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US bobsled officials defending Lolo Jones’ selection to team picked for Sochi Olympics

Lolo Jones’ selection to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team is being strongly defended by those who made the pick, amid growing criticism that her popularity played a role in the decision and overshadowed the results of other hopefuls. Jones was one of three women’s push athletes selected for the team that will compete in the …

A year after his brother’s death, Colten Moore returns to X Games and wins gold

ASPEN, Colo.—Snowmobiler Colten Moore reached toward the sky and stuck three fingers into the air on one hand and his index finger up on the other. That number—”31”—belonged to his brother, Caleb. As far as Colten is concerned, No. 31 picked up another victory Thursday night. Returning to Aspen a year after his older brother’s …

Cycling boss raises prospect of cutting Armstrong’s suspension in return for information

ADELAIDE, Australia—The new president of cycling’s world body says Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban for doping cold be reduced if he provides information which assists other doping investigations. Brian Cookson became UCI president in September and established the Cycling Independent Reform Commission which will examine the history of doping in professional cycling and probe allegations the …

Football fan arrested for throwing pages of Qur’an during English league match

BIRMINGHAM, England—British police have arrested a football fan after pages were torn out of a Qur’an and thrown during a game. West Midlands Police say the incident happened at the second-tier League Championship game between Birmingham and Middlesbrough on Dec. 7. The force says the un-named 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial …

Canada’s Bouchard advances at Australian Open with 6 2, 6 2 win over Davis

MELBOURNE, Australia—Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time on Friday as the 30th seed beat American Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-2 at the Australian Open. Bouchard, 19, became the first Canadian woman to reach the round of 16 in Australia since Maureen Drake in 1999. Alexsandra Wozniak of …

Players reaction to extreme heat at Australian Open on Day 4

MELBOURNE, Australia—Here’s how players at the Australian Open described playing tennis on a sizzling hot day when temperatures topped 43C (109F). By mid-afternoon, organizers decided the searing heat was extreme enough to suspend matches, sparking discussion about whether it was dangerous to have allowed matches since Tuesday when the heat wave started. Maria Sharapova survived …

Benfica sells Serbia midfielder Matic back to Chelsea for $34 million

Three years after being sold by Chelsea as a cheap makeweight in a transfer, Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic made his return to the Premier League club for a fee of 25 million euros ($34 million) on Wednesday in what could be one of the biggest deals of the January window. Matic was valued at a …

Blue Eagles coach asked for an apology after confronting a Green Archer supporter

UAAP Board suspends coach for one game

Did Dandan really resign?

Several reports on Sunday informed the public of University of the Philippines Fighting Maroon Ricky Dandan’s resignation as head coach, but did he really resign? According to several media sources, Dandan expressed his resignation on Saturday, right after enduring the team’s eighth straight loss in the UAAP Men’s Basketball tournament, with the Ateneo Blue Eagles …

Of Sportsmanship and Spectators

PASAY CITY — The crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena arrived with a bang and went home with heavy hearts after Gilas Pilipinas endured an 85-71 defeat against the bigger and taller team of Iran Sunday night. Once the feature of every social network site, Gilas Pilipinas suddenly fell to the back-burner after they …

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