Maria Sharapova’s doping ban is reduced to 15 months from two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She will be free to play again from 26 April next year. The five-time Grand Slam winner, 29, was banned by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The Russian, who said she had been taking the drug since 2006 for health problems, appealed against the ban. Meldonium became a banned substance on 1 January 2016.
FIFA are considering expanding the World Cup to 48 teams and will make a decision by 2017, president Gianni Infantino has confirmed. However, he suggested that 16 of those teams would go home after just one knockout match, and the remainder of the tournament would be played, as now, with a 32-team group stage, followed by a knockout phase. Infantino, speaking during an event at Bogota’s Sergio Arboleda university, said a final decision would be taken by the FIFA Council in January, Colombian media reported. A FIFA spokesman confirmed that the reports were accurate.