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Vote totals from Friday's balloting to pick the host city for the 2008 Olympics:

The Dalai Lama's Tibetan government-in-exile slammed the choice of Beijing as the venue for the 2008 Olympics on Friday and said it would encourage repression in China.

Charmaine Crooks, a former Olympic middle-distance runner, resigned abruptly from the IOC's ethics commission on Friday in a dispute over her role in Toronto's bid for the 2008 Games.

International sports leaders like to pretend to others, if not themselves, that sport is blissfully removed from politics.

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Brazilian soccer chief Ricardo Teixeira slammed the government report into corruption in his federation and vowed to quit if a single claim was proven.

Chung Mong Joon, vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA and co-chairman of Korea’s 2002 World Cup organising committee, said he thinks that the tournament, which it will co-host with Japan, will help bring political stability and prosperity to Asia.

Chung Mong Joon, South Korean vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA has urged its president Sepp Blatter to reveal all he knows about the financial collapse of its marketing agent ISL-ISMM.

FIFA have put back by 24 hours an executive committee meeting expected to discuss the collapse of ISL-ISMM, world soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

FIFA Marketing – the new unit set up within soccer’s governing body following the collapse of ISL – is celebrating after clinching a hat-trick of deals.

Sepp Blatter, president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, played down the chances of North Korea hosting any matches in next year's World Cup finals, but said he would still probably visit the country later this year.

Turkey's Olympic chief looks disdainfully upon the report that may crush Istanbul's bid to host the 2008 Olympics.

A squad of top NBA players will visit China and Taiwan in September for two exhibition games, the National Basketball Association has announced.

The biggest names from last year's Sydney Olympics are back in Australia for the Goodwill Games with the event's organisers hoping Maurice Greene, Marion Jones and Ian Thorpe can save the event from oblivion.

Australian swimming sensation, Ian Thorpe has launched an astonishing attack on the sport's world governing body, accusing FINA of not doing enough in the war against drugs.

Beijing officials defended China's human rights record on Wednesday but conceded it faced a challenge persuading world opinion that the Chinese capital should stage the 2008 Olympic Games.

The Thailand Football Association has written to FIFA to request a change of venue for their Asian World Cup qualifying match scheduled for Baghdad on Friday, a Thai official said on Tuesday.