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Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Coach cleared of administering EPO to banned runner Jeptoo

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP):

The former coach of banned marathon runner Rita Jeptoo was acquitted yesterday in a Kenyan court for charges that he helped administer the blood-booster EPO to her.

Italian national Claudio Berardelli was cleared of charges of conspiring to harm Jeptoo's career by administering a banned substance. Daniel Cheribo Kiplangat, an assistant coach who worked with Berardelli, and pharmacist Stephen Kiplagat Tanui were also cleared of the charges in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Kiplagat, however, was found guilty on other charges of operating a pharmacy without proper certification.

The three men were arrested and released on bail more than a year ago.

Jeptoo, a three-time Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon winner, tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test in September 2014, just before she was due to claim a $500,000 prize as the top marathon runner in the world.

Nadal, Federer cruise in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China (AP):

Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 yesterday.

Roger Federer, seeded second to Nadal, defeated Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2.

Nadal hadn't won an ATP hard-court title in more than three years until the U.S. Open last month, and now he's gunning for his third in five weeks.

In the quarter-finals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Federer will play Richard Gasquet. Meanwhile Juan Martin del Potro advanced by overcoming third-seeded Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.