Appeal over Russian figure skater's doping suspension

The 15-year-old, who became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the Olympics en route to winning a team figure skating gold with the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on Monday, tested positive for banned heart drug Trimetazidine in a urine sample collected by Russian authorities on 25 December.

However, medals for that event, in which the United States and Japan finished second and third, have yet to be handed out after Olympic officials discovered her positive test.

Users can appeal Facebook's editorial decisions

Previously the board only heard appeals from users about content they felt had been unfairly removed - or referrals which came from Facebook itself.

The board has the power to overrule Facebook's original content decisions.

Its 20 members include former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and ex-Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger.

Anyone can submit content to the board for re-review, providing it has been reported to Facebook in the first instance.

Prosecutors fight George Pell's appeal for sex abuse convictions

Pell, 77, is appealing against a jury's decision to convict him of sexually abusing two choirboys in 1996, and abusing one of the boys again the following year.

He is currently serving a six-year jail sentence for the crimes, but his legal team has presented 13 reasons they say show the convictions should be overturned.

Pell's lawyer, Bret Walker SC, yesterday argued the jury could not have been satisfied of Pell's guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

Semenya lodges new appeal

The two-time Olympic 800 metres champion challenged a new IAAF ruling that will require her to take medication to lower her testosterone levels in order to compete against women in track events ranging from 400m to a mile.

Semenya ruled out retiring after winning the 800m at the Diamond League event in Doha, just two days after the CAS ruling was announced at the start of this month.

The new regulation has since been implemented and Semenya has now launched a fresh appeal amid uncertainty over her future in the sport.

Ben Barba to fight lifetime ban

The fallen NRL star presented himself to Mackay police and was charged with two counts of public nuisance over an incident at the Townsville casino in January.

The former Dally M Medallist will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on March 22.

Barba reportedly will not face domestic violence-related charges because his partner Ainslie Currie has not made a complaint.

Barba was sacked by NRL club North Queensland without playing a game for the club last month over allegations he was violent towards Currie in the incident.

Alex Leapai furious after controversial draw on Jeff Horn undercard

Leapai was destroying Nigerian scrapper Izonritei through the opening rounds and a finish seemed all but certain.

With his opponent covering up against the ropes as he searched for the knockout blow in the third round, Leapai opened up a huge cut over Izonritei's eye.

The referee stopped the action and ruled the cut had been opened by a stray elbow. 

Leapai, who fought Wladimir Klitschko three years ago, thought he'd won the fight, but it was called a technical draw because the bout hadn't yet reached the fourth round.

No outcome on SBW appeal

Williams was appealing the four-match ban from the Lions series that rules him out of the first Bledisloe Cup clash against the Wallabies.

The All Blacks centre was handed the suspension for his second Test send-off against the British & Irish Lions earlier this month.

Williams became the first All Black in 50 years to be sent off in a Test when he was red-carded for a shoulder charge on Lions winger Anthony Watson early in the 24-21 loss in Wellington.

He missed the drawn third Test with the Lions, and the Blues' final Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves.