FIFA dismisses Garcia’s appeal of World Cup probe

The status of Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts seemed even more secure yesterday after FIFA dismissed ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia’s appeal against the handling of his investigation into

Cricket | Steven Smith to become Australia’s 45th test captain

Smith was named yesterday to captain Australia in the remaining three tests of its four- test series against India in place of Michael Clarke, who has been forced to miss the

Football : Champions League | Real Madrid gets Schalke in Champs League last-16

Defending champion Real Madrid will play Schalke in the last-16 of the Champions League, after routing the Germans at the same stage last season. In another repeat pairing in yesterday’s draw,

Football | Striker Lima hits 2 to give Benfica 2-0 win at Porto

Lima scored twice to lead Benfica to a 2-0 win at fierce rival Porto yesterday (Macau time), the first victory for the Portuguese leaders at the Stadium of the Dragon

Mini Rugby | Macau Bats team breaks records in Hong Kong

Last weekend the Macau Bats became the first overseas team to win a Hong Kong mini rugby tournament. The team won the Under 12’s ‘Plate’ event at the ‘Flying Kukris

Football | Premier League Preview | United looks to make things worse for Liverpool

Liverpool’s group-stage exit from the Champion League marked a new low in a disappointing season so far for one of the giants of English football. Things could be about to get

Formula One | McLaren signs Alonso to drive with Button in 2015

McLaren announced the return of Fernando Alonso and retained Jenson Button for the 2015 Formula One season, giving the British team a lineup of former champions at the start of

Boxing | Rios, Alvarado meet for 3rd time in the ring

Mike Alvarado burst out laughing when his upcoming opponent dropped to a knee and playfully proposed marriage. Indeed, he’s been seeing a lot of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios inside the ring

Figure Skating | After crash, Hanyu aims to repeat Grand Prix gold

Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu enters the Grand Prix Final hoping to defend his title and recover his winning form after a scary on-ice accident. Hanyu won last year’s final at home

Football | Liverpool exits Champs League, Juve advances

Liverpool’s decline and fall from the European elite was confirmed yesterday, as Basel held the hosts to a 1-1 draw at Anfield to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. The

Cricket | Tribute to Hughes: Warner notches 10th test century, Clarke out hurt

Opener David Warner, calling it the best innings of his career, scored his 10th test century in an emotional tribute to former teammate Phillip Hughes as Australia ended the first

Boxing | ‘Money’ wants more vs Manny says Sports Illustrated

The popular American sports magazine reported this week that Mayweather would only agree to fight Pacquiao if he gets two-thirds of the revenue in a super fight that is likely

MLB sued by minor leaguers who say contracts pinch salaries

Major League Baseball was sued by four minor league ballplayers who say their freedom to negotiate with other teams is unlawfully restricted by a rule giving their club a right

Team Brunel holds Volvo Ocean Race 2nd-leg lead

Three teams have held the Volvo Ocean Race second leg lead within the last 24 hours as the fleet sped toward the stage’s conclusion in Abu Dhabi. Dutch team Team Brunel,

Fourcade wins men’s pursuit in biathlon World Cup

Martin Fourcade overcame four penalties and windy conditions to win the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit yesterday for his second victory in two days at the biathlon World Cup. The Frenchman finished in

Football | Premier League preview: Man United on the march, Southampton on the slide

Rob Harris Sports Writer, London Tuesday, 4pm Southampton v Man U Home 2.9, Draw 3.5, Away 2.64 The established order is gradually being restored in the Premier League. Southampton is on the slide and Manchester United

Russia not happy about mixed gender synchro events

Swimming world governing body FINA voted last weekend to introduce mixed-gender duets to synchronized competitions. Not everyone is happy about it in Russia, the sport’s undisputed superpower. “I’d probably have decided

Athletics | Coe presents IAAF presidential campaign program

Outlining his vision for the future of track and field, Sebastian Coe called yesterday for an overhaul of the sport’s “disjointed” competition calendar and for the creation of a global

Tennis| Australian Open tweaks Extreme Heat policy

Australian Open organizers have tweaked the extreme heat policy for 2015 in the wake of complaints from players about dangerous conditions during a heat wave in Melbourne during the last

Football | Mario Balotelli faces FA investigation over post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is facing an investigation from the English Football Association after a post on social media site Instagram was criticized for being racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli uploaded a

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