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Maria Sharapova discusses her reduced doping suspension on TODAY (video)

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Maria Sharapova appeared on TODAY this morning and spoke publicly for the first time since the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her two-year doping suspension to 15 months.

“For an honest mistake, a two-year ban, I don’t think was correct,” she said.

Sharapova failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, a heart medication that became a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency code this year.

The suspension prevented her from competing for Russia at the Rio Olympics.

She will now be eligible to compete on April 25, 2017. She will be 33 years old during the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“I have an incredible future ahead of me,” she said, “and I just can’t wait to get back on the court.”

After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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