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  • WWE's WrestleMania 31 shatters reco …
    WWE's WrestleMania 31 shatters reco … Business Wire - 19 hours ago

    WWE has announced that WrestleMania 31 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the attendance record for Levi’s Stadium. WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $12.6 million, as 76,976 fans from all 50 states and 40 countries converged on the home of the San Francisco 49ers. More »

  • Canadian Olympic 400m runner Barnaby …
    Canadian Olympic 400m runner Barnaby … Reuters - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Canadian Olympic athlete Daundre Barnaby drowned while swimming in the ocean on Friday during a training camp at the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Athletics Canada said in a statement. The 24-year-old Jamaican-born 400 meters runner represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games. “This is such a sad and profound loss, Daundre was an outstanding athlete and an even better young man,” said Rob Guy, chief executive officer of Athletics Canada. “On behalf of Athletics Canada I offer my sincere sympathies and condolences to Daundre’s family and teammates. More »

  • Lesnar marks WWE loyalty with main event …
    Lesnar marks WWE loyalty with main event … AP - Sports - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Brock Lesnar will keep his heavyweight championship defenses on the WWE Network. ''It was now or never, that was really it,'' he said. More »

  • Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted …
    Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted … Reuters - Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse for two hours. Hernandez, 25, is charged with fatally shooting semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near his house in June 2013. On Thursday, Associate Justice Susan Garsh ruled that parts of phone conversations the former New England Patriots player had from jail after his arrest could be admitted as evidence, despite defense team claims they were irrelevant. Jurors were moved to a building across the street from the courthouse and Hernandez was placed in a secured prison van. More »

  • Late U.S. basketball coach Dean Smith's …
    Late U.S. basketball coach Dean Smith's … Reuters - Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - The late Dean Smith had one final task for those who played for him during his 36 years as basketball coach at the University of North Carolina: Go out for dinner on him. Smith, a Hall of Fame coach who died last month at age 83, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every person who won an athletic "letter" for achievement, about 180 in total. Each player received a letter from Smith's trustee, Tim Breedlove, saying in part: "Enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith." "It was indicative of the man Dean Smith was," Breedlove told Reuters on Thursday. "It's one more example of his thoughtfulness." Smith was the head coach at North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1961 to 1997, compiling a record of 879-254. More »

  • Sponsor Saxo urges Tinkoff to find Riis …
    Sponsor Saxo urges Tinkoff to find Riis … Reuters - Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Saxo Bank's CEO has urged the Tinkoff-Saxo cycling team to find a solution to the crisis which has seen Danish team manager and former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis suspended. Danish media reported on Sunday that the 50-year-old had been suspended over poor team performances but Tinkoff-Saxo issued a statement on Tuesday saying that was not the reason. Saxo co-founder Lars Seier Christensen used Facebook to reassure fans Saxo would honor its sponsorship commitments and to call for Riis and Tinkoff to solve the current crisis. "I obviously respect that as the owner of the team, Oleg (Tinkoff) is entitled to make the arrangements that he wants to, but I would also like to emphasize that Bjarne Riis' proven leadership is a significant driver behind Saxo Bank's sponsorship of the team throughout eight seasons," he wrote. More »

  • All Malaysian athletes to have dope …
    All Malaysian athletes to have dope … Reuters - Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    All Malaysian athletes taking part in Southeast Asian Games in June will have undergone a doping test before arriving in Singapore, the country's sports minister said. Malaysia has been rocked by high-profile doping cases in recent months with the country's most famous athlete, former badminton number one Lee Chong Wei, provisionally suspended after he failed a test at the world championships in August. Tai Cheau Xuen became the first Malaysian Asian Games gold medalist to fail a drugs test after the Wushu exponent tested positive for sibutramine and was kicked out of the multi-sport event after failing with an appeal in October. "I have ordered the Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (ADAMAS) to conduct doping tests on every athlete going to the SEA Games," Khairy Jamaluddin was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency on Tuesday. More »

  • Apology the priority for Park, says …
    Apology the priority for Park, says … Reuters - Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Peter Rutherford SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of South Korea's swimming federation says there will be time to discuss Park Tae-hwan's future but first and foremost the swimmer has to apologize for failing a doping test that resulted in an 18-month ban. The suspension was backdated from Sept. 3 and runs through March 2 2016, leaving the door open for Park to return in time of the Rio Olympics. KSF President Lee Ki-heung said on Wednesday that rule could be revisited but Park had some explaining to do. More »

