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6 Members of Cuban Volleyball Team Detained in Rape Case in Finland

Team was there for a tournament

(Newser) - Finnish police have released two members of Cuba's national men's volleyball team but are holding six others on suspicion of aggravated rape, an investigator said Monday. Police will request that a regional court on Tuesday order the six men to be remanded in custody to continue the investigation... More »

Suicide Bomber Kills 45 at Afghan Volleyball Match

Tournament in Paktika turns deadly when bomber detonates in crowd

(Newser) - A suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan today, killing at least 45 people. Dozens more were wounded when the bomber, who was on foot and mingling with the crowd, detonated his explosives, said a rep for the governor of Paktika province. He said the attack happened during... More »

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 »

What You May See Less of at London Olympics: Bikinis

Women's beach volleyball players can opt for shorts, sleeved tops

(Newser) - If you only watch beach volleyball for the bikini-clad eye candy, the London Olympics may not be quite as exciting as you hoped. Under new rules adopted by the International Volleyball Federation, players will be free to wear shorts and sleeved tops. The governing body said the move was made... 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 »

Relative of US Olympic Coach Killed in Beijing

After stabbing two, Chinese man throws himself off tower

(Newser) - A knife-wielding Chinese man attacked two relatives of a coach for the US Olympic men's volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing, killing one and injuring the other on the first day of the Olympics today, team officials and state media said. The man then committed suicide by throwing... 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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