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FIFA 2006: Italy sink Czech Republic 2-0 in Group E

The result meant Italy would play the runner-up of Group F in the round of sixteen, while Karel Bruckner's Czech team would check out of their hotels.

World Cup Organizing Committee Approves Playing Field of Hanover Stadium

Field preparations at the stadiums included more than 96,000 square meters of new turf.

Cheerleaders Drawing Attention at Turin Olympics

One of the most talked about innovations at the Turin Olympics has been the introduction of cheerleaders. They have provoked strong reaction from the fans, some it of it good, and some of it critical.

More Bad Weather Disrupts Olympic Skiing in Italy

Bad weather has postponed the scheduled women's Olympic super-G ski race at the Turin Games in Italy.

Age Range at Olympics Surprising

If you think you are too old or too young to compete in the Olympics, you may be in for a shock. As VOA's Steve Schy covers the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, he found out the age of the competitors spans a surprisingly wide range.

Could the Detroit Pistons be the Best in NBA History?

The Detroit Pistons have everything on their side right now. Time, wins, great players and some say they may be one of the best NBA team to ever grace the professional courts of the NBA. What do you think?

Winter Olympics Officially Open in Turin

The 2006 Winter Olympics opened in the Northern Italian city of Turin Friday night under a nearly full moon. As VOA's Steve Schy reports, the theme of these Olympics, Passion Lives Here, was reflected in the opening ceremony's mixture of pageantry, pyrotechnics, music and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron.

The U.S. Men's Soccer team takes on arch rival Mexico Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, with the winner of the match earning the first berth from the CONCACAF region to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

It is the first Little League World Series title for an American team since Kentucky beat Japan in 2002.

Cyclist Lance Armstrong said he did not trust the French testers or the French testing system, and that his urine was manipulated to falsely accuse him of doping.

English FA rescinds red cards, FIFA backlash probable

The Football Association of England risked a backlash and possible disciplinary action from football's world governing body FIFA.

Lance Armstrong denies EPO doping claim

A new drug testing technique has shown that the seven-time Tour de France winner took a banned substance - Armstrong denies all claims.

Tennis: Williams Defeats Craybus at Wimbledon

Two-time champion Venus Williams has defeated fellow-American Jill Craybas 6-0, 6-2, as the second week of play gets underway at the Wimbledon Tennis championships near London.

Football Betting Trends to Keep an Eye on this Year

Does the football betting trend that has dominated the NFL make a comeback or do Philadelphia and New England continue the success from last year for the previous Super Bowl participants?

What is the Deal with Baseball?

Free agency has dramatically changed baseball and for many fans, not for the better. Many players change teams each season, more often than not seeking the almighty dollar over a World Series ring.