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Olympian Hughes sets out from Toronto for 'Clara's Big Ride' for Bell Let's Talk

TORONTO - When the darkness threatened to envelop Clara Hughes, the six-time Olympic medallist sought solace on her bike. Hughes climbed on her bike again Friday for what she called the most important ride of her life. The retired athlete, who is known almost as much as a tireless advocate for mental health awareness as she is an Olympic champion, set off on Clara's Big Ride — a 110-day journey around Canada to promote conversation about mental health.

Olympics: Fortune favours the cautious for Morris

The old adage that fortune favours the brave couldn't have been further from the truth for Olympic Games aerials silver medallist David Morris. The Australian upset a pair of favoured Chinese athletes to come second behind Anton Kushnir of Belarus in the men's aerials competition and later revealed that it was his tempered ambition that had played into his hands.

Olympics: Pin-up Fenninger basks in 'best day of her life'

Anna Fenninger may be a pin-up for Austrian media, but the racer showed her true colours when she said it was an adrenaline-fuelled need for speed that fired her to Olympic super-G gold. The 24-year-old timed 1min 25.52sec down the 2.1km-long Rosa Khutor course in warm conditions that made for softer snow conditions in part. Amazingly, 18 out of the 49 starters, including 12 out of the top 30, failed to finish the course set by Austrian coach Florian Winkler, which made for gripping viewing for the sell-out 7,500-capacity crowd.

A Minute With: Bastille on success and 'lack of cynicism' in U.S

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When writing a song that imagined a conversation between two ancient ashen corpses, British electro-pop band Bastille never imagined it would become the track that led them into the American mainstream music scene. "Pompeii," a haunting and grandiose song of love and loss, has become London band Bastille's breakout hit, scaling the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to a peak of No. 10. The band most recently performed the song on NBC's comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live."

Tennis: Injured Simon 'got lucky' in marathon win

Gilles Simon admitted he "got pretty lucky" after recovering from an ankle injury which left him on crutches just days ago to win a marathon first-round match at the Australian Open. Simon, who hobbled out of the Kooyong Classic last Friday, ground down Daniel Brands over five sets and four-and-a-half hours in temperatures of around 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) late on Tuesday. The 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 16-14 win, culminating in a 30-game final set, clocked in as the longest on a sweltering day two in which players, fans and ball kids all suffered in the heat.

'I never cried so much:' 6 months after floods, life still not normal in Alberta

HIGH RIVER, Alta. - Deborah Huisman is still grieving the loss of 41 years of memories. She and her husband, Gerry, watched all of their belongings wash away when a wall of water hit their dream home in High River, Alta., in June. "You know people just say to us, 'It is just stuff,' but it's our stuff,'' Huisman said June 22 as she cried at the roadblock into the town. "We worked so hard and everybody at the end of the day just wants to go home."

A Minute With: James Franco on villains and being James Franco

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - James Franco has played a wizard, a doctor, a gangster rapper, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and himself, all in the past year. In addition to acting, Franco is a teacher, a spokesman for the Italian fashion brand Gucci, a published author, artist and director. Does the 35-year-old actor ever feel like he's taking on too much?

'They killed, then paused for a drink': witness recounts mall horror

Fred Bosire, who works in the meat section of the supermarket at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, was having an ordinary, busy Saturday before the carnage began. A staffer at the Nakumatt supermarket located in the back of the complex, he was immediately trapped along with hundreds of colleagues and shoppers when gunmen marched in and raked the supermarket aisles with automatic weapons fire.

Davis shines after painful Chinese take-away

By Simon Evans NORTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Brian Davis grabbed a share of the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday and revealed he had been battling a painful foot injury gained after a slip-up with a Chinese take-away. The Briton produced an outstanding, bogey-free, eight-under par round of 63 at TPC Boston to join American Phil Mickelson at the top of the overnight leaderboard.

Williams-Mills back on track after cancer fight

By Justin Palmer MOSCOW (Reuters) - When Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills takes to the track at the world championships in Moscow on Saturday she will do so as a flag-bearer for breast cancer sufferers everywhere. That the 31-year-old 400 meters runner is at the global showpiece is an inspiring story of will, courage and a burning desire to compete. A little over a month before last year's Olympics, Williams-Mills was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mind in turmoil, she still ran in London and finished fifth.
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