European football governing body UEFA on Thursday formally ratified plans to impose 10-game European suspensions on players and officials found guilty of racism.
Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United, the Premier League champions announced on Thursday.
Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said Thursday.
Daniel Vettori was on Thursday ruled out of playing in the second and final Test against England starting in Leeds on Friday after doubts over his ability to last a five-day match.
Dutch meat wholesaler Willy Selten was arrested on Thursday for allegedly selling 300 tonnes of horsemeat labelled as beef, the public prosecutor said.