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WADA updates list of banned substances

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MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has added an anti-ischemic drug to its list of banned substances.

WADA says meldonium, also known as mildronate, was included in the updated list because of “evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.”

Developed in Latvia, meldonium has been used to treat ischemia, or lack of blood flow. Meldonium had previously been on WADA’s list of drugs to be monitored.

WADA also says the international motorcycling federation, FIM, has been removed from the list of sports prohibiting alcohol as a doping agent. It says FIM “will address the use of alcohol using their own regulations.”

WADA says caffeine and nicotine were placed on the list of stimulants to be monitored in competition.

The updated list, approved on Sept. 16, comes into force on Jan. 1.

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Brittney Griner suspended from start of USA Basketball camp

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Brittney Griner will be missing the start of USA Basketball’s European training camp this week after she was suspended by the organization.

The penalty stems from Griner’s domestic violence arrest in April. The 6-foot-8 Phoenix Mercury star was banned by the WNBA for the first seven games of the season, which amounts to the same percentage that she’ll miss of the USA training camp.

“USA Basketball does not condone violence of any sort,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said. “Brittney accepted responsibility for her actions and has been complying with the court order to attend domestic violence counseling and has served a seven-game suspension in the WNBA.

“USA Basketball has conducted extensive interviews with everyone involved, and because Brittney has continued to show remorse and has dealt with this issue head-on, USA Basketball believes that the discipline it is imposing on Brittney is appropriate and fair.”

Griner is just about finished with her 26 weeks of court-ordered counseling. Once completed, all charges will be dismissed.

The Americans, who have already qualified for next year’s Olympics in Rio, will be playing games in Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic.

The suspension will start once Griner is in camp.

Griner was a big part of the U.S. winning the world championship last fall. The WNBA’s defensive player of the year averaged 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2 blocks in only 19 minutes a game in that tournament.

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Olympian wins Red Bull 400 climb up Utah Olympic ski jump (video)

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Two-time U.S. Olympic cross-country skier Liz Stephen competed in a different kind of race Saturday, a 400-meter climb up the 2002 Olympic ski jumping hill in Park City, Utah.

And she won.

Stephen finished in 4 minutes, 39.2 seconds (full results here).

“I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into,” Stephen said on Park City TV. “I thought it was just going to be pure pain, but it was really an enjoyable event.”

U.S. men’s Olympic skiers Bryan Fletcher, Torin Koos and Billy Demong were fifth, seventh and ninth, respectively, in the men’s standings. Demong, who in 2010 became the first U.S. Olympic Nordic combined champion, ran the 2014 New York City Marathon in 2:33:05.

The Red Bull 400 climb has been done in Europe, but this marked its U.S. debut.

The Park City ski jump is at an elevation of 6,870 feet, has a 36-degree incline at its steepest point and a total altitude gain of 528 feet, according to Red Bull.

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