• England-US World Cup officials learn swear words

    The Brazilian match officials taking charge of the England-United States World Cup match are being given a crash course in the obscenities that English-speaking players may use on the pitch.

  • Blackhawks win Stanley Cup

    The Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961 by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime of Game 6 on Wednesday.

  • Cole warns England displays 'might not be pretty'

    England fans preparing to witness flair football from their World Cup team may be disappointed, with midfielder Joe Cole cautioning that winning the tournament could require dull displays.

  • Michael Ballack, Joe Cole released by Chelsea

    Michael Ballack and Joe Cole were released by Chelsea on Wednesday as the Premier League and FA Cup champions prepare for next season.

  • No joke now: Forlan's goals could inspire Uruguay

    Diego Forlan was a punchline at Manchester United eight years ago, a striker so inept at finding the net that his last name was jokingly mispronounced "Forlorn."

  • Bryant, Fisher lead Lakers to victory in Game 3

    Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Derek Fisher added 16 to lead Los Angeles to a 91-84 victory over the Boston Celtics and give the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals.

  • Torres scores as Spain routs Poland 6-0

    Fernando Torres marked his return from injury with a goal as Spain routed Poland 6-0 in its last World Cup warmup match, but the European champion was left with injury doubts over Andres Iniesta after he was taken off before halftime with a right thigh problem.

  • Rooney's short temper endangering England's hopes

    Four years after being sent off as England bowed out of the World Cup, Wayne Rooney and his notoriously short temper are again attracting the attention of referees.

  • Miracle tree could mean World Cup upsets in Polokwane

    World Cup upsets at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, the ground which is inspired by Africa's upside-down baobab tree, could be coming.

  • Kaka upbeat after playing well in last World Cup warmup

    Kaka is becoming increasingly optimistic with how he will perform at the World Cup.

  • NBA finals are Boston-bound tied at a game apiece

    Kevin Garnett said he was looking forward to returning to Boston as his team bids to claim a trio of home wins over the Los Angeles Lakers to lock up an 18th NBA title.

  • Survey: rising wages threaten future of football

    A survey of football finances claims rising player salaries are threatening the future of the sport across Europe.

  • Nigerian federation says it had no choice of venue

    The Nigeria football federation says it had no choice over the venue for its World Cup warmup match against North Korea, at which a stampede left 15 people injured, because "FIFA had taken control of all the stadia."

  • Allen, Rondo lead Celtics past Lakers

    Ray Allen scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half with a record-setting 3-point shooting display as the Boston Celtics evened the NBA finals with a 103-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 on Sunday.

  • Nadal's fitness turns the tables on Soderling

    Scurrying along the baseline as only he can, sliding through th red clay he rules, Rafael Nadal stretched to somehow dig the ball out of a corner and fling it back over the net - once, twice, three times - during a 14-stroke exchange that ended when Robin Soderling sailed a shot long.

  • Pedrosa wins Italian Grand Prix

    Dani Pedrosa won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday in a time of 42 minutes, 28.066 seconds. The Spaniard started on pole and squeezed home ahead of his compatriot Jorge Lorenzo by 4 seconds. Italian Andrea Dovizioso was third, a further two seconds back.

  • Rossi asks for TV to watch Grand Prix

    Valentino Rossi has spent a comfortable first night in hospital following an operation to secure a broken shin bone.

  • S. African president says country ready for kickoff

    President Jacob Zuma declares South Africa ready for the start of the World Cup and praises the world's sporting event for bringing cohesion to his once divided nation.

  • Iranian team retains Tour de Singakarak title

    Tabriz Petrochemical Team of Iran retained Tour de Singkarak this year in Padang, West Sumatra, on Sunday, after leading the 551.7 kilometers cycling race.

  • Cotto wins ballpark brawl, title

    Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico stopped Israel's Yuri Foreman in the ninth round Saturday night to win the junior middleweight title, delighting thousands of fans in the first fight at Yankee Stadium in more than three decades.

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