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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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".
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.
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.