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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.

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.

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.

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.

Dreams for safer Rio fade a year before Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - When shots rang out last month in the first gun battle in seven years between Rio de Janeiro police and drug traffickers in Santa Marta, its reputation as a peaceful slum with stunning views and a popular samba night was shattered.

The inconvenient truth is so annoying

SO what did we learn from the recent SEA Games in Indonesia? That Indonesia are bad hosts? That Indonesians don't particularly like Malaysians? That Indonesia are poor organisers?

Mariners' Halman killed, brother arrested (Updated)

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) - Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in Rotterdam on Monday and his brother has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Keeper the hero for Negri as they edge Kedah in shootout

KUALA LUMPUR: Negri Sembilan clinched their second FA Cup title in the 20-year history of the tournament in dramatic fashion when they defeated Kedah 5-4 on sudden-death penalty kicks after both teams were tied 1-1 after extra-time at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

West Ham fined for crowd trouble

LONDON: West Ham have been fined £115,000 after serious crowd trouble marred their League Cup victory over London rivals Millwall in August.

Ibrahimovic gives Barcelona 1-0 win over Mallorca

MADRID (AP) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second-half goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win at Mallorca on Saturday and a provisional three-point lead over Real Madrid atop the Spanish league.