Brazilian men's volleyball confirms its supremacy; other Olympic notes
The powerful Brazilian men's volleyball team confirmed its supremacy by winning the world championship in Rome on Sunday. Brazil downed the young, eighth-seeded Cubans in the finals 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 to avenge a loss to Cuba in the preliminary round of play. Serbia defeated host Italy to win bronze, three games to one.
The U.S. team settled for sixth place after dropping its final classification match to Russia, 25-19, 25-21, 25-19. The Russians set a high wall and out-blocked the Yanks for most of the match, finishing with 45 kills to the U.S.'s 29. American
The 24-nation women's world championship will start on Oct. 29 in Tokyo. The U.S. is in a preliminary-round pool with Cuba, Germany, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Croatia.
Forget steroids, gymnastics is being hit with a rash of age manipulation. The International Gymnastics Federation announced recently that North Korea would be banned from international competition for a month -- a period that will include the world championships in Rotterdam that start on Oct. 16 -- for listing three different birth dates for gymnast
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The results of this year's Chicago Marathon looked a lot like those from last year, as Kenya's
Though the mild undulations on the Chicago course often lead to fast times for the runners, Wanjiru used a rare climb on the 180-meter-long Roosevelt Road bridge in the final half mile to pull away from
Shobukhova made up a 24-second deficit to Ethiopia's
The U.S. team did however, capture gold in the non-Olympic discipline of vaulting, a sort of gymnastics on horseback, using a lyrical adaptation of