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Despite reforms, denials thwart Russia's anti-doping efforts

Moscow - Russian sport is bracing for more pain after a bruising year that has seen its athletes turfed out of the Olympics over revelations of state-run doping.

Afghan female skier fights taboos — with aid of mullahs

Kaboul - Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights.

Mayweather's promo company deters Conor McGregor’s hope of fight

Rumors of a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor continued to grow on Thursday after it was reported that McGregor obtained his boxing license in California.

Mammoth battles at Nepal elephant polo championship

Putalisadak - The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball. It might be slightly slower-paced than its horseback equivalent, but there's nothing sedate these polo pachyderms.

Ancient Indonesian martial arts seeks global spotlight

Jakarta - Some fight with machetes three-feet long, others are armed with daggers curved like the claws of big cats, while other combatants rely on only their minds.

Ancient Indonesian martial arts seeks global spotlight

Jakarta - Some fight with machetes three-feet long, others are armed with daggers curved like the claws of big cats, while other combatants rely on only their minds.

Ancient Indonesian martial arts seeks global spotlight

Jakarta - Some fight with machetes three-feet long, others are armed with daggers curved like the claws of big cats, while other combatants rely on only their minds.

Parachutists in illicit jump from Brazil skyscraper: report

S - Two Brazilian parachutists jumped from a 46-story skyscraper in the heart of Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city, this week after slipping past security, Globo news site G1 reported Saturday.

Athlete activists make voices heard

Los Angeles - From Colin Kaepernick's boycott of the US national anthem to LeBron James wearing a t-shirt to protest the death of a black man at the hands of police, US athletes are increasingly ready to make their voices heard after years of relative silence.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko promoted to deputy PM

Moscow - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, whose time in office has been tarnished by allegations of state-sponsored doping, has been promoted to deputy prime minister, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

Rebel fire kills swimmer with 'big dreams' in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - On the day she was killed, Syrian star swimmer Mireille Hindoyan had decided to skip her daily swim at an Aleppo pool to work a shift at her family's supermarket near the frontline.

French president says Paris safe for 2024 Olympics

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Sunday that Paris, a target of devastating terrorism, would guarantee the security of athletes if it hosted the 2024 Olympics.

Goat polo, tug-of-war as Central Asia readies for Nomad Games

In a melee of hooves and hands, a scrum of horseriders on the plains of Central Asia wrestle to get control of the ball -- or in this case the carcass of a freshly-slaughtered goat.

Deadly extreme sports weekend in French Alps

Lyon - Five people died in a deadly weekend for extreme sports in the French Alps that claimed the lives of two climbers, a paraglider, a hanglider and a wingsuit jumper.

Italy hosts first Down's Syndrome 'Olympics'

Florence - The roar from the stands in Florence could not have been louder if it had been stars Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the track.

Argentine football head, three ex-cabinet chiefs indicted

Buenos Aires - The president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and three former presidential cabinet chiefs were indicted Thursday in a probe of the country's football broadcasting rights distribution system.

'Bourgeois' cult of beautiful bodies grows in Cuba

Havana - Inside Armando Yera's gym, toned Cubans in tight spandex are pumping iron in front of mirrored walls and pedaling furiously on stationary bikes, a scene that looks more Miami than Havana.

Hong Kong horse racing bets on party image as belts tighten

Hong Kong - Tracks and betting shops overflow twice a week in Hong Kong thanks to the city's enduring horse racing tradition -- with crowds of tourists and expats going along for the ride.

Prince Harry opens Invictus games for military disabled

Miami - Britain's Prince Harry opened the Invictus games for disabled war veterans and awarded the first gold of the 2016 event to France.

Little Messi flees Afghanistan, appeals to UN after 'threats'

Quetta - The young Afghan boy who captivated hearts after he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey has appealed to the UN refugee agency after fleeing Afghanistan.

Brazil sports minister resigns

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's sports minister resigned Wednesday amid a raging political crisis, five months before Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic Games, the presidency said.

Messi sends autographed jerseys to his little Afghan fan

Kabul - Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen.

Messi seeks to meet Afghan boy in plastic jersey

Kabul - Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hoping to arrange a meeting with an Afghan boy who shot to fame after pictures of him dressed in a striped plastic bag jersey went viral, Kabul's football federation said Monday.

Greek footballers stage pitch sit-in over migrant deaths

Atenas - Second-division football players in Greece held a sit-in protest at the start of a game over the spiralling death toll among migrants trying to reach the European country by sea.

Just how accurate is Fitbit?

A class-action lawsuit has been taken out against the company Fitbit. The legal action alleges the company’s heart-rate monitors are inaccurate and, therefore, dangerous.

French soldier dies in wingsuit jump from Le Brevent

Grenoble - A 39-year-old French soldier was killed Saturday while attempting a wingsuit jump in the Alps, the latest casualty in what is regarded as one of the most dangerous extreme sports, a rescue worker said.

Iran orchestra barred over women musicians

Tehran - A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said on Sunday.

Schools, museums, tourist sites closed in Paris after attacks

Paris - Schools, markets, museums and major tourist sites in the Paris area were closed on Saturday and sporting fixtures were cancelled following the terror attacks on the French capital, local authorities said.

Anger mars opening of World Indigenous Games

Palmas - Loud protests by native Brazilians against President Dilma Rousseff over what they say is their loss of rights marred the opening of the first international games for indigenous tribes.

Fire and feathers: Brazil kicks off 'Indigenous Olympics'

Palmas - Athletes from tribes around the world kicked off what's being dubbed the indigenous olympics with the lighting of a sacred fire in Brazil's Amazon city of Palmas.
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