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Canadian Harvey named IRB Women’s Player of the Year

By Gary Anderson

Canadian Magali Harvey has been named as the IRB Women's Player of the Year ©Getty ImagesCanadian wing Magali Harvey has been named the International Rugby Board (IRB) Women's Player of the Year after helping her side reach its first ever Women's Rugby World Cup final in France, where they were beaten tonight by England. 

Defending champions Japan maintain 100 per cent start at Women's Softball World Championships

By Gary Anderson

Japan have made an impressive start to the defence of their Women's World Softball Championship title ©AFP/Getty ImagesReigning champions Japan maintained their impressive start to the Women's Softball World Championships with a comfortable 9-2 win over Puerto Rico to record their third win from three games in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Decosse embraces position as Athlete Role Model for judo at Nanjing 2014

By Paul Osborne at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing 

Lucie Decosse fulfiling her role as the Athlete Role Model for judo at Nanjing 2014 ©IJFAs day one of the Summer Youth Olympic Games draws to a close here, Olympic and world judo champion Lucie Decosse is discovering the true nature of the event as she comes to terms with her position as the Athlete Role Model for judo.

Samsung becomes 11th company to extend TOP sponsorship of IOC through to 2020

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing 

The IOC have resigned Samsung as a TOP sponsor until 2020 at an announcement attended by President Thomas Bach and  Jay Y. Lee, vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics ©IOCSamsung Electronics has extended its deal to be a worldwide TOP sponsor of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until the end of 2020, it was announced here today.

Nigerian official criticises "unusual and demoralising" approach to Ebola virus

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Nigeria shunned the Opening Ceremony last night due to their disgust at how they had been treated, it is claimed ©Getty ImagesNigeria chose not to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Youth Olympic Games here last night in response to an "unusual, demoralising and stigmatised" reaction to the Ebola outbreak currently affecting the nation, it has been claimed. 

ISAF pleased with Rio 2016 sailing venue improvement but remain concerned about dead animals and debris in water

By Nick Butler 

Praise but more work to do, is the verdict of the ISAF after the first Rio 2016 test event ©Getty ImagesInternational Sailing Federation (ISAF) head of competitions Alastair Fox has praised the improvements made with pollution levels at the Rio 2016 sailing venue on Guanabara Bay, but remains concerned about objects in the water that could affect racing.

Ugandan athletes urged not to "vanish" during Nanjing 2014

By Nick Butler in the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Uganda will be looking for similar success than they achieved at Glasgow 2014, but without any athletes going missing ©Getty ImagesUganda Olympic Committee President William Blick has warned athletes not to "vanish" in China during the Summer Youth Olympic Games, after two rugby players from the African country went missing at the end of Glasgow 2014.

China win three gold medals on enthralling first day of action at Nanjing 2014

By Paul Osborne at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing 

China's weightlifters enjoyed a gloden opening day of the Najing 2014 Youth Olympic Games ©Chinafotopress/Getty ImagesChina have lifted themselves to the top of the pile here in Nanjing with two weightlifting gold medals complimenting a stellar performance in the pool, to place the hosts atop the medals table at the end of the opening day of action at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

England win Women's Rugby World Cup for first time in 20 years

By Zjan Shirinian

England have banished the memory of three successive World Cup final losses with victory over Canada in Paris ©AFP/Getty ImagesEngland have banished the heartache of three successive Women's Rugby World Cup final losses with a hard-fought triumph in tonight's final over a battling Canadian side.
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