TORONTO - Jay Chapman didn't get to hear his name announced at the MLS SuperDraft. Toronto FC was happy to lock the central midfielder up in advance.
"We think he would be a top-five player if he was in the draft," GM Tim Bezbatchenko said.
Chapman officially signed as a homegrown player the day of the Jan. 15 draft and was in Philadelphia with the team to savour the moment.
Not so fast, would-be FIFA presidential candidates.
FIFA's election overseer urged caution on Friday before regarding applicants for the May 29 ballot as official candidates.
In a statement released by FIFA, compliance chairman Domenico Scala said his three-man panel overseeing the election rules has not even begun its work before next week's entry deadline.
TOKYO - The list of candidates is getting longer among sports hoping to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Squash, snooker and billiards are the latest to push their case to be added to the Tokyo sports program.
The International Olympic Committee passed a resolution in December that allows Tokyo organizers to request the addition of one or more new sports.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Eugenie Bouchard — the unwitting protagonist of an Australian Open saga that has been dubbed "Twirlgate" — would prefer if people just focused on her tennis.
For the record, Bouchard said Friday she was "not offended" by the male interviewer who asked her to twirl for the crowd earlier in the week.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Just months before the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, boxing fans are getting a chance to own a piece of one of the most hotly debated title fights of all time.
Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, Maine — won by Ali with a first-round knockout from what some saw as a "phantom punch" — go up for auction Feb. 21 in New York. They are expected to fetch more than $1 million.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer is out of the Australian Open, his chances of reaching a 12th consecutive semifinal at Melbourne Park erased in a shocking third-round loss to Andreas Seppi on Friday.
Rafael Nadal is still in contention, rebounding from his five-set, second-round win to beat No. 106-ranked Dudi Sella 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 in a third-round match lasting a little over two hours to reach the fourth round.
LONDON - Snooker and billiards are lobbying for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and the World Confederation of Billiards have submitted a bid to win a spot on the Tokyo program.
The sports previously planned to seek inclusion in the 2024 Olympics, but decided to push for 2020 after the IOC passed a resolution in December that allows Tokyo organizers to request the addition of one or more sports.
WASHINGTON - Robert Griffin III runs 76 yards for a touchdown — without a Washington Redskins logo on the side of his helmet.
That's the latest visual from a group that opposes the team's name.
The National Congress of American Indians on Friday released a 38-second online ad coinciding with the run-up to the Super Bowl. It shows footage of Griffin's highlight run against the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, but the team's logo has been digitally removed from his helmet.
Then come the words: "Take it away and it's still Washington football" and "Change the mascot."
MOSCOW - Russia's top athletics coach has resigned amid a series of doping scandals in the country.
Valentin Maslakov, 70, had overseen the training of all Russian national team athletes since 2007 as part of a coaching career spanning more than 40 years.
The head of the Russian athletics federation, Valentin Balakhnichev, tells the R-Sport agency on Friday that Maslakov took a "dignified decision" to step down after consulting federation management.
Canadian Shannon Miller is among the most successful coaches in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey and also among the highest-paid. It's the pay that's putting her out of a job.
Canada's coach when women's hockey made its Olympic debut in 1998 has since led the University of Minnesota-Duluth women to five national championships. With a record of 378-138-48, Miller has a winning percentage of .713 in her 16th season with the Bulldogs.