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Daniel Ricciardo crashes new Red Bull in first test

Daniel Ricciardo crashed Red Bull’s new 2018 Formula 1 car during its first test, it has emerged. The Australian damaged the RB14 during a private filming session, limited by regulations to 100km (62 miles), at a wet Silverstone on Monday. A Red Bull spokesman said the incident was “minor” and there would be “no issues” as regards being ready for the start of pre-season testing next week. The team did not mention the incident in footage released on the day. Ricciardo also did not talk about the crash in a…

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Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the earlier detection of the condition, which can be difficult to diagnose. But experts expressed caution, saying such a test was still a long way off. Protein damage Autism affects behaviour and particularly social interaction but it is difficult to…

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First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK

The first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval. The move means Banyan Biomarkers can commercialize its test, giving the company an early lead in the biotech industry’s race to find a way to diagnose concussions. The test doesn’t detect concussions and the approval won’t immediately change how patients with suspected concussions or other brain trauma are treated. But Wednesday’s green light by the Food and Drug Administration “is a big deal because then it opens the door and accelerates technology,” said Michael…

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Test grounds for 2023 Ashes and 2020 T20 host cities named

The 2023 Ashes Tests have been awarded to the same five grounds as the 2019 edition, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed. Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s and Old Trafford will all host England v Australia matches in both series. The ECB also announced the cities that will host the new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in 2020. Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Cardiff and Nottingham have been selected for the competition. Both Lord’s and The Oval will host newly created teams in the competition with the Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston,…

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Froome planning to race Giro & Tour even if adverse drugs test is unresolved

Chris Froome says he is prepared to race the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France even if the investigation into his adverse drugs test is unresolved. Froome competes in the Ruta del Sol this week in his first race since the case became public in December. The Team Sky rider, 32, is targeting a third straight Grand Tour title at the Giro in May. “I hope it doesn’t get that far but I’m still allowed to race now and I don’t see why not,” he told BBC Sport. The four-time…

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GB sprinter Levine suspended after failing drugs test

British Olympic sprinter Nigel Levine has been provisionally suspended for failing a drugs test. It was reported in December the 28-year-old had allegedly tested positive for the banned asthma drug clenbuterol. Levine will be offered a UK Anti-Doping hearing to defend himself. The European indoor gold medallist has not competed since he broke his pelvis in a motorbike crash in Spain in January 2017, an accident which also involved compatriot James Ellington. He was also part of Britain’s 4x400m relay team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Clenbuterol is on the…

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GB boxer Ali gets two-year ban for positive test

British Olympic boxer Muhammad Ali has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test. The 21-year-old tested positive for the anabolic steroid Trenbolone during the World Series of Boxing in Morocco in April last year. Ali was provisionally suspended in October and has reached a “settlement agreement” with the International Boxing Association (AIBA). A flyweight, Ali lost in the first round of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Trenbolone, which supports muscle growth, is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list. Ali believes the length of his ban is “extreme”…

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