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Maria Sharapova will face an anti-doping panel in London on Wednesday knowing she will not benefit from recent confusion surrounding the drug she tested positive for in January. The 29-year-old Russian stunned the tennis world in March when she announced she had failed a test for meldonium on January 26, the day she lost an Australian Open quarter-final to Serena Williams.The Latvian-made heart disease medication had only been added to the World Anti-Doping Agencys banned list on January 1 but had been on a watch list for over a year and all national anti-doping agencies were told in October that it would be banned. With use of meldonium widespread across Eastern Europe, Sharapovas case was the most high-profile in an avalanche of positives in the first four months of the year. As of early May, WADA said there had been 288 positive samples. Sharapova must face an anti-doping panel in London But in April, the agency was forced to make an embarrassingly climbdown when it admitted there was a lack of scientific certainty on how long it takes for the drug to be completely excreted.Early suggestions that it should be out of an athletes system within days gave way to fears it could be present in long-term users, in trace amounts, for weeks, if not months.This led WADA to issue new guidance, directing that samples collected before March 1 below a certain concentration of meldonium could be discarded, as the athlete might be able to prove they had stopped taking it in 2015.Last month, Belarusian doubles specialist Sergey Betov, who also tested positive at the Australian Open, was cleared by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on these grounds. Maria reveals failed drug test Maria Sharapova has announced she failed a drugs test during the Australian Open in January. This prompted speculation that five-time grand slam winner Sharapova could escape without punishment but both she and her lawyer John Haggerty had already admitted she had been taking it, on her doctors advice, throughout January.This was underlined by Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko last month, when he told the Russian news agency TASS that the concentration of meldonium in Sharapovas system was above the provisional limit.Sharapova, instead, must try to convince an ITF panel that the laundry list of health reasons that Haggerty referred to in March should qualify her for a backdated therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Sharapova poses with her trophy after winning Wimbledon in 2004 Whether this will be enough to see the worlds highest-earning female athlete avoid any ban at all is highly debatable, as all athletes sign up to the principle of strict liability and TUEs should be arranged, and independently verified, in advance.The maximum punishment available is four years but most anti-doping experts think a more likely ban is between six to 12 months, which would start from the date of her provisional suspension on March 12.That would mean even a ban at the lenient end of that range would see Sharapova miss the remaining grand slams this season, including Wimbledon, as well as the Rio Olympics. Also See: Modern French Open classics Watson out early in France Bencic, Wozniacki miss French Open Tennis on Sky Mario Mandzukic Juventus Jersey . 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CLEVELAND -- Major League Baseball is hoping it can play Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night despite the rain.MLB senior vice president Peter Woodfork said officials were prepared to have the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians play through light rain.If its light and ... we dont think its going to get any heavier, I think wed be apt to play in that, he said about 2 1/2 hours before the scheduled 7:08 p.m. start. The fields in good condition. The tarps been on. The outfield can take a lot of water.Woodfork said Commissioner Rob Manfred will examine the situation at about 6:15 p.m., in time to notify teams whether to have their starting pitchers start to warm up.MLB on Tuesday moved up Wednesdays start by an hour to 7:08 p.m., and light rain started to fall at about noon.Accuweather said that if rain tracks to the north, there will be a spot shower or two during the game, but that if rain remains over the area, it could be steady and cause delays.Right now we have a light rain, light drizzle, spitting out probably until about 10, Woodfork explained. That being said, its probably come a little heavier than we expected already. So, were confident, but things can change, and well have to read and adjust.While regular-season games can be shortened because of bad weather as long as the losing team has completed at least five innings, a rules change approved in 2009 mandates that all postseasonn games and regular-season tiebreakers must be played to conclusion at the ballpark where they began.ddddddddddddThe change came a few months after Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, which became the first World Series game to be suspended with the score tied at 2 in the sixth after a steady rain turned the field into a soggy mess. The game resumed two days later, with the Phillies edging Tampa Bay 4-3 to clinch the title.Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who managed the Rays in 2008, remembers the game being very awkward to play.The rain was horizontal, Maddon said a few hours before Game 2. It was freezing. There was actually standing water on the field. They wouldnt even call an infield fly rule because the wind was blowing so much. It was really an abnormally difficult night to play baseball.Thursday is a scheduled off day before the Series is set to resume at Chicagos Wrigley Field, which last hosted the Series in 1945.We want to do all we can to avoid breaking the game up. That being said, you cant control the weather, Woodfork said. I think they understand here in Cleveland that the weather can be a little dicey, so if something happens and they need to come back tomorrow, again, thats unfortunate, we dont want that to happen, but realistically we cant control the weather. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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