Karolos Grohmann

A Reus blow to Germany’s World Cup hopes

Germany's World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday when midfielder Marco Reus suffered an ankle injury in their final warmup game.

Bayern ‘have taken a big step’ after beating Arsenal 3-1

Bayern Munich's 3-1 victory over Arsenal in their Champions League round of 16 first leg has confirmed the German side's focus is set on winning.

Retired Jan Ullrich banned for doping

Three days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Alberto Contador for doping, former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has also been banned.

Chelsea will put it right, says Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is satisfied with his team's performances even though they have suffered an alarming dip in terms of recent results.

Fifa promises no empty seats at World Cup

There will be no empty seats at the Soccer World Cup after a recent surge in ticket sales helped sell out about 40 matches, Fifa said on Tuesday.

Olympic champion Ramzi stripped of gold medal

Bahrain's Olympic 1 500 metres champion Rashid Ramzi has been stripped of his gold medal for doping at the Beijing 2008 Games.

Games organisers to lift internet restrictions

The International Olympic Committee and the Chinese organisers BOCOG have agreed to lift all internet restrictions.

Tennis betting probe finds no institutional corruption

A probe has found no systematic or institutional corruption within tennis but new measures were needed to boost the sport's anti-corruption drive, stakeholders said on Monday. The ''Environmental Review of integrity in Professional Tennis'' was launched in January following months of speculation regarding the extent of gambling in the sport.

IOC eyes healthy profits from Beijing Games

From its dangerously empty coffers in the late 1970s to the multibillion-dollar revenues from the Beijing 2008 Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has managed a remarkable commercial transformation of its prime product, the Olympic Games.

Olympics torch lit amid protest

Pro-Tibet demonstrators tried to hijack the Beijing Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia on Monday. In a globally televised ceremony to mark the start of a five-month torch relay, the actress Maria Nafpliotou, playing the high priestess, used a break in the clouds to light the torch in front of the Temple of Hera.

Nationwide strike over pensions cripples Greece

A 24-hour nationwide strike against the Greek government's economic and pension reforms crippled transport on Wednesday and shut down public services. Thousands of people also gathered in Athens to protest against reforms the ruling conservatives say will make Greece's economy more competitive and rescue the ailing pension system.

Greek conservative poll victors face tough reforms

Greece's conservatives on Monday faced the tough task of tackling reforms needed to catch up with euro zone countries after winning a second mandate with only a narrow majority in Sunday's election. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, praised by Brussels for his economic record, vowed to push on with reforms.

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