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 […]

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 […]