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Sochi Olympics 2014: Snow Disrupts Winter Games

The mountains around Sochi have been bathed in sunshine and shrouded in fog but on Tuesday (January 18) it was snow which hit the Winter Olympics, ironically delaying competition. The second run in the women’s giant slalom was held up as heavy snow fell on the course at Rosa Khutor before Slovenia’s Tina Maze won the gold medal. Heavy rain and fog also affected the mountains and the men’s snowboard cross event was run in wet and murky conditions. Forecasters […]

Lone Filipino Olympian Eager For 2018

At the age of just 17 Michael Christian Martinez is the first Filipino to compete as a figure skater at the Olympics and although he came 20th in the competition that ended on Friday (February 14), he has come a long way in a short time from a humble start to be his country’s flag bearer and sole representative inRussia. “At first me and my mum went to a shopping mall and I saw the skaters doing jumps […]

NBA gears up for 2014 ALL-STAR GAME

The All-Star break has arrived in the National Basketball Association. Various events which will lead up to the 63rd NBA All-Star game this weekend kicked off Friday in New Orleans; the city had previously hosted the event in 2008 in the Smoothie King Center (then known as New Orleans Arena). Starters for the game were selected by the fans, who could select three frontcourt players and two guards for each conference. Miami’s Lebron James was the leading vote-getter with […]

Baseball in Brazil? U.S. sports rise in the land of soccer

By Brian Winter SAO PAULO Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:00pm EST (Reuters) – Brazil is and always will be a soccer country, especially during a year in which it hosts the World Cup. Nevertheless, the major U.S. sports leagues for football, baseball and basketball are seeing unprecedented growth here as Brazilians become wealthier, more worldly and even frustrated with the shortcomings of their own national pastime. The newfound success of the U.S.’ National Football League […]

Yankees’ Jeter says 2014 season will be his last

By Larry Fine NEW YORK Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:55pm EST (Reuters) – New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said on Wednesday he would retire from Major League Baseball at the end of the 2014 season, a decision the 19-year veteran said he made after being hobbled by injuries last year. In a post on his Facebook page, Jeter, 39, widely considered one of baseball’s greatest shortstops, said he made the decision following a tough […]

Farrington joins the halfpipe gold medal club

By Nick Mulvenney ROSA KHUTOR, Russia Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:36pm EST (Reuters) – American cowgirl Kaitlyn Farrington stunned three former champions to win gold in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe by the narrowest of margins at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday. The 24-year-old nailed her second run under the Extreme Park lights for a score of 91.75 to beat Australian defending champion Torah Bright by 0.25 of a point. Farrington, who needed to run in […]

Qatar promises better welfare for World Cup workers

(Reuters) – Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers have said they will penalize contractors who violate the welfare of constructionworkers after the Gulf country was widely criticized over its labor rights record. But the measures, which included detailed standards unveiled by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, did not deal with the sponsorship system for migrant workers that a U.N. official said in November was a source of labor abuse. Pressure on Qatar increased after a report in […]

NHL expects ruling on 2018 within six months

By Frank Pingue SOCHI, Russia Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:28am EST (Reuters) – A decision on whether to send National Hockey League players to the 2018 Olympics will be made in about six months, the NHL said on Tuesday. It took nearly four years of intense negotiations with the International Olympic Committee before the NHL finally agreed to shut down its league for two weeks so its players could compete in the Sochi Games. But […]

Snowboard star White misses medal, mild weather a worry

By Mike Collett-White SOCHI, Russia Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:27pm EST (Reuters) – American snowboarder Shaun White, one of biggest draws at the Winter Olympics and favorite to win his third straight halfpipe title, bowed out without a medal on Tuesday in the biggest upset of the Games so far. The 27-year-old was criticized for withdrawing from the slopestyle event to avoid risk of injury and the strategy backfired when Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov was comfortably […]

Floyd named U.S. Ryder Cup vice-captain

Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:40pm EST (Reuters) – Veteran Raymond Floyd will be a vice-captain on this year’s American Ryder Cup team, U.S. captain Tom Watson said on Tuesday. Floyd, 71, won four majors, including two U.S. PGA Championships, during a decorated career. Eight-times major winner Watson had previously announced that twice U.S. Open champion Andy North would be a vice-captain. The Ryder Cup will be played at Gleneagles, Scotland from September 26-28. Europe are […]