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Rio Students Ask Olympic Chief to Justify Golf Amid Water Crisis — (Bloomberg) -- International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was taken aback when Rio de Janeiro students asked him to justify irrigation for the new golf course for the 2016 games while adjacent homes go without water during a drought.

Mismanaged Soccer Body’s Tax Problems Continue as IRS Talks Drag — (Bloomberg) -- Soccer's governing body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean is still facing a possible demand for millions of dollars in unpaid U.S. taxes, three years after American authorities opened an investigation. Miami-based CONCACAF said in 2012 that auditors found discrepancies with its finances following the exits of long-time President Jack Warner and General Secretary Chuck Blazer.

Rafael Nadal's rant leads to changes at Rio Open — "No tennis tournament should end at this time": Nadal. Photo: Reuters Rafael Nadal's rant about playing tennis into the early hours of the morning at the Rio Open has hit the mark: Organisers are promising it won't happen again. It was 3:18 a.m. when the Spaniard, continuing a recovery from injury, won on Saturday morning in Brazil.

Nadal’s 3 a.m. Rant Means Rio Open Organizers Will Make Changes — (Bloomberg) -- Rafael Nadal's rant at playing tennis into the early hours of the morning at the Rio Open has hit the mark: Organizers are promising it won't happen again. It was 3:18 a.m. when the Spaniard, continuing a recovery from injury, won on Saturday morning in Brazil.

Prosecutor Investigates African Dictator’s Link to Rio Carnival — (Bloomberg) -- Rio de Janeiro's Carnival-winning samba troupe is under investigation for funds it received from Equatorial Guinea's dictator, as Brazilian state prosecutors probe a possible money laundering scheme. The Beija-Flor school's tribute to the oil-rich African country, ruled by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo since 1979, included songs praising the African nation and won the troupe its 13th title.

$350 Million Hole Is Biggest Brazil World Cup Legacy for Hosts — (Bloomberg) -- The 22-kilometer (13.7-mile) scar disfiguring the center of Cuiaba is a daily reminder to citizens of this Brazilian city of failed World Cup promises. And matters may be about to get worse. A billion reais ($350 million) of public money has already been spent on a light railway system and construction companies say it will take at least 400 million reais more to complete.

Fox, Telemundo Awarded Soccer World Cup Rights Without FIFA Bids — (Bloomberg) -- Soccer governing body FIFA granted World Cup television rights in the U.S. to Fox Sports and Telemundo without seeking bids from other broadcasters. FIFA didn't say it was tendering for the 2026 World Cup before issuing a statement that took Fox's rivals, including ESPN, by surprise.

Petrobras Scandal Meets Carnival: Let the Mocking Begin — (Bloomberg) -- A scandal is a wonderful thing to celebrate. On a recent sultry day, amid a sea of fairies, Wonder Women and beer-bellied cross-dressers in full Rio de Janeiro Carnival mode, one reveler stands out. He wears a white shirt bearing the word "Carwash" but rendered in the style of the green logo of Petroleo Brasileiro SA, the state-run oil company.

Fox Buys 2026 World Cup Rights Despite Qatar Troubles — (Bloomberg) -- Rupert Murdoch's Fox Sports bought the U.S. broadcast rights to the 2026 World Cup after trying to prevent the 2022 edition of the soccer tournament from being moved to the northern hemisphere's winter months. Fox and Telemundo, the Spanish unit of Comcast Corp.'s NBC Universal, acquired the U.S.

Villa Fires Coach Amid Premier League Relegation Battle — (Bloomberg) -- English soccer team Aston Villa fired coach Paul Lambert following a season of struggle that has left the team in the Premier League's relegation zone. Villa, owned by American Randy Lerner, lost 2-0 to Hull City on Tuesday and has not won for 10 straight games.
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Feb 28, 2015

Meanwhile amid the choas this chap just wants to sell some Rio trinkets

Feb 28, 2015

This picture outside IOC hotel in Rio illustrates the image issue large sporting bodies have

Feb 28, 2015

IOC president Bach tried to speak to protesters outside Rio hotel but there wasn't much of a discussion. Just 'Bach go home' chants

Feb 28, 2015

IOC invited Rio Olympics protesters up for 30 min chat with comms director. Commitment to continue dialogue, IOC says.

Feb 28, 2015

Protestor storms IOC hotel in Rio. Says the 2016 Olympics are destroying city. Calls IOC thieves. Waiting for Bach.

Feb 28, 2015

RT @martynziegler: "Can I claim this as an exclusive?" @robharris asks the FIFA president

Feb 28, 2015

Here's the original story: CONCACAF Faces Penalties as IRS Talks Enter 3rd Year… via @business

Feb 28, 2015

RT @RogerPielkeJr: Ex-soccer exec Chuck Blazer still owes IRS millions in taxes - NY Daily News…

Feb 28, 2015

Money never too far away when it comes to tele-evangelists. This guy been talking credit card discounts for 15 mins.

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