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FIFA lifts three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

FIFA lifts three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football, a move hailed by the country's sports authorities Saturday as a boost for its most popular game. "We are allowing international matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala," FIFA president...

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Atletico Madrid claim Europa League quarter finals

Atletico Madrid claim Europa League quarter finals

Atletico Madrid from Spain claimed a ticket for the UEFA Europa League quarter finals after beating Russian opponents Lokomotiv Moscow 5-1 in Europa League Round of 16 second leg on Thursday evening. Hosted by Lokomotiv Moscow, Atletico Madrid took the lead in the 16th minute of the...

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'Make world a better place', Billie Jean King tells tennis stars

'Make world a better place', Billie Jean King tells tennis stars

SINGAPORE (AFP)- US tennis great Billie Jean King, a high-profile advocate of gender equality, has urged more players to take up causes off court and help "make this world a better place". King, the 74-year-old former world No. 1, said famous players have a global platform to speak out...

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Real Madrid defeat Paris Saint-Germain to reach Champions League last eight

Real Madrid defeat Paris Saint-Germain to reach Champions League last eight

Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro got the goals for Real Madrid as the holders won 2-1 away to a Paris Saint-Germain side missing Neymar to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. Ronaldo had scored twice -- including his 100th goal for Real in the competition...

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Fiorentina captain Astori dies at 31

Fiorentina captain Astori dies at 31

MILAN (Reuters)- Fiorentina captain and defender Davide Astori died of a sudden illness Sunday morning at the age of 31, the Serie A club said, leaving Italian football in a state of shock. Serie A announced that all of Sunday’s matches, including the derby between AC Milan and Inter...

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Super Salah continues remarkable Liverpool goal spree

Super Salah continues remarkable Liverpool goal spree

Mohamed Salah netted in a seventh successive match to continue the best scoring spree in Europe’s big five leagues as Liverpool defeated Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday. It was Salah’s 32nd goal in all competitions, and the 26th club match he has scored in, eclipsing the likes of Paris...

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Saudi Arabia's Pizzi optimistic despite World Cup challenges

Saudi Arabia's Pizzi optimistic despite World Cup challenges

HONG KONG (Reuters)- Antonio Pizzi has been given little time to prepare Saudi Arabia for their World Cup return and, with just over three months until they open the tournament against the hosts, the Argentine is continuing his search for solutions. Pizzi's side handed Moldova a 3-0...

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Syrian club president punches referee during match

Syrian club president punches referee during match

DAMASCUS (AFP)- A Syrian referee was punched several times by the president of top club side Tishreen on Friday during their bad-tempered first division home match against Al Nawaeir. Referee Zakariya Allouche abandoned the game after the astonishing turn of events in a clash which saw...

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Kane rescues Spurs with late winner at Palace

Kane rescues Spurs with late winner at Palace

Harry Kane struck late to secure Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace Sunday that moved Mauricio Pochettino's side into the top four immediately ahead of Chelsea's visit to Manchester United. Spurs appeared set for disappointment after struggling to break down a Crystal Palace...

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Record-breaker Bjoergen puts Norway top of final tally

Record-breaker Bjoergen puts Norway top of final tally

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Marit Bjoergen grabbed a record-extending 15th Winter Olympics medal as she won the 30km cross country to put Norway top of the final medals table in Pyeongchang Sunday. The cross-country legend, 37, signed off in style after a glittering Olympic career as she...

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Sex abuse claims could affect Olympic team: Austrian ski chief

Sex abuse claims could affect Olympic team: Austrian ski chief

Austria's skiing federation (OSV) president warned on Sunday that allegations of sexual abuse by former skiers against a retired coach could hurt the current Olympic team in Pyeongchang. If the allegations are proven, "an apology will clearly be necessary" Peter Schrocksnadel told...

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N. Korean ski coach says it's 'honor' to compete in Olympics

N. Korean ski coach says it's 'honor' to compete in Olympics

North Korea's Alpine skiing coach says it's an "honor" to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, though he doesn't expect much from any of his athletes. North Korea is sending 22 athletes, including three Alpine skiers, to the Pyeongchang Games thanks to special entries given by...

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Key events to watch from Pyeongchang

Key events to watch from Pyeongchang

The unified Korean women's hockey team took the spotlight on Day 1 - despite its 8-0 loss to Switzerland. Day 2 features the figure skating team event and the men's downhill. Here are some key things to watch. All times Eastern: FIGURE SKATING Prime time for TV in North...

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North Korean leader's sister to visit South Korea for winter Olympics: South Korea

North Korean leader's sister to visit South Korea for winter Olympics: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, will visit South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said on Wednesday. Pyongyang notified Seoul that Kim Yo Jong would be...

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Russia's athletes 'hugely disappointed' with IOC verdict: Olympics

Russia's athletes 'hugely disappointed' with IOC verdict: Olympics

Russia's Olympic Athletes Commission Tuesday expressed "huge disappointment" over the International Olympic Committee decision not to invite to Pyeongchang 15 Russian athletes and staff whose life bans for doping were lifted. The IOC ruled Monday that 13 Russian athletes and two...

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Federer beats Cilic in Aussie final; wins 20th major title

Federer beats Cilic in Aussie final; wins 20th major title

Back where his career resurgence began with a drought-breaking title last year, Roger Federer cried as he lifted and kissed the Australian Open trophy for a sixth time and celebrated his 20th Grand Slam title. Federer started with an intensity that stunned sixth-seeded Marin...

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Polish rescue team finds French climber on Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'

Polish rescue team finds French climber on Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'

WARSAW (Reuters) - After an exhausting night ascent a rescue mission found the French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol on the slopes of Pakistan’s treacherous “Killer Mountain”, but a Polish climber who had been with her remained missing, Poland’s winter climbing team said....

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FIFA looking for a lawyer to help its lead ethics prosecutor

FIFA looking for a lawyer to help its lead ethics prosecutor

FIFA is looking to recruit a lawyer with experience in South America to help its lead ethics prosecutor. FIFA says courtroom "experience gained in South America is a must" for a legal counsel whose duties will include briefing the "chairperson of the investigatory chamber" before...

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