BUENOS AIRES - Lionel Messi is in good spirits and with patience will recover fully from his thigh injury, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said as he left Buenos Aires on Wednesday for the World Cup draw in Brazil.
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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Four stadiums being used at next year's World Cup finals will be ready and presented to FIFA in January, only a few weeks behind schedule, Brazil's deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes said on Wednesday.
STOCKHOLM - Former Celtic and Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson has been appointed coach of promoted Falkenberg on a one-year rolling contract, the Swedish first division club said on Wednesday.
- Most Olympic sports do not get enough television coverage outside the four-yearly Games and need more air time, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.
LONDON - Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22.
- Henrik Stenson's dramatic rise to number three in the world has led to a sudden surge in off-course demands and distractions that could damage his golf unless he is careful, the Swede said on Wednesday.
World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.