Coe calls for track and field revolution

11 Oct

World athletics chief Sebastian Coe has told AFP he wants a radical review of track and field to ensure it survives as a spectator sport.With the sport’s biggest star Usain Bolt retired, IAAF president Coe said he was considering anything from franchis…

Inside Germany’s football factory

11 Oct

Schalke 04 are a sleeping giant in the German league, yet their youth academy is one of Germany’s most successful, producing World Cup winners, Bundesliga stars and Premier League exports.Germany has just qualified for Russia 2018, where they will defe…

SpaceX launches, lands recycled rocket

11 Oct

SpaceX on Wednesday launched a rocket that had already flown to space and landed it successfully on an ocean platform, as part of its ongoing effort to recycle costly rocket components.On a clear autumn evening at 6:53 pm (2253 GMT), the tall, white Fa…

NFL: League disputes Trump tweet over anthem ‘demand’

11 Oct

The National Football League disputed the accuracy of US President Donald Trump’s Twitter posting on Wednesday that claimed league commissioner Roger Goodell was “finally demanding” players stand for the national anthem.Trump’s tweet came a day after G…

UN Security Council to hear Kofi Annan brief on Myanmar

11 Oct

The Security Council will on Friday hold an informal meeting on Myanmar to hear former UN chief Kofi Annan provide details of a report on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, diplomats said.More than 500,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, have since late August …

Springbok assistant Van Graan to coach Munster

11 Oct

Springboks forwards coach Johann van Graan has been released from his contract to join Munster as head coach, South Africa Rugby and the Irish province announced on Wednesday.Van Graan has been part of the South Africa coaching set-up since 2012, worki…

Chile’s ‘warrior’ Vidal backtracks over retirement

11 Oct

Arturo Vidal produced a 180-degree turn on Wednesday insisting he was a “warrior” who would “never abandon” Chile, just hours after seemingly announcing his retirement.”Every time I’m called, I’ll be available to the national team,” the 30-year-old sai…

Italian fashion house Gucci to go fur-free in 2018

11 Oct

Gucci will go fur-free next year and auction off all of its remaining animal fur items, the Italian fashion house’s president and CEO Marco Bizzarri announced in London on Wednesday. The changes will come into force with the brand’s spring-summer 2018 …

Two experimental Ebola vaccines show year-long promise

11 Oct

Two experimental vaccines against the Ebola virus have shown promise in protecting against the hemorrhagic fever for at least a year, according to the results of a major clinical trial published Wednesday.The report in the New England Journal of Medici…

Scholes interviewed for Oldham manager job – reports

11 Oct

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been interviewed for the vacant manager’s job at English third-tier club Oldham Athletic, British media reported on Wednesday.The 42-year-old is a life-long Oldham supporter, but has never held a full-time coac…