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Japan retain title with win over US at Women's Softball World Championship

By Gary Anderson

Japan overcame the US in Haarlem to retain their world title ©Haarlem 2014Japan have successfully defended their Women's Softball World Championship title after overcoming the United States 4-1 in the gold medal match in Haarlem.

Serbia defend Men's Water Polo World Cup crown with penalty shootout win

By Zjan Shirinian

Serbia, pictured here winning the European title last month, are now World Cup champions ©AFP/Getty ImagesSerbia's men have won a tense penalty shootout against Hungary to retain their Water Polo World Cup crown.

World record for long jumper Low at IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final

By Gary Anderson

German Vannessa Low broke her own world record on way to victory at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix ©AFP/Getty ImagesGermany's Vanessa Low brought the season to a close by breaking her own world record in the women's T42 long jump at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics Grand Prix Final in Birmingham.

Up to 5,000 Britons hoping to volunteer at Rio 2016

By Brian Oliver

Up to 5,000 Britons are expected to travel to Brazil to volunteer at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesBritain's army of big-Games volunteers, who helped to make such a roaring success of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, are gearing up for an overseas operation in Rio de Janeiro.

Hashimoto apologises for "shameful" behaviour at post Sochi 2014 party but avoids disciplinary action

By Gary Anderson

Seiko Hashimoto has apologised for her behaviour at a party in Sochi where she was seen hugging and kissing figure skater Daisuke Takahashi ©Getty ImagesJapan Skating Federation President and Tokyo 2020 Executive Board member Seiko Hashimoto has apologised for her behaviour at a post Sochi 2014 party at which she was seen kissing and embracing figure skater Daisuke Takahashi.

Bolt pulls out of Zurich Diamond League and ends season early

By Mike Rowbottom

Usain Bolt shows off his medal for winning the Mano a Mano 100m challenge on Copacabana Beach last weekend. He has now ended his season early ©Getty ImagesUsain Bolt has called a premature end to his injury-troubled season and will instead begin preparing early for next year's International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing. 

Exclusive: ITTF target mixed doubles competition at Tokyo 2020

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Liu Gaoyang teamed up with Fan Zhendong to win mixed team gold for China at Nanjing 2014 ©Nanjing 2014International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) chief executive Judit Farago wants to get mixed doubles added to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020.

Chelyabinsk meteor to feature on medals as city prepares for sold-out World Judo Championships

By Duncan Mackay at the Grand Hotel Vidgof in Chelyabinsk

The Chelyabinsk meteor will feature on the medals awarded at the World Judo Championships ©World Judo Championships 2014 ChelyabinskWinners at this year's World Judo Championships, due to start here tomorrow, will receive a medal decorated with the Chelyabinsk meteor.

Dog-sled racing at Lillehammer 2016? Chief executive would love to see it

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing 

Lillehammer 2016 chief executive Tomas Holmestad is keep to replicate the Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab ©ITGTomas Holmestad, chief executive of the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympics Games, would love to introduce a Sports Lab similar to the one which has proved so successful here, although he admits it would be harder to adapt the concept to winter disciplines.
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