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Captain of Iran's Persepolis football team dies of cardiac arrest

- Iranian soccer player Hadi Norouzi has lost his life after suffering a heart attack, in what has been described as the second tragedy to strike the Islamic Republic's soccer in nearly a month. - 10/2/15

Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', league official claims

- Eight of Iran's women's football team 'are men', it has been claimed. The Iranian FA has been branded 'unethical', after it was alleged the players were actually men awaiting sex change operations. -Mirror, UK - 10/1/15

Hawks Add Arsalan Kazemi To Training Camp Roster

- The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed forward Arsalan Kazemi (are-suh-lahn kah-ZEE-me) to a contract, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. - 9/30/15

Iran: No government fanfare for victorious women's futsal team

- The Iranian Women's National Futsal team, which won the Asian Championship Cup last week, arrived in Tehran on Sunday September 27 without any reception from the country's Ministry of Sport. - 9/30/15

Iranian women win their first futsal championship

- Iran's women's national futsal team has lifted the trophy at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship in Malaysia following a victory over the Japanese side. - 9/27/15

Iranian female futsallers thrash Uzbekistan in AFC championship

- Iran women's national futsal team has romped to another emphatic win at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Futsal Championship in Malaysia, overwhelming Uzbekistan. - 9/23/15

Positive to Finish with Victory, Iran's Volleyball Coach Kovac Says

- Iranian national volleyball team's coach Slobodan Kovac said that to finish the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup with victory was positive. Iran defeated Egypt 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-23) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday. The Iranian team finished in eighth place in the tournament. - 9/23/15

Iran volleyballers lose to Australia in FIVB World Cup

- Iran's national volleyball team has sustained an astonishing loss today in the 2015 FIVB World Cup currently being held in Japan, going down to Australia by losing all 3 sets. - 9/21/15

Iranian Who Barred Soccer-Star Wife From Travel Says It's Private

- An Iranian man who barred his soccer-star spouse from playing in a tournament abroad has defended his actions and criticized foreign media for covering the case. Mehdi Toutounchi, a prominent sports journalist and television presenter, said he had to "take control" of the situation. - 9/19/15

Iranian Female Soccer Star Faces Husband-Imposed Travel Ban

- It's a man's world for Niloufar Ardalan, one of Iran's best female soccer players and known as Lady Goal for her on-field exploits in international women's Islamic tournaments. Ardalan says she will not be able to compete in an upcoming tournament in Malaysia because her husband has refused to grant her permission to travel abroad as required by Islamic laws enforced in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/15/15

Iranian freestyle wrestlers land in 2nd place in world wrestling championships

- Iran's national freestyle wrestling team has finished its campaign at the 12th edition of the World Wrestling Championships in the United States, taking the second place at the end of the prestigious international with no gold medal in tally. - 9/13/15

Russian volleyball team defeats Iran 3-0 in FIVB World Cup

- Iran men's national volleyball team has suffered a straight-set loss at the first round of the 2015 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Cup in Japan, slumping to the Russian side. On Sunday, the Iranian squad conceded a 3-0 (24-26, 18-25 and 20-25) defeat to Russia in a match staged at the Hamamatsu Arena in the western Japanese city of Hamamatsu. - 9/13/15

Iran blanks Venezuela with straight-sets win in FIVB World Cup

- Iran's national volleyball team has trounced Venezuela in straight sets at the first round of the 2015 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Cup currently being staged in Japan. - 9/10/15

Iranian football team blanks India in FIFA World Cup qualifier

- Iran's national soccer team has defeated India to register a much-deserved win in an AFC Second Round qualifier for 2018 FIFA World Cup. Team Melli thrashed its host 3-0 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in the southern city of Bangalore on Tuesday. The Iranian outfit had pummeled Guam 6-0 in its second Group D showdown at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on September 3, nearly three months after an away 1-1 tie against Turkmenistan in Daşoguz. - 9/9/15

Explanations demanded for Iranian football players' tattoos

- Ashkan Dejagah and Sardar Azmoon, two strikers on Iran's National Football team, have been summoned by the Ethics Committee of the Iranian Football Federation for revealing tattoos on their arms during the team's visit with Guam's football team. - 9/8/15

Iran basketball team crowned in 2015 William Jones Cup

- The Iranian national men's basketball team has finished first at the 2015 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, after pulling off an emphatic victory over Russian squad Spartak Primorye. - 9/7/15

