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Juve to ditch stripes after 116 years?

MILAN (Reuters) - First it was the club emblem, where the distinctive bull was removed to make way for a minimalist white letter J on a black background.

Football

Talking Points from the Premier League weekend

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - The following are talking points from the weekend's Premier League action:

Football

Watch the game or have a pint? World Cup fans may face a choice

TOKYO (Reuters) - When an estimated 400,000 rugby fans descend on Japan later this year for the Rugby World Cup, finding a place to quench their thirst will not be a problem. Finding a bar to watch the game, however, could be.

Badminton

Game for better English

KUALA LUMPUR: Learning a language different from one speaks at home is always tricky and requires much effort. But national women’s singles shuttler Lee Ying Ying is game for such a challenge.

Rugby

Rugby - World Cup could spark debate in tattoo-averse Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - World Rugby has advised players to cover-up tattoos during next year's World Cup in Japan, but many advocates for the body art hope the arrival of the inked athletes sparks a debate in a country with a complicated relationship with tattoos.

Football

World Cup 2018: The Winners and Losers

France won the World Cup, but that is far from the whole story. So many players and teams came out of the tournament on towering highs or devastating lows. Here are some of the winners and losers of the 2018 World Cup.

Football

Embattled Russia Finds Unlikely Ally: English Soccer Fans

MOSCOW — A few English men surveyed the scene in Moscow’s World Cup fan zone, a pedestrian street lined with bars. In the deepening twilight on a recent evening, the streetlights twinkled on. Russian women turned up, wanting to practice English. In the balmy air, small droplets of condensation formed on glasses of chilled beer.

Football

Telemundo Has a Big Goal: Win the World Cup

MIAMI — Nearly seven years before this year’s World Cup began, Eli Velazquez, a sports television executive for Telemundo, was awakened by an early morning phone call from his boss six time zones away. It was earth-shattering news.

Football

Fined by FIFA, Mexico Tries, Again, to Banish a Homophobic Chant by Its Fans

MOSCOW — Mexico’s soccer federation and at least two of its team’s star players took to social media Thursday in a renewed campaign to banish a homophobic chant that has been a fixture at the team’s matches for years.

Other Sport

Language as extreme sport - Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, hundreds of youngsters will compete in a uniquely American contest that has been likened to an intellectual extreme sport, involving one of the world's most tricky languages.