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Football 14 Jul 2018 | 2:26 PM

France coach Didier Deschamps on brink of history

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - A firm hand on the tiller for France comes not only from captaining a World Cup-winning team 20 years ago, but also from some harsh lessons in Didier Deschamps' six years as coach.

Football 13 Jul 2018 | 1:21 AM

World Cup's spirit of openness rubs off on some Russians

MOSCOW/NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Reuters) - The World Cup has been an eye-opener for Russian waitress Lena Tikhomirova: mingling with visiting fans and experiencing new cultures has whetted her curiosity and now she plans to live abroad.

Football 11 Jul 2018 | 8:14 PM

France holds collective breath as World Cup feats fuel joy and hope

PARIS (Reuters) - Millions of jaded but jubilant French were recovering on Wednesday after a night of celebration following the team's 1-0 World Cup semi-final win against Belgium, a victory that has generated a rare but contagious mood of optimism.

Football 05 Jul 2018 | 6:29 PM

Hotdog-munching trio in Russian garb unlikely stars of World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It was the eleventh minute of extra time in Russia's tense victory over Spain when the unlikely stars of the show emerged: three Russia fans clad in traditional female headgear shown on national TV snacking on hotdogs in the stands.

Football 03 Jul 2018 | 10:51 PM

Need a World Cup mural? Russian paints giant portrait of his wife on Moscow wall

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of a Russian advertising agency tasked with decorating Moscow facades ahead of the soccer World Cup used the opportunity to commission a 12-storey high mural of his wife.

Football 25 Apr 2018 | 10:35 PM

Mohamed Salah's Champions League performance gives Egyptians 'goosebumps'

CAIRO (Reuters) - Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah sent Anfield into raptures with his dazzling display and two goals in the 5-2 demolition of AS Roma in the Champions League semi-final first leg and was also the name on everybody's lips back in his home country of Egypt.

Other Sport 17 Jan 2018 | 8:46 PM

Ruined and neglected, Sarajevo tracks still hold hope for some

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Once a pride of Olympic Sarajevo and known as the steepest and fastest in the world, the bobsleigh track on Mount Trebevic is now dilapidated and abandoned, a shadow of its former glory.

Other Sport 24 Jun 2017 | 4:17 AM

Sailing - Winds of change for America's Cup in Bermuda Triangle

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - Mystery surrounds what next for the America's Cup if New Zealand win sailing's most prestigious prize in Bermuda next week.

Basketball 01 Jun 2017 | 1:34 AM

NBA star LeBron James' property in L.A. vandalised with racial slur

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Basketball superstar LeBron James' Los Angeles home was vandalised with a racial slur, police said on Wednesday, one day before the Cleveland Cavaliers player was set to take the court in the first game of the NBA finals,

Football 27 Feb 2017 | 6:21 PM

Confused Palace fans accidentally vandalise own team bus

(Reuters) - Crystal Palace supporters inadvertently vandalised their own team's bus thinking it belonged to Middlesbrough prior to the Premier League clash between the relegation rivals on Saturday.