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World soccer bodies awarded just $2.63 million in U.S. bribery case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge said the world soccer governing body FIFA and two regional soccer federations deserved to recoup just $2.63 million (2.06 million pounds) from two former officials convicted on bribery charges, a small fraction of the roughly $125 million (97.82 million pounds) they sought.

Equestrian - World Games over but Bellissimo back in saddle

TRYON, North Carolina (Reuters) - Mark Bellissimo, the man who brought the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to this bucolic corner of recession ravaged North Carolina is widely viewed as a saviour for bringing jobs and hope to the depressed region.

Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup's Provincial Cities

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Olga B. Kalinina and Albina Marunova live in the socialist town, a collection of low-rise Soviet cottages that sit along the highway that links the airport with the center of their city, one of 11 in Russia that hosted matches at this summer’s World Cup.

If You're Afraid of Heights and Going to the World Cup, Don't Sit Here

YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Droplets of rain gathered on the dark blue suit jacket of Leonid Rapoport, the sports minister of the Sverdlovsk region, as he stood in the auxiliary seating stands at Tsentralnyi Stadium amid a light drizzle Wednesday afternoon.

European leagues to end fixture-clash agreement with UEFA

ZURICH (Reuters) - The umbrella organisation representing European professional leagues (EPFL) has said that it will break off an agreement with UEFA which ensures that European and domestic fixtures do not clash.

Mansell relives moment of magic in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A corner of Mexico's Hermanos Rodriguez circuit will always have Nigel Mansell's name on it, even if it is now a shadow of the one that witnessed one of the bravest overtaking moves in Formula One history.

Mayweather ready to hang up gloves as 'the best ever'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to go out unbeaten and on his own terms, as 'The Best Ever', when he ends his boxing career in Las Vegas next week with his welterweight title defence against fellow American Andre Berto.

Union Berlin fans plan protest against Red Bull's Leipzig

BERLIN (Reuters) - Fans of German second division club Union Berlin are planning a 15-minute silence at the start of their home game against RB Leipzig on Friday to protest against the big-spending club backed by energy drink maker Red Bull.

Norwich the best club for young Redmond, says manager Neil

(Reuters) - Norwich City manager Alex Neil has said the Canaries offer midfielder Nathan Redmond the perfect platform to shine, after the 21-year-old's recent eye-catching displays sparked interest from a host of rival clubs.

Asian Olympic officials upset that athletes stopped from competing

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has criticised the world governing bodies for basketball and men's tennis, saying they were preventing athletes from representing their countries at international events.