LONDON - Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski struck twice in a laboured 3-1 win over West Ham United on Tuesday as the FA Cup finalists maintained their push for a Champions League place by moving back into the top four.
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- Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has warned that players won't be considered for the World Cup if they are sent off or caught misbehaving in club matches before the end of the season.
SAO PAULO - Corinthians have taken formal control of the stadium that will host the opening match of this year's World Cup but officials said on Tuesday there is still a lot of work to do before the arena is ready to host big games.
- The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) blasted Jamaican anti-doping officials on Tuesday for the mishandling of a drug test by sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown that led to a successful appeal of the three-time Olympic gold medallist's two year ban.
WASHINGTON - The news that Michael Phelps was returning to the pool with an eye toward possibly participating at the 2016 Summer Olympics was greeted with a big yawn by fellow swimmers.
PRETORIA - The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the double amputee track athlete on Tuesday with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend, insisting he killed her deliberately after an argument. | Video
First Jacques Kallis retired. Then Graeme Smith called it quits. In between, South Africa lost a Test series against Australia, their first at home since the 2008-09 season. What stares the Proteas in the face now, however, is a far bigger challenge than just replacing two great cricketers.