World Cup

Women's World Cup to be played on turf, FIFA insists

The Matildas' Emily Van Egmond battles Japanese legend Homare Sawa during the Asian Cup final in 2014.

Steve Keating Next year's women's World Cup in Canada will be played on artificial turf despite threats of legal action from several top international players, an unmoved FIFA executive said after touring one of...

Football

Lucy Zelic and Sally Shipard say women's soccer World Cup on synthetic pitches discriminatory

Former Matildas midfielder Sally Shipard and SBS television presenter Lucy Zelic at Floriade promoting the Asian Cup.

David Polkinghorne Canberra soccer identities say FIFA's decision to play women's World Cup on synthetic pitches is discriminatory.

Cricket

Afghanistan pips ACT Comets in World Cup warm-up

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Jon Tuxworth Afghanistan coach Andy Moles has declared guiding the country to the Test arena is his long-term focus.

FIFA keep World Cup corruption report under wraps

Sepp Blatter has changed his mind about staying on as FIFA chief.

Graham Dunbar Under pressure from FIFA's independent prosecutor to unlock the secrecy that surrounds a World Cup bidding corruption probe, Sepp Blatter shut down that populist move Friday.

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Blues captain Moises Henriques fit, confident going into one-day season

Patrick Begley NSW Blues captain Moises Henriques says his bowling has grown sharper and he could not be in better shape heading into domestic one-day competition, his last chance to impress World Cup selectors.

England players 'treated like babies': Rio Ferdinand

England coach Roy Hodgson and striker Wayne Rooney.

England's players are "treated like complete babies" in comparison to those of major international teams, according to former defender Rio Ferdinand.

Maradona will not coach at Asian Cup says Palestine Football Association

Maradona's sideline antics were a highlight of the 2010 World Cup.

Australians hopes of seeing Diego Maradona in the dugout in the 2015 Asian Cup have been dealt a blow after Palestine's football association denied any contact with the Argentinian legend.

Atletico Madrid talisman Arda sinks Juventus

Atletico Madrid's Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic (centre) vies with Juventus' defender Leonardo Bonucci.

Bearded talisman Arda Turan reignited Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign.

Cricket

Afghanistan prepares for Cricket World Cup in Canberra

All smiles: The Afghanistan cricket team trains at Manuka Oval on Thursday.

David Polkinghorne Long tough, journey for Afghanistan team leads to playing ACT Comets at Manuka Oval.

Alastair Cook retained by England for World Cup

Underfire Alastair Cook will lead England at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, national selector James Whitaker said on Wednesday.

Alastair Cook confirmed as England captain for World Cup

England captain Alastair Cook will lead the side at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named on Wednesday as skipper for an upcoming one-day international series in Sri...

FIFA executive member Theo Zwanziger says 2022 Qatar World Cup will not go ahead

Theo Zwanziger says conditions in Qatar are too oppressive to hold the World Cup.

Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football's governing body FIFA.

Qatar will not host World Cup: FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger

The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.

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Afghan pride on the line at cricket World Cup

Selfies: Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi holds the 2015 World Cup while teammates take photographs.

Chloe Saltau Afghanistan's cricketers had a reality check this week when they saw Mitchell Johnson, with his rippling muscles and tough-guy sleeve tattoo, get out of his car at their training ground in Perth.

Saeed Ajmal targets World Cup heroics after straightening out bowling action

Scrutiny: Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal.

Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is hoping to compete in next year's World Cup, after completing a rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy.

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World Cup matters not rankings: Clarke

Australian skipper Michael Clarke.

Ben Horne Michael Clarke says even if South Africa steal the No.1 ranking from his team this week in Harare, they'll need to put up at the World Cup to prove they're the best team in one-day cricket.

UK wants to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bruno Waterfield, Ben Rumsby Russia could be stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals under tough new political sanctions suggested by David Cameron at a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Saturday.

Michael Clarke's one-day international career should end after World Cup

Michael Clarke returns to the dressing room after Australia's innings against Zimbabwe.

Jesse Hogan This summer's World Cup should be Michael Clarke's limited-overs swansong.

England captain Alastair Cook vows to carry on to World Cup

Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook insists he still wants to lead the side at the World Cup despite conceding the team's chances of triumphing at next year's tournament were "far-fetched" following...

Hesterine de Reus says Matildas can win World Cup but she's still looking for answers

Australia has quality players: Former Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus during her time in the job.

Kathryn Wicks The Matildas can win an Olympic gold medal and a world cup if they appoint another world class coach, says the woman who was sacked from the position.