Feb 5, 2017

Usually sweltering Qatar suffers its coldest ever day

The desert state of Qatar recorded the lowest ever temperature in the country’s history Sunday — just 1.5 degrees Celsius — according to a statement posted online by state media. Abu Samra weather station in the southwest of the country recorded the temperature, equivalent ...

Mayer victorious in super-G

Jan 21, 2017

Mayer victorious in super-G

Matthias Mayer finally managed to get over last season’s horrifying downhill crash, giving the host country a winning start to the traditional Hahnenkamm races on Friday. The Olympic downhill champion wore a protective air bag system but still broke two vertebrae as his body ...

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

Jan 11, 2017

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation said Wednesday that the continent deserves to be among the chief recipients of extra World Cup places following FIFA’s decision to expand the event to 48 teams. All confederations will be eager to capture as many as possible of the ...

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

Dec 17, 2016

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Saturday claimed there are “no down sides” to expanding the World Cup to 48 teams and “no taboos” in discussing changes to soccer’s flagship competition. Infantino has proposed increasing the number of teams at the World Cup from the ...

Jun 10, 2016

Pele mementos big hit at auction

The three-day sale of memorabilia belonging to world soccer icon Pele ended in London on Thursday with the artifacts sold for the princely total of £3.4 million ($5 million). The final day of the sale — held in London but under the banner of ...

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Jun 2, 2016

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Insisting “everyone needs money,” Pele took a lingering look at a lifetime of medals, trinkets and memorabilia that auctioneers hope will generate around $7 million. Everything from a replica of the World Cup — a 1970 gift from FIFA after winning the soccer showpiece ...

United falls to West Ham after bus attack

May 11, 2016

United falls to West Ham after bus attack

Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League soccer took a hit on Tuesday in a 3-2 defeat at West Ham that followed an attack on the visiting team’s bus as it arrived for the match. Objects were thrown as the bus reached the stadium for ...

May 4, 2016

World Cup winner Toni announces retirement

World Cup winner Luca Toni says he will retire after Sunday’s match against Serie A champion Juventus. The 38-year-old Hellas Verona striker says “this has been the worst year of my career. Maybe I wouldn’t stop if we had had a good season.” Verona ...

Mar 16, 2016

FIFA admits to World Cup hosting bribes, asks for money back

While acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking to claim “tens of millions of dollars” in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors. FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney’s Office ...

Gut retakes World Cup lead as Vonn crashes out

Feb 20, 2016

Gut retakes World Cup lead as Vonn crashes out

Lindsey Vonn was incensed after losing her ski and the World Cup lead in a tricky downhill Friday, frustrated and fuming over her equipment “My ski came off,” she said, underlining her anger with an expletive. Swiss rival Lara Gut won and moved 13 ...

Jansrud edges Svindal to win super-combined

Jan 16, 2016

Jansrud edges Svindal to win super-combined

Norway keeps racing toward a historically successful World Cup season. Kjetil Jansrud edged teammate Aksel Lund Svindal to win a combined event that favored downhill racers on Friday, needing an acrobatic recovery to avoid a near wipeout in the final slalom section to win ...