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Familiar venue, vastly different context

2 hours agoSports / Cricket : The Cordon

Little more than 18 months after Australia belted New Zealand in the World Cup, the two sides return to the MCG with rather less on the line

Rugby-Test referee Joubert steps down to bring on generation next

SYDNEY, Dec 8 (Reuters) - South African referee Craig Joubert, who took charge of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, has decided to retire from officiating the 15-man game and take up a role with governing body World Rugby.

Fifa boss wants three teams per group in expanded World Cup finals

Future World Cup finals will feature 16 groups of three countries in a 48-team tournament, if Fifa president Gianni Infantino gets his wish.

Video replays: Referees to use pitch-side monitors at Fifa's Club World Cup

Referees will be able to use a pitch-side monitor to review certain decisions at the Club World Cup in Japan.

Formula One champion Nico Rosberg and World Cup holder Lukas Podolski pose for 'selfie of champions' 

Two Germans. Two world champions. Two men who have recently called it quits at the top of their respective sports. Nico Rosberg were kindred spirits Lukas Podolski in Cologne on Wednesday.

Infantino backs 48-team World Cup with 16 groups

5 hours agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Lausanne (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams featuring 16 groups of three starting with the 2026 tournament, a source within world football’s governing body told AFP on Wednesday.Show More Summary

Gianni Infantino Reportedly Backs 48-Team World Cup Featuring 16 Groups of 3

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is reportedly in favour of changing the format of the World Cup to include 48 teams at some point in the future. According to Agence France-Presse, the teams would be divided into 16 groups of three under...Show More Summary

Street Fighter V: victory and diversity in the eSports world final

The winner of the 2016 Capcom Cup receives $230,000, but the pressures on competitors are more than monetary – particularly if they’re transgender The atmosphere in the competitor pen at the 2016 Capcom Cup in Anaheim, California, is weirdly tranquil – despite the stakes. Show More Summary

FIFA President backs major changes to World Cup; football fans react [Best Tweets]

FIFA President Gianni Infantino By Roland Kesler Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 17:21 New format FIFA President Gianni Infantino has backed a proposal for a World Cup format shake-up, starting from the 2026 edition of the tournament. The proposal is for a 48-team tournament with – and here’s the really bizarre part – 16 groups of […]

Rugby-No pressure on Cheika says ARU boss

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Michael Cheika has been backed by the Australian Rugby Union to remain as Wallabies coach until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup at least, despite leading the team to nine losses this year.

Rugby-New Perth stadium to host 2019 Bledisloe Cup test

SYDNEY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Perth's new multi-purpose stadium will host the first Bledisloe Cup test between the world champion All Blacks and the Wallabies in 2019, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Wednesday.

Villa named MLS player of the year

yesterdaySports / Football : EPL Talk

New York (AFP) – Former Spain striker David Villa was named as Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player on Tuesday in recognition of a prolific season which helped transform New York City FC’s fortunes. The Spanish World Cup winner’s...Show More Summary

Battle in Pokémon League Cups

Participate in League Cup events now in your area to earn Championship Points toward an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships! You can also win prizes and other rewards, including special playmats and promo cards that can't be earned anywhere else. Show More Summary

EXCLUSIVE: Out Soccer Star Robbie Rogers On His ‘Real O’Neals’ Cameo

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Queerty

When Robbie Rogers came out in 2013, he immediately became a role model for gay athletes all over the world. So of course three years, one MLS Cup, a revealing memoir, and a menswear line later, the 29-year-old pro soccer star is the perfect person to give a gay teen a little pre-game pep talk. [...]

Denmark wins the World Cup of Golf

The Danes took the World Cup of Golf on the back of a second-round 60. (Getty Images) The Danes are the champions of the World Cup of Golf. The duo of Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen won the biennial two-man team event at Kingston Heath in Australia on Sunday, holding off a trio of teams for a three-shot win at 20-under 268. Show More Summary

U.S. in contention at World Cup of Golf as Denmark goes low

The U.S. duo of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler are hanging in at the World Cup of Golf. (Getty Images) The United States duo of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker are just five shots back heading into the weekend at the World Cup of Golf. Show More Summary

Ty Dillon moving to Cup in 2017, will replace Casey Mears in No. 13 car

Ty Dillon has four wins in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. (Getty) Ty Dillon is moving to Germain Racing in 2017. The team announced Monday that Dillon would replace Casey Mears behind the wheel of the No. 13 car. Germain Racing has a technical affiliation with Richard Childress Racing. Show More Summary

Brazil firm reveals World Cup stadium cartel: officials

2 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Brasília (AFP) – A construction firm has admitted that a “cartel” of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday. State antitrust authorities said the probe was linked to the notorious Petrobras corruption scandal that has snared numerous Brazilian politicians. Show More Summary

Cup Noodles and Final Fantasy provide instant weirdness in commercial

In the world of Japanese commercial sponsorship, we often get odd and sometimes downright weird partnerships that often end up being horrible or glorious. Sometimes, we get both. Now, Final Fantasy XV, the latest big budget game from...Show More Summary

Jordy Smith wins the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach

On Sunday, as reported by SURFING Magazine, South African surfer Jordy Smith claimed the Vans World Cup in pristine conditions at the famed Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore: Congratulations @jordysmith88, winner of the 2016 Vans World...Show More Summary

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