South Africa's government calls for athletics boss to be axed

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's government received support on Sunday for its demand that the country's top athletics official be axed after he admitted lying about gender tests conducted on 800-meter world champion Caster Semenya. Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene apologized Saturday, saying he had lied to protect the 18-year-old's privacy. The sports ministry called on the

Kate Dennison raises British pole vault record again

Kate Dennison raised her British pole vault record to 4.60 metres at the Pedros Cup meeting in Szczecin. Dennison added two centimetres to the performance she achieved at the British Grand Prix in July, and clinched a third-place finish at the Polish venue. The 25-year-old, who was sixth in the World Championships, was beaten by Anna Rogowska,

Ennis and Idowu to star at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead

Great Britain and N.I's newly crowned world champions heptathlete Jessica Ennis and triple jumper Phillips Idowu will join a battery of Berlin medallists at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead on 31 August. Ennis, the European Athletics Rising Star for 2007, established herself as one of the best multi-eventers of recent times winning the Heptathlon gold

Bolt to watch Ronaldo and Real Madrid play on Saturday

By Gary Smith, World-Track MADRID -- The world's fastest man, times two, Usain Bolt, has accepted an offer to be the guest of honour at Real Madrid's opening Spanish league football match, his manager Norman Peart confirmed on Sunday. Bolt, who lit up the Berlin Olympic Stadium with two sensational world records, will travel