Calls to boycott Winter Olympics


LONDON — Calls are growing for a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in Russia in protest at what campaigners have called barbaric new homophobic laws.

Broadcaster Stephen Fry has appealed directly to Prime Minister David Cameron and members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stop the games being held in Russia, comparing President Vladimir Putin’s treatment of gay people to Adolf Hitler’s treatment of Jews.

He said allowing the games to go ahead in Putin’s Russia would be comparable to the decision to hold the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.

Putin signed a new bill into law in June banning “homosexual propaganda” – making it illegal to give anyone under 18 information about homosexuality.

Anyone deemed to be promoting gay rights, or “non-traditional relationships” to young people in Russia could now be arrested and fined, or in the case of foreigners, detained and deported.


Rose heading for victory


sportsjustinroseNEW YORK — Justin Rose put himself in position to win a second major in two months after a second round 66 in the US PGA Championship today.

Starting from the 10th, US Open champion Rose bogeyed his first two holes and struggled to the turn in 37 at a rain-drenched Oak Hill, but then stormed home in 29 with six birdies to complete a superb 66.

That left the 33-year-old six under par and one behind the clubhouse lead of playing partner Adam Scott, the Masters champion adding a 68 to his opening 65 despite the early starters getting by far the worst of the conditions.


Confidence in Suarez


LONDON — Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Luis Suarez will have a successful season for the Reds – once he accepts he will not be granted a transfer away from Anfield.

Rodgers reiterated that the 26-year-old will not be sold this summer despite the striker’s desire to leave the club for UEFA Champions League football.

The Uruguay international was not named in a 22-man squad to play Celtic in a pre-season friendly in Dublin and is training on his own after accusing the club of reneging on a promise that he would be sold if Liverpool failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League.

This morning Liverpool owner John W Henry insisted Suarez will not be sold and said it would be “ludicrous” to let him join domestic rivals Arsenal, who have had an offer of £40 million plus £1 rejected.

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