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty to …
    Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty to … Reuters - Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Former NFL star Darren Sharper admitted on Tuesday to attempted sexual assault of two women in Las Vegas as part of a three-part plea bargain that prosecutors in Nevada, Arizona and California said would keep him in prison for at least nine years. Sharper, 39, entered no contest or guilty pleas to separate sex-crimes cases in Los Angeles and suburban Phoenix on Monday, and has a fourth deal pending with prosecutors in New Orleans, the city whose NFL team he helped lead to a Super Bowl victory in 2010. In all four states, the five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety was charged with raping his victims, women he met at various nightclubs, after taking them back to his hotel or apartment and spiking their drinks with a narcotic. More »

  • South Korean Park apologizes after doping …
    South Korean Park apologizes after doping … Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan has apologized to his fans after the South Korean was handed an 18-month ban for failing a drugs test. His hopes of competing in the 2016 Rio Games are in jeopardy after swimming's governing body (FINA) suspended the twice world champion on Monday for testing positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition check in September. "Park Tae-hwan and his agency would like to sincerely apologize for the positive drug test result and for disappointing those who continue to support Park," his representatives Team GMP said in a brief statement. FINA said the suspension would start on Sept. 3, 2014 and end on March 2, 2016. More »

  • Riis 'not involved' in team …
    Riis 'not involved' in team … Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - The future of former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis as manager of the Tinkoff-Saxo team plunged into uncertainty on Tuesday, with the team announcing that he was no longer "actively involved" in team activities. Danish newspaper BT had originally reported that Riis had been suspended over recent poor results, leading to a storm of speculation that the 1996 Tour de France winner was to be replaced as team boss. "Following the rumours and speculations published by many Danish media first and then by international cycling media later last night, Tinkoff Saxo would like to clarify that Bjarne Riis is not being actively involved in the team's activities since last Sunday," the statement said. The team management has full confidence in the technical and performance team, in all the riders and staff members and is currently working to establish the best way forward in the racing season. More »

  • South Korea's Park handed 18-month …
    South Korea's Park handed 18-month … Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - Park Tae-hwan's hopes of competing in the 2016 Rio Games were put in jeopardy as the South Korean Olympic swimming champion was handed an 18-month ban after a failed drug test, swimming's governing body said on Monday. Park, a two-time world champion and first Korean to win an Olympic swimming medal, tested positive for testosterone in an out of competition test conducted by FINA last September ahead of the Asian Games. FINA said the suspension will start from Sept. 3 2014 and run through March 2, 2016. An appeal against the decision must be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within the next 21 days, FINA said in a statement. More »

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao revenue over $400 …
    Mayweather-Pacquiao revenue over $400 … AFP - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Record-shattering revenue totals for Manny Pacquiao's upcoming boxing showdown with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather could surpass $400 million, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN in a report on the sports network's website. More »

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper admits to sexual …
    Ex-NFL star Sharper admits to sexual … Reuters - Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Daina Beth Solomon and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper admitted in court on Monday to drugging and raping women in California and Arizona and was expected to plead guilty in similar Nevada and Louisiana cases in plea deals prosecutors say will land him in prison for at least nine years. Appearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Sharper entered a plea of no-contest, the legal equivalent of guilty, to two counts of rape by use of drugs and four counts of furnishing a controlled substance, the prescription sleep medication Zolpidem, sold under the brand name Ambien. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said the five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety was expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison under the terms of his plea deal there. Formal sentencing on the California charges was set for July 15. More »

  • Ex-NFL star sent money to man who sold …
    Ex-NFL star sent money to man who sold … Reuters - Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez transferred $15,000 to a Florida man who prosecutors say sold him guns two months before he allegedly fatally shot an acquaintance, a former bank teller testified on Monday. Heidi Carrera said Hernandez in April 2013 deposited three checks totaling more than $1.8 million at the Bank of America branch where she worked near Los Angeles before transferring the $15,000 to the account of Oscar Hernandez, who is unrelated to the former tight end. Aaron Hernandez, 25, is being tried at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, for the fatal shooting in June 2013 of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. He then talked on his cell phone to get details for the transfer of $15,000 to Oscar Hernandez, she said. More »

  • Mexico's lucha libre in shock over …
    Mexico's lucha libre in shock over … AFP - Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The flamboyant world of Mexican wrestling reeled in shock on Monday as the tragic death of a star fighter sparked a debate about safety in the beloved national pastime. Pedro Aguayo Ramirez, known as "Hijo del Perro Aguayo" (Son of the Dog Aguayo), collapsed and hung over the middle rope on Saturday after receiving two feet to the upper body from Oscar Gutierrez, "Rey Misterio Jr" in the lucha libre bout. Prosecutors spokesman Jose Manuel Yepiz told AFP that the death may be treated as manslaughter but that investigators have yet to make a decision. The tragedy involved two stars of the pro wrestling circuit in a country where luchadores are venerated as heroes, with fans buying their colorful masks in street stands. More »

