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Women's World Cup kicks off in France, but you'd barely know it in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - The Women's World Cup kicks off on Friday as hosts France take on South Korea. But if you were strolling the streets of Paris, you would be forgiven for not knowing it was happening.

Football

After years as a pariah, MLS sees its reputation rising

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Major League Soccer, once shunned by the international football community, is gaining respect thanks to its steady growth in popularity and new stadium projects, commissioner Don Garber said.

Football

Barca beat top-four hopefuls Getafe but booed for European failure

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish champions Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a subdued and near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday in their first Liga game since a humbling defeat by Liverpool sent them crashing out of the Champions League semi-finals.

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Olympics - Athlete body says NOCs should lead on sponsorship freedom

LONDON (Reuters) - National Olympic Committees should take the lead in helping athletes win more freedom to promote their personal sponsors during Games, the head of the Global Athlete movement said on Monday.

Football

Stuart: WFS Asia an eye-opener

PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Stuart Rama­lingam reckons the World Football Summit (WFS) Asia in Sunway from April 28-29 will offer valuable insights for their affiliates.

Football

Weekends are for domestic leagues, not international games - Bundesliga head

BERLIN (Reuters) - Weekends should be reserved for domestic league football and any attempt to have international club matches played on those days could trigger legal action, the head of Germany's Bundesliga Christian Seifert said on Tuesday.

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Jones, Nunes power to UFC title triumphs

(Reuters) - Jon Jones returned from a 15-month doping ban to reclaim the Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title with a third-round technical knockout win over Alexander Gustafsson, capping off a dominant display with a series of ground strikes.

Athletics

WADA head Reedie hits back at critics, won't step down

LONDON (Reuters) - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Craig Reedie hit back at his critics on Thursday and said he would not be resigning after coming under fire over the reinstatement of Russia's testing body RUSADA.

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Doping - White House adds voice to calls for WADA reform

(Reuters) - A White House summit on doping in sport on Wednesday called for the embattled World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to enact reforms and provide stronger leadership in the fight for clean sport.

Football

Exclusive - Infantino to ask for vote on new tournaments despite opposition

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino will put his controversial plans for two new international soccer tournaments to a vote at Friday's meeting of the body's ruling council, a spokesman for the governing body told Reuters on Wednesday.