Team Sky boss Brailsford defends Wiggins
LONDON Dave Brailsford defended Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky on Monday over the 2012 Tour de France winner's use of medical exemptions to receive legal injections of a banned drug ahead of three major races.
CHARLEROI, Belgium World number one Novak Djokovic is angry at the state of the court that will be used for this week's Davis Cup first-round tie between Serbia and Belgium.
Djokovic and the rest of his Serbian team are unhappy that a clay surface has been laid on top of a parquet floor.
"This is definitely the worst court we have ever played on," he told a news conference on Thursday. "We're all putting our health at stake here.
"How is it possible that a clay court can be solid and can be a successful, playable court if it's built on parquet? We tried to slide a few times ... but our feet stayed under ground."
Djokovic, back in the team for the first time since September 2011, also said he was still feeling jetlagged after beating Britain's Andy Murray at the Australian Open final on Sunday.
"I am not fully recovered and I'm doing my best in order to prepare myself for tomorrow," he said.
Serbia are without injured world number nine Janko Tipsarevic but are still favourites to progress against Belgium who are led by world number 50 David Goffin and 127th-ranked Olivier Rochus.
The other singles player for the Serbs is world number 39 Viktor Troicki.
(Reporting by Abigail Spudich, writing by Philip Blenkinsop, editing by Tony Jimenez)
DORTMUND, Germany Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied on Monday there was a rift between him and Cristiano Ronaldo after the team's talisman appeared to react angrily to being substituted in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Las Palmas.
CHASKA, Minnesota Very few figures from the sports world have been mourned as great statesmen or global leaders but iconic golfer Arnold Palmer was accorded that status with U.S. President Barack Obama leading the tributes on Monday.