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IOC head quizzed about water shortages in Rio, golf course

IOC head quizzed about water shortages in Rio, and reason for golf course and canoeing venues
Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - IOC President Thomas Bach was pressed Wednesday about the severe water shortages in Brazil by a group of 100 university students during a town hall meeting.

Bach was asked repeatedly to justify building a golf course and a canoeing venue for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Southeastern Brazil, which includes Rio, is going through the worst drought in 80 years.

2 prep coaches suspended for encouraging teams to lose game

2 Tennessee prep coaches suspended after teams caught tanking and banned from state playoffs
The Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Two Tennessee girls basketball high school coaches have been suspended for trying to get their teams to lose a game in an attempt to avoid the top-ranked squad and improve their chances of advancing in the state tournament.

Women's World Cup: Just 100 days left

Canadian coach John Herdman fine-tunes team with 100 days to World Cup
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

The clock is counting down on the Women's World Cup and Canadian soccer coach John Herdman is ticking boxes on his meticulous to-do list.

Herdman and his staff are renowned for their preparation, from how long it takes to drive from the team hotel to the stadium to strategy when you go down by a goal with 20 minutes left or you have a player sent off.

The 39-year-old English coach says his plan is detailed, but flexible enough to incorporate innovation from his players and support staff.

UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final date in Qatar

UEFA wants latest possible World Cup final in Qatar to protect dates for its own qualifiers
The Associated Press

NYON, Switzerland - UEFA supports playing the 2022 World Cup final on Dec. 23 to help protect international qualifying matches in its own competitions.

Earlier Wednesday, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke revealed UEFA made the final date proposal which has angered British football officials, who feel it threatens their traditional Christmas holiday program.

Olsson of Sweden wins 15K freestyle race at Nordic worlds

Johan Olsson of Sweden wins men's 15K freestyle race at Nordic skiing worlds
Mattias Karen, The Associated Press

FALUN, Sweden - When a viral illness ruined the early part of his season, Johan Olsson wasn't sure whether he'd even get a chance at one more world championship title.

Turns out the struggles worked in the Swedish cross-country skier's favour. Olsson took advantage of an early start number — determined by his low World Cup ranking — to win the men's 15-kilometre freestyle race Wednesday for his second world title.

Greek soccer league again suspended over violence

Greece's top soccer league suspended for the third time this season over match violence
Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Greece's top soccer league has been suspended for a third time this season because of continued violence at matches.

Stavros Kontonis, the deputy minister for sport in Greece's new left-wing government, said Wednesday that the decision would be reviewed next week, but that games would again be called off if clubs failed to respond to government demands for improved security.

Ireland wins 2nd win in a row at Cricket World Cup

Ireland wins 2nd in a row at Cricket World Cup in close tussle with United Arab Emirates
Dennis Passa, The Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia - A four-wicket victory over a more-fancied West Indies to open its Cricket World Cup campaign seemed relatively easy after Ireland's tight two-wicket win over a team it was expected to beat on Wednesday.

Gary Wilson struck 80 from 69 balls in a late-innings burst to help the Irish edge the United Arab Emirates by two wickets with four balls to spare.

Brier gets its own Battle of Alberta

Canadian men's curling championship in Calgary features a Battle of Alberta
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Two skips from the host city with history between them is a unique storyline of this year's Canadian men's curling championship in Calgary.

The 14-team field also features nine of the 12 Canadian curlers who won gold medals at the last three Olympic Games.

A new Team Canada and a pre-tournament qualifier for some provinces and territories constitute radical change for an 88-year-old championship.

Canadian sevens coach tackling problems

Canadian sevens coach tackling problems as Olympic qualifier looms in June
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

More than halfway through the HSBC Sevens World Series, it's clear the Canadian men's rugby team will have to qualify for the Olympics the long way.

That means a June trip to Cary, N.C., for a regional qualifier and a showdown with the U.S. for the one Olympic sevens berth up for grabs in North America and the Caribbean.

The U.S. blanked Canada 20-0 in the Cup quarter-finals at the recent sevens stop in Las Vegas. After some bad breaks, the Canadians "lost their way a bit" according to coach Liam Middleton.

18 months in prison for chemist in baseball steroids case

18 months in prison for chemist who supplied steroids in baseball drug case
Curt Anderson, The Associated Press

MIAMI - A chemist working out of his suburban South Florida garage was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to a clinic whose customers included professional baseball players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

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