Iran conquers Guam 6-0 in FIFA World Cup qualifier

- Iran men's national soccer team has demonstrated an outstanding performance in its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match staged on home soil, trouncing the squad from Guam - a US island territory in the Western Pacific - with a comfortable six-goal margin. - 9/4/15

Iran basketball team suffers defeat against US in William Jones Cup

- The Iranian national men's basketball team has suffered its first loss at the 2015 William Jones Cup in Taiwan, going down to USA Overtake Select squad. The Iranian side lost out to the American representative by 15 points (66-81) in a match played at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City on Wednesday. - 9/4/15

Photos: World soccer stars team sinks Iran's 3-0 in Tehran charity match

- The team of world's retired professional footballers has produced a dazzling performance against Iran's football stars of the past in a charity match, the proceeds of which went to the Iranian society that supports MS patients. - 8/29/15

Football: World Stars to Play Iranian Stars in Tehran Charity Match

- Players expected to participate in the World Stars team captained by Michel Salgado include Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro, Guti, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Vitor Baia, Bodo Illgner, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Steve McManaman, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Gaizka Mendieta, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Christian Karembeu, Boudewijn Zenden and Santiago Solari. - 8/27/15

FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship 2015: Colossal Rasoul opens the way to bronze medal for Iran

- An incredible tournament-high production of 40 points from Iranian star Rasoul Aghchehli ejected the Asians to a remarkable bronze medal as they won over previous champions Russia 3-1 (25-17, 26-28, 25-16, 25-23). - 8/24/15

Iran collects nine medals in Shotokan karate tournament

- Iranian male and female karate practitioners have received nine medals, including four gold ones, at the 12th edition of the World Shotokan Karate-Do Championship in Japan. - 8/24/15

In Iran, a Women's Soccer Revolution

- In a country where women aren't allowed to attend soccer games, the sport is taking off at the youth level--in part thanks to an Iranian-American -Bill Spindle, WSJ - 8/24/15

Germany's Bauermann picked as Iran's basketball coach

- Signing his contract with Iran's Basketball Federation, Dirk Bauermann became the head coach of Iran's national team. The former coach of Germany Dirk Bauermann was appointed as new head coach of Iran's national basketball team on Monday penning a three-month contract. - 7/7/15

Iran beats Russia with straight sets in FIVB World League

- Iran's national volleyball team has registered a straight-sets win against Russia in the 2015 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League. On Friday, the Iranian squad picked up a home victory and won the pool B match at the 12,000-seater hall of the Azadi Sports Complex in western Tehran in consecutive sets (25-21, 25-21 and 25-21). - 7/4/15

Iran sports body invites female reporters to cover volleyball showdown

- With only two games of the world volleyball league championships left to be played in Iran, Iran's Volleyball Federation has called on female reporters to arrive at Azadi Stadium on Friday and Saturday nights to cover the matches between Iran and Russia. - 7/4/15

Iranian Chess Grandmaster Crested at DC International 2015

- Iranian chess grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami stood on the top of the podium at DC International 2015. On Tuesday and in the last round of the blitz section of the 9 round Swiss competitions held in Washington DC, the 32-year-old Iranian national came first with the overall score of 7 out of 9. - 7/2/15

Poland volleyball team defeats Iran 3-1 in FIVB match in Tehran

- Poland's volleyball team has defeated Iran's squad in a pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League. The Iranian team lost the match against the world champion, disappointing over 12,000 fans in Tehran's indoor Azadi stadium on Sunday, - 6/29/15

Iranian volleyballers edge past Poland in 2015 FIVB World League

- The Iranian volleyball team has edged past world champion Poland in a Pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League. On Friday night, the Iranian squad defeated its guests 3-2 at Tehran's Azadi stadium, packed with more than 12,000 passionate fans. - 6/27/15

Host Iran blanks US volleyball team 3-0 in Tehran

- On Sunday, the Iranian squad defeated the reigning FIVB Volleyball World League champion in three straight sets (25-20, 25-21, 25-19), dealing them their second loss in this year's season in Tehran's Azadi stadium, packed with some 12,000 enthusiastic fans. - 6/22/15

Female Iranian Official Attacks Volleyball Ban

- A female Iranian vice president has criticized what she called "sanctimonious" men's groups, whose threats prevented women from watching Iran play the USA in a volleyball match. Although about 200 tickets were reportedly reserved for women at the Azadi sports complex in Tehran, security personnel around the stadium refused to allow any of them to see the match. - 6/21/15

