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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A green Basin Reserve wicket was welcomed by New Zealand's Tim Southee after his recent exertions against Pakistan on dry, low and slow pitches in the United Arab Emirates, but the paceman was quick to point out that looks can often be deceiving.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - British riders topped the cycling medals table after more velodrome domination but it was far from a one-nation show as the sport's disciplines provided rich storylines in Rio.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet snatched gold in a thrilling finish to the men's Olympic road race, out-sprinting Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang by the Copacabana after Vincenzo Nibali's hopes ended in a high-speed crash on Saturday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all to the pounding beat of samba, bossa nova and funk.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Chris Froome describes Saturday's Olympic men's road race as a lottery but the Briton will still fancy his chances of winning gold alongside the Copacabana despite a brutal course that plays into the hands of his rivals.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - It's as predictable as the fixed, two-year calendar for the Olympics themselves.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - You have seen the postcards.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - When Rio opened its Olympic Park this month there was one thing conspicuously absent around the venues, walkways and public areas where visitors will gather to watch 16 sports in August: trees.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Visitors flocking to Rio de Janeiro for this summer's Olympic Games will find both dramatic landscapes and polluted, junk-filled water in the finger-like inlet that forms the city's shoreline and harbour.
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Last week's Paris killings have raised fears about the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, a country with so little history of terrorism that the president has played down the chance of an attack and legislators long resisted bills to make it a crime.