Reuters sports correspondent, all my sporting thoughts and not those of my employer. Retweets are not necessarily my views.

Is expansion good or bad for Asian Cup? — SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has lauded the record lack of draws at the ongoing Asian Cup in Australia, but the absence of tied matches raises questions about the competitiveness of future 24-team expanded editions.

Struggling Wilkins supports Prince Ali's FIFA bid — (Reuters) - Jordan coach Ray Wilkins is convinced Prince Ali bin Al Hussein is the right man to clean up FIFA's tarnished image and the former England captain will be hoping the royal can reciprocate his support in a similarly tough battle.

Plucky Palestine ready to surprise Down Under — (Reuters) - Palestine's first Asian Cup finals appearance is likely to end in three defeats and a group stage exit but the rank outsiders have long proved capable of punching above their weight.

Wilkins struggling for right formula with Jordan — (Reuters) - When Ray Wilkins took charge of Jordan in September the former England captain boldly stated he wanted to win the Asian Cup, but three tough months later he could not be any further from his aim.

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.
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Jan 26, 2015

@ReemAbulleil they have a great chance with their attack & Aus defence but can't help but feel Japan was their final. Will be hard to repeat

Jan 25, 2015

But looking forward to two great semi-finals. Will be tough for Iraq after everything that has gone on but if 1 side can handle it. #AC2015

Jan 25, 2015

I'm sure this Iraq-Iran debacle would've had a different outcome if it had been a qualifier rather than time sensitive finals match #AC2015

Jan 24, 2015

RT @MartinReza59: Iraq's quarter-final win thrown into question after Iran claims ineligible player | : The World Game…

Jan 23, 2015

RT @JakartaCasual: respect to both Iran and Iraq. Great football match...

Jan 23, 2015

Utter mayhem now, benches emptied and everyone scuffling. What's going to happen next? #IRNvIRQ

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