Football and tennis

New manager for St Mirren; Sharapova verdict

st-mirrenFootball – SPFL: St Mirren have appointed Alloa Athletic boss Jack Ross as manager.

Ross has been in charge at Alloa since December last year, and signed a new contract in April this year even though the club slid into League One.

However, the 40-year-old impressed as a coach at Hearts and as an assistant manager at Dumbarton.

He spent two years as a defender with St Mirren and told the club’s website: “I have fond memories of my time in Paisley as a player and can’t wait to get started.”

He also played for Clyde, Hartlepool United, Falkirk and Hamilton Academical.

St Mirren currently prop up the Championship and parted with manager Alex Rae this month.

St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott, who bought the club in July alongside a supporters group, said: “I was very impressed with Jack when we got a chance to meet and am delighted to have him on board as our new manager.

“One of the big plus points for me was Jack being with Hearts at a time when their supporters got involved in the ownership of their club.”


Tennis: Five times grand slam winner an former world number one Maria Sharapova, has had a two year ban on a drug offence cut to 15 months.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled she was not told about a change in the status of meldonium. She tested positive for the drug less than a month after it was banned.

The ITF said “appropriate steps were taken to publicise any changes”.

But in a warning that it will not tolerate abuse, it added: “Nonetheless, we have reviewed, and will continue to review, our processes for communicating changes to the prohibited list to players with the aim of ensuring that no player can claim that they had not been fully informed.”

Sharapova was Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete for 11 consecutive years.

Her suspension is applicable from the date of her test on 26 January. She can return to action on 26 April next year.

“I have learned from this, and I hope the ITF has as well,” she said.

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