Ex-German president dismisses Blatter’s claims on World Cup votes

BERLIN (Reuters) – Former German president Christian Wulff on Monday rejected allegations by the embattled president of world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, that Wulff tried to exert political pressure before the World Cup was awarded to Russia and Qatar.









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Embattled Ray Rice still waiting for another shot at the NFL

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice is waging an unrelenting crusade to get back on the field nearly a year after being booted from the National Football League – along with his $35 million contract – over a heinous case of domestic abuse.

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McIlroy suffers ankle injury ahead of British Open

LONDON (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s defence of golf’s British Open and a keenly-anticipated contest with American Jordan Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when he revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing football with friends.









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Singapore-bound Serena becomes earliest Finals qualifier

(Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams added yet another record to her glittering tennis resume by becoming the earliest qualifier for the end-of-season WTA Finals.

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Women’s World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in soccer history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game.









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U.S. triumph caps truly global Women’s World Cup

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States returned to the pinnacle of women’s soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory. The Americans last triumphed in 1999 but women’s soccer is a vastly different sport than it was a decade-and-a-half ago with new nations forging their way into the elite amid an unprecedented level of global interest.

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Tears in Tokyo as Japan thumped in World Cup final

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese soccer fans were left wiping away Monday morning tears in Tokyo sports bars as their beloved ‘Nadeshiko’ were smashed 5-2 by the United States in the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver.

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Optimism returns for Woods after rare bogey-free round

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods declared his tie for 32nd at the Greenbrier Classic a “very positive week” and sounded genuinely excited about his prospects ahead of this month’s British Open at St Andrews starting on July 16.









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