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Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansion

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar inaugurated the first of seven new World Cup 2022 stadiums on Thursday, just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state's borders to accommodate a larger format.

FIFA to advance African teams $2 million World Cup prize cash

(Reuters) - FIFA will advance $2 million in prize money to each of the five African teams that have qualified for the World Cup to help them prepare for the tournament, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said.

Nigeria promises to avoid pay disputes at the World Cup

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's football federation (NFF) has signed an agreement with its players which it says will avoid the bonus and pay rows that have blighted the team's past World Cup campaigns.

Men will have to sacrifice pay for women, says FFA boss

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Improving pay and conditions for Australia's disgruntled women's team would require the country's top male players to give up a portion of their incomes, the country's FA boss David Gallop said on Monday.

Australian captain wavers against U.S. boycott

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia captain Lisa de Vanna has broken ranks from team mates who have resolved to boycott two matches against the United States women's football team in protest against pay and conditions.

McIlroy case to resume on Wednesday as sides make progress

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy and his former agents will return to court on Wednesday after lawyers for the world number one golfer asked for an adjournment as the two sides made progress that could potentially avoid an eight-week hearing.

Wenger banking on Arsenal solidarity and spirit

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal can complete a quick double over managerless Cardiff City and consolidate their position at the top of the table when the relentless Premier League holiday schedule continues on New Year's Day.

London wins bid to stage 2017 worlds

MONACO (Reuters) - London will fulfil a promise of a legacy for track and field following next year's Olympics after it was chosen to host the 2017 world athletics championships on Friday by beating Doha for the right to stage the global showpiece for the first time.

Worlds would "complete circle" for London, Warner says

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Staging the 2017 world championships in London would complete the circle following the 2012 Olympic Games in the capital and go a long way to fulfilling Britain's athletics legacy promise, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner said on Tuesday.

F1 teams bid to resolve financial rift with FIA

SIVERSTONE, England (AP) - The Formula One Teams Association has made a late attempt to resolve its feud with the sport's governing body over rule changes before Friday's deadline to unconditionally enter next season's championship.