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads no contest …
    Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads no contest … Reuters - Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Darren Sharper pleaded no contest on Monday to charges in Los Angeles of drugging four women and raping two of them, after receiving a nine-year prison sentence for a sexual assault case in Arizona. (Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston) More »

  • Mexican wrestler dies following match …
    Mexican wrestler dies following match … 7Sport - Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Mexican wrestler Pedro Aguayo Ramirez (better known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo) died Friday night in Tijuana while taking part in a tag-team match with former WWE performer Rey Mysterio. More »

  • Bulgaria's 2004 Olympic champion …
    Bulgaria's 2004 Olympic champion … Reuters - Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Bulgaria's 2004 Olympic weightlifting champion Milen Dobrev has died at the age of 35, the Bulgarian interior ministry said on Saturday. "His body was found at his home in (the southern town) Plovdiv," an interior ministry spokeswoman told Reuters. "There are no signs of violence on the body, the cause of death is still not clear." Dobrev won the Olympic title in the 94kg category at the 2004 Games in Athens. "I can't stop crying," Bulgaria's former weightlifting coach Plamen Asparuhov said. More »

  • Weightlifting-Bulgaria's 2004 Olympic …
    Weightlifting-Bulgaria's 2004 Olympic … Reuters - Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Bulgaria's 2004 Olympic weightlifting champion Milen Dobrev has died at the age of 35, the Bulgarian interior ministry said on Saturday. "His body was found at his home in (the southern town) Plovdiv," an interior ministry spokeswoman told Reuters. "There are no signs of violence on the body, the cause of death is still not clear." Dobrev won the Olympic title in the 94kg category at the 2004 Games in Athens. "I can't stop crying," Bulgaria's former weightlifting coach Plamen Asparuhov said. More »

  • Takahashi calls for transparency in …
    Takahashi calls for transparency in … Reuters - Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    (Reuters) - Sydney Olympics marathon champion Naoko Takahashi has called for more transparency in the selection process for Japan's athletics team after Tomomi Tanaka was left out of the squad for this year's world championships. Tanaka won the Yokohama International Marathon in two hours, 26 minutes and 57 seconds last November, the only Japanese winner of any of the three races that formed the qualifying process for the world championships. The 27-year-old was controversially omitted from the three-women marathon team for the Aug. 22-30 championships in Beijing, however, with Risa Shigetomo getting a spot in her place. More »

  • Tyson Gay signs up with sprint guru …
    Tyson Gay signs up with sprint guru … Reuters - Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Former double world champion Tyson Gay has signed up to work with sprint guru John Smith in Los Angeles, his new coach told Reuters on Friday. Gay, who last summer completed a one-year ban for a 2013 positive doping test and had been mentored by Lance Brauman for years, began working with Smith's sprint group this week. "I have had the blessings from Lance and I am now his sprint coach," Smith said in a telephone interview. "He came on Monday and we have been working the five days," said the longtime coach, whose athletes include former world record holder and Olympic champion Maurice Greene, and four-time Olympic medallist Ato Boldon. More »

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper charged with rape …
    Ex-NFL star Sharper charged with rape … Reuters - Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    (Reuters) - Rape charges have been filed in Las Vegas against five-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Darren Sharper, who is in jail in California on sexual assault charges, court records showed on Friday. Sharper, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting two women who were "physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of the defendant's conduct," according to a previously sealed criminal complaint filed in Las Vegas this week. The 14-year National Football League veteran, who played with Green Bay, Minnesota, and New Orleans, also faces sexual assault charges in Louisiana and Arizona. Sharper, who helped the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl following the 2009 season, faces charges in California of drugging four women and raping two of them and is being held without bail in a Los Angeles jail. More »

  • Highlights of Thursday's NHL ga …
    Highlights of Thursday's NHL ga … Reuters - Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League games: - - - Senators 6, Bruins 4 Ottawa winger Bobby Ryan scored his 18th goal of the season to give the Senators a winning lead in their 6-4 victory over the Boston Bruins at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday. The win was the fifth in a row for the Senators and moved them within two points of the Bruins in the race for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond made 31 saves to improve his record to 12-0-1, while Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 26 saves. ... More »

  • Major League Baseball wants to play …
    Major League Baseball wants to play … Reuters - Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has declared his intention to play an exhibition game in Cuba in 2016 even though a Cuban baseball official said the two sides had yet to start talks. The game could set up a rapprochement on the diamond similar to the way the U.S. and Cuban governments have come together at the negotiating table. Commissioner Rob Manfred told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that MLB was likely to play an exhibition game in Cuba in early 2016. More »

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