Special prosecutor to examine allegations against FIFA boss, Swiss Attorney General

3 July 2020, 9:38 PM
Switzerland named a special prosecutor to review criminal complaints against FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and Attorney General Michael Lauber after the men held undocumented meetings while Lauber’s office was investigating suspected graft surrounding the global soccer body.
Preview: Sweden v Switzerland Factbox 3 July 2018, 4:23 AM

Sweden play Switzerland in a World Cup Round of 16 match in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

Belgium fight back from two down to break Japanese hearts on the last minute 2 July 2018, 10:15 PM

Belgium fought back from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 with an added-time goal from substitute Nacer Chadli on Monday to set up a World Cup quarterfinal with Brazil.

Preview: Sweden offer litmus test for golden Swiss generation 2 July 2018, 10:14 PM

Switzerland go into their last-16 World Cup match against Sweden in St Petersburg on Tuesday with a much more exciting squad than those at past tournaments, but only victory will secure a lasting legacy for their so-called 'Golden generation'.

Japan’s fresher legs give them a chance against Belgium: Nishino 2 July 2018, 6:35 PM

Japan Coach Akira Nishino hopes his gamble of resting players in their previous game against Poland will bear fruit on Monday against Belgium when his side will be bidding to make it third time lucky and reach the quarterfinals.

Neymar shines as Brazil beat Mexico to reach World Cup quarters 2 July 2018, 6:18 PM

Brazil roared in the World Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday as Neymar shone with a goal and an assist that dumped the central Americans out at the Last 16 stage for the seventh straight occasion.

Who are Belgium? No identity crisis for Martinez’ men 2 July 2018, 3:46 PM

He doesn't speak their language. Any of them. But, says Roberto Martinez, that's been the advantage of coaching the Belgians, to whom he speaks "the language of football".

Filipe Luis in for injured Marcelo, Mexico make two changes 2 July 2018, 3:34 PM

Brazil brought in Filipe Luis at left back for their World Cup last 16 encounter with Mexico on Monday with regular starter Marcelo failing to fully recover from a back injury.

Wimbledon starts in glorious sunshine 2 July 2018, 2:30 PM

The 132nd Wimbledon championships began under sunny skies on Monday with play commencing on the outside courts at 1030GMT.

Faf du Plessis
Du Plessis calls for tougher ball tampering punishments 2 July 2018, 8:18 AM

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to dish out tougher punishments for players found guilty of ball tampering.

Preview: Belgium v Japan Factbox 2 July 2018, 4:11 AM

Belgium play Japan in a World Cup last-16 match at Rostov Arena on Monday. Where: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don Capacity: 43,472 When: Monday July 2, 2000 local Referee: To be announced Key stats: * Belgium were the highest-scoring team in the group stage and also had more shots on goal, 22, than any other team * […]

Preview: Confident Belgium wary of threat from Japan 2 July 2018, 3:03 AM

Belgium go into Monday's World Cup Last 16 match against Japan full of confidence but wary that relying on individual talent against similarly well-organised but less fancied teams has cost them dear in the past.

Preview: Brazil v Mexico Factbox 1 July 2018, 10:57 PM

Brazil play Mexico in a World Cup last-16 match at Samara Arena on Monday. Where: Samara Arena, Samara Capacity: 41,970 When: Monday July 2, 1800 local (1400 GMT/1000 ET) Referee: To be announced Key stats: * Brazil have not lost in their last 15 competitive matches. * Mexico have won seven of their last 15 […]

Preview: Help or hindrance? Neymar’s Brazil form under scrutiny 1 July 2018, 9:43 PM

Criticised for being selfish, profligate and over-dramatic, Neymar has struggled to such an extent at this World Cup that another flop in the knockout stage, starting against Mexico on Monday, might have terminal consequences for Brazil. While his supporters regale his past exploits and point to the foot injury he suffered in February that kept […]

Preview: High-flying Croatia favourites to knock out Danes 1 July 2018, 7:36 PM

Croatia go into Sunday's Last 16 match against Denmark with a 100% record at this World Cup but the Danes are vowing to shake off their dull image and cause a surprise.

Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters 1 July 2018, 7:16 PM

Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals where they will face either Denmark or Croatia.

France v Uruguay a family affair for Griezmann 1 July 2018, 4:11 PM

Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay will be like a family affair for France forward Antoine Griezmann, who in his 13 years in Spain has developed strong ties with the South American nation. The Atletico Madrid striker began his soccer career with Real Sociedad’s youth team in 2005 and moved up the ranks to play […]

France’s Mbappe hailed as new global superstar 1 July 2018, 1:02 PM

France players and the world's press hailed Kylian Mbappe as an emerging superstar after the 19-year-old eclipsed Lionel Messi in a match that felt like the passing of a torch to a new generation.

Russia hope for World Cup miracle after Messi, Ronaldo exit 1 July 2018, 7:01 AM

Russia are hoping for a World Cup miracle on Sunday as the host nation take on 2010 winners Spain for a place in the quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exited the tournament.

Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends 1 July 2018, 6:38 AM

Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory over Portugal in Sochi on Saturday.

Mbappe double sees France past Argentina in 4-3 thriller 30 June 2018, 6:49 PM

Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals and Lionel Messi home with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday. The 19-year-old forward’s electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a […]

Preview: Modric faces up to his final chance for World Cup glory 30 June 2018, 11:47 AM

Croatia head into their World Cup last-16 match against Denmark spearheaded by evergreen midfielder Luka Modric, a player his teammate Ivan Rakitic has compared to Spain's Andres Iniesta.

Paul Pogba
Fans hoping for ‘POGtime’ as Les Bleus take on Argentina 30 June 2018, 7:05 AM

French midfielder Paul Pogba will be carrying Les Bleus's hopes in a mouth-watering last-16 World Cup clash against Argentina on Saturday - and his fans may be hoping he turns it into "POGtime".

We can limit “outstanding” Messi, says France coach Deschamps 29 June 2018, 9:36 PM

France have a number of options to limit Lionel Messi's influence in their round of 16 clash against Argentina but they are also resigned that he could turn the match in an instant, coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday.

Uruguay focused and ready for Portugal and Ronaldo, says Suarez 29 June 2018, 8:45 PM

Uruguay have put their three group wins behind them and are fully focused on Portugal and Ronaldo, striker Luis Suarez said ahead of their last-16 World Cup clash in Sochi on Saturday night.

Intercepts give Waratahs come-from-behind win over Rebels 29 June 2018, 7:13 PM

Bernard Foley scored an intercept try with less than eight minutes remaining as the New South Wales Waratahs overcame a rampant Melbourne Rebels side to score a 31-26 victory and consolidate their lead at the top of the Australian conference.

Team Dimension Data to fly African flag in France 29 June 2018, 5:02 PM

With just over a week to go until the start of the 2018 Tour de France, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has named the eight riders that will fly the African flag in France.

No rule change seen after World Cup “non-games” 29 June 2018, 3:18 PM

After some final World Cup group matches seemed to turn into "non-games" with teams barely playing or seeming unwilling to score, FIFA said on Friday it had no plan to change rules or how the draw is made.

Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in first Austrian GP practice 29 June 2018, 2:34 PM

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in an overcast first practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.

Leaving it late, last gasp goals light up World Cup 29 June 2018, 9:43 AM

If you like late goals that turn soccer matches on their head, this is the World Cup for you. As the first stage of the World Cup closed on Thursday, figures show how consequential much of the late action has been.

Japan fans sheepish over World Cup fiasco 29 June 2018, 6:37 AM

Japan lost 1-0 to Poland in Russia on Thursday in a match that ended in farce as the Samurai Blue ran down the clock knowing unless they picked up a pair of yellow cards or Senegal equalised against Colombia in the other Group H game, they would go through.