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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.

Sep 26, 2014

Olympics-U.S. Olympic bid picking up momentum and support

CHICAGO, Sept 26 (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.

Sep 26, 2014

USOC and U.S. Football chiefs to discuss Solo

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief executive hopes to meet with U.S. Football this week to discuss why national goalkeeper Hope Solo continues to play although she has been charged with domestic violence.

Solo, an Olympic double gold medallist, faces a November trial but has remained in the national squad, a decision that has pulled her sport into the domestic abuse storm that has engulfed the National Football League where players have been suspended until their cases are heard.

Sep 26, 2014

USOC and U.S. Soccer chiefs to discuss Solo

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief executive hopes to meet with U.S. Soccer this week to discuss why national goalkeeper Hope Solo continues to play although she has been charged with domestic violence.

Solo, an Olympic double gold medalist, faces a November trial but has remained in the national squad, a decision that has pulled her sport into the domestic abuse storm that has engulfed the National Football League where players have been suspended until their cases are heard.

Sep 26, 2014

Olympics-USOC and U.S. Soccer chiefs to discuss Solo

CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief executive hopes to meet with U.S. Soccer this week to discuss why national goalkeeper Hope Solo continues to play although she has been charged with domestic violence.

Solo, an Olympic double gold medallist, faces a November trial but has remained in the national squad, a decision that has pulled her sport into the domestic abuse storm that has engulfed the National Football League where players have been suspended until their cases are heard.

Sep 25, 2014

Phelps could make big splash in Rio, says Naber

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Michael Phelps could win two or three individual gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and again return home as America’s top swimmer, former U.S. swimming great John Naber believes.

Already the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 18 gold medals, Phelps’ return to competition after a two-year retirement was greeted with apprehension and skepticism but the tide has quickly turned.