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UEFA picks Germany to host EURO 2024

UEFA picks Germany to host EURO 2024

UEFA, football's top governing body in Europe, on Thursday picked Germany to host the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship. According to UEFA, Germany received 12 votes and Turkey, four. There was one abstention.  After congratulating both football associations for...

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Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world's best

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world's best

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions...

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Harry Kane admits he has been below par for Tottenham

Harry Kane admits he has been below par for Tottenham

Harry Kane admits he has fallen below his own high standards this season but said he welcomes the intense public scrutiny of his game. The Tottenham striker ended a five-game goalless run for club and country when he put his side ahead from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win at Brighton -- a...

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Hearts miss chance to bolster title bid

Hearts miss chance to bolster title bid

Hearts dropped their first points in the Scottish Premiership this season as the leaders were held to a goalless draw by Livingston on Saturday. Having enjoyed five successive wins, Hearts were left frustrated by missed chances at Tynecastle. They saw a first-half penalty from Steven...

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 Pakistan and Afghanistan players fined in Asia Cup: ICC

Pakistan and Afghanistan players fined in Asia Cup: ICC

rs fined in Asia Cup: ICC         inShare   © AFP/File | Hasan Ali celebrated as Pakistan beat Afghanistan but he has now been fined 15 per cent of his match fee DUBAI (AFP) -  Pakistan's paceman Hasan Ali and Afghanistan's Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan have...

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Man City's record scorer Aguero extends stay

Man City's record scorer Aguero extends stay

Manchester City's record goalscorer Sergio Aguero extended his stay with the Premier League champions on Friday, signing a one-year contract extension. The 30-year-old Argentina international -- who broke the record last season and whose tally stands at 204 -- put pen to paper on a deal...

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Barcelona model inspires British billionaire's sports dream

Barcelona model inspires British billionaire's sports dream

When British billionaire Steve Lansdown got fed up with his home town of Bristol being treated as a sporting joke he set out to put that right -- modelling his vision on mighty Barcelona. The 66-year-old, who made his fortune in financial services, said his main motivation for buying...

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Durham hope North stars as cricket chief

Durham hope North stars as cricket chief

Former Australia batsman Marcus North is to return to English county Durham for a second time, with the club appointing him as their director of cricket. The 39-year-old -- who played in 21 Tests, scoring five centuries -- represented Durham in 2004, recording a highest score of 219....

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North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

North and South Korea to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

North and South Korea will bid jointly for the 2032 Olympics, they announced Wednesday, in an ambitious plan built on hopes of deepening a diplomatic thaw catalysed by this year's Winter Games in the South. The idea, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust...

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Persepolis break Duhail hearts with stirring fightback

Persepolis break Duhail hearts with stirring fightback

Iranian giants Persepolis broke Al Duhails sequence of nine straight victories to storm into the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League with a stirring come-from-behind 3-2 aggregate win on Monday. Persepolis staged a remarkable second half recovery in Tehran. Trailing 1-0...

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Classy France into Davis Cup final, USA fight back in Croatia

Classy France into Davis Cup final, USA fight back in Croatia

France captain Yannick Noah said he "deserved a beer" to celebrate his defending Davis Cup champions' seamless progress past Spain and into their second successive final on Saturday. Who France will face in November will be determined on Sunday, with the United States winning their...

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Liverpool punish sloppy Spurs for fifth straight win

Liverpool punish sloppy Spurs for fifth straight win

Liverpool extended their perfect start to the season as goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino ensured the Premier League leaders punished woeful Tottenham with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp's side avenged last season's 4-1 thrashing at Tottenham with a large helping hand...

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Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Three men held for five months over a shocking underage sex abuse scandal in Argentine football have been released, one of the defendants said on Friday. Referee Martin Bustos, football agent Alberto Ponte, and public relations agent Leonardo Cohen Arazi, all accused of grooming, were...

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Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia

Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia

Australia is by most measures one of the world's most successful multicultural societies, but a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has rekindled accusations it is also inveterately racist. Australia should be a poster-child for diversity: One-in-two Australians has a parent born...

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Tortorella inks two-year extension to coach NHL Blue Jackets

Tortorella inks two-year extension to coach NHL Blue Jackets

John Tortorella, who coached the Columbus Blue Jackets to first-round playoff losses to the eventual NHL champions the past two seasons, signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday, the club announced. The deal, which keeps the 60-year-old American behind the Columbus bench through...

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Kane, Salah in spotlight as struggling stars clash

Kane, Salah in spotlight as struggling stars clash

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have the perfect stage to end their unexpected slumps when the superstar strikers go head to head at Wembley on Saturday. Just four months ago, Tottenham striker Kane and Liverpool forward Salah were being hailed as Europe's most feared marksmen after the...

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Russian World Cup hero Cheryshev in doping probe

Russian World Cup hero Cheryshev in doping probe

Spain's anti-doping agency said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Valencia's Russian striker Denis Cheryshev, one of the revelations of the 2018 World Cup. The announcement comes after a Russian publication quoted the player's father, Dmitri, as saying in June 2017 that Cheryshev...

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Andre Silva lifts Portugal past Italy in Nations League

Andre Silva lifts Portugal past Italy in Nations League

Andre Silva scored the only goal as European champions Portugal -- without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo -- got their Nations League campaign off the mark with a 1-0 win over Italy in Lisbon on Monday. Ronaldo, 33, had been left out of the squad at his own request to focus on his new...

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