• Swiss lawmakers agree on $1B backing for 2026 Olympic bid

    GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s federal government said Wednesday it is prepared to pay almost 1 billion Swiss francs ($1.02 billion) toward Sion hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

  • Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland will play two friendlies in Qatar for its first preparation games since advancing to play at next year’s World Cup.

  • Denmark cancels World Cup qualifier against Sweden

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A pay dispute involving the Danish women’s national team has forced the country’s soccer federation to cancel a World Cup qualifying match against Sweden.

  • Spanish Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia retires

    MADRID (AP) — Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia says she is retiring after enduring a series of injuries this year.

  • Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

    BEIRUT (AP) — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.

  • Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Jose Mourinho believes the days of a coach lasting “15 to 20 years in the same club” are over, making it unlikely he will end his managerial career at Manchester United.

  • Bernd Storck out as Hungary coach after World Cup failure

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian Football Federation says Bernd Storck is out as coach of the national team, which he led to the 2016 European Championship, its first appearance there in 44 years.

  • Jaguars apologize to local military for anthem demonstration

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have apologized to local military leaders for demonstrating during the national anthem in London last month.

  • Nadal cites knee injury to miss Federer’s hometown event

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Swiss Indoors next week, denying fans a possible final against Roger Federer.

  • Sharapova loses to Rybarikova at Kremlin Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) — Maria Sharapova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second title in two weeks.