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Jan 28, 2015

Athletics-Pole vault legend Bubka to run for top IAAF job

BERLIN, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka announced on Wednesday he is running for the presidency of world athletics body IAAF, taking on Briton Sebastian Coe in a battle between two of the sport’s greats.

Bubka, who won an Olympic gold medal, six consecutive world championship titles and set 35 world records, wants to lead the International Association of Athletics Federations when President Lamine Diack steps down later this year.

Jan 26, 2015

Bayern’s Guardiola in no rush for contract extension

BERLIN (Reuters) – German champions Bayern Munich have repeatedly signalled their desire for a contract extension with coach Pep Guardiola but the Spaniard seems in no rush to sign a deal past 2016.

Guardiola led Bayern to the domestic league and Cup double in his first season in charge last year but any talk of a contract extension past his original three years will happen later in the year.

Jan 22, 2015

Soccer-German Bundesliga sees double-digit growth in 2013/14

BERLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The Bundesliga posted record turnover of 2.45 billion euros ($2.83 billion)for 2013/14, up by more than 12 percent, marking uninterrupted growth for the 10th straight season, the German football league (DFL) said on Thursday.

Turnover was up from 2.17 billion euros in 2012/13 and has more than doubled from a decade ago when it stood at just over one billion.

Jan 15, 2015

Olympics-IOC hopeful bid reform will trigger 2024 Games interest

BERLIN, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee launched a newly-created invitation phase for potential bid cities for the 2024 summer Games on Thursday, confident the reformed process will trigger more interest in hosting the Olympics.

So far Germany with Hamburg or Berlin, Rome and Boston have declared their intentions to bid for the showpiece but Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said on Wednesday more would come.

Jan 13, 2015

Germans disappointed after Neuer misses out on Ballon D’Or

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans, who had hoped for a clean sweep at the FIFA Ballon D’Or, expressed disappointment on Tuesday after their World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came third in the vote for the 2014 world player of the year.

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo won the award on Monday for the second year running and third time in total.

Jan 9, 2015

Boston claims frontrunner spot in 2024 Olympics race

BERLIN (Reuters) – Boston joined the race to host the 2024 Olympics, instantly claiming the favourites tag as the United States look to land their first summer Games since 1996.

It is not so much what the city is offering that gives it an edge at the start of the two-year race but rather the timing of its candidacy and improved ties between U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) chiefs and the International Olympic Committee.

Dec 30, 2014

Olympics-Billion-dollar Sochi Games a sporting success

BERLIN, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have gone down in history as the most expensive sports event ever organised with a staggering cost of more than $51 billion.

The legacy left by Russia’s first winter Games is one of gleaming purpose-built arenas with little or no post-Games use, a massive overhaul of infrastructure at the Black sea resort and a record price tag that triggered changes for future Olympics.

Dec 29, 2014

Soccer-Germany end title drought with sparkling run in Brazil

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – It had been 18 years since Germany last won an international title and the pressure on the football powerhouse to finally deliver on promises was immense at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Germans could not have scripted a better scenario for their fourth World Cup victory in July, soaking up setbacks and injury bad luck along the way to crown a decade of unsuccessful attempts with the most important silverware of all.

Dec 20, 2014

Disastrous Dortmund end year with loss at Bremen

BERLIN (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund completed their spectacular implosion this season, losing 2-1 at struggling Werder Bremen on Saturday, their 10th defeat in 17 league games sending them into the winter break in 17th place, just a point off the bottom.

Talented teenager Davie Selke scored Werder’s first goal in the third minute and last season’s Bundesliga runners-up never recovered, their leaking defence and lack of attacking ideas proving costly.

Dec 20, 2014

Soccer-Disastrous Dortmund end year with loss at Bremen

BERLIN, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund completed their spectacular implosion this season, losing 2-1 at struggling Werder Bremen on Saturday, their 10th defeat in 17 league games sending them into the winter break in 17th place, just a point off the bottom.

Talented teenager Davie Selke scored Werder’s first goal in the third minute and last season’s Bundesliga runners-up never recovered, their leaking defence and lack of attacking ideas proving costly.

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