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SOUTH Africa’s sports minister has denied that a USD10 million payment was a bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup. Fikile Mbalula told reporters in Johannesburg that the government wanted

Rugby | England flyhalf Cipriani arrested for alleged drink-driving

Cipriani, one of English rugby's most high-profile and talented players, was the driver of a car involved in a collision with another car in London early Monday, police said. When asked

Olympics | Massachusetts seeking financial review of Boston bid

Top political leaders in Massachusetts have appointed a Cambridge-based firm to conduct an independent financial review of Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics. Gov. Charlie Baker joined with House Speaker Robert

Football | Scandal FIFA says Valcke not behind USD10m payment in corruption probe

  Amid a deepening corruption crisis within soccer's governing body, FIFA defended its second- in-command yesterday by distancing him from claims he helped authorize USD10 million in bribes for World Cup bidding

Former Brazil soccer president Teixeira facing investigation

Brazilian federal police have requested that prosecutors charge the former president of the Brazilian soccer confederation with corruption crimes related to USD147 million in "atypical" bank transfers as he led

Nascar | Johnson makes history with 10th win at Dover

Jimmie Johnson took the congratulatory call from his boss, then flipped the phone for a selfie. The six-time series champ and crew chief Chad Knaus sandwiched the 60-pound trophy and smiled

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon | Keflezighi runs fastest masters half marathon of 1:02:29

The race, part of the Suja Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, was the first competition as a master for Keflezighi, who lives in San Diego. Keflezighi, best known for his stirring

Blatter says FIFA corruption probe won’t lead to him

The 79-year-old FIFA president dismissed suggestions that a United States government investigation of corruption in football could lead to his door. Several senior FIFA officials have been arrested already, but

Briefs | Portugal shows class at Under-20 World Cup

Portugal scored twice in the last two minutes on its way to a flattering 3-0 win over Senegal yesterday which lifted it atop Group C at the FIFA Under-20 World

Football | Europa League final – Bacca the star as Sevilla beats Dnipro 3-2

  Sevilla won the Europa League for a record fourth time, with two goals from Carlos Bacca steering the Spanish club to a 3-2 win over Ukraine's Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in yesterday's

S. Korean hoops coach suspected of manipulating games

South Korean police plan to question a high-profile basketball coach over allegations that he manipulated games he coached to make money from gambling. Seoul police official Kim Seong-woon said yesterday they

FOOTBALL | Some of Brazil’s most successful coaches out of a job

Some of the most successful coaches in Brazilian football are without a job, slowly losing out to a younger generation who are bringing fresh ideas and willing to accept lower

Baseball | Yankees score early and often to rout Royals

New York’s Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Chase Headley homered during an eight-run first inning that set up the Yankees’ 14-1 romp over Kansas City yesterday (Macau time). The one-sided victory

Basketball | Harden helps Rockets stay alive, beat Warriors 128-115

Houston’s James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points while Golden State’s Stephen Curry suffered a scary fall as the Rockets led from start to finish and beat the Warriors

Montoya beats Power for second Indy 500 win

His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain. Roger Penske called the driver in late 2013, when Montoya found himself without

Big spending Guangzhou playing for Champs League survival

Guangzhou Evergrande has spent over USD100 million since 2010 on Italian coaches like Marcello Lippi and Fabio Cannavaro and on South American talent such as Dario Conca and Ricardo Goulart,

Platini: FIFA led by Blatter will always lack credibility

FIFA lacks credibility while Sepp Blatter is president, according to UEFA leader Michel Platini, saying his former mentor fears the “emptiness” of life after leaving football’s world governing body. Blatter is

Rosberg wins Monaco GP after crash hampers Hamilton

Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix for the third straight year after a late crash involving teenager Max Verstappen undid Lewis Hamilton’s bid for a fourth win of the

Football | EPL – Hull and Newcastle fighting for survival on final day

The Premier League is set for an afternoon of goodbyes on Sunday — to either Hull or Newcastle as the relegation places are decided and to two of English soccer’s

F1 | Rosberg looks to pressure Hamilton at Monaco GP

Nico Rosberg would love to take the spotlight away from Lewis Hamilton at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix with a third straight win on his favorite track. While Hamilton has just

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