UK-based sports reporter for The Associated Press, covering news, off-field issues, finances & live action. Broadcast appearances too. Previously general news

UEFA awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania following violence in Belgrade but deducts 3 points — The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION LONDON - Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.

British footballer convicted of rape out of jail — LONDON (AP) - A former Premier League player who was convicted of rape has been released from jail amid a national debate about whether he should be allowed to play professionally again. Wales international Ched Evans left a prison in northern England early Friday after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel.

World Cup bid findings to be released in November — LONDON (AP) - FIFA's ethics chairman will release his findings into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests next month, without making the investigation report public. FIFA has been under pressure to release prosecutor Michael Garcia's report into the bid process that led to the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

Amid injuries, Wenger plans new signing in January — LONDON (AP) - After eight trophyless seasons, Arsene Wenger finally faced shareholders again with a couple of new pieces of silverware as table decorations. There were applause on Thursday rather the disgruntlement of previous years at the annual general meeting, but Wenger still didn't escape censure over the team's inability to sustain a Premier League title challenge.

UEFA to investigate Serbia-Albania violence — LONDON (AP) - UEFA will open disciplinary cases on Wednesday against the Serbian and Albanian football associations over the fighting between players and fans that led to their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade being abandoned. The violence broke out after a drone dangling an Albanian banner circled over the field during the first half of Tuesday night's game.

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News from The Associated Press — UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto told The Associated Press: "We will open disciplinary cases against both national associations" on Wednesday.

After Sterling saga, Hodgson must control tongue — LONDON (AP) - Roy Hodgson has to find ways to control England's opponents - and his own tongue. The England coach is again in a public storm of his own creation just when the results, if not the performances, should have given him some breathing space from critics.

FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia denounces secrecy — LONDON (AP) - FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia says secrecy instills little confidence in investigations and called on the organization's leadership to change the ethics culture. Garcia's intervention comes as FIFA President Sepp Blatter is under fire for refusing to allow the publication of the attorney's corruption investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Williams chief: F1 should consider closed cockpits — LONDON (AP) - Formula One should consider introducing closed cockpits after Jules Bianchi's crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, according to the Williams team leadership. The Frenchman, who drives for Marussia, is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after sustaining a head injury when his car hit a crane during Sunday's rain-shortened race.
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Oct 24, 2014

@iahLFC no they used the reason in quotes (cut down)

Oct 24, 2014

NBC switches LFC-Hull to its sports channel replacing Sunderland-Arsenal because "Liverpool and ... Balotelli generated headlines" this week

Oct 24, 2014

@timpayton ... with Arsenal's defence as shaky as your camera!

Oct 24, 2014

@Tebasjavier UK TV has to miss the first 15 minutes due to broadcast laws!

Oct 24, 2014

Latest on financially-troubled Formula 1 team Caterham and their approval from Ecclestone to miss next 2 races…

Oct 24, 2014

FA charges Gillingham & their chairman with "committing an act of race victimisation" for sacking player Mark McCammon

Oct 24, 2014

Each of Germany's 23 World Cup players to get a $380,500 bonus

Oct 24, 2014

@ossianshine this thread will surely lead to clickbait sites: "Balotelli linked with Saints"

Oct 24, 2014

RT @JohnMolinaro: New at @Sportsnet: AP reporter @RobHarris previews this weekend's Premier League action with @FAN590:

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