LAHORE, Pakistan - Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are to play a rugby match Saturday, with officials and captains vowing to promote peace through sports. It will be a rare sporting event between the South Asian nuclear rivals. New Delhi had stalled bilateral sporting relations in the wake of 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, which India blamed on militants based in Pakistan.
ZURICH, Switzerland - Host Brazil and the seven highest-ranked teams in FIFA's October standings will be given the top seeds in the group draw for the 2014 World Cup. FIFA's executive committee decided on Friday on a system which means Belgium and Colombia — which did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup — are almost assured of being seeded in the Dec. 6 draw if they advance as expected this month.
WELLINGTON - Afghanistan face New Zealand in Napier and will play in Dunedin twice after qualifying for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. The Asian nation booked a place at the tournament for the first time by beating Kenya in Sharjah on Friday in the last match of the World Cricket League one-day qualifying tournament.
ZURICH, Switzerland - The FIFA Executive Committee postponed making a decision Friday about the possibility of moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter due to the expected high summer temperatures in the Arab emirate. Instead, FIFA president Joseph Blatter announced that a task force would be set up to look into the feasibility of a winter World Cup, adding that any decision might not be forthcoming until as late as 2015.
BEIJING - World number two Rafael Nadal said Friday he felt no extra pressure heading into a semi-final at the China Open which could see him return to the top of the men's rankings. The number two seed in Beijing staged an extraordinary comeback against Fabio Fognini in his quarter-final match to keep alive his hopes of unseating Novak Djokovic at the top spot.
COBHAM, England - Samuel Eto'o has yet to adjust fully to life in the Premier League with Chelsea, Blues boss Jose Mourinho said Friday. Eto'o is still looking for his first goal for the London club following his August move from Anzhi Makhachkala. The Cameroon striker, 32, is expected to lead Chelsea's attack at Norwich this weekend in place of Fernando Torres, set to be sidelined for three weeks with a knee ligament injury
LONDON - Enjoying a cigarette? Not if you're an English Premier League star playing for Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger. Wenger said on Friday he will have a conversation with Jack Wilshere after the England midfielder was pictured smoking outside a nightclub.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Play between the United States and International golf squads was suspended at the 10th Presidents Cup on Friday because of a severe thunderstorm in the area near Muirfield Village.