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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Couch Slouch: What was FIFA thinking? Cha-ching!

In November 2022 – just a scant three years from now – comes the next World Cup, in Qatar. This will set up one of the extraordinary, epic collisions in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Sprinter wins for Britain and college star takes hurdles

Dina Asher-Smith became Britain’s first female sprint world champion, while Grant Holloway outran the demolition derby to his left to become only the sixth man to capture NCAA and world …


Michel Platini: “It hurts,” soccer star says of police questioning

Former UEFA president Michel Platini was released from custody after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The former …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

Soccer great Michel Platini now mired in corruption scandals

Michel Platini was a winner for club and country on the soccer field, and became one of the sport’s most high-profile administrators off it. His lofty reputation in the so-called …


Former FIFA head Sepp Blatter: Sarkozy meeting key to Qatar vote

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the arrest of soccer great Michel Platini as part of a French corruption probe lends weight to his version of how the United States …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

France detains soccer great Michel Platini in 2022 World Cup probe

French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to the desert nation of Qatar have taken soccer great Michel Platini …


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

AP Source: FIFA explores Kuwait, Oman as 2022 World Cup co-hosts

A person with knowledge of the situation says FIFA is exploring Oman and Kuwait becoming co-hosts of the 2022 World Cup if it is expanded beyond Qatar. Although Qatar won …


PSG signing Neymar a PR coup for isolated Qatar

Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain has obliterated world soccer’s transfer record in a major coup for the French club – and the tiny energy-rich emirate of Qatar. By signing the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Qatar’s unifying World Cup vision erodes as nations cut ties

Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup was based on a powerful vision that soccer could unite the Middle East. With five years until kickoff, that optimism is rapidly disintegrating …


Defending champ Novak Djokovic to face top-ranked Andy Murray in final

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived five match points to beat Fernando Verdasco and set up a final against top-ranked Andy Murray, who had far less trouble winning his semifinal as …


Novak Djokovic wins, then poses for selfie, Andy Murray advances

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and top-seeded Andy Murray posted straight-set wins on Wednesday to reach the Qatar Open quarterfinals, but only Djokovic was asked to pose for a selfie by …


U.S. to vote for Ali, not Blatter, in FIFA election

NEW YORK – The United States says it will vote for Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein for FIFA president Friday and not for incumbent Sepp Blatter. “I’ve gotten to know …


Cup change expected

FIFA President Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to another season to avoid the searing …


Big names, events follow money to Gulf nations

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – It was hardly a marquee moment in the history of world sports. Curious crowds on a Middle Eastern beach watched events that included horse riders …