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Who is 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius? updated 1 days ago

He was the so-called "Fastest Man on No Legs," and his inspiring story captured the imagination of the world at the London Olympics. Now, Pistorius is playing the lead role in a more tragic tale that began in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013.

Who is 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius? updated 1 days ago

He was the so-called "Fastest Man on No Legs," and his inspiring story captured the imagination of the world at the London Olympics. Now, Pistorius is playing the lead role in a more tragic tale that began in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013.

San Francisco stations ban Lorde's 'Royals' ahead of World Series updated 2 days ago

With the World Series on the line, radio stations in San Francisco aren't taking any chances.

Beijing Marathon competitors brave 'hazardous' smog to run 42km updated 3 days ago

If running a 42 kilometer foot race was not tough enough, Sunday's Beijing International Marathon saw thousands of competitors brave a "hazardous" smog which engulfed the Chinese capital.

Freak injury could rule out Aksel Lund Svindal for the World Cup season updated 3 days ago

A freak injury while playing an impromptu game of football with his teammates could sideline Norwegian skiing great Aksel Lund Svindal for the entire World Cup season.

Ched Evans: Debate rages over rapist's right to work updated 4 days ago

Convicted rapist Ched Evans has been released. But should he return to football?

Larisa Iordache: The rise of the 'new Nadia Comaneci' updated 6 days ago

It's 25 years since the end of Communist rule in Romania, and although much may have changed in the East European nation, its production line of gymnasts continues to generate champions.

Legendary 'zebra whisperer' who tames Queen's horses updated 8 days ago

What started as a night drinking in the pub, turned into a morning riding a wild zebra.

Creating the sound of showjumping: 'Microphones on anything that moves' updated 12 days ago

How sound engineer Dennis Baxter finds the defining sounds of equestrian sport and brings them to your TV - plus the man who makes music for horses.

'Horse yoga' tames more than animals updated 13 days ago

You may have heard of yoga's "downward-facing dog" pose, but what about "upward-staring horse"?

Emelie Forsberg: Running's sky queen with a sweet tooth updated 14 days ago

Taking time out to eat a homemade chocolate cake is hardly the conventional way to win an ultra-endurance marathon, but don't tell Emelie Forsberg.

Michael Phelps suspended by USA Swimming for six months updated 15 days ago

USA Swimming on Monday suspended Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, for six months after he was charged with DUI last week.

Angelina Jolie and 'Pope Boat' to the rescue: Mission improbable? updated 16 days ago

Angelina Jolie and 'Pope Boat' on mission to save Syrian refugees drowning in Mediterranean

Michael Phelps to 'attend program' after DUI charge updated 17 days ago

Swimmer Michael Phelps is taking a break from the sport "to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."

Treve defies the odds to land back to back triumphs in the Arc updated 17 days ago

Four-year-old filly Treve defied her critics and the starting odds to secure back to back wins in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps Sunday.

Can Japan finally triomphe in the Arc? updated 18 days ago

Japanese connections will seek to win the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, as the nation's obsession with the race mounts.

Disney actors face 'hardest race in world' updated 19 days ago

The mission is anything but a Mickey Mouse task: Navigate the world's most treacherous seas in the grueling, nine-month Volvo Ocean Race.

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Can equine love help cure cancer? updated 20 days ago

Twice she has been felled by life-threatening illnesses -- a brain tumor and then cancer -- and twice Criquette Head-Maarek has recovered. 

Kelly Slater: Surf dude turns eco-warrior updated 21 days ago

He grew up in a surfing party town on the U.S. "space coast" and has conquered waves in some of the world's most exotic locales, but these days Kelly Slater comes across more like an eco-warrior than a stereotypical beach dude.

Kenyan Dennis Kimetto sets new world marathon record updated 23 days ago

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto became the first man to run the marathon in under two hours three minutes as he set a new world record in Berlin Sunday.

Ryder Cup: 'Up for it' McIlroy thrilled with European win updated 23 days ago

Ryder Cup motivation was not a problem for Rory McIlroy.

Princess Haya: Equestrian's Olympic savior moving on updated 23 days ago

A rare woman in the world of elite sports administration, Princess Haya of Jordan has taken equestrian into the modern age, securing its Olympic future.

NFL International Series: Why American football loves London updated 26 days ago

The NFL International Series returns to London this weekend, and hopes are rising that Britain will one day have its own permanent franchise.

Christian Taylor: Triple-jump champ leaping beyond the limits updated 28 days ago

Olympic triple-jump champion Christian Taylor knows all about putting his best foot forward.

