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  • Five talking points for sports in 2014

    By Gene Cherry Five talking points for sports in 2014: 1. Soccer World Cup It began as a chance for fun-loving Brazilians to take back soccer's biggest honor but ended in humiliation for the hosts in what was widely regarded as one of the best ever World Cups. After years of doubt whether Brazil as…

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  • Biggest sporting flops of 2014

    (Reuters) - Five of the biggest sporting flops from 2014: Brazil (Soccer) Anything less than a World Cup win on home soil was always going to be seen as a failure but nobody could have predicted Brazil would suffer a 7-1 semi-final drubbing by Germany, one of the greatest shocks in soccer history.…

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  • Billion-dollar Sochi Games a sporting success

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - The Sochi 2014 winter Olympics have gone down in history as the most expensive sports event ever organized with a staggering cost of more than $51 billion. The legacy left by Russia's first winter Games is one of gleaming purpose-built arenas with little or no…

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  • Five best performances of 2014

    By Larry Fine (Reuters) - Five best sporting performances of 2014: 1. MADISON BUMGARNER (BASEBALL) San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner saved the day and the World Series for the Giants with a Game Seven effort that capped a record-breaking performance in the Fall Classic. The 25-year-old…

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  • Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A year which was supposed to showcase the virtues of modern sport was instead smeared by a series of scandals that exposed the ugly underbelly of the games people love. On the fields of play, the action in 2014 was at times breathtaking. A German team,…

  • Too many skiers, not enough snow: French resort turns to quotas

    With no chill in the air and very little snow around, one French ski resort that has been blessed with snowfall has been forced to impose quotas to prevent a run on its slopes. As we are nearly the only station open in the Haute-Savoie region, we are expecting serious crowds," said Stephane…

  • Nyman in a hurry to land leading role

    By Patrick Lang VAL GARDENA, Italy (Reuters) - Steven Nyman wants to become more than a one-race wonder. The 32-year-old claimed a third career World Cup downhill victory on Friday, all of which have come on the testing Saslong course at the Italian resort of Val Gardena. Now, the man who used to…

  • US skier Nyman wins Gardena downhill for 3rd time

    VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) -- With performances like this, Steven Nyman should have no problem regaining his funding from the U.S. Ski Team.

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  • Nyman wins Val Gardena downhill Alpine skiing

    Steven Nyman won Friday's men's downhill, the American's third World Cup win, all on Val Gardena's Saslong slope. Nyman clocked a time of 1min 55.89sec to beat Norway's Kjetil Jansrud by 31 hundredths of a second, and Italy's Dominik Paris (1:15). The 32-year-old United States skier was adding to…

  • Pope says will not be around in 10 years

    Pope Francis said Friday he will not still be in the Vatican in ten years' time. Greeting athletes and officials from the Italian National Olympic Committee, the 78-year-old pontiff wished them well with their bid to host the 2024 Games, but said he would not be around to watch them. "Dear…

  • Fenninger fastest in women's downhill training

    VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) -- Anna Fenninger posted the fastest time in a World Cup downhill training run Friday with Austrian teammate Regina Sterz in second and Lindsey Vonn third.

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  • Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'

    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: ''I won't be around.''

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  • Steve Mason injured, helped off ice at Flyers practice

    According to multiple reporters on scene at Philadelphia Flyers practice, goaltender Steve Mason may have been significantly injured during the team’s skate. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News provided some of the details of the scene as it transpired. The Flyers can ill afford to…

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  • NHL rumors: Antoine Vermette trade speculation heats up

    Hockey Insiders like Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Bob McKenzie of TSN and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet have all mentioned Vermette’s name in recent weeks as a guy on the trading block. Though not a star in the league, Vermette is the kind of player that could probably help any team he goes to.

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  • Elite sport's credibility on the line: Ljungqvist

    By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) vice-chairman Arne Ljungqvist says that the credibility of elite sport is in danger of being lost altogether if it does not deal with a historic acceptance of doping in some quarters. Ljungqvist was speaking in the wake of…

  • IOC awards Olympic TV rights in Cuba for 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Cuba's state broadcaster has been awarded the country's exclusive television rights to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Penguins D Olli Maatta diagnosed with mumps, remains isolated

    Defenseman Olli Maatta became the third member of the Pittsburgh Penguins to officially be diagnosed with the mumps. The Penguins announced Maatta’s diagnosis Friday and also revealed that backup goalie Thomas Greiss and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo tested negative after falling ill earlier this…

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  • Italian snowboarders win inaugural WCup team event

    MONTAFON, Austria (AP) -- Italian snowboarders Roland Fischnaller and Nadya Ochner beat Russia in the final of the inaugural World Cup parallel slalom team event on Friday.

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  • NHL Daily Picks: Islanders, Red Wings look to continue Eastern ascent

    Welcome to the NHL Daily Picks, where CBS hockey writers Chris Peters and Adam Gretz share their predictions for select games every day. Game of the Night: When the Islanders and Red Wings meet, they'll do so with the same amount of points in the standings, but very few similarities otherwise. …

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    Fri, Dec 19
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    NY Islanders at Detroit
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