Brazil World Cup fever delivers Korean bond buyers reality check

Kwak spent 50 million won (USD45,230) of her savings on Brazilian sovereign bonds in June 2013, enticed by tax-free yields three times greater than at home and speculation the country

Indycar | Montoya has swagger back, but also shows softer side

There was a time when the edge to Juan Pablo Montoya was evident everywhere he went. His arrogance was on display as he walked through the paddock, his confidence in

Racial quotas controversy re-emerges in South African sport

  Did South Africa’s cricket team drop a white player and replace him with an injured black player for a World Cup semifinal match to make its lineup more racially acceptable? The question has revived an uncomfortable conversation over race and change in

Bleary-eyed Australians celebrate World Cup win

Australian players sheltered behind dark glasses yesterday at a public reception the day after their victory over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final. Captain Michael Clarke carried the World

Sailing | Joint leaders of Volvo Ocean Race quit with broken mast

The Chinese boat sharing the overall lead in the Volvo Ocean race was forced to quit the fifth leg yesterday when it broke a mast in the Southern Ocean. The incident

Alcoholism, violence and neglect: life as George Best’s son

There’s one place where the memory of George Best is forever of the stylish winger who bamboozled defenders and thrilled fans. Immortalized in bronze outside Old Trafford, a statue featuring Best

The Buzz | Australia beats NZ to win its 5th Cricket World Cup title

Michael Clarke raised his bat to acknowledge the massive crowd, and nodded to a fallen teammate he credited for inspiring Australia’s run to a fifth World Cup title that culminated with an emphatic win over New Zealand. Clarke scored 74

Vettel wins Malaysian GP to end Mercedes streak

It was Ferrari’s first victory since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. The 30-race gap between wins was the longest Ferrari drought for 21 years. Vettel — in only his second race

Rugby | Fiji reclaim Hong Kong 7s title beating NZ 33-19 in final

Fiji reclaimed the Hong Kong Sevens title when it routed defending champion New Zealand 33-19 in the final yesterday. Fiji blasted to a 21-0 lead in the first half, taking the tension out

Figure Skating | Tuktamysheva lands triple axel, takes women’s lead at worlds

It was far riskier to attempt it in the most important event of the year. The 18-year-old Russian landed a triple axel on her first leap of the figure skating world

Cricket | What to watch in the Australia vs India World Cup semi

Australia and India have won six of the last eight Cricket World Cup titles and have developed a heated rivalry over the last decade. When the teams meet in the

Figure skating | Americans Chock, Bates take lead in ice dancing at worlds

Madison Chock and Evan Bates will attempt to become just the second Americans to win gold in ice dancing at the figure skating world championships after taking the lead in

Figure skating | Russian, American women square off at China worlds

Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is looking to cap a dominant season with a gold medal at the world figure skating championships starting today in China, while Gracie Gold and Ashley

Athletics | Coach: Russia has turned over new leaf after doping scandals

Russia has put years of doping scandals behind it and now has a clean team ahead of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the country's new head track and

Football | UEFA chief Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism

UEFA President Michel Platini was warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European football. Rising extremism in European society is an "insidious trend (that) can also be observed in our stadiums,"

NBA | Spurs win 114-95 at faltering Hawks

San Antonio won comfortably at Atlanta 114-95 in weekend's clash of two teams with form lines heading in opposite directions leading up to the NBA playoffs. The Spurs have won three

Football | UEFA sets 2018 World Cup qualifying format, eyes 14th entry

Europe's World Cup qualifying process will be based on 13 available places for the 2018 tournament, even though UEFA thinks it deserves a 14th. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said yesterday

German building firm probes alleged bribes in Brazil

Bilfinger said yesterday it launched a “comprehensive investigation” involving outside auditors and a law office after receiving internal information last year about suspected bribery payments to public officials and employees

Pele embarks on global sponsor tour after renal failure recovery

The 74-year-old, the only person with three World Cup winner’s medals, will travel to Britain, China and Australia to promote companies including sandwich chain Subway. Pele suffered renal failure in December

Boxing | Manny Pacquiao welcomes Tim Tebow to his training camp

Manny Pacquiao welcomed a high-profile visitor to his training camp Saturday with ties to his native Philippines: Tim Tebow. Pacquiao is preparing for his much-anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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