FIVB World League: Iran volleyball team stuns US in Tehran

- Iran's national volleyball team has beaten US in straight sets in a Pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League. Iranian volleyballers landed the defending champions their first loss of the 2015 season to send a packed 12,000-seater Azadi stadium to cheers late on Friday night. - 6/20/15

Controversies haunt Iran's volleyball victory over US: Women barred from stadium

- Friday's game stirred controversies regarding the presence of female spectators in stadiums. Despite assurances from Hassan Rohani's advisor on Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, that women would be allowed to watch the game in the stadium, last week the minister of the interior announced that the ban on women in stadiums is still in effect. - 6/20/15

Iranian Hard-Liners Protest Women's Presence in Sports Stadiums

- Iranian hard-liners demonstrated in front of the Sports Ministry in Tehran on June 17 to protest the possible presence of women in sports stadiums. The protest followed reports that a limited number of Iranian women could be allowed to attend two upcoming international male volleyball matches, including one on June 19. - 6/18/15

Iran's Interior Minister announces persistence of ban on women in stadiums

- ISNA reported on Monday June 16 that according to Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, no new directives have been issued regarding women attending sports events in stadiums, and the authorities will continue to deal with the matter as they have in past. - 6/17/15

Wrestling's Curby Cup next move in US-Iran sports diplomacy

- American wrestler Jacob Curby died before he could fulfill his dream of competing in the Olympics. But a competition established in his name will mark another milestone in the accelerating sports diplomacy between Iran and the United States. -Barbara Slavin, Al Monitor - 6/16/15

Iran volleyball team defeats Russia giants again

- Iran's national volleyball team have served Russia's title-toting Olympians their second back-to-back defeat, taking on the giants in the fifth week of FIVB Volleyball World League 2015. The Sunday clash saw Iran trouncing Russia in three successive sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) in Kazan, Russia, bagging a total of seven points. - 6/15/15

Head of Iranian police defends barring women from stadiums

- "These days we are being criticized for preventing women from entering sports stadiums or canceling concerts, while many of these actions are carried out under legal warrants and we are merely acting within the limits of the law," Ashtari said in a meeting with Ayatollah Makarrem Shirazi, a senior member of the clergy. - 6/15/15

Iran: Hardliners to work against lifting of ban on women in stadiums

- After years of debate over the attendance of Iranian women at sports venues to watch athletic events, and recent announcements by the administration that the ban against their presence is now lifted, extremists in the Islamic Republic establishment have begun a campaign to exclude women from entering sports stadiums. - 6/13/15

Behnaz Shafiei rides bikes against laws and convention in Iran

- Women are banned from riding motorcycles in public in Iran, but Behnaz Shafiei is working hard to break the status quo. -The 26-year-old has been riding for 15 years and, under the veil of her helmet, is regularly thought to be a man by onlookers. -BBC - 6/12/15

Mike Rostampour: A rising basketball player

- Following is an interview with Michael Maziar Rostampour, a young Iranian-American and a rising basketball player: "Life inspires me. Every day I have two goals. To be the best person I can be, and to be the best basketball player I can be. I truly believe I will play in the NBA some day soon; whether it is next year or in 5 years. That is the ultimate goal and that is where I know I will be. I believe that in my heart and soul." - 6/10/15

Young Iranians find their footing high above ground in the extreme sport of slacklining

- Kiavash Sharifi can hardly describe the feeling of tip-toeing across an abyss on a thin ribbon of webbing that bends ever so slightly downward. He's part of "Iran Slackline," a group of friends who have had to find their own footing in a country with no formal institutions for the sport. They must make much of their equipment by hand or acquire it abroad -- including safety devices. -AP - 6/5/15

Iranian woman breaks new ground by joining wrestling body

- Farnaz Panahizadeh is the first Iranian woman to become a member of the international wrestling federation's Women and Sport Commission. Panahizadeh is the head of the international department of the Wrestling Federation in Tehran and is the first Iranian woman to serve on a United World Wrestling commission. - 6/2/15

FIVB World League: Iran volleyball squad defeated by host US in Los Angles

- Iranian men's national volleyball team has been defeated by host US in the second match of the 2015 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League. Iran is set to take on Poland on June 5 and 6 and will play against Russia on June 13 and 14. - 6/1/15

First Christian football captain in Iran as Rouhani puts focus on minorities

- "I'm happy that as a Christian I play in a Muslim team," Andranik Teymourian said in a recent interview. "I have Armenian roots but I hold the Iranian passport and I'm proud of that, I hold my flag high. I hope I can enhance the good reputation of Armenian people in Iran." -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 6/1/15

