Sports en Russia scandalized by Olympic mascot choice <p> How could a hip snow leopard, a cute rabbit and a pudgy polar bear cause such an outcry?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Dmitry Medvedev Sochi Sports Travel/Tourism Vladimir Putin Wildlife News Europe Culture & Lifestyle Russia Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:50:32 +0000 Miriam Elder 5627829 at Ireland beats England in cricket — and pigs fly <p> The Irish beat their erstwhile rulers, the English, in the Cricket World Cup, shocking their countrymen and gaining fans for a once shunned sport.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cricket Sports Culture & Lifestyle Ireland United Kingdom Tue, 08 Mar 2011 11:34:00 +0000 Conor O&#039;Clery 5629024 at Cricket frenzy in Bangladesh The streets of Khaka are clean and adorned with sparkling lights. The buses and cars have been freshly painted. All for the Cricket World Cup. Cricket Sports Asia-Pacific Fri, 25 Mar 2011 10:23:00 +0000 Khaled Hasan 5629580 at South Africa: no feet no hindrance for cyclist <p> CAPE TOWN &mdash; &rsquo;&rsquo;When we found Xolisa he was mostly dragging himself around on his hands and knees,&rsquo;&rsquo; said Tony Lubner, whose charity raised money for Xolisa&rsquo;s &rsquo;&quot;legs.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports South Africa Health Thu, 05 May 2011 10:41:00 +0000 Alex Duval Smith 5633408 at Alain Robert climbs world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa <p> &quot;I&#39;m doing this to show the students there is no edge or borders and to inspire people to break the mold and not limit themselves,&quot; said Robert. &quot;Part of my message is not only to follow your heart but try to innovate in all things you do.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dubai Sports Middle East Tue, 29 Mar 2011 05:12:19 +0000 News Desk 5633884 at With ski jumper Adam Malysz's retirement, Poles lose a rare international sports star <p> WARSAW &mdash; Despite his fame, Adam Malysz remained an entirely normal small-town boy with an unfashionable moustache.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Sports Entertainment Europe Poland Sat, 09 Apr 2011 13:21:20 +0000 Jan Cienski 5636409 at Polish hooligans put fear into Euro 2012 organizers <p> WARSAW &mdash; Street fights are just one in a laundry list of illegal activity connected to Polish fans.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Donald Tusk Soccer Sports Entertainment Europe Poland Thu, 05 May 2011 10:37:11 +0000 Jan Cienski 5641781 at Soccer superstars visit Grozny, play team of Chechen bureaucrats <p>GROZNY, Russia &mdash; Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov hosts some of soccer&#39;s greatest. They lose. To him.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Sports World Leaders Europe Culture & Lifestyle Offbeat Russia Thu, 12 May 2011 20:25:00 +0000 Miriam Elder 5644362 at Looking for the perfect wave? Try Peru. <p> LIMA &mdash; In the film &ldquo;The Endless Summer,&rdquo; two surfing buddies travel to Australia, South Africa and Tahiti in their quest to ride great waves all year long. It turns out they could have just come to Peru.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peru Sports Travel/Tourism Americas Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:09:00 +0000 John Otis 5646701 at Here is something China is good at <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hangzhou, a city of nearly 7 million, has the most far-reaching bike-sharing program in the world. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Bike-sharing!</p> <p> What started out as a popular phenomenon in progressive Western cities (Amsterdam started the trend in the &#39;60s and Portland, Ore., was the first city to catch on in the U.S. in 1994) has now been adopted by the developing world.</p> <p> And how.</p> <p> Hangzhou, a city of 6.77 million people in southeastern China, started a program by which bikes are made available for shared use to people who don&#39;t own them in 2008 &mdash; with 2,800 bikes spread out at 61 locations around the city.</p> <p> By 2011, the number of bikes had mushroomed to 51,500 at 2,050 different spots, according to Elizabeth Press at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> For a city with 1.5 million fewer people than New York City, Press wrote, Hangzhou&#39;s bike-share program &quot;blows all other bike-shares off the map.&quot;</p> <p> <a href=";utm_medium=hp_carousel&amp;utm_source=slide_4">Good magazine</a> gives that statement teeth: &quot;Montreal, Mexico City, Washington D.C., London and Paris, all of which are regularly lauded for their systems, all have between 1,000 and 10,000 bikes.&quot;</p> <p> To be fair, the <a href="">Washington Post</a> put Paris&#39; program closer to 20,000 bikes by 2008.</p> <p> But any way you cut it, Hangzhou outshines all other European and American contenders.</p> <p> China&#39;s bike culture surely helped Hangzhou along, but the program&#39;s success is largely due to how integrated it is into the transportation network of the city. Drop-off/pick-up locations &mdash; near bus stops, parking lots and water taxi stations &mdash; are less than a quarter mile from one another in the city center.</p> <p> Check out Streetfilms short doc on the matter:<a href=""> The Biggest, Baddest Bike-Share in the World: Hangzhou China</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Travel/Tourism China Health The Rice Bowl Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:03:56 +0000 Emily Lodish 5648849 at Pole-dancing steps into the spotlight in China (PHOTOS) <p>SHANGHAI &mdash; Pole-dancing&#39;s popularity indicates that Chinese society is warming to the idea of women strutting their stuff &mdash; in more ways than one.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Entertainment Emerging Markets China Global Economy Health Thu, 09 Jun 2011 11:18:00 +0000 Justin Calderon 5650029 at Vancouver fans riot in streets after 4-0 loss to Boston Bruins in Game 7 of Stanley Cup finals (VIDEO) <p> The riots after the Canucks 4-0 loss to Boston were reminiscent of what happened in Vancouver in 1994, when the Canucks lost Game 7 of the finals to the Rangers in New York.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Travel/Tourism Americas Canada Culture & Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jun 2011 07:35:00 +0000 News Desk 5651554 at Vancouver hockey riots photo of "kissing couple" goes viral <p> Some people have wondered whether the photo was performance art, while others have said the woman may have been injured in the rioting and was being comforted.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Internet Sports Twitter Canada Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:33:00 +0000 News Desk 5651792 at Why Andy Murray will never win Wimbledon <p> LONDON &mdash; While Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic are playing a tennis tournament, Murray is playing a part in some kind of modern Druid festival of the solstice.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Entertainment Culture & Lifestyle United Kingdom Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:46:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5651865 at Vancouver riots: The shame and the blame spread online <p> The shaming and blaming related to the riots have spread like wildfire on the Internet, particularly on Facebook, as anger over the mayhem deepens in the city of Vancouver.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Internet Sports Technology news Americas Business Canada Culture & Lifestyle Technology Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:51:31 +0000 News Desk 5651935 at