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.

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 […]

Manning wins fifth MVP award, Super Bowl beckons

Peyton Manning claimed a fifth National Football League most valuable player award on Saturday (February 1) but the Denver Broncos quarterback will need another Super Bowl ring to cement his place among the all-time greats. Manning, who will lead the Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday, was the clear favorite in the MVP race after he set single season marks for touchdown passes (55) and yards (5,477). Manning, who had neck surgery in 2011 and missed […]

Japan down Canada to make maiden Davis Cup quarters

(Reuters) – Hosts Japan sailed into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 4-1 victory against an injury-plagued Canada on Sunday. Japanese number one Kei Nishikori was leading 6-2 1-0 on the indoor hard court at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum when his opponent Frank Dancevic retired with injury, surrendering the tie in their first meeting since 1938. Nishikori pocketed the first set in 29 minutes and broke Dancevic in the first game of the second […]

Stern ends 30-year stint as NBA Commissioner; deputy Silver takes over post

(Reuters) — A new era began for the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Saturday when David Stern’s 30-year run as commissioner ended with his deputy, Adam Silver, taking over the helm. Stern had stated in October 2012 his intention to retire after exactly 30 years in charge and the league’s owners unanimously approved Silver as his successor. The handover was officially confirmed by the NBA on its Twitter account on Saturday with a picture of Silver, holding a basketball, […]

Broncos and Seahawks finish off Super Bowl preparations

(Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos put the finishing touches to their preparations for this weekend’s 48th Super Bowl by completing their final practice sessions on Friday. The NFC Champion Seahawks trained for just over an hour inside the New York Giants practice facility near MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where Sunday’s game will be played. “And now, we wait” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters. “We had a great day today. […]