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Utrecht to host 2015 Tour de France start

Paris - The route for the 2015 Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycle race, was unveiled Wednesday at the Grand Palais in Paris. The 102nd running of the Tour de France will start from Utrecht, Holland's "bicycle city," on Jul. 4, 2014.

'We don't want revenge' on Pistorius, says Steenkamp's mother

London - The mother of Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend said Wednesday she did not want "revenge", a day after the disgraced South African athlete began serving a five-year jail term for shooting her daughter dead.

Pistorius jailed for five years

Pretoria - South African judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013."Count one, culpable homicide, the sentence imposed is five years," Masipa said.

Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

Pretoria - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation.

Pistorius siblings speak out on eve of sentencing

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's brother and sister on Monday gave a string of television interviews ahead of the sentencing of South Africa's star athlete for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius sentence set for Tuesday

Pretoria - South African Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned Oscar Pistorius's sentencing hearing on Friday and scheduled the handing down of his sentence for Tuesday 21 October.

Steenkamp cousin says Pistorius must 'pay' for killing

Pretoria - A cousin of slain South African model Reeva Steenkamp made a tearful plea Thursday for Oscar Pistorius "to pay" for killing her, as prosecutors sought at his sentencing hearing to see the Paralympic athlete sent to jail.

Reeva Steenkamp's death 'ruined family', court hears

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius "ruined our whole family" when he killed Reeva Steenkamp, a South African court heard Wednesday, as prosecutors turned the spotlight firmly back on the victim in a last-ditch attempt to secure a prison sentence for the Paralympic athlet...

Light Pistorius sentence could spark 'crisis of trust'

Pretoria - Prosecutors fought a rear-guard action to ensure Oscar Pistorius is jailed for unlawfully killing his girlfriend, warning Wednesday that justice was also on trial in the eyes of the South African public.

Pistorius should get community service, says prison official

Pretoria - A South African prison official on Monday recommended Oscar Pistorius clean a museum as punishment for shooting dead his girlfriend, sparking prosecution anger in a court weighing what sentence to give the Paralympian.

Reeva Steenkamp's family in state of shock at Pistorius verdict

Pretoria - The parents of Reeva Steenkamp have reacted with shock and disbelief after a judge acquitted star athlete Oscar Pistorius of her murder, convicting him of the lesser charge of culpable homicide."We were shocked. Shocked.

Pistorius verdict 'not right' say Reeva Steenkamp's parents

Johannesburg - The parents of Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot and killed by Oscar Pistorius, reacted with disbelief at a judge's decision to acquit the star athlete of murder charges.

Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide

Pretoria - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius was convicted Friday of culpable homicide for shooting his lover Reeva Steenkamp, but walked free on bail ahead of what could still be a stiff prison sentence.

Oscar Pistorius faces judgement for culpable homicide

Pretoria - Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius arrived in court on Friday to face judgement for culpable homicide, a verdict that will decide if the famed "Blade Runner" walks free after his shock murder acquittal.

Cleared of murder, Pistorius faces homicide verdict

Pretoria - Celebrity athlete Oscar Pistorius faces judgement on a charge of culpable homicide on Friday after being acquitted of murdering his model girlfriend in a shock decision that legal experts described as too lenient.

Pistorius found not guilty of murdering girlfriend

Pretoria - A sobbing Oscar Pistorius was acquitted Thursday of murdering his girlfriend, but the South African celebrity athlete dubbed the "Blade Runner" still faces judgement on a lesser culpable homicide charge.

Pistorius weeps as judge begins murder trial verdict

Pretoria - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius wept in the dock on Thursday as a judge began handing down her verdict on whether the star Paralympian was guilty of the Valentine's Day murder of his model girlfriend.

Judgement day for 'Blade Runner' Pistorius

Pretoria - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius appears in court on Thursday to face judgement over the killing of his model girlfriend, ending a six-month trial that turned the amputee's private life into a global spectacle.

Pistorius house 'a good buy', says new owner

Pretoria - Where others might see a house of horror, Louwtjie Louwrens -- the man who bought Oscar Pistorius's home -- thinks he got the deal of a lifetime and a secure residence, even if his wife isn't so sure.

Ecuador women turn to boxing to fight sexual violence

Quito - After surviving a harrowing rape attempt, Any Hurtado took up boxing -- and found herself surrounded by other Ecuadoran women using their fists for protection in a country torn by sexual violence.

Russian train-surfers, extreme sport or social problem?

Moscow - Since he was 10, Sasha has taken the train everyday between Moscow and his home in the suburbs. Only instead of sitting inside with the other passengers, he runs on its rooftop as the train hurtles along.

Rodman claims N. Korean leader didn't execute his uncle

Washington - Former basketball star Dennis Rodman claims North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un did not execute his uncle and that he saw him during a recent trip to the Stalinist state.

Oddsmakers give the LA Lakers a slim success chance for season

Los Angeles - The majority of bookies are giving the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team poor odds to win the game season this year.

FootGolf: New sport combines golf with soccer

If you've ever wanted to play golf with soccer balls, you're in luck. There are national and international leagues that combine these two activities into one sport.

Most of Pistorius trial can be televised, judge rules

Pretoria - A South African judge ruled Tuesday that most of Oscar Pistorius's trial for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend can be broadcast live, but not the Paralympian's own testimony.Judge Dunstan Mlambo said cameras would be allowed "to obtain a video and audi...

Sports minister suggests cheerleading for girls who want to look 'radiant'

London - Britain's sports and equalities minister Helen Grant came under fire on Friday after encouraging women to take up sports such as cheerleading in order to retain their femininity while keeping fit.The Tory MP told the Daily Telegraph there were many spo...

Pistorius speaks out one year after shooting girlfriend dead

Johannesburg - South African Paralympic sprint star Oscar Pistorius said Friday he was consumed with "sorrow" as he marked one year since he shot dead his model girlfriend on Valentine's Day in what he maintains was an accident.The world-famous double amputee, 27, sh...

Kotsenburg gets Sochi off to golden start

The glorious unpredictability of Olympic sport was unveiled in all its majesty on Saturday on an extraordinary, record-matching first day of competition at the Sochi Winter Games.

Sir Chris Chataway dies at the age of 82

London - British athlete and former world record holder Sir Chris Chataway has died at the age of 82. Chataway is one of Britain's most celebrated athletes and is well-known for helping Sir Roger Bannister to break the four-minute mile in 1954.

Russian lawmakers propose harsh new security laws ahead of Sochi

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Tuesday announced plans to push through legislation introducing harsher punishments for those who carry out deadly attacks, as Russia tightens security ahead of February's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
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