Nadal beats Sock in Miami quarters
Rafa Nadal moved into the Miami Open semi-finals with a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday, while second seed Kei Nishikori was sent packing after going down 6-4 6-2 to unseeded.. Read More
Motor racing: Timberlake follows Swift as F1 Austin crowd-puller
Singer Justin Timberlake has been confirmed as the headline act for this year's U.S. Formula One Grand Prix at Austin's Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in October. Last year's event ended a run of.. Read More
Defiant world chess head says 'revolution' to oust him has failed
The president of world chess's governing body said on Wednesday that an attempted ''revolution'' to oust him by falsely announcing his resignation had failed, and that he would serve out his full term.. Read More
Proposed FA reforms are missed opportunity, says Bernstein
Proposed reforms of the English FA are a missed opportunity that will make no real change and could end up as a ''fudged compromise'', former chairman David Bernstein said on Wednesday. Bernstein.. Read More
More whistleblowers are talking to WADA, says Reedie
Several whistleblowers have approached the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) through a new programme set up after revelations of rampant state-sponsored doping in Russia, WADA President Craig Reedie said.. Read More
Good cricket mixed with bad blood makes for fine series
As India celebrate the return of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from previous holders Australia, the overriding consensus is that the hosts maintained order between the sport's top two test sides in a series.. Read More
Deulofeu and video technology help Spain tame France
Spain's Gerard Deulofeu scored one and created another but had to share the limelight with the video assistant referee in a 2-0 friendly win over France in Paris on Tuesday. David Silva put the visitors.. Read More
Ronaldo scores homecoming goal but Sweden wreck the party
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Madeira homecoming with an early strike but Sweden wrecked the party by hitting back from two down to win 3-2 with a last-gasp own goal in a friendly on Tuesday.. Read More
Mansell joins tributes to Surtees at funeral
Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell joined the motorsport world on Tuesday in paying tribute to John Surtees at the funeral of the only man to win world titles on two wheels and four... Read More
Figure skating - Is there a downside to quad-fest?
When Evan Lysacek struck gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics without attempting a single quadruple jump, men's figure skating was at a crossroads. His rival-in-chief - 2006 Turin Games champion Yevgeny.. Read More
Tennis - Sharapova feels vindicated and empowered after doping ban
Tennis star Maria Sharapova said on Tuesday she is excited about her return to competition next month, feeling vindicated by the reduction of her doping suspension and empowered by her time away... Read More
Tennis - Federer in, Wawrinka out on mixed day for Swiss
Roger Federer survived a stern test from Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals on Tuesday, while top-seeded Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka was eliminated on his birthday.. Read More
Ronaldo nicknamed 'cry baby' by childhood team mates
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed ''cry baby'' by his childhood team mates due to the temper tantrums he threw when the team lost or if he did not receive the ball, Ricardo Santos.. Read More
FIFA decision process on 48 World Cup teams unacceptable
The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the 2026 tournament is unacceptable, European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz.. Read More
Triathlon - Murray takes the money, Super League basks in the glory
South Africa's Richard Murray finished first in the inaugural Triathlon Super League event and took the A$100,000 ($75,970.00) first prize but the revolutionary format was also the winner as organizers.. Read More
Arsenal players must emulate Sanchez mentality
Arsenal players must mirror the never-say-die attitude and work-rate of forward Alexis Sanchez if they hope to salvage their faltering campaign, according to former England defender Sol Campbell... Read More
F1 opener puts overtaking in the spotlight
Formula One entered a bold new era in Sunday's Australian season-opener with bigger tyres, faster cars and a winning Ferrari but the lack of overtaking is causing concern. ''What overtaking?,'' said.. Read More
Tennis - Peerless Federer rolls on with win over del Potro
Roger Federer produced another dazzling performance on Monday, easing past Juan Martin del Potro in the third round at the Miami Open. Federer wowed a boisterous, capacity crowd at Crandon Park.. Read More
Rugby - Wallabies flyhalf Foley suffers concussion setback
Australia flyhalf Bernard Foley has suffered a new concussion setback after his long-awaited return to Super Rugby side New South Wales. Foley played his first match of the season for the Sydney.. Read More
Venus all smiles after straight sets win
