JOHANNESBURG - An eclectic mix of world leaders including President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will eulogize Nelson Mandela before a crowd of nearly 100,000 mourners at a massive memorial service Tuesday in the World Cup soccer stadium where the anti-apartheid champion made his last public appearance.
LONDON - English football faced renewed concerns about match-fixing Monday after Blackburn striker D.J. Campbell was identified as one of six people arrested in the second police investigation into rigged games opened inside two weeks.
LONDON - Arsenal's Premier League momentum was halted when the Gunners allowed a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday, while Fulham ended its losing streak by beating Aston Villa to give new manager Rene Meulensteen his first victory.
Arsenal failed to take full advantage of its main rivals' stumbles on Saturday as substitute Gerard Deulofeu levelled with a hard shot from a tight angle in the 84th minute to give Everton a deserved point.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - FIFA switched the scheduled kickoff times of seven World Cup matches on Saturday after meeting with broadcasters, having refused earlier requests made by the FIFPro union to protect players' health.
The main change involves England vs. Italy which was due to start at 9 p.m. local time (0100 GMT, 0300 Central European Time).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Aurelien Collin, soaked in champagne, pulled the black stocking cap that read "MLS Cup Champions" down over his ears and sheepishly shook his head from side to side.
The defender for Sporting Kansas City had never needed to try a penalty kick in his career.
It's unlikely that the next one will compare to the first.
MANCHESTER, England - The most unpredictable Premier League season in years threw up more surprises Saturday when Chelsea conceded a 90th-minute winner at Stoke and beleaguered defending champion Manchester United lost to Newcastle for a second home defeat in four days.
MADRID - Real Madrid says forward Gareth Bale has the flu and will miss the team's Copa del Rey opener at third-division Olimpic Xativa on Saturday.
Madrid will be without the Wales international and the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, likely leaving its attack to Karim Benzema or youngsters Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.
Bale scored his first hat trick for Madrid last weekend since his world record 100-million euro transfer from Tottenham this summer.
Madrid will play the second leg of its round-of-32 tie in two weeks at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Brazil was made a 3-1 favourite to win the 2014 World Cup it will be hosting.
The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday's draw as they held going into it.
Argentina was next at 9-2, barely up from 5-1 odds, according to the professional oddsmakers Keith Glantz and Russell Culver. Germany was 5-1, followed by defending champion Spain at 7-1.
The odds for the United States, placed in a difficult group with Germany, Portugal (30-1) and Ghana (175-1) for the first round, rose from 60-1 to 150-1.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - One of the worst finals in World Cup history — Spain vs. the Netherlands — will be reprised in one of the first games at the 2014 edition.
But Friday's draw proved kind, of sorts, for Brazil. The host nation should make short work of its Group A.
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.