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  • 30 Jul
    导出博客文章RIO DE JANEIRO -- The runner who blew the whistle on the doping scandal in
    Russia fears for her safety and has switched residences after hackers breached a
    database that records her whereabouts.Yulia Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly,
    were the informers who detailed a state-run doping system in Russia that led to
    the ouster of the countrys athletes from the Olympic track meet.Recently, their
    email was hacked and the password stolen for Stepanovas account on a database
    controlled by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Like hundreds of athletes, Stepanova
    accesses the WADA system to enter her whereabouts, so doping-control officers
    can find her if shes selected for out-of-competition testing. The database
    contains personal contact information, such as phone numbers and addresses.If
    something happens to us, you should know its not an accident, she said Monday in
    a videoconference with reporters. We are trying to take every measure possible
    to keep ourselves safe, which is why we moved. At the same time, we realized if
    somebody really wanted to do something to us, they would probably
    succeed.Stepanova was part of the Russian doping system for years, but after
    being cast aside by the countrys track team, she and her husband, a former
    worker for the Russian anti-doping agency, approached WADA with their
    information.They moved to the United States, fearing a stay in Russia could lead
    to harm.It took years for WADA to respond to their account. After an independent
    investigation, both that agency and tracks governing body, the IAAF, recommended
    Russias ouster from the Olympic track meet, but also said Stepanovas own doping
    ban should be set aside so she could be eligible to compete in Rio de Janeiro
    this month. But the International Olympic Committee said no, ruling that because
    of her role in doping, she could not be accepted.Probably for the better,
    Stepanova said, considering the steady stream of stories about violence that
    have marred these games.While I hear the news about what is happening there, at
    some level, Im even glad I didnt go there, Stepanova said. Because if someone
    wanted to hurt us, I think it would be very easy to do it there. So, perhaps its
    all for the best.The Stepanovs said they dont regret taking the whistleblower
    role. They didnt spare criticism of the IOC and its president, Thomas Bach.
    Vitaly Stepanov labeled the committees offer to bring them to the Olympics to
    watch the games as VIP guests a bribe.They never tried to understand our
    situation, Stepanova said. They simply say whatever is going to serve them. Yes,
    I admitted I was part of that system. However, I decided I no longer wanted to
    be part of that system and I told the truth.Stepanova, 30, said the Olympic snub
    does not mark the end of her career. She will continue training with hopes of
    competing in races this winter.In the meantime, she served up a chilling
    reminder about the stakes involved in being a whistleblower. WADA said only
    Stepanovas password was stolen, and that it is monitoring the database to make
    sure the information is secure.I started getting anxious, wondering who needs
    this information, she said. So we decided it would be safer if we relocate.
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    of their games on Monday and Sunday respectively. NEW YORK -- One of the
    Kentucky freshmen stepped up big from the outside while the rest of the Wildcats
    took care of things with defense.Malik Monks 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from
    3-point range and the second-ranked Wildcats defense that held No. 13 Michigan
    State to 32.8 percent shooting combined for a 69-48 victory Tuesday night in the
    State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.These guys took some pride
    defensively here, Kentucky coach John Calipari said. Michigan State they run
    great stuff. They iso and do things that forced us to prepare beyond where we
    are.The Wildcats (3-0) averaged 90 points in their first two games but this time
    it was defense that did it as the Spartans (0-2) shot 32.8 percent from the
    field (20 of 61) including 5 for 26 (19.2 percent) from beyond the arc.Relying
    on another talented freshman class, Kentucky was able to up the tempo enough and
    keep the tenacious defense going that the Spartans committed 20 turnovers which
    the Wildcats turned into 24 points.Freshman DeAaron Fox added 12 points for
    Kentucky, which snapped Michigan States two-game winning streak in the series
    that the Wildcats lead 13-11.We knew they were going pack it in. I just had to
    be prepared, Monk said. They set me up well. I was just able to knock down the
    shot.Kenny Goins and Cassius Winston led the Spartans with nine points each.
    Freshman Miles Bridges was held to six points on 2-for-11 shooting but he
    grabbed 12 rebounds.We did a couple of things knowing that if he got going he
    would be a beast, Calipari said of Bridges. He had 12 rebounds, but the way we
    played, we just made it really difficult for him to just play
    basketball.Spartans coach Tom Izzo said, Im actually a little embarrassed. I
    felt like we competed defensively for the most part, we just didnt do anything
    offensively. We looked like a team that was an AAU team, we just went 1-on-1
    didnt move the ball and got frustrated.The Spartans were coming off a 68-65 loss
    to No. 10 Arizona in Honolulu.I was very disappointed in the way we were kind of
    `deer in the headlights but you know you have four freshmen playing at Madison
    Square Garden and coming off the Hawaii trip, that was the way we played. Well
    get better.Kentucky led 34-26 at halftime and the Wildcats opened the big lead
    with a 16-7 run that made it 51-37 with 12:04 to play.dddddddddddd Michigan
    State continued to struggle from the outside and the Wildcats led by as many as
    23 points.Its the same freshmen that played against Canisius and we were down
    with three minutes in the half, Calipari said. Weve got a long way to go. This
    shows us what were capable of and now we have to build from this. You have to
    convince them that if we become a great defensive team.BIG PICTURE:Kentucky: The
    Wildcats freshman class is as loaded with talent as any recruited by Calipari
    and this group has size. ... Last season the Wildcats had trouble setting any
    kind of presence inside but with freshmen Ban Adebayo and Wenyen Gilbert
    grabbing 11 rebounds between them. Kentucky was able to stay on the glass with
    the Spartans only being outrebounded 44-40.Michigan State: The Spartans played
    in Honolulu on Friday and then headed across the country for this game. Michigan
    State will travel 13,600 miles by Nov. 29 and in a 21-day span they will face at
    least three Top 15 opponents. ... Michigan State wont be at full strength for a
    while as they wait for Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter to return from
    injuries.ALL ALONE:Monk was the only Wildcat to make a 3-pointer. The rest of
    the team was 0 for 7. Nobody on Michigan State made more than one 3.You have to
    give Monk credit he was 3 for 13 going in and hit some big 3s early, unguarded
    on the break, Izzo said.FOUL SHOOTING:Kentucky was 16 of 20 at the free throw
    line while the Spartans were 3 of 9.SITTING PRETTY:In the row behind the
    Kentucky bench were Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Brown who
    was Calipari boss at Kansas and Bruiser Flint, the coach who succeeded Calipari
    at Massachusetts. Also sitting in a good seat was New York Knicks guard Carmelo
    Anthony. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski went over and gave Anthony a big hug before
    the second game. The two were part of the last Olympic gold medals for the
    U.S.UP NEXT:Kentucky: The Wildcats return to Rupp Arena to face Duquesne on
    Sunday.Michigan State: The Spartans finally stop traveling to go home and play
    Mississippi Valley State on Friday. ' ' '