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Turkmenistan bans alcohol ahead of flagship sporting event

Ashgabat - Reclusive Turkmenistan has banned sales of alcohol until October to ensure "public order" ahead of a key sporting event the country is hosting next month, an official in the trade ministry told AFP Saturday.

Ten arrested after Senegal soccer stadium deaths

Dakar - Ten football fans have been arrested in connection with a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup match in Dakar, Senegalese police said Tuesday.

Not so jolly hockey sticks for North Korean sports

Pyongyang - When North Korea's ice hockey team arrived in Auckland for an international tournament carrying battered wooden sticks, organisers stepped in to provide high-tech carbon fibre equipment.

Deadly clashes in ICoast ahead of international games

Abidjan - Fresh violence in Ivory Coast left one member of the security forces dead as gunmen attacked a police training school just hours before the start of an international sports tournament.

Senegal football club suspended after stadium tragedy

Dakar - Senegal's US Ouakam team was suspended from the country's football federation on Monday after accusations its supporters threw projectiles at rival fans triggering a stampede that left eight dead.

Bloodied at Chinese fight club for $75

Chengdu - Every Friday night, fighters trade blows in a ring in the dimly lit Monster Club in southwest China, competing for a $75 payday as a crowd cheer them on.

High emotion as Queen Mary 2, four trimarans race to New York

Saint-nazaire - Four high-tech trimarans, made purely for racing speed, and the Queen Mary 2, built soley for luxury, set off for New York on Sunday, the centrepiece of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the arrival of US troops in Europe to fight in World ...

Greece Lacrosse Association raises awareness for sport in Greece

The Greece Lacrosse Association is dedicated to bringing the sport of lacrosse to Greece. They plan to achieve this through the schools, football and basketball clubs.

Backwater to boomtown: rural Thai city emerges as sporting Camelot

Buriram - A 'godfather' of Thai politics is using cash and contacts to transform his once poor, forgotten rice-farming fiefdom into an unlikely sporting Camelot, complete with a football stadium and racetrack set to host the MotoGP.

Attack sparks robust security for FA Cup and other sporting events

London - Armed police looked on as thousands watched the Great CityGames in the centre of Manchester on Friday just days after a suicide bomb at a pop concert claimed 22 lives and wounded dozens.

Turkey brings back Ottoman sports to revive past glory

Istanbul - Brandishing their javelins and letting out a bloodcurdling war cry, the Ottoman horsemen charge at a thunderous gallop. Suddenly one is hit and thrown from his horse -- making dozens of children gasp as they film the scene on their smartphones.

World Cup, Olympic stadiums in Brazil corruption scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil was proud of its football World Cup and Olympics stadiums, but the shame of the country's corruption saga has engulfed even these monuments to fair play.

Mozambican footballer killed in croc attack

Maputo - A young Mozambican football player was snatched and killed by a crocodile while training along the banks of a river, his club said on Monday.

Different strokes: Underwater hockey makes splash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - The gravity defying sport of underwater hockey has gained a worldwide following -- now a Hong Kong team is diving in as the game takes off in Asia.

Young pioneers push envelope on freestyle indoor skydiving

Varsovia - Dressed in a white skintight full body suit and helmet, Maja Kuczynska spins furiously before diving into a fast-moving sequence of airborne gymnastic moves with the elegance of a ballet dancer.

Hungary activists form party after anti-Olympic bid campaign

Budapest - A group of young Hungarian activists who forced Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government into a rare retreat announced a new political party Sunday and said they plan to run for parliament next year.

Snooker: Barry Hawkins wins Grand Prix Special

Preston - English snooker player Barry Hawkins continued his good run of form by lifting the World Grand Prix snooker title. Hawkins defeated Welsh player Ryan Day by 10 frames to 7 in the final.

Sweden bans fans covering face to curb stadium violence

Stockholm - Sweden on Wednesday banned fans from covering their faces at sporting venues to clamp down on violence by masked hooligans, while allowing exceptions for religious reasons.

Kosovo uses sport in diplomatic joust with Serbia

Pristina - Belgrade rejects its claim to independence and Russia blocks it from joining the United Nations, but Kosovo is fighting back for its place on the international stage through sport."Great news!

Russia blasts NYT doping 'conspiracy' report

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday blasted a report in The New York Times that officials have acknowledged a massive sports doping conspiracy, reiterating claims there was no government involvement.

Russia faces ban calls after damning doping revelations

London - There were growing calls on Saturday for Russia to be banned from the Winter Olympics and other major international events after the latest startling revelations of state-sponsored doping across Russian sport.

No Putin link to Russian doping: McLaren

London - There is no evidence to suggest Russian president Vladimir Putin knew about "state-sponsored" doping in the country's sport programmes, doping investigator Richard McLaren told AFP on Friday.

Russia 'hijacked' sport with mass doping, says McLaren

London - Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an "institutional conspiracy" to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday.

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.
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