Five North Korean players tested positive for steroids at the women's World Cup, a source in Fifa said. After two players were caught during the tournament, Fifa tested the rest of the North Korean squad and found three more had tested positive, the official said.
The events represent football biggest doping scandal in 17 years at a major tournament. The last doping case at the men's World Cup was Diego Maradona, who was kicked out of the 1994 tournament.
Brazil wary of Paraguay threat
Menezes spent part of Friday's training getting his reserve squad to mimic as near as possible to Paraguay's style of play, ahead of Brazil’s match against them in quarterfinals of Copa America on Sunday. The Brazilians were a minute away from losing their group stage meeting with Paraguay early this week before managing a draw.
While Robinho and Ganso will be tasked with keeping the supply lines open to Neymar and Pato with Ramires and Lucas Leiva keeping things ticking over in the midfield engine room.
Messi committed to Argentina
Lionel Messi says he will continue to play for Argentina despite harsh criticism about his performance for the national team. Messi on Thursday responded to Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentina Football Association, who suggested the star Barcelona playmaker, could quiet the criticism by declining to play for his country.
“Although they criticize me, I will always come to the national team,” said Messi. “Criticism by the fans bothers me and everyone, but we are aware that we didn't do things correctly.”
Liverpool trounce Malaysia 6-3
Charlie Adam scored from the spot for his first goal for Liverpool as the Premier League team beat Malaysia 6-3 in the second match of its preseason Asian tour on Saturday. Adam was at the heart of the team’s first-half attacking moments.
Malaysian captain Shafiq Rahim equalized near half hour with a superb free kick. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish made 11 substitutions at the break, while David Ngog and Maxi Rodriguez both scored twice with Dirk Kuyt adding the other goal for the visitors.
Subrata to captain India against Qatar
Goalkeeper Subrata Paul will captain India in the international friendly against Qatar on Sunday. Incidentally, it has been 25 years since goalkeeper Atanu Bhattacharjee led the Indian team during the Nehru Cup in Trivandrum.