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Electricity cut at Maracana stadium over unpaid bills

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's famed Maracana stadium is without power after a dispute over unpaid electricity bills.
Electric utility company Light says in a statement that power was cut yesterday at the stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup  final and the Rio Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies last year.
The company says it's owed US$940,000 with  US$410,000 of that owed by a consortium managing the stadium, led by construction company Odebrecht. The rest it says is owed by the Olympic organisers.
The stadium has fallen into disrepair in recent weeks and Odebrecht has asked the state of Rio de Janeiro to take over management.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue upset by distractions

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is tired of the drama surrounding the NBA champions.
Asked following yesterday's practice if the distractions make it more difficult to coach, Lue said, "I hate it."
The Cavaliers have lost six of eight games, and there has been some turmoil around the team in the past few days after LeBron James questioned whether the front office was satisfied with winning one title. James has been pushing for an additional playmaker all season and he unloaded on the team following a loss at New Orleans on Monday night.
Despite their issues, Lue noted the team still has the fourth-best record in the league.
The Cavs missed 17 free throws in Wednesday's home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Lue says the Cavs simply need to "get back to playing championship basketball."

Belarus weightlifter banned for urine swap

 

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Belarusian weightlifter Stanislav Chadovich has been banned for four years for trying use substitute urine in a pre-Olympic doping test.
Chadovich had been entered into the 62kg category at last year's Rio de Janeiro Games and was considered a medal contender before he was withdrawn from competition with no explanation.
The International Weightlifting Federation said Chadovich was found guilty of trying to tamper with a doping test sample in an out-of-competition check, but did not specify how the subterfuge was detected. Previous cases have typically involved athletes using hidden tubes to fill their sample with clean urine.
Using another person's urine can be detected with a DNA test of the sample.
The four-year suspension for Chadovich, a former European championship silver medalist, is backdated to July 29, shortly before the Olympics began.

Review for European track and field records

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The track and field record book in Europe is being reviewed to see if it can still be believed to be clean of doping.
European Athletics said yesterday it has created "a task force to examine the credibility of European records."
Current records include several set in the 1980s by athletes from Soviet Bloc countries, including East Germany. Some times in women's track events still stand as world records.
European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said records should be 100 percent credible.
"However, there is a view that this is currently not the case with some of the performances on the European record list," the Norwegian official said in a statement.
Hansen is a board member at the IAAF, which will await Europe's findings.

Electricity cut at Maracana stadium over unpaid bills

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Rio de Janeiro's famed Maracana stadium is without power after a dispute over unpaid electricity bills.

Electric utility company Light says in a statement that power was cut yesterday at the stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the Rio Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies last year.

The company says it's owed US$940,000 with US$410,000 of that owed by a consortium managing the stadium, led by construction company Odebrecht. The rest it says is owed by the Olympic organisers.

The stadium has fallen into disrepair in recent weeks and Odebrecht has asked the state of Rio de Janeiro to take over management.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue upset by distractions

CLEVELAND (AP):

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is tired of the drama surrounding the NBA champions.

Asked following yesterday's practice if the distractions make it more difficult to coach, Lue said, "I hate it."

The Cavaliers have lost six of eight games, and there has been some turmoil around the team in the past few days after LeBron James questioned whether the front office was satisfied with winning one title. James has been pushing for an additional playmaker all season and he unloaded on the team following a loss at New Orleans on Monday night.

Despite their issues, Lue noted the team still has the fourth-best record in the league.

The Cavs missed 17 free throws in Wednesday's home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Lue says the Cavs simply need to "get back to playing championship basketball."

Belarus weightlifter banned for urine swap

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP):

Belarusian weightlifter Stanislav Chadovich has been banned for four years for trying use substitute urine in a pre-Olympic doping test.

Chadovich had been entered into the 62kg category at last year's Rio de Janeiro Games and was considered a medal contender before he was withdrawn from competition with no explanation.

The International Weightlifting Federation said Chadovich was found guilty of trying to tamper with a doping test sample in an out-of-competition check, but did not specify how the subterfuge was detected. Previous cases have typically involved athletes using hidden tubes to fill their sample with clean urine.

Using another person's urine can be detected with a DNA test of the sample.

The four-year suspension for Chadovich, a former European championship silver medalist, is backdated to July 29, shortly before the Olympics began.