Gary Hunt wins fourth world diving title against Guggenheim Museum backdrop updated 30 days ago

Russia's Artem Silchenko wins Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event in Bilbao as Britain's Gary Hunt secures fourth world title in five years.

Superyacht plus: The new millionaire water toys updated 30 days ago

Thought the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show was just about superyachts? Submarines, jetpacks, amphibious vessels on offer.

No World Cup? Try these 7 things instead updated 33 days ago

No World Cup games to watch, no trash to talk, no bandwagons to ride. It was a sad day on Twitter without the World Cup.

Diah Rahayu: Bali's pioneer female surfer updated 35 days ago

It's a surfer's paradise -- but Diah Rahayu is out on her own when it comes to professional women's wave-riding in Bali.

Will ocean racers follow Franklin to the ends of the Arctic? updated 37 days ago

Robert Molnar has a vision: an ocean race from New York to the Canadian Pacific city of Victoria, via the Arctic.

Michael Owen pounces on Group 1 success with Brown Panther updated 37 days ago

He used to terrorize defenses, but now former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen is tearing up the turf after clinching his first Group 1 winner.

Hayley Turner: Trailblazing jockey breaks her body for fun updated 40 days ago

She's not so much the pinup girl of British horse racing as the "pinned-together girl."

World Equestrian Games: Sights, sounds and groundbreaking hounds updated 41 days ago

Most horses at this month's World Equestrian Games could clear the water jumps. Not Norman.

World Equestrian Games: 5 top moments updated 42 days ago

And so au revoir, Normandy.

Coconuts and trash cans: A 'crazy' recipe for beach tennis success updated 42 days ago

Beach volleyball played on sun-kissed Brazilian sand conjures up many images in the mind. But beach tennis? What's that all about?

World Cup: WAGs to riches - The business of being perfect updated 43 days ago

Eye-popping physiques, multimillion dollar incomes, celebrity status -- and that's just the women.

U.S. Open: Marin Cilic crushes Kei Nishikori to win men's title updated 43 days ago

Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic have often been talked about this year as being part of the next generation of players who can break up the dominance of tennis' Big Four.

Arctic ambition: The race to sail Northwest Passage heats up updated 44 days ago

A Northwest Passage luxury cruise costs from $20,000 to $150,000. For the money, you get a month crossing the world's final ocean frontier.

'Project 10:' Japan's rising son Nishikori feels weight of expectation updated 45 days ago

For Kei Nishikori, "Project 45" has transformed into "Project 10."

Does faith have a place on the sports field? updated 45 days ago

NFL player Husain Abdullah left the game to take a spiritual pilgrimage to Mecca. Do religion and sports mix?

Florida State investigates Jameis Winston for alleged assault updated 47 days ago

Florida State has opened a Title IX investigation into the 2012 sexual assault case involving star quarterback Jameis Winston, the accuser's attorney says.

Move aside, mum: Brazil basketball legend's son targets Rio... in dressage updated 48 days ago

When your mum is Brazil basketball legend Hortencia, it can't hurt to try something different. Joao Victor Oliva chose dressage, and it might just pay off.

Adam Goodes: Aboriginal AFL star calls out racists updated 49 days ago

"A 13-year-old girl called me an ape."

Steven Spielberg and 'The horse the Germans could not kill' updated 49 days ago

Hailed as the horse "the Germans could not kill" after surviving machine gun attacks and falling shells, one of World War I's most famous animals has been honored with its own version of Britain's most prestigious medal the Victoria Cross.

Quick sand: Welcome to Irish beach racing at Laytown updated 51 days ago

The going is always soft and the only permanent building is a toilet block. It's the antithesis to the pomp and pageantry of Royal Ascot ... welcome to Laytown Racecourse.

World Equestrian Games: Sand, sea and saddles updated 54 days ago

What more could a horse enthusiast ask for than a beautiful ride along the sea shore?

NFL commissioner addresses domestic violence updated 55 days ago

The following letter and accompanying memo were sent to each NFL owner today by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Manchester City eases past Liverpool in Premier League updated 58 days ago

Mario Balotelli made most of the headlines prior to Liverpool's game against Manchester City in the Premier League, but it was another striker -- a forgotten one -- who ended up as the star attraction hours later.

South Korea defeats Chicago to win Little League World Series title updated 58 days ago

South Korea held off a late rally by Chicago to win a third title in the Little League World Series.

