Don Porter, international softball leader, past WBSC co-President dies at 90

Riccardo Fraccari elected first-ever president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation in 'New Era' for Baseball Softball

Israeli Flag Barred from Baseball/Softball Congress -- On the Scene

(ATR) The new baseball/softball confederation opened its first meeting with a gaffe involving the Israeli flag.

Rogge and IOC Members Gather in Sochi; First Case for CAS

(ATR) IOC members descend on Sochi... CAS hears Austrian skier's appeal... Sochi Media Center opens. 

Softball President Retires; Cookson Introduces Changes; Handball Election

(ATR) Don Porter retires after 48 years at softball... Cookson swiftly implements changes at cycling... Handball president reelected...

On the Record - No Cold Feet Before Baseball, Softball Marriage

(ATR) Co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter tell Around the Rings the World Baseball Softball Confederation is both optimistic and realistic with its bid for the 2020 Olympics. ATR's Matthew Grayson has the exclusive interview ...

On the Scene in Tokyo - Baseball, Softball "Swing for the Fences"

(ATR) Co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter say they will “swing for the fences” on behalf of the World Baseball Softball Confederation and its bid for the 2020 Olympics. ATR's Matthew Grayson reports.

On the Scene in Tokyo - Baseball, Softball Ready Their Vows

(ATR) Baseball and softball become one this weekend with a destination wedding years in the making. ATR's Matthew Grayson reports from the 27th IBAF Ordinary Congress.

Baseball, Softball Presidents Call WBC "A Beautiful Model" for 2020 Olympics Play

(ATR) Co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter tell Around the Rings the World Baseball Softball Confederation is thrilled with the "stunning success" of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Top Story Replay - Baseball, Softball Meet with Major League Baseball

(ATR) President Riccardo Fraccari tells Around the Rings the International Baseball Federation is highly confident its bid for Olympic reinstatement will promise “strong representation of the best players” following key meetings with Major League Baseball. This story was originally published Oct. 10.

Federations Roundup - U.S. Speedskating Coaches Resign; Judo, U.N. Partner

(ATR) Short track coach Jae Su Chun, assistant Jun Hyung Yeo announce resignations, accept suspensions through Sochi 2014 ... IJF signs cooperation agreement with United Nations ... IAAF Centenary Historic Exhibition opens ... Softball develops in Iran ... More inside this Federations Roundup ...

Baseball, Softball Meet with Major League Baseball

(ATR) President Riccardo Fraccari tells Around the Rings the International Baseball Federation is highly confident its bid for Olympic reinstatement will promise “strong representation of the best players” following key meetings with Major League Baseball.

Softball, Baseball "A Ways Apart"; Triathlon Opener; Women's Ice Hockey Worlds

(ATR) Softball and baseball no closer to ironing out differences in draft proposal, Around the Rings is told ... Semifinals set at women's ice hockey worlds ... Triathlon opens showcase series in Sydney ...

Exclusive - Softball, Baseball Edge Closer to Joint Olympic Bid

(ATR) The international federations for baseball and softball appear close to signing a merger that would include a  bid to return to the Olympics. ATR's Mark Bisson reports.

On the Scene -- Pan Am Assembly Heads to Finish

(ATR) The Pan American Sports Organization closes its general assembly in Mexico City Thursday, it's leadership for the next four years in place. Ed Hula III reports…

Federations Roundup - New Indoor Mark for Isinbayeva; Deadline for Softball, Baseball

(ATR) Pole vault champion breaks own indoor world record ... Softball president tells Around the Rings he's awaiting reply from baseball ahead of a soft mid-March deadline ... Triathlon confirms Olympic schedule ...

On the Scene - Olympic Movement Confronts "Last Barrier" for Women and Sport

(ATR) Anita DeFrantz tells Around the Rings gender inequity among leadership positions is the “last barrier” to her work chairing the IOC Women and Sport Commission. ATR's Matthew Grayson reports from Los Angeles.

Hayatou Faces IOC Sanctions; Softball Congress Split About Baseball Alliance

(ATR) Ethics Commission to report next month on African football boss ... Softball president tells Around the Rings the consensus is to keep talking ... China breaks ground on Juan Antonio Samaranch museum.

Big Turnout Projected For ISF Congress

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for Baseball-Softball Olympic Alliance

(ATR) The leaders of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation tell Around the Rings they will not dive headfirst into a joint bid for Olympic reinstatement.

Softball President Lauds Sochi's Flame Plans

Baseball, Softball Play Nice; FINA Awards Two World Champs

(ATR) Federations share hospitality suite ... Russia, Mexico next in line for aquatics championships ... Rio ready for Military World Games ... Atlanta paper cleared of wrongdoing in Richard Jewell suit ...

Leaders Gather to Discuss Power of Sport for Social Change

Tuesday Talk -- Softball President on Baseball Partnership, Joint Olympics Return

(ATR) International Softball Federation president Don Porter tells Around the Rings nothing is set in stone – including the name softball itself – as he partners with baseball for another Olympic pitch.

Updated - Monday Memo -- IOC Delays Launch of 2020 Race; Olympic Bids to Lausanne

(ATR) The IOC delays the launch of bidding for the 2020 Olympics by one week ... Cities bidding for 2018 head to Lausanne ... 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route set to be unveiled ... All ahead this week from Around the Rings ...

OKC and ASA to host International Softball Federation Congress October 27-31

Softball and Baseball Await IOC Green Light for Joint Olympic Bid

(ATR) The president of the International Softball Federation tells Around the Rings he is hoping the IOC will look kindly on a plan to team up with baseball to get on the 2020 Olympics program.

Newsdesk-- Kuwait Meets IOC; Softball President Re-Elected

(ATR) Kuwait sports leaders meet with IOC in Lausanne... Softball federation drafts new constitution and re-elects a president ... Rwanda sets national Olympic committee elections.

On the Scene: African NOCs Meet in Abuja

(ATR) A massive five-star hotel in Abuja, Nigeria plays host to the movers and shakers of the Olympic Movement in Africa over the next two days including the bids for the 2016 Olympics. ATR's Karen Rosen reports from the meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

On the Scene: Olympic Sports Hopefuls Wait for Decision

(ATR) Leaders of the seven sports hoping to join the Olympics now wait to hear whether they make a short list of two finalists.