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US head of Fifa ethics committee quits
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US head of Fifa ethics committee quits

Sepp Blatter, the Swiss leader of Zurich-based Fifa, said on Wednesday that he was "surprised" by the resignation of top corruption investigator Michael Garcia over the handling of his inquiry into the Qatar and Russia World Cup bids. READ  

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing
Photo: Jungfrau Railways

Checking out snow sport alternatives to skiing

You don’t have to ski to enjoy Switzerland in the winter. From snowshoeing to ski-jöring, non-skiers have plenty of ways to amuse themselves in the colder months. The Local's Caroline Bishop runs down some of the options. READ  

Basel and Young Boys draw tough opponents
Basel coach Paulo Sousa faces an adversary from his home country. Photo: AFP

Basel and Young Boys draw tough opponents

FC Basel will face one of Portugal’s top teams, FC Porto, as the draw for the final 16 in the Champions League football playoffs was unveiled on Monday. READ  

Federer and Gisin named top Swiss sport figures
Federer gains another trophy. Photo: AFP

Federer and Gisin named top Swiss sport figures

Tennis star Roger Federer was elected Swiss sportsman of the year for the sixth time on Sunday night at a televised Zurich gala, while Olympic gold medal skier Dominique Gisin was voted the country’s top sportswoman for 2014. READ  

Swiss hike scrutiny of international sport orgs
Photo: City of Bern

Swiss hike scrutiny of international sport orgs

Swiss lawmakers on Friday approved a bill to increase the financial scrutiny of around 60 international sports bodies based in Switzerland, including football's world governing body Fifa. READ  

IOC unveils futuristic plans for new home
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IOC unveils futuristic plans for new home

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee is planning to build a new headquarters budgeted at 160 million francs to bring together employees currently working in different offices. READ  

Basel's Champions League hopes kept alive
Basel's Fabian Frei (right) celebrates after scoring the goal that put his team into the final 16. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP

Basel's Champions League hopes kept alive

Steven Gerrard scored in vain as Basel ended Liverpool's Champions League campaign while advancing to the knockout stage with a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Tuesday that consigned Gerrard's side to the Europa League. READ  

Hotels are booked — but where’s the snow?
Webcam image shows village of Zermatt without snow despite its altitude of 1,608 metres. Photo:Screenshot/Zermatt.ch

Hotels are booked — but where’s the snow?

With hotels and chalets fully booked you will be hard pressed to secure a reservation at top ski resorts in Switzerland for the Christmas holidays. But there’s one thing missing that could lead to cancellations — snow. READ  

Switzerland's Gut wins Super-G at Lake Louise
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Switzerland's Gut wins Super-G at Lake Louise

(UPDATED) Swiss skiing star Lara Gut won the first Super-G race of the World Cup season at Lake Louise, Canada on Sunday. READ  

Federer in India hails new tennis league
Roger Federer (in black) playing alongside Rohan Bopanna in doubles play on Sunday. Photo: Sajjas Hussain/AFP

Federer in India hails new tennis league

World number two Roger Federer hailed the new International Premier Tennis League as "crazy but fun" after sauntering through his debut matches in New Delhi on Sunday. READ  

UEFA bans Crimea teams from Russian leagues
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UEFA bans Crimea teams from Russian leagues

Crimean football clubs are banned by UEFA from taking part in Russian championships starting from January 1st, the Swiss-based governing body's secretary general Gianni Infantino announced on Thursday. READ  

Violinist Vanessa Mae appeals skiing ban
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was happy to pose with Vanessa Mae before the Sochi Games. Photo: AFP

Violinist Vanessa Mae appeals skiing ban

Pop violinist Vanessa Mae has appealed a four-year ban from ski competitions to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after being found guilty of manipulating results in order to qualify for the Olympics. READ  

Sanctions against Serbia and Albania upheld
UEFA headquarters in Nyon in the canton of Vaud. Photo: UEFA

Sanctions against Serbia and Albania upheld

Serbia and Albania's appeals against sanctions handed down over their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier were rejected by Swiss-based UEFA on Tuesday. READ  

Ronaldo goal gives Real Madrid edge over Basel
Ronaldo (left) vies with Basel's Swiss defender Philipp Degen in Wednesday night's match. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Ronaldo goal gives Real Madrid edge over Basel

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 71st Champions League goal as Real Madrid recorded a club record-equalling 15th consecutive win by beating FC Basel 1-0 in Switzerland in the Champions League on Wednesday. READ  

'Better' Basel brace for Real Madrid challenge
Basel coach Paulo Sousa insists FC Basel have improved since last game against Real Madrid. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

'Better' Basel brace for Real Madrid challenge

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted his side won't let up despite already securing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League as they seek a club record-equalling 15th consecutive win away to Basel on Wednesday. READ  

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