August 20, 2018

With minutes left, Nigeria avoids international soccer ban

Nigeria narrowly avoided being kicked out of international soccer on Monday when it recognised the FIFA-approved head of its national federation, minutes before a ban for its failure to do so was due to take effect.
August 20, 2018

Bairstow fractures finger, expected to bat – reports

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow fractured the middle finger on his left hand in the morning session of the third test against India at Trent Bridge, local media reported on Monday.
August 20, 2018

Ronaldo, Modric, Salah on UEFA player of the year shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have been short-listed for the UEFA Player of the Year award, the sport's European governing body said on Monday.
August 20, 2018

Asian Games – Some grumbles over tickets, transport as Indonesia works on fixes

Some spectators had complaints ranging from problems with the ticketing systems to transport arrangements on the third day of competition at the 18th Asian Games as organisers in Indonesia pledged quick fixes.
August 20, 2018

Tottenham to play first Champions League home game at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur will play their first home Champions League match this season at Wembley Stadium as they continue to wait for the move into their new stadium, the Premier League club said on Monday.
August 20, 2018

Asian Games – Olympic Council of Asia to analyse old results to punish dope-tainted sports

The three sports which recorded the most doping cases in the last 12 years risk being trimmed or dropped altogether from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) calendar, its president Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah said on Monday.
August 20, 2018

Troubled United left to work their way out of their mess

After a close-season of discontent, Manchester United's dismal performance in their 3-2 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday only intensified the chorus of criticism.
August 20, 2018

Asian Games – Japan send home basketball players for ‘night with women’

Japan have sent home four players from their Asian Games men's basketball team for spending the night with women in a Jakarta hotel, delegation head Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Monday.
August 20, 2018

Book reveals Raikkonen’s rocky road to F1 success

Childhood poverty, running away from military service to make a race, and going on benders between Formula One races are some of the revelations in a new book that sheds light on the life of usually taciturn Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen.
August 20, 2018

Former Northern Ireland and Burnley great McIlroy dies

Former Northern Ireland international and Burnley attacking midfielder Jimmy McIlroy has died at the age of 86, the Premier League club said on Monday.
August 20, 2018

Bale stakes early claim for Ronaldo’s Real mantle

Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Real Madrid in each of the last three La Liga seasons, but ultimately every time he played a supporting role in Cristiano Ronaldo's show.
August 20, 2018

Europe offers Burnley chance to get over Watford loss

Burnley can put their 3-1 home defeat to Watford firmly behind them by getting a good result against Greek side Olympiakos in the first leg of their Europa League playoff fixture on Thursday, defender James Tarkowski has said.