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Don Porter, 90, Brought Softball to Olympics

(ATR) Don Porter was a tireless campaigner for women’s softball in the Olympics.

Creation of WBSC and combined body has boosted baseball/softball's global status, says President Fraccari

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.

IBAF RECEIVES UNANIMOUS APPROVAL ON MERGER WITH ISF

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.

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 ...

Monday Memo - Aquatics Convention; Softball Decision; Peace and Sport

(ATR) FINA stages World Aquatics Convention  ... Softball votes on baseball merger ... Peace and Sport heads to Sochi ... All that and more ahead this week from Around the Rings ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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 - 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 ...

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" ...

FIBA Unfazed About London 2012, NBA Lockout Link; Softball Congress Convenes

(ATR) FIBA tells Around the Rings the quality of competition present at the London Olympics is not in danger ... Softball-baseball alliance up for debate in Oklahoma City ... FIFA nets $1.85 billion in TV rights.

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 ...

Federations React to IOC's Shortlist of New Sports

(ATR) Sport federations tell Around the Rings there is a long road to Olympic inclusion… Sports that missed out express disappointment.

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.

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.

Sponsor Spotlight -- Coke and the Paras; 2012 Sponsors Happy

(ATR) Coke to sponsor 2012 Paralympics ... London 2012 sponsors welcome progress in Games preparations ... Helios and the International Softball Federation team up

On the Move, Softball Prsident Comments on Finch Retirement

Zeros Erased Over WWC Day 2's Ten Games