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Motorsport

Bratches hopes departing Alonso can be ambassador for F1

LONDON (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso can be an ambassador for Formula One after the double world champion bows out at the end of the season, the sport's managing director Sean Bratches said on Tuesday.

Swimming

IOC wants to cut dead wood from 2026 Games bids

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it wants to further streamline the bidding procedure for Summer and Winter Games, ensuring only the most viable cities - ideally two - reach the final voting stage.

Football

England LMA chief hails Germans for retaining Loew

(Reuters) - England's League Managers Association (LMA) chief Richard Bevan, a fierce critic of soccer's hire-and-fire culture, has heaped praise on Germany for keeping faith with national coach Joachim Loew despite a calamitous World Cup.

Football

The Bizarre Theater of the World Cup Press Conference

MOSCOW — No one expects scintillating Socratic dialogue, or even normal reportorial discourse, at a World Cup news conference. But even by the tournament’s relaxed standards, the opening remark to Russia’s coach the day before his team played Spain last week was unusually obsequious.

Swimming

Olympics - Coates backs Thorpe on call to ban medal targets

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates has backed Ian Thorpe's call for an end to medal targets at the Games to ease the pressure on athletes.

Swimming

Olympics - End gold medal targets, says Australian Thorpe

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Swimmer Ian Thorpe, Australia's most decorated Olympian, has called on national bodies to stop setting gold medal targets as it puts too much pressure on athletes.

Other Sport

Japan's Abe oversees puppy handover to Russian Olympic champion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on a three-day visit to Russia, took part on Saturday in the handing over of an Akita puppy to Russian Olympic champion figure skater Alina Zagitova.

Football

Argentina apologises for manual on seducing Russian women

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The head of the Argentine Football Association has apologised for the publication of a World Cup manual that included advice on how to woo Russian women.

Football

Wenger predicts 'inevitable' European super league

(Reuters) - Outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a new European competition will revolutionise the sport in the next few years and force Premier League matches to be played midweek instead.

Football

Players union warns FIFA not overlook health implications of new tournaments

ZURICH (Reuters) - The well-being and health of footballers must be a priority for global soccer body FIFA as it makes plans for two major new international soccer tournaments, the world players' union said on Thursday.