LONDON -- Before the scramble to sign players in the January transfer window, there's a rush to fill managerial vacancies. Three clubs are making changes in the midst of the Premier League season's busiest period, with all 20 teams in action on Thursday for the third time in a week. By Rob Harris. SENT: 581 words, photos.
MADRID -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Barcelona's appeal and upheld the transfer ban FIFA imposed on the club for infringing regulations on registering minors as youth players. By Harold Heckle. SENT: 467 words, photos.
OLY--BRITAIN-QUEEN'S SPORTS HONORS
LONDON -- Former Olympic athletes Steve Cram, Mary Peters and Wendy Sly have been honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list.
Cram, the former world champion, 1984 Olympic silver medalist and world record holder at 1,500 meters, is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire or CBE. SENT: 373 words.
SOC--BRAZIL MINISTRY CONTROVERSY
SAO PAULO -- Brazil's new sports minister says he is being unfairly criticized because of his lack of background in sports. After criticism by some of Brazil's top athletes, George Hilton released a statement Tuesday to defend himself against what he called "unjust" and "disloyal" attacks. SENT: 130 words.
-- UNDATED -- BC-GLF--GOLF NOTES. Spieth's gesture allows caddie to reflect on Aussie adventure; McIlroy wins another award. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,313 words.
-- UNDATED -- BC-GLF--ON THE FRINGE-123014. Tales from the Tour: Mickelson's broken tee, Mediate's broken chair and Nicklaus' firm promise. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1,160 words.
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