Hashim Amla became the first South African to score a triple century in Test cricket as his side dominated No.1 ranked England at The Oval Sunday.
"With extra officials you're aware of more things: the fear of getting caught is there. There's no more shirt-pulling, players know that the referee is there." At this point in his interview with Sky Sports, Michel Platini was doing reasonably well. We haven't seen the kind of holdups at set pieces, caused by pushing and shoving, to which we've become accustomed in club matches. Then, warming to the tune he was parping on UEFA's trumpet, Platini added an extra long note of satisfaction. "With five, officials see everything." If he hadn't already been reassessing his feelings on the matter, today's play might have forced him to.
Former England international, Gareth Southgate told CNN that he is concerned about the fitness of the squad.
Things done changed, as Notorious B.I.G put it. Back in the day (Monday), France and England tied 1-1 in what probably stands as the tournament's least entertaining game, while Ukraine was carried to the top of Group D by a sumptuous double from Andriy Shevchenko, beating Sweden. "We can't play like that against a very good team," said French coach Laurent Blanc afterwards. "I'm glad to get this game out of the way," said the English manager Roy Hodgson. "No one is happy and we grieve together," said the Swedish boss Erik Hamren. The only thing to stay the same in Group A on Friday was defeat for his side.
Rolling commentary and live pictures from Euro 2012 as France take on Ukraine, followed by England vs.Sweden.
Three thoughts after the 1-1 draw between England and France in Donetsk, Ukraine.
It was the scene for one of the most famous controversies in soccer history. Did England striker Geoff Hurst's shot during the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley cross the line?
Sol Campbell and Keir Radnedge discuss the big challenges faced by new England manager Roy Hodgson.
Roy Hodgson was appointed England manager on a four-year contract on Tuesday, ending months of speculation over who would lead the national team at Euro 2012.
Teri Alexander, mother of Tulsa shooting suspect Jake England, discusses her son's troubled background.
The mother of one of two men accused of shooting and killing three African-Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month said Tuesday her son was "a very good kid."
An Oklahoma man said he doesn't hate African-Americans and counts some of them among his best friends. Murder and hate crime charges were filed on Friday accusing him and another man of killing three strangers because they were black.
The 19-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma, man whose Facebook page lamented his father's death "at the hands of a f--king n----r" told investigators he shot three of the African-Americans injured or killed in a Friday shooting spree, according to police documents.
Police are investigating whether the shootings of five African-Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were a hate crime after the weekend arrests of two white suspects in the case, local authorities said Sunday.
Plucky England, fighting back from two down only to be thwarted by a deflected last-minute winner. A brave effort from Psycho's young lions. Pleasing fluency at times. The start of a bold new era for English football. ... As a response to a single game played with a youthful side under a caretaker manager, such commentary made a certain sense. But the crucial thing to remember after England's 3-2 defeat to Holland last Wednesday was context.
CNN's Alex Thomas meets the man hoping to rebuild English rugby, former Wimbledon tennis chief executive Ian Ritchie.
Miguel Angel Jimenez was well-placed to become the oldest winner on the European Tour as he trailed halfway leader and fellow Spaniard Eduardo de la Riva by just a shot Friday at the Andalucia Open.
France's hopes of winning the Six Nations title this season have been ended after England claimed a superb 24-22 victory in Paris on Sunday.
The last time Wales won a Six Nations rugby international at England's home stronghold, the team went on to claim the 2008 title and complete a grand slam of victories against all competing countries.
"The letter stated that, as I ran through the tunnel, they were going to throw acid in my face. I was petrified and I probably never moved so much and so fast on a soccer field in my life."
England denied Italy an historic victory at the Stadio Olimpico with a hard fought 19 points to 15 win in the Six Nations championship on Saturday.
Imran Khan tells CNN-IBN that Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar should have retired already.
Pakistan wrapped up a first series whitewash over top-ranked England on Monday by winning the third and final Test in Dubai by 71 runs, making history in the process.
England will have to achieve the second-highest run chase in their history, after being left a mountain to climb by Pakistan at the end of the third day of the third Test in Dubai.
France kicked-off the 2012 Six Nations championship with a resounding 30-12 win over Italy at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.
South African-born England batsman Kevin Pietersen opens up about his cricket career.
England bowlers Graeme Swann and James Anderson both grabbed late wickets as their side fought their way back into the first Test on day two against Pakistan in Dubai.
Spinner Saeed Ajmal tore through England's batting line up as Pakistan took control of the first Test in Dubai, in the first clash between the two countries since the spot-fixing scandal of 2010.
Two goals in the last five minutes gave Fulham a 2-1 Premier League home win over Arsenal on Monday to continue the recent run of shock results in England's top division.
