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Blatter Will Attend the World Cup. 'It Will Be a Sporting and Diplomatic Mission.'

MOSCOW — Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of FIFA whose dramatic fall from power corresponded with revelations of widespread corruption among the organization’s top officials, will attend the World Cup in Russia as a personal guest of President Vladimir Putin.


Ukraine police raid 35 clubs in push against match-fixing

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian police raided 35 football clubs and arrested at least one football referee on Tuesday in a massive operation against suspected match-fixing.


Superb Dzeko goal sends Roma into quarter-finals

ROME (Reuters) - A determined AS Roma beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2008 as a magnificent finish by Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko sent them through on away goals.


Superb Scotland stun England to end grand slam aspirations

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland produced a blistering display of attacking rugby to hand Eddie Jones just his second defeat as England head coach and end the visitors' grand slam aspirations with a 25-13 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.


Ruthless Cilic routs ailing Edmund to reach final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A business-like Marin Cilic doused the fire of Kyle Edmund before crushing the ailing Briton 6-2 7-6(4) 6-2 to become Croatia's first Australian Open finalist on Thursday.


Police raid French rugby HQ in Laporte investigation - source

PARIS (Reuters) - Police raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) on Tuesday as part of an investigation into alleged conflict of interest involving the federation's president Bernard Laporte, a source close to the matter said.


Late goals give Man United 2-0 win over Derby

MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Late goals by in-form Jesse Lingard and fit-again striker Romelu Lukaku helped Manchester United to reach the FA Cup fourth round as they ground out a 2-0 home win over Championship (second-tier) side Derby County on Friday.


Man United win over Brighton leaves Mourinho unimpressed



Euro 5000m champ Fifa temporarily released after doping arrest

MADRID (Reuters) - - European 5,000 metre champion Ilias Fifa and eight other athletes have been provisionally released by police after their arrest on Wednesday for alleged links to a doping network, Spanish legal officials said on Friday.


U.N. panel urges Russia to fight racism by neo-Nazis, in sports

GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel called on the Russian Federation on Monday to step up prosecutions of racist attacks by ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazis and of hate speech by politicians.