COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says FIFA is in mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela.
He released a statement saying the former South Africa president was "probably one of the greatest humanists of our time."
Blatter said he and Mandela "shared an unwavering belief in the extraordinary power of football to unite people in peace and friendship."
One of Mandela's last major public appearances was during the closing ceremony of the 2010 South Africa World Cup.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Go Home England!
The mayor of the Brazilian city of Manaus says England will not be welcome during the World Cup because coach Roy Hodgson said the jungle city is the place to be avoided next year.
Manaus Mayor Arthur Virgilio said Thursday he hopes the luck of the draw on Friday will keep the English team from playing in his city. Friday's draw will determine who and where each of the 32 teams will play next June and July.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — Thirty two teams and a world of possibilities.
The 31 countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup and host nation Brazil will cross fingers and toes and hope for the luck of the draw on Friday when their names are plucked from bowls one by one in a globally televised extravaganza to determine where, when and, most importantly, who they will play in Brazil next June at football's showcase tournament.
MANCHESTER, England - Luis Suarez's stunning quadruple for Liverpool capped a goal-laden night in the Premier League that saw the top four all win, but Manchester United lose 1-0 to Everton to be cut adrift in the title race.
Arsenal preserved its four-point lead as Nicklas Bendtner capitalized on a rare start to score in a 2-0 win over Hull, while Eden Hazard capped a brilliant performance with two goals in Chelsea's wild 4-3 victory at Sunderland.
LONDON - Warning that Brazil has "no time to lose," new International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will travel soon to Rio de Janeiro to check on the troubled preparations for the 2016 Games.
Bach said Wednesday he will go to Brazil in "the next couple of months" to encourage the organizers and government to work together to make sure the first Olympics in South America are successful.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - At least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA requested.
Soccer's governing body said Tuesday the stadiums in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Cuiaba are unable to meet the deadline because of construction delays.
SAO PAULO - Construction workers returned Monday to the stadium that will host the opening match of the World Cup, five days after an accident killed two workers and renewed questions about Brazil's readiness to hold the soccer tournament.
Small groups of stonemasons, metal workers and others trickled into the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, expressing determination to finish work ahead of the World Cup opener on June 12.
LONDON - Chelsea recovered from conceding a goal after only 13 seconds to move to second in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Southampton while defending champion Manchester United and Liverpool lost ground in the title race on Sunday.
John Terry scored on his 400th Premier League appearance after Gary Cahill cancelled Southampton's opener from Jay Rodriguez at Stamford Bridge, and substitute Demba Ba sealed the victory in the 90th.
LIVERPOOL, England - Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be sidelined for up to eight weeks after spraining his ankle during training earlier this week.
The England forward has scored 11 goals in 14 matches for the Reds this season and his partnership with Luis Suarez has proved decisive in many occasions.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said before Sunday's 3-1 loss at Hull that "Daniel is probably going to be out six to eight weeks. It's a big blow for us because he's been brilliant since he's come in."
MILAN - AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi says the club will have two general managers — his daughter Barbara Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani.
The arrangement was made public on Saturday after a four-hour meeting between Berlusconi and vice-president and current general manager Galliani the previous night.
Berlusconi says "Galliani will take charge of the sporting sector, while Barbara Berlusconi will manage the other sectors."