World Cup

Saeed Ajmal targets World Cup heroics after straightening out bowling action

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.

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.

Soccer

Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman chasing World Cup berth as W-League kicks off

Michelle Heyman of Canberra United during the W-League season launch.

Lee Gaskin Canberra United striker Michelle Heyman chasing World Cup berth ahead of new W-League season.

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...

Mature Mitch Marsh dreams of World Cup

He's flirted with the international scene in the past, but rising cricket star Mitch Marsh feels he's now mature enough to make a permanent thing of it.

New Brazil boss Dunga cuts several World Cup players

Neymar (L) and Dani Alves with Barcelona.

New Brazil manager Dunga has left out several big names from the World Cup, including Fred and Paulinho, in his first squad for next month's friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador.

Canberra sport

Cricket World Cup and Asian Cup join forces for big crowds in Canberra

More than 50,000 fans could front up at Manuka Oval for the three Cricket World Cup matches in the capital.

Chris Dutton Cricket minnows Bangladesh and Afghanistan are more popular than two of the world's best teams and World Cup officials are convinced three games at Manuka Oval can attract almost 50,000 people next...

England star Stuart Broad to undergo knee surgery ahead of cricket's World Cup

Stuart Broad

England pace bowler Stuart Broad will undergo knee surgery on September 4 as he targets full fitness in time for the 2015 World Cup.

Afghanistan riding high in its preparations for cricket's World Cup

Afghan cricketers training in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's cricket coach says the team are on course for next year's World Cup and looking forward to touring Australia and New Zealand next month.

MCG turf to be fully replaced ahead of cricket World Cup final

Hallowed turf

Jesse Hogan The MCG will use its month-long break after the AFL grand final to undertake its biggest turf overhaul in a decade, ahead of hosting next year's cricket World Cup final.

Australia's World Cup goal to sideline white-ball specialists from Sheffield Shield

Tight schedule: Glenn Maxwell will have limited opportunity to push his red-ball claims.

Jesse Hogan Test aspirants who have established themselves in Australia's limited-overs teams, such as James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell, are set to play only one or two Sheffield Shield matches this summer,...

Football

Alleged World Cup ticket scammer Ray Whelan released from Brazilian prison

Released: Ray Whelan.

A British World Cup ticketing executive who allegedly took part in a scam to sell millions of dollars worth of fraudulent tickets was ordered to be released from prison Tuesday while awaiting trial...

Real Madrid unveil World Cup star James Rodriguez

The Golden Boot winner is heading to Real Madrid.

Gabriel Rubio-Giron Colombia's World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid's latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Indoor cricket

ACT Rockets players Vinesh Bennett and Matthew Floros in Australian indoor cricket team for World Cup

Lee Gaskin ACT's Vinesh Bennett and Matthew Floros selected in Australian men's indoor cricket team for World Cup.

Cricket

Jacques Kallis retires from one-day cricket and gives up dream of World Cup farewell

Gerald Imray South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has retired from all international cricket, as one of the game’s greatest all-rounders admitted that a swansong at the World Cup next year was...

The Brazilian paradox that the World Cup presents

Michael Lynch / Mick Lynch

Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil A World Cup emerges fully formed after a lengthy gestation - in this case, almost a decade.

Brazil post mortems begin in earnest after World Cup thrashing

Devastated: Brazilian fans react on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Michael Lynch The morning after the evening  before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...

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