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High expectations after tough year for Football Ferns at World Cup

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's women's soccer team sense their best chance to become the first senior side from the rugby-mad country to advance out of their group at next month's World Cup in France, captain Ali Riley said.

Discovery's Susanna Dinnage named Premier League chief executive

(Reuters) - Susanna Dinnage, a senior executive at media organisation Discovery, has been appointed chief executive of the Premier League, replacing Richard Scudamore, the top flight of English soccer announced on Tuesday.

Davis Cup revamp could 'kill its soul', say Belgians

LONDON (Reuters) - A proposal to rip up the Davis Cup format and replace it with a one-week World Cup of Tennis Finals in a single city risks "killing the soul" of the historic competition, according to Belgian tennis chief Gijs Kooken.

Breaking the world record the easy part for Coleman

(Reuters) - Setting a potential 60 metres world record of 6.37 seconds turned out to be just part of the challenge for American Christian Coleman.

Allegri says video replay has led to more controversies

MILAN (Reuters) - The use of video replays by referees in Serie A has led to more controversies, according to Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Los Angeles spells out low-cost, bold Olympic future in Games pitch

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Los Angeles could deliver a low-cost, low-risk model for the Olympic Games, officials outlining its 2024 candidacy to the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.

Macron says Paris 2024 Olympic bid embodies "threatened" values

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday described Paris's bid to host the 2024 Olympics as the best defence against threats to the Games' values of openness, tolerance and respect for the environment.

Macron lobbies for Paris bid, LA banks on solid candidacy

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron expressed "pride, humility and determination" and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke of his city's proud Olympic past as the rivals to host the 2024 Games met International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Monday.

Los Angeles mayor welcomes plan for double hosting award

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomed a plan to award the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games hosting rights simultaneously as he arrived for an International Olympic Committee meeting on Monday.

Macron's presence key to successful Paris bid for 2024 Games - mayor

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's presence at an International Olympic Committee meeting this week will be key to what will hopefully be a successful Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics, city Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Monday.