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Russia Scrambles after Work Halted at 2018 World Cup Venue

With the 2018 World Cup less than two years away, Russia is scrambling to resume construction at one of the tournament's flagship stadiums where labor disputes have threatened to derail efforts to meet deadlines.

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Olympics: More Glory for Jamaica, but Chinese Fans Upset

Jamaica unleashed a new sprint sensation as Omar McLeod took the Rio Olympics 110m hurdles while Chinese sports fans lamented the team's perceived lack of gold medal success in Rio.

Frustration bubbled over in China where sports fans branded their athletes Olympic failures while Britain cemented its position in second place ahead of China in the medals table with more gold medals in cycling.

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Olympics: Site Hacked as Iranians Protest Lifting 'Conspiracy'

The International Weightlifting Federation website was hacked on Wednesday and its Instagram page flooded with over 285,000 comments after Iran's star lifter Behdad Salimikordasiabi controversially crashed out of the Rio Games.

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European IOC Chief Arrested in Rio over Ticket Scandal

Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested top International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey over illegal sales of Rio Olympics tickets.

Police said in a statement that Hickey, the 71-year-old head of the European Olympic Committees as well as the Irish national committee, was detained at a luxury Rio hotel.

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Tennis: Williams Withdraws, Ivanovic Ousted at Cincy

Top seed Serena Williams gave up a wild card entry into the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters tournament on Monday after complaining of a shoulder injury.

The world number one, who is being chased in the rankings by German Angelique Kerber, took a free entry only last week and was seeded atop the draw.

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Olympics: 800M Win for Rudisha ahead of Bolt's Return

Kenyan David Rudisha sealed a historic Olympic 800m double as Usain Bolt prepared for the next round Tuesday in his quest for sporting immortality.

Rudisha eased to an 800m victory which made him the first man since New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1964 to win the event at consecutive Olympics.

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Olympics: Suspended Kuwait Lauds Medalists

Kuwait has hailed the two medals won by its athletes who are competing at the Rio Games as independents, following a row between the Gulf state and world sporting bodies.

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Havelange, FIFA King who Abdicated in Corruption Scandal, Dead at 100

Joao Havelange, who has died at 100, was the man who made FIFA a global powerhouse, only to resign under a cloud of corruption that has darkened the world footballing body's reputation.

His death was confirmed Tuesday by the Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. He had been treated there as recently as July for pneumonia.

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Olympics: Bolt Triumphs amid High Drama

Usain Bolt stormed to an unprecedented third straight Olympic 100m title as Wayde van Niekerk smashed Michael Johnson's long-standing 400m record in Rio on Sunday.

On a night of high drama Sunday, Bolt galloped past drug-tainted U.S. rival Justin Gatlin to cross in 9.81sec and become the first athlete to win the 100m three times in a row.

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Olympics: Bronze for Hijab-Wearing U.S. Fencer Muhammad

Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Games determined to show the world that Muslim-American women could compete in elite sports.

And the 30-year-old from New Jersey, the first US Olympian to wear a hijab -- a headscarf worn by Muslim women -- during competition, came away with a bronze medal on Saturday in the women's team sabre event.

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