Lowly Malaga can still hurt high-flying Barca - Valverde

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday he will be wary of Malaga’s strong recent record against his side when La Liga’s basement club, who have only taken one point from their first eight league games, visit the Nou Camp.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Barcelona Press Conference - Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, Barcelona, Spain - October 17, 2017 Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during the press conference REUTERS/Albert Gea

German FA hit with hefty back tax payment over 2006 World Cup

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Football Association must pay 19.2 million euros (£17.1 million) in back taxes related to a controversial payment for the 2006 World Cup but it will challenge the Frankfurt tax office’s decision, it said on Friday.

The tax office said the payment of 6.7 million euros from the DFB to world football’s governing body FIFA in 2005 had not been declared properly and the association now owed 19.2 million.

Pochettino proud of Tottenham's flexible approach

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gave an incredulous shrug on Friday when it was suggested that his side’s 1-1 draw away to European champions Real Madrid this week was his best result since taking over.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Tottenham Hotspur Press Conference - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - October 16, 2017 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Hamilton fastest in U.S. Grand Prix practice

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Formula One title favourite Lewis Hamilton led the way in first free practice at the U.S. Grand Prix on Friday with a lap half a second faster than his closest rival Sebastian Vettel’s best effort.

Oct 20, 2017; Austin, TX, USA; Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain during practice for the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Klopp unsure if Liverpool's Mane will return for Senegal WC qualifiers

(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is baffled by Senegal manager Aliou Cisse’s claim that forward Sadio Mane will be fully fit for their World Cup qualifiers next month, even though Liverpool have ruled him out for up to six weeks.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool vs Manchester United - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - October 14, 2017 Liverpool's Sadio Mane REUTERS/Phil Noble

Russia's Kasatkina, Germany's Goerges reach Kremlin Cup final

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Daria Kasatkina and Julia Goerges of Germany will meet in the final of the Kremlin Cup after defeating their semi-final opponents in Moscow on Friday.

Tennis - Kremlin Cup - Women's singles - Semi-Final - Moscow, Russia - October 20, 2017 Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

Rule changes needed to make Champions League more competitive - official

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A reform of administrative rules and a fairer distribution of funds is required if European football’s main club competitions are to become more competitive, a senior official said on Friday.

Wrapping up the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) conference in Tel Aviv, president Lars-Christer Olsson also said he wanted to see a larger number of clubs challenging for the continent’s top prize.

Hartley will have hefty grid penalty for F1 debut

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - New Zealander Brendon Hartley collected a grid penalty before he had even stepped into the car for his Formula One debut at the U.S. Grand Prix on Friday.

Touchline ban could mean end for Scolari

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Guangzhou Evergrande manager Luiz Felipe Scolari was handed a three-game touchline ban by the Chinese Football Association on Friday, that could mean the Brazilian World Cup winning coach has appeared in the club’s dugout for the final time.

Guangzhou Evergrande's head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari looks at his players before their Club World Cup third-place soccer match against Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Chen first, Hanyu second in grand prix season opener short programme

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Reigning world champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan opened his grand prix season in Moscow on Friday by finishing second in the short programme behind Nathan Chen of the United States.

Figure Skating - ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 2017 - Men's Short Program - Moscow, Russia - October 20, 2017 - Nathan Chen of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Alexander Fedorov