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Cricket 15 Nov 2013 | 8:02 AM

Ryder one step closer to international recall

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder moved a step closer to resurrecting his international career on Friday when he was named in the New Zealand 'A' side for a three-day match against West Indies later this month.

Other Sport 11 Dec 2013 | 3:07 AM

EU Commissioner joins Sochi Olympics snub

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - European Union commissioner Viviane Reding will not go to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in February over what she said was Russia's treatment of minorities, joining German President Joachim Gauck in a snub to the host nation.

Other Sport 20 Jan 2014 | 8:17 PM

Factbox- FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne

(Reuters) - A factbox on Jerome Champagne, a 55-year-old Frenchman who held senior positions at world soccer's governing body FIFA before leaving the organisation in 2010 and announced on Monday he will stand in next year's FIFA presidential elections.

Other Sport 07 Feb 2014 | 8:37 PM

Putin will not use Games ceremony for propaganda - IOC

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not use Friday's opening ceremony for propaganda purposes as he has only one sentence to speak to open the Sochi Winter Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said.

Other Sport 06 Feb 2014 | 8:07 PM

Cocky Canucks target top spot on the medal table

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canada's Olympians are trading their world famous politeness for some cocksure trash-talking in Sochi, targeting top spot in the medals and calling out American snowboarding star Shaun White for withdrawing from an event over safety fears.

Football 10 May 2014 | 6:43 AM

Work on Sao Paulo airport halted, threatening World Cup deadline

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Work on an airport outside Sao Paulo was partially suspended on Friday because of unsafe working conditions in the rush to prepare for the World Cup, all but guaranteeing the private operator would miss a crucial deadline for a new terminal.

Football 12 Jun 2014 | 1:57 PM

Brazil hopes for smooth opener as World Cup kicks off

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - After years of construction delays and budget overruns, the World Cup kicks off in Brazil on Thursday under a cloud of discontent at home even as happy foreign fans pour in for the tournament.

Football 20 Jun 2014 | 10:17 PM

FIFPro criticises handling of Pereira concussion incident

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Players who suffer suspected concussion during a game should be temporarily substituted while their condition is evaluated, the world players' union FIFPro said on Friday.

Football 09 Jun 2014 | 9:58 PM

BP, Budweiser join football sponsors' revolt over Qatar

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil company BP and the maker of Budweiser beer on Monday joined the ranks of World Cup sponsors pressing football's rulers to tackle corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

Cycling 19 Jul 2014 | 2:38 AM

Pinot shows guts and class to close in on podium bid

CHAMROUSSE France (Reuters) - Early in the final ascent, Thibaut Pinot narrowed his eyes and circled around the yellow jersey group, as if weighing up the form of his rivals.