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

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.

Beckenbauer wants World Cup bids report published — LONDON (AP) - Franz Beckenbauer says the report into alleged corruption in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should be made public. The German was a member of FIFA's executive committee when the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded.
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @sdouglas80: Ronaldo's 20th in 13 games this season. Anfield silenced

Oct 22, 2014

IOC has tonight given provisional recognition to Kosovo - so could have a team at the 2016 Rio Games. Kosovo still aren't UEFA/FIFA members

Oct 22, 2014

@ferazmustafa @FA Just comparing with predecessor. Language an issue for Capello, though. Partly why he got frustrated with us

Oct 22, 2014

Hodgson always gives time to media, even meeting student journos today (via @FA).Not something Capello would've done…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @eaamalyon: Official: Argentina vs Croatia at Upton Park on November 12. They then play Portugal at Old Trafford November 18.

Oct 22, 2014

@archiebland Only ebola has been wished on me in the last day

Oct 22, 2014

@sgevans Just need Southampton mention and you have the perfect story

Oct 22, 2014

.@Joe_Thompson96 @danroan @Paralympic it shows a sporting precedent given the lack of rules that exist in England to cover this

Oct 22, 2014

@SGF96 Clubs could do with clear rules set out by the governing body - the FA - so universal regs apply

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