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Saudi uses sports 'soft power' as lever of influence

Paris - Saudi Arabia's hosting of the Dakar Rally this month is just the latest international sporting event to take place in the kingdom as part of a multi-billion-dollar push to boost its battered global image.

Review: ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ translates well to the musical stage Special

Toronto - Sports fans don’t often like show tunes, and musical fans aren’t usually jock types. But “Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical”, which made its North American debut in Toronto on Tuesday, takes a stab at bringing the two camps together.

French basketball player fined in China for not looking at flag

Bejing - A French former NBA player has been reprimanded and fined $1,400 by sports officials in China for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem before a game.

Behind the Lens: Mike Lewis talks about swimming photography Special

Acclaimed sports photographer Mike Lewis chatted with Digital Journal about his career photographing swimmers, and he shared his insights on how technology has impacted the sport; moreover, he offered advice for young and aspiring photographers.

Doping casts shadow over Putin's hopes for sporting prestige

Moscow - A proposed four-year doping ban on Russian athletes would deal a huge new blow to President Vladimir Putin's efforts to use sport to boost the country's prestige and his own reputation.

World sport anti-doping body says to probe Russia 'inconsistencies'

Apo - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced Monday a probe into "inconsistencies" in laboratory data provided by Russia, raising the possibility of a fresh ban on the country in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

NHL star Panarin says Putin must go

Moscow - Russian star hockey player Artemi Panarin said strongman Vladimir Putin can "no longer tell good from bad" and that his time is up and he must go.

World's first sports-tech blockchain accelerator launched

Tel Aviv - The world’s largest sports innovation platform (HYPE), which has 11 accelerator programs worldwide, has launched the world's first sports-tech blockchain accelerator. The Israel-based organization will be seeking candidates from around the world.

Infosys offers digital solution for French Open tennis tournament

Tennis has been played the same way for decades, with the only digital touches appearing in terms of the scoreboards. This could change a little this summer with Infosys’s digital solution for French Open tennis tournament.

Bodies of missing Italian, Brit found on Pakistan mountain

Islamabad - The bodies of two climbers from Britain and Italy have been found in northern Pakistan nearly two weeks after the pair went missing, the Italian ambassador said Saturday.

Fears grow for missing Italian, Brit on Pakistan peak

Islamabad - Bad weather forced rescuers to call off a search Friday for two climbers from Britain and Italy who went missing in northen Pakistan on a peak known as "Killer Mountain".

WADA say 'successfully retrieved' doping data from Moscow lab

Paris - WADA said Thursday that they have "successfully retrieved" data from the Moscow laboratory at the heart of Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal which involved more than 1,000 athletes and 30 sports.

Pound says 'not end of world' Russia missed lab testing deadline

Paris - Former WADA president Dick Pound is against imposing fresh sanctions on Russia for missing a deadline to allow World Anti-Doping Agency experts access to its Moscow laboratory."It's not the end of the world," former WADA president told AFP on Friday.

WADA experts begin extracting Russian lab data: minister

Moscow - Russia's sports minister on Thursday said that experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency have begun procedures to copy data of the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, their second attempt to do so.

Kremlin blames 'logistics' for missed WADA deadline

Moscow - The Kremlin on Wednesday said Moscow's failure to meet the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) deadline last week to hand over data from its anti-doping laboratory could be explained by logistical problems.

WADA athletes body seeks Russia ban over missed deadline

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency's Athletes Committee on Wednesday demanded Russia be hit with new sanctions over its failure to meet a crucial deadline to hand over data from its drug-tainted Moscow laboratory.

WADA team pays first visit to Moscow doping lab

Moscow - A team of World Anti-Doping Agency experts had access for the first time to the Moscow drug-testing laboratory on Wednesday, the Russian Sports Ministry announced.

NCAA completes investigation into Baylor sexual assault scandal

Nearly two years after Baylor's sexual-assault scandal surfaced, the NCAA has finally completed its investigation and formally notified the Big 12 school of looming allegations, and they may be very serious.

'Treachery' or 'transparent'? Russian athletes to return as WADA lifts doping ban

Victoria - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday lifted a ban on Russia's anti-doping agency, paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition but also sparking claims of "treachery" and "dark shadows" cast over the fight against drugs in sp...

Whistleblower warns WADA of 'catastrophe' if Russia ban eased

Los Angeles - Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov said Tuesday the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) risked a "catastrophe for clean sport" if it lifts a suspension against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency later this week.

WADA to reinstate Russia after doping suspension: statement

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency has been given the green light to lift its ban on Russia's drug-tainted testing authority after a recommendation from investigators, the global doping watchdog said Friday.

'Overwatch' eSports expands to new cities, including Paris

San Francisco - Activision Blizzard on Friday added six new teams to is "Overwatch" League, including one in Paris, as the city-based approach to eSports headed into its second season.

Spikeball: the US sport coming to a beach or backyard near you

New York - For a game still in its infancy Spikeball -- a beach sport which looks like the love child of volleyball and tennis -- is already making global waves.

Batting for ballots: Imran Khan and other sports stars turned politicians

Islamabad - Imran Khan's anointment as Pakistan's new prime minister caps a more than two decade transformation from a World Cup winning cricket captain to a world leader, placing him in charge of a nuclear armed state.

US blocks IOC request for sports equipment to North Korea

New York - The United States has blocked a request from the International Olympic Committee to allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea to help athletes prepare for the Olympics, diplomats said Thursday.

North Korea hopes for sporting change in wake of summit

Pyongyang - North Korean sports administrators are hoping the country will come in from the sporting cold in the wake of leader Kim Jong Un's summit with Donald Trump in Singapore.

In Iraq, ex-sports stars seek to shake up politics

Baghdad - In the sweltering heat of Mexico '86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq's football team in its sole World Cup Finals.

The Miami Marlins claim citizenship in the British Virgin Islands

The Miami Marlins are arguing in court that the team, as a corporate entity, is based in the British Virgin Islands, rather than the United States.

Sports academy in Egypt gives Syrian children hope

Alexandria - When Amir al-Awad fled Syria for Egypt, he intended to cross the Mediterranean for a European country.

German far-right to launch parliamentary football team

Berlin - The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Saturday announced it was launching its own parliamentary football team, after four of its members were barred from entering the official squad.
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