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Russia threatens to sue IOC over bobsleigh doping bans

Moscow - Russia's bobsleigh and skeleton federation responded to more Sochi doping bans on Friday by saying they were prepared to take legal action against the International Olympic Committee.

Steve Hooker inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame

2008 Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter Steve Hooker was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame this past October.

Pistorius: From Olympic glory to jail for murder

Johanesburg - A South African appeals court on Friday more than doubled Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, bringing it up to 13 years and five months.

Brazil striker Robinho handed nine-year term for rape

Rome - Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports.

Indonesia basketball players fixed games 'to pay their salaries'

Jakarta - Eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match fixing, the league said Thursday, reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries.

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

New Delhi - Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday.

Interview with Nancy Kerrigan: Two-time Olympic medalist Special

Two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan chatted with Digital Journal about her family, athletic career, and her experience on "Dancing with the Stars." She also opened up about what she is most thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.

Calgary Winter Olympics bid needs more work: committee

Montr - Calgary's bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games needs further evaluation by the local authority to the tune of CAN$2 million ($1.6 million), according to recommendations presented to the city council Monday.

'My eyes are burning': Delhi half marathon goes ahead despite smog

New Delhi - Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed.

Trump tells UCLA players 'you're welcome,' credits Xi

Washington - US President Donald Trump credited China's President Xi Jinping Thursday with the release of three UCLA basketball players who had been held on suspicion of shoplifting.

Kiwis 'gutted' as Peru end World Cup dream

Wellington - New Zealand football fans lamented the end of their World Cup dream Thursday after a 2-0 defeat to Peru, but said the unfancied All Whites' gritty display had done the nation proud.

Football: FIFA bribery trial kicks off in New York

New York - Three South American former soccer officials were blinded by greed and accepted millions of dollars in bribes, US prosecutors told the FIFA corruption trial Monday as defense lawyers insisted their wealthy clients were innocent.

USA gymnastics star Aly Raisman reveals abuse by former team doctor

Washington - Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast Aly Raisman has revealed that she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Interview with Joseph Schooling: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Special

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Joseph Schooling chatted with Digital Journal about his future plans, Olympic victory, and "The Schooling Effect." He also discussed the impact of technology in aquatics and shared his advice for aspiring swimmers.

'Nothing to fear' as Australia plays Honduras on edge of killing field

Tegucigalpa - Australia are to face Honduras for a World Cup playoff in a Central American stadium on Friday located on the edge of a cane field notorious for being where gangs dumped corpses and dismembered victims with chainsaws.

World Cup, Olympics terror threats growing, says Interpol

Doha - Terror and cyber-security threats to major global sporting events, including football's World Cup and the Olympics, are growing, Interpol's secretary general warned on Wednesday.

Nathan Adrian visits the Children's Hospital Oakland

Oakland - In mid-October, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Nathan Adrian visited the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in California.

World's richest turf contest hikes prize money

Sydney - The world's richest turf race will boost its prize money to Aus$13 million (US$10 million), organisers said in a cheeky full-page newspaper ad placed on the day of its rival Melbourne Cup.

Russia faces 'very real' threat of attack at World Cup

Moscow - Russia says it will take extraordinary measures to combat any terrorist threat when it hosts the World Cup next year, as its military campaign in Syria makes the country a prime target for jihadists.
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