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Adidas and Nike jostle for edge at the World Cup

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The competition on the pitch has yet to start, but the fight over World Cup consumers is already intense — and no more so than between the athletic companies that are jockeying for their once-every-four-years shot at the ever-growing worldwide soccer market.<p>The players, their …

The campaign to put Zinedine Zidane on the France World Cup team

Vive la Zidane.<p>Zinedine Zidane is 41 years old and has been retired since 2006 (yes, it's really been eight years and yes, you are old). He's an assistant for Real Madrid and, if you believe reports, has offers to be a manager.<p>But what if he returned?<p>What if he could still do step overs that left …

FIFA sponsors concerned over Qatar World Cup investigation, human rights may be considered in future

World Cup sponsors have taken note of FIFA's investigation into alleged corruption in the Qatar World Cup bid, while FIFA may consider human rights in future bids.<p>The fallout from The Sunday Times' reports on how Mohamed bin Hammam allegedly bribed voters to win Qatar the right to host the 2022 …

Nadal tops Djokovic: 9th French Open, 14th major

PARIS (AP) — Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports.<p>The pressure he applies, from set to set, game to game, point to point, shot to shot. That bullwhip of a high-bouncing, …

US heads to Brazil with boosted confidence

SAO PAULO (AP) — The U.S. headed to Brazil with boosted faith Sunday after going undefeated in its sendoff series for the first time.<p>Playing only its third match in nine months against a World Cup team, the U.S. defense appeared firmer in a 2-1 win over Nigeria following the decision to start both …

Argentina removes boastful banner from team base

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — "Don't count your chickens" might have been a more appropriate message for Argentina's players than the cocky greeting that was put up at its World Cup base in Brazil.<p>Argentine media visiting the "Cidade do Galo" (Rooster City) sports compound in Belo Horizonte ahead …

Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic for 9th French Open title

The Spaniard is now tied with Pete Sampras for second most Grand Slam singles titles with 14 following Sunday's victory at the French Open.<p>Add a ninth French Open victory to Rafael Nadal's career after he beat Novak Djokovic on Sunday, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. This is Nadal's fifth straight title at …