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Becks: Winning 2018 bid would mean the world to me

LONDON: David Beckham admits helping England win the right to host the 2018 World Cup would mean as much as all the success he has enjoyed during his illustrious career.

Russia save match point, upset U.S.

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia saved a match point to hand defending Olympic champions the United States their first defeat of the tournament when they stormed from two sets down to win in emphatic style on Saturday.

Jordan Prince eyes inspiration first medal

LONDON (Reuters) - Jordanian royalty were ringside in London on Saturday to watch the country's first Olympic boxer in action, dreaming of a first Olympic medal that Prince Feisal Al Hussein believes would transform sport in the Arab state.

IOC, USOC reach deal for fresh funding 'tier'

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge expects another level, or tier, of funding will be added to the revenue-sharing contract his organization has with the U.S. Olympic Committee after 2020, as a result of a deal reached at a meeting in the U.S. late last week.

Modern pentathlon-Lithuania's Asadauskaite wins gold

LONDON (Reuters) - Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite claimed the last medal of the Games on Sunday, taking gold in the women's modern pentathlon to complete the family set of Olympic medals.

Reed wins silver but barred from podium

LONDON (Reuters) - American track cyclist Jennie Reed spent 15 years dreaming of standing on an Olympic podium but her big moment was ruined on Saturday when she was stopped from collecting her silver medal.

Melbourne mayor's Olympic dream could end in Brisbane

(Reuters) - Basking in the glory of being named the world's most desirable metropolis, Melbourne is hoping to bring a Summer Games to the city in the near future even though the country's Olympic chief would prefer Brisbane to host the event.

Agony for Liu, all smiles for Bolt

LONDON (Reuters) - The agony and the ecstasy of the Games were on show at the Olympic stadium on Tuesday as sprint champion Usain Bolt delighted fans with another victory on the track after Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang had exited it in a wheelchair.

Flying Dutchwoman takes sprint double

LONDON (Reuters) - Ranomi Kromowidjojo secured her place in Dutch swimming history on Saturday with a second sprint title at the London Games, making her the fastest woman in the pool just two years after a bout of viral meningitis that had her fearing for her career.

Jordan's Prince eyes inspiring medal

LONDON (Reuters) - Jordanian royalty were ringside in London on Saturday to watch the country's first Olympic boxer in action, dreaming of a first Olympic medal that Prince Feisal Al Hussein believes would transform sport in the Arab state.