CNN's Alex Thomas speaks to the CEO of England 2015 about the challenges that lie ahead.
As ever, with thedraw for the European Championship, the first thought is how many exciting ties there are in prospect in the group stage. Holland vs. Germany, Spain vs. Italy, France vs. England, Portugal's games against the Dutch and the Germans ... this is how tournament soccer ought to be; big games at every turn. The World Cup, ludicrously bloated as it now is, doesn't offer that sense of immediacy, of giants clashing from the off, and the fear must be that as the euros expand to 24 teams from 2016, it too will be diminished by the grind of small sides packing their half and seeking to frustrate opponents.
By the end of last Saturday's international friendly at Wembley, Spain had completed 844 passes to England's 293. It had been caught offside five times to England's one. And it had taken 19 shots, while England had taken just three. One of those was a long-range effort from Frank Lampard that might as well have been a back-pass and the other two came in the same move -- the only attack England had. And from a set play, too.
Center Manu Tuilagi compounded England's Rugby World Cup woes on Sunday when he was cautioned by police in New Zealand after jumping from a ferry.
Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany have already qualified for next summer's European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. Six more group winners will join them, plus the runner-up with the best record against the teams finishing first, third and fourth in the standings, with the eight other runners-up playing off for the four remaining slots. Here's a look at key upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers:
England wing Delon Armitage and French center Fabrice Estebanez have been suspended ahead of their two sides' Rugby World Cup quarterfinal clash in New Zealand next Saturday.
England went into the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday after a dramatic late 16-12 victory over Scotland at Eden Park in New Zealand.
Two members of the England coaching staff have been banned from their crucial Rugby World Cup clash with Scotland on Saturday for illegally switching the match ball during a win against Romania.
England and France set themselves on course for the quarterfinals of Rugby's World Cup with their second wins of the competition in New Zealand Sunday.
England batsman Jonathan Trott has been named the ICC's cricketer of the year for 2011.
England began their IRB Rugby World Cup campaign with a stuttering display beating Argentina 13-9 in Pool B at the Otago Stadium, Dunedin.
Police in London have arrested six men for questioning in connection with death of a man outside Wembley Stadium.
Television cameras are to be allowed into courts in England and Wales for the first time, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced Tuesday.
Sachin Tendulkar fell agonizingly short of his 100th international century as England confirmed their status as cricket's number one team with a 4-0 series whitewash over India.
England are closing in on a 4-0 series whitewash over India after making their opponents follow-on on the fourth day of the final Test at the Oval.
England maintained their stranglehold on the fourth and final Test against India at The Oval despite a rain-hit third day at The Oval Saturday.
Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen plundered a hapless Indian attack in a 350-run third wicket stand as England took total command of the fourth and final Test at The Oval Friday.
England have become the top-ranked nation in Test cricket after crushing India by an innings and 242 runs in the third Test match at Edgbaston on Saturday.
From the weird to the wonderful, the cosmos offers photographers an infinite canvas at which to point their lenses and take amazing pictures.
England continued their near total domination of India this summer by taking command of the third test after another peerless bowling performance.
A country overrun by rioters. A government facing questions over policing. Its leader accused of having lost legitimacy.
England footballers including Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have appealed for calm in London after the country's international friendly with the Netherlands was postponed due to violence in the capital.
England beat India by a crushing 319 run margin with a day to spare in the second test at Trent Bridge to take a 2-0 lead in the four-test series.
It was Rahul Dravid, not Indian teammate Sachin Tenduklar, that claimed the batting honors Saturday, but England remained in charge of the first Test at Lord's.
The 2,000 Test match got off to a rain-disrupted start at Lord's Thursday with England battling to 127 for two wickets by the close after being put into bat by India.
England and Sri Lanka drew their third and final Test at the Rose Bowl on Monday, a result that saw hosts England take a 1-0 series victory.
While suspended star striker Wayne Rooney was recovering from a hair transplant, England's hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2012 suffered a blow on Saturday as Switzerland claimed at 2-2 draw at London's Wembley Stadium.
The 4-3-3 formation that England twice turned out in this past week wasn't quite as groundbreaking as Fabio Capello appeared to think, but his choice of personnel (particularly for Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Ghana) was change enough to tickle the nostrils with the scent of progress. It's already becoming difficult to imagine England without Jack Wilshere, Gary Cahill's first start was an assured one, and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll looked at home winning his second cap. But it was the Aston Villa trio of Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and Darren Bent that really got tongues wagging.
With the qualifying series for both next year's European Championships and the African Cup of Nations roughly half-complete, a number of big names are in danger of missing out.
Sri Lanka have booked their place in the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup with an emphatic 10-wicket win over England in Colombo.
