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Brazil aim for best ever medals haul in Rio

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brazilian Minister of Sports George Hilton says everything is on track for the 2016 Rio G…

  • Mills races to a ski world record
    Mills races to a ski world record Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Model-turned-entrepreneur Heather Mills has claimed a new title - the fastest disabled woman on skis. More »

  • President Higgins on why the League of Ireland is important and how it can  …
    President Higgins on why the League of Ireland is important and how it can  … Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    We were invited to the Áras ahead of tomorrow’s President’s Cup game. More »

  • William 'wanted to be an astronaut'
    William 'wanted to be an astronaut' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Duke of Cambridge has revealed that like every little boy he had dream jobs - astronaut or fire-breather. More »

  • Reports: NHS Failings Let Savile Abuse Children
    Reports: NHS Failings Let Savile Abuse Children Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A series of damning reports are expected to confirm institutionalised failings which allowed Jimmy Savile to abuse vulnerable children at NHS hospitals. The long-awaited report from the Department of Health will address the "lessons learned" from the Savile scandal, but is unlikely to lead to managers or staff being held to account for failing to stop his abuse. A report from Buckinghamshire NHS Trust will focus on his offending at one of Savile's favoured hospitals, Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Paralympics. The privileges and access afforded to Savile at Stoke Mandeville included a bedroom in the nurses' accommodation. More »

  • North Korean 'Snow White' takes to stage in London, Paris Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The tunes were familiar but the words were not as a troupe of deaf and blind North Koreans performed "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and songs from "The Phantom of the Opera" in Britain and France over the past week. North Korea's "Youth Para-Ensemble", including 19-year-old blind accordionist Un Hyok Kang and seven deaf "dwarfs" fawning on a Snow White dressed in a glittery silver gown in a dance routine, put on shows in Paris, London and elsewhere in Britain over the past week. The tour was billed as a follow-up to the participation of paralympians from one of the world's most secretive states at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. More »

  • Running Police ensure Tokyo Marathon goes off peacefully amid security fear …
    Running Police ensure Tokyo Marathon goes off peacefully amid security fear … Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Over 60 officers ran 10km each armed with anti-terrorist equipment. More »

  • Rio Ferdinand believes Fifa and Uefa have let football down over racism
    Rio Ferdinand believes Fifa and Uefa have let football down over racism Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    The events of the past week have accentuated the failings to adequately address the issue in the sport. More »

  • Police identify three men hunted over Chelsea ‘racist’ Metro incident
    Police identify three men hunted over Chelsea ‘racist’ Metro incident Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    A video showed a black man not being allowed enter a tram in Paris. More »

  • Column: The tale of the 18th century baronet, his Irish mistress and a horrific …
    Column: The tale of the 18th century baronet, his Irish mistress and a horrific … Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Nothing prepared me for the unearthing this tale of witchcraft, lust and horror, set in 18th century Co Mayo. More »

  • Paris mulling potential 6.2 billion euro bid for 2024 Games Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - The mayor of Paris said the French capital had the "heart" for a potential 2024 Olympics bid but further reflection was needed as a feasibility study put the potential cost at 6.2 billion euros (5 billion pounds). Paris, still smarting after a loss to London for the 2012 Games, is one of several cities mulling a candidacy for 2024, including Istanbul, Budapest, Berlin and Hamburg. "To be a candidate for the Olympics and Paralympics is too important a subject to be driven by enthusiasm and impatience," Mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters and civic leaders gathered for the presentation of the so-called "opportunity study" on Thursday. "I've said it and I will say it again, yes, there is heart, the heart is there, and there is reason, and reason is there." Bernard LaPasset, president of the French Committee for International Sport which authored the report, said the decision hinged on whether there was an interest for Paris, whether it had the financing capacity and whether a win were possible. More »

  • Olympics-Paris mulling potential 6.2 billion euro bid for 2024 Games Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    By Alexandria Sage PARIS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The mayor of Paris said the French capital had the "heart" for a potential 2024 Olympics bid but further reflection was needed as a feasibility study put the potential cost at 6.2 billion euros ($7.05 billion). Paris, still smarting after a loss to London for the 2012 Games, is one of several cities mulling a candidacy for 2024, including Istanbul, Budapest, Berlin and Hamburg. "To be a candidate for the Olympics and Paralympics is too important a subject to be driven by enthusiasm and impatience," Mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters and civic leaders gathered for the presentation of the so-called "opportunity study" on Thursday. "I've said it and I will say it again, yes, there is heart, the heart is there, and there is reason, and reason is there." Bernard LaPasset, president of the French Committee for International Sport which authored the report, said the decision hinged on whether there was an interest for Paris, whether it had the financing capacity and whether a win were possible. More »

