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San Diego Padres recruit falls ‘On Jeff Ears’

Steve Elling   |  April 16, 2014

Players on the Triple A minor-league affiliate of the San Diego Padres pulled off one of the most elaborate pranks in years, hatching a plot to convince a new outfielder that one of his teammates was hard of hearing, writes Steve Elling.


Phelps out of retirement for good reason?

Aaron Gray   |  April 15, 2014

I tried to buy Michael Phelps a drink once.I am not saying that to brag because the moment played out like many have before for the Olympic champion. At the time, he was at least two years removed from a record-breaking performance at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and was just hanging out with friends at a local... Read more


French Ligue 1 squad decide to fly in the face of ban over eagle mascot

Agence France-Presse   |  April 14, 2014

The eagle mascot was unleashed at Nice’s home game against Lorient on Saturday night, two days after the French Professional League imposed the ban.


No, former Real Madrid player Lassana Diarra did not go to fight in Syria

Jonathan Raymond   |  April 10, 2014

The French footballer - formerly of Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth, as well - had to issue a denial after social media speculation that he was the man in video filmed in Syria.


The five first-timers who could win the 2014 Masters

John McAuley   |  April 9, 2014

John McAuley identifies the five Masters newbies that highlight a strong debutante field at this year's tournament.


Major League Soccer continues shoring up its southern flank with addition of Atlanta

Paul Freelend   |  April 9, 2014

Latest expansion addresses gap in league's reach but also summons up some old concerns


‘Victorious’ Diego Maradona taking centre stage once more on reality TV show

John McAuley   |  April 7, 2014

Diego Maradona's show, 'The Victorious', being shot at Dubai Sports City, is searching for Arab talent – but it's also serving as a nice showcase for Maradona's stage talent.


Former United player Kleberson signs with American second division club

Jonathan Raymond   |  April 1, 2014

The Brazilian, a member of the 2002 World Cup-winning squad, has signed with Indy Eleven, a North American Soccer League startup franchise in America's second division.


Photos: Jamaica’s next track star broke Usain Bolt’s schoolboy 400m world record

Jonathan Raymond   |  March 31, 2014

Pictures of the Jamaican teenager Javon Francis who beat Usain Bolt's Class One world record over the weekend in Kingston in the 400-metre sprint.


Say hello to the highest-paid athlete in the world

  |  March 30, 2014

Miguel Cabrera’s contract extension with the Detroit Tigers has produced a 10-year deal with the Major League Baseball club worth US$292 million (Dh1.1 billion) – the biggest guaranteed deal in the history of world sport.