Two goals inside the first 15 minutes were enough to give England a 2-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff on Saturday and send them to the top of Euro 2012 Group G.
Jason Leonard, former England Captain and Rugby World Cup winner talks to CNN about the potential of England's current rugby team.
England clinched rugby's Six Nations title for the first time since 2003 on Saturday despite crashing to a 24-8 defeat to Ireland in the final round in Dublin.
England kept their Cricket World Cup hopes alive after a dramatic 18-run victory over the West Indies.
England produced a stunning comeback at the Cricket World Cup on Sunday to beat South Africa by six runs in a dramatic encounter in Chennai, India.
India and England tied one of the most extraordinary matches in World Cup cricket history in Bangalore Sunday.
England took a big step towards a Six Nations Grand Slam with a 17-9 win over defending champions France at Twickenham on Saturday, in which Jonny Wilkinson regained the record for the most points in international rugby.
All British rock stars eventually make their version of "Led Zeppelin III" -- the album where they look to the history and mythology of England for inspiration.
Northampton Saints winger Chris Ashton ran in four tries at Twickenham on Saturday as England thrashed Italy 59-13 in the RBS Six Nations Championship.
A quick look at storylines entering this weekend's Barclays Premier League action:
Australia's 2011 Cricket World Cup hopes have suffered a double blow with the news that Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz have been ruled out of the tournament through injury.
England got their rugby union Six Nations campaign off to a flying start after defeating Wales 26-19 in Cardiff.
England's cricketers have won a Test series in Australia for the first time in 24 years to complete an historic defense of the Ashes trophy.
England need just three wickets on the last day of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney to wrap up their first series win in Australia for 24 years.
Alastair Cook scored his third century of the 2010-11 Ashes series as England took control of the final Test against Australia in Sydney on Wednesday.
Police, firefighters and specialist teams were called in after inmates rioted at HMP Ford prison in southern England.
England beat Australia to retain The Ashes trophy in international cricket.
British Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated the England cricket team on Wednesday after it trounced arch-rival Australia to retain the Ashes, the most storied prize in the sport.
Indicating a resurgence of cricket prowess in the sport's homeland, England has trounced arch-rival Australia to retain "the Ashes," the most storied trophy in international cricket.
A fine spell of bowling from Tim Bresnan put England on the verge of victory in the fourth Ashes Test on Tuesday as Australia's batsmen capitulated for the second time in Melbourne.
England took a giant stride towards retaining the Ashes after bowling out Australia for a paltry 98 and then establishing a 59-run first innings lead by the close of the first day of the fourth Test in Melbourne.
Australia are poised to win the third Test and level the Ashes series after England slumped to 81 for five wickets by stumps on the third day in Perth, chasing 391 for victory.
Forecasters say the United Kingdom will remain in the grip of bitter winter weather through at least Monday.
England's cricketers continued their dominance over Australia with a commanding performance on the opening day of the third Ashes Test in Perth.
Amid all the hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth that followed England's failure to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup, the detail of Russia's bid has been rather overlooked. For Russia, like South Africa, the World Cup represents a great opportunity but also major challenges ...
Three quick wickets from paceman James Anderson helped England take control on the opening day of the second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide.
Records tumbled as England saved the first Test match against Australia at Brisbane on Monday by scoring an enormous 517-1, meaning the tourists go into the next contest with the psychological advantage.
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss insists his side will take no chances on the final day of the opening Ashes Test in Australia after helping bat his side back into the match.
Australian paceman Peter Siddle took six wickets including a hat-trick as England were skittled for 260 on the first day of the Ashes series at the Gabba in Brisbane.
There has been a distinct mood of rebellion brewing in English football.
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England's 2018 World Cup bid team has made a complaint to FIFA over controversial comments made by the head of the rival Russian campaign.
More than 7,000 festivalgoers recently set a Guinness World Record -- simply by logging on to Facebook.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt has formally apologized for accusations he made against the England cricket team earlier this month.
Spin-bowler Monty Panesar has earned a recall to England's Test cricket squad for the Ashes series against Australia, due to begin on November 25 in Brisbane.
A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Manchester Airport, England, Thursday, the airport told CNN.
England's national cricket team "deplores and rejects unreservedly" allegations by Pakistan's top cricket official that English players took money from gamblers to fix the results of a match last week, it said Monday.
London police arrested 5 men on suspicion of terrorism amid the pope's visit to the city. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
Six men arrested Friday morning in London on suspicion of terrorism related to Pope Benedict XVI's visit were freed overnight without charge, an official said.
Investigators in Britain arrested six men on suspicion of terrorism Friday and reviewed security arrangements for Pope Benedict XVI's trip there, authorities said.
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