Wanderers swoop for Nichols

Sebastian Hassett 10:48 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers have made their biggest signing of the off-season, landing former Brisbane Roar star Mitch Nichols on a two-year contract.

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UEFA lifts Man City, PSG sanctions

Big spenders: Manchester City will have some clout on the transfer scene again.

9:47 PM   UEFA has lifted key financial fair play sanctions from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, with both clubs meeting spending limits imposed last year.

Big names hold key in A-League bid to grow

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Sebastian Hassett 6:20 PM   Here's a short list of just some of the football superstars who all moved to emerging markets during the past 18 months - so why didn't one of them come to Australia?

US seeks extradition of 7 FIFA officials

The group of mostly Latin American officials were arrested in Zurich in May.

The United States has made formal requests to extradite the seven FIFA officials detained on US bribery charges in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said on Thursday.

Oh dear ... the worst own goals of all time

Peter Enckelman.

Owen Roberts   Soccer can be a cruel, cruel sport. All the commitment, pain and passion in a game can all be wasted by one moment of cruel fate.

 Tiny Balmain steal FFA Cup show

Western Sydney

Sebastian Hassett   Western Sydney's FFA Cup campaign will kick off exactly how their A-League season will - at home to Brisbane Roar - while Sydney FC must trek to the other side of the country to face minnows Sorrento.

England shattered after World Cup own goal

Laura Bassett is comforted by Jo Potter after her own goal eliminated England from the World Cup.

An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.

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Liverpool pay tribute to Walsh

Phil Walsh

Matt Bungard 9:34 PM   Club pays tribute to late Crows coach ahead of visit to Adelaide for pre-season friendly.

Japan, US have revenge on their minds in World Cup final

Japan's players celebrate after a 2-1 semi-final win over England.

7:30 PM   Defending champions Japan and the rival United States are gearing up for the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday where both teams will have the added motivation of trying to avenge a past loss to the other.

Tsunami survivor completes dream of playing professional football

Martunis, aged eight, a year after the tsunami struck on Boxing Day in 2004.

6:19 PM   An Indonesian tsunami survivor, found wearing a Portugal shirt nearly three weeks after his home was destroyed in the 2004 disaster, has joined Sporting Lisbon's academy, the club said on Thursday.

Racing Deaths: Gender not an issue say jockey leaders

Friederike Ruhle came out of the saddle during a 5.30am gallop on Wednesday.

Michael Lynch   Racing industry officials and experts say gender is not a key factor in why what seems a disproportionate number of female jockeys and trackwork riders are suffering fatal injuries.

Rogic earns praise as comeback gains momentum

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic made a strong start to the season in Celtic's 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch.

Lee Gaskin   Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic put in an eye-catching display in Celtic's first pre-season friendly in a 2-0 win against Dutch side FC Den Bosch on Thursday morning.

Players union and FFA in war of words over soccer pay deal

Marshalled by PFA: Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak.

Michael Lynch   The soccer players' union has upped the ante in the war of words following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Women's soccer pay debate not a fly-by-night argument, says Matilda

For love, not money: Leena Khamis, Tameka Butt #13, Hayley Raso and Ashleigh Sykes before a training session in Edmonton.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra United and Matildas playmaker Ashleigh Sykes says the push for better conditions for women's footballers won't get anywhere until it's "a constant in people's mind", not just during big events like the World Cup. 

The most dangerous game in the world

Unforgiving: Calcio storico is not for the faint-hearted.

Sam Borden   Last Tuesday, about 24 hours before he jammed his fingers into another man's nose, dropped his elbow across another man's neck and put another man's feet where one's ears are supposed to be, Rodrigue Nana considered, just for a moment, the basic notion of fear.

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Vargas double as Chile sink Peru

Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates his long-range goal.

Eduardo Vargas scored twice as Chile downed fierce rivals Peru 2-1 on Monday to reach the Copa America final for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Germany, US upset at sharing hotel

German coach Silvia Neid is unimpressed with the hotel arrangements at the women's World Cup.

Germany coach Silvia Neid has slammed FIFA's decision to make rival teams share the same hotel on the eve of a match as her side prepare for Tuesday's semi-final against the US at the Women's World Cup.

Cech cops vile online abuse after joining Arsenal

Targeted: Petr Cech.

Danielle Rendina   Czech international Petr Cech has signed a four-year-deal with English Premier League Club Arsenal worth about £10m ($20 million), drawing a line under an impressive 11-year career with cross-town rivals Chelsea.

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