LONDON (AP) — Warning that Brazil has "no time to lose," new International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will travel soon to Rio de Janeiro to check on the troubled preparations for the 2016 Games.
Bach said Wednesday he will go to Brazil in "the next couple of months" to encourage the organizers and government to work together to make sure the first Olympics in South America are successful.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Towering over his fellow protest leaders, reigning world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has emerged as Ukraine's most popular opposition figure and has ambitions to become its next president.
Thanks to his sports-hero status and his reputation of being a new pro-Western politician untainted by Ukraine's frequent corruption scandals, Klitschko, 42, has surpassed jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in opinion polls....
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Frazier has won another decision more than two years after his death: The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved a design for a statue honoring the former heavyweight boxing champ.
KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1bgNYbU ) reports the sculpture will depict Frazier landing a left hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali during their 1971 title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian government has brushed aside the importance of more delays in completing 2014 World Cup stadiums, saying that missing FIFA's deadline will not affect the country's ability to successfully host next year's tournament.
A day after FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said three stadiums would not be ready in time for the Dec. 31 deadline, Brazilian officials said they actually plan to deliver all six remaining venues after that...
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian authorities say they've learned from demonstrations during the Confederations Cup not to let protesters get too close to stadiums at the upcoming World Cup.
Andrei Augusto Rodrigues, security head for major events at Brazil's justice ministry, acknowledged that police misjudged the threat to public safety at the Confederations Cup final in June in Rio de Janeiro.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The attorney representing the crane operator involved in last week's deadly accident at the stadium hosting Brazil's World Cup opening match says his client told police he'd noticed nothing out of the ordinary.
Carlos Kauffmann says crane operator Jose Walter Joaquim spoke Wednesday for the first time to police investigating the Nov. 27 accident in Sao Paulo. Two construction workers were killed when the crane collapsed as it lifted a 500-ton piece...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The 2014 racing calendar will have Formula One and NASCAR racing deep in the heart of Texas on the same day.
The FIA, international motorsports' governing body, released its 2014 calendar Wednesday, placing the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin on Nov. 2. That's the same day as the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, a three-hour drive from Austin.
Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, called it a "...