Venus Williams had every reason to smile on Monday as she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 7-6(4) to advance to the quarter-finals at the Miami Open. Williams, who will next play Angelique Kerber.. Read More
FIFA says no word from Maradona over threat to quit
Football's governing body FIFA said on Monday it had heard nothing official from Diego Maradona since the Argentine World Cup winner threatened last week to quit his ambassadorial role. FIFA said.. Read More
U.S. fund Elliott to help Chinese investors buy AC Milan with 300 million euros
U.S. private equity fund Elliott is helping a struggling Chinese consortium buy Italian storied football club AC Milan with a 253 million euro (218.61 million pounds) investment, lawyers representing.. Read More
Van Gaal to help in search for new Netherlands coach
Louis van Gaal featured prominently as Dutch media speculated over possible coaches for the national team but the country's football association (KNVB) wants him to help search for Danny Blind's replacement.. Read More
Andy Murray a doubt for Davis Cup with elbow injury
World number one Andy Murray is likely to miss Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final trip to France due to an elbow injury, his brother Jamie Murray has said. Three-times grand slam winner Murray.. Read More
Ferrari prancing as Vettel wins in Australia
Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to dash Mercedes' hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One... Read More
Scotland's hopes still alive after late Martin winner
Chris Martin came off the substitutes' bench to keep alive Scotland's World Cup dreams with a dramatic 88th-minute winner in a 1-0 win that ended Slovenia's unbeaten run in European qualifying group.. Read More
Rugby - I should have taken time off after 'mistake'
All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith has said he should have taken time away from rugby as he battled with the embarrassing fallout from a tryst with a woman in an airport toilet last year. Smith was.. Read More
Tennis - Nadal wins in 1000th match, Raonic withdraws
Rafa Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open on Sunday. World number 31.. Read More
'Comfortable' Ozil soon to decide on his Arsenal future
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil insists he is comfortable at the North London club and will make a decision regarding his future soon with the German's contract due to expire at the end of next season.. Read More
Ryding aiming to reclaim Britain's 'lost' medal
For Dave Ryding next year's Winter Olympics offers the chance to redress a ''travesty'' that inadvertently launched him on a path to become Britain's most successful World Cup skier. In 2002 Ryding.. Read More
Buffon set for 1,000th senior game
Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to play his 1,000th senior game on Friday when Italy host Albania in a World Cup qualifier. The 39-year-old will be making his 168th appearance for his.. Read More
AFC candidates cleared for FIFA council elections
Candidates vying for the four available Asian Football Confederation (AFC) seats on the FIFA council have been cleared to stand for election by the world governing body, the AFC said on Friday. The.. Read More
Tottenham's Alli suspended for three European games
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for three European games after picking up a straight red card in Tottenham's 2-2 Europa League draw against Belgian side Gent in February, European.. Read More
Messi penalty lifts Argentina into qualifying berths
Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina laboured to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia.. Read More
Tennis - Indian Wells champion Vesnina on ropes against world 594
Russian Elena Vesnina and Spaniard Garbine Muguruza were in big trouble in their second round matches when the weather came to their rescue at the Miami Open in Florida on Thursday. Four days after.. Read More
Motor racing - Hamilton fastest in first free practise in Australia
Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practise session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday. Hamilton clocked a flying lap of one.. Read More
Cricket - Injury-hit New Zealand face selection puzzle for third test
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was still mulling over the make-up of his side ahead of Saturday's third test against South Africa with the Seddon Park wicket proving difficult to pin down. Pace.. Read More
Feghouli comes to terms with England's 'direct' football
West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli faced a ''radical change'' in football style when he moved from Valencia at the start of the season but is settling well after an initial injury setback, the midfielder.. Read More
Empty offices, wary lenders - China's faltering bid for AC Milan
The paper trail for an $800 million bid by little-known Chinese investors for AC Milan, the seven-time European soccer champions, leads via Luxembourg, Hong Kong and a network of shell companies to.. Read More
