Soccer players at Washington state college suspended for black face photo

Five members of the women's soccer team at a Christian college in Washington state were suspended for one match for donning racist black face and Afro wigs in a photo posted online, the university said. In the picture, the five women from Whitworth University in Spokane were shown wearing costumes and identifying themselves as members of late pop icon Michael Jackson's group. "In light of the impact that these actions have had on Whitworth and the greater Spokane community, we feel it is in the best interest of all involved to take this action at this time," head coach Jael Hagerott said in the statement.

World Cup soccer qualifier exposes China-Hong Kong tensions

(Adds details and match result) By James Pomfret SHENZHEN, China, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Chinese riot police were deployed for a World Cup qualifying match between China and Hong Kong that ended peacefully in a 0-0 draw on Thursday, although tensions echoed from Hong Kong's democracy protests last year. Protesters blocked Hong Kong's main streets for months last year during the "Occupy Central" protests, calling for real democracy for the former British colony in the vote for its next leader in 2017. Hundreds of Chinese paramilitary and riot police were deployed in and around the 40,000-seat stadium in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, bordering the Chinese "Special Administrative Region".

Chung says AFC broke election rules ahead of FIFA vote

Chung says AFC broke election rules ahead of FIFA voteSouth Korean billionaire Chung Mong-joon has accused the Asian Football Confederation of breaking FIFA election and ethics rules by lobbying for rival candidate Michel Platini in the presidential contest. The AFC sent letters to officials of member federations urging them to vote for the UEFA president on Feb. 26, Chung said in a news conference on Thursday in Seoul. ''It is an obvious case of election fraud infringing on the basic rights of other presidential candidates,'' said Chung, who passed copies of the letters to the chairmen of FIFA's electoral committee and ethics committee.