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May 15, 2015 | by Connie Wardman
Compete Friday Replay for the Week of May 9th – May 15th

Compete Friday Replay for the Week of May 9th – May 15th

Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old naturalized American citizen has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, one of the worst terrorist acts on U.S. soil. This information is from a HuffPost Alert. The jury unanimously found him guilty of the bombing, deciding on the death sentence on six of the 17 counts.

dailybrief@huffpost.com

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Gay’s doping scandal costs Olympic teammates their silver medals

Following Olympian Tyson Gay’s one-year suspension for testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced recently, the entire U.S. men’s sprint relay team also felt the wrath of the IOC.

On Wednesday all the members of the team were stripped of their silver medals from the 2012 London Olympics due to Gay’s doping case. Under international rules, an entire team can be disqualified and stripped of medals based on doping by one member of the team.

According to USA Today, two officials who had knowledge of this action shared the news with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity since the decision has yet to be announced. A four-time U.S. champion in the 100 meters, the 31-year-old Gay was a member of the U.S. team that came in second to the Jamaican team led by Usain Bolt. And the U.S. team actually set a national record time of 37.04 seconds.

Testing positive for steroids at the U.S. championships in 2013, Gay received a reduced suspension instead of a two-year ban due to his cooperation with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation that led to an eight-year ban for Jon Drummond, Gay’s former coach.

Gay has already returned his silver medal in the men’s 4×100 meter relay. But his teammates who are losing their medals are Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton. Those running in the final with Gay were Kimmons, Gatlin and Bailey.

If the IOC redistributes the London medals, the silver would go to third-place Trinidad and Tobago with a finish time 38.12 seconds, and the bronze would go to fourth-place France whose team finished in 38.16.

www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2015/05/13/ap-sources-ioc-strips-us–relay-medals–gay-doping-case/27242171/?csp=sports

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WNBA’s Griner and Johnson suspended 7 games for domestic violence

In an announcement today from the WNBA, Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner and Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson have each been suspended for seven games without pay for “conduct detrimental to the best interests of the league.”

This is the follow-up to their arrest last month on misdemeanor assault charges after an argument turned physical. Griner said it came from the stress of planning their wedding and purchasing a new home. The couple married May 8 in Phoenix

Griner has entered into a 26-week domestic violence counseling following a guilty plea. Charges against will be dropped after successfully completing the counseling. Johnson’s case is still pending after it was transferred to a county court.

Laurel J. Richie, WNBA president has said both women will be required to attend individual sessions with a counselor that’s deemed satisfactory to the league. In a statement, Richie said that “We also understand that people make mistakes, and that education and training are as important as imposing discipline.”

Mercury, the defending WNBA champion, starts its season June 5 against the San Antonio Stars but Griner won’t be eligible to return until the June 27 game against the Minnesota Lynx. June 5 is also the Shock’s starting game against the Lynx but Johnson won’t be eligible to return until the June 26 game against the New York Liberty.

 

http://www.si.com/wnba/2015/05/15/phoenix-mercury-brittney-griner-glory-johnson-suspended?xid=nl_siextra

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Patriot’s QB Tom Brady appeals his 4-game suspension

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is disputing his four-game suspension as a result of attorney Ted Wells’ investigation finding on the now infamous Deflategate incident. The appeal was filed on his behalf by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

Roger Goddell has already announced that he will hear Brady’s appeal. If it’s rejected, Brady would miss the September 10th season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as games against the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys.

Brady’s first eligible game in this case will be the October 18th game against the Indianapolis Colts, the same team that raised the issue of Brady using underdeflated balls in the AFC championship game.

http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/05/14/tom-brady-appeals-suspension-deflategate?xid=nl_siextra

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Connie Wardman is editor-in-chief of Compete Magazine. An adult educator by profession, she is a published author who has been active in the sports diversity movement since 2005 when her gay son passed away.

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