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U.S. lawmakers lash 'shameful' NBA response to Hong Kong protests tweet

(Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers joined a chorus of criticism of the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the organisation distanced itself from a tweet by the manager of the Houston Rockets in support of the Hong Kong protests for democracy.

Olympics: More than 100 people protest in Tokyo against 2020 Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) - As Tokyo celebrated one year to go until the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday, at least 100 people gathered in the Japanese capital to protest the hosting of the Games.

Brailsford hits back at critics as Sky becomes Team INEOS

LINTON, Yorkshire (Reuters) - Dave Brailsford is accustomed to answering awkward questions and the man who masterminded Britain's rise as a cycling powerhouse was at it again as Team Sky transformed into Team INEOS on Wednesday.

Protestors, delays and rain backdrop as Commonwealth Games opened

GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Indigenous rights protestors, a heavy rain shower and transport issues provided a turbulent backdrop to the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Former All Blacks captain Graham dies

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Former All Blacks captain John Graham, a respected sports administrator, educator and mentor to World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry, has died at the age of 82, New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday.

Asian Olympic chief asks for report on jailed Iranian protestor

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Asia's most powerful sports official has asked Iran for a report on the imprisonment of an Iranian-British woman who took part in a demonstration in Tehran against a ban on females attending some men's sporting events.

Protestors attack coach carrying Brazil players

TERESOPOLIS Brazil (Reuters) - The bus carrying Brazil's World Cup squad to their first day of training on Monday was kicked and punched by demonstrators angry at what they consider exorbitant spending on football and not enough on social programmes.

Brazilians protest World Cup spending, call for better services

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Cities across Brazil braced for demonstrations on Thursday, as disparate protest movements seek to criticize spending on the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and revive a call for better public services that swept the country last June.

Protests could disrupt Brazil's World Cup quest - Scolari

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - People protesting against the World Cup or in favour of more social spending could harm the country's chances of winning the tournament, Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Sunday.