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A scathing report outlining a state-sanctioned doping system in Russia prompted immediate calls for the nations entire team to be sidelined from the Summer Games, raising the possibility that the Olympics could go on without a sports superpower for the first time since the 1980s. Air Max Invigor Grise .The investigation released Monday confirmed a scheme run out of the anti-doping lab in Moscow that ensnared 28 summer and winter sports, from track to snowboarding to table tennis. It lasted at least four years and involved at least 312 positive tests that went unreported at the behest of higher-ups in the countrys sports ministry.A mind-blowing level of corruption within both Russian sport and government, said Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.The World Anti-Doping Agency swiftly called for the International Olympic Committee to consider a full ban of the Russian team from the Summer Olympics, which start Aug. 5 in Rio de Janiero. IOC president Thomas Bach said the committee wouldnt hesitate to apply the toughest sanctions available.The IOC executive board will meet Tuesday to begin sorting through options.Its no sure thing the Russians will receive a blanket ban. Its a decision filled with political ramifications that involve a key Olympic country. It puts the IOC in the position of ruling against against one of its biggest supporters, a nation that spent more than $50 billion hosting the Winter Games in Sochi just two years ago. Not since the back-to-back boycotts by the United States in 1980, then the Soviet Union in 1984, have the Olympics been contested without one of its biggest players.Bach has frequently spoken about the fine line between collective responsibility and individual justice. And for every anti-doping agency and athlete group calling for a full ban, theres seemingly another sports organization or leader urging restraint.The right to participate at the games cannot be stolen from an athlete, who has duly qualified and has not been found guilty of doping, said Bruno Grandi, president of gymnastics international federation. Blanket bans have never been and will never be just.Gymnastics was not among the sports listed in the report. Wrestling, meanwhile, accounted for 28 of the 312 unreported positives. The head of that international federation, Nenad Lalovic of Serbia, told The Associated Press we will absolutely follow the decisions of the IOC.But in making decisions about Russias team as a whole, the IOC could put onus on the international sports federations to determine the penalties.In the ongoing case involving Russias track team, it was that sports federation, the IAAF, that ultimately banned the team from the Olympics. But 68 Russian track-and-field athletes are appealing this week to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to compete in Rio, with a decision due Thursday. In a move that accentuates how complicated the matter can become, the IOC has said there is no contingency for a large group of Russians competing under a neutral flag -- that Russians should compete for the Russian team if theyre allowed in.Mondays report, commissioned by WADA and written by arbitrator Richard McLaren, said allegations made by Moscows former anti-doping lab director about sample switching at the Sochi Olympics went much as described in a New York Times story in May. That program involved dark-of-night bottle tampering in order to switch dirty samples with clean ones; it prevented Russian athletes, including more than a dozen medal winners, from testing positive.But McLaren said the bottle tampering in Sochi was a one-shot deal. Meanwhile, he described tactics he labeled disappearing positive methodology that began in 2011, shortly after Russias disappointing performance at the Vancouver Olympics. It included the 2013 track world championships in Moscow and was in place as recently as the 2015 swimming world championships in Kazan -- when everyone in Russian sports knew they were under the doping microscope.Russias deputy minister of sports, Yuri Nagornykh, who was also part of Russias Olympic Committee, would direct workers at the Moscow lab of which positive samples to send through to be reported to WADA and which to hold back. Assisting the plan was Russias national security service -- the FSB, the current version of the Soviet Unions KGB.The Moscow laboratory was effectively caught up in the jaws of a vice, the report said. It was a key player in the successful operation of a state imposed and rigorously controlled program, which was overall managed and dictated by the (Ministry of Sport).Yes, McLaren wrote, it could be made to seem as though workers at the laboratory were acting alone. But his investigation undercut that theory.The Moscow Laboratory personnel acted as they did because, as (one) witness expressed, if they did not, they would no longer be employed there, he concluded.On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said officials named as directly responsible in the doping scheme would be suspended. He asked for more information from WADA so Russia could conduct its own investigation.McLaren said out of 577 