Athletics: Mo Farah (picture, right) has been nominated in the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards. Farah, who successfully defended his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at Rio 2016, is the only Briton on a list which comprises 10 male and 10 female athletes respectively. At a December ceremony to be held in Monaco, Farah will come up against the likes of Usain Bolt, new 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk, and Brazil’s shock Olympic pole vault champion Thiago Braz.
Rugby Union: The French rugby authority (FFR) has cleared former All Blacks Dan Carter of any doping wrongdoings after the French Championship final, rugby’s World Player of the Year said yesterday. French newspaper L’Equipe reported earlier this month that tests conducted after the Top 14 final in June, in which Carter’s Racing Metro beat Toulon 29-21, showed he had tested positive for corticoids, typically used to treat inflammation or joint pain. Carter’s agent, Simon Porter, said the 34-year-old had been granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for the prescribed medication as he recovered from injuries.
Baseball: A Canadian judge dismissed a late attempt to bar Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians from using their controversial logo and team nickname during the play-off versus Toronto Blue Jays. The legal challenge by prominent Canadian architect and indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal was heard in a Toronto court hours before the Blue Jays hosted the Indians in Game Three of their American League Championship series on Monday. Lawyers for Cardinal argued that the Indians nickname and “Chief Wahoo” logo – a smiling cartoon man with red skin and a feather in his headband – are derogatory. But the judge dismissed the attempt.
Doping: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has disqualified two more athletes from London 2012 after they tested positive in the re-analysis of stored anti-doping samples. Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov and Ukrainian pole vaulter Maksym Mazuryk both tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. Aukhadov, the 2013 European and world champion in the 85kgs category, loses the silver medal he won in London, while Mazuryk, a former world junior champion and 2010 European silver medallist, finished 18th in the men’s pole vault.