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Exclusive - Chinese buyers circle football 'super' agent Stellar Group

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Four Chinese investor groups are locked in a more than $140 million (96 million pounds) bidding war for one of the world's most powerful football agencies, UK-based Stellar Group, a source said, a sign that China's appetite for sport is outgrowing trophy club investments.

Trap door gaping for relegation-bound Villa

LONDON (Reuters) - The writing has been on the wall at Aston Villa for months and defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday combined with Norwich City avoiding defeat would signal the end of their ever-present membership of the Premier League.

German watchdog presses for Bundesliga broadcasting rights to be split

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's top football league will not be allowed to sell exclusive rights for live television broadcasts after the country's competition watchdog insisted on a "no single buyer" rule for the imminent Bundesliga rights auction, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Scandal-plagued FIFA watches sent to charity, to be sold

ZURICH (Reuters) - Football world body FIFA, mired in the worst graft scandal in its history, is giving 48 Swiss watches worth up to $25,000 each to a children's football charity after a year cajoling officials who received them from Brazilian football authorities to give them up.

Ticket prices for U.S. Open women's final plunge after Serena's loss

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Roberta Vinci's stunning defeat of Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semi-finals on Friday triggered an immediate collapse in ticket prices for the women's final, which now features two players who are virtually unknown outside the tennis world.

Reborn Parma kick off with win in fourth division

MILAN (Reuters) - Parma, kicked out of the Italian professional league in June after being declared bankrupt, began life in the fourth division on Sunday with a 1-0 win away to Arzignano.

Brazilians snap up two million tickets for 2016 Rio Games

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilians have already bought around two million tickets for next year's Rio Olympics, officials said as the one-year countdown to the 2016 Games began on Wednesday.

Argentine lab peddles prized export - thoroughbred polo horse embryos

CARDALES, Argentina (Reuters) - Argentina is famous for its Malbec red wine and beef, but it boasts two lesser-known but equally prized exports: the sperm and frozen embryos of thoroughbred polo horses.

Palermo prepare to cash in on their jewel Dybala

MILAN (Reuters) - Palermo fans will get one of their last chances to admire the talent of Paulo Dybala in Sunday's home match with Atalanta as the Sicilian club prepare to cash in on their latest find.

Boxing fans accuse Pacquiao of concealing injury

(Reuters) - Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been sued in several U.S. courts by people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of Century" but felt defrauded by Pacquiao's failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.