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Under-21 inter-county football changed to U20 at GAA Congress

The GAA’s Under-21 inter-county football championships are to be replaced by an Under-20 grade, after the motion was passed at tonight’s Congress. From 2018, teams will compete between June and August in the new set-up with any player that is named on a senior inter-county team ineligible for the new competition. There will be no replays and if teams cannot be ...

Fifa presidential election: Gianni Infantino to ‘reunite’ football

Gianni Infantino wants to reunite football after becoming president of world football’s governing body Fifa. The Uefa secretary general succeeds fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter, polling 115 votes, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, at Friday’s election. Blatter quit in May amid allegations that led to a six-year ban from football, which he is contesting. “I said ...

FFA chief Steven Lowy says new FIFA president Gianni Infantino is a welcome reformer for world football

Australia might not have got its man in the FIFA presidential election but FFA chief Steven Lowy says there is reason to celebrate Gianni Infantino’s rise to the summit of the world football body. The Swiss-Italian Infantino defeated Bahraini favourite Sheik Salman al-Khalifa and the recipient of Australia’s vote, Jordanian Royal Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein, in Saturday morning’s (AEDT) vote. ...

World Rugby probe extra New Zealand player at Sydney Sevens

World Rugby is investigating whether New Zealand’s dramatic last-gasp pool draw with Australia at the Sydney Sevens came with eight Kiwi players on the field. The sport’s governing body says the 17-17 result will stand, but they are reviewing the incident to “determine if any disciplinary action is warranted”. Australia led 17-10 in the dying moments of Saturday night’s match ...

Samantha Stosur levels Fed Cup tie against Slovakia in second match

Samantha Stosur has kept Australia’s hope of returning to the Fed Cup World Group alive with a straight-sets win over Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova in Bratislava. The hosts were leading the World Group Two tie on Saturday after Arina Rodionova was downed 5-7, 7-5, 6-0 by Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in an epic battle that lasted more than three hours. But world ...

Leicester City beats Manchester City to take five-point lead atop Premier League table

Leicester City’s fairytale season has scaled new heights as it opened up a five-point lead at the Premier League summit by beating title rivals Manchester City 3-1.\ Centre-back Robert Huth scored twice, either side of a brilliant Riyad Mahrez goal, as Leicester recorded the finest win of its sensational 12-month rise from bottom to top of the English top flight. ...

Appeal a fight for reputations

IT’S a matter of principle for the Essendon players. It’s not about getting the points back, or the money or the draft picks, or even 2016, which the players will miss anyhow.

The Beautiful Gamers: What are the most important football games?

From matchstick men to movie quality graphics, the football video game has come a long way in 37 years. BBC Radio 5 live has taken an in-depth look at the history of the genre in a special programme called the Beautiful Gamers, which you can watch on the BBC Sport website at 19:30 GMT on Thursday. And to mark the ...

Italian football scandal: 64 players and officials accused of tax evasion including Lavezzi, Crespo and AC Milan CEO

AC MILAN, Napoli and Lazio have dismissed their respective roles in the latest scandal to hit Italian football after dozens of players and officials were put under investigation on Tuesday. A total of 64 people, including Milan CEO Adriano Galliani, Modena coach Hernan Crespo and Paris Saint Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi have been targeted by an Italian police investigation into ...

Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi ends Cristiano Ronaldo’s winning streak

After a year in which Barcelona re-established itself as the world’s top football team, Lionel Messi has reclaimed his crown as the best player on the planet. The Argentine maestro ended Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year grip on the FIFA Ballon d’Or award at Monday’s awards ceremony in Zurich, also heading off Barcelona clubmate Neymar. He received 41.33% of ...

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