FIFA has lifted a ban on wearing head covers for religious reasons during soccer matches, officials said. The rule change will apply to both men and women.
Ukrainian Olympic athletes cannot wear black armbands to honor people killed in protests in their homeland, the country's officials said Wednesday.
The International Olympic Committee Tuesday lifted its suspension of India following a report about new elections at the Indian Olympic Association.
World No. 1 Serena Williams, after expressing an interest in returning to the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., has withdrawn from the event.
Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday declared open the 22nd Olympic Winter Games at Sochi during an ambitious if imperfect opening ceremony.
Very real sports broadcaster Bob Costas says an eye infection has caused him to wear very cartoonish glasses.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.
Chinese Olympic speed skating champion Wang Meng fractured her right ankle Thursday and will not be able to compete in the Sochi Winter Games, officials say.
Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized for "certain situations" in North Korea and repeated he did nothing wrong setting up an exhibition game in the country.
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for his rant about an American citizen held in North Korea, blaming the outburst on stress and booze.
Former United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson called retired basketball player Dennis Rodman's conduct in North Korea "reprehensible."
A White House spokesman said he wouldn't "dignify" an angry outburst by ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman defending his trip to North Korea for an exhibition game.
Dennis Rodman said Monday he and other ex-NBA players were headed to Pyongyang to play in an exhibition game on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday.
Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman left North Korea Monday praising the local basketball players he trained but he did not meet the country's leader, officials said.
Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman left for North Korea to help train its basketball team despite the country's turmoil, the online betting company sponsoring him said.
Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman will return to North Korea for a third time to help train the country's basketball team, the trip's sponsor said.
PGA Tour golfer Jason Day said Monday he lost eight members of his family in the typhoon that devastated the Philippines.
An Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi games arrived at the International Space Station Thursday for its historic space trek this weekend, Russian organizers said.
China's first male Olympic swimming champion, Sun Yang, was suspended from competition and training, the national swimming organization said.
Chinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang faced seven days in jail after he got into a car accident and couldn't produce a driver's license, police said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, himself a black belt in judo, lauded the martial arts during opening ceremonies for the World Combat Games.
The Los Angeles Lakers visited the Great Wall of China and were greeted like way more than typical tall tourists.
Some 4,000 foreign workers building facilities for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are at risk unless the country reforms its labor rules, a union official says.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will occupy a fairly small footprint in Tokyo, the city's official plan for the event revealed.
A Russian woman who was the 2011 European indoor shot put champion has been suspended two years for doping, a Russian sports organization said Wednesday.
Rules that paralympic athletes be permanently disabled should be reviewed, critics say, after a U.S. medalist was banned because her condition could improve.
The president of the International Olympic Committee said "uncertainties" remain about the impact of Russia's controversial anti-gay laws on the 2014 Olympics.
Gay rights will not be not infringed upon at any time during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, a top Russian government official insisted Wednesday.
Russia's sports minister said athletes and visitors at the 2014 Winter Olympics will not be exempt from the country's law against promoting homosexuality.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao told a Beijing news conference he expects his fight against U.S. boxer Brandon Rios to "restore the public's confidence in me."
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency said four weightlifting athletes have been given two-year bans for violations of anti-doping rules.
Russian authorities said 31 arrests were made for "various offenses" at a single soccer game between a pair of Moscow rivals.
The International Olympic Committee said Russian officials have said those attending next year's Winter Olympics will be exempt from a new anti-gay law.
A former member of Thailand's Olympic pistol-shooting team faces charges including attempted murder after police said he fired a gun to intimidate his wife.
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, ranked No. 2 in the world, said she is splitting with Thomas Hogstedt, her coach of three years, and will get a new coach.
Former NBA player Dennis Rodman said "something's wrong" if he isn't considered for the next Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in North Korea.
A Russian pollster said research indicates 65 percent of Russians believe the government is mismanaging money ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
A British woman who was taking part in a car rally from Peking to Paris was killed in a crash on a Russian highway, authorities said.
The organizer of a Moscow boxing match between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin said Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will be encouraged to attend.
