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FIFA ethics committee bans Valcke for 12 years

ZURICH Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke became the latest high-profile soccer official to be kicked out of the sport when he was banned for 12 years on Friday after causing "considerable financial damage" to its scandal-plagued governing body.

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Valencia's Neville staying calm in 'eye of the storm'

MADRID Valencia's embattled manager Gary Neville says there is no panic in the dressing room despite an alarming slide down the table and a growing winless run in La Liga.

7:57pm GMT

UCI raid Mediterraneenne race, find no hidden motors

LONDON Cycling's world governing body carried out unannounced spot checks on around 90 bikes at the La Mediterraneenne stage race on Friday, but found no evidence of mechanical doping.

6:35pm GMT

Injured Bale will not be rushed back by Real, says Zidane

MADRID Real Madrid will not take any risk in rushing forward Gareth Bale back from injury and the Wales international will only return when he is ready, manager Zinedine Zidane said.

6:17pm GMT

Athletes concerned about Zika before Rio Olympic test event

RIO DE JANEIRO International athletes set to compete in an Olympic diving test event in Rio de Janeiro next week have asked about risks linked to the Zika virus, but have not cancelled participation because of the outbreak, one of the organizers said on Friday.

4:11pm GMT

Ranieri hopes Leicester avoid rude awakening at Arsenal

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked Arsenal not to give him a rude awakening when the Premier League leaders visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

4:32pm GMT

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