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Yarnold back on track with win in Germany

British Olympic hero Lizzy Yarnold has claimed her second victory of the current World Cup skeleton season in Konigssee, Germany.

Eyes down: Lizzy Yarnold sets off on a run in Konigssee. Credit: Daniel Naupold/DPA/PA

The British slider completed her two runs in one minute 44.24 seconds, a comfortable 0.71 seconds ahead of second-placed German Anja Huber.

Yarnold, 26, started the season with victory in Lake Placid but was forced to miss the following race in Calgary after experiencing dizzy spells. She returned to form by taking silver last week in Altenberg.

"I think eventually I've learned to relax on this track," Yarnold said. "It's taken me six years and I've eventually got it!"

Olympics star Michael Phelps avoids jail for drink driving

American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence for drink driving.

Phelps was caught driving at 84mph (135kph) in a 45mph zone (72kph) and crossing lanes illegally while nearly twice the legal limit in September. It was his second arrest for drunken driving.

Michael Phelps told reporters he would 'continue to grow from this' after admitting to the judge he had made a 'bad mistake'.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist also received 18 months of supervised probation after admitting the offence.

Phelps said he underwent a 45-day rehab programme after his arrest and has pledged to continue to receive care while also attending Alcoholics Anonymous.


Rome to bid for 2024 Olympics

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is fully behind the bid. Credit: PA

Rome will enter a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced on Monday.

The application phase for potential candidates is set to formally open in September 2015, with a deadline of January 8 2016 and the announcement of the chosen venue set for the summer of 2017.

Following concerns over finance, Italy, which hosted the 1960 Olympics in Rome, had scrapped plans to bid for the 2020 Games, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Renzi told a news conference at the Italian National Olympic Committee headquarters in the capital: ''The Italian government, together with CONI, is ready to do its part for a project that isn't based on great infrastructures or big dreams, but rather great people."

Rio de Janeiro 2016 unveil Olympics mascots

The next Olympics and Paralympics games in Brazil will be fronted by a colourful duo, after the mascots were unveiled.

One is a yellow cat-like creature, representative of all the animals in Brazil, whereas the Paralympic mascot is a fusion of Brazilian forest plants.

The mascots looking like a cheery duo. Credit: Rio 2016

Neither is named yet, with the organisation offering the public the opportunity to name them.

People can vote for their preferred names on the mascots' own website.


'Irregularities in Vanessa Mae's Olympic qualifier'

World famous Violinist Vanessa Mae finished last when she competed for Thailand in last year's Winter Olympics. Credit: PA

Four slovenian officials have been suspended for alleged 'irregularities' during violinist Vanessa Mae's Olympic qualifying ski race, the National Skiiing Association said.

Slovenian Ski Association head Jurij Zurej told news agency Reuters: "We discovered there were a number of irregularities in the competition in which Vanessa Mae qualified."

He said there was 'no indication whatsoever' that Mae or any other skier was involved and that the matter was now in the hands of local police.

Mae in her 'day job' as a violinist. Credit: PA

Mae competed for Thailand at the Games in Russia in February under her father's surname of Vanakorn, finishing a distant last of the 67 finishers in the giant slalom.

The 35-year-old had qualified for the Olympics at the very last moment after competing in four giant slaloms in Slovenia at the end of January gave her the ranking points needed to be eligible.

IOC warns Rio it risks missing deadline for 2016 Games

The International Olympic Committee has sent a clear warning to the organisers of the Rio 2016 Games that "every second counts" after visiting the Brazilian city.

With just over two years to go, the IOC said that a "constant, concerted and integrated effort is required for the successful delivery of the Games and its legacy".

It added: "Although progress is being made, each decision that is postponed and each subsequent delay will have a negative impact on delivery. Total focus and dedication are therefore required."

ITV News' Brazil correspondent Nick Ravenscroft, who was at the news conference, tweeted:

Sports minister's comments 'discouraging'

Comments made by sports and equalities minister Helen Grant have been criticised by anti-sexism campaigners as "discouraging" at a time when female Olympians are leading the glory for Britain at the Sochi games.

Helen Grant. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, said: "It's really the wrong approach to suggest that the only way for women to get involved in sports is to be girlie and feminine."It's actually discouraging for a minister to say this.

"With our great athletes performing fantastically at the Olympics, we still see media outlets focusing on the looks and femininity, which the comments seem to do too."

Lizzy Yarnold, 25, won the country's first gold medal at the Winter Olympics in the skeleton while Jenny Jones took a bronze in snowboard slopestyle and so did the female curling team.

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