2013-10-04 10:42 PM
SOC--FIFA-QATAR WORLD CUP
ZURICH -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter says a final decision on which months to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar might be delayed until 2015. Blatter says he "cannot contradict" board executive committee member Michel D'Hooghe, who says a decision is expected in 2015 "at the earliest." By Graham Dunbar. MOVED: 650 words, photos.
YEONGAM, South Korea -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton got the better of runaway Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel by setting the fastest time in practice for the Korean Grand Prix. Saturday's qualifying shapes again as being a shootout between Mercedes and Red Bull, with Hamilton's teammate, Nico Rosberg, and the Red Bulls of Vettel and Mark Webber all within two-tenths of a second of the leading time. By Chris Lines. MOVED: 498 words, photos.
-- CAR--F1 Weight Debate. By Chris Lines. MOVED: 452 words, photos.
-- CAR--F1-Tire Contract. By Chris Lines. MOVED: 125 words, photo.
-- CAR--F1-Sauber. By Chris Lines. MOVED: 108 words, photo.
War-weary Afghanistan achievesone of its finest sporting moments by qualifying for its first Cricket World Cup. The Afghans squash Kenya to pip UAE to an automatic spot for the 2015 tournament, sending fans watching a big screen in a Kabul stadium into celebrations. The finance minister hopes to draw more government support. By Rizwan Ali. MOVED: 690 words.
LONDON -- In a time where cigarettes are becoming socially unacceptable, Arsene Wenger will have a conversation with Jack Wilshere after the England midfielder was pictured smoking outside a nightclub. Wenger expressed his disappointment at his player's behavior. By Samuel Petrequin. MOVED: 407 words, photo.
SAO PAULO -- With less than three months to go before the December deadline established by FIFA for the delivery of the 12 World Cup stadiums, Brazil is working at full steam to have all venues ready in time. Local organizers are saying they will make it, but some recent setbacks have prompted reason for concern. Of the six stadiums yet to be delivered, five were less than 90 percent completed by September. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos shortly.
MADRID -- Despite his troubles at Chelsea, forward Juan Mata was recalled by Spain for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers when the champions will look to seal their place in the 2014 tournament. Mata was dropped from the previous qualifier after he fell out of favor with returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. But he impressed in the Champions League midweek. MOVED: 581 words, photos.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Germany coach Joachim Loew opted not to recall the in-form Stefan Kiessling for his side's two remaining World Cup qualifiers despite injuries to his regular strikers Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez. MOVED: 470 words.
PARIS -- Mid-table Bastia takes on struggling Lorient in the French league. Bastia is unbeaten at home so far this season. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2100 GMT.
-- ZURICH -- SOC--FIFA-Costa Rica-Reprimand. MOVED: 122 words.
-- AMSTERDAM -- SOC--Netherlands Squad. MOVED: 285 words.
-- ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- SOC--Ivory Coast Squad. MOVED: 128 words.
-- BERN, Switzerland -- SOC--Switzerland Squad. MOVED: 225 words, photos.
-- SOC--Man United-Giggs. By Tom Allnutt. MOVED: 478 words, photos.
JOHANNESBURG -- The way New Zealand deals with an expected early onslaught from a desperate South Africa will go a long way to deciding the Rugby Championship finale at Ellis Park, returning All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says. By Gerald Imray. MOVED: 494 words, photos.
-- WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- RGU--New Zealand-Kaino. MOVED: 120 words.
-- RGL--Australia Final-5 Things. By Dennis Passa. MOVED: 741 words.
YEONGAM, South Korea -- Ferrari has slammed next year's proposed Formula One calendar, saying the schedule is "almost impossible" and has urged authorities to reduce the number of races by at least two. By Chris Lines. MOVED: 371 words, photos.
-- STRASBOURG, France -- CAR--Rally France. New world champ Ogier can focus on winning rally. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1700 GMT.
BEIJING -- Rafael Nadal stays on course to wrest the top ranking from Novak Djokovic by rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the China Open quarterfinals. Djokovic and Serena Williams cruise through. MOVED: 330 words, photos.
TOKYO -- Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro overcame Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Japan Open semifinals. He will face Tomas Berdych. By Jim Armstrong. MOVED: 226 words, photos.
BOKSBURG, South Africa -- The rape and sexual assault case against Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt is postponed until next year while South Africa's public prosecutor brings an application to have the charges against the former hall of famer centralized and heard in the same court. By Gerald Imray. MOVED: 358 words.
Il Lombardia marks the last major race of the cycling season and the debut in the rainbow jersey for freshly crowned world champion Rui Costa on Sunday. The 242-kilometer (150-mile) route starts in Bergamo and finishes in Lecco along Lake Como. Here are five things to know about the single-day classic. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED: 656 words, photos.
SAINT-NOM-LA-BRETECHE, France -- Continental Europe defends a two-point lead against Britain & Ireland in the Seve trophy on the second-day fourballs. Europe lost the last six meetings and is trying to win the trophy for the first time since the inaugural contest in 2000. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1600 GMT.
-- BEIJING -- GLF--Reignwood Classic. MOVED: 489 words, photos.
ALLEN PARK, Michigan -- Reggie Bush has been a perfect fit in his first year in Detroit, complementing Calvin Johnson in an offense that has lifted the Lions into a first-place tie in the NFC North. By Larry Lage. MOVED: 684 words, photos.
The Pack is back -- on the field, that is, after a bye. And the first chore is a big one: Green Bay needs to beat Detroit at Lambeau Field or fall far behind in the NFC North. By Barry Wilner. MOVED: 538 words, photos.
-- CLEVELAND -- FBN--NFL Roundup. Weeden rallies Browns past Bills, 37-24. By Tom Withers. MOVED: 549 words, photos.
-- PITTSBURGH -- HKN--NHL Roundup. Crosby, Fleury lead Penguins over Devils 3-0. MOVED: 602 words, photos.
-- ATLANTA -- BBO--MLB Roundup. Cardinals rout Pirates 9-1 in Game 1. MOVED: 467 words, photos.
-- PARIS -- RAC--Arc de Triomphe. Orfevre starts as favorite. MOVED: 504 words, photos.
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