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  • IOC has to explain merits of Games better, says Bach

    By Stephanie Nebehay LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must do a better job of explaining the merits of hosting the Games to cities considering an application, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. Only three cities - Oslo, Almaty in Kazakhstan and…

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  • IOC says Rio report encouraging but vigilance needed

    By Stephanie Nebehay LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Brazil has presented an "encouraging report" about preparations for the 2016 Rio Games but vigilance is needed to ensure venues are ready, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. IOC President Thomas Bach, who was heading to Rio…

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  • Bach cites 'great dynamism' in Rio preparations

    Brazilian Olympic organizers are benefiting from the successful hosting of the World Cup and showing ''great dynamism'' to overcome the delays that have plagued the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, IOC President Thomas Bach said Wednesday. A day after Brazil's humbling 7-1 loss to Germany in the…

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  • Bach praises Brazil fans after 7-1 WCup collapse

    IOC President Thomas Bach found himself in an awkward situation, supporting his native Germany in the World Cup semifinal against Brazil, the country that will host the next Olympics. Bach, an avid football fan since his youth in Germany, watched Tuesday night's match on a big screen at a Lausanne…

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  • Brazil fans crushed by 7-1 loss to Germany

    The tears started flowing before half time, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief. A rain of seven goals by the powerful German team devastated the Brazilian soccer faithful across this continent-sized, soccer-mad…

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  • Olympic speedskater Brittany Schussler retires

    Olympic speedskater Brittany Schussler of Canada has retired after competing internationally for 13 seasons. The 29-year-old skater represented her country at three Winter Olympics. Her best finishes were fifth place in team pursuit in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014). She says on her website…

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  • IOC warns baseball confederation after Israeli snub

    (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has issued a formal warning to the World Baseball Softball Confederation after the Israeli flag and name plate were removed during the confederation's congress in Tunisia last May. The confederation, formed in an attempt to win inclusion for…

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  • IOC issues warning over Israeli flag incident

    The International Olympic Committee issued a warning to the world baseball and softball federation on Tuesday after an Israeli delegate was barred from displaying his national flag at a recent meeting in Tunisia. ''This is a clear signal that the IOC is not accepting any kind of discrimination,''…

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  • South Sudan runner to compete at Youth Games

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- A runner from South Sudan will compete as an ''independent Olympic athlete'' at the Summer Youth Games next month in China.

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  • Pakistan Olympic body avoids suspension by IOC

    Pakistan's Olympic committee has escaped suspension by the IOC after the government stopped interfering in its affairs, ending doubt over Pakistan's participation in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The International Olympic Committee warned Pakistan it would be suspended this week unless it…

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  • Russia to allow gambling in Sochi

    Russia will allow gambling in Sochi in a bid to make continued use of the facilities that were built in the Black Sea resort for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia spent $51 billion on the Games, leaving many companies that invested in the city wondering how they were going to recoup their money. …

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  • IOC: Rio's Olympic preparations boosted by WCup

    LONDON (AP) -- The IOC official overseeing efforts to speed up Rio de Janeiro's troubled preparations for the 2016 Olympics says the smooth running of the World Cup has lifted the mood of Brazilians and given them the confidence needed to deliver the games on time.

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  • China faces tougher sell in Winter Olympics bid

    (Reuters) - Beijing promised a "frugal" Winter Olympics and to harness the event to clean up the capital's notorious air pollution if selected as host of the 2022 Games, but the pledges were greeted with skepticism on Chinese social media. Along with Oslo and Almaty, Beijing was confirmed as an…

    Reuters
  • Brazil faces Germany without Neymar, captain Thiago Silva

    (Reuters) - Brazil will grind to a halt when the hosts, missing injured talisman Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva, take on European heavyweights Germany in their World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. Neymar fractured a vertebra in the quarter-final against Colombia is out for…

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  • Canada's largest union takes up fight to unionize CHL players

    Unifor president Jerry Dias says his union is 'not going to be scared off by the roadblocks and the obstacles' put up by CHL.

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  • Almaty, Beijing, Oslo make list for 2022 Olympics

    As the IOC sought to dispel concerns the Olympics are too expensive, two former host cities and one former also-ran advanced to the final phase Monday in the troubled race for the 2022 Winter Games. Left with little choice following the previous withdrawal of three candidates, the International…

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  • Facts, figures on 2022 Winter Games bids

    Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, made the cut Monday when the IOC announced the list of finalists for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Some of the key facts and figures from the IOC's working group report on the three bids:

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  • Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan, make list of finalists for 2022 Winter Olympics

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Beijing, Oslo and Almaty, Kazakhstan, make list of finalists for 2022 Winter Olympics.

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  • Final 3: IOC set to keep 3 bids for 2022 Games

    Olympic leaders meet Monday to decide which cities make the cut in the race for the 2022 Winter Games. The International Olympic Committee executive board is expected to keep all three remaining candidates: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Also on the agenda for the three-day meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland,…

    The Associated Press
  • PRESS BOX: Browns WR Gordon arrested for DWI

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired Saturday morning in Raleigh, N.C., according to multiple reports. Raleigh police captain Tommy Klein told ESPN that Gordon was "appreciably impaired." Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Gordon was taken into custody…

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