Troicki doping ban is reduced


TENNIS: Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki had his doping ban reduced from 18 months to 12 on Tuesday, though he cannot play in next week's Davis Cup final.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling "puts an end to my dreams of being a top player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement.

"I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didn't know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No 12 in June 2011. It fell from No 53 to 77 since he was suspended by an International Tennis Federation tribunal in July.

Troicki's appeal to CAS was partially upheld, and ordered him to serve a 12-month ban for skipping a blood test after losing at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.


NFL: Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has been released from hospital after suffering a stroke-like attack and collapsing at half-time of Sunday's NFL game.

The 52-year-old coach is expected to make a full recovery.

"After multiple tests and diagnostics, it was concluded Kubiak experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA). He is expected to make a full recovery," the Texans said in a statement.

Kubiak thanked the Houston community for its support.

"I've been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health," he said. "Doctors have told me I will make a full recovery."

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as head coach for the remainder of Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts and is expected to continue in that role indefinitely.

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is often labelled "mini-stroke", the American Stroke Association said. "TIA is caused by a (blood) clot; the only difference between a stroke and TIA is that with TIA the blockage is transient (temporary)."