A Brazilian judge has blocked the transfer to a private group of the nation's most famous stadium, slated to host the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
A former U.S. college star won't return to the Philippine Basketball Association if convicted of charges he faces, the league's commissioner said Wednesday.
A Russian Olympic venue said it is storing about 588,500 cubic yards of snow to ensure it is available for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
A survey by the Japanese Olympic Committee indicates 11.5 percent of athletes under its jurisdiction reported being abused by coaches.
The speaker of a Russian legislature Thursday asked an Olympic wrestling champion not to return his gold medal in protest over the Games cutting the sport.
A delegation of 13 Harlem Globetrotters led by Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday for a weeklong visit and planned exhibition games, officials said.
More than 400 people, including players, are suspected of conspiring to fix hundreds of soccer matches around the world, Europol said Monday in the Netherlands.
Sumo great Taiho, who held the record for most career championships, died Saturday at a Tokyo hospital, the Japan Sumo Association said. He was 72.
Tickets to the park where Russia will host the Winter Olympics next year will cost only $6.60, officials announced Wednesday.
Police said facilities connected to the Russian Soccer Fan Association are being searched following an October paintball attack.
The All-Russian Athletics Federation said a former world junior champion racewalker is banned from competing for two years for anti-doping rules violations.
The International Olympic Committee said it suspended India, which won six medals at the London Olympics, for "failure to comply with the Olympic Charter."
A Turkish prosecutor says he is seeking a prison term of up to three years for a Nigerian soccer player allegedly involved in a game-rigging scheme.
Russian construction crews building the 2018 World Cup stadium in Moscow said they found an unexploded aerial bomb buried nearby.
Officials in Russia's Mordovia region said the stadium planned for the 2018 World Cup in Saransk is projected to cost $276 million.
The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has given approval to the bobsled and luge track built for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
A Russian powerlifting champion has died in an automobile crash in Siberia, the vice president of the country's National Powerlifting Association said.
Olympic officials banned a member of South Korea's soccer team from the medal ceremony for making a public political statement on the field.
The Badminton World Federation kicked some of the biggest stars of the sport out of the Olympics Wednesday for purposely trying to lose a match.
Pakistan's Federal Investigative Authority will contact Interpol for red warrants against Mohammad Ali Asad in an Olympic visa scam, officials said.
A two-time Olympcs distance runner and his 15-year-old son were killed in a small-plane crash in Arizona on the eve of the Summer Olympics, his wife said.
A legally blind South Korean archer became the first world record setter of the London 2012 Olympics during the men's ranking round.
Pakistani lawmakers decided to sue the British tabloid The Sun Wednesday for its Olympic passport scam reporting, calling the reporting false.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman saw his father for the first time in 42 years in the Philippines and pointed him out to a crowd at a basketball game.
Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to the Summer Olympics in London, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday.
Diego Maradona has been fired after only one season as coach of the United Arab Emirates soccer club al-Wasl, officials said.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 3 (UPI Asia) –Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt, who was jailed for 30 months in Britain last year for accepting money as bribe, has called for a new trial in Pakistan.
Two former heads of the Chinese soccer association were sentenced Wednesday to 10 1/2 years each in jail for accepting bribes.
NEW DELHI, June 4 (UPI Asia) -- Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, one of the game's all-time legends, has said playing cricket would continue to be his focus despite becoming a member of Parliament.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will be on guard for inflated prices by contractors at sites for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Delegates at an international meeting in Moscow prepared to hear bids for the 2020 Summer Olympics from Tokyo, Madrid and other cities.
A Russian Hockey Federation official said the group won't back a European Parliament initiative to bar Belarus from hosting the 2014 world championships.
Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin said he will ride the Olympic bobsled run in Sochi after watching Friday's trial runs.
Two former Chinese soccer officials were sentenced to prison Saturday as part of a wide-ranging bribery scandal, prosecutors said.
The head of Russia's ski federation said she wants the Sochi round of the Alpine skiing World Cup to continue beyond the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Former NBA star Yao Ming was named to a committee of a top city government advisory board in his native China.
Patrick Mills, former NBA player and backcourt leader for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, was cut from the team for faking an injury, officials say.