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Football 01 Jun 2015 | 6:22 PM

FIFA patronage endears Blatter to 196th-ranked Fiji

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The unflinching support of tiny, developing countries has long been a vital plank of Sepp Blatter's political base and those in any doubt of the impact of FIFA's patronage need look no further than the Pacific Island nation of Fiji.

Football 01 Jun 2015 | 3:07 PM

Japan to unleash Usami as World Cup campaign begins

(Reuters) - Bundesliga-bound Yoshinori Muto has been included in Japan's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Singapore, but it is the form of Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami that manager Vahid Halilhodzic is keen to exploit.

Football 01 Jun 2015 | 2:17 PM

Asia-Pacific remains firmly behind embattled Blatter

SYDNEY (Reuters) - There were a few fissures but no major cracks apparent in FIFA president Sepp Blatter's bedrock of Asia-Pacific support as officials began returning to the region from the annual congress of football's world governing body over the weekend.

Football 01 Jun 2015 | 12:22 PM

Injuries, military service disrupt Stielike's plans

SEOUL (Reuters) - A combination of injuries and players fulfilling military service duties forced South Korea coach Uli Stielike to name a new-look squad for their upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Myanmar on Monday.

Tennis 01 Jun 2015 | 2:27 AM

Nishikori makes his mark in reaching last eight

PARIS (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori reached a landmark by qualifying for the French Open quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili on Sunday but may just be getting started.

Other Sport 01 Jun 2015 | 12:03 AM

Lorenzo takes third win in a row, Marquez crashes

MUGELLO, Italy (Reuters) - Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo dominated the Italian Grand Prix to close the gap on championship-leading team mate Valentino Rossi to six points with his third MotoGP victory in a row on Sunday.

Other Sport 31 May 2015 | 10:22 PM

Lorenzo takes third win in a row, Marquez crashes

MUGELLO, Italy (Reuters) - Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo dominated the Italian Grand Prix to close the gap on championship-leading team mate Valentino Rossi to six points with his third MotoGP victory in a row on Sunday.

Football 31 May 2015 | 5:20 PM

Vincent Tan's FK Sarajevo in the Champions League

SARAJEVO (Bosnia): The club Tan Sri Vincent Tan bought in 2013, after first becoming a football owner with Cardiff City in 2010, claimed the Bosnia and Herzegovina Premier League.

Athletics 31 May 2015 | 1:37 AM

Ennis-Hill on course for Olympic qualification

(Reuters) - Jessica Ennis-Hill made a solid if unspectacular return to the heptathlon in Austria on Saturday and is on course to earn the qualifying standard she needs to be able to defend her Olympic crown in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Football 31 May 2015 | 1:32 AM

Chelsea beat Thai All-stars 1-0 in first tour game

BANGKOK (Reuters) - English champions Chelsea kicked off their end-of-season tour with a 1-0 win over a Thai All-Stars team in a friendly on Saturday less than a week after their last Premier League match.