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Bad news for Balotelli as Liverpool alter system
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- There's a very different feel to Christmas Day at Liverpool this season....

Brazil trying to make good use of new stadiums
SAO PAULO (AP) -- It's white elephant time for World Cup stadiums - again....

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts....

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report....

Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands....

Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players....

APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor
GENEVA (AP) -- The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings....