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Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio Olympics

This is Russia's first outright ban in a sport at Rio 2016. Credit: Reuters

Russia's weightlifting team has been banned from competing at the Rio Olympics next month.

Russia avoided a blanket ban on competing at the Games, which start on August 5, earlier this week revelations surrounding a doping scandal.

But the International Weightlifting Federation has now banned Russia from competing in its sport entirely, saying Russian competitors were named in a World Anti-Doping Agency report exposing evidence of state-backed cheating.

"The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians," the IWF said in a statement.

"Therefore an appropriate sanction was applied in order to preserve the status of the sport".

This is the first sport to impose an outright ban on Russia athletes competing in Brazil.

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Lafferty charged by the FA over betting misconduct

The Northern Ireland striker has been charged by the FA. Credit: PA

Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct in relation to betting.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international is alleged to have broken FA rules by betting on a match in February.

The governing body said in a statement: "Kyle Lafferty has been charged by the FA for misconduct in relation to betting.

"It is alleged that on February 20 2016, the Norwich City forward placed a bet on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition in breach of FA rule E8.

"He has until 5 August 2016 to respond to the charge."

John Barnes backs Liverpool manager over Sakho

Barnes believes the power should lie with managers. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp's hardline stance in relation to Mamadou Sakho has helped swing the balance of power back towards managers.

The France defender was sent home from the club's pre-season tour of the United States earlier this week because of his poor time-keeping.

Barnes believes that immediately sent a message to the rest of the squad.

The ex-England international, speaking at the Silverstone Classic in support of Prostate Cancer UK, said:

Managers needs to be given that autonomy. The manager needs to be given that strength to then say if 'I take a decision to drop somebody or to send them home or tell someone off then you will have to back me' - and the fans do.

There are certain managers, (Jose) Mourinho, (Antonio) Conte, (Pep) Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, they can take decisions and the fans will back them.

That's not happened in the past. Players have been too powerful at the clubs in the past where things have gone wrong and you blame the manager.

– Former Liverpool and England star John Barnes

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Bafetimbi Gomis leaves Swansea for Marseille on loan

Gomis will get the chance to impress in Ligue 1. Credit: PA

Swansea striker Bafe Gomis has joined Marseille on a season-long loan, the Premier League club has confirmed.

Gomis, 30, who scored seven goals in 35 appearances for Swansea last season, has returned to France to join up with the nine-time Ligue 1 winners.

He is the seventh Swansea player to head out on loan this summer following the departures of Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes (both Leeds), Ryan Hedges, Liam Shephard (both Yeovil), Josh Vickers (Barnet) and Oliver Davies

O'Shea convinced Sunderland have the right manager

O'Shea is happy with the arrival of David Moyes. Credit: PA

Sunderland defender John O'Shea is convinced the club have made the right appointment by bringing in David Moyes to replace Sam Allardyce.

With the Black Cats' former boss leaving for the England job Moyes was the first choice to take over.

O'Shea, after his Euro 2016 exploits with the Republic of Ireland, joined up with his team-mates last Sunday - the day after Moyes was appointed - as they headed off to their French training camp.

The Scot has had little time to implement major changes but O'Shea is impressed by the former Everton and Manchester United boss.

He told safc.com:

The new manager has a fantastic pedigree and I saw a stat that he's third or fourth highest in terms of all-time Premier League wins, so we have a manager who knows how to win football matches.

I've had very tough games against his teams in the past and although he hasn't had much time with the group yet he's been getting his ideas across.

– Sunderland defender John O'Shea

Brad Guzan joins Middlesbrough from Aston Villa

Guzan has agreed a two-year contract with the Teessiders. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have made their eighth signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

The United States international has agreed a two-year contract with the Teessiders.

Guzan made 34 appearances for relegated Villa last season and played every match in the USA's run to the Copa America semi-final.

The 31-year-old is likely to be back-up at Boro to former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who joined the newly-promoted Premier League club earlier this month.

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