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FIFA hands Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah 4-month ban

Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah has been banned for four months by FIFA.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah has been banned for four months by FIFA in a breach-of-contract case.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its appeal panel upheld Mensah's suspension imposed by FIFA last July in a case dating to 2011. He is also liable for compensation to former club Udinese.

However, FIFA said Tuesday that Mensah -- who played at the past two World...

Gabon chosen as host of 2017 African Nations Cup

CAIRO -- Gabon will host the 2017 African Nations Cup in place of war-torn Libya.

Gabon, which co-hosted the tournament in 2012, was chosen on Wednesday in a vote by the Confederation of African Football's executive committee in Cairo.

Gabon was selected over rival bids from Algeria and Ghana.

Libya was initially scheduled to host the event in 2013, but swapped that tournament with South Africa to give it more time to be ready.

The North African nation conceded...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Netherlands shut out Spain while England, Italy draw in friendlies

Andros Townsend equalises late for England as they play out a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains that if Raheem Sterling can make all the money in the world if he continues to improve, following reports that he's rejected a new deal with Liverpool.

Netherlands scored twice in a four-minute span and shut out Spain 2-0 on Tuesday in a friendly in Amsterdam.

Stefan de Vrij's header opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and Davy Klaassen doubled the advantage in the 16th.

Klaassen found himself free to shoot in the middle of the 18-yard box, and though his initial shot was saved by David De Gea, he fired the rebound into the back of the net.

A wave of second-half Spain reinforcements included David Silva, Alvaro Morata and Andres Iniesta, but...

 By PA Sport

Argentina win in Washington DC with Messi resting, Uruguay prevail

Mexico were victorious over Ecuador in their international friendly, as Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's first half goal proved the difference.
Federico Mancuello scored from a tight angle and Argentina controlled El Salvador on Saturday.

Ever Banega scored on a deflected shot, Federico Mancuello added a late goal and Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly on Saturday.

Argentina played a lacklustre game without star Lionel Messi, who stayed on the bench with a right foot bruise. 

Banega scored with a 54th-minute shot that deflected off defender Nestor Renderos and beat goalkeeper Derby Carrillo. Mancuello sealed the win with a free kick from a tight angle in the 88th minute.

Argentina manager Gerardo Martino started Carlos...

Ghana wants BA United players investigated for betting

ACCRA, Ghana -- The head of the Ghana Football Association says he has reported top-flight players to law enforcement agencies for investigation following allegations that they were betting on their own team to lose.

GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi said Tuesday the allegations were "a very dangerous development in Ghana's football."

The coach of a Ghana Premier League team accused his players of betting on their club to lose at the weekend, insinuating that players deliberately lost the match in question.

BA...