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'Meldonium count in Maria Sharapova's blood sample exceeds permissible levels'

'Meldonium count in Maria Sharapova's blood sample exceeds permissible levels'

Moscow: The Meldonium concentration in the blood sample of Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova exceeds the permissible level, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said.

"Masha's case is more complicated. The Meldonium concentration in her blood is above the norm. Masha took the formula for several year on her doctor's prescription. I am not going to announce if she will be able to avoid punishment or not. We just want her to restore her position in sport," Mutko stressed, in an interview aired by Match TV on Wednesday, reports Tass.

Vishwanathan Anand loses to Sergey Karjakin​ of Russia in Candidates Chess

Vishwanathan Anand loses to Sergey Karjakin​ of Russia in Candidates Chess

Moscow: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a shocking loss against Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fourth round of Candidates Chess tournament here today.

The loss, coming in after a fine start that started with a victory over Topalov and two draws, put Anand on the back-foot in the biggest challenge of this year for the Indian ace.

Viswanathan Anand beats Veselin Topalov in Candidates' opener

Viswanathan Anand beats Veselin Topalov in Candidates' opener

Moscow: Defying expectations, his position and odds, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand on Friday won a nerve wracking contest against former challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the first round of Candidates to go into early lead here.

With the two of the three games ending in draws, Anand is likely to emerge as the sole winner on day one of the biggest event of the year and can now look up to remaining event with immense confidence after being written off by the pundits.

Lokomotiv footballer faces suspension over Putin picture

Lokomotiv footballer faces suspension over Putin picture

Moscow, Feb 17 - Russian football side Lokomotiv Moscow's midfielder Dmitri Tarasov could be suspended for at least 10 games after flaunting a picture of the country's president Vladimir Putin in a match against Turkey's Fenerbahce.

Fenerbahce defeated Lokomotiv 2-0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the first leg of the Europa League knockout stage. Tarasov lifted his shirt to show the Russian leader's picture with the words "the most polite president" after the match.

Sania-Hingis record 38th straight win in St. Petersburg

Sania-Hingis record 38th straight win in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, (Russia), Feb. 13 : Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis notched up their 38th straight win to reach the semifinals of the women's doubles event of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Saturday.

The top-seeded pair continued their rampaging form in their 6-4, 6-1 demolition of the unseeded Russian duo of Daria Kasatkina and Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals.

Sania and Hingis will next face the third-seeded pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja later in the day to secure a spot in the final.

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