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China and United States reach Volleyball Women's World Championship semi-finals

By Nick Butler in Milan

Italy celebrate a victory that knocked Russia out of the World Championships ©Getty Images for FIVBChina and United States qualified for the semi-finals of the International Volleyball Federation Women's World Championship after the two teams that will join them in the last four, Brazil and Italy, each won in the Mediolanum Forum here this evening. 

Karate Premier League season draws to a close with Grand Final in Salzburg

By Gary Anderson

The WKF Premier League Grand Final is set for Salzburg this weekend ©WKFThe World Karate Federation Premier League series comes to a close this weekend in Salzburg with the season-ending Grand Final.

United States retain Challenge Cup at FEI Nations Cup in Barcelona

By Gary Anderson

The United States retained their jumping Challenge Cup title after battling Australia ©Bongarts/Getty ImagesThe United States retained their Challenge Cup title at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Nations Cup in Barcelona following a thrilling jump-off with Australia.

St Petersburg to host preliminary draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup

By Zjan Shirinian

The 18th century Konstantinovsky Palace will stage the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on July 25 ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe first official event of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been pencilled in for July, with St Petersburg's iconic Konstantinovsky Palace to host the preliminary draw.

Exclusive: Liechtenstein transport times a concern for NOCs, admits head of 2015 Winter EYOF

By Daniel Etchells in the Montafon Valley in Vorarlberg

Malbun, Liechtenstein is due to host the Alpine skiing event ©ITGPeter Mennel, chairman of the Board for the 2015 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), has admitted there are concerns among the National Olympic Committees (NOC) regarding the length of athletes' travel times to and from the venues in Liechtenstein, co-hosts of the event with Austria.

Line-up announced for inaugural Under-21 Baseball World Cup

By Gary Anderson

The WBSC has announced the 11 teams that will contest the Under-21 Baseball World Cup ©WBSCEleven countries are set to do battle for the inaugural Under-21 Baseball World Cup after the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) revealed the line-up for the event in Taichung, Chinese Taipei.

Glasgow 2014 stars headline British Swimming Podium squad for 2015

By Gary Anderson

London 2012 silver medal winner Michael Jamieson is among 21 athletes named on British Swimming's Podium Squad for 2015 ©Getty ImagesBritish Swimming has announced its 2015 Podium squad that includes a host of athletes who starred at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

Exclusive: FIVB urges Iranian President to "reconsider" jailing of woman for attending volleyball match

By Nick Butler in Milan

Ghoncheh Ghavami has been detained in Evin Prison for more than 100 days after attending a men's volleyball match in Iran ©Change.orgA letter has been sent by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urging him to "reconsider the decision" to imprison Ghoncheh Ghavami, the 25-year-old who violated the ban on women attending volleyball matches in the Islamic country.

Exclusive: Hosting Commonwealth Games "absolutely makes sense" claims Edmonton 2022 vice-chair

By Paul Osborne at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

A bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games needs to make sense to both the Commonwealth Games Federation and the city of Edmonton, explains Simon Farbrother vice chair of Edmonton 2022 ©Getty ImagesBuilding a bid that makes sense for the city, makes sense for the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and makes sense for the pair combined is the key to success in the ultimate aim to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it has been claimed by a leading official official from Edmonton. 
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