North America

A U.S. judge has blocked a Canadian web site from broadcasting copyrighted U.S. television shows until next month, when he hears arguments in lawsuits brought by ten Hollywood movie studios, three TV networks and two professional sports leagues.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) has recommended adding Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa to the four-nation Pacific Rim championship.

Scottish champions Celtic have said a consortium including former player Kenny Dalglish and pop singer Jim Kerr were considering a possible offer for the club.

Finnish former athlete Pirjo Haggman has became the first member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to quit over bribery scandals buffeting the organisation.

Indianapolis will win one of four expansion franchises in the WNBA, according to unidentified NBA sources cited by the The Indianapolis Star and News.

Two years after announcing that the World Cup of golf would become the fourth World Championships event in 2000, U.S. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem admitted recently that it was unlikely to happen.

A letter Dick Pound wrote to key Olympic broadcasters and sponsors shortly after his loss in the IOC presidential election was not sour grapes, the Montreal lawyer said Tuesday.

United Arab Emirates cricket authorities demanded yesterday that all of their team's matches in the ICC Trophy be replayed because two of their top players were refused entry into Canada.

TV broadcaster ABC?s five playoff telecasts have averaged a 1.6 rating, an increase of 14 percent over last season?s first five games.

India's government has told the country's cricket board it should not send a team to the forthcoming Sharjah tournament in which Pakistan are also competing.

France's world-beating soccer team will come out on Tuesday in support of Paris's bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games.

The five cities bidding to host the 2008 Summer Olympics have all submitted their official candidature files ahead of the deadline, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday.

NHL star Sergei Berezin has signed with entertainment giant SFX to exclusively represent him.

Despite losing the duMaurier Open ? one of the LPGA?s major championships - Canada will still host an LPGA tournament in 2001.

The Japanese city of Osaka has pressed its claim to stage the 2008 Olympics against current favourite Beijing, saying it could outdo the Chinese capital in experience and facilities.

Rumours continued to swirl that Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays were about to be sold to media powerhouse Rogers Communications Inc. , but both the potential suitor and the team's current owner refused to comment on whether the two sides are in the final innings of a blockbuster deal.

The Extreme Sports Channel has signed a deal with Eurosport for the broadcast of the Tissot / UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2000.