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Sponsors 'distressed' by Fifa corruption claims

Major sponsors Coca-Cola have described the ongoing controversy surrounding FIFA as "distressing and bad for the sport" as the saga rumbles on.

Investment Column: Market worries temper the BHP case

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James Corrigan: Adidas versus Nike in a World Cup final? Now that would be a horribly Messi affair

The Way I See It: Surely it is only a matter of time before the two boot giants realise that they have access to the finest talent and see the commercial possibilities

Hold The Back Page: 19/02/2011

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Mother defends 'sex abuse' teenager

The mother of a teenager charged in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation and abuse said today he would not harm anybody.

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The Highlight Reel: Name the undefeated

For the neutrals among you: if Holland lose the final on Sunday, who are the only other team not to have lost a game at this World Cup? (* Answer below).

Bargain Hunter: Sale gives customers a sporting chance

If the World Cup has inspired the sportsman or woman in you, you may be interested to hear details of the huge sale currently on at Adidas.co.uk. With discounts on everything from football shirts to golf shoes – not to mention the Adidas-sponsored range of Porsche merchandise – the website is sure to have something for all manner of sporting enthusiasts. Until 25 July, the site will host discounts of up to 50 per cent, after which date the savings will be limited to 30 per cent until 24 October.

Adidas dismisses England complaints about new ball

Adidas was growing increasingly frustrated with England last night over repeated suggestions that other nations had been given the advantage of a greater period of time to practise with the World Cup match ball. There is a feeling among some in the England camp that getting access to the Adidas Jabulani ball proved difficult back in the spring, and that the players had only the 15-day run-in to the World Cup to train with it, handing a distinct advantage to the Germans because of the ball's use in the Bundesliga since February.

Adidas defends ball after costly goalkeeper mistakes

"Hand of clod", the wrong type of ball or simply an inexcusable mistake? That was the debate raging among millions of fans yesterday as they watched endless slow motion replays of the gut-wrenching moment Robert Green allowed America to even the score during England's first match of the World Cup.

Marquez damps down incendiary show of South African pride

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James joins outcry at 'dreadful' official balls

A World Cup or European Championship would not be the same without goalkeepers complaining about the new footballs being used. "Like a water polo ball, very goalkeeper-unfriendly," was Paul Robinson's verdict as England's No 1 in Germany four years ago. This time, however, there is another factor to contend with in the number of games being played at altitude and when David James, not a natural whinger, describes the new Adidas Jabulani ball, developed at Loughborough University, as "dreadful, horrible", he is not merely making excuses in advance for his embattled breed.

Police seek man after mosque break-in

A raider took off his shoes in a mosque before he broke into an office inside and stole a large amount of cash, police said today.

Convicted killer escapes from security van

A convicted killer escaped from the back of a security van today while being transported to court, police said.

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