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Football 01 Nov 2018 | 1:30 AM

Former Italian soccer star sentenced in mafia trial

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced former national soccer star Vincenzo Iaquinta to two years in jail and his father, Giuseppe, to 19 years at the end of a trial of almost 150 people for alleged mafia links.

Cycling 02 May 2018 | 11:29 PM

Israel in a spin as Giro d'Italia set to begin on Friday

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel enters uncharted territory on Friday when it begins hosting the three opening stages of the Giro d'Italia, the biggest international sporting event to be held in the country.

Football 22 Dec 2015 | 12:33 AM

Football star among 140 to stand trial in Italy for mafia links

BOLOGNA, Italy (Reuters) - An Italian court on Monday ordered more than 140 people to stand trial for alleged mafia links, including a member of Italy's victorious team in the 2006 football World Cup.

Cricket 23 Jun 2015 | 9:37 PM

Lewis wants to help youngsters after prison release

LONDON (Reuters) - Former England all-rounder Chris Lewis, recently released from prison, said on Tuesday that he hoped his mistakes and experiences could prevent cricketers from falling into similar traps.

Football 06 Jun 2015 | 8:12 PM

U.S. judge for FIFA trials is familiar with organised crime cases

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. judge presiding over the corruption cases of indicted football officials may not have been able to pronounce the name of football's world governing body, FIFA, during a secret hearing in 2013, but he does know how to oversee a proceeding that involves organised crime.

Swimming 24 Nov 2014 | 7:42 PM

Chinese doping officials say no cover-up of Sun ban

(Reuters) - Chinese doping officials say they were not trying to cover up Sun Yang's positive test and that they held back news of his three-month suspension because they did not want to make any mistakes with "the most famous athlete in China".

Football 16 Oct 2014 | 3:02 AM

Serbia FA blames Albanians for Euro qualifier abandonment

BELGRADE (Reuters) - The Serbian FA (FSS) blamed their Albanian rivals for incidents which forced Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier to be abandoned but will press for several dozen home fans who invaded the pitch to be charged, the governing body said.

Football 11 May 2014 | 4:47 AM

Brazil deploys troops to secure borders for World Cup

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil began deploying 30,000 troops on Saturday to patrol its borders and beef up security for the World Cup football tournament that will kick off in 12 Brazilian cities next month, the Defense Ministry said.

Athletics 15 Dec 2013 | 4:27 PM

Ashes not welcome at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

(Reuters) - Sports fans appear to have taken Melbourne Cricket Ground's (MCG) status as an Ashes venue quite literally last month by smuggling in the mortal remains of loved ones to scatter on its turf during an open day.

Football 28 Oct 2013 | 7:41 PM

FAM clamp down on fake Malaysia Cup final tickets

PETALING JAYA: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have admitted that counterfeit tickets are making the rounds again but they will be prepared to combat it for the Malaysia Cup final between Kelantan and Pahang at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday.