Beth Harris

Sochi Olympics: What to look out for as speedskating starts

From medal threat Charles Hamelin to Russia's Viktor Ahn enjoying home-ice advantage, here are five things to watch for during speedskating.

Laila Ali follows Muhammad’s path to Africa

Another Ali is going to fight in Africa. Nearly 32 years after Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the ''Rumble in the Jungle'', his daughter, Laila, plans to fight this summer in Cape Town, South Africa. ''There's a lot of love for Ali in South Africa,'' she said on Friday. ''I'm following in my dad's footsteps.''

Mauresmo beats Pierce in Los Angeles

Amelie Mauresmo outlasted Mary Pierce 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in a marathon base-line slugfest to win the WTA Championships on Sunday for the biggest title of her career. ''I really think that's a huge step for me,'' she said. ''I don't know where it's going to take me, but it is a step. You know that it's an important moment.''

Pierce on a winning streak

Mary Pierce defeated Amelie Mauresmo 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in an all-French match at the WTA Championships on Friday to complete round-robin play with a 3-0 record. By winning, Pierce finished first in the Black group and will play top-ranked Lindsay Davenport in Saturday's semifinals.

Pierce surprises Clijsters

Mary Pierce surprised Kim Clijsters 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (2) at the WTA Championships on Tuesday in a wildly uneven rematch of their United States Open final. Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport improved to 7-0 lifetime against Nadia Petrova of Russia with a 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory in round-robin play.

Another diving gold for Canada

Alexandre Despatie gave Canada another gold medal to celebrate at the World Swimming Championships when he won the 3m springboard title on Tuesday. The Montreal resident was cheered loudly, especially for earning two perfect marks of 10 on his third dive. American Troy Dumais earned the silver.

Canadian leads the way at swimming meet

Canada's Blythe Hartley led all the way in winning the 1m springboard title at swimming's World Championships on Monday night. It was Canada's second medal, and first gold, in as many days. Hartley easily outdistanced silver medallist Wu Min Xia of China, preventing the Chinese from a possible sweep of diving gold medals.

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