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  • Putin inherits World Cup baton, promises 'unforgettable' 2018

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Sunday vowed "an unforgettable football feast" when his country hosts the 2018 World Cup. After spending more than the $50 billion on this year's Sochi Winter Olympics, Putin faces another multi-billion dollar bill for the project. The 2018 World Cup is…

    AFP
  • Goetze goal in WCup final ties tournament record

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Mario Goetze's winning goal for Germany in the World Cup final was the 171st scored in Brazil, equaling the tournament record.

    The Associated Press
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  • NHL roundup: No. 2 draft pick signs with Sabres

    The Buffalo Sabres signed No. 2 overall draft pick Sam Reinhart to a three-year contract on Saturday. The Sabres also signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract. Reinhart, an 18-year-old forward, spent the past four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey…

    The SportsXchange
  • Olympics "top priority" after Cup -- IOC

    Brasília (AFP) - The 2016 Rio Olympics will be "top priority" for Brazil once the World Cup ends Sunday, IOC head Thomas Bach said after meeting President Dilma Rousseff late Friday. "I was pleased to hear the confidence President Rousseff has in the Games and what they will deliver, and it was…

    AFP
  • World Cup success eases Rio Olympics fears

    The World Cup's success will help ease concerns over Rio de Janeiro's preparations for the 2016 Olympics, the city's mayor said Friday, promising that everything will be ready on time. Two months after a top International Olympic Committee official said the preparations were the worst he had seen,…

    AFP
  • 4 suspended for rigging Vanessa-Mae results

    Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Competing in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father, she finished a distant last among the…

    The Associated Press
  • Slovenia probes Mae's Olympic qualifying races

    By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Four Slovenian officials have been suspended for 'irregularities' in Alpine ski races used by pop violinist Vanessa Mae to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics, the national skiing association said on Friday. "We discovered there were a number of…

    Reuters
  • Saudi prince steps down from IOC and national body

    Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee. The IOC says on Friday the prince stepped down as president of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee. The IOC says in a statement that IOC President Thomas Bach ''thanked His…

    The Associated Press
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  • An A-to-Z Guide for Hockey Goalies

    The following is an on- and off-ice collection of reminders for hockey goalies. Some of these work very well for the defensemen and wings, too. A - Ankle weights. Wear them

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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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
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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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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,''…

    The Associated Press
  • 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.

    The Associated Press
  • 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…

    The Associated Press
  • 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. …

    The Associated Press
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