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Two Russian soccer internationals sentenced to jail for assault

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court on Wednesday sentenced two Russian international soccer players to prison terms for their involvement in assaults last year in a case that a top official said should serve as a lesson to other privileged athletes.

Russia arrests professional soccer players over violent attacks

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court ordered the arrest of Russian soccer internationals Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev late on Thursday after they were charged over violent attacks in central Moscow.

Brazil judge lifts injunction on public funds for Games

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's state-led oil company, Petrobras, may buy marketing rights for the cash-strapped Paralympic Games set for September, a source involved in the negotiations told Reuters on Wednesday.

Rio changes are down to the Olympics - IOC

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Olympic Games have been the catalyst for a positive transformation of Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic committee said on Monday.

Gomez leaves Besiktas due to political situation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Germany forward Mario Gomez is leaving Turkish champions Besiktas due to the volatile political situation in the country, he said on Wednesday.

Brazil's Olympic marketing campaign victim of government paralysis

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Images of Brazilian beaches, samba and football should by now be lighting up television sets and adorning metro stations around the world, tempting tourists to flock to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in August.

Former FIFA watchdog member Watson jailed for seven years

MIAMI (Reuters) - A former member of world soccer body FIFA’s financial watchdog has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the Cayman Islands after being found guilty of fraud, his lawyer said.

Throw out the 'goyang kaki' mentality in M-League

No renowned football league in the world has regular two to three week breaks throughout its entire season. In contrast, our football leagues will occasionally take these long breaks, thus breaking any momentum teams have established.

Furious Kenyans threaten to defect over taxes

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Top Kenyan athletes may consider defecting to other countries if the east African nation goes ahead with plans to tax athletes' earnings, they said on Wednesday.

Realistic Gibraltar aiming for small-scale success

ALMANCIL, Portugal (Reuters) - Despite having only three professional players, UEFA new boys Gibraltar are sowing the seeds to make sure they will not be subject to humiliating defeats, Gibraltar FA Chief Executive Officer Dennis Beiso said.