World Equestrian Games: 10 things to watch updated 61 days ago

From gymnastics on horseback to winning 'Wild West' gold, what to expect at the World Equestrian Games.

America's Cup: Challengers to Oracle's crown announced updated 62 days ago

It produced one of the memorable sporting moments of 2013 and now the excitement is starting to brew all over again for America's Cup fans.

Bulked-up Australia gives O'Briens food for thought updated 62 days ago

While his jockey starved himself to make the weight limit, one of horse racing's new stars delivered the goods again despite piling on the pounds.

Zaha Hadid: 'Would they still call me a diva if I was a man?' updated 62 days ago

Why has world's most famous female architect, Zaha Hadid, designed space-age superyachts?

China's pioneers: Around the world with no sleep and a new language updated 62 days ago

Nine months at sea, one change of clothes, no sleep and a strange language. Could you cope?

And for my next trick.... updated 62 days ago

His daredevil stunts have attracted million of hits on YouTube but now Alex Thomson has a new goal in his sailing career.

Richard Branson's treasure island where world's richest celebrities holiday updated 62 days ago

Sir Richard Branson has opened up his private Caribbean Island for a new book by celebrity and fashion photographer, Russell James.

Supercar yacht: Dream machine or ego gone mad? updated 62 days ago

$1m Lamborghini supercar yacht: A question of taste

Are Rolls-Royce's 'robo-ships' the future of seafaring? updated 62 days ago

First there was the Google driverless car. Now there's the Rolls-Royce 'robo-ship.'

Lance Armstrong: Can the lies and bullying be forgiven? updated 63 days ago

He fought cancer and then won the world's toughest bike race seven times -- albeit with the help of a myriad of drugs -- before a precipitous fall from grace.

Lance Armstrong: 'Day-to-day life is positive' updated 63 days ago

It's a year and a half since Lance Armstrong sat in front of Oprah Winfrey and admitted it was all a lie, every single word of it. In the fallout, everything that had been built on that lie came crashing down around him.

Global explorer Alastair Humphreys discovers 'microadventure' updated 63 days ago

"Sorry -- the sun is shining so I've gone to sleep on a hill."

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad stripped of gold for impromptu strip updated 64 days ago

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was stripped of gold in men's 3,000m steeeplechase at the European championships for removing his vest in the home straight.

Surreal 'boats-on-wheels' race across the Nevada Desert updated 64 days ago

Over 300 miles from the nearest ocean, one of the fastest sailing races in the world prepares for battle.

Ebola: Three athletes banned from Youth Olympics updated 68 days ago

The Ebola crisis caused by the deadly virus sweeping through West Africa has forced the International Olympic Committee to ban three athletes from the region competing at the Youth Games in Nanjing, China.

Kurt Fearnley: From death's door to golden gladiator updated 70 days ago

Born without the lower portion of his spine, Kurt Fearnley was given just a week to live.

Robin Williams: His passion for cycling updated 70 days ago

Robin Williams, who has died aged 63, was a cycling fanatic who counted among his friends Lance Armstrong and five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx.

Inside the 'teepee capital of the world' updated 70 days ago

Step inside the 'teepee capital of the world.'

Equestrian etiquette: How to hobnob with the horsey crowd updated 71 days ago

Celestria Noel gives CNN Equestrian the lowdown on how to behave at horsey events

Inside London's $67M superyacht hotel (engine not included) updated 72 days ago

Step inside London's new $67m superyacht hotel.

Judge rules against NCAA on compensation updated 75 days ago

A judge ruled in favor of a former UCLA college basketball star who sued to end NCAA control over the rights to athletes' names, images and likenesses.

Jedidiah Amoako-Ackah: Ghana's first track cyclist updated 77 days ago

"We face neither East nor West, we face forward."

San Antonio Spurs hire Becky Hammon as assistant coach updated 77 days ago

In what many sports fans view as a historic move, the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs announced the hiring of Becky Hammon as assistant coach.

England tops medal table as Commonwealth Games close updated 80 days ago

England held off a late charge by Australia to top the Commonwealth Games medal table as the eleventh, and final, day of competition drew to a close.

Former 400m world champion Amantle Montsho fails drugs test updated 80 days ago

The Commonwealth Games was hit by a fresh doping scandal Saturday after former world 400m champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana failed a drugs test.

Usain Bolt provides golden finale at Commonwealth Games updated 80 days ago

The very best was reserved for last and Usain Bolt did not disappoint.

The most specialized shoes in sport? updated 82 days ago

Farriers are 21st Century blacksmiths, custom-fitting millions of shoes each year for the world's best horses.

