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Sochi track hosts first race ahead of Formula One debut

By Zjan Shirinian

The finishing touches are being put to the Sochi Autodrom, pictured here in February ©Getty ImagesRussia's preparations for its first Formula One race have taken a major step today with the newly constructed Sochi racetrack hosting its inaugural race.

Queen Elizabeth "deeply moved" by athletes as Prince Harry brings Invictus Games to a close

By Gary Anderson

Queen Elizabeth has praised the courage and determination of athletes as the Invictus Games come to a close ©Getty ImagesThe Invictus Games were brought to a close with a star-studded concert at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at which a special message from the Queen was read out telling competitors she had been "deeply moved by your courage, determination and talent".

Hosts China close Para-table tennis World Championships with four more titles on final day

By Gary Anderson

China domninated team events in Beijing on the final day of the Para table tennis World Championships ©ITTFChina brought the Para-table tennis World Championships to a close in Beijing by picking up four more gold medals on the final day of action in the team competition.

Maldives celebrates Olympic Day with fun run, lectures and tournaments

By Duncan Mackay

The Maldives Olympic Committee has celebrated Olympic Day ©Maldives Olympic CommitteeOlympic Day was celebrated in the Maldive today with a series of activities, including a fun run.

Gosper pleads for return of stolen 1954 Commonwealth Games gold medal

By Emily Goddard

Kevan Gosper has urged for the return of his stolen Vancouver 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games ©Getty ImagesKevan Gosper, the Australian former International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president, has had the athletics gold medal he won at the Vancouver 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games stolen from his home.

Yarygin named first female vice-president of United World Wrestling

By Emily Goddard

Natalia Yarygin has been named as the first ever female vice-president of United World Wrestling ©Alexandr Oreshnikov/WrestRus.RuNatalia Yarygin, the widow of two-time Olympic wrestling champion Ivan Yarygin, has been named as the first ever female vice-president of United World Wrestling.

United States successfully defend title to remain basketball world champions

Emily Goddard

The United States are the basketball world champions ©Getty ImagesThe United States today defeated Serbia 129-92 to win the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and become the first repeat world champions since Yugoslavia in 2002.

French winners Lesueur, Lavillenie and Compaoré help Europe to easy IAAF Continental Cup win

By Mike Rowbottom

Renaud Lavillenie gets a lift as Team Europe celebrate a huge victory in the second IAAF Continental Cup at Marrakech ©Getty ImagesMaximum points from three French athletes - Éloyse Lesueur, Renaud Lavillenie and Benjamin Compaoré  - helped Team Europe build on their comfortable overnight lead to win the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) Continental Cup in Marrakech by a huge margin from the Americas.

Contador secures third Vuelta a España victory

By Emily Goddard

Alberto Contador has won his third Vuelta a España ©Getty ImagesAlberto Contador has won his third Vuelta a España after comfortably maintaining his overall lead in today's 21st and final stage time trial.
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