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Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit fails drugs test From “BBC News – World”



Trainer Bob Baffert congratulates jockey John Velazquez after Medina Spirit won the Kentucky Derby earlier this monthKentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, who provided trainer Bob Baffert with a record seventh win in the race, has failed a drugs test.Baffert said he was “shocked” after the horse tested above the limit for betamethasone and insisted he had never administered the substance.”I got the biggest gut punch in racing for something I didn’t do,” he said.Medina Spirit, ridden by John Velazquez, won America’s most famous race at Churchill Downs on 1 May.Baffert, 68, was the first trainer to win the US Triple Crown for 37 years when American Pharoah completed the treble of Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 2015.The Hall of Fame trainer repeated the hat-trick with Justify three years later.But on Sunday, he told reporters that Medina Spirit had tested positive for 21 picograms of the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone, above Kentucky racing’s threshold of ten picograms per millilitre.”It’s such an injustice to the horse. I don’t feel embarrassed, I feel like I was wronged. But I’m going to fight it,” he said.”There are problems in racing, but it’s not Bob Baffert. I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but why is it happening to me?”Baffert said Medina Spirit has not yet been officially disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, although that still could happen after other tests and processes are completed.”This shouldn’t have happened,” Baffert said. “There’s a problem somewhere. It didn’t come from us.”







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Israel’s Netanyahu fails to form government by deadline, prolonging political deadlock : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 67%. (I’m a bot)There was also no guarantee that, after the conservative incumbent was unable to assemble a new coalition, parties outside his caretaker government could bridge their differences and unseat him.Netanyahu’s bloc of right-wing and Jewish religious parties failed to win a majority, but so did a camp aiming to oust him, which would have to include his right-wing rivals as well as traditional left-wing and centrist opponents.Bennett, 49, has voiced a preference to join Netanyahu but said he would seek a partnership with the prime minister’s opponents to avoid a fifth election as Israel reopens its economy following a swift COVID-19 vaccination rollout and grapples with the challenges of Iran’s nuclear programme.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: party#1 Netanyahu#2 new#3 minister#4 prime#5







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Netanyahu fails to form government by deadline, putting his political future in question From “World News”



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Israel’s Netanyahu fails to form government before deadline | Israel From “World news | The Guardian”



Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a coalition government, extending a two-year political deadlock in Israel – and putting the country’s longest-serving leader back on the defensive as his rivals move to unseat him.Following an inconclusive snap election on 23 March – the fourth since 2019 – the 71-year-old leader had hoped to clinch what would be a unique and historic partnership in Israeli politics.Netanyahu sought to forge an agreement between far-right Jewish politicians and a conservative Islamist party, called the United Arab List, or Ra’am in Hebrew.Without such a deal, the prime minister had few other options to form a majority government of 61 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament.Complicating his efforts and part of the reason for the political stalemate is Netanyahu’s corruption case. While he denies the charges, some politicians have pledged not to serve under a prime minister who is on trial.Still, as Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party won the most seats in March, he was tasked by Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, to form a government within a mandated 28 days. With that period expiring at midnight on Tuesday, the president has two options.Rivlin could, as soon as Wednesday, give the opposition leader Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party finished second in the March vote, another 28 days to try to form a government. Or he could ask parliamentarians to vote on a candidate.Lapid has welcomed the opportunity. He became head of the opposition after his predecessor, Benny Gantz, lost support when he made a power-sharing deal with Netanyahu that ultimately collapsed.“It’s time for a new government,” Lapid, 57, a former TV host and finance minister, said on Monday. “We can form a government.”However, there was no guarantee Lapid could bridge vast ideological differences in the Knesset.Meanwhile, Naftali Bennett, who was Netanyahu’s defence minister but has since run against him, has emerged as a potential kingmaker. The far-right politician has said he wants to oust the prime minister and avoid a potential fifth election – the inevitable outcome if no government is formed.Netanyahu said he had suggested a deal in which Bennett becomes prime minister for a year and then hands back power, but it was swiftly rejected. A similar “rotation” deal between Bennett and Lapid could be a possibility.Netanyahu is famed for political wizardry and has often appeared on the brink of losing power since he first took office in 1996, only to snatch it back.“This is a day for people with strong nerves,” Sima Kadmon, a political commentator, wrote in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. “As always, nobody knows what trick Netanyahu intends to pull out of his hat at the last minute.”However, writing in the competing Israel Hayom newspaper, the commentator Matti Tuchfeld said the Israeli leader was out of options: “Even the greatest magician of all times at some point runs out of rabbits.”







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