Unknown Hintermann captures combined race

Jan 14, 2017

Unknown Hintermann captures combined race

Wearing the No. 51 bib of a total longshot, Swiss skier Niels Hintermann took advantage of the starting order to win a World Cup Alpine combined race on Friday. Hintermann was 23rd-fastest in the morning slalom, and that proved the key to victory. With ...

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 ...

Moelgg ends eight-year wait with World Cup slalom win

Jan 6, 2017

Moelgg ends eight-year wait with World Cup slalom win

As soon as Italian veteran Manfred Moelgg crossed the line at a men’s World Cup night slalom on Thursday, Alberto Tomba pumped his fist in the finish area. The slalom great from the 1980s and ’90s was ecstatic for Moelgg ending an almost eight-year ...

Stuhec enjoying breakthrough year

Dec 18, 2016

Stuhec enjoying breakthrough year

Ilka Stuhec’s stunning start to the World Cup ski season is a family affair. After winning the downhill in Val d’Isere on Saturday — her third downhill win and fourth victory overall — she praised the person who looks after her skis. “It’s my ...

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 ...