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7 Examples Of Incredible Sportsmanship At The Sochi Olympics

So Long, Sochi: Olympic Moments That Will Outlive the Flame

World<p>SOCHI, Russia — It’s almost time to say so long to Sochi.<p>When the Olympic flame is extinguished on Sunday night at Fisht Stadium, 98 gold medals will have been awarded, and 2,800 athletes from 89 countries will go home with memories to last a lifetime.<p>The rest of the world made some, too. …

Sochi 2014: Russia suffer shock 3-1 defeat to Finland in men's ice hockey

The Russian ice hockey team suffered an ignominious defeat by Finland on Wednesday, knocking them out of what had been considered one of the most important events for the hosts at the Sochi Games.<p>The Russians lost 3-1 in a quarter-final upset that was greeted with amazement and depression among …

Sochi Olympics: Olympic Committee 'Pay-to-Play' Rules Govern Corporate Tweets, Posts

Sports companies revel in the victories of the Olympic athletes they support, but Salomon Snowboard has remained eerily quiet in social media. After …

Sochi Was a Wonderland of Excess Years Before the Olympics

Sochi is now infamous for the myriad of snafus and PR disasters that have permeated the Winter Olympics. Back in 2007, the year the Games were awarded to Russia, it wasn't much better. It was still totally corrupt and totally insane.<p>Seven years ago, I was sent to Sochi to do the dumbest thing one …

Shock investment slump and no Sochi surge deepens Russia's economic woes

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A dramatic slump in capital investment by Russian companies in January pointed on Wednesday to Russia’s ailing economy continuing to deteriorate fast.<p>Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference on the second day of the G20 summit in Los Cabos June 19, 2012. …

Hockey heartache for hosts, Ukraine violence shocks Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia fell to Finland in the big men’s hockey clash at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, robbing the hosts of a shot at the gold they covet most, while athletes and officials reacted with shock to the deaths of protesters in neighbouring Ukraine.<p>A fan reacts after the …

Ukraine Crisis: IOC Ban on Sochi Athletes' Black Armbands for Kiev Dead

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected a request to wear black armbands at the Sochi Winter Olympics to remember the deaths of 25 …

Goal Light Blimp Over Canada Will Go Off Every Time Hockey Team Scores Goal

Even if people in Canada aren't watching their men's hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, they will know when Team Canada scores a goal over in Sochi.<p>Team Canada is viewed as one of the favorites to take home gold at the Sochi Games, so the citizens back home should be pumped for the Olympics. …

Team Canada scratching Subban and Duchene for Olympic opener

P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene are Team Canada's scratches for its Olympic opener today against Norway.<p>Coach Mike Babcock said Subban and Duchene will both play against Austria in Canada's second game on Friday.<p>Team Canada ran the same lines during a noon skate at Bolshoy Ice Dome's training rink …

Olympic Flame in Sochi Can Be Seen from Space

The world is focused on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics right now, so it's important that the Games are extravagant.<p>As <i>USA Today's</i> Nancy Armour reported, this year's Winter Olympics cost $51 billion. That price tag means that one should be able to see the site from a far distance.<p>As it turns out, the …

Olympic Beer Fridge Only Opens For Canadians

If you're in Sochi right now, better make some Canadian friends. There's a fridge on the scene that only opens for them.<p>And it's full of beer.<p>Here's how it works: Find a Canadian. Make sure he or she has a passport, otherwise find a new Canadian. Scan the passport in the machine and the fridge pops …

Best Game of the Month January - IGN's Best of 2014 Wiki Guide - IGN

EditIGN's Game of the Month Winner: Nidhogg<p>Nidhogg is the rare case where something manages to be accessible without being shallow or overly …

The Walking Dead: how a zombie game helped in a real-life gory emergency

I finished <i>The Walking Dead</i> the same day I started <i>The Last of Us</i>. Both apocalyptic zombie games (or infected, if you're going to be precise), they have similarities. They're both good enough for me to have got soaked in their worlds and their blood.<p>The following day I was walking down the street and …

<b>Warning:</b> The Walking Dead Game spoilers from this point on... The quality of the absolutely stellar first season of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead …

Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty is “Next-Gen First”

Activision confirms 2014’s game will be built for the Xbox One and PS4.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Speaking with IGN, Activision Publishing’s CEO, Eric …

After 'Flappy Bird' takedown, phones with the game list for thousands on eBay

Miss out on the chance to download <i>Flappy Bird</i>? You may still be able to get the game, but this time, you'll have to pay big for the privilege of playing it: on eBay, dozens of listings have appeared for popular phones with the game already installed on them — an added value that's put a premium on …

Top House Republican Expects Terrorist Attack During Sochi Olympics

WASHINGTON -- House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) said Sunday that he expects a terrorist attack to occur during the Sochi Winter Olympics.<p>"There's a high probability that something will detonate, something will go off, but I think it's probably going to go off …

Winter Olympics Day 2: Russia Wins Its First Gold and 28 Stunning Photos

The host of this year's Winter Olympics, Russia, finally won its first gold medal on day two of the games, during the team figure skating competition.<p>…

Injuries Having the Biggest Impact on 2014 Winter Olympic Hockey

In just one week, the cauldron will be lit in Sochi, Russia to symbolize the opening of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. A week after that, the men's hockey tournament will begin.<p>At the Olympics, the best in the world play for national pride. Of course, not all of the world's best players will be …

Photos Show Sochi Looking Half-Built And Covered In Trash Two Weeks Before The Olympics

It's the most expensive Olympics of all-time at $51 billion, a figure that's $39 billion over the original budget.<p>One of the main complaints from Putin detractors is that government contracts were given to companies that didn't know what they were doing, resulting in shoddy construction that has …

Brazil outlines $2.3 billion in public spending for Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s government on Tuesday issued its first estimate of public spending on projects related to Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic Games, though the 5.6 billion reals ($2.3 billion) price tag is set to swell as more projects receive approval.<p>President of Brazil's Olympic …

New Study Shows Why People May Be Tuning Out The Olympics

<b>by Arthur L. Caplan & Lee H. Igel</b> <b><br>The NYU Sports & Society Program</b><p>With the onset of the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi close at hand, it is about time to revisit every sports fan’s favorite subject: performance enhancing drugs.<p>OK, OK, most people are probably sick of the subject by now. In fact, …

Power Ranking the Best Winter Olympic Sports

The Winter Olympics are, without question, a little less flashy and a lot less sexy than the Summer Olympics. The winter games have well under half the number of events and the snow and ice focus makes what they <i>do</i> feel a little repetitive.<p>That being said, the Winter Olympics are still pretty solid. …

Summer Olympics

8 Better Ways Russia Could Have Spent Its Olympic Billions

For the record, we have nothing against the Olympics. It is a noble, ancient tradition, full of camaraderie, sportsmanship and healthy competition. (At least in theory.)<p>One of the downsides of this "healthy competition," though, is the increasingly exorbitant price tag host countries pay to put on …