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Week in Review

By Eric Lanter

Russian Loses Women's Relay Gold From 2008 Olympics in Doping Case

Russian sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for two drugs on a reanalysis of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Following that result, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)disqualified and stripped her of the gold medal in the women's 4x100-meter relay that she won in Beijing. Chermoshanskaya is the seventh athlete the IOC has disqualified through its Beijing and London (2012 Olympics) retesting program.


Weightlifter Stripped of Rio Gold Medal

Weightlifter Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan was stripped of his gold medal, after it was revealed that he tested positive for strychnine, which is a banned stimulant.

In addition, Moldovan canoeist Serghei Tarnovschi was suspended and is undergoing testing, placing his bronze medal at risk of being stripped as well.


Irish Fighter Accuses Amateur Boxing Body of Being Corrupt

Ireland's Michael Conlan, following a boxing fight in the Rio Olympics with Vladimir Nikitin of Russia, suggested that his loss in that fight was attributable to the judges of the International Boxing Association. Commentators and fans expressed support for Conlan's position, in disbelief with the judges' unanimous decision for Nikitin. There have been similar accusations in previous high-level boxing matches, however, a spokesman for the International Boxing Association said that it was simply "the immediate emotions speaking," when Conlan accused the judges of being bribed to favor the Russian.


Boxing Judges and Refs Removed After Suspicious Results

Further to Michael Conlan's complaint, the International Boxing Association released a statement acknowledging that, after assessing the 239 boxing bouts at the Rio Games, it had "determined that less than a handful of the decisions were not at the level expected." This development came just a day after Conlan accused the judges of corruption in his loss to Russian Vladimir Nikitin in a quarterfinal. The International Boxing Association has asked all individuals who have proof of corruption to step forward.


International Boxing Association Reassigns Official Overseeing Olympics

Two days after Ireland's Michael Conlan raised concerns about corruption, the International Boxing Association removed its executive director, Karim Bouzidi, from the overseeing the Olympics. While the International Boxing Association did not explain his removal, he was supervising referees and judges in that position. The International Boxing Association released a statement Thursday, stating that it would not "shy away from its responsibilities and will continue to ensure a level playing field and a fair and transparent sport."


Sole Russian Track and Field Athlete Cleared for Rio Olympics

Russian long jumper Darya Klishina will compete in the Rio Olympics, after an appeals court overturned a decision of the International Association of Athletics Federation that barred her for using suspicious doping samples. In the sample provided, there was evidence of manipulation as there was DNA in the sample of two individuals. Following the appeals court's decision, the International Olympic Committee's spokesman said, "We have to respect the decision."


Irish Olympic Executive Arrested Over Ticket Scalping Allegations

Europe's top Olympic official, Patrick Hickey of Ireland, was arrested in Rio and is accused of selling tickets to the Rio Olympics on the black market. Allegations emerged last week regarding black market sales of tickets from Ireland's Olympic Committee, with at least six individuals suspected in the scheme. Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, has vowed to find a better system for selling tickets, as the revenue is critical for the Games.


American Swimmers Pulled Off Plane in Rio

American swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were taken off their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities, following the investigation into allegations that four swimmers, including gold medalist Ryan Lochte, were robbed at gunpoint in Rio. With there being a question of whether the reported armed robbery was in fact a fabrication, Brazilian authorities have been eager to find the truth of the matter.


Ryan Lochte Apologizes for Rio Behavior

American swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized for vandalizing and damaging a gas station bathroom with three other American swimmers in Rio. Lochte, who departed Brazil just before police could seize his passport and interrogate him, initially clung to the fabricated story that men acting like police officers stopped the four men and robbed them, holding a gun to Lochte's forehead. The Brazilian authorities' investigation has revealed that no such thing occurred, however. The four swimmers vandalized a bathroom at a Rio gas station, causing the owner of the gas station to call security guards. The security guards had a language barrier with the four swimmers, but with the help of an individual translating, the swimmers gave approximately $50 for the damages and returned to their lodging in the Olympic Village. The fantastical story that Lochte and the swimmers initially concocted has since been disproved, but it nonetheless has cast a pall over the Games, with many accusing the American swimmers of not taking the Brazilian law enforcement authorities seriously.


New York Giants Kicker Suspended for Season Opener

The Giants' place-kicker Josh Brown has been suspended for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 11th. While the cause was not specified, his suspension came as a result of a violation of the National Football League's (NFL) personal conduct policy. This could include "steroid or alcohol use, gun possession, domestic violence or any unspecified conduct that 'undermines or puts at risk the integrity' of the N.F.L." Head coach Ben McAdoo said that the team will continue to be supportive of Brown.


Darren Sharper Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

The former NFL star, Darren Sharper, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison following his conviction for drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. Prosecutors had suggested a nine year prison term, however, Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected it as too lenient, instead opting to sentence him Thursday to 18 years.


Upcoming Film "The Birth of a Nation" Cloaked in Controversy

Writer and director Nate Parker, who also is the lead role in the upcoming film "The Birth of a Nation," has come under fire for new details that have come to light about a nearly 20-year old case. Parker was accused and acquitted of raping a fellow Penn State student. However, this week, Variety revealed that the accuser committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 30. Many have pledged to boycott the upcoming film based on Parker's behavior. Parker posted on social media that he did not know about the suicide and "was filled with sorrow" about the incident.


Alec Baldwin's Painting Purchase Fiasco

In 2010, actor Alec Baldwin purchased a work he had long desired to own: Ross Bleckner's "Sea and Mirror," a painting from 1996. At least, that is what he was told. The owner of the studio where he procured the painting, Mary Boone, assured him that he was buying the original work from 1996, but Baldwin came to find out that it was a more recently finished piece of work from the same series by Bleckner. Boone has assured Baldwin that he was simply mistaken about the painting that he was purchasing. The dispute remains ongoing, with Baldwin adamant that he wants the original painting, which sold at Sotheby's auction house to an undisclosed seller who has not expressed a willingness to resell the painting.


Bill Cosby Drops Lawyer

Monique Pressley, one of Bill Cosby's lawyers in his civil and criminal proceedings, has acknowledged that she is no longer representing the entertainer. Pressley had been prominent in the case, but she is not the first lawyer that has been replaced in Cosby's legal team. Last October, Cosby replaced Martin Singer, a long-time lawyer for the entertainer.


Fight for Viacom has Ended, with Redstones Victorious

The corporate battle for the future of Viacom has come to an end by virtue of settlement. Philippe Dauman has been ousted as the head of Viacom, with Sumner Redstone's daughter, Shari Redstone, taking his place. Dauman will receive a $72 million severance package, but the Redstone family will retain their control of Viacom.


Gawker, the Controversial News Site, to Close

Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker, has been running the website for the past 14 years. That run has come to an end, however, following the bankruptcy of the company that came after a $146 million judgment against Gawker from an action brought by Hulk Hogan for invasion of privacy. Through the bankruptcy, Gawker has been unable to find a buyer, and as such, starting Monday, no new articles will be published on the site. The site will maintain its archives for users to access in the future, and Denton hopes to lead a new project.


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