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Iran Jails Woman for Going to Volleyball Game

She tried to protest ban on women at men's games

(Newser) - Ghoncheh Ghavami may be the world's only volleyball-related political prisoner. The 25-year-old, who was arrested when she tried to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran earlier this year, has been "locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran,... More »

Volleyball Star's Death Tied to Business Dispute: Cops

Former volleyball club director arrested in Ingrid Visser's death

(Newser) - A double murder in the world of volleyball is dominating the news in Spain and the Netherlands, and Spanish police say the whole affair could be business-related. Dutch volleyball star Ingrid Visser and her partner, Lodewijk Severein, went missing shortly after arriving in Murcia, Spain, earlier this month. On Sunday... More »

Most Affectionate US Olympic Team Is...

Men's volleyball, 'Wall Street Journal' determines

(Newser) - The gold medal for most on-camera displays of physical touch among US Olympic athletes goes to the men's volleyball team. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the number of high fives, group hugs, bum taps, and those one-armed "bro hugs" among US Olympic teams, and the results show... More »

Prince Harry Fosters World Peace—With Beach Volleyball

British royal son bonds with Brazilians on the beach

(Newser) - If Prince Harry isn't fighting in Afghanistan , eyeing a climb of Mount Everest , or leading a bar hop in San Diego , he's ... fostering international relations through volleyball? The British royal son spent three days in Rio to publicize this year's London Olympics and Brazil's 2016 games,... More »

US Volleyball Coach's Family Pulls Together After Stabbing

McCutcheon 'not indulging in anger'

(Newser) - Though his heart is broken, Hugh McCutcheon won’t indulge in anger as he grieves for his father-in-law, Todd Bachman, brutally stabbed to death in Beijing on Saturday. "It hurts. I think it's something no one should have to go through,'' the US Olympic men’s volleyball coach... More »

Bush's Brush With Olympic History

Bush nearly pats gold medalist's backside after making good play

(Newser) - President Bush's visit to the US women’s volleyball team sparked a quirky photo and Internet sensation today, Andrew Malcolm blogs in the Los Angeles Times. After Bush took tips from two gold medalist players, he made a fine play—and volleyballer Misty May-Treanor bent over to let him slap... More »

Britain Seeks 'Giant' Steps at 2012 Olympics

Heightened emphasis for London Games has yielded taller jocks

(Newser) - A, ahem, heightened push to make Britain's sports teams more competitive by the time London hosts the 2012 Olympics has added 52 new athletes to the country’s handball, rowing, and volleyball squads, the Telegraph reports. The “Sporting Giants” program sought tall applicants—over 6-foot-3 for men and 5-11... More »

UCLA Looks to Pretty Up Pauley

Famed arena may get small improvements or even a reconstruction

(Newser) - There is no question UCLA's Pauley Pavilion needs a makeover, but Bruin Nation is in an all-out debate as to whether it just needs some Botox or whether the old girl needs a complete facelift, reports the Los Angeles Times. Changes on the table for the famed Westwood Arena range... More »

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