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Jun 2, 2014

2022 World Cup vote must be re-run if corruption proved – Goldsmith

LONDON (Reuters) – The vote for the hosting of the 2022 World Cup must be re-run if corruption allegations surrounding Qatar’s winning campaign are proved to be accurate, Lord Goldsmith, a member of FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee, said on Monday.

A British newspaper on Sunday claimed it had evidence that around $5 million was paid to officials in return for votes for Qatar’s successful bid, allegations organisers have “vehemently” denied.

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-2022 vote must be re-run if corruption proved – Goldsmith

LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) – The vote for the hosting of the 2022 World Cup must be re-run if corruption allegations surrounding Qatar’s winning campaign are proved to be accurate, Lord Goldsmith, a member of FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee, said on Monday.

A British newspaper on Sunday claimed it had evidence that around $5 million was paid to officials in return for votes for Qatar’s successful bid, allegations organisers have “vehemently” denied.

May 28, 2014

Attacking Australia off to Brazil with shocks in mind

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s squad departed for the World Cup on Wednesday, convinced their attacking style can help them cause a shock or two in one of the toughest first round groups.

The 27-man party, which will be winnowed down to the final 23 on Monday, were cheered by around a hundred fans at Sydney Airport before they embarked on their flight to Brazil.

May 28, 2014

Soccer-Attacking Australia off to Brazil with shocks in mind

SYDNEY, May 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s squad departed for the World Cup on Wednesday, convinced their attacking style can help them cause a shock or two in one of the toughest first round groups.

The 27-man party, which will be winnowed down to the final 23 on Monday, were cheered by around a hundred fans at Sydney Airport before they embarked on their flight to Brazil.

May 27, 2014

Good, Sarota and Brillante cut by Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou cut Curtis Good, Josh Brillante and Adam Sarota from his preliminary squad for the World Cup on Tuesday, leaving a 27-strong party to depart for Brazil.

Defender Good suffered a hip flexor injury in Australia’s friendly against Ecuador in March and has not played since, while midfielder Sarota has been on the comeback trail after knee reconstruction.

May 27, 2014

Soccer-Good, Sarota and Brillante cut by Australia

SYDNEY, May 26 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou cut Curtis Good, Josh Brillante and Adam Sarota from his preliminary squad for the World Cup on Tuesday, leaving a 27-strong party to depart for Brazil.

Defender Good suffered a hip flexor injury in Australia’s friendly against Ecuador in March and has not played since, while midfielder Sarota has been on the comeback trail after knee reconstruction.

May 26, 2014

Cahill gives ragged Socceroos draw with South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia showed few signs they might buck their underdog status at the World Cup when they struggled to a tepid 1-1 draw in an international friendly against an under-strength South Africa on Monday.

More than 50,000 turned out at the Olympic Stadium to bid farewell to the Socceroos before they depart for the finals but the home side struggled to break down a Bafana Bafana team weakened even from that which went out in the second round of African qualifying.

May 26, 2014

Soccer-Cahill goal gives ragged Socceroos draw with South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia showed few signs they might buck their underdog status at the World Cup when they struggled to a tepid 1-1 draw in an international friendly against an under-strength South Africa on Monday.

More than 50,000 turned out at the Olympic Stadium to bid farewell to the Socceroos before they depart for the finals but the home side struggled to break down a Bafana Bafana team weakened even from that which went out in the second round of African qualifying.

May 22, 2014

Rugby-Australia name trio of uncapped locks for France

SYDNEY, May 22 (Reuters) – Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has included uncapped locks Will Skelton, Luke Jones and Sam Carter in his squad for the three-test series against France in June.

Along with hooker Nathan Charles, the trio are the only players in the 32-man squad without test match experience after two years in which injury has forced the Wallabies to blood a wide group of players.

May 21, 2014

Clarke confident Australia cricket team is corruption free

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke is disappointed at the alleged involvement of international cricketers in matchfixing but was “happy, satisfied and confident” that his own team were not corrupt, he said on Wednesday.

Testimony from an ongoing International Cricket Council probe into corruption leaked to a British newspaper this week has detailed alleged matchfixing in cricket involving at least two former international players from New Zealand.

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