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Sochi Olympics to use cruise ships as floating hotels

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If you’re still looking for accommodations at the Sochi Olympics, how does a cruise ship sound?

Seven cruise liners with capacities of 1,000 people each will be used as hotels for the entirety of the Games, continuing a trend set with the Sydney, Athens and London Olympics, according to RIA Novosti.

“Four of the liners will be docked in the Cruise Harbour of the Bolshoi Sochi Port, and three more at the Sochi Imeretinsky Port,” official Sergei Voitovich said, according to the report. “The ships will have three- to five-star ratings. Some of them, including cruise liners Princess Maria and Princess Anastasia, are currently serving the international St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Tallinn (Estonia)-Stockholm route.”

The cruise company’s website (in Russian) is here.

Voitovich said nightly rates will range from 4,300 rubles ($130) for a three-star double cabin (breakfast included) to 12,500 rubles ($382) for a five-star suite. It’s not expected for visitors to need more than an hour to get to venues from the ships.

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WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET

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Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best snowboarders in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday night.

Snowboard big air riders will descend from a jump that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.

The finalists include U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg and women’s Winter X Games champion Spencer O’Brien of Canada. U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was eliminated in earlier qualifying.

Snowboard big air, like slopestyle except riders get one jump per run, will debut at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018.

WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET

Big Air at Fenway continues with ski big air Friday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Live Extra.

World Anti-Doping Agency investigates Kenya

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says Kenya is being investigated for breaching the global anti-doping code.

WADA says an independent compliance review committee will now evaluate Kenya and make a recommendation to WADA’s board on whether the country should be declared non-compliant with the code.

WADA says it asked Kenyan authorities to show commitment to setting up a national anti-doping agency, but “we have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process.”

Although being declared non-compliant is unlikely to bring sanctions for athletes, it would be another embarrassment for the East African country, which is under severe scrutiny for its doping record.

WADA expects a decision on Kenya’s status in a few weeks.

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