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Qatar and Taiwan battle to basketball titles as Thailand dominate at Phuket 2014

By Nick Butler on Karon Beach in Phuket

Qatar edged Indian for an exciting beach basketball gold medal ©Phuket 2014Qatar overcame India with less than five seconds to spare in a fiercely contested men's 3x3 beach basketball final here today at the Asian Beach Games, while Taiwan took women's gold.

Taylor moves step closer to fifth consecutive women's world boxing title with victory in Jeju

By Paul Osborne

Katie Taylor has moved a step closer to a fifth Women's World Boxing Championships title in Jeju ©Getty ImagesLondon 2012 Olympic champion Katie Taylor has moved a step closer to her fifth consecutive title at the Women's World Boxing Championships after victory over Dominica's Valerian Spicer.

Judoka gear up for Qingdao Grand Prix

By Paul Osborne

Judoka get set to do battle at the Qingdao Grand Prix in China ©IJFThe eyes of the judo world will be firmly on China this week as the top athletes from across the globe get set to compete in the Qingdao Grand Prix.

Holders Brazil book place in knockout phase of IBSA Blind Football World Championship

By Daniel Etchells

Brazil made it two wins out of two with victory against Colombia ©IBSAReigning champions Brazil secured their place in the second stage of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Blind Football World Championship after a 3-1 win against Colombia in Tokyo.

Rugby sevens purpose at Rio 2016 is the same for IRB and IOC, insists top official

By Daniel Etchells at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel

Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe, was speaking at the IRB World Rugby ConfEx ©Getty ImagesRugby Europe President Octavian Morariu has dismissed the notion the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have alternative interests in including rugby sevens in the Rio 2016 programme.

Sochi 2014 champions head entries for Para-snowboard season opener

By Nick Butler

Evan Strong will be among those looking to take their Sochi 2014 form into the World Cup season ©Getty ImagesReigning Paralympic and world champion Evan Strong of the United States will be among 40 snowboarders competing in the World and Europa Cup debut of banked slalom races starting tomorrow in Landgraaf, The Netherlands.

Hogg and Steadman win British Triathlon Para-Triathlete of the Year awards

By Paul Osborne

Phill Hogg picked up the British Male  Para-triathlete of the Year award ©British TriathlonPhil Hogg and Lauren Steadman have been named British Male and Female Para-triathletes of the Year at the 2014 British Triathlon Awards in Loughborough.

United States Olympic Committee applauds new graduates from DeVry University

By Paul Osborne 

The United States Olympic Committee celebrates the graduation of a number of Team USA athletes from DeVry University ©Getty ImagesThe United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is celebrating a new wave of graduates from its official education provider, DeVry University.

Exclusive: WADA chief voices reservations about proposed new German law

By David Owen

WADA President Sir Craig Reedie has expressed strong doubts about the German plans ©Getty ImagesWorld Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Sir Craig Reedie has expressed strong reservations about Germany's proposed new anti-doping law, saying WADA is "completely opposed to the criminalisation of athletes".
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