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Pope Francis warns Olympics officials against 'commercializing' athletes

The newly elected Pope Francis had something to say on a topic rather different from his usual norm on Saturday: the commercialization of athletes and sport.

Formula One test driver Maria de Villota found dead

Former Formula 1 driver Maria de Villota was found dead in a Seville, Spain hotel room on Friday, over a year after a racing crash that nearly killed her.

Report: Jay-Z wants to add Brazilian soccer star Neymar to his growing sports agency

According to a report in the Spanish newspaper, Sports, Jay-Z's new sports agency has set its sights beyond the traditional four major North American sports and is hoping to sign Brazilian soccer star Neymar and UFC champion Jon Jones (via Yahoo! Sports).

Before Jason Collins, some of Europe’s gay athletes came out

LONDON — Among the messages of support NBA pro Jason Collins received this week after becoming the first US male athlete on a major professional team to publicly come out as gay was this tweet from Wales. “Hope that @jasoncollins34 life is easier and fulfilled now,” tweeted former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas. “I know mine was. I wish you all the happiness I found in life. Honesty is key.”

UK beefs up security for upcoming London Marathon

The popular London Marathon is set to beef up its security preparations this year in the wake of the deadly Boston Marathon blasts, with more police presence and "quadruple checking" security.

Kenya's world-class runners face their greatest hurdle yet

NAIROBI, Kenya — Sports officials have banned two more Kenyan runners for doping offenses, bringing the number sanctioned here this year to five as a growing crisis threatens to engulf the country’s world famous athletics.

Chatter: Olympic hero turns murder suspect

South Africa's own "Blade Runner" is arrested for alleged murder, the euro zone gets serious with recession, two of the world's top airlines pair up, and we bring you Valentines from around the world.
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South Africa's own "Blade Runner" is arrested for alleged murder, the euro zone gets serious with recession, two of the world's top airlines pair up, and we bring you Valentines from around the world.
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Journey to Comfort: John Elway - Dancer

John's moves on the dance floor are almost as memorable as his moves on the football field.

Penn State insurer to deny paying Sandusky claims

Penn State's insurance company says it will deny covering claims related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse as the second day of jury selection begins in his child sex abuse trial on June 6, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children. (Patrick Smith/AFP/Getty Images)

Penn State’s insurance company, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance (PMA), said it will try to deny covering claims related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, the AP reported.

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