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In Mexican Drug War, Soccer Remains an Oasis

JERÉ LONGMAN The New York Times 18.03.2009
The municipal police providing security at Olimpico Benito Juárez Stadium, which regularly fills to its capacity of about 22,000.

More than half a dozen soccer players refused to join the professional team in this border city, where so many tortured and beheaded bodies put fear in visitors and locals alike. Those who do play for the team live in gated areas, with high walls ...

Obama steals the show at Verizon

Mike Jones THE WASHINGTON TIMES 27.02.2009
Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times President Barack Obama chats with 5-year-old Nick Aiello at their courtside seats.

President Barack Obama did indeed show up for the Washington Wizards' game Friday night against the Chicago Bulls, becoming the third sitting president in history to attend a Bullets or Wizards game.


New Suspect in Sports Doping Is, No Joke, Viagra

JERÉ LONGMAN The New York Times 25.12.2008
The lacrosse player George Downey is part of a study testing whether Viagra can give athletes a competitive advantage.

When George Downey volunteered along with other lacrosse players at Marywood University to take Viagra for a study, he received a snickering nickname from his high school coach. His parents jokingly told their friends. Inquiring minds sent message...

Fatherhood for Lance Armstrong

The Washington Post  25.12.2008
Fatherhood for Lance Armstrong

Not content with winning seven consecutive Tours de France and beating testicular cancer, Lance Armstrong, 37, is about to become a father for the fourth time.


O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 9 Years for Hotel Robbery

O.J. Simpson, the professional football Hall-of-Famer acquitted 13 years ago of murdering his ex-wife and her friend, was sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison for robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint.

O.J. Simpson faces 6 years to life at sentencing

O.J. Simpson is going to prison; the question is for how long.


Michael Vick pauses during a statement to the press at a hotel in Richmond, Virginia in this August 27, 2007, file photo.   REUTERS/Jason Reed

SUSSEX, Virginia (Reuters) - Former NFL star Michael Vick pleaded guilty to state dogfighting charges on Tuesday in a plea deal that nets him no additional jail time and resolves his remaining criminal charges.

Ballesteros confirms brain tumour

Giles Tremlett The Guardian 12.10.2008
Seve Ballesteros made the announcement after a series of tests were carried out at La Paz hospital. Photograph: Glenn Campbell/AFP/Getty Images

Seve Ballesteros, the winner of five of golf's majors, said last night that doctors at a Madrid hospital had detected a tumour in his brain. A biopsy will be performed tomorrow to determine whether the tumour is malignant and if it should be opera...


Oprah throws party for U.S. Olympic medalists

Michael Conlon Reuters 03.09.2008
REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Talk show host Oprah Winfrey threw a rousing welcome home party for more than 150 U.S. Olympic medal winners on Wednesday that was a salute to the athletes and a pep rally for efforts to bring the 2016 summer games to America.

State-media story fuels questions on gymnast's age

JOHN LEICESTER Yahoo! News 14.08.2008
State-media story fuels questions on gymnast's age

BEIJING - Just nine months before the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government's news agency, Xinhua, reported that gymnast He Kexin was 13, which would have made her ineligible to be on the team that won a gold medal this week.


(AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhou Liang)

BEIJING - One little girl had the looks. The other had the voice. So in a last-minute move demanded by one of China's highest officials, the two were put together for the Olympic opening ceremony, with one lip-synching "Ode to the Motherland" over...

Photo: KENT NEWS

Parts of the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on Friday were faked because of fears over live filming, it has emerged.


US Olympic cyclists say sorry for smog masks

Jenny Booth Times Online 07.08.2008
Four US cyclists caused annoyance in Beijing by arriving to compete at the Olympic Games wearing smog masks (Yves Herman/Reuters)

Four US Olympic cyclists who caused an outcry when they arrived at Beijing airport wearing smog masks have today apologised to Games organisers.

Steve Waugh

HONG KONG (AFP) — Former Australia Test captain Steve Waugh has thrown his weight behind Twenty20 cricket becoming an Olympic sport, saying it would help globalise the game.


The gender trap

Emine Saner The Guardian 31.07.2008
The gender trap

We're familiar with drug testing for athletes, but officials at the Beijing Olympics will be taking things one stage further and examining competitors whose sex is in doubt. And it is far from being a new problem, as Emine Saner discovers

Max Mosley delighted at 'Nazi sex' privacy victory

Frances Gibb and David Byers Times Online 24.07.2008
Max Mosley delighted at 'Nazi sex' privacy victory

Max Mosley, the Formula One boss, has declared himself delighted after winning record damages in a privacy action against the News of the World.


British activists face threat of jail at Olympics

Paul Kelso The Guardian 23.07.2008
Chinese soldiers march past the Beijing National Stadium. Photograph: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images

British spectators and athletes have been warned that they face arrest and detention by the Chinese authorities if they stage demonstrations during next month's Beijing Olympics.

(AP Photo/David Phillip, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal appeals court on Monday threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction."


People walk past the gate of the Olympic Village in Beijing at night in this photo taken on July 3 2008. [Xinhua]

Beijing's Olympic Village became fully operational Sunday and started warming up for its official opening on July 27, when 16,000 athletes and officials will move in.

Concerns over Olympic drug test

Matt McGrath BBC News 21.07.2008
Concerns over Olympic drug test

A BBC investigation has found that there are serious question marks over a key drug test just two weeks before the start of the Beijing Olympics.



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