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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sat atop soccer's ruling body for five terms and faces a tough vote Friday to keep his position. (Associated Press)

FIFA scandal highlights culture of corruption in World Cup, Olympics bidding

- The Washington Times

Soccer’s World Cup is big business for host countries, and the game’s organizational structure does little to prevent graft, mismanagement and cost overruns, according to experts who say that driving factors such as tourism, global exposure and long-term infrastructure are chief motivators for some countries to fight — not always fairly — for the right to host.

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers fail in attempt to stop appeal

Associated Press

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers failed Friday in their attempt to stop an appeal by prosecutors that will again seek a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

John Fish, Boston's bid chairman, speaks during a news conference in Boston Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Boston reacts warily to selection of Olympics bid

- Associated Press

Columnists and commuters alike took to the airwaves, the streets and social media Friday to air their grievances, deflating at least a little of Boston’s bubble over beating San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington as the USOC’s choice for the American bid.

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France relay team finally gets Olympic bronze medal

Associated Press

Three years late, France's men got their 4x100-meter relay bronze medal from the London Olympics on Saturday, bumped up from fourth after the U.S. team was disqualified because of Tyson Gay's doping.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff looks at the Olympic Torch as it's presented during a ceremony ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 3, 2015. Brazil will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Joedson Alves)

Rio 2016 organizers unveil Olympic torch

Associated Press

Rio de Janeiro organizers unveiled the Olympic torch for the 2016 Games on Friday, saying it brings together "movement, innovation and Brazilian flavor."

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, showing famed violinist Vanessa Mae, starting under her father's name as Vanessa Vanakorn, racing for Thailand, on the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. In a detailed ruling published by The Court of Arbitration for Sport, on Friday July 3, 2015, the court has cleared the musician of rigging low-level races to help her qualify for the Sochi Olympics. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, FILE)

CAS explain how Vanessa-Mae cleared of Olympic ski race fix

Associated Press

Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten" by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court.

Caps get Sochi shootout star Oshie from Blues for Brouwer

Associated Press

T.J. Oshie is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday for Troy Brouwer.

Turmoil in Russian football as government limits foreigners

- Associated Press

With just 10 days until the start of the new season, Russian football clubs' transfer plans risk being upended as the government threatens to cut the number of foreign players they can field.

U.S. Olympic Comittee Chairman Larry Probst speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Redwood City, Calif. USOC leaders say they're sticking with Boston as their candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston bid, which has been troubled by tepid polling data and active opposition. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

USOC leaders stay course, stick with Boston's troubled bid

- Associated Press

Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as tough as actually landing the games.

This architect's rendering released Monday, June 29, 2015, by the Boston 2024 planning committee shows an Olympic stadium that is proposed to be built in Boston if the city is awarded the Summer Olympic games in 2024. The Boston group trying to land the Olympics released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create jobs and housing, expand the tax base and leave behind an improved city with a $210 million surplus. (Elkus Manfredi Architects for Boston 2024 via AP)

Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid

- Associated Press

The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city's tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit system - all with a $210 million surplus.

FILE - In this Wednesday July 9, 2014 file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.   U.S. based media giant Discovery Communications Inc. has secured the European broadcast rights for four Olympics through 2024 in a landmark deal worth euro1.3 billion ($1.45 billion). The parent company of the Discovery Channel and Eurosport won the rights to the games of 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024, and also agreed to collaborate with the IOC on its new year-round Olympic Channel. The IOC says the deal covers all platforms, including free television, subscription and pay TV, internet and mobile phones in 50 countries across the continent. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)

Discovery secures European Olympic TV rights through 2024

- Associated Press

U.S.-based media giant Discovery Communications Inc. secured the European broadcast rights for four Olympics through 2024 on Monday in a landmark deal worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.45 billion).

Andong Song, center, of China, shakes hand withe team executives after being chosen 172nd overall by the New York Islanders during the sixth round of the NHL hockey draft, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Former Coach recalls first Chinese NHL draft Song Andong

- Associated Press

Song Andong made sports history last week as the first Chinese player selected in the NHL draft. To his old coach, though, he's just a nice kid who keeps his head and shows the proper respect.