Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

Arms control a top issue at Russia-US talks Tuesday in Sochi

Europe 05/14/19, 04:41

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday, May 14, in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are sitting down for talks and then having a joint meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A look ...

Arms control a top issue at Russia-US talks Tuesday in Sochi

World 05/13/19, 13:47

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first trip to Russia is scheduled to start Tuesday in Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, where he and Russian Foreign Minister are sitting down for talks and then having a joint meeting with President Vladimir Putin. A look at the top issues Pompeo ...

Pompeo skips Moscow to meet with European officials on Iran

Europe 05/12/19, 22:47

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has changed the schedule for his latest trip to Europe, substituting a stop in Brussels for one in Moscow to discuss Iran and other issues with European officials.A State Department official says Pompeo, who departed Sunday night, is still expected to meet Tuesday in Sochi ...

Russia learns to love ski resorts, but not ski racing

Sports 03/04/19, 07:27

In the five years since the Sochi Olympics, Russians have been flocking south to enjoy their subtropical ski slopes.The mountains above the Black Sea resort city are full of weekend skiers, with nearly a million visitors making the trip each winter. That's quite a change for a country used to ...

Second Sochi women’s World Cup super-G cancelled

Sports 03/03/19, 00:02

The women's World Cup super-G race in Sochi planned for Sunday has been cancelled after a week-long struggle with adverse weather.Days of heavy snow and strong winds have prevented any racing at the first World Cup event since 2012 on the Rosa Khutor course used for the 2014 Winter Olympics. ...

Heavy snowfall postpones Sochi women’s super-G

Sports 03/02/19, 00:44

The women's World Cup super-G race scheduled for Saturday in Sochi was postponed by a day due to heavy snowfall, and a second, rescheduled race is back off the calendar.Weather conditions have played havoc with the first World Cup events in Sochi since the 2014 Winter Olympics. Snowfall continued Saturday ...

World Cup race in Sochi canceled over poor piste conditions

Sports 03/01/19, 02:03

The second-to-last women's downhill race of the World Cup season has been canceled after poor course conditions resulted in three training sessions not being held.Governing body FIS says Sunday's super-G will be moved to the Saturday morning slot instead.The downhill would have been the first World Cup race of any ...

Russian, Turkish defense ministers meet on Syria

Europe 02/11/19, 10:26

The Russian and Turkish defense ministers are meeting in Ankara to coordinate their next moves on Syria.Sergei Shoigu said at the start of Monday's meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar that they need to solve a few remaining issues ahead of Thursday's meeting of the presidents of Russia, Turkey ...

Despite doping scandals, Russia bids to host European Games

Sports 01/30/19, 07:34

Russia is bidding to host the 2023 European Games in Kazan despite a backdrop of years of doping scandals.Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is working with regional officials on the Kazan bid and said late Tuesday the city has "unique sports infrastructure at both the Russian and international level."Kazan ...

Update: Zubkov to step down from Russian bobsled

Sports 01/22/19, 08:43

The Latest on Russian doping scandal (all times local):___4:35 p.m.Alexander Zubkov says he is stepping down as president of the Russian bobsled federation after being banned for two years in a doping case.Zubkov carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won two bobsled ...

Zubkov among 4 Russian bobsledders banned for Olympic doping

Sports 01/16/19, 08:49

Five years after the Sochi Olympics, the man who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony has been banned for doping at those games.Alexander Zubkov, already stripped of two Olympic gold medals, was among four Russian bobsledders banned Wednesday until December 2020 for their part in organized doping at ...

Russian court says bobsledder can keep Olympic titles

Sports 01/11/19, 09:10

Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov won a Moscow court ruling on Friday that could make it harder for the International Olympic Committee to recover his gold medals.The Russian flagbearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was stripped of his two gold medals from those games in 2017 by the IOC for doping. ...

Russian biathlon champion in doping scandal retires

Sports 12/25/18, 08:06

Anton Shipulin, a world biathlon champion at the heart of Russia's doping scandal, announced his retirement on Tuesday.Shipulin, 31, told a news conference in Moscow that he decided to retire after he was barred from the Winter Olympics earlier this year. He is one of scores of Russian athletes banned ...

WADA experts hold talks in Moscow about doping lab data

Sports 11/28/18, 05:09

A delegation from the World Anti-Doping Agency held talks with Russian authorities in Moscow on Wednesday as it tries to access data which could mean more bans for the country's top athletes.Later Wednesday, the delegation will visit the Moscow laboratory at the heart of a vast cover-up of Russian doping ...

Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee

Sports 11/22/18, 10:35

With a pair of gold medals at stake, a Russian court has issued a ruling that directly challenges the authority of the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The Moscow City Court ruled Wednesday that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony ...

White House, athletes pressure anti-doping body to reform

Sports 10/31/18, 16:51

Olympic athletes joined the acting White House drug czar and anti-doping officials from seven other countries on Wednesday to call on the World Anti-Doping Agency to reform its governance, saying major changes are necessary to ensure drug-free competition at international events.The first-of-its-kind doping summit was organized by the Office of ...

Putin says IS seized 700 hostages in Syria; executing some

Europe 10/18/18, 18:05

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Islamic State militants in Syria have recently seized some 700 people as hostages and are carrying out executions. At an international policy forum in Sochi on Thursday, Putin said "they have been recently expanding their area and took about 130 families hostage, which accounts for about ...

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