Christine Ohuruogu: The 'warrior runner' who wouldn't give up updated 84 days ago

Her surname means "fighter" or "warrior" -- and Christine Ohuruogu has done her best to fulfill that prophecy throughout a stellar running career of glorious peaks and painful troughs.

Retro femmes fatales take over Paris racetracks updated 85 days ago

The racetrack is transformed into an eerie, retro time warp, in these intriguing photographs.

Ryan Lochte: Olympic champion with an appetite to match updated 85 days ago

He's used to making waves in the pool, but Ryan Lochte has caused a few ripples of excitement on social media after tweeting out a photo of himself in front of what he claims was 10,000 calories worth of food, including piles of chicken and asparagus.

Usain Bolt's training partner steps up to the mark to claim Commonwealth gold updated 86 days ago

Usain Bolt's training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole proved a golden substitute for the six-time Olympic champion by winning the Commonwealth Games 100m title Monday in Glasgow.

When will a French rider win the Tour de France? updated 86 days ago

Whisper it quietly, but after years of foreign domination the prospect of a French winner of the Tour de France is more than just a mere pipe dream.

Elizabeth Meyer recalls 'Armageddon battle' to restore Endeavour updated 86 days ago

Endeavour -- the boat's name is befitting of its journey twice to the brink of destruction and the tireless work that went in to restoring the 1934 vessel to its former glory.

From overweight smoker to marathon contender updated 86 days ago

Seven years ago, Steve Way was a 20 per day smoker and weighed a hefty 230 pounds (104 kilograms). On Sunday, he led the marathon competition against the best in the Commonwealth before finishing a creditable 10th place.

Vincenzo Nibali matches greats with Tour de France victory updated 87 days ago

Vincenzo Nibali became only the sixth man in history to win all three of cycling's major tours as he sealed victory in this year's Tour de France Sunday.

Usain Bolt ready to compete at Commonwealth Games updated 88 days ago

An athlete who didn't even compete at the Commonwealth Games was the star attraction Saturday in Glasgow.

Vincenzo Nibali all but guaranteed Tour de France title updated 88 days ago

With the last day of the Tour de France usually uneventful as it relates to changes in the overall lead, Saturday marked the last realistic opportunity someone could catch Vincenzo Nibali.

Golden inspiration: Joanna Rowsell stands bald and proud again updated 89 days ago

Inspirational Joanna Rowsell added another gold to her rapidly growing collection with a classy victory in the individual pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Friday.

Tour de France: Ramunas Navardauskas makes history for Lithuania updated 89 days ago

Garmin-Sharp's Ramunas Navardauskas became the first Lithuanian to win a stage of the Tour de France Friday.

Queen photobombs selfie, creates new Commonwealth Games sport updated 89 days ago

After just one day of competition, a new sport has emerged at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: snapping selfies with the Queen.

Bradley Wiggins upstaged at Commonwealth Games updated 90 days ago

After crashing in the Tour de Suisse and being overlooked by his team for the Tour de France -- he became the first British winner of the race in 2012 -- Bradley Wiggins hoped relief would come at the Commonwealth Games.

Gay kiss steals show at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony updated 91 days ago

Queen Elizabeth II opened the 20th Commonwealth Games in the Scottish city of Glasgow Wednesday ahead of 11 days of sporting competition.

Polish pedal power: Rafal Majka proves King of the Mountains updated 91 days ago

Poland's Rafal Majka won the 17th stage of the Tour de France to extend his lead as the King of the Mountains.

Making up is hard to do: LeBron sends cupcake apology to neighbors updated 91 days ago

Delicious cupcakes can make pretty much any situation sweet.

Matthew Mitcham: 'Platform king' to 'queen of the world' updated 91 days ago

One minute he was at the top, looking down. King of all he surveyed.

Ear-biting forgiven? Tyson to present Holyfield at Hall of Fame updated 91 days ago

In a reunion that was once unthinkable, Mike Tyson will deliver the presenting speech for Mike Tyson's induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

Queen's horse Estimate fails drugs test updated 92 days ago

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II cheered Estimate on to success at the Gold Cup in 2013 but now her her five-year old filly is in the dock.

Indian Relay: 'Magical' racing in the mountains updated 93 days ago

Indian Relay might just be America's best-kept sporting secret.

Lasers, lights and luxury: Keeping a top horse happy updated 93 days ago

How do you keep a 500kg sports star in shape? Horses use lasers, lights and other unlikely gadgets to stay fit.

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