Enrique supports decision to skip FIFA awards

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gave his full support Tuesday to his players’ decision not to attend FIFA’s awards ceremony. Luis Enrique said he was “100

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

FIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America. President

Ronaldo wins best player award for 4th time 

Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award yesterday (Macau time). The double European champion with

NFL | Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter arrested after game

Joe Mandak, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was charged yesterday with assaulting a doorman at a Pittsburgh bar and a police officer who

Spanish league | Messi saves Barcelona from 2nd straight loss

Lionel Messi saved Barcelona from its second straight defeat by scoring with a 90th-minute free kick in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in the Spanish

Golf | Thomas holds on to beat Matsuyama at Kapalua

Justin Thomas knew he was playing well enough to start the year with a victory in the SBS Tournament of Champions. He just didn’t expect to have to

Northampton over North head injury

World Rugby criticized English club Northampton’s failure to properly manage George North’s head injury, saying yesterday the team did not correctly identify the problem. North,

Tennis | Fun and games, Dimitrov finds a way to break title drought

Grigor Dimitrov concentrated on fun and games at the season-opening Brisbane International, looking for something a bit different to his regular routine. It turns out, that’s what

FIFA set to approve bigger, richer World Cup tomorrow

Graham Dunbar F IFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality foot- ball. FIFA

Real Madrid matches Barcelona’s record of 39 unbeaten games

Real Madrid tied Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing Granada 5-0 in La Liga on Saturday. Francisco “Isco” Alarcon scored

Spanish King’s Cup | James Rodriguez comes through for Madrid

James Rodriguez made the most of a rare start for Real Madrid yesterday , scoring twice in a convincing 3-0 win over Sevilla in a first-leg

Kang left off S.Korea’s WBC team amid DUI allegations 

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been left off South Korea’s roster for the World Baseball Classic while he remains subject to a criminal investigation into

Briefs | FOOTBALL – Hull hires Marco Silva as manager

Hull hired Marco Silva to manage the relegation-threatened Premier League club yesterday. The 39-year-old Portuguese coach, who has no previous experience in English football, succeeds Mike

Tennis Serena, Venus Williams forced out of ASB Classic

Serena Williams was knocked out of the ASB Tennis Classic yesterday, reducing her match practice for the upcoming Australian Open, while sister Venus withdrew due to injury.

Angela Lee to defend title against Huang in Thailand

Hawaiian Angela Lee will defend her women’s atomweight title against Taiwan’s Jenny Huang when ONE Championship hosts its second mixed martial arts promotion in Thailand on March 11.

Football | Axel Witsel completes transfer to Tianjin

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel has become the latest Europe-based player to move to the Chinese Super League. Zenit St. Petersburg said yesterday in a statement that