More than 4,100 female first-division women footballers in 45 countries voted for their best team based on 2017 performances. It is the third straight year FIFPro has organized this poll; footballers selected one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers.   Hedvig Lindahl (goalkeeper, Chelsea & Sweden) “One of my big goals is to be the world’s best keeper. It’s been my dream, and to be a part of the FIFPro World XI, at least once, is something tangible to show to my kids. For me it means the world, actually. I’m thinking about all the years on...


A North Korean hockey player tested positive for a banned drug ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics in a case that was later dropped.   The International Ice Hockey Federation says Kim Un Hyang was able to show that a positive test for hydrochlorothiazide "was the result of contaminated food products." Details of her defense were not given.   The substance is a diuretic that can hide the presence of other banned drugs. The IIHF says the concentration in her sample was far below the World Anti-Doping Agency's detection limit, and a subsequent sample during the Olympic tournament tested...


Switzerland's Beat Feuz finished ahead of Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal to win the season-long World Cup downhill title on Wednesday in Are, Sweden.   Austrian teammates Vincent Kriechmayr and Matthias Mayer shared the race win at the World Cup finals, finishing 4-100ths of a second ahead of Feuz and 12-100ths ahead of Norway's Svindal. In the discipline standings, Feuz ended up 70 points ahead of Svindal, thanks in large part to his victories in Lake Louise, Alta, Wengen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.   He becomes the first Swiss racer to claim the title since Didier Cuche won the...


Following a string of reliability problems across the opening four races of the season, the Audi ABT Schaeffler squad had scored just 12 points and languished eighth in the teams’ standings until Daniel Abt secured a redemptive win in Mexico.   Abt thought he had secured his first Formula E victory in December after crossing the line in first place in Hong Kong, but he was later disqualified for a technical infringement. Thanks to a combination of misfortune for his rivals, a series of overtakes and a fast pit stop, the German was able to secure his maiden win despite starting sixth on the...


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