NBA | Fans struggle with Seahawks’ Super Bowl loss

As shocking as it was, the Seattle Seahawks' last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl was probably not even the worst loss in the city's sports

Russia has problem with doping in schools, minister says

Russian child athletes are taking banned substances while still at school, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said yesterday. With Russia enduring doping scandals for months, Mutko vowed to crack down on

Japan football fires national coach Javier Aguirre

“What we had to consider the most was the impact on the Japanese team,” Daini said. “With a criminal complaint accepted, he would have to respond to an investigation, he

The Buzz | Mercedes confident F1 champion Hamilton will sign new deal

Mercedes is confident that Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will sign a new contract soon, with his current deal expiring at the end of the year. The 30-year-old British driver clinched

Preview | Rugby: Ireland the team to beat in open Six Nations

  For Irish rugby, it turns out there is life after Brian O'Driscoll. The international retirement of O'Driscoll following Ireland's title success in last year's Six Nations left a major hole in

Football | Australia rising in Asia, on and off the field

Australia's victory over South Korea in the Asian Cup final over the weekend capped a remarkable period for a nation which is only just awakening to the possibilities that membership

Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that

Tennis | Expletives and in-your-face tennis at the Australian Open

Andy Murray's four-­set win over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open yesterday will be remembered more for the tension between the players than the shot-making on the court. There were the

Football Thai seafood magnate set for takeover of Sheffield Wednesday

A seafood magnate from Thailand was close to becoming the latest foreign owner of an English football club on yesterday after agreeing to a takeover of second-tier team Sheffield Wednesday. Dejphon

Extra Time: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry

Don’t laugh. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. We’re talking here about David Ginola. So silky as

Football | Portugal’s great Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race

The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement yesterday timed for release with an interview with CNN. "I look at the reputation of FIFA right

EPL | Mourinho fined USD38,000 for referee ‘campaign’ comments

Mourinho made his comments after his side were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on 28 December. The Football Association ruled Mourinho's quotes were "improper and brought the

Football | Asian Cup : Australia beat UAE 2-0 to reach final

  Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium on a wet day. Playing in Newcastle for the first

African Cup | Ivory Coast, Cameroon may need luck for tournament progress

Even with all its star power, the Ivory Coast may have to depend on the luck of the draw to reach the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations. All four

Tennis | Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

  Motivated by a Grand Slam loss that stung her more than most, Serena Williams dug deep for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Garbine Muguruza yesterday to reach the

Football | Arsenal, West Ham, Villa stem flow of upsets in FA Cup

Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa redressed the balance for Premier League teams after a flow of upsets in the FA Cup, securing narrow wins over awkward lower- league opposition to advance

Football | Bookmaker-funded Ginola campaign could breach FIFA rules

  Even if David Ginola gains the nominations required by Thursday's deadline to stand against Sepp Blatter, his improbable bookmaker-funded campaign could be scuppered by FIFA's gambling rules. Ginola's campaign is being

Roof open or closed for Super Bowl?

  The Super Bowl stadium in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for NFL officials as they grapple with a question that is faced by many pro sports teams in an

Boston organizers to make 2024 Olympic bid info public

  Boston residents will get their first chance on today to see how Olympic organizers would handle the 2024 Summer Games if they are awarded to the Massachusetts city. Local bid organizers

Tennis | Australian Open : Same opponent, same result: Azarenka tops Stephens again

  Victoria Azarenka is in an unfamiliar position as the Australian Open gets underway: unseeded after a long injury layoff and no longer a heavy favorite to capture a title she’s

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