Bolt and Ayana win IAAF awards
MONACO Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana were crowned as the IAAF's athletes of the year on Friday.
Thailand's plans for a Formula One grand prix in 2015 could be scrapped if the sport insists on it being held in Bangkok, the country's tourism and sports minister was quoted as saying on Friday.
"We may have to cancel the proposed grand prix," the Bangkok Post quoted Somsak Phurisisak as saying after protests by locals and environmentalists and legislation against racing in the historic area of the city.
He said the island resort of Phuket could be an alternative, along with the cities of Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima in northeast Thailand.
However, any plans for races there would depend on the approval of the sport's commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, who draws up the calendar.
The Thai authorities have been talking about hosting a floodlit night race around the streets of Bangkok with an agreement in principle for the country's F1 debut reached with Ecclestone last year.
Critics have said the noise and vibrations of a race in Bangkok could damage the city's historic landmarks and Buddhist temples.
Formula One already has grands prix in nearby Malaysia, on a circuit, and a night-time street race in Singapore. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Mark Meadows)
CHAPECO, Brazil The Brazilian town of Chapeco, its buildings draped in the green colors of its devastated soccer club, prepared on Saturday to receive the bodies of victims of an air disaster in Colombia that killed 71 people and wiped out the team.
Tiger Woods, in his second round of competitive golf since returning from a chronic back injury that kept him out for almost 16 months, shot a flawless seven-under 65 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Friday.