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Cricket

Southee hails green grass of home but remains cautious

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.

Cycling

Britain back on gold trail, cycling the real winner

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.

Cycling

Cycling - Van Avermaet wins thrilling men's road race

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.

Other Sport

Rio kicks off Games with ode to forests, call for peace

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.

Cycling

Froome to take chances in Rio road race lottery

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.

Other Sport

A silver lining in Rio despite pre-Games gloom and doom

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - It's as predictable as the fixed, two-year calendar for the Olympics themselves.

Other Sport

Despite problems, Olympic city of Rio still something to see

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - You have seen the postcards.

Other Sport

Treeless $656 million Olympic Park in Rio a concrete jungle

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.

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With Olympic clean-up cancelled, Rio resigned to dirty bay

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.

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Paris attacks heighten security fears for 2016 Rio Olympics

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.