• In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 21 2013, Ethiopian supporters celebrate a goal during a game against Zambia, during their African Cup of Nations tournament in Nelspruit, South Africa. After falling off the football map for thre decades Ethiopia is now just two games away from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Nine countries have already joined host nation Brazil in next year's World Cup and more will secure their places when qualifying resumes across the globe from Friday.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 10, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT
  • IOC VP sets out on 'risk assessment' of 3 bids for 2020 Olympics

    Seven months before the vote, the International Olympic Committee is sending a panel of experts on a series of site-inspection visits that could prove influential in the race to host the 2020 Summer Games.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 28, 2013, 4:24 PM EST
  • Criminals target referees to fix matches; Niger ref at center of investigations denies fix

    "People who have serious allegations of corruption against them ought to be properly investigated, if only to clear them of the allegations or confirm them," said Chris Eaton, a former security chief for FIFA.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 14, 2013, 10:29 AM EST