NBC Sports Staff

Kazakhstan says four-time Olympian arrested in doping raids

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan — Four-time Olympian Alexei Poltoranin was among five skiers arrested in Austrian police raids targeting an alleged doping network centered on a doctor who once worked with Tour de France cyclists.Poltoranin, who has won two world championship medals, did not start the 15-kilometer race at the world championships after Wednesday’s raids.The Kazakh Olympic [more]

Don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics

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TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo is still a smoker’s heaven.Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.However, don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Organizers [more]

USA Cycling hires New Balance boss DeMartini as its CEO

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The past two leaders of USA Cycling participated at the sport’s highest level, one of them racing in the prestigious Paris-Roubaix and the other winning a masters world championship.Rob DeMartini prepared for the job in the offices and board rooms of Proctor & Gamble.That is exactly why USA Cycling’s board of directors picked the longtime [more]