Former IBAF Vice President, Japan baseball leader Masatake Matsuda dies

On-the-Scene Photodesk - Baseball, Softball Launch Olympics Bid

(ATR) Around the Rings was on the scene in Tokyo for the 27th IBAF Ordinary Congress and the formation of the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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 Present Unified Vision for the 2020 Olympic Games

New Governor for Tokyo; New Name for Baseball, Softball

(ATR) Tokyo 2020 welcomes governor ... Baseball, softball announce new federation name ... Brazil opens first World Cup stadium ... Glasgow YOG details ... Rio staff additions ... More inside this Olympic Newsdesk ...

IBAF RECEIVES UNANIMOUS APPROVAL ON MERGER WITH ISF

Baseball Approves Softball Merger; FINA Awards 2016 Short-Course World Champs

(ATR) Baseball's postal vote proves unanimous ... World Swimming Championships (25m) head to Windsor, Canada ... Tennis reconsiders rules for Rio Olympics ... More inside this Federations Roundup ...

Baseball, Softball Engage Helios, Meet with IOC

(ATR) Leaders of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation tell Around the Rings “a new, united IF” will be reflected in their merged logo, constitution and IOC presentation, all of which are in the works.

IBAF-ISF quick to agree on first order of business, engage Olympic bid strategist Helios Partners

Softball OKs Baseball Merger; Peterkin Talks PASO; Hurricane Sandy Hits USOC

(ATR) International Softball Federation approves ongoing merger for joint Olympics bid ... IOC member from St. Lucia explains potential presidential platform ... Storm closes two USOC offices ... More inside this Olympic Newsdesk ...

Baseball Heavy Hitter Tells Olympics Backstory

(ATR) Peter O’Malley tells Around the Rings he’s confident the leaders of Major League Baseball will do “everything possible” to ensure Olympic reinstatement.

IBAF AND ISF SIGN MOU: MERGER PLANS MOVE FORWARD

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.

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.

IBAF, MLB Agree World Baseball Classic Winners Now World Champions

(ATR) President of International Baseball Federation talks World Baseball Classic, bid for Olympic reinstatement ... Russia 2018 hands over World Cup host cities report to FIFA ... More inside this Federations Roundup ...

Baseball Readies for IOC Inspection; Merger with Softball Moves Ahead

(ATR) International Baseball Federation president Riccardo Fraccari tells Around the Rings this weekend’s World Baseball Classic qualifier in Regensburg, Germany will get some special guests ... Update on merger with International Softball Federation also inside ...

Baseball, Softball Merger Ahead

(ATR) Leaders of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation tell Around the Rings they have the IOC green-light to move forward with a merger and bid together for 2020.

Revenue-Sharing, Baseball-Softball Discussion Top IOC EB Agenda

(ATR) The IOC Executive Board ties up loose ends, including revenue-sharing negotiations with the U.S. Olympic Committee. ATR's Matthew Grayson reports from Quebec City, where a USOC press conference is now expected for Thursday afternoon ...

SportAccord Newsdesk - Summer Feds Vote; Sheikh Spotting; Host Hospitality

(ATR) A crucial election on the opening day of SportAccord Quebec. Ed Hula and Matthew Grayson report ...

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.

Federations Roundup - First "Fair" Election for Volleyball; Softball, Baseball Near MOU

(ATR) Volleyball president tells Around the Rings the FIVB is in store for its first-ever democratic election ... Softball, baseball leaders tell ATR they're nearing a Memorandum of Understanding ... SportAccord speakers ... Triathlon opener ...

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 ...

Innsbruck 2012 Torch Relay; New Madrid Mayor; Rogge on Greek Debt, Athens Games

(ATR) Olympic flame begins 18-day jaunt around Austria ... IOC president says 2004 Olympics "played their part" in debt crisis ... New mayor backs Madrid 2020 ... Judo champ faces rape charges.

London 2012 Ceremonies Budget Doubles; SportAccord Unveils Convention Theme

(ATR) Olympic organizers tell Around the Rings British government committed the additional funds to boost tourism and business ... Baseball reorders event lineup ... SportAccord focuses on past, future for 2012 convention.

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.

Federations Roundup - Squash Launches 2020 Campaign; Softball Talks Baseball

(ATR) Squash kicks off campaign for Olympic reinstatement ... Softball gauges opinions of member federations regarding baseball alliance ... Modern pentathlon crowns "champion of champions" ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

Softball, Baseball Explore Joint Olympics Return

(ATR) The international federations for softball and baseball may join forces to get their sports back on the Olympic program.

Olympic Newsdesk - Turkey pays off Bulgaria for Weightlifter, IBAF elects president

(ATR)The Turkish government paid Bulgaria for a weightlifter... Baseball federation elects new president ... Vote for Youth Olympic Games medals opens ... .

Fraccari Elected IBAF President

Federations Roundup -- Baseball Elections, Ice Hockey Champions League

(ATR) Two candidates aim to lead baseball federation in post-Olympic era...Ice Hockey discusses re-launch of European Champions League...Skiing federation adds two more Web sites...

Seven Sports for 2016 Olympics: Baseball

(ATR) Around the Rings presents the case for baseball in the Olympics in a Q&A with IBAF President Harvey Schiller, part of a week-long series featuring the seven sports vying for two open spots in the 2016 Olympics.

World Sports Briefs: Football Win Provokes Mayhem, Ohuruogu Honors, Michael Jordan for Chicago 2016

(ATR) The triumph of Barcelona in the Champions League takes a nasty turn, a British Olympian is now an MBE, Michael Jordan for Chicago 2016 and Tanzania deals with the aftermath of its boxing federation chief's drug smuggling...

Olympic Briefs -- ISU Reduces Olympic Judges; Lopiano to Head Women's Baseball

(ATR) International skating has voted to reduce the number of Olympic figure skating judges...Donna Lopiano is the new chair of the IBAF's women’s baseball committee

Olympic Briefs -- Generations for Peace Under Way, IBAF Considers Women's Baseball

(ATR) The Generations for Peace Camp is under way in the UAE...Baseball is mulling adding a women's discipline for 2016