Feb 23 2014, 6:03 PM EST – By Mike Collett-White SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – An emotional closing ceremony at Russia’s first Winter Olympics painted the hosts in soft colors, in contrast to the muscular, assertive spectacle that kicked off the Games, and there was even room for a joke at the home nation’s expense. The show at the Fisht Stadium on the Black Sea coast opened with a volley of fireworks and a boat suspended […]
Canada has won the gold medal in men’s ice hockey, the last event of the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Canadians beat Sweden 3-0 in the final. The Canadian men beat Sweden in Sunday’s final 3-0 to defend the gold medal they had won on home ice in Vancouver four years ago. Sweden skated off with the silver medal, while Finland, who defeated the United States 5-0 on Saturday, took bronze. The Canadians, who had defeated the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A thunderous round of applause greeted the performance of the first Filipino athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics. 17-year old Michael Christian Martinez gave a near-perfect performance, attaining 19th place with a score of 64.81. His performance raises the possibility of the Philippines winning a medal in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
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 […]
The sole Filipino Olympian in the Sochi Winter Olympics targets a place in the Top 24 of the Figure Skating event, competing against the best skaters in the world. If he makes it, he’ll be eligible competing for the gold medal round.
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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
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 […]