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March 3, 2015 - 11:37am
27 min 53 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Crew Stadium will be called MAPFRE (MAH'-fray) Stadium after the team signed a multiyear naming-rights deal.

The Columbus Crew SC announced Tuesday it had reached the deal with MAPFRE, an international insurance company.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The team issued a release saying it was for multiple years and millions of dollars.

The team's home has been called Crew Stadium since 1999....

March 3, 2015 - 11:20am
27 min 53 sec ago

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea sports minister Domani Dore has contradicted FIFA, saying the 2023 African Cup of Nations cannot be moved back to June.

Dore says there is no chance that the African Cup can be played then because it is the rainy season in the West African country.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said last week that the Confederation of African Football had agreed to postpone the 2023 tournament to make space for the re-scheduled...

March 3, 2015 - 11:09am
27 min 53 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man who admitted to recruiting foreign baseball players for the operators of a steroid-dispensing clinic has been sentenced to prison followed by house arrest.

U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga agreed with the attorney for Juan Carlos Nunez that his part in the conspiracy was minimal compared with others'. Nunez will serve three months behind bars and three months on house arrest.

Nunez admitted in court last year...

March 3, 2015 - 10:59am
27 min 53 sec ago

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he had positive talks with FIFA president Sepp Blatter about payments linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA and the ECA traded barbs last week after the governing body recommended playing the tournament in November-December. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke dismissed Rummenigge's request for compensation for disrupting the traditional club season.

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March 3, 2015 - 10:48am
27 min 53 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog and forward Cody McLeod were fined by the league for their actions in the waning seconds of a 3-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.

Landeskog was fined $5,000 for a punch he threw at Wild forward Mikko Koivu as both players headed to their benches with 3.3 seconds remaining. Landeskog was given a misconduct penalty.

The NHL docked McLeod $3,091.40 after he entered the game with 8.1 seconds...

March 3, 2015 - 10:48am
27 min 53 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Susie Wolff will drive for the Williams team in the first practice sessions at the Formula One races in Spain and Britain this season.

The 32-year-old Wolff, who has been promoted to test driver this season, will also do one day of post-race testing following the Austrian Grand Prix in June.

Wolff also drove for Williams on the first day of the second winter testing session at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit last month....

March 3, 2015 - 10:26am
27 min 53 sec ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — This was one costly dinner, and it had nothing to do with the check.

Moin Khan is a top cricket executive in Pakistan, the chief selector and highly influential in choosing the national team that is playing at the Cricket World Cup.

He went to dinner about two weeks ago in Christchurch, New Zealand, with his wife and two friends. No complaints about the food, but plenty of complaints elsewhere.

The restaurant has...

March 3, 2015 - 10:01am
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March 3, 2015 - 9:49am
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MOSCOW (AP) — The general secretary of Russian Football Union says the organization needs to crack down on the "virus" of racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

Anatoly Vorobyov tells The Associated Press that "unfortunately not everything is going smoothly" with Russia's fight against soccer racism and that the country is "under a microscope" ahead of the World Cup.

Vorobyov says the RFU has sufficient powers to punish clubs whose fans make...

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