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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

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

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

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.

World Cup, Olympics terror threats growing, says Interpol

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.

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

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's richest turf contest hikes prize money

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.

Nathan Adrian visits the Children's Hospital Oakland

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

Football: jury selection begins in FIFA corruption trial

Jury selection began Monday in the FIFA bribery trial of three South American ex-officials, two and a half years after US prosecutors unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer.

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

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.

Iraq dispute kicks off crisis for Kurdish sports

Sports clubs and players in Iraqi Kurdistan are facing the threat of a spell on the sidelines as the crisis between the region and Baghdad sees matches suspended and away trips cancelled.

Greek marathons: where runners pit themselves against history

Athens's classic marathon is the grandsire of all long-distance races and on the bucket list of most self-respecting runners -- but for antiquity buffs, there are other Greek races with an even stronger historical pedigree.The 42.2-kilometre (26.

Gold medalist Ted Ligety talks Smucker, skiing career, fatherhood Special

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety chatted with Digital Journal about his partnership with J.M. Smucker Company, his future plans, fatherhood, and motivations. He also opened up about the digital transformation and impact of technology on skiing.

Football: Briton gets jail in second FIFA sentencing

A US judge sentenced a British-Greek accountant to jail for 15 months on Tuesday, condemning his "breathtaking" fraud in helping to launder $3 million in bribes in the FIFA corruption scandal.

Ball game brings rare joy to Rohingya refugee boys

In a refugee camp in Bangladesh crammed with makeshift bamboo shelters, Rohingya boys gather on one of the few remaining clear areas of ground for an energetic bout of chinlone -- a version of keepie-uppie that is one of the few pleasures they can stil...

Mike Piazza joins 77 WABC at Stage 17: The heart of a champion Special

On October 30, Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (New York Mets) was interviewed at the newly renovated Stage 17 at the Cumulus radio station 77 WABC in New York City, as part of The Baller Series.

Saudis to open sports stadiums to women in reform push

Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families.

Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving

Tiger Woods pleaded guilty in a Florida court on Friday to reckless driving, the state attorney said, after police found the golf champion asleep in his Mercedes-Benz beside the road last May.

Syria footballers take refuge in Iraq as tables turn

A decade ago, Iraqi footballers used to take refuge in neighbouring Syria to pursue their career but the tables have turned in the tumultuous world of Middle East conflicts.

Whistleblower makes claims of systematic doping in China

A Chinese whistleblower, now seeking political asylum in Germany, has claimed there was a systematic doping programme in China during the 1980s and 1990s across a range of sports.

Vangelis Galiatsatos talks gold medal, European Championship win Special

17-year-old Greek weightlifter Vangelis Galiatsatos chatted with me about his gold medal win at the 2017 European Championships.

Barca won't be used as political tool - Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Saturday the Catalan giants cannot be used by either side of a political battle over Catalonia's drive to gain independence from Spain.

Meet Ricky Berens: 2-time Olympic gold medalist, world champion Special

Olympic gold medalist and world champion swimmer Ricky Berens chatted with Digital Journal about his respected career in the sport, and he opened up about two charitable foundations that he supports.

Mark Schultz talks digital transformation of wrestling, future Special

Olympic gold medalist wrestler Mark Schultz chatted with Digital Journal about his latest endeavors, and the digital transformation of the wrestling industry.

Olympics: Nuzman freed on bail pending Rio Games vote-rig trial

Brazilian judges on Thursday conditionally released from jail the former head of the country's Olympic committee who is charged with corruption in an alleged vote-buying scandal to secure the 2016 games.

US gymnast Maroney reveals abuse by team doctor

Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the "Me Too" movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Trump slams NFL for not forcing players to stand for US anthem

US President Donald Trump slammed the National Football League (NFL) again on Wednesday for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem.

'Don't hit' foreign fans, Russian Cup mayor tells locals

The mayor of the Russian World Cup host city of Kaliningrad advised locals Wednesday to leave the city on match days -- and not to hit fans."Be hospitable and friendly -- don't hit anyone," said the city's mayor Alexander Yaroshuk.

Israel says judo team barred from wearing national emblems in Abu Dhabi

Israel on Monday denounced a decision by the organisers of a major judo tournament in Abu Dhabi preventing its team from wearing national emblems and the playing of their national anthem.

George Weah: from football pitch to presidential palace?

George Weah, 51, emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has leveraged his status as a revered figure among young people in his second run for the presidency.

TV deal for 2026, 2030 World Cups 'advantageous' for FIFA - BeIN

The TV broadcasting rights deal agreed for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, which is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors, was "advantageous for FIFA", a beIN spokesman claimed Saturday.

Refugees take northern French town to cricket glory

On a rugby field overlooked by a towering cathedral, a group of young refugees has introduced a small northern French town to the beautiful game of... cricket.

Sam Kendricks nominated for IAAF 2017 'Male Athlete of the Year'

American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks has a major reason to be proud. He has been nominated for IAAF 2017 "Male Athlete of the Year."

Tears in Damascus as Syria misses shot at World Cup

Syrians in Damascus collapsed into tears of disappointment on Tuesday as their war-torn country's hopes of qualifying for a first ever football World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia.

Review: Vangelis Galiatsatos wins gold medal at European Championships Special

Vangelis Galiatsatos, the 17-year old weightlifter from Kefalonia, Greece, won the gold medal at the 2017 European Championships.

Chatting with Tom Shields: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Special

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tom Shields chatted with Digital Journal about his prolific career in swimming, and he offered advice for aspiring swimmers.

Rio 2016 Olympic committee chief resigns after arrest

The chairman of Brazil's Olympic Committee, who helped organize the Rio 2016 Games, submitted his resignation Saturday, saying he wanted to concentrate on defending himself against corruption charges.

Brazil arrests Rio 2016 Olympic committee chairman on corruption charges

Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the chairman of the country's Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged vote buying to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted

Tokyo Olympic organisers said Wednesday that prolonged summer rain had temporarily brought high levels of bacteria to a venue intended for triathlon and marathon swimming at the 2020 Games.

Government millions for baseball divides Venezuelans

Baseball-mad Venezuelans are bitterly divided over a government decision to pump millions into the game while basic food and medicines are in short supply in the crisis-rocked South American country.
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