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MOSCOW — No one expects scintillating Socratic dialogue, or even normal reportorial discourse, at a World Cup news conference. But even by the tournament’s relaxed standards, the opening remark to Russia’s coach the day before his team played Spain last week was unusually obsequious.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates has backed Ian Thorpe's call for an end to medal targets at the Games to ease the pressure on athletes.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Swimmer Ian Thorpe, Australia's most decorated Olympian, has called on national bodies to stop setting gold medal targets as it puts too much pressure on athletes.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on a three-day visit to Russia, took part on Saturday in the handing over of an Akita puppy to Russian Olympic champion figure skater Alina Zagitova.
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The head of the Argentine Football Association has apologised for the publication of a World Cup manual that included advice on how to woo Russian women.
(Reuters) - Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a new European competition will revolutionise the sport in the next few years and force Premier League matches to be played midweek instead.
ZURICH (Reuters) - The well-being and health of footballers must be a priority for global soccer body FIFA as it makes plans for two major new international soccer tournaments, the world players' union said on Thursday.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Europe's top football leagues are in “firm opposition” to FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s plans for two new international tournaments, the body representing them said on Thursday.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong Player of the Year Lee Wai-lim, who pleaded guilty to match-fixing last year, has had his sentencing postponed until May 4, a day after four of his former team mates were acquitted.
(Reuters) - Manchester United have announced they will introduce tickets costing 15 pounds ($21) for 18-25-year-olds for the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, while freezing standard season ticket prices for a seventh consecutive year.