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United States' Varvara Lepchenko makes a backhand return to Japan's Mayo Hibi during a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Lepchenko has had her doping suspension for use of a banned stimulant reduced from four years to 21 months as part of an agreement with the International Tennis Federation. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill, File)

Tennis pro Varvara Lepchenko’s doping ban cut to 21 months

- Associated Press

Former top-20 tennis player and U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko’s doping suspension for use of a banned stimulant was reduced from four years to 21 months as part of an agreement with the International Tennis Federation after she appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Ford returns to Formula One in partnership with Red Bull

- Associated Press

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A woman passes by the Olympic rings at the City Hall in Paris, on July 25, 2022. Latvia is threatening to boycott next year’s Paris Olympics if athletes from Russia and its ally Belarus are allowed to take part after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, File)

Ukraine steps up efforts to exclude Russia from Olympics

- Associated Press

Ukraine stepped up efforts Friday to lobby international sports leaders against Russian participation in next year's Paris Olympics as indications mount that the games could see the biggest boycott since the Cold War.

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid plays during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) *FILE**

Joel Embiid, Ja Morant, Jaylen Brown lead NBA All-Star reserve class

- Associated Press

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