A Palestinian athlete prepares to compete in judo at the London games. CNN's Elise Labott reports.
NEW YORK -- It's a cold afternoon in Harlem with various groups of little kids running around screaming and giggling in makeshift soccer games. It would appear that most are oblivious to the presence of Dutch royalty in their midst. That would be actual Dutch royalty, as in Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje and Dutch soccer royalty in the form of the now retired legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar -- both acting as referees for the day.
U.S. player ratings Tuesday against Slovenia (scale of 1-10, 10 as best)
Three thoughts after the U.S.'s 3-2 win at Slovenia on Tuesday:
The U.S. meets Slovenia on Tuesday for its last game of 2011. Coming off a 1-0 loss, the U.S. now has a W-L-T record of 1-4-1 in six games under Jurgen Klinsmann.
The U.S. meets Slovenia on Tuesday in the team's last game of 2011 (noon ET, ESPN2, ESPN3.com, Galavisión), and it's fair to say the U.S.' lack of goals is starting to reach historic proportions. With Friday's 1-0 loss at France, the U.S. has scored just two goals in coach Jurgen Klinsmann's six games, the fewest over a six-game period since May 1998-January 1999. If the Yanks get blanked again -- and Slovenia is a stingy defensive outfit -- then it would be the U.S.'s driest goal spell since June-October 1992.
Azerbaijan was awarded the open seat on the U.N. Security Council Monday after Slovenia dropped its bid.
Italy and Spain have become the second and third nations to secure qualification for the Euro 2012 finals after wins over Slovenia and Liechtenstein respectively on Tuesday evening.
Vlade Divac was on the phone from Slovenia, where he used to be a citizen. Then came war. Now he was a visitor, a foreigner welcome home at long last.
Novak Djokovic duly secured his 26th straight win since the start of the season with a 6-3 6-2 victory win over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic Friday in the Serbia Open.
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.
Friday proved a good evening for some major European football nations, with the Netherlands, Italy and France all claiming away victories in their Euro 2012 qualifying groups.
The small, seaside town of Piran, Slovenia, is thousands of miles away from Washington, but headlines are heralding its new mayor as the city's Barack Obama.
Slovenia's Igor Simcic and his yacht Esimit Europa 2 were the biggest winners on the final day of the Maxi Rolex Cup in Sardinia on Saturday.
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It wasn't always pretty but the U.S. picked up it's second straight 20-plus point win in the FIBA World Championship, stomping Slovenia 99-77 (RECAP) in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday.
FINAL -- U.S. 99, Slovenia 77 Another game, another convicing double-digit blowout for Team USA. After coming out slow against Croatia on Saturday, the U.S. (2-0) made sure history didn't repeat itself on Sunday, outscoring Slovenia 23-11 in the first quarter and cruising to a 22-point victory.
The United States and England are through to the last 16 of the World Cup after a dramatic finale to Group C on Wednesday.
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Fabio Capello's England were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Algeria in their World Cup Group C clash in Cape Town on Friday night.
The United States came back from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Slovenia in a pulsating World Cup Group C encounter in Johannesburg on Friday.
American striker Clint Dempsey says the U.S. team has drawn confidence from impressive performances against Brazil, Spain and England but says Friday's World Cup clash with Slovenia is a match his side cannot afford to lose.
CNN's Pedro Pinto profiles the U.S. team after its draw against England at the World Cup.
Slovenia edged out 10-man Algeria 1-0 in Sunday's World Cup Group C match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Slovenia is the smallest country to qualify for two non-contiguous World Cups, which at first sounds like a terribly contrived statistic. Trinidad and Tobago and Northern Ireland have both qualified for a World Cup with a smaller population, and Northern Ireland, having qualified in 1982, did so again in 1986. But that can be explained by a fine generation of players led by an inspirational manager in Billy Bingham who were fortunate that their period of excellence lasted long enough to get them to two tournaments.
Austria's Kathrin Zettel won the women's World Cup slalom in Maribor, Slovenia on Sunday after first-run leader Marlies Schild failed to finish her second run.
The gods of soccer smiled upon the United States for once on Friday, giving the Americans one of the most fortunate draws imaginable for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (FULL DRAW).
CNN's Alex Thomas has reaction from London on the eight groups for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
German police make 17 arrests in a football match-fixing probe. CNN's Richard Quest and Pedro Pinto discuss.
While the football community is gearing up for next week's World Cup draw in Cape Town, the globe's most popular game is embroiled in match-fixing scandals on two continents.
A dramatic final night of World Cup qualifying has seen all of the 32 places decided with European powerhouses France and Portugal going through.
A controversial extra-time goal by William Gallas saw France reach the World Cup finals after a 1-1 home draw against the Republic of Ireland in Paris on Wednesday night.
France took a giant stride towards the World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in their European playoff match in Dublin on Saturday night.
