Tennis - Nike suspending ties with Sharapova: official

Maria Sharapova speaks at a press conference in Los Angeles on March 7, 2016 (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)

- US sportswear maker Nike said it was halting its relationship with Maria Sharapova, after the tennis star announced she had tested positive for a banned substance. "We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova," Nike said in a statement released Monday night in the US. "We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues."