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FIFA-lionising film that failed in Europe to hit U.S

LONDON (Reuters) - The film "United Passions" in which British actor Tim Roth portrays FIFA president Sepp Blatter does not hit American cinema screens until Friday, but whether it sinks - as it did in Europe - or swims it has at least one immortal line:

Rugby

Burger eyes World Cup spot after brush with death

CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) - Two years ago Schalk Burger was fighting for his life but in a remarkable turnaround in fortunes he is now battling for a place in South Africa’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Other Sport

NBA player Chris Copeland, wife stabbed outside New York City club

NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBA player Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers and his wife were stabbed during a dispute outside a New York City nightclub early on Wednesday and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police and media reports.

Football

Late Long strike denies Poland victory in Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland substitute Shane Long scored an injury-time equaliser to rescue a 1-1 home draw against Group D leaders Poland on Sunday and keep the hosts in contention for a place at Euro 2016.

Football

Promotion-chasing Norwich snatch dramatic late equaliser

LONDON (Reuters) - Norwich City snatched a 2-2 draw in the eighth minute of stoppage time at Huddersfield Town, who had James Vaughan sent off for celebrating what he thought was a last-gasp winner, in the English Championship on Tuesday.

Other Sport

Racism and violence still stain the beautiful game

LONDON (Reuters) - The veneer of respectability covering modern European football was rolled back to expose the rot that still festers below this week, with high-profile incidents of racism and violence bringing chill reminders of the bad old days of the 1980s.

Cricket

Pietersen book tarnishes England era, says Cook

LONDON (Reuters) - England captain Alastair Cook is "hurt" by accusations made in Kevin Pietersen's controversial autobiography, believing they have "tarnished" the team's highly successful period under former captain Andrew Strauss.

Cricket

Pietersen blames Flower for 'choking' England

LONDON (Reuters) - There were many villains in the England dressing-room but none was bigger than coach Andy Flower, Kevin Pietersen said as he launched a fresh attack on the man he blames for master-minding a covert operation to get rid of him.

Cricket

Pietersen the misunderstood maverick

LONDON (Reuters) - Maverick, innovator, game-changer, big-hitter, showman - accolades that Kevin Pietersen has lapped up ever since he decided to up sticks from his native South Africa and try his luck in England.

Cricket

Swann labels Pietersen book "fiction"

LONDON (Reuters) - Former England team mate Graeme Swann began the backlash against Kevin Pietersen's new book on Monday by labelling it "the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne".