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India returns to the Games as IOC lifts ban

(Reuters) – India has returned to the Olympic fold after the IOC lifted a ban on the country’s Olympic association on Tuesday, and its athletes will now be able to march behind the Indian flag at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games. The country’s athletes have been competing in Russia under the Olympic flag due to the suspension, imposed after it held a 2012 Indian Olympic Association (IOA) election in which a corruption-tainted […]

American White, women ski jumpers set for Sochi takeoff

By Keith Weir SOCHI, Russia Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:05pm EST (Reuters) – American snowboarder Shaun White, one of the best known faces in winter sport, makes a belated bid for Olympic gold in Sochi on Tuesday when he tries to retain his halfpipe title. Women ski jumpers compete for the first time at an Olympics after their years of lobbying for a Games spot was rewarded. They make their debut on a day when […]

Champion figure skaters Davis and White revive U.S. Fortunes in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White produced a stunning short dance to haul the United States into medal contention in the inaugural figure skating team event at the Sochi Olympics. Their expected toe-to-toe battle with 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir failed to materialise as the Canadians paid the price for going out of sync in their side-by-side twizzles. Davis and White’s beautiful foxtrot and quickstep interpretation to […]

Olympic fans given lavish show to start Russian winter games

(Reuters) — The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games started on Friday (February 7) with a spectacular show wowing some 40,000 fans for two and a half hours in the Fisht auditorium in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. The ceremony was attended by leaders from China, Japan and about 40 other countries who clapped as athletes emerged from beneath the stage up a ramp for the traditional parade, and a giant satellite image of each nation taken from space was projected onto […]

Winter Games to open, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong

(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations. Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where a spectacle before 40,000 spectators at the new Fisht Stadium will signal the start of the full sporting programme. He will be joined by […]

Sochi Fail? Nobody Told The Athletes

Feb 06 2014, 10:59 AM EST – By Julian Linden SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The winter wonderland Russian officials had promised the sporting world burst into life on Thursday as the first events of the Sochi Olympics got underway on the eve of the opening ceremony. The doom and gloom that has shrouded the lead-up to the Games was momentarily forgotten as athletes reclaimed the spotlight from politicians on a picture-perfect winter’s day. In the […]

2014 Winter Olympic Games

Winter Olympics happens only once every four years, and this week marks the start of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  Although officially running from 7 February to 23 February 2014, selected figure skating, skiing, and snowboard competitions began on the eve of the Opening Ceremony, 6 February 2014. Sochi Winter Olympics riveted us with snowboarding event on Thursday, Britain’s Billy Morgan being the first competitor on the first as he showed  a breath- taking […]

Pacquiao and Bradley set for rematch

Manny Pacquiao assures fans that they will see a young, aggressive version of himself during his welterweight rematch with Tim Bradley. “I have another chance to fight (with) aggressiveness and to have my strength back like what i did with the last fight with (Brandon) Rios.  I assure that the Manny Pacquio … the aggressiveness and the young Manny Pacquiao you will see  (again) on April 12 by God’s grace,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao returns to […]

McIlroy back for ‘unfinished business’ at Honda Classic

Mon Feb 3, 2014 4:40pm EST (Reuters) – One of Rory McIlroy’s lowest points during a frustrating 2013 campaign came at the Honda Classic in Florida but the Northern Irishman is looking forward to returning to “one of my favorite events” for this year’s edition. McIlroy on Monday announced his intention to compete from February 27-March 2 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens where he won the tournament in 2012 after holding off a […]

Seattle jubilant as Seahawks head home from Super Bowl victory

By Jonathan Kaminsky Mon Feb 3, 2014 4:31pm EST (Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks football team was due to return home to a jubilant city on Monday, fresh from trouncing the usually high-scoring Denver Broncos 43-8 to win the Super Bowl and the franchise’s first NFL championship. Thousands of blue- and green-clad Seahawks fans took to the streets of Seattle on Sunday night to celebrate, with revelers downtown lighting bonfires and fans on Greek Row […]

Seahawks blow out Broncos; win Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks’ ferocious defense shut down the Denver Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning in a 43-8 rout on Sunday (February 2) to claim their first Super Bowl title. Seattle, the NFL’s top-ranked defense, turned two interceptions into second-quarter touchdowns for a 22-0 lead at intermission, the second coming on a 69-yard interception return by linebacker Malcolm Smith. The Seahawks also recovered two fumbles in the lopsided contest that gave them their first Super […]