead in the 1st innings, before the lunch break.
The Tigers went through a messy innings of 23.4 overs, losing six wickets for 54 runs on the day where overnight Mehidy Hasan Miraz (38* off 78 b; 2×4; 1×6) was the only batsman could hold the nerves till the end to add 33 runs more with his overnight collection.
Another overnight batsman Liton Kumar Das (25 off 54b; 3×4) played 11 balls on the day’s innings to add one run more with his previous score before being bowled out by Suranga Lakmal on 73/5 in 27overs.
Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad (17 off 46b; 2×4) was bowled out by debut all-rounder Akila Dananjaya, giving a 46-ball company to Miraz to carry the team collection to 107/6 in 42.2 overs from where Akila started his spin show of 3 for 20 in 10 overs.
The Tigers lost their five wickets-Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rathhman, Abdur Razzak, Taijul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman-within a span of three runs off 3.1 overs, from 107/6 in 42.2 overs to 110/10 in 45.4 overs, to end the innings with shame.
Akila Dananjaya and Suranga Lakmal equally shared six wickets in the innings conceding 20 and 25 runs respectively while Dilruwan Perera got two wickets for 32 runs.
Brief score:
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 222/10 in 65.3 overs; Kusal Mendis 68, Roshen Silva 56, Dilruwan Perera 31, Abdur Razzak 4/63, Taijul Islam4/83, Mustafizur Rahman 2/17.
Sri Lanka 2nd innings: batting on 87/3 * in 30 overs at tea; Dimuth Karunaratne 29*, Dinesh Chandimal 4*, Dhananjaya de Silva 28, Danushka Gunathilaka 17, Kusal Mendis 7, Mustafizur Rahman 1/8, Taijul Islam 1/25, Abdur Razzak 1/46.

Bangladesh 1st innings: 110/10 in 45.4 overs (overnight 56/4 in 22 overs); Mehidy Hasan Miraz 38*, Liton Kumar Das 25,Imrul Kayes 19, Mahmudullah Riyad 17, Akila Dananjaya 3/20, Suranga Lakmal 3/25, Dilruwan Perera 2/32.

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