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  • 29 May
    PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke is making slow progress in his return from injury -- too slow for his liking.It would have been nice to be back a week ago, he said before Wednesdays game against Toronto, his first public comments since he went on the disabled list July 3 with a left oblique strain.Greinke was to try to throw off the mound nice and easy later Wednesday, manager Chip Hale said, then probably the first full bullpen will be in a couple of days.Greinke had rounded into his usual form in a series of starts before the injury, reeling off seven consecutive victories. He is 10-3 with a 3.62 ERA.Asked if he was frustrated by the injury, Greinke said, thats a perfect word.It took a lot more time, he said. Its just a bad injury where you have to wait for it to heal before doing stuff. Im used to having stuff bother me all the time and just going through it. But with this one, you cant do that or else it gets worse.Greinke was hurt when he hit a sacrifice fly early in a June 28 game against Philadelphia. He left the game after feeling something wrong when he returned to the mound the next inning.Greinke signed a $206.5 million, six-year contract in the offseason, and the Diamondbacks have been cautious with his rehab.You dont want to ever push it and then you have to lose him for another month, start from zero, Hale said, so well be careful.Greinke has input in the recovery process.Hes the smartest guy Ive been around in baseball, Hale said. He knows his own body as good as anybody. He knows what it takes to be ready for a major league game.Greinke said he played catch from 120 to 150 feet on Tuesday.Yesterday was the first day I threw where I was close to throwing normal, he said. Every other time was really babying everything.Greinke declined to give a timetable for his return.I dont want to say the perfect plan, because then you expect perfect results, he said, and I dont want to say a plan thats slower because thats not the goal and then people would think Im not trying to get back.He said its more than likely he will require a minor league injury rehab start or two. Cheap Ecco Shoes China . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Cheap Under Armour Shoes China . Newcastle dominated in the early stages but City weathered the storm and then raised its game in extra time. Negredo broke the deadlock from close range after a simple move in the 99th minute before Dzeko took the ball round goalkeeper Tim Krul to seal the victory in the 105th. http://www.cheapshoeschinaonline.com/ . 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The 29-year-old Russian stunned the tennis world in March when she announced she had failed a test for meldonium on January 26, the day she lost an Australian Open quarter-final to Serena Williams.The Latvian-made heart disease medication had only been added to the World Anti-Doping Agencys banned list on January 1 but had been on a watch list for over a year and all national anti-doping agencies were told in October that it would be banned. With use of meldonium widespread across Eastern Europe, Sharapovas case was the most high-profile in an avalanche of positives in the first four months of the year. As of early May, WADA said there had been 288 positive samples. Sharapova must face an anti-doping panel in London But in April, the agency was forced to make an embarrassingly climbdown when it admitted there was a lack of scientific certainty on how long it takes for the drug to be completely excreted.Early suggestions that it should be out of an athletes system within days gave way to fears it could be present in long-term users, in trace amounts, for weeks, if not months.This led WADA to issue new guidance, directing that samples collected before March 1 below a certain concentration of meldonium could be discarded, as the athlete might be able to prove they had stopped taking it in 2015.Last month, Belarusian doubles specialist Sergey Betov, who also tested positive at the Australian Open, was cleared by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on these grounds. Maria reveals failed drug test Maria Sharapova has announced she failed a drugs test during the Australian Open in January.dddddddddddd This prompted speculation that five-time grand slam winner Sharapova could escape without punishment but both she and her lawyer John Haggerty had already admitted she had been taking it, on her doctors advice, throughout January.This was underlined by Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko last month, when he told the Russian news agency TASS that the concentration of meldonium in Sharapovas system was above the provisional limit.Sharapova, instead, must try to convince an ITF panel that the laundry list of health reasons that Haggerty referred to in March should qualify her for a backdated therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Sharapova poses with her trophy after winning Wimbledon in 2004 Whether this will be enough to see the worlds highest-earning female athlete avoid any ban at all is highly debatable, as all athletes sign up to the principle of strict liability and TUEs should be arranged, and independently verified, in advance.The maximum punishment available is four years but most anti-doping experts think a more likely ban is between six to 12 months, which would start from the date of her provisional suspension on March 12.That would mean even a ban at the lenient end of that range would see Sharapova miss the remaining grand slams this season, including Wimbledon, as well as the Rio Olympics. Also See: Modern French Open classics Watson out early in France Bencic, Wozniacki miss French Open Tennis on Sky ' ' '