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 […]

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 […]

2014 FIBA group team already set

The competing teams of the 2014 FIBA World Cup was already divided into group teams with the Philippines being included in Group B along with Argentina, Senegal, Croatia and others. Here’s the complete list of the group teams.