positive sample screenings he had access to, 312 positive results were held back -- or labeled Save by the lab workers. More than 250 of the 312 Saves came from track and field and weightlifting, but other sports involved included swimming, rowing, snowboarding -- even table tennis.McLaren suggested the numbers could have been higher, but he had only 57 days for his investigation.Time is crucial because the Olympics begin Aug. 5, and decisions about Russias participation in Rio must be made.WADA president Craig Reedie, who is also an IOC member, said WADA is working to establish guidelines that will help the IOC and international sports federations identify exceptions to a potential Russian ban -- notably, athletes who trained in other countries that had robust, clean anti-doping systems. Those athletes, WADA said, should be allowed to compete in Rio under a neutral flag.McLaren said he was unwaveringly confident in his report, and insisted there was no leak, as several sports leaders suggested over the weekend, when draft letters calling for Russias ban were leaked to the media.One of the letters co-signers was Paul Melia, who heads Canadas anti-doping organization and was in Toronto for McLarens presentation.Im shocked and devastated by whats been going on, Melia said. And I can only imagine how betrayed the clean athletes of the world are feeling today in the face of this evidence.---AP Sports Writers Luke Meredith, Will Graves and Graham Dunbar and correspondent Charmaine Noronha contributed to this report. Air Max Tavas Femme Pas Cher Gris/Rose . -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. Air Max Tavas Flyknit Noir Blanc Pas Cher Homme . 10 Texas A&Ms offence dominated as usual against SMU. http:///...max-tavas-homme.html . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss.The battle at both ends of the Premier League table will intensify on night eight of the Premier League at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. With Judgement night drawing closer, bottom-placed Robert Thornton will be desperately searching for points in his double-header this Thursday.At the top, leader Michael van Gerwen will be trying to hold off the chasing trio of Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and James Wade, with live coverage starting at  7pm on Sky Sports 1. Michael Smith v Robert Thornton Michael Smith badly needs a win from the opening clash with Thornton The schedule starts with a survival battle and Thornton badly needs a win against fellow struggler Smith to keep his hopes alive.Thornton would draw level with Smith on three points if he picks up his first win of the campaign, piling more pressure on Dave Chisnall, who is third from bottom on the same points tally.But a win for Smith would push Thornton closer to the trap door and give The Bully Boy a real boost in his own bid to avoid an early exit. Sky Bet odds: Smith 10/11, tie 4/1, Thornton 2/1Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall Gary Anderson added two more wins on night seven Chisnall desperately needs a result against Anderson after last weeks loss to Raymond van Barneveld, his fourth straight defeat.But this is not an ideal night to face Anderson, who has surged up the table and sits just a point behind Van Gerwen.The Scotsman defeated Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright on night seven and will be seeking his sixth straight win against Chizzy.Sky Bet odds: Anderson 4/7, tie 9/2, Chisnall 3/1Adrian Lewis v Raymond van Barneveld Raymond van Barneveld claimed a much neeeded win over Dave Chisnall Lewis and Van Barneveld have both struggled to produce consistent form since the start of the competition. Air Max 2018 Homme Pas Cher. ackpot averaged 93 in a lacklustre 7-4 defeat against Anderson last week, but Barney did halt his own worrying slump with a 7-4 win over Chisnall.Van Barneveld is still looking a little anxiously over his shoulder and needs another result to ease any lingering elimination worries.Lewis 11/10, tie 7/2, Van Barneveld 7/4Phil Taylor v Peter Wright Phil Taylor stayed within striking distance of leader Michael van Gerwen Taylor is just one leg adrift of Van Gerwen after battling back from 5-1 down to claim a 6-6 draw with his Dutch rival.Snakebite Wright, however, let a point slip away as his three missed darts allowed Anderson to close out a 7-5 win. Such costly lapses are likely to be punished by The Power, who ended with a 60 per cent success rate on the doubles against Van Gerwen.Taylor 4/6, tie 4/1, Wright 11/4Michael van Gerwen v Robert Thornton Thornton defeated Van Gerwen at last years World Grand Prix The world No 1 was frustrated by Taylors fightback and the luckless Thornton could feel the force of a backlash by The Green Machine. Van Gerwen was denied victory, despite an average over 107, and treated the Glasgow fans to a fantastic 170 checkout.But Thornton has shown he can defeat Van Gerwen on the big stage, edging him out in last years World Grand Prix final.Van Gerwen 1/8, tie 9/1, Thornton 12/1Watch all the action from night eight of the Premier League this Thursday night, starting at 7pm on Sky Sports 1. 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