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Wust skates among the greats after Sochi — Credit: Reuters/Issei Kato Irene Wust of the Netherlands waves after the women's 1,000 metres speed skating race at the Adler Arena during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 13, 2014.

Try and Tackle podcast: Wrapping November tours and looking ahead at sevens — A look back at the World Rugby Conference and Expo with Graham Jenkins of The Rugby Site. Graham was there, his thoughts on the growth and branding of the game - as well as the realities facing Tier Two rugby in the modern age. Plus Curtis Reed with his weekly banter on Canadian and American rugby.

North Korea hopes football school will unearth next Messi — MANILA (Reuters) - Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country's Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.

Ryan Holmes: Vancouver’s future is in information, not oil — Vancouver has become a shining example of how a city can transition from a heavily resource-based economic model to a more diversified and sustainable economy. We've steadily transformed industrial spaces into thriving, high-density neighbourhoods. We've invested in mass transit system, nurtured universities, incentivized knowledge-based industries and boosted an already thriving tourism industry.

People are tired of Qatar allegations, say bid team — Credit: Reuters/Fadi Al-Assaad General view of the showcase stadium is seen during the FIFA Inspection Visit for the Qatar 2022 World Cup Bid in Doha September 14, 2010. The 42-page summary of the ethics investigator's inquiry into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup earlier this month has posed more questions than answers, and failed to quell the push for the vote for both tournaments to be restaged.

Palestine FA head wants FIFA to give Israel 'red card' — MANILA (Reuters) - Palestine Football Association president Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them "the red card" after Israeli soldiers stormed his organisation's offices last week. Al Rajoub, speaking after collecting the Asian Football Confederation's National Team of the Year award on Sunday, said three armoured cars turned up at his offices and that he notified FIFA President Sepp Blatter of the incident.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter insists 2022 World Cup will remain in Qatar — "2022, it is Qatar, and ladies and gentleman, believe me, with all that has been said around the world by whom? "Those not involved with what happens in football. The World Cup in 2022 will be played in Qatar," the 78-year-old Swiss told Asian Football Confederation members in Manila on Sunday.

Qatar will host 2022, says defiant Blatter — FIFA President Sepp Blatter adjusts his glasses as he addresses a news conference after a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in Zurich September 26, 2014. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/Files "2022, it is Qatar, and ladies and gentleman, believe me, with all that has been said around the world by whom?

Saudi spitter slapped with eight-match cup ban - report — MANILA (Reuters) - AFC player of the year nominee Nasser Al Shamrani has been banned for eight matches for spitting and head butting an opponent after the final of the AFC Champions League earlier this month, Arabic media reported on Sunday.

AFC head wants part publication of Garcia report; backs Qatar — MANILA (Reuters) - Asian soccer chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said any non confidential aspects of the report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should be made public as he defended Qatar and FIFA in the wake of criticism. FIFA has been heavily criticised following a report by U.S.
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RT @fifamedia: FIFA Appeal Committee declares appeal lodged by Garcia inadmissible -

Dec 16, 2014

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Dec 15, 2014

RT @mcintinhos: Javier Aguirre's tenure as Japan coach could soon come to an end. Sources claim he could be gone before AC. Local coach already on standby.

Dec 15, 2014

@Pash021 can I just enjoy you winding up @TomDanicek and the South Korean fans a bit more first ?

Dec 15, 2014

Sampdoria boss banned after calling Inter Milan's Indonesian owner Erick Thohir "that Filipino"

Dec 15, 2014

Good Irish name that!......Ireland would boost test cricket, says former Australian quick Gillespie

Dec 15, 2014

Bad news for Japan's Asian Cup hopes?Aguirre named in Spanish matchfixing case

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