Iran wins international water polo title after beating Uruguay in final

- Iran's national water polo team has won the 5th edition of the FINA World Men's Water Polo Development Trophy held in the Iranian capital of Tehran after overpowering their strong rivals Uruguay 13-5 in the final. - 5/30/15

Sepp Blatter reelected FIFA president amid scandal

- Sepp Blatter has secured another term as the president of soccer's world governing body, FIFA, despite an ongoing scandal crippling the organization. Blatter won the highest seat in FIFA on Friday after his sole challenger Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan withdrew in the second round of voting. - 5/30/15

Iran's Persepolis bids farewell to AFC Champion League after loss to Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal

- Iran's Persepolis lost to Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal 3-0 in the AFC Champions League's round of 8. Suffered from a late defeat to Persepolis in Tehran, Al-Hilal won the Iranian club team 3-0 Tuesday night in Riyadh's King Fahad Stadium. - 5/27/15

One female allowed into stadium to watch Iranian soccer favourites

- There was only one female spectator in Azadi Stadium for the 80th match-up between Iran's two most popular soccer teams, Persepolis and Esteghlal, and she was a documentary filmmaker attending the game in connection with her work. - 5/16/15

Nepal quake spares Iranian mountaineers, girls football team

- The Iran Mountaineering Federation expressed regret about the death of several mountaineers in the Nepal earthquake and announced that the three Iranian mountaineers in the Himalayas have not been harmed. - 4/26/15

FIVB Volleyball Men's World League 2015: U.S. to host Iran in Los Angeles

- The U.S. Men's Volleyball Team, the 2014 FIVB World League champion, will begin defense of the title in Southern California and Hoffman Estates, Ill., this summer. USA Volleyball will host Iran at the Galen Center in Los Angeles (May 30-31) - 4/21/15

Princesses of Persia: Unveiling Iran's Female Ninja 'Assassins'

- Sputnik unravels the truth about Iran's all-female squad of martial artists three years after Western media published a story claiming Tehran was training ninjas to kill enemies of the Islamic Republic. - 4/18/15

Rugby a surprise boost for Iran's underprivileged girls

- Rugby is a very rare sport in Iran, and it's even rarer for women and children. But a NGO working with girls from rough neighbourhoods has found that the sport is boosting their self-esteem in ways they hadn't predicted. -France24 - 4/17/15

Iran pitted against Oman in 2018 World Cup qualifiers

- Team Iran avoided a difficult group in its Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying draw in the ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. Iran has been drawn with Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam in Group D. - 4/15/15

Iran beats the United States to win the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup

- Iranian wrestlers overpowered the US squad competing on home soil to win the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup. Iran's wrestling team managed to beat the Americans 5-3 on Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles to win the prestigious international title for a fourth time in a row. - 4/13/15

Prominent Iranian Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

- Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. - 4/11/15

Iranians to wrestle in Freestyle World Cup 2015 in Los Angeles

- Iran national freestyle wrestling team headed to Los Angeles this morning to attend the FILA Freestyle World Cup 2015 (April 11-12). After a preparation session yesterday the team departed Tehran for Moscow. The wrestlers will then fly to Los Angeles and will arrive in place two days before weight grouping session. - 4/9/15

Iranian women not allowed to attend sports events: Official

- Just a few hours after Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi said that female fans have been allowed to attend sporting events, an Interior Ministry official denied any plan has been confirmed so far. - 4/6/15

Iran To Ease Ban On Women Attending Sports Matches

- Iranian authorities say they will partially lift a ban on women attending men's sports matches. The official IRNA news agency quoted Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi as saying on April 4 that Iran's State Security Council had approved a plan by his ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events. - 4/5/15

Irans's National Football coach grounded for tax evasion

- Carlos Queiroz, the Portuguese head coach of Iran's National Football Team, has been banned from leaving Iran on the charge of tax evasion. Queiroz was reportedly informed of the travel ban at Imam Khomeini International Airport, as he was setting out for Austria with the national team to take part in two friendly games, but he has now returned to Tehran. - 3/22/15

Iran fails in bid for Asian football championship

- Iran has lost its bid to host the 2019 Asian Football Cup. It was announced in Bahrain on Monday March 9 that the UAE will host the championship. In the preliminary stages, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Thailand were in the running along with Iran and the UAE, but after a number of withdrawals in the final stages, the choice remained between Iran and the UAE. - 3/10/15

