White and Doherty given invitational tour cards

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty will receive invitational tour cards for the next two years, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has revealed. White, beaten six times in the world final, lost in this year’s World Championship qualifying event to relinquish his card after 37 years. But Hearn said the popular left-hander and Doherty would be…

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes's new car given debut at Silverstone

Media playback is not supported on this device Lewis Hamilton has put the first laps on the Mercedes car he hopes will make him world champion for the fourth time in 2017. The 32-year-old drove the new Mercedes W08 at Silverstone in blustery, damp conditions. Hamilton said the car felt “incredible” and “pretty awesome” on…

Toni Minichiello: Coach given “written warning” by UK Athletics

Toni Minichiello, the former coach of Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill, has been given a “written warning about his conduct” by British Athletics. The ruling was made by a case management group after “an allegation of misconduct (verbal abuse)” against Minichiello. A British Athletics statement said the “decision is not subject to any further appeal procedures…

Andre Russell: West Indies all-rounder given one-year anti-doping whereabouts ban

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has been given a one-year ban for failing to make his whereabouts known to anti-doping testers. The 28-year-old Jamaican failed to file his whereabouts on three separate occasions in 2015. That amounts to a failed drug test under World Anti-Doping Agency rules and his suspension comes into effect from 31…

Burden given suspended ban for betting on matches

Snooker player Alfie Burden has been given a six-month ban – suspended for a year – for placing bets totalling £25,000 on matches including his own. The 40-year-old was found to have made 86 accumulator-style bets between 2006 and 2016, on which he lost £2,995. Burden was also fined £5,000, with his ban to be…