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Russian Boxer's Camp Protests Referee After Defeat to Klitschko
Russian heavyweight boxer Alexander Povetkin’s agent Tuesday urged the sport’s ruling bodies to penalize a referee for his performance in overseeing his client’s crushing defeat to four-belt world champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Zippo to Douse PR Push in Olympic Torch Flameout
The iconic US pocket lighter maker Zippo said Tuesday it will extinguish a social media campaign tied to a mishap with the Olympic torch after Russian officials expressed concern over possible unauthorized use of the emblem for the Sochi Winter Games.
Main News of October 7
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
US-Iran Soccer Game Ideal for Diplomacy – US State Dept.
A reportedly planned soccer match between the United States and Iran drew support from the US government on Monday, with an official saying the contest would be in line with Washington’s willingness to negotiate directly with Tehran.
Tennis Star Sharapova Withdraws From WTA Championships
World No. 3 tennis player Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew Monday from the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul as she continues to recover from injury.
Spain's Nadal Returns to World No. 1 in Men's Tennis Rankings
Spain’s Rafael Nadal regained the top spot in the ATP men's tennis rankings on Monday for the first time in more than two years, pushing Novak Djokovic back into second place.
Russian Olympic Torch Relay Starts on Red Square
The four-month, 65,000-kilometer torch relay ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games kicked off Monday with synchronized swimmer Anastasia Davydova running with the flame across Moscow’s Red Square.
Wladimir Klitschko Praises 'Heart' of Conquered Povetkin
Wladimir Klitschko may have demolished Alexander Povetkin in the ring Saturday night, but he was full of praise for the Russian's courage in going the distance.
Klitschko Crushes Povetkin to Defend World Titles
Wladimir Klitschko put Alexander Povetkin through a 12-round pummeling Sunday to defend his four heavyweight titles with ease in a points win over the previously unbeaten Russian in Moscow.
Putin to Start Sochi 2014 Torch Relay on Red Square
Russian President Vladimir Putin is to take part in a ceremony on Red Square on Sunday devoted to the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay, the Kremlin has announced.
Vitinho Has Trouble Adapting to Moscow Football Team – Coach
CSKA Moscow's new Brazilian forward Vitinho has had trouble adapting at the Russian Premier League side, coach Leonid Slutsky admitted on Saturday.
Viktor Ahn Sears to 500m Speedskating Gold at World Cup Leg
Russian short track speedskating star Viktor Ahn took his first win of the Sochi 2014 Olympic season on Saturday with victory in the 500 meters in the second ISU World Cup stage in his native Seoul.
European 5,000 Meter Champion Golovkina Gets 2-Year Ban
European 5,000 meter champion Olga Golovkina has been banned for two years over doping charges, the All-Russian Athletics Federation said.
Synchronized Swimmer to Start Sochi Torch Relay on Red Square
The first torchbearer for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games relay, to start on Red Square on Monday, will be five-time Olympic synchronized swimming gold medalist Anastasia Davydova, organizers have said.
Boxing: Povetkin Gives Away 7 kg to Klitschko at Weigh-In
World heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine weighed in 7.2 kg (15.8 pounds) heavier than his Russian rival Alexander Povetkin ahead of Saturday's showdown, the official weigh-in registered in Moscow on Friday.
Russian Figure Skater Seeks Estonia Switch for Sochi Dream
Russian figure skater Alexander Zaboev is seeking Estonian citizenship, in part in order to compete in the Sochi Olympic Games in February.
Soviet Basketball Legend Belov Mourned in US
American basketball players and officials on Thursday mourned the death of legendary Soviet player Sergei Belov, an Olympic gold medalist known for his deadly jump shot and steely demeanor who was the first international player elected to the US Basketball Hall of Fame.
Olympic 'Live Sites' to Appear in 16 Russian Cities
Residents of 16 Russian cities will have the opportunity to watch the Sochi Winter Olympics at so-called Live Site venues with big screens and stages, Games organizers said Thursday.
Sochi 2014 Torch Relay to Bring Downtown Moscow to a Standstill
The Sochi 2014 Olympic torch relay looks set to bring sections of downtown Moscow to a standstill when the flame starts its journey across the country next week.
Boxing: Klitschko to Do 'Whatever It Takes' to Beat Povetkin
Four-belt world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is ready to do "whatever it takes" to crush Russian contender Alexander Povetkin in their October 5 bout in Moscow.
Russia's Gazprom-Media CEO Puts in Request for Resignation: Press Center
Lavrov: Ukraine Freedom Act to Undermine US-Russia Relations for Long Time
Oil Prices Rise as Saudi Petroleum Minister Predicts Increased Demand
Japan Welcomes UN Resolution on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea
Gorbachev: US Needs to Have Enemy to Return to Policy of Pressure
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Putin Discusses Donbas Situation With Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko: Kremlin
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