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Failed Turkey was hit by eight more athletes reportedly caught using banned substances, just days after eight of the country’s weightlifters were pulled out of the Mediterranean Games for failing doping tests at a training camp. The latest in a string of doping cases means another setback for Turkey’s bid for the 2020 Olympics.

Requested Japan’s players union called for the resignation of Nippon Professional Baseball’s commissioner following revelations that a new, livelier ball was introduced this season without notifying players. Toru Matsubara, the secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, submitted a document to NPB saying commissioner Ryozo Kato should resign.

Released The Montreal Canadiens used a compliance buyout on defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The 14-year NHL veteran had a year remaining on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4.25 million. The NHL teams are allowed to buy out two players under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Returned Forty-year-old Daniel Alfredsson will return for an 18th NHL season with the Ottawa Senators. Alfredsson had been contemplating retirement after last season.

Selected Nashville Predators general manager David Poile will fill the same position for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team. Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero will serve as associate general manager and former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will be director of player personnel.

Signed The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenseman Brett Bellemore to a one-year contract. Bellemore made his NHL debut in March and had two assists and seven penalty minutes in eight games.

• The San Jose Earthquakes signed U.S. national soccer team center defender Clarence Goodson.

• Midfielder Graham Zusi signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City in a coup for Major League Soccer. Zusi generated interest from clubs in the English Premier League, but instead chose to remain with his domestic club. The 26-year-old was an All-Star and MVP finalist last season after recording five goals and an MLS-leading 15 assists.



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