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Brazilian far-right party deny Ronaldinho will be candidate

Rio De Janeiro - A far-right Brazilian party on Friday denied reports that World Cup-winning footballer Ronaldinho is to be one of its candidates in elections for the Senate.

FIFA trial hears of dancing, private jet, massages

New York - A Brazilian businessman told a US Federal Court on Wednesday that he helped set up a huge bribe to South American football officials to secure the rights for a new tournament.

Brazil footballers remembered one year after plane crash

La Uni - Two army helicopters scattered flower petals over a town square Tuesday as part of sad tributes to the upstart Brazilian football team Chapecoense, most of whose players died in a plane crash exactly a year ago.

Widows struggle year after Brazil football team wiped out

S - Fabienne Belle had already been floored by the news that her husband was killed in the air crash that wiped out Brazil's Chapecoense football team. Then one day, without warning, she received his old suitcase in the mail.

Chapeco football club rises from ashes of air disaster

S - A year after Brazil's Chapecoense football club was all but wiped out in an air crash on their way to play the game of their lives, the team is winning again -- and daring to think of the future.

Brazil striker Robinho handed nine-year term for rape

Rome - Former AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy on Thursday after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports.

Graft and white elephants: Rio's Olympic legacy

Rio De Janeiro - The Rio de Janeiro Olympics was a world class party, but a year later, there's no end in sight to the painful hangover gripping Latin America's biggest country.Brazilians have got used to public officials' incompetence and corruption.

Football: Picture this! Pensive Neymar stirs renewed PSG fever

Paris - Neymar's decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mystery over football star Garrincha's remains grips Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Mane Garrincha, the Brazilian football genius renowned for leaving defenders in confusion, is now baffling his many fans from beyond the grave with the ultimate mystery: where are his bones?

Brazil plane crash team to play again next month

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian football team Chapecoense said Wednesday they will on January 29 play their first match since their squad was all but wiped out in an air crash.

Plane crash kills dream of Brazilian football team that defied odds

S - Traveling on the doomed airliner that crashed in Colombia overnight were the players and staff of a Brazilian football club about to complete a fairytale journey from unknowns to would-be South American champions.

Brazil authorizes Irish Olympic chief's release on bail

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian judge ruled that Irish Olympic Committee (IOC) president Patrick Hickey, awaiting trial over an alleged ticketing scam, could be released on bail and leave the country.

Olympian's thanks for medal found in rubbish heap

Rome - An Olympic fencing champion whose Rio Games gold medal was stolen as he slept on a train was celebrating Sunday after receiving news of its discovery by a stranger via a message on Facebook."I'm really happy!

Rosberg set to deliver Hamilton knockout blow

S - Nico Rosberg may not want to talk about it, but he is poised to join an illustrious club if he can complete a hat-trick at the Brazilian Grand Prix and secure his maiden world championship.

Brazil 1970 skipper Carlos Alberto dies at 72

Rio De Janeiro - Carlos Alberto Torres, captain of the great Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup, died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 72, Brazil's Sportv, for whom he worked, announced.

Neymar's nerves of steel hand Brazil first football gold

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil superstar Neymar struck the winning penalty as the hosts claimed a first ever Olympic football gold medal before announcing his intention to step down as captain of the national team.

Ex-FIFA chief Havelange, mired in corruption scandal, dies at 100

Rio De Janeiro - Joao Havelange, who died Tuesday at 100, turned FIFA into a global business behemoth and helped bring the Olympics to Rio, only to resign in disgrace after a corruption scandal.

Rio police help give favela kids a path

Rio De Janeiro - In a craggy back alley of the Providencia favela in central Rio, two dozen children and teenagers chat noisily while waiting for a military police van to take them for their first visit to the Olympic park."Behave during the trip!

Brazil police hold two terror suspects

S - Brazilian police have taken two people into custody on suspicion of terrorism offences as part of an operation to ensure security during the Olympic Games in Rio.

Brazilians protest in Rio as city prepares for Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Protesters turned out Sunday for lightly attended demonstrations in Rio against embattled President Dilma Rousseff five days before the start of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Mexico's Olympians get condoms over Zika fears

- Mexican athletes received on Monday an anti-Zika kit for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, including Mosquito repellent, antibacterial hand gel and condoms.

Brazil stages anti-terror drill in Rio station ahead of Games

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian security forces conducted a simulated counterterrorism operation Saturday at a Rio de Janeiro train station ahead of the Summer Olympics, a day after security was beefed up following the truck attack in Nice.

Rio protesters demand Olympics 'boycott,' clash with police

Rio De Janeiro - Several thousand people demonstrated in Rio de Janeiro, calling for a "boycott" of the Olympic Games less than a month ahead of an event plagued by a financial crisis and crime.

Rio official blames financial troubles for pollution woes

Rio De Janeiro - Raw sewage and garbage litter Rio's Guanabara Bay, the Olympic sailing venue in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, with pollution one of several major headaches for organizers and athletes ahead of the Games.

Rio declares financial 'calamity' ahead of Olympic Games

Rio De Janeiro - Rio state authorities declared a "state of public calamity" Friday over a major budget crisis in order to release emergency funds to finance the Olympic Games due to begin in August.

Brazilian minister says 'no chance' of Olympic delay

London - Brazilian Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani on Tuesday ruled out as "impossible" a delay in the Rio Summer Olympics over concerns about the spread of the Zika virus."It's impossible. There's no chance.

WHO asks experts to weigh Olympics impact on Zika spread

Washington - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked a panel of experts to consider whether the Rio Summer Olympics should be held as scheduled due to concerns it could spread the Zika virus.

WHO says Zika response plan only 13 percent funded

Geneva - The World Health Organization's Zika response programme is only 13 percent funded, "severely" compromising efforts to combat the virus that is increasingly becoming a global threat, the UN agency said Monday.But the significant funding gaps in the $17....

Football great Pele saddened by Brazil's political woes

Madrid - Brazilian football legend Pele has said he is very saddened by the political turmoil in his country and expressed the hope there will be a "big government" in place in time for the Rio Olympic Games in August.

UN chief vows to back refugee team as Olympic flame stops in Geneva

Ginebra - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday he will not remain neutral at the Rio Games, pledging to cheer for a team of refugees as the Olympic flame stopped by the United Nations in Geneva.
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