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A crackdown on counterfeits at merchandise-happy Rio Games

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Want an Olympic license plate, or a hand-embroidered Olympic handkerchief?


Thousands arrested in global football gambling raids - Interpol

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 4,000 people have been arrested worldwide and more than $13 million (£9.8 million) seized across Asia in operations targeting illegal gambling during the Euro 2016 football tournament, Interpol said on Monday.


Seven arrested in Brazilian match-fixing probe

(Reuters) - Seven people suspected of manipulating soccer results in at least two Brazilian state leagues have been arrested, officials said on Wednesday.The match-fixing ring involved players, coaches, agents and presidents of clubs in the second and third divisions of the Sao Paulo state championship, said Kelly Cristina Sacchetto Cesar de Andrade, one of the police officers leading the investigation dubbed Operation Game Over. Those arrested Wednesday morning in raids in four Brazilian states were believed to have worked with betting syndicates in Malaysia, China and Indonesia, Sacchetto said.


Boxing school in Rio slum shows sport's power before Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Beneath a street lamp in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums, 19-year-old boxer Wanderson de Oliveira does pull-ups from a metal bar outside the Fight for Peace academy while two skinny young boys watch intently.


Spain to hand over blood samples in Operation Puerto case

MADRID (Reuters) - Blood samples stored as part of Spain's "Operation Puerto" anti-doping probe must be handed over to authorities for investigation, a Spanish court ruled on Tuesday.


Stretched and stressed, French police prepare for football spectacle

PARIS (Reuters) - France's stretched police force has had to contend with two militant attacks in a year and regular street protests, and now it faces the task of keeping millions of soccer fans safe when the country hosts the Euro 2016 tournament next month.


Momota gambles with Olympic berth after casino visit

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese badminton trailblazer Kento Momota is set to miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics later this year after admitting to gambling at an illegal casino, local media reported on Thursday.


Korean prosecutors make new arrest in KSF probe

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors made another arrest on Thursday as their investigation into corruption allegations at the country's swimming federation (KSF) continued to discover offenders and could lead to the resignation of its president.


UCI raid Mediterraneenne race, find no hidden motors

LONDON (Reuters) - Cycling's world governing body carried out unannounced spot checks on around 90 bikes at the La Mediterraneenne stage race on Friday, but found no evidence of mechanical doping.


Prince Ali fears 'catastrophe' for FIFA if wrong leader elected

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA faces a "catastrophic" future if the wrong man is elected head of world football's governing body, presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein said on Tuesday when he published his election manifesto.