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Behind the World Cup, a Hunger Strike

MOSCOW — A praised Ukrainian film director imprisoned in Russia has been turning down food for a month, attracting international support and creating an unwanted backdrop for Moscow as the World Cup is underway.


Soccer - New club built from soy bean fortune growing quickly

CARLOS CASARES, Argentina (Reuters) - Build it and they will come is a phrase associated with baseball but in Argentina, where football is king, a soy bean millionaire has done just that, building a soccer club from scratch that is now knocking on the door of the country's first division.


Golf - Officials confident of smooth rulings process at U.S. Open

(Reuters) - Administrative "bogeys" at last year's U.S. Open have led officials to better balance modern technology with golf's time honoured values at this year’s event starting on Thursday at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.


Golfers get relief from armchair judges

LONDON (Reuters) - Golfers will no longer live in fear of a minor infringement being picked up by eagle-eyed armchair fans, after the Royal & Ancient and USGA agreed to limit the use of video evidence on Tuesday.


Mercedes expects extreme tyre strategies in China

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One teams might adopt aggressive strategies for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix because track conditions could lead to heavy wear of the supersoft tyre that has not been used in Shanghai before, Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe said on Monday.


French Open hopeful Bacsinszky gets her hands dirty

PARIS (Reuters) - Not satisfied with toppling little-known Belgian Alison van Uytvanck 6-4 7-5 to reach her first grand slam semi-final at the French Open on Wednesday -- Timea Bacsinszky wanted a lasting souvenir of her achievement.


World Cup gives dusty farm city its day in the sun

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) - In Cuiaba, they like to say there are two seasons: winter and hell.


A day in the life of a racer

LIFE on the fast track can be exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping and challenging. The StarSports’ RAJES PAUL caught a glimpse of what it’s all about when she caught up with Malaysian Moto2 ace Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah during the French Grand Prix at the historic Le Mans recently.


McLaren woes continue in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - McLaren endured another tough weekend in China on Sunday with both drivers failing to score points for the second race running and the team tumbling down the Formula One constructors' standings.

Other Sport

Venus refuses to mope around after second round loss

Venus Williams refused to be downcast after losing to third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round of the French Open on Wed­nesday, saying she was still on a learning curve after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease.