FIFA World Cup
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - FIFA switched the scheduled kickoff times of seven World Cup matches on Saturday after meeting with broadcasters, having refused earlier requests made by the FIFPro union to protect players' health.
The main change involves England vs. Italy which was due to start at 9 p.m. local time (0100 GMT, 0300 Central European Time).
Brazil was made a 3-1 favourite to win the 2014 World Cup it will be hosting.
The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday's draw as they held going into it.
Argentina was next at 9-2, barely up from 5-1 odds, according to the professional oddsmakers Keith Glantz and Russell Culver. Germany was 5-1, followed by defending champion Spain at 7-1.
The odds for the United States, placed in a difficult group with Germany, Portugal (30-1) and Ghana (175-1) for the first round, rose from 60-1 to 150-1.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - One of the worst finals in World Cup history — Spain vs. the Netherlands — will be reprised in one of the first games at the 2014 edition.
But Friday's draw proved kind, of sorts, for Brazil. The host nation should make short work of its Group A.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Go Home England!
The mayor of the Brazilian city of Manaus says England will not be welcome during the World Cup because coach Roy Hodgson said the jungle city is the place to be avoided next year.
Manaus Mayor Arthur Virgilio said Thursday he hopes the luck of the draw on Friday will keep the English team from playing in his city. Friday's draw will determine who and where each of the 32 teams will play next June and July.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — Thirty two teams and a world of possibilities.
The 31 countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup and host nation Brazil will cross fingers and toes and hope for the luck of the draw on Friday when their names are plucked from bowls one by one in a globally televised extravaganza to determine where, when and, most importantly, who they will play in Brazil next June at football's showcase tournament.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - At least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA requested.
Soccer's governing body said Tuesday the stadiums in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Cuiaba are unable to meet the deadline because of construction delays.