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Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 5:00 AM
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Ninth Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash

Bicycle enthusiasts from across the island are expected to converge at James Bond Beach in St Mary on Sunday, May 29, for the 9th Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash. Whether taking part in the many games and competitions, showing off their bicycles, or simply enjoying the vibe with other cyclists, the day is designed to provide a fun-filled family atmosphere for riders of all ages.

Crowd favourite "Rambolyimpics" will once again be a centrepiece of the competition schedule, along with the "Bunny Hop", "Slow Race", "Eliminator", "Gladiator Circles", and many others!

Guests will also be treated to stunt demonstrations from the island's best BMX stunt riders.

Entry fee is $200 with a bicycle and $300 without. Gates open at 10 a.m.

Russian tennis head backtracks

MOSCOW (AP):

The head of the Russian Tennis Federation backtracked on his comments yesterday, saying he didn't mean to suggest that Maria Sharapova's failed doping test could spell the end of her career.

Russian news agency R-Sport had quoted Shamil Tarpishchev yesterday as saying that Sharapova's situation is "bad" and that it is "very doubtful" that she will resume her career.

"I only said that she can't play now because no ruling on her case has been issued," Tarpishchev later told the Tass news agency.

Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. She said she had taken the drug for a decade for medical purposes and didn't know it had been banned for 2016.

Sharapova remains provisionally suspended from competition pending a ruling from the International Tennis Federation.

Kaka tops MLS salary list

BETHESDA, Md (AP):

Kaka remains Major League Soccer's highest-paid player at just over US$7 million, and American goalkeeper Tim Howard will earn slightly more than US$2.5 million in his return to the league.

Kaka, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid star, is earning a base salary of US$6.6 million from Orlando City, according to figures released yesterday by the MLS Players Union. Including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year, his total earnings remain a league-record US$7,167,500.

Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco, the league's 2015 MVP, has a US$5.6 million base and total compensation of US$7,115,556. US national team captain Michael Bradley, in his third season with Toronto, has a US$6 million base and US$6.5 million total earnings.

Howard, the US starting goalkeeper at the past two World Cups, is joining Colorado next month after a decade at Everton. He has a US$2.1 million base and US$2,575,000 in total compensation.

Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool and England captain now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, has a US$6 million base salary and US$6,132,500 in total earnings.

Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, who has yet to play a match for New York City this season, has a US$6 million salary. He is followed by teammates Andrea Pirlo (US$5.6 million, US$5,915,690) and David Villa (US$5.61 million).