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Published:Thursday | June 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • WADA won't appeal Gay's reduced ban


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) won't appeal Tyson Gay's reduced one-year ban for doping, saying the American anti-doping authorities properly handled the former world champion's case.

Gay, who is expected to return from his suspension in July at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, received a reduced ban for cooperating with the US Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) investigation.

WADA said it was "satisfied" that Gay "provided substantial assistance to USADA in an appropriate fashion. WADA will therefore not appeal USADA's decision which is compatible with the world anti-doping code."

Gay tested positive for an anabolic steroid at the US championships last year. He said he will run the 100 meters at the Athletissima, where he won last year. That victory was annulled along with all of Gay's results since July 2012.

  • Nadal, Murray set up French Open semi-final


Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarter-finals. For the first time in this year's tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set. And this had to be on Nadal's mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems. Not only is Ferrer ranked No. 5, and not only was he the runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago - to Nadal, of course - but he also beat Nadal on red clay the last time they played each other.

So how did Nadal handle this test? Perfectly! From late in the second set, he won 10 games in a row, and 13 of 14, the rest of the way, to come back and beat Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, setting up a semi-final tomorrow against Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

Murray won 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 over No. 23 Gael Monfils of France.

The other men's semi-final will be No. 2 Novak Djokovic against No. 18 Ernests Gulbis.

Earlier, No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania and No. 28 Andrea Petkovic of Germany both moved into the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Today's other women's semi-final will be 2012 champion Maria Sharapova against 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.

Halep beat 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2, and Petkovic defeated 2012 runner-up Sara Errani by that very same score.