The prime ministers of Croatia and Slovenia signed a deal Wednesday to settle a long-running border dispute and remove a key obstacle to Croatia's prospects of securing European Union membership.
France, Portugal, Russia and Greece have been confirmed as the seeded teams for Monday's World Cup European playoff draw.
Ukraine claimed a 1-0 victory over 10-man England which boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa via the playoffs.
David Beckham has hinted for the first time that he may not see out his lucrative five-year contract with American MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy.
A controversial penalty from Frank Lampard and a second half strike from prolific substitute Jermain Defoe helped England to a 2-1 friendly victory over Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday.
The Netherlands remain top of World Cup Group Nine, maintaining their 100 per cent record in the process, after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Scotland at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Two canoes were crushed running over a dam in southeastern Slovenia, killing 8 people
Two canoes were demolished when they tried to go over a dam in Slovenia, spilling more than a dozen people.
Forget lists of "What's Next" in travel. Eastern Europe is "What's Now." While it's catching up to the West -- becoming more modern, expensive and crowded -- Eastern Europe remains a great value. Here's what to expect this year.
Now Kosovo has broken off from Serbia. A confused follower of world events asks: Are we really better off minting smaller and smaller nations?
NBA scouts are anticipating a pool of foreign talent similar to last year, when five international players were drafted in the first round (though only one, Yi Jianlian of China, went in the lottery).
Pop music icon Elton John complained to a British newspaper this week that the Internet was destroying music.
The Netherlands beat Slovenia 1-0 with a goal five minutes from time by Giovanni van Bronckhorst in a Euro 2008 Group G qualifier on Wednesday.
Former national team captain Darko Milanic is favorite to become Slovenia national team coach after the sacking of Brane Oblak was announced by the Slovenian FA on Tuesday.
This year, 2006, marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the former Soviet Union, anniversaries that in a sense bookend the disintegration of the once-formidable communist superpower.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov will miss Bulgaria's Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovenia on Wednesday due to a groin injury that could keep him out for two weeks.
China, Australia, New Zealand and France have booked their places in the second round of the world basketball championships, with Puerto Rico and Brazil both eliminated.
Heptathlon queen Carolina Kluft thrilled her home fans by winning the gold medal at the European championships in Gothenburg on Tuesday.
Voters in Montenegro have decided narrowly to sever the country's union with Serbia, a move that breaks up the last two pieces of the former Yugoslavia, according to official preliminary results from the election commission.
Petteri Nummelin scored with 72 seconds left as Finland fought back to draw 3-3 with the Czech Republic and clinch top spot in Group A at the world championships on Tuesday.
Slovenia's Srecko Katanec has signed a two-year-contract as Macedonia's national coach.
Mirel Radoi's international exile looks to be over after Romanian coach Victor Piturca said on Monday the Steaua Bucharest player could be selected.
Bottom team Moldova held Norway to a goalless draw in a dull Group Five World Cup qualifier played in driving snow in Chisinau on Wednesday.
The German Football Association (DFB) has apologized to Slovenia after unruly fans smashed windows and tables at a hotel and restaurant before the friendly international in Celje on Saturday.
Oliver Neuville and Frank Baumann have been given a chance to impress Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann in Saturday's friendly in Slovenia.
Set amid spectacular Alpine scenery, Slovenia's Bled School of Management must be one of the most picturesque places to study business anywhere in the world.
Austrian Josef Strobl has been cleared by the International Ski Federation to compete for his adopted country Slovenia.
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro and midfielder Mauro Camoranesi have been ruled out of Wednesday's crunch Group Five World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus.
A header by Bostjan Cesar eight minutes from time gave Slovenia a famous 1-0 win over Italy in their World Cup qualifier.
Alessandro Del Piero scored his first goal for Italy for more than a year as Marcello Lippi's side picked up their second straight win with a 1-0 away victory over Moldova in Chisinau.
Five players have withdrawn from an injury-hit Scotland squad for Wednesday's friendly international against Hungary at Hampden Park.
Austrian skier Josef 'Pepi' Strobl will compete for Slovenia from next season if the International Skiing Federation (FIS) gives its blessing.
In-form striker Dimitar Berbatov scored twice to help Bulgaria ease to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Cameroon.
Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova won the opening singles to give favorites Russia a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup World Group first-round tie in Moscow.
For two weeks, Richard Quest and his team are traveling around countries about to join the European Union on May 1. We asked for your views. Richard's replies are in italics.
Serena Williams has quit the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina because of a knee injury, leaving sister Venus as the highest-ranked player left at the clay-court event.
It is picture-postcard perfect. Slovenia, home to just 2 million people, has it all: To the north, snow-covered mountains, fairytale castles and magical lakes. A couple of hours to the south, the Adriatic coastline.
The border between Italy and Slovenia is barely visible here. Neighboring rooftops sit in two different towns in two different countries.
With 10 more countries about to swell the ranks of the EU come May 1, the one business sector likely to get a boost is the travel industry -- both for leisure and business.
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