Brazil police arrest 27 in widening Petrobras probe

Police made 27 arrests in raids across Brazil on Friday in a widening investigation into allegations of a multi-billion-dollar kickback scheme at the state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Paralympic Committee praises Rio Paralympics planning
Paralympic Committee praises Rio Paralympics planning

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has praised the "significant progress" made by organisers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Dead fish in Rio Olympic bay baffle scientists

Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics -- and experts are at a loss to explain why.

Former Brazil striker Adriano linked with drug trafficking
Former Brazil striker Adriano linked with drug trafficking

Former Brazilian international Adriano was charged by Rio de Janeiro prosecutors on Tuesday over alleged links to drug trafficking, officials and reports said.

Oscar Pistorius will be welcomed to compete at Rio if he's declared eligible
Oscar Pistorius will be welcomed to compete at Rio if he's declared eligible

Convicted Oscar Pistorius would be welcomed by Brazilian Olympic and Paralympic organisers to compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro if the double amputee athlete is declared eligible.

Rousseff calls for 'unity, dialogue' after Brazil win

Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff called for national unity after winning reelection in a bitterly fought race that divided the country.

Dunga has restored Brazil's confidence: Carlos Alberto Parreira
Dunga has restored Brazil's confidence: Carlos Alberto Parreira

Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has praised the Selecao's resurgence under new manager Dunga.

Work advances at Rio Olympics 2016 venues
Work advances at Rio Olympics 2016 venues

The construction work at three Rio 2016 venues is in progress as the city steps up its Olympic preparations, local organizers have said.

Brazil summon Souza for Asia trip

Midfielder Souza of Sao Paulo has been called up to the Brazil squad by coach Dunga to replace injured Chelsea star Ramires for the friendlies against Argentina and Japan later this month.

IOC sees Rio Olympic Games preparation on track but schedule tight
IOC sees Rio Olympic Games preparation on track but schedule tight

Rio's 2016 Olympic preparations are progressing solidly but the schedule is tight, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Coordination Commission said.

Sao Paulo keeper scores penalty, misses another in draw
Sao Paulo keeper scores penalty, misses another in draw

Veteran Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni converted one penalty before missing another in a 2-2 Brazilian championship draw against Flamengo, who were left fuming over the referee.

Gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin eyes her seventh Olympics in Rio
Gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin eyes her seventh Olympics in Rio

Former Olympic champion and gymnastic legend Oksana Chusovitin said Wednesday that she hopes to compete in Rio De Janeiro in 2016 in what would be her seventh Olympic Games.

Rio 2016 Olympics makes low-carbon pledge
Rio 2016 Olympics makes low-carbon pledge

Eco-friendly initiatives will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 500,000 tons during the Rio 2016 Olympics, Games organisers said.

Thomas Bach hope for Nicol David`s Olympic squash bid
Thomas Bach hope for Nicol David`s Olympic squash bid

Malaysia`s world number one Nicol David said she still held out hope of getting squash into the Olympics as she kicked off her Asian Games title defence on Sunday.

Football player leaps into a hole as goal celebration goes wrong

Coritiba forward Joel Tagueu`s goal celebration went spectacularly wrong when he jumped over an advertising hoarding and disappeared into a hole during a Brazilian championship match.

Brazil judge orders accounts frozen of ex-billionaire Batista

A Rio de Janeiro judge on Tuesday ordered the bank accounts of former billionaire businessman Eike Batista frozen after authorities charged him with stock market manipulation, media reports said.

Usain Bolt ends season early

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has ended his injury-plagued season early after competing in just three races.

Four Rio police arrested over favela rape allegations

Four police officers in Rio de Janeiro were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the rapes of three women in a favela in the north of the Brazilian city.

Judge orders release of Briton accused of World Cup ticket scam

A British World Cup ticketing executive who allegedly took part in a scam to sell millions of dollars` worth of fraudulent tickets was ordered to be released from prison yesterday while awaiting trial in Brazil.

Prognosis for Rio Olympics `much better` - IOC`s John Coates

Australia`s Olympic chief John Coates, who in April branded preparations for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the worst ever, said on Tuesday the prognosis was now "much, much better".