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Baseball Gains Support for Return to Olympics

Baseball was last in the Olympics in 2008 (Shutterstock) By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball’s bid to return to the programme at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of […]

Existing Olympic Sports Could Lose Events

By Ossian Shine MONACO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The most powerful figures in world sport were frantically drawing lines in the sand in Monaco on Monday, seeking to protect their sports from an Olympic axe set to be swung to make room for new spectacles. No sooner had the proposal to scrap a limit of […]

IOC Announces Sweeping Changes

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (REUTERS/Aly Song) By Ossian Shine MONACO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Radical changes to how cities will bid to host Olympic Games, and rules allowing more sports to feature, were ushered in on Monday as International Olympic Committee members took bold steps to revamp their movement. Sweeping alterations to […]

IOC Seeks to Overhaul Olympic Games

Thomas Bach, IOC President (REUTERS/Aly Song) By Karolos Grohmann MONACO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – When the International Olympic Committee members vote on 40 recommendations next week to change the way the Games are awarded and run, they will be saying ‘yes’ to the biggest single overhaul of the Olympics in decades. The idea behind the […]

IOC to Improve Olympic Bidding Process

Could baseball return to the Olympics? (Shutterstock) By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Bidding for the Olympics will become cheaper, easier and more attractive while sports will enter the Games quicker, the IOC said on Tuesday, presenting the biggest changes in decades in the way the Games are organized and run. “We have […]

IOC Will Unveil Major Olympic Changes Next Week

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (REUTERS/Aly Song) By Karolos Grohmann Nov 14 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee will unveil plans to overhaul parts of the sporting extravaganza next week as they look to make the Games more attractive to fans and sponsors alike. IOC President Thomas Bach will present 40 recommendations at the […]

Olympian Jim Thorpe’s remains should not be moved: U.S. court

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JOE MCDONALD (Reuters) – Jim Thorpe’s remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of […]

Rio showing dynamism, World Cup a confidence boost

(Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic preparations are in full swing with organizers having rediscovered their dynamism after years of delays and the soccer World Cup boosting their confidence, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Tuesday. Branded as the ‘worst preparations ever by’ International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates in April, work for […]

Incheon Ready to Showcase Cream of Asian sports

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI (Reuters) – An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics. From weightlifting to wushu, rowing to […]

Gymnast McKayla Maroney Throws Acrobatic First Pitch

McKayla Maroney at the Chicago White Sox game (Jon Durr/USA TODAY Sports) By Seth Rubinroit Anyone can throw a ceremonial first pitch. But few can do it as acrobatically as gymnast McKayla Maroney. The Olympic champion stood on the pitcher’s mound at the Chicago White Sox baseball game on Friday. Rather than throw the ball from there, she performed a […]

Team USA’s Class of 2014 Awards

Cutest Couple Honorable Mention: Charlie White and Tanith Belbin (Instagram: charlieawhite) By Seth Rubinroit Graduation season is here and Team USA decided to join in on the fun, crowning this year’s most memorable athletes. Here are some of our favorites: Most Athletic: Eddy Alvarez Eddy Alvarez (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Even when compared to fellow Olympians, Eddy […]

Olympic Speed Skater Eddy Alvarez Signs With Chicago White Sox

Eddy Alvarez (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports) By Max Meyer Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to a post on his Instagram account. Alvarez, a short-track speed skater, won the silver in the 5,000m relay at the Sochi Olympics. The 24-year-old played college baseball in 2011 […]

Run As One: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox player

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz may not have been born in Boston, but is now a favorite son following his emotional remarks made just days after the 2013 bombings. Baseball has taught him that he must do more beyond winning baseball games, and he is committed to helping the city move forward and find closure. David knows the community is stronger when working together, and will continue to find ways to provide support for both individuals and organizations as part of the healing process.

Wanted: America’s next winter sports superstar

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JOSHUA LOTT (Reuters) – The absence of injured skier Lindsey Vonn and the shock dethroning of snowboarder Shaun White have created a gaping hole for a new American sporting superstar to fill and grab sponsors’ gold from Sochi. The Olympics give huge exposure to athletes from beyond America’s staple sports of basketball, football and baseball, but […]

Wrestling Reclaims Its Spot In The 2020 Olympics

By Karolos Grohmann BUENOS AIRES | Sun Sep 8, 2013 2:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Wrestling completed an unprecedented comeback on Sunday, reclaiming its spot in the 2020 Olympic Games after beating bids from rivals squash and baseball/softball in an International Olympic Committee vote. An iconic Olympic sport, wrestling featured in the ancient Olympics as well […]

‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius charged with murdering girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius (R) and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp pose for a picture in Johannesburg, February 7, 2013. South African “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged on February 14, with shooting dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria. Picture taken February 7, […]

Wrestling in shock as IOC wields Games axe

The Aug. 5, 2012 file photo shows Cuba’s Gustavo Balart, left, competing with South Korea’s Choi Gyu-jin during 55-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. IOC leaders have dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games in a surprise decision to scrap one of the oldest sports on the Olympic program. The IOC […]

Unsung Sports: Lost events

Team USA celebrates after the medal ceremony at the Baseball Stadium in Olympic Park during the Sydney Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia on September 27, 2000. The USA defeated Cuba 4-0 to win the gold medal. Cuba took silver. (Photo by Jamie Squire /Getty Images) Previous features: Modern Pentathlon | Steeplechase | Synchronized Swimming | […]

Groff out to put U.S on triathlon map

U.S. Olympic tri-athlete Sarah Groff trains in Hanover, New Hampshire May 22, 2012. Groff, 30, will be one of three U.S. athletes to compete in the women’s triathlon on Aug. 4, starting with a 1,500 meter swim in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park and followed by a a 40-kilometre bike ride and a 10-kilometre […]

Unsung Sports: Synchronized Swimming

By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports In their nose clips and costumes, wearing makeup and a paste-like substance in their hair, synchronized swimmers must require hours to prepare for their sport, right? Yes, but not as you would think. In peak training periods, these athletes spend six hours daily in the water choreographing their […]

Tragic death puts extra load on Thorkildsen

Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen prepares for the men’s javelin throw event at the IAAF World Challenge Ostrava Golden Spike track and field meeting in Ostrava, May 25, 2012. (REUTERS/David W Cerny) By Philip O’Connor OSLO, June 14 (Reuters) – Following the sudden death of his Olympic teammate Alexander Dale Oen, Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen carries […]


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