COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — The damaged stadium in Sao Paulo won't hold its first match until less than two months before the World Cup is to open there.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter set a new deadline Thursday following a fatal construction accident at Arena Corinthians last week. He told a news conference that April 14 or 15 is the expected delivery date.
"For the time being there is no Plan B," Blatter said, answering speculation FIFA might seek...
ROME (AP) — Former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca was banned from cycling for life Thursday following a third doping offense, joining Lance Armstrong as one of the highest profile riders to be kicked out of the sport.
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court issued the verdict after the 37-year-old Di Luca tested positive for the blood booster EPO in a surprise test in April, five days before this year's Giro.
LONDON (AP) — Two players from the sixth tier of English soccer have been charged with conspiring to fix matches as part of an investigation into a suspected Singapore-based international betting syndicate.
The National Crime Agency says in a statement that prosecutors have found sufficient evidence to charge Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, who both play for Conference South team Whitehawk FC, "with conspiracy to defraud."
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — Soccer's governing body has made the "geopolitical decision" to choose India as a youth World Cup host for the first time. Jordan will be the first Arabic host of a women's tournament.
India gets the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, and the Under-17 Women's World Cup goes to Jordan in 2016.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference that selecting India was "really a sports political, a geopolitical decision."...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — NASCAR announced sweeping changes to the Hall of Fame election process Thursday, including tweaks that make Bill Elliott and Mark Martin immediately eligible for enshrinement.
Among the six changes: Drivers are now eligible if they have competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR or turned 55 in the calendar year before nominating day. Previously, drivers were not eligible until they had been retired for three years, so drivers can continue to compete and...
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — With her eyes wide and a big smile, Lindsey Vonn declared herself ready to race for the first time in 10 months.
In an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today Sports, Vonn said she will return to competition in a World Cup downhill Friday, the latest major step in her push to get ready for the Sochi Olympics.
She has not raced since a high-speed crash at the world championships in February, when she tore two...