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MADRID, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Spanish football club Villarreal announced on Wednesday night that coach Marcelino Garcia had left the club less than a week before their Champions League qualifying round against Monaco.

Marcelino leaves the club three and a half years after arriving during which time he led them to promotion to the Primera Liga and after taking them to two consecutive sixth place finishes, last season took them to a fourth place finish, qualifying them for the qualifying round of the Champions League.

The club confirmed the news with a statement which said they thanked him and his assistants for their time at Villarreal, while wishing them the best for the future and adding that the new coach would be named in the near future.

It is not yet certain whether the coach was sacked or left his position of his own accord, but the fact it the news comes as a major shock in Spain coming just 24 hours after it striker Roberto Soldado, which leaves Villarreal with just one fit striker for next week's vital European match. Enditem

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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, the highest-paid woman in sports, said on Monday that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open due to a substance she has been taking for 10 years for health issues.

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She tested positive for meldonium, which is used to treat diabetes and low magnesium, and was only banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency as of Jan. 1.

"I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down and I let the sport down," said Sharapova, a teenage tennis prodigy who became the third-youngest Wimbledon champion. "I take full responsibility for it."

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"It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on WADA's banned list and I had been legally taking the medicine. But on January the first, the rules have changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance."

The World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, declined to comment until ITF issues a final decision.

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It is not approved in the United States but is available in Russia, Latvia and other countries in that region. Over the past month, Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov, Russian figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova and Ethiopia-born athletes Endeshaw Negesse and Abeba Aregawi have all tested positive for meldonium.

The stunning news came a day after Sharapova's management team said she was going to make a "major announcement," which had many speculating that she was going to announce her retirement from professional tennis.

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LONDON, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova's hopes of featuring this year's Wimbledon Championship will be decided on June 20 when a meeting of tournament organisers is planned, reports said here on Tuesday.

Local reports said that the Lawn Tennis Association has not yet decided which players will be granted a wildcard to compete at next month's Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

Under WTA rules, former world No. 1s and ex-major champions are entitled to receive unlimited wildcards into events run by the body which controls the women's world tour.

However Air Max TN Womens Shoes , the WTA does not hold jurisdiction over Grand Slam events such as Wimbledon, which are run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

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