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Goodell praises London 'passion' but no word on a franchise

PHOENIX - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday the growth in popularity of American football in Britain was "better than we ever dreamed" but he gave no sign of a franchise going there.


I'll protect players and listen to fans - Prince Ali 30 Jan 2015

ZURICH - FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein wants football's governing body to protect players' rights and pay more attention to fans and sponsors, he said on Friday.


Ageless Bridge heroes may hold key to England's big game 30 Jan 2015

LONDON, Jan 30 - How exquisite it would be if the latest instalment of the new rivalry of English football at Stamford Bridge on Saturday should rest on the shoulders of two of the stadium's old-fashioned, everlasting favourites.

Ben Arfa can't play for Nice this term - league 30 Jan 2015

PARIS - Hatem Ben Arfa has been told he cannot play for Nice this season because he has already appeared for Hull City and Newcastle United but the club say they will take the case to a French civil court.


Ginola withdraws FIFA presidency bid 30 Jan 2015

LONDON - Former France winger David Ginola has abandoned his bid to stand in the FIFA presidential elections after failing to secure the five FA nominations needed, he said on Friday.


Stoke's Huth handed two-match ban for Twitter comments 30 Jan 2015

LONDON - Stoke City defender Robert Huth has been handed a two-match suspension and 15,000-pound fine for comments he made on social media, the Football Association said on Friday.


Third-party ownership ban illegal - Mendes 30 Jan 2015

SINGAPORE - The ban on third-party ownership (TPO) of players is illegal and will kill competition in European football, one of the sport's most powerful agents, Jorge Mendes, told Reuters.


Australia deserves to host World Cup, says Blatter 30 Jan 2015

LONDON - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has begun his re-election campaign by saying Australia deserves to host the World Cup for the first time.

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