Spotlight on Mario Balotelli as Italy target Croatia jinx
Spotlight on Mario Balotelli as Italy target Croatia jinx

Italy host Croatia at the San Siro Sunday in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with misfiring striker Mario Balotelli`s place in the team under threat.

France hosts Karabakh talks as Russia plays `divide and rule`

French President Francois Hollande hosts leaders from Armenia and Azerbaijan Monday as Europe makes a fresh push to end the festering conflict over Nagorny Karabakh.

Croatia drub Azerbaijan 6-0 in Euro qualifier
Croatia drub Azerbaijan 6-0 in Euro qualifier

Croatia thrashed Azerbaijan 6-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Osijek on Monday, a first half double from substitute Ivan Perisic helping them continue their 100 percent start with a third successive win in Group H.

Euro 2016 qualifying: Debutant Graziano Pelle hands Italy win over Malta
Euro 2016 qualifying: Debutant Graziano Pelle hands Italy win over Malta

Italy striker Graziano Pelle scored on his debut to earn a 1-0 away win over 10-man Malta with the visitors having hit the woodwork four times in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.

Antonio Conte defends Azzurri after `scant` Azerbaijan win
Antonio Conte defends Azzurri after `scant` Azerbaijan win

Italy coach Antonio Conte rejected criticism of his side following a "scant" 2-1 win over Azerbaijan that sent the Azzurri top of Group H in Euro 2016 qualifying ahead of an away clash with Malta on Monday.

Euro 2016 qualifier: Giorgio Chiellini scores all three as Italy beat Azeris 2-1
Euro 2016 qualifier: Giorgio Chiellini scores all three as Italy beat Azeris 2-1

Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored three times, including an own goal, as Italy beat Azerbaijan 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier in Palermo on Friday.

Bollywood lured Azerbaijani Oksana Rasulova to India
Bollywood lured Azerbaijani Oksana Rasulova to India

 Oksana Rasulova, a qualified doctor from Azerbaijan, came all the way to India to pursue her passion for acting. After winning talent show 'India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj', she now eyes Bollywood.

Three key men missing for Croatia Euro 2016 ties
Three key men missing for Croatia Euro 2016 ties

Croatia will be without three key players for next month`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away to Bulgaria and at home to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani forces kill Karabakh soldier: Rebels

 Azerbaijani troops killed an ethnic Armenian soldier in fresh clashes on Thursday with fighters from the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region, the rebel defence ministry said.

US condemns beating of Azerbaijani journalist

 Strongly condemning beating of a Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, the US has called for bringing to justice those who were responsible for the crime.

Armenia, Azerbaijan urged to de-escalate tension

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately de-escalate the rising tension in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Eurovision human rights campaigner arrested in Azerbaijan

A prominent human rights campaigner in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan has been arrested and charged with economic crimes amid a new crackdown on dissidents, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Five killed in fresh clash over Nagorny Karabakh

Azerbaijan said that it had lost four troops in new clashes with arch-foe Armenia near the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region as mediators sounded the alarm over a spike in tensions in the protracted conflict.

Azeri troops killed in clashes with Armenia as tensions spike

Azerbaijan said that it had lost eight soldiers in three days of clashes with arch-foe Armenia on the border and near the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region in a dramatic spike in tensions in the long-simmering territorial conflict.

Azerbaijan detains prominent rights activist

Prominent Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus was detained on Wednesday and could face charges, a family spokesman said.

Azerbaijan to make F1 debut in 2016

Formula One teams have welcomed the announcement of a grand prix in Azerbaijan in 2016, following Russia`s debut later this year, but warned on Friday that the sport must keep the balance between old and new.

USA down Azerbaijan 2-0 in World Cup tune-up

Second-half goals from Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson lifted the United States to a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Tuesday in a pre-World Cup international friendly.

Briatore tips Baku to be a hit with F1 next year

Baku will be a big hit with Formula One when oil-rich Azerbaijan hosts a grand prix for the first time next year, according to Italian Flavio Briatore.

Azerbaijan says it will host Formula 1 Grand Prix

Azerbaijan will host a Formula One Grand Prix for the first time next season in its capital Baku, continuing the oil-rich Caucasus nation`s push into hosting major world sports events, the country`s Youth and Sports Ministry said Thursday.

Vogts to advise US World Cup squad

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed former Germany manager Berti Vogts to be a special advisor to his team for this summer`s World Cup in Brazil, the US Soccer Federation announced on Sunday.