from FaithWorld:

Kenya investigates Islamic group crackdown on soccer and films

By Reuters Staff
April 30, 2010

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A Kenyan soccer fan attends their 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Nigeria at the Kasarani stadium in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 14, 2009/Thomas Mukoya

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama to World Cup? Well, if U.S. team reaches the finals….

April 14, 2010

BASEBALL/

President Barack Obama has said he might make the trip to this summer's soccer World Cup in South Africa -- but won't commit unless the U.S. team reaches the finals, according to South Africa's foreign minister.

from Left field:

Who will rise to the occasion and become a worthy replacement for Beckham?

March 15, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/BECKHAMFabio Capello has plenty of options for the right midfield slot, even if David Beckham's snapped Achilles rules him out of the World Cup.

from Photographers' Blog:

Broken man on the pitch

By Reuters Staff
March 4, 2010

From Nigel Roddis

Arsenal vs Stoke City, Saturday February 27.

It was a game that wasn't going to plan. Stoke took the lead but Arsenal in the second half started putting on the pressure with wave after wave of brilliant football. It was only a matter of time, you felt, until they scored a winner. Way over the halfway line, frantic gestures were coming from first a Stoke player and then Arsenal players and the referee which meant something very serious had happened.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Robben teaches Germans to love long johns

February 4, 2010

Germans used to laugh at soccer players who wore long johns in the winter, belittling anyone who opted not to play in shorts as a light-weight. Germans even have a derogatory name for the thermal underwear: Liebestoeter  (passion killers).  SOCCER-GERMANY/

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

UEFA to call time on loss-making clubs

January 27, 2010

MALTA/Half Europe's leading professional clubs are losing money, according to UEFA, and the forthcoming Financial Fair Play initiative will be a concerted attempt to tackle the problem.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Does Angola attack really endanger the World Cup or just Africa’s image?

January 11, 2010

The bloody attack on Togo's team bus in Angola is a huge tragedy for African football and like it or not, has cast a shadow over the World Cup in South Africa in five months time -- the biggest sports event ever staged on the continent.

from Photographers' Blog:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…?

December 30, 2009

Snow. Looks good on those Christmas cards, doesn’t it? Fun for small children. Even nice for penguins in the zoo. But photographers covering soccer? Brrrrrrrrrr. Not really.

from MediaFile:

Fox vs Time Warner Cable: Soccer channels go dark for a bit, coincidence?

December 22, 2009

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We were not completely surprised when Fox Soccer Channel went dark on Sunday afternoon while we were watching West Ham take on Chelsea. (It's not that the cable bills hadn't been paid). Seemed the most likely cause was the  really bad snowstorm here in New York and the rest of the U.S. northeast.

from Left field:

Five defining moments from a decade of sport

December 21, 2009

As the decade draws to a close, we pick five sporting moments which have defined the last 10 years.