Bolivian footballers call off strike

»Bolivia's players lifted a strike on Friday that had put their participation in this month's World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Peru in doubt.

The players' union Fabol announced on September 15 that Bolivia's internationals were boycotting the national team indefinitely to demand reforms in the domestic game.
"After meeting all afternoon with the Health and Sports minister (Ramiro Tapia), we lifted the measure," Fabol spokesman David Paniagua said. "All the points in the (players') demands have been addressed," he told Reuters.

One of the players' chief complaints was that the game in Bolivia is run by three separate bodies. They demanded that there should be a single authority.

"This very night the national team will gather and tomorrow (Saturday) they will begin training," Paniagua said.

Brain tumour cuts short Dionne’s aspirations

»Freestyle aerials Olympic bronze medallist Deidra Dionne was forced to end her bid to compete at 2010 Vancouver Winter Games after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, the Canadian freestyle team said.

"My heart is broken," Dionne told a news conference. "I still have an incredible desire to be a part of the 2010 Olympics here in Vancouver but the risk I would be taking might jeopardise my chance at a successful life following sport.

"I will miss my team-mates and coaches but I truly believe I am passing the torch to a group of inspired, talented young women who will continue to push the limits of women's aerials."

Bronze medallist at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and a double-world championship bronze medal winner, the 27-year-old skier was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor on her right temporal lobe.

The tumor is described as a non-life threatening growth but has the potential to cause seizures.

Beijing memories inspire Dementieva

»World number four Elena Dementieva admitted to getting goose bumps when she returned to the scene of her greatest triumph for this week's $4.5 million China Open.
The 27-year-old won Olympic gold in Beijing and has brought her mother to the Chinese capital this week to see the lotus flower-shaped stadium court where she beat Dinara Safina on a hot August afternoon last year.

"Every time I come to the locker room I feel like goose bumps on my skin. It's very emotional to come back here," the fourth seeded Russian said.

"I remember everything about one year ago. It was like yesterday, so fresh all memories from the Olympics. I just feel very excited being here one more time."

Dementieva, twice a grand slam losing finalist, was the winner of the China Open in 2003 in Shanghai before its relocation to the capital city the following year.

Wallabies to get pep talk from past masters

»Members of the Australian rugby team that completed a grand slam of wins against the four Home Nations in 1984 have been invited to address the current Wallabies squad in the hope of inspiring them to success.

The Wallabies will mark the 25th anniversary of the 1984 grand slam in November by attempting another clean sweep against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The current team have struggled this season, finishing bottom of the Tri-Nations, but coach Robbie Deans hopes they might gain inspiration meeting key members of the 1984 squad, including Nick Farr-Jones, David Campese, Simon Poidevin and coach Alan Jones.
"We will be looking to gain an insight from those who were there 25 years ago," Deans said.

While more than half of the current team were not even born by 1984, team officials plan to show them a video of the 1984 side, which are still regarded as of Australia's best ever teams.