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1 in 4 world marathon winners suspected of doping, report says

A British newspaper reported Sunday that over a 12-year period one in four winners of the six biggest city marathons around the world — including Boston — ‘‘had given blood tests that suggest they may have doped to improve their performance over time.’’ The suspected athletes were not named. The other marathons are London, Chicago, New York, Berlin, and Tokyo. London organizers said they have never been informed of abnormal anti-doping test results at their event ‘‘between 2001 and 2012, or subsequently.’’ The blood test results, which were held by the International Association of Athletics Federations, were leaked to the Sunday Times, which published its first exclusive Aug. 2. Following the latest story, London Marathon organizers complained about the lack of transparency and coordination in the handling of anti-doping tests. The IAAF said the Times report “contains a number of seriously incorrect assertions.”

Symmonds to sit out because of apparel

Nick Symmonds, America’s national champion and the defending world runner-up at 800 meters, expects to be sitting home when the world championships start, all because of a feud over what he cannot wear during the trip to Beijing. Symmonds refused to sign a contract USA Track and Field required all athletes to sign by Sunday to be officially named to the team. The team will be named Monday morning, and the Worlds start Aug. 22. The issue is Nike’s standing as USATF’s official uniform sponsor. Anyone going to China on the US team has to wear Nike gear at all team functions. Symmonds is sponsored by Brooks and wants it clearly spelled out what constitutes a team function.


Fernandez (strain) likely to return to DL

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has a strained right biceps tendon and is likely headed for the disabled list. Manager Dan Jennings said Fernandez had an MRI on Saturday and that there is no timetable for his return. The 2013 NL Rookie of the Year underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2014.


Nishikori beats Isner for Citi Open crown

Getting his hard-court game in shape ahead of the US Open, Kei Nishikori came back to beat big-serving John Isner, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, for his first Citi Open title. The second-seeded Nishikori, the runner-up at Flushing Meadows last year, weathered 18 aces from Isner, who fell to 0-3 in finals in Washington. Sloane Stephens won the first WTA title of her career, overwhelming Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 6-2, on the women’s side. The 22-year-old Stephens had never made it to a final . . . Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, for the Bank of the West Classic championship in Stanford., Calif.


Justino would drop weight for Rousey

Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s manager told ESPN that she would cut weight to allow for a potential 135-pound fight against UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. George Prajin said he has spoken to the UFC about a Dec. 5 date at Cowboys Stadium. UFC has long maintained it wouldn’t book a fight between Justino and Rousey above 135 pounds . . . Giovani dos Santos had a goal and an assist in an impressive MLS debut, leading the LA Galaxy to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Seattle Sounders; Bradley Wright-Phillips and Felipe Martins scored as the New York Red Bulls topped New York City FC, 2-0 . . . In the WNBA, Stefanie Dolson scored 21 points as the Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun, 84-73, in Washington; Elena Delle Donne came back from an ankle injury to finish with 33 points in the host Chicago Sky’s 74-64 victory over the Phoenix Mercury; in Tulsa, Okla., Angel McCoughtry had 23 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Shock, 98-90, to end a six-game skid; Maya Moore scored 20 points and the host Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 72-64 . . . UNC Charlotte offensive line coach Phil Ratliff died Sunday, six days after suffering a cardiac event. He was 44. Ratliff became the 49ers’ offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator on Jan. 1, 2012.