  • Qatar will bid for more sports events, Sheikh Saoud tells AFP
    Qatar will bid for more sports events, Sheikh Saoud tells AFP Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Tiny Qatar "will not stop" bidding for major international sporting events after the 2022 World Cup and a potential Olympics, the head of the country's most powerful sports organisation told AFP in an interview. More »

  • ‘I went from just starting to ride a bike to the London Paralympics in two  …
    ‘I went from just starting to ride a bike to the London Paralympics in two  … Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Mullingar’s Damien Shaw talks his hopes for Rio 2016 and this year’s An Post Rás. More »

  • ‘It’s a scandal’: Patients with rare blood disorder being denied access to life-saving …
    ‘It’s a scandal’: Patients with rare blood disorder being denied access to life-saving … Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    The HSE said pharmaceutical firms should not hold the Irish health service to ransom for the provision of any drug. More »

  • Couple sees rent on Dublin apartment go up 51% in one month
    Couple sees rent on Dublin apartment go up 51% in one month Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    “We are a hard-working professional couple and it seems like one hurdle after another.” More »

  • NI Sports Stars: Cuts Will Prevent Future Glory
    NI Sports Stars: Cuts Will Prevent Future Glory Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Olympians past and present who top Northern Ireland's New Year honours list have expressed concern about a potential £1m cut to the devolved government's sports budget. More »

  • The Headlines In 2014: Review Of The Year
    The Headlines In 2014: Review Of The Year Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The past 12 months have seen some major news events. Sky News looks back at some of the stories that have been most popular with our digital audience over the period. More »

  • Putin tops AFP's choice of 2014's most influential figures
    Putin tops AFP's choice of 2014's most influential figures Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin leads an AFP list of the most influential people of 2014, a year marked by seismic conflicts in Europe and the Middle East and scarred by episodes of extreme brutality. More »

  • Homeland Star Rupert Friend 'Engaged'
    Homeland Star Rupert Friend 'Engaged' Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Homeland star Rupert Friend is engaged to girlfriend Aimee Mullins, People magazine has reported. More »

  • Rio 2016 mascots inspired by animals and plants of Brazil
    Rio 2016 mascots inspired by animals and plants of Brazil Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro were launched by organisers late on Sunday. The mascots, who are said to represent the animals and plants of Brazil, are a key part of the Olympics merchandising campaign which is set to feature 12,000 products and is an important revenue source and a vital way of engaging the public. Organisers hope to raise 1 billion reais ($398 million) in retail sales from Rio 2016 branded merchandise. ... More »

  • Olympics-Rio 2016 mascots inspired by animals and plants of Brazil Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro were launched by organisers late on Sunday. The mascots, who are said to represent the animals and plants of Brazil, are a key part of the Olympics merchandising campaign which is set to feature 12,000 products and is an important revenue source and a vital way of engaging the public. Organisers hope to raise 1 billion reais ($398 million) in retail sales from Rio 2016 branded merchandise. ... More »

  • San Francisco to submit bid for 2024 Olympics
    San Francisco to submit bid for 2024 Olympics Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    (Reuters) - A group of San Francisco Bay Area business, sports and civic leaders will bid to host the 2024 Olympics and is putting together a proposal for the United States Olympic Committee, officials said on Thursday. Should the USOC decide to bid for the Games and the Paralympics, the cities challenging San Francisco are Boston, Los Angeles and Washington. San Francisco Giants President and Chief Executive Larry Baer is leading the bid committee, along with venture capitalist Steve Strandberg and 1960 Olympian Anne Warner Cribbs. ... More »

  • Pistorius: From Global Icon To A Prison Cell
    Pistorius: From Global Icon To A Prison Cell Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    In his saintly prime, it was hard not to be beguiled by Oscar Pistorius. More »

  • 'If Oscar Pistorius Was A Common Bloke, He Wouldn't Get Same Treatment': …
    'If Oscar Pistorius Was A Common Bloke, He Wouldn't Get Same Treatment': … Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    "I'm glad that Oscar Pistorius is going to jail, but it would have been good if he went for a bit longer so that the punishment fitted the crime." More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Jailed: What Does It Mean for Sport?
    Oscar Pistorius Jailed: What Does It Mean for Sport? Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius has been given a five-year prison sentence for shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013. More »

