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Brazil in last-minute rush to be ready for World Cup

Brazil in last-minute rush to be ready for World Cup

SAO PAULO: With just over a week to go before the World Cup kicks off, Brazil is racing to get its stadiums, airports, roads and phone networks ready before hundreds of thousands of soccer fans descend on the country. Airports in nearly all 12 host cities are swarmed with construction workers laying parking lots, installing […]

Messi world’s most valuable player, study shows

Messi world’s most valuable player, study shows

GENEVA: Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi remains the world’s most valuable footballer, even though his crown slipped this season, a market study showed on Wednesday. In its annual report on the player market, the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory put Messi’s value at 216 million euros ($294 million). Even though Messi’s lower performance levels slashed […]

Djokovic beats Canada’s Raonic to reach French Open semis

Djokovic beats Canada’s Raonic to reach French Open semis

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic stayed firmly on course to win his first French Open title on Tuesday after he defeated big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to reach the semi-finals. The world number two is only missing the Roland Garros trophy to complete his Grand Slam career set. “It was very complicated against his […]

Haunting Amazon ruins await adventurous World Cup visitors

Haunting Amazon ruins await adventurous World Cup visitors

PARICATUBA, Brazil – If Hollywood were to set a psychological thriller in the Amazon rainforest, the haunting Paricatuba Ruins would be the perfect backdrop. Massive root structures poke through the foundations of the once-stately neo-classical edifice, across the Rio Negro from the jungle metropolis of Manaus, one of the cities set to host World Cup […]

Alabama’s new deal with Nick Saban worth nearly $7 million annually through 2022

Alabama’s new deal with Nick Saban worth nearly $7 million annually through 2022

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban will make nearly $7 million a year through 2022. The vote by the Alabama system trustees’ compensation committee made Saban’s new deal official nearly seven months after the university announced the agreement. The 62-year-old Saban will make $6.5 million in base pay and “talent fee” plus a $400,000 […]

Qatar World Cup: FIFA investigator set to reveal findings

Qatar World Cup: FIFA investigator set to reveal findings

As football’s reputation continues to be dragged through the mud following accusations of bribery during the FIFA World Cup bidding process, the man charged with repairing the sport’s image revealed he is close to concluding his investigation. New York lawyer Michael Garcia, who is set to meet Qatari officials in Oman following allegations of wrongdoing, […]

French Open: Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray through to quarterfinals

French Open: Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray through to quarterfinals

King Carlos might be ready to give up his throne but Spain’s “King of Clay” shows no signs of abdicating any time soon. Rafael Nadal, an eight-time winner at Roland Garros, booked his place in the quarterfinals following a straight sets win over Dusan Lajovic. On the day that King Carlos of Spain renounced the […]

Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014

Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014

August 6-10 1st Test, Galle (05:30 BST) 14-18 2nd Test, Colombo (P Sara Oval) (05:30 BST) 20 v opponents TBC (50 overs), Colombo (venue TBC) (05:15 BST) 23 1st ODI, Hambantota (05:15 BST) 27 2nd ODI, Pallekele (d/n) (10:00 BST) 30 3rd ODI, Colombo (RPS) (05:15 BST) NB Fixtures and start times are subject to […]