Saturday, March 19th 2016 - 06:09 UTC

Neymar ordered to pay US$ 52.2 million in back taxes to the Brazilian Treasury

The ruling found that Neymar failed to pay all the tax he owed on income stemming from his contractual relationships with Barça and U.S. sportswear giant Nike.

A Brazilian court has found Barcelona striker Neymar guilty of tax fraud and ordered him to pay 188.8 million Reais (US$ 52.2) in back taxes, interest and penalties according to reports on the local media on Friday.

Thursday, March 17th 2016 - 22:55 UTC

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick's Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. Best wishes for a safe, happy & pleasant day of love, peace and joy.

Thursday, March 17th 2016 - 07:42 UTC

FIFA reclaiming 'millions of dollars' pocketed by former officials; admits votes sold for South Africa in 2010

“The monies they pocketed belonged to global football and were meant for the development and promotion of the game”, said FIFA chief Infantino

As it tries to reclaim “tens of millions of dollars” pocketed illegally by corrupt former officials, FIFA has admitted for the first time that ExCo members sold their votes to help South Africa secure the 2010 World Cup.

Wednesday, March 9th 2016 - 06:02 UTC

Sharapova, the highest/paid female athlete in the world, loses major sponsors

Sharapova told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday that she tested positive for meldonium, which was recently banned.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova has lost several major sponsors after admitting that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open. The former world champion has been the highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 years in a row, Forbes reported last year. She earned US$29.7 million last year — including “US$23 million from endorsements and appearances,” according to Forbes.

Wednesday, March 9th 2016 - 05:08 UTC

Sambo fish to combat mosquitoes in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio

This fish, native to El Salvador, is known for feeding on mosquitoes—the same insects that transmit the virus said to be causing physical deformities to babies.

Governments have been using various tools to fight the spread of the Zika virus in Latin America: fumigation, spraying of insecticides and even a plan to distribute mosquito repellents to athletes during the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Monday, March 7th 2016 - 04:40 UTC

The Football Association Board approves the use of video technology to aid referees

“We have taken a really historic decision for soccer. IFAB and FIFA are now leading the debate and not stopping the debate,” new FIFA president Infantino

Soccer's law-makers gave the green light this weekend to the use of video technology to aid referees in live matches starting no later than the 2017-18 season. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the games law-making body, approved a two-year trial period allowing technology to be used in four questionable cases: to determine if a goal has been scored, sending off, penalties and mistaken identity.

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 10:33 UTC

Olympics organizers in Rio do Janeiro struggling with tickets, 50% remain unsold

Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada revealed that only about 47% of the 7.5 million tickets on offer have been sold so far.

With five months to go before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian organizers are struggling to sell tickets for South America’s first games. The IOC president Thomas Bach said the locals will buy up tickets at the last minute.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 - 08:22 UTC

Rolling Stones will perform free in Cuba, where for years they were banned for “ideological deviation”

The Stones added the show, likely to be the biggest rock concert ever staged in Cuba,  to a Latin American tour that had been due to end on 17 March in Mexico .

The Rolling Stones will perform a free outdoor concert in Havana on March 25, the band's publicist announced on Tuesday, a milestone event in a country where the Castro brothers' regime once banned the group's music as an “ideological deviation.”

Tuesday, March 1st 2016 - 05:21 UTC

“Spotlight”, true story of investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Catholic priests takes best film Oscar

In an underdog win for a movie about an underdog profession, the newspaper drama “Spotlight” took the Oscar for the best picture at the 88th Academy Awards. Tom McCarthy’s film about The Boston Globe’s investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests won over the favored frontier epic “The Revenant.”

Friday, February 26th 2016 - 18:04 UTC

Infantino elected president of FIFA, after a surprise win in two rounds

Infantino led all candidates with 88 votes after the one round of voting causing a look of shock and surprise to overcome Sheikh Salman who garnered 85.

FIFA elected on Friday Gianni Infantino to replace disgraced president Sepp Blatter in an unexpected turn of events. UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino defeated expected frontrunner Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, former FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne.

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