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Activists doubt Azerbaijan's opening up through sport

Bakou - Sport and politics do mix when the Azerbaijan hosts of the first European Games are accused by rights groups of putting on the "Games of Repression.

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Bakou - Pro-government activists protested on Thursday outside European embassies in Baku, as anger rose in Azerbaijan over international criticism of the country's rights record ahead of the opening of the inaugural European Games.

Clouds hover as inaugural European Games set to begin

Baku - Organisers will hope exploits by the likes of Olympic heroines Katie Taylor and Jade Jones will replace headlines over concerns for Azerbaijan's human rights record when the inaugural European Games get underway in Baku on Friday.

OSCE, Amnesty say banned by Azerbaijan ahead of European Games

Bakou - The OSCE said on Wednesday Azerbaijan ordered it to shut down its local office ahead of the European Games, while Amnesty International complained the ex-Soviet country barred it from visiting the capital.

Amnesty says it is banned by Azerbaijan

London - Amnesty International said on Wednesday the Azerbaijan government had barred it from visiting the capital Baku, where the group planned to protest human rights violations ahead of the European Games.

George and Kostas Konstantakakos talk gymnastics and acrobatics Special

Farmingdale - Greek-American gymnastics and acrobatics duo, George and Kostas Konstantakakos, sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about their career and successes in sports.

U.S. daredevil dies in Yosemite jumping accident

Los Angeles - A world-renowned extreme athlete died along with another man during a stunt at the Yosemite National Park in California, US media said Sunday.Tributes poured in from all over the globe for Dean Potter, 43, following his death on Saturday.

Review: Teenager concussion warnings explained in new book Special

The brain of a young adult is very vulnerable and concussion can cause long-term, sometimes irreversible damage. A neuroscientist and mom is seeking to raise awareness among parents about the risks along with the safety precautions kids should take.

Baseball's 'tainted' homer king cleared of lying to drug probe

San Francisco - Baseball star Barry Bonds was cleared Wednesday of criminally misleading his sport's 2003 drug probe when a federal appeals court ruled that a “rambling, nonresponsive answer” he gave to a grand jury was not obstruction of justice.

8 teams are fighting for the final 3 NBA playoff spots

Most teams have just 10-12 games left in the NBA's regular season, but 22 teams' playoff hopes have already been decided and all that is left is shuffling for playoff seeding.

Op-Ed: Is something wrong with the WWE?

Does WWE have an issue with discrimination, and if so, will it effect their bottom line? On the surface, no. But there appears to be more below the shiny veneer.

Rights groups slam 'repressive' Azerbaijan ahead of European games

Tbili - Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned the persecution of dissidents in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the first European Games, urging the release of imprisoned journalists and activists.

Op-Ed: Seahawks' terrible goal-line playcall lost them the Super Bowl

The 2014 Super Bowl came down to final play, a 1-yard goal-line gift for the Seattle Seahawks. But a moronic decision by the Seahawks offence had the QB Russell Wilson throwing the ball, and he was quickly intercepted by the Patriots.

Lewis Hamilton is BBC sports personality of the year

Lewis Hamilton has been voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014. This is an annual award where television viewers vote for the outstanding sports star of the past twelve months.

Watch Julien Dupont do motorcycle back-flips on roller coaster

When it comes to extreme sports Red Bull has long set the precedent. Watch Julien Dupont reach new heights while doing back flips while navigating a high-rise rollercoaster.

David Ortiz swindled: Sues jeweler for selling him imitation gems

Boston - David Ortiz is suing a California jeweler for selling him pieces of gold and diamond jewelry that were fake or of low value. The sports star purchased the jewelry for $127,000 in 2010 before finding out its real value from an appraiser.

Op-Ed: Toronto Raptors 2014 season preview

Toronto - When the final 6.2 seconds of the Toronto Raptors 2013-2014 NBA season wound down fans were left with an all too familiar feeling – heartbreak.

San Francisco Giants walk-off into World Series matchup with KC

San Fransisco - San Francisco Giants baseball club advanced Thursday to the World Series following a Game 5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, and will begin next week a best-of-seven series against the Kansas City Royals.

Ducks goalie John Gibson temporarily reassigned

The Anaheim Ducks have reassigned young, emerging netminder John Gibson to its American Hockey League Affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, the club announced this week.

Op-Ed: Kinesiology tape goes from sports to military use

There are more than 20 million runners in the U.S., and some are beginning to adopt innovative solutions to common injuries such as ankle sprains, ligament strains, muscle aches, and turf toe.

World OutGames Miami launches crowdfunding effort

Miami Beach - The WorldOut Games has announced they are launching a crowdfunding effort to aid participants who are in need of assistance to attend the event in Miami, Fla., in 2017.

Op-Ed: CBS sportscaster challenges men, demands end to domestic violence

Baltimore - During Thursday's pregame broadcast before the Baltimore Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers, a CBS sportscaster made an impassioned plea to men challenging them to "do something" about domestic violence.

Exercise and smelly clothes: why cotton is best

According to a new study, polyester clothes smell worse than cotton after exercise by their wearers. This is because bacteria that cause odor grow better on polyester.

Review: Niese, Mets beat Cubs

New York - After being swept by the Nationals in 3 games, the Mets come back to win their 2nd in a row against the Chicago Cubs thanks to bats, Niese.

How competition hurts us: An interview with Margaret Heffernan Special

What makes us competitive, either in business, education or dating, can be detrimental to our career success and overall well-being, argues author Margaret Heffernan in her new book A Bigger Prize. She spoke to us about competition's ugly side.

NFL's Ray Rice allegedly beat fiancée and is now suspended

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has reportedly been suspended for two games after accusations that he beat his former fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious and dragged her out of an elevator.

Op-Ed: SF Giants playoff aspirations face big challenges

San Francisco - Yes, I know Tim Lincecum is on the up-and-up. Yes, I realize that the Giants are currently tied for first place in the NL West. And, yes, I am painfully aware that we just signed three-time All-Star Dan Uggla to a minor league deal.

N. Korea's Kim has 'great expectations' for Asian Games

Seoul - North Korea's Kim Jong-Un expressed "great expectations" for their athletes at the upcoming Asian Games in the South, state media said Sunday, despite Pyongyang's earlier threat to boycott the event.

Ozil donates World Cup winnings to help 'Brazilian kids'

Mesut Ozil decided to donate a decent chunk of his World Cup winnings to operations for 23 children in Brazil. Reports say the midfielder for Germany spent all of his winnings but have conflicting views on where the total sum ended up.

Nick Parker’s leadership key to turnaround for Bracken County Special

Brooksville - Bracken County running back and defensive back Nick Parker was named team captain for his football team this season. He hopes to lead his team to a turnaround from last year when they finished 2-9.
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