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Rio officials remain confident the venue will be ready in time for games next year

Sport
Florence Arthaud, Alexis Vastine and Camille Muffat have been killed in a helicopter crash

The three French sporting stars were tragically killed when two helicopters reportedly collided in Argentina

Sport
The IOC is looking at a dedicated year-round Olympic TV channel, at a cost of some £400m

IOC is looking quite seriously at a dedicated year-round TV channel

Sport
July 30, 2012: A view of the Olympic rings at the gymnastics

COMMENT: A proposal of having women competing in one country and men in another was put forward

Sport
July 30, 2012: A view of the Olympic rings at the gymnastics

Such an idea would go against Olympic rules barring discrimination

Sport
The US Olympic committee has chosen Boston for the 2024 Games bid

Mayor thanks US Olympic Committee for its decision to put the city forward as a bidder

News
The young men were in training for the skiing world cup when they died

They were two 'outstanding ski racers who were passionate about their sport'

Sport

These were the events the UK was discussing this year

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Thokozile Masipa says prosecution will be allowed to take case to supreme court

Sport

Future Olympics may be less costly to host and more inclusive

Sport
Sepp Blatter will have to stand down as football’s representative on the IOC when he reaches 80 in 2016

The Fifa president will be forced to step down when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 80 after the Rio Olympics in 2016

Sport
Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell celebrates winning bronze in the Women's Super-G - Visually Impaired

Etherington won three silvers and a bronze at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics but the skier with five per cent vision in both eyes has announced her retirement

Sport
Vanessa-Mae finished last in the giant slalom at the Sochi Games after her qualifying results were manipulated to get her into the Thai team

The virtuoso violinist has been banned by the International Ski Federation for race-rigging

Sport
This year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi were estimated to cost over $50bn

The IOC issued a statement calling the decision 'a missed opportunity' but many in Norway do not feel the same way

Sport

Krakow, Lviv and Stockholm had already pulled out the running

Sport
Guanabara Bay is seen in a section littered with debris on June 19, 2012

The regatta will be starting on Saturday but there are still concerns over the water quality

Sport
Four ski officials in Slovenia have been suspended following allegations of results rigging

The Slovenian Ski Association says that the musician's pre-Olympics results were "fixed" at the behest of Thai ski officials

Sport
Amy Van Dyken smiles for all to see after the Women's 50 meter Freestyle Finals during the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials at the Indianapolis University Natatorium in Indianapolis

Her family and that of husband Tom Rouen issued a letter that says she awoke from surgery 'acting like her typical spunky, boisterous, ebullient self'

News

The city has failed to meet promises on cleaning Guanabara Bay, despite sailors' reports of animal and human carcasses floating in the water

Sport
Boats float along the shoreline of the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay

Five years after Brazil won its Olympic bid, athletes have condemned the site of the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events as a 'dump'

Sport
Incomparable: Mo Farah winning the men's 5,000m final at the London 2012 Olympics

Olympic officials have reportedly secretly asked if London would be in a position to take over games after progress in Rio was branded ‘critical’

Sport
John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

The International Olympic Committee have stepped in to try and speed up preparations in Brazil

Sport
John Coates has blasted preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as 'the worst I have ever seen'

John Coates slams Rio's preparations for the Summer Games and reveals the International Olympic Committee have already been forced into unprecedented action

Sport
Michael Phelps will return to competitive swimming next week

Phelps will come out of retirement to swim the Arena Grand Prix in Arizona next week having not competed since the London 2012 Olympic Games

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Great Britain Athletes, back row (L-R) Dom Harrington, Ben Kilner, Billy Morgan, back row (L-R) Rebekah Wilson and Paula Walker pose for a photograph in the Olympic Rings in the Athletes Village in Sochi

The bid team is to meet with the IOC

Sport
Floyd Mayweather hits the speed bag as he poses for photographers ahead of the big fight
BoxingREVEALED Steve Bunce on the Vegas farce that is robbing boxing fans from seeing the megafight
Sport
James Anderson celebrates becoming England's leading Test wicket-taker
Cricket James Anderson has beaten Ian Botham's record Test-wicket haul for England after dismissing Dinsh Ramdin as his 384th victim
Sport
James Anderson celebrates after equalling Ian Botham's wicket record for England
Sir Ian Botham took his 383rd Test wicket in 1992 in his 100th Test – the same as Anderson
Sport
Alastair Cook looks on after being caught for 13
From Alastair Cook's form to James Anderson and the rest of the bowling attack
Sport
Aaron Hernandez in action for New England Partiots in the NFL
NFLEx-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was as violent off the field as he was on it. Tim Walker reports on the $40m athlete’s alleged involvement in a string of crimes dating back to 2007
Sport
Formula 1Bahrain GP: Ferrari came alive in the heat of Malaysia - and German fears it could do so again in Sakhir
Sport
REPORT F1 goes under the lights in Bahrain as Mercedes pair resume their battle
Sport
Saracens hooker Jamie George
Rugby UnionINTERVIEW Clermont v Saracens: Hooker refusing to look beyond European semi-final despite England call-up on the horizon
Sport
Saracens centre Brad Barritt
PREVIEW Sole remaining English team face French giants in the European Champions Cup semi-finals
Sport
Fifa president Sepp Blatter
FOOTBALLCOMMENT Sepp Blatter, lord of all he surveys at Fifa but hardly the Light of the World, says Tom Peck
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