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Nov 15, 2014

Hasek and Forsberg take gold road into Hall

TORONTO (Reuters) – Peter Forsberg and Dominik Hasek earned a handsome living in the NHL, but it was playing for their countries that gained them special places in hockey history.

Their global exploits secured Forsberg, the brilliant Swedish forward, and Hasek, the unorthodox Czech netminder, places in the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014 that will be enshrined in ceremonies on Monday

Oct 23, 2014

Timeout as Canadians digest day of terror

TORONTO (Reuters) – A National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season game rarely holds any importance and a meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday held even less relevance as Canadians digested a day of terror.

The exhibition contest in Toronto went on but a National Hockey League game in Ottawa between the home-town Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs did not after a morning of gunfire in the Canadian capital left two men dead and a city on edge.

Oct 6, 2014

League set for smooth-as-ice start to 2014-15 season

TORONTO (Reuters) – With the NBA trying to recover from the Donald Sterling fiasco and the NFL reeling from a string of domestic violence cases, the National Hockey League opens a new season on Wednesday free of controversy.

With a $5.2 billion Canadian television-rights deal and guaranteed labor peace through the 2021-22 season, it seems as if NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is looking forward to the 2014-15 campaign with a smile.

Oct 2, 2014

Women will not boycott World Cup over artificial turf

TORONTO (Reuters) – There are no plans to boycott next year’s Women’s World Cup but players will proceed with a gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA if forced to play on artificial turf, one of the complainants said on Thursday.

Reigning FIFA player of the year Nadine Angerer, who is among over 40 international women players suing the sport’s governing body and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), said there has not been any talk of boycotting the month-long event.

Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-Women will not boycott World Cup over artificial turf

TORONTO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – There are no plans to boycott next year’s Women’s World Cup but players will proceed with a gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA if forced to play on artificial turf, one of the complainants said on Thursday.

Reigning FIFA player of the year Nadine Angerer, who is among over 40 international women players suing the sport’s governing body and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), said there has not been any talk of boycotting the month-long event.

Sep 30, 2014

Women’s World Cup to be played on turf, FIFA insists

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Next year’s women’s World Cup in Canada will be played on artificial turf despite threats of legal action from several top international players, an unmoved FIFA executive said after touring one of the host venues on Tuesday.

With players threatening a lawsuit if forced to play on artificial pitches, resolute FIFA officials were unfazed as they began site inspections of the six Canadian venues that will host the June 6-July 5 competition.

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-Women’s World Cup to be played on turf, FIFA insists

OTTAWA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Next year’s women’s World Cup in Canada will be played on artificial turf despite threats of legal action from several top international players, an unmoved FIFA executive said after touring one of the host venues on Tuesday.

With players threatening a lawsuit if forced to play on artificial pitches, resolute FIFA officials were unfazed as they began site inspections of the six Canadian venues that will host the June 6-July 5 competition.

Sep 27, 2014

Domestic violence, abuse top concerns facing USOC chief

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Of all the issues facing the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the one that gives chief executive officer Scott Blackmun the greatest concern is making sure sport is free from domestic abuse and other violence.

Domestic violence has become the hot-button issue in American sport following a rash of high-profile incidents involving National Football League players and another case that has landed close to home for the USOC involving Hope Solo, the decorated goalkeeper of the U.S. national women’s soccer team.

Sep 27, 2014

Olympics-Domestic violence, abuse top concerns facing USOC chief

CHICAGO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Of all the issues facing the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the one that gives chief executive officer Scott Blackmun the greatest concern is making sure sport is free from domestic abuse and other violence.

Domestic violence has become the hot-button issue in American sport following a rash of high-profile incidents involving National Football League players and another case that has landed close to home for the USOC involving Hope Solo, the decorated goalkeeper of the U.S. national women’s soccer team.

Sep 26, 2014

U.S. Olympic bid picking up momentum and support

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) gave the clearest indication yet that it will make a pitch for the 2024 Summer Games, saying on Friday that next year it hoped to be in the final stages of preparing a bid.

After stunning rebukes to New York to host the 2012 Olympics and Chicago’s failed attempt for the 2016 Games the USOC has taken a cautious and methodical approach in its latest effort to land the sporting world’s biggest prize.