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FIFA closes on dates for taboo-breaking World Cup in Qatar

The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos. Seven years before the 2022 tournament kicks off in the wealthy emirate, FIFA recommended a break with soccer tradition on Tuesday — moving its marquee tournament to November and December instead of the usual June-July time slot. A FIFA task force meeting in Doha...

Hope Solo reinstated to the U.S. women’s national team ahead of Algarve Cup

Seattle Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo has been reinstated to the U.S. women's national team following a 30-day suspension and formal review by U.S. Soccer, the federation announced Saturday in a release. Solo was suspended from the national team after her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested in Los Angeles in late January on suspicion of driving under...

‘Ashamed’ Chelsea invites victim of fans’ race-abuse to game

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea plans to invite the black man abused by its supporters at a French metro station before a Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain this week to its London stadium for the return leg. The offer came as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho discussed the Paris incident for the first time, saying Friday:...

U.S. MNT and WNT unveil 2015 away uniforms

The United States men's national team and women's national team have unveiled their 2015 away uniforms, which will be worn for the first time at the USWNT's Algarve Cup in early March. Here is the first look at the new kits, as provided by the U.S. Soccer press release:

NCAA restores victories to Penn State, Joe Paterno

College football NCAA restores victories to Penn State, Paterno The NCAA agreed Friday to restore 112 victories it had taken from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the late coach as the winningest of all time. The agreement, swiftly approved by the boards of the NCAA and...

David Price is among 175 players filing for arbitration

Baseball 175 players file for arbitration Pitchers David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Porcello and Doug Fister were among 175 players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday and are set to swap proposed figures with their teams this week, unless they agree to contracts. Six Mariners are on the list — outfielders Dustin Ackley,...

Tennis ace Roger Federer posts his 1,000th match victory

Tennis Federer gets 1,000th victory Roger Federer turned the Brisbane International final into a grand occasion Sunday in Australia, beating Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 for the 1,000th singles-match victory of his career. The Swiss superstar is the third player with at least 1,000 ATP Tour victories, joining Jimmy Connors (1,253) and...

Oakland Athletics acquire Ben Zobrist in trade with Tampa Bay

Baseball A’s add Zobrist in trade After spending much of the offseason dealing away stars, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane added one for a change. The Athletics acquired two-time All-Star infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for catcher John Jaso — a former Mariner — and...

Mariners give Robinson Cano permission to play some games in Dominican Republic

Baseball Cano plans to compete in Dominican Republic Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has received permission from team officials to play some games in the Dominican Winter League, starting Tuesday. Cano plans to play for Estrellas Orientales before joining the Mariners at spring training; the first full-squad workout for the M’s is Feb. 25 in...