  • Jailed Oscar Pistorius Will Be 'Banned from Athletics for Five Years …
    Jailed Oscar Pistorius Will Be 'Banned from Athletics for Five Years … Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius will be banned from athletics for five years in the wake of his jail sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend, say reports. More »

  • Badminton to make Paralympics debut in Tokyo 2020 Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Badminton will make its Paralympics debut in Tokyo in 2020 after the International Paralympic Committee on Tuesday included it in the first batch of approved sports for the event. Badminton, hugely popular in Asia, is already an Olympic sport. "I would like to congratulate the 16 sports that we have already confirmed will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in particular badminton, who after missing out four years ago, submitted a very strong application," IPC President Philip Craven said after a governing board meeting in Berlin. ... More »

  • Badminton-Badminton to make Paralympics debut in Tokyo 2020 Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    BERLIN, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Badminton will make its Paralympics debut in Tokyo in 2020 after the International Paralympic Committee on Tuesday included it in the first batch of approved sports for the event. Badminton, hugely popular in Asia, is already an Olympic sport. "I would like to congratulate the 16 sports that we have already confirmed will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in particular badminton, who after missing out four years ago, submitted a very strong application," IPC President Philip Craven said after a governing board meeting in Berlin. ... More »

  • Wounded soldiers' visit reminds us it's just a game, says Watson
    Wounded soldiers' visit reminds us it's just a game, says Watson Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    By Mitch Phillips GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - The U.S. team were widely criticised for aligning themselves with the military during the "War on the Shore" 1991 Ryder Cup but there was nothing jingoistic about current captain Tom Watson's decision to bring two "Wounded Warriors" into his camp. Sergeant First Class Josh Olson lost his right leg and Sergeant Noah Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee during service with the U.S. Army in Iraq but both have gone on to produce inspirational sporting performances. ... More »

  • Golf-Wounded soldiers' visit reminds us it's just a game, says Wats … Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    By Mitch Phillips GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. team were widely criticised for aligning themselves with the military during the "War on the Shore" 1991 Ryder Cup but there was nothing jingoistic about current captain Tom Watson's decision to bring two "Wounded Warriors" into his camp. Sergeant First Class Josh Olson lost his right leg and Sergeant Noah Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee during service with the U.S. Army in Iraq but both have gone on to produce inspirational sporting performances. ... More »

  • US second lady attends London Games for injured troops
    US second lady attends London Games for injured troops Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    US second lady Jill Biden was the star guest of Prince Harry on Saturday at the third day of the Invictus Games, a Paralympics-style event for wounded troops organised by the British royal. More »

  • Reeva Steencamp's family shocked at Pistorius verdict
    Reeva Steencamp's family shocked at Pistorius verdict Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    The parents of Reeva Steenkamp have reacted with shock and disbelief after a judge acquitted star athlete Oscar Pistorius of her murder, convicting him of the lesser charge of culpable homicide. More »

  • Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide
    Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    By Stella Mapenzauswa and Tiisetso Motsoeneng PRETORIA (Reuters) - Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. The 27-year-old double amputee, who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, stood impassively in the dock, his hands folded in front of him, as Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered her verdict. Pistorius was also convicted of firing a pistol under the table of a packed Johannesburg restaurant but cleared of two other firearms charges - illegal possession of ammunition and firing a pistol out of the sun-roof of a car. Masipa based her decision of culpable homicide on the reasoning that Pistorius had acted negligently when he fired four shots from a 9mm pistol into a toilet door in his luxury Pretoria home, killing Steenkamp, who was behind it, almost instantly. More »

  • Cruyff on football’s lost values and Roger Goodell’s parental paradox; it’s …
    Cruyff on football’s lost values and Roger Goodell’s parental paradox; it’s … Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Also, the divisive Joey Barton talks Immanuel Kant while a NBA curiosity is remembered. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius' Former Girlfriend Samantha Taylor had Stormy Romance with …
    Oscar Pistorius' Former Girlfriend Samantha Taylor had Stormy Romance with … Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    A former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius has lifted the lid on her life with the fallen Paralympics star before he shot dead Reeva Steenkamp. More »