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Published:Thursday | August 10, 2017 | 8:00 AM
Errani

Errani insists she is not a cheat

MILAN (AP):

Former French Open finalist Sara Errani struggled to hold back the tears yesterday as she insisted that she is not a cheat after being handed a two-month doping ban.

The International Tennis Federation announced the suspension on Monday after Errani tested positive for the banned substance letrozole in a test taken in February.

At a news conference, Errani continued to blame food contamination from her mother's breast cancer medication.

"The sentence speaks clearly: I was found guilty of the involuntary ingestion of a substance, which does not have a doping effect on a female," said Errani, who reiterated several times that letrozole is not a performance-enhancing drug.

"I don't know exactly how it could have happened that a pharmaceutical pill taken by my mother ended up in the food, but it's the only plausible option because we have eliminated all the others."

Watford sign Gray for club-record fee

England (AP):

Watford have broken their transfer record to sign striker Andre Gray from fellow Premier League team Burnley.

Watford didn't disclose the fee in announcing the arrival of Gray on a five-year deal yesterday. British media reported that the 26-year-old forward cost £18.5 million (US$23.4 million).

Gray scored 33 goals in two seasons for Burnley, during which he was banned for four matches by England's Football Association for discriminatory comments he made on social media in 2012.