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Creator of Misha, mascot of 1980 Moscow Olympics, dies at 84

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian illustrator who designed Misha, the mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympics that were boycotted by a slew of countries, died on Monday aged 84, a publisher of children's books said.

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No more 'N-word': Scrabble players look to bar racist or homophobic slurs

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world of tournament Scrabble is split over whether to remove racial and anti-LGBT+ slurs from official dictionaries, as governing bodies debate the rules in light of the global Black Lives Matter protests.

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Meredith sells Sports Illustrated to Authentic Brands to further digital push

(Reuters) - Media company Meredith Corp said on Monday it has agreed to sell Sports Illustrated to U.S-based entertainment company Authentic Brands Group LLC for $110 million (86.8 million pounds), as it looks to scale its digital media business.


Women's sport needs more women to tell the story, says Asher-Smith

LONDON (Reuters) - British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, a triple European gold medallist, would like to raise the profile of female athletes and believes the best way of doing that is to have more women telling the story.


West Indies batsman Gayle awarded $220k in damages for defamation

SYDNEY (Reuters) - West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was awarded A$300,000 (£172,919) in damages by an Australian court on Monday, more than a year after he won a defamation case against Fairfax Media over an alleged incident during the 2015 World Cup.


Trans-Pacific bid ends after storm damages support boat

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ben Lecomte has been forced to abandon his ambitious attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean after his accompanying boat was damaged in a storm, but the Frenchman will continue in his quest to raise awareness concerning marine pollution.


Pacific pilgrim makes milestone progress in epic swim

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ben Lecomte has crossed the 1,000 nautical mile (1,852 km) mark of his epic bid to become the first man to swim across the Pacific Ocean.


Swimming - Swimmer bids to become first to cross Pacific, raising awareness of plastic pollution

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - When Ben Lecomte stepped onto land for the first time after swimming across the Atlantic Ocean in 1998, he told himself 'never again'.

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Twitter, Snapchat tie up with Fox to provide coverage of FIFA World Cup

(Reuters) - Twenty First Century Fox Inc's Fox Sports is partnering with Twitter Inc to stream a live show and Snap Inc's Snapchat to showcase stories with matchday highlights on the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament to be hosted in Russia later this year.