Bhutan | FIFA’s lowest-ranked team advances in World Cup qualifying

The lowest-ranked team in world soccer won again yesterday and advanced to the second round of World Cup qualifying. Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom ranked 209th by FIFA, beat Sri Lanka

Analysis | F1: Mercedes’ dominance has rivals calling for rules reform

Mercedes’ Formula­ One chief Toto Wolff has suggested rival teams “moaning” about his team’s commanding success should put their heads down and work harder, following Mercedes’ domination of the Australian

Platini: Change at top of FIFA is ‘important’ for football

Change at FIFA is “important for foot-­ball,” UEFA President Michel Platini said yesterday in a recorded video interview two months before the world soccer body’s presidential election. Platini, a FIFA vice

Cricket | Terrorism, security issues mean no home matches for Pakistan

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz played his first limited-overs cricket international in 2008, in a vastly different era for cricket in Pakistan. A terrorist attack just over a year later in

China aims to see its football teams among world’s best

China’s Cabinet released a reform plan yesterday aimed at raising the level of football in the country, where poor international showings have been blamed on a history of corruption and

F1 | Hamilton leads 1-2 finish for Mercedes at Australian GP

Lewis Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg in a one-two finish for Mercedes at the Australian Grand Prix yesterday, as the team extended it 2014 dominance into the opening race of

Sports Views | Not every F1 season can or needs to be a classic

Anyone who tells you this new Formula One season will be a classic, packed full of thrilling uncertainties, is stretching the truth. The outcome — Mercedes’ super-quick cars again scooping

Boxing | Mayweather, Pacquiao agree to Olympic-level drug tests for bout

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao agreed to blood and urine testing ahead of their May 2 world- championship welterweight boxing match. A plan to have Mayweather, 38, and Pacquiao, 36,

Football | After Chelsea’s exit, English clubs face European humbling

Exiting the Champions League was painful for Jose Mourinho but there was no sense of injustice. The Chelsea manager was uncharacteristically restrained, with no attempt to excuse an abject performance

Rugby : 6N France | Coach makes 8 changes to face Italy, after loss to Wales

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has shaken up his side by making eight changes from the team which lost 20-13 at home to Wales for Sunday’s trip to play Italy —

Cricket | Sangakkara retiring from ODIs in style at World Cup

Kumar Sangakkara's record-setting performance at the Cricket World Cup just might help Sri Lanka move past its runner-up status at the last two tournaments. Sangakkara, who scored 124 runs yesterday against

UAE investigated for alleged fake endurance horse races

An investigation into alleged "ghost races" and faked results in endurance racing in the United Arab Emirates has been ordered by the International Equestrian Federation. The governing body said yesterday it

Basketball | Will hard season for college hoops take luster off playoffs?

On a cold night on Tobacco Road, North Carolina and Duke went back and forth in an overtime college basket-­ball thriller. It was gripping, edge-of-your seat stuff. Tense down to

Ex-Arsenal striker Park Chu-young returning to South Korea

Former Arsenal striker Park Chu-young is returning to his native South Korea to rejoin his former team, FC Seoul, in a move that could rejuvenate his career and boost the

Tennis | Davis Cup : Reports of racism mar Argentina’s Davis Cup win over Brazil

Argentina won the decisive singles match against Brazil on Monday to close out a dramatic Davis Cup encounter marred by reports of racist taunts by spectators during the longest singles

French sports world mourns athletes who died in crash

Olympic gold medalist Camille Muffat had retired from swimming to focus on her personal life, boxer Alexis Vastine had some unfinished business after two disappointing Olympics, and the beloved sailor

Cricket | India beats Ireland by 8 wickets to top World Cup Pool B

  India beat Ireland by eight wickets at the Cricket World Cup yesterday, remaining unbeaten after five matches to clinch its place atop Pool B while stalling Ireland’s celebrated push for

Football | Madrid looks to extend 2-0 Champions advantage over Schalke

No competition is more important for Real Madrid than the Champions League, and the squad will hope to ease recent doubts about its winning mindset when it hosts Schalke at

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