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Mercedes guilty of price-fixing, say Chinese authorities

<b>Carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating the price of spare parts following an investigation by the authorities in China.</b><p>The official Xinhua News Agency reports that regulators said the luxury unit of Germany's Daimler abused its control over supplies of replacement parts.<p>The …

Tiananmen Square

Apple and Samsung agree to drop cases outside the US

<b>Apple and Samsung have agreed to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside the United States.</b><p>The two rivals have sued each other over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including the UK, South Korea, Japan and Germany.<p>A joint statement said the agreement "does …

South Korea

Steven Gerrard: a great player who became a liability

It was hardly surprising, though sad, that Steven Gerrard should have now given up playing for England.<p>The World Cup was a bridge too far; his two lapses against Uruguay each, alas, led to a goal, and a player who for so long has been seen as a bulwark of the England team had at last become a …

Soccer

Five most surprising football transfers

Krkic’s signing, along with those listed below, will go down as one of the strangest transfer deals of recent years.<p><b>1) Luis Figo: Barcelona to Real Madrid 2000</b><p>Luis Figo was adored at Barcelona so you can imagine how unpopular he became when he left the club to join arch-rivals Real Madrid.<p>The …

Soccer

Joachim Low to stay on as Germany coach until 2016

Germany coach Joachim Low has confirmed that he never considered stepping down from his post after winning the World Cup title and insisted he would see out his contract which runs until Euro 2016.<p>“I didn’t think of stopping for one second,” said Low, 54, in an interview published on the German …

Soccer

Luis Suarez treated like a murderer

Quote of the day<p>“They are treating Luis like a murderer and not like a footballer. There are murderers who pay less [for what they have done]. Not to let him be presented [by Barcelona], to train or to enter the stadium is too much.”<p>Aspas, who has been loaned to Sevilla for the forthcoming season, …

Soccer

The instinctive genius of Neymar

If anyone ever doubted the importance to Brazil’s World Cup chances of Neymar, they need look no further than the pitiful capitulation of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side when the talismanic striker was unavailable for selection.<p>A newly published report published by Japanese neurologists, has tried to …

Soccer

Borussia Dortmund offer Schweinsteiger swimming lessons

Borussia Dortmund have accepted Bastian Schweinsteiger’s apology after footage of the Bayern Munich midfielder signing offensive songs about their Bundesliga rivals, appeared online.<p>A video showed Schweinsteiger taking part in a chant featuring the lyrics “BVB sons of b*tches” while celebrating …

Soccer