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Iditarod coverage


Mackey wins third straight Iditarod sled dog race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Lance Mackey cruised to victory in the 1,100-mile (1,774-km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, winning Alaska’s most popular sporting event for the third consecutive year.

FIVE dogs have died in this year’s Iditarod, so far. Please do a balanced, FAIR, story which includes the various cruelty aspects to the dogs in this race.


The number of dogs that died during this event certainly should have been in the story. We did a follow-up yesterday when the last musher crossed the line, and we did include the canine fatalities: GBU Editor

Current Iditarod champion Lance Mackey is seeking his third consecutive victory as his team leaves the chute during the official restart of the Iditarod Race in Willow Alaska March 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder

Check our Slovakia


Slovakia’s Petra Majdic (C) reacts on the podium as the winner of the final of the Royal Castle FIS World Cup Cross Country Sprint in Stockholm, Sweden, March 18, 2009. Finland’s Aino Kaisa Saarinen (7) finished second and Sweden’s Anna Olsson (3) finished third. REUTERS/Bertil Ericson/Scanpix Sweden

Petra Majdic is not from slovakia! she’s from slovenia!! journalist please take a atlas in your hands and you will see that you are make a huge mistake!! Shame on you!! Go back to school!! I hope that you are going corect your mistake immediately!!

Lancaster Park


Cricket-New Zealand v India third one day match – scoreboard

March 8 (Reuters) – Scoreboard at the end of the third one
day international between India and New Zealand at Lancaster
Park, Christchurch on Sunday.

I noticed you refer to “Lancaster Park” in Christchurch, New Zealand. The name of the Stadium was changed to AMI Stadium in August 2007, named after a local fire and general insurance company, and we would appreciate it if the name AMI Stadium could be used in future articles.

American or Italian?


Hatton beats Malignaggi with 11th round TKO

In the second round, a big right to the jaw buckled Malignaggi’s legs and caused the American to cling on, while another hook in the fourth had the same effect.

Paulie Malignaggi had a huge Italian flag in his corner which stuck out like a sore thumb on TV, he also had the Italian flag sewn on his hood, yet he is called an American in your article.. Very Confusing !!

The wrong guy


FIFA unable to shake off Qatar controversy

qatar-2007-220.jpgHowever, recent comments by Sheikh Hamad Khalifa al-Thani, the country’s soccer president and head of state, suggest Qatar is confident FIFA’s decision will not be overturned.

Hope this goes to the sports editor!

In your analysis the head of the Qatari football federation has been also labeled the head of the state — The Emir.  Both have the same name, but they are different people.

Wrong conversion


Akhtar turned back at Heathrow airport

cricket-0908-160.jpgThe PCB has served a legal notice on Akhtar to pay a fine of seven million rupees ($247,600) after a five-year ban was cut to 18 months. The player had been suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Your story states that seven million rupees are equal to $247,600. A correction is needed. Seven million Pakistan rupees equals 91,322 U.S. dollars

Olympics spoilers?


basketball-0822-180.jpgU.S. juggernaut sets up Spain in basketball final

Thanks so much for printing the outcome of the basketball game I was going to watch tonight. No point in watching it now, is there? Guess I’d better avoid your website in the future.

Fred A.

We’ve received several e-mails similar to this one in the course of the Beijing Olympics.

His first Olympics?


phelps-0819180.jpgFACTBOX: Michael Phelps v Mark Spitz

Phelps was 19 when he went to his first Olympics, the 2004 Games in Athens. He won six gold and two bronze medals.

Hi. Was reading the factbox on Michael Phelps vs Mark Spitz on It says Phelps’s first Olympics was Athens 2004. Wrong. He also swam as a 15-year-old at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, in the 200m butterfly.

The wrong team…



(R-L) Tom James, Steve Williams, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge of Britain prepare to compete before the men’s four semifinal rowing competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park August 13, 2008. REUTERS/Aly Song

The photograph published is of the French coxless four and not the British as stated.

Problem with gymnastics…


Hosts China fail to qualify for final

kexin-160.jpgBEIJING, Aug 10 (Reuters) – China, one of the favourites for the gold medal, failed to qualify for the women’s gymnastics team final at the Olympics on Sunday.

The 2006 world champions were expected to battle it out with the United States for the top prize but a series of errors meant they failed to reach Wednesday’s final.