FIFA Head Urges Iran To Let Women Into Stadiums

- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Iran's ban on women attending football matches is "intolerable" and should be lifted. Blatter wrote in FIFA's weekly magazine published on March 6 that he raised the issue with Iranian President Hassan Rohani more than one year ago but that "nothing has happened." Blatter said the ban "cannot continue." - 3/6/15

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In a letter addressed to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Swiss-based organization responsible for administering the World Cup soccer competitions, 190 Iranian activists have asked FIFA to suspend Iran's membership in FIFA, in response to the Iranian government's ban on the presence of Iranian women in soccer stadiums. - 2/26/15

Iran sabre team comes 8th in Fencing World Cup

- Iran sabre team finished in eighth place in the Fencing World Cup held in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday. Iran started the campaign with a 45-20 victory over Chile in the Round of 32. Iran beat the U.S. 45-39 in Round of 16 but lost to Italy 45-39 in the quarter-final. - 2/24/15

Iran takes the 3rd place at Greco-Roman World Cup in Tehran

- The Iranian wrestling team defeated Turkey at the Greco-Roman World Cup and finished in third place. In the third-fourth match held at the Azadi Complex on Friday, the Iranian wrestling team defeated Turkey 6-2 and came third. - 2/21/15

U.S. Greco-Roman coach Lindland praises Iranian wrestlers

- The U.S. Greco-Roman coach Matt Lindland praised the Iranian wrestlers ahead of the 35th International Senior Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Pahlavani Wrestling "Takhti Cup". The top U.S. wrestler competing is 2012 Olympian Ben Provisor along with two other young stars, namely Ryan Mango and Brian Graham. - 2/12/15

Netherlands wins Indoor Hockey World Cup, Iran finishes 4th

- In the third-fourth place match, Iran lost to host Germany 13-2 and finished in fourth place. The Iranian team finished fourth but surpassed all expectations. - 2/9/15

Iranian wrestlers win gold medals at Paris Grand Prix

- Junior world champions from Iran claimed three gold medals in the final day of the Paris Grand Prix wrestling tournament. Iran finished in a tie for second with USA and Poland with 56 points. Azerbaijan won the team title in men's freestyle with 67 points. - 2/3/15

Carlos Queiroz to stay in Iran as national team's football coach

- Carlos Queiroz is going to stay as Iran football coach until the end of the 2018 World Cup. Team Iran failed to advance to the 2015 Asian Cup semi-final under tutelage of the Portuguese coach, being beaten by Iraq 7-6 on penalties. - 1/28/15

Iran loses to Iraq in penalties, misses Asian Cup semis

- Iranian national football team has missed the chance to play in the Asian Cup semifinals after it suffered a defeat to Iraq in the penalty shootouts. The two west Asian neighbors faced each other in Canberra Stadium on Friday in the most fascinating match of the competition that saw Iraqi eagles win the game 7-6 in the penalty shootouts. - 1/23/15

Iran football players warned: Don't take selfies with female fans in Australia

- Iranian football players have been warned not to take selfies with female fans in Australia, as it is against the country's "moral principles." The Telegraph reported that officials in Iran have been shocked at the dress code of local Australian women, which starkly contrasts with strict Islamic-dress requirements -Mashable - 1/21/15

Photos: Gucci shines as Iran wins group contest in Asian Cup

- Iran has defeated United Arab Emirates 1-0 to win the group stage of the Asian cup Australia 2015. A late header by Reza Ghoochannejad put Carlos Queiroz's men on top of group C of the games in Brisbane on Monday. - 1/19/15

Azmoun's goal against Qatar sends Iran through Asian Cup quarterfinals

- Iran has made it two wins out of two games in the AFC Asian Cup 2015 with a sole goal from Sardar Azmoun proving enough to send Iran through to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Iran overpowered Qatar 1-0 in its second match of the competition Thursday in a hard-fought match in Sydney. - 1/15/15

Carlos Queiroz: Iranian footballers "victimized" by politics

- The former Real Madrid and Portugal coach, has seen his team play only two matches since last year's World Cup. "It's been very difficult," Queiroz told AFP. "We suffer a lot to prepare friendly games and to move internationally to prepare the team and players. After the World Cup the situation is getting worse and worse. The players are victimized by the limitations of the sanctions." - 1/13/15

Photos: Iran defeats Bahrain 2-0 in AFC Cup opening match

- The Iranian men's national football team has earned a hard-fought victory in the opening match at the 16th edition of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup in Australia, defeating the Bahraini side 2-0. - 1/11/15
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