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Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 6:00 AMAP

 

Marco Reus out of Euro 2016

BERLIN (AP):

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus was dropped from Germany's European Championship squad yesterday and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger made the final cut despite injury.

Reus, who had been struggling at the team's training camp in Ascona, Switzerland, was omitted from the final list of 23 players, along with Hoffenheim defender Sebastian Rudy and Bayer Leverkusen players Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi.

"The doctors could not give a clear prognosis," Germany coach Joachim Loew said of Reus. "He has huge health problems and can only walk straight at the moment. More wasn't possible in training so far.

"It's a bitter decision for us and for him, a disappointment for us all, because a Marco Reus in form, healthy and fit, would have been a huge addition," Loew said. "But for technical reasons we have to take this decision as we know this tournament will be very strenuous."

Reus also missed Germany's World Cup win in 2014 because of injury.

No evidence of corruption in tennis match

LONDON (AP):

The Tennis Integrity Unit says no evidence of corruption was found after an investigation into a mixed doubles match at this year's Australian Open that had reportedly attracted suspicious betting patterns.

A statement emailed by TIU spokesman Mark Harrison yesterday said "no further action will be taken against any player involved in the match", in which Lukasz Kubot and Andrea Hlavackova beat David Marrero and Lara Arruabarrena.

The statement added: "TIU investigations not only root out corrupt practices, but also support players who are the subject of unproven speculation."

The Wall Street Journal first reported the TIU's findings.

Wrestling champion gives up Olympic place

MOSCOW (AP):

A two-time wrestling world champion says he is giving up his place at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a brawl marred a Russian qualifying tournament.

Viktor Lebedev was competing against Ismail Musukayev in a semi-final bout at the Russian nationals on Friday when Musukayev was angered by refereeing calls against him and shoved Lebedev.

Musukayev's supporters and coaches charged into the ring, prompting a scuffle that was broken up by riot police. Wrestlers from Musukayev's home region of Dagestan then boycotted the tournament in protest at the standard of refereeing, causing a nationwide scandal.

Lebedev told local news outlet News.Ykt that he is withdrawing from the Olympic team as "a matter of honour" because he feels the referees gave him favourable calls in front of his home crowd.