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A year before the 2014 Winter Olympics are to begin, President Vladimir Putin has demanded that a senior member of the Russian Olympic Committee be fired, apparently due to cost overruns in host city Sochi - a demand certain to be fulfilled.

Modified: 02/07/13 03:26:46 PM

A young American defense came apart on a hot, tropical afternoon, and the United States opened the final round of World Cup qualifying with a loss for the first time in 24 years.

Modified: 02/06/13 09:44:29 PM

Football, like cycling after the embarrassment that was Lance Armstrong, will be half dead as a sport if it reaches the point where spectators commonly think, "Fix!"

Modified: 02/06/13 05:29:08 PM
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One year ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the roads in the Black Sea resort and its surrounding mountains are lined with migrants from Central Asia doing the grunt work that Russians find too low-paid and physically demanding.

Modified: 02/06/13 09:27:53 AM

Silvio Berlusconi's brother, vice president of AC Milan, the team owned by the media mogul, has sparked criticism by using a racist term to refer to the team's new star acquisition, Mario Balotelli, an Italian of African descent.

Modified: 02/06/13 09:03:05 AM

With the Winter Olympics a year away, IOC President Jacques Rogge praised Sochi organizers on Wednesday and defended the $51 billion price tag.

Modified: 02/06/13 10:08:08 AM

Red Bull New York announced Tuesday that the club has signed midfielder Dax McCarty to a new contract.

Modified: 02/05/13 03:37:51 PM

Prime-time television coverage of the Winter Olympics will start a day early next year in Sochi - with Shaun White the likely star.

Modified: 02/05/13 04:03:59 PM

Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales underwent a successful surgery on Monday to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, the club announced.

Modified: 02/05/13 12:43:06 PM

Back in Italy after a turbulent period in England, Mario Balotelli has been voted player of the week in the Associated Press global soccer rankings for scoring twice in his first game for AC Milan.

Modified: 02/05/13 09:28:26 AM

One year before Russia hosts its first Winter Olympics, this Black Sea resort is a vast construction site sprawling for nearly 40 kilometers (25 miles) along the coast and 50 kilometers (30 miles) up into the mountains. After arriving at Sochi's new airport, there's no escape from the clang and clatter of the drilling, jackhammering and mixing of cement that drowns out the hum of the sea and the birdsong.

Modified: 02/05/13 07:42:52 AM

Jozy Altidore wants to move on from last week's racist chants directed at him during a Dutch Cup game.

Modified: 02/04/13 06:32:56 PM

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