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Soccer: Asia sees sharp decline in match-fixing, says AFC

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Asia has seen a sharp decline in match-fixing over the last six years, the Asian Football Confederation and its integrity partner told Reuters, though illicit gambling has grown thanks partly to the use of cryptocurrencies as a payment method.


Footballers face modest wages, late payment and intimidation

ZURICH (Reuters) - Far from the image of owning fast cars and living in mansions, footballers around the world face low wages, delayed payments, bullying and intimidation, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

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High stakes for Putin at costly Sochi Games

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Sochi Winter Olympics are meant to be Vladimir Putin's crowning achievement as Russian leader but are in danger of becoming a symbol of his country's problems.


Hurdle queen turns medal dreams to ice

(Reuters) - Track and field star Lolo Jones is the most high-profile crossover athlete to try her hand at winter sports since former NFL running back Herschel Walker took off his shoulder pads and climbed into a bobsled.


High stakes for Putin as his Olympic dream nears

SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his personal and political prestige on February's Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi, yet despite the $50-billion price tag the Games could still be an embarrassing flop.

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Sporting goods firms shun sweatshop image

Sports firms want shoppers to snap up Euro 2004-branded footballs and Olympic Games T-shirts - without fretting about the lives of the factory workers who make them.

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Uruguayan players to go on strike to demand better wages

Uruguay's players have threatened to take strike action unless clubs agree to pay them higher wages, the nation's players' association said on Tuesday.

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Makelele wants to play for France

Real Madrid's French midfielder Claude Makelele has served notice that he intends to defy the Spanish champions and play in the international friendly against Switzerland next week, according to press reports here yesterday.