First Euro Championship 2013 judo medal for Israel

Artiom ‏(Tommy‏) Arshansky won a career-best bronze medal in the under-60kg. category, claiming Israel’s first medal on the opening day of the European Judo Championships in Budapest yesterday. Arshansky defeated European under-23 champion Yanislav Gerchev of Bulgaria by an ippon 15 seconds before the end of the bronze medal bout. ‏(Haaretz Sports Staff‏)

Trainer gets eight-year ban for doping horses

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was disqualified for eight years by the British Horseracing Authority yesterday for doping racehorses in a scandal that has caused serious embarrassment to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. Eleven horses trained by Al Zarooni for owner Sheikh Mohammed tested positive for anabolic steroids. Al Zarooni also admitted administering prohibited substances to four other horses under his care. “We believe that the eight-year disqualification issued to Mahmood Al Zarooni by the disciplinary panel, together with the six-month racing restriction placed on the horses in question by the BHA, will serve to reassure ... that use of performance-enhancing substances in British Racing will not be tolerated,” BHA chief executive Paul Bittar said in a statement. ‏(Reuters‏)

Nadal faces busy day in Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal may have to play two matches at the Barcelona Open today after his third-round clash against Frenchman Benoit Paire was postponed by rain yesterday. The world number five and second seed, gunning for an eighth Barcelona title, will face Paire at 08:30GMT today with either sixth seed Kei Nishikori or Albert Ramos waiting in the next round should Nadal avoid an upset. ‏(Reuters‏)