Condition of Muhammad Ali ‘vastly improved’

(Reuters) – The condition of Muhammad Ali has “vastly improved” since he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia and doctors hope to discharge the boxing legend soon, a spokesman said on Monday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location on Saturday morning. “The Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes,” spokesman Bob Gunnell said. “No […]

Packers, Steelers and Cowboys head to playoffs

(Reuters) – The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys booked their places in the playoffs after victories on Sunday while the New England Patriots earned a first round bye for the postseason. Sunday’s results meant that defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks also secured a place in the playoffs before crushing their NFC West rivals the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 in the evening finale. The Packers gained their berth with a 20-3 win at […]

Lightning strike in Florida sends fans to hospital after NFL game

(Reuters) – A lightning strike in a parking lot outside a stadium in Tampa, Florida, after a National Football League game on Sunday landed about a dozen people in the hospital, an emergency response official said. Seven people were taken by paramedics to a hospital and reported to be in stable condition after being injured in the strike at Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had played the Green Bay Packers, said Jason […]

Qatar risks losing World Cup without job reform: Zwanziger

(Reuters) – Qatar must meet a March deadline for specific labor reforms or it could risk losing the 2022 World Cup finals, FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Tuesday. The German, who was formerly head of his country’s FA and has been a vocal critic of the desert state’s ability to host a World Cup under extreme summer heat, said a proposal would be made to the world governing body’s Exco meeting on […]

U.S. will bid for 2024 Summer Games, city undecided

(Reuters) – The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer¬†Games¬†for the first time since 1996, the country’s Olympic committee said on Tuesday. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington are under consideration as sites and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said it expects to make a final decision in January. “We’re so lucky to have four great cities … they all have compelling strengths,” USOC Chief Executive Scott […]

Azkals ready to face Thailand

The Philippine Azkals are ready to face Thailand War Elephants in Bangkok, with said team’s coach saying that the team is feeling pressure due to the home court advantage of the Thai team.

Appeal hearing by NFL’s Adrian Peterson ends

(Reuters) – The two-day appeal hearing of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s suspension ended on Thursday, with a decision expected in about a week. Peterson, 29, was suspended by National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 18 until at least April 15 for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. But the 2012 NFL most valuable player, who has played in only one game this year, was successful in lobbying for an […]

NFL admits it ‘failed’ in handling of Ray Rice case

(Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) “failed” in its efforts to police by its players but has “learned from those mistakes,” a top NFL executive testified to Congress on Tuesday. Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, conceded that the case involving Ray Rice was handled poorly. “The commissioner (Roger Goodell) has acknowledged those mistakes,” Vincent told a packed hearing by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “We failed. This […]