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Simon Yates’s positive drug test rocks British cycling as Sutton furore goes on

Simon Yates

On the eve of one of the biggest races of the year, the Tour de Yorkshire, the crisis in British cycling deepened on Thursday night as the former world points race champion Simon Yates was confirmed as having an adverse analytical finding in a drugs test in March through what appeared to be an error in procedure when using a drug for a medical condition on prescription.

Jemima Sumgong survives trip and banged head to win London Marathon

Jemima Sumgong

Jemima Sumgong survived a dramatic tumble – and the attentions of a harebrained spectator who jumped over the barriers and nearly caused another collision – to win an incident-packed women’s race in the London Marathon. Her Kenyan compatriot Eliud Kipchoge could not have looked more serene in the men’s race, however, gliding home in the second fastest marathon time in history.

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Northampton Saints' Michael Paterson tackled by Saracen’s Chris Ashton

Northampton furious that biter Chris Ashton escaped sanction during match

Northampton have responded bitterly to Chris Ashton’s 13-match ban for biting their prop Alex Waller, upset the Saracens wing was allowed to remain on the field throughout last Saturday’s match. Saints believe the incident should have been referred immediately to the television match official and say the failure to do so cost them a potential victory.

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