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Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson cleared to compete immediately

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Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist Sherone Simpson are eligible to compete immediately after the Court of Arbitration for Sport cut their doping suspensions from 18 months to six months Monday.

Powell, 31 and a three-time Olympian, was banned 18 months in April for a positive drug test in June 2013. The suspension was backdated, and Powell and Simpson successfully appealed the length of their bans.

Powell was in Switzerland on Monday and is entered in a 100m race in Lucerne set for Tuesday.

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Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

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 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

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South Korean rhythmic gymnast throws another acrobatic first pitch (video)

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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.

Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.

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