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Chop and change? Turkmenistan stages Asian martial arts

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan's image-conscious strongman Gurbanguly Berymukhamedov on Sunday kicked off a 10-day regional sporting event the isolated country is hosting despite a slew of economic and rights concerns.

International Olympic Committee readies to crown Paris, Los Angeles for 2024, 2028

- The International Olympic Committee will crown Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics here Wednesday, delivering a welcome feel-good factor amid a gathering storm of corruption allegations.

World Cup ticket sales start Thursday

Moscow - FIFA announced Tuesday that ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup will begin on Thursday, nine months to the day that the tournament kicks off in Russia.

Olympic chief defends handling of corruption case

- International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach defended his organisation's handling of corruption allegations on Monday, insisting the movement could never make itself immune from scandal.

No sand, no problem: Beach football in landlocked Afghanistan

Kabul - At a makeshift beach in landlocked Afghanistan, children as young as eight, wearing baggy Real Madrid and Barcelona shirts with "Ronaldo" and "Messi" printed on the back, joyfully kick and chase the ball.

Graft and white elephants: Rio's Olympic legacy

Rio De Janeiro - The Rio de Janeiro Olympics was a world class party, but a year later, there's no end in sight to the painful hangover gripping Latin America's biggest country.Brazilians have got used to public officials' incompetence and corruption.

Review: Sam Kendricks wins Domspringen pole vault competition in Germany Special

Aachen - American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks won first place in the Domspringen pole vault meeting on September 6 in Aachen, Germany.

Olympics: IOC prepares Paris, LA award amid graft storm

- The International Olympic Committee opens a week of high-level meetings here Monday, preparing to rubber-stamp the award of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics as the movement battles a fresh wave of corruption revelations.

Cricket: Tales of tragedy, triumph from Pakistan's Gaddafi Stadium

Lahore - Groundsmen are rolling down the pitches, welders are repairing barbed wire, and workers are splashing on a new coat of paint at Pakistan's centrepiece Gaddafi Stadium, which has witnessed both history and controversy -- and is now preparing to retake c...

Megabucks deal just the start, says IPL chairman

New Delhi - The Indian Premier League is expecting even higher returns in the years ahead after striking a bumper $2.55 billion broadcast deal to become one of the world's richest sports competitions.

41 cities bidding for 2026 World Cup games

Los Angeles - Forty-one cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States have submitted bids to serve as host cities for the 2026 World Cup, officials said Thursday.

Rio Olympics probe puts IOC back under corruption spotlight

Lausanne - The Rio 2016 cash-for-votes inquiry in Brazil has placed the International Olympic Committee under a fresh cloud of corruption less than a week before it is due to award the 2024 Games to Paris.

Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian officials said Tuesday that the country's Olympics chief was the "lynchpin" in a plot to bribe the International Olympic Committee into awarding Rio de Janeiro last year's Games.

Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt talks proudest moments, future Special

The world's fastest human, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, chatted with Digital Journal about his proudest moments in track and field, and he opened up about his future.

Jeff Hartwig talks pole vault, proudest accomplishments, success Special

American pole vaulter Jeff Hartwig chatted with Digital Journal about his proudest moments in the sport. He gave advice for aspiring athletes and discussed how technology has changed contemporary track and field.

Djokovic becomes father of baby girl

Belgrade - Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become parents of a baby girl, local media reported on Sunday.

Germany football stars slam Nazi chants

Berlin - Germany players have blasted a hardcore group of crowd members for shouting Nazi-era chants during a World Cup qualifier as the world champions hope to secure a finals berth on Monday.

Neymar moves into sprawling mansion near PSG training ground

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian superstar Neymar has moved into a five-storey, 1,000-square-metre (10,800 square foot) mansion in the posh western Paris suburb of Bougival, sources said Friday.

Women's high jump world record turns 30 years old

Rome - The women's high jump world record (2.09 meters) that was set on August 30, 1987, in Rome, Italy, has turned 30 years old.
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