Rugby - All Blacks would have played England, preferred Barbarians
The All Blacks would have played England in November had the Rugby Football Union arranged the test but the existing fixture against the Barbarians was always their preference, New Zealand Rugby Chief.. Read More
Cricket - South Africa's de Kock an injury concern for third test
South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is a doubt for this week's third and final test against New Zealand after he suffered a finger injury during the eight-wicket victory over the hosts last week.. Read More
Cricket - Maxwell's place in Australia test side not secure: Clarke
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell's future in the Australia test side is far from secure, especially if captain Steve Smith does not consider him as a regular spin bowling option, former skipper Michael Clarke.. Read More
Southgate impressed by adaptable England despite Germany loss
England manager Gareth Southgate has praised his side for adapting well to his new system despite losing 1-0 to Germany in a friendly at Dortmund on Wednesday. England, who host Lithuania at Wembley.. Read More
F1's Hamilton calls for more women in male dominated paddock
There are ''too many dudes'' in the paddock at Formula One races and the series needs to improve access for women, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday. In the leadup to Sunday's Australian.. Read More
Recovery key for Liverpool's Origi ahead of Merseyside clash
Liverpool striker Divock Origi is taking the hectic life of an international footballer in his stride as he looks to impress manager Juergen Klopp ahead of next week's Merseyside derby. Origi is.. Read More
Last year's crash the least of Alonso's worries as F1 2017 gets underway
Fernando Alonso felt lucky to be alive after emerging unscathed from a spectacular crash during last season's Australian Grand Prix but the twice Formula One world champion will give it no thought on.. Read More
Collina calls for steps against abuse towards referees
Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, has warned of a global shortage of match officials if efforts are not made to tackle abuse and violence towards referees at the grassroots.. Read More
India doubles player salaries, hikes match fees
India's cricket team have been given a significant pay rise, with the world's richest cricket board (BCCI) announcing on Wednesday that it had doubled salaries for the 2016-17 season and hiked match.. Read More
Ferguson urges Manchester United to aim for Europa League glory
Manchester United should focus on winning the Europa League this season, which would bring the club a trophy they have never won and secure qualification for next season's Champions League, former manager.. Read More
Motor racing - Bottas out to make the most of dream chance at Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas is determined to make the most of his ''dream'' opportunity after being ushered into the Mercedes seat left vacant by the sudden retirement of Formula One champion Nico Rosberg at the.. Read More
Hard work, tough decisions will improve Southgate's England
Gareth Southgate is determined to ensure England have a successful 2018 World Cup campaign but knows that ''challenging conversations'' are needed to help the side move on from recent setbacks at major.. Read More
Ireland must be ready to shut down Bale, says Keane
Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane has urged his side to relish the challenge of facing Wales forward Gareth Bale, while making sure the Real Madrid man has no room in which to operate in their World.. Read More
2028 Olympics Games not an option for Paris, says bid chief
The Paris Olympic bid chief said on Tuesday he was not against the awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics in the same session later this year, but ruled the French capital out of the latter Games. ''.. Read More
Palace clean sheets down to Allardyce, says Tomkins
Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins has given credit to manager Sam Allardyce for the team's recent revival after a third consecutive Premier League victory without conceding a goal bolstered their.. Read More
Home comforts can lift Swansea clear, says Clement
Two home wins in a row lifted Bournemouth clear of the relegation zone and Swansea City manager Paul Clement has urged his squad to follow suit as they prepare for back to back home games against Middlesbrough.. Read More
Bonus for women cricketers as Australia puts big pay deal
Cricket Australia (CA) has proposed a new pay deal to players which offers large salary increases, particularly for women, but breaks with the 20-year model of a fixed percentage of revenue from the.. Read More
Germany's Ozil, Gomez and Draxler to miss England friendly
Germany will be without injured midfielder Mesut Ozil, winger Julian Draxler and forward Mario Gomez when they host England in a friendly international on Wednesday, coach Joachim Loew said. Loew.. Read More
Croatia fans return to the stadium after hooliganism bans
Croatia will play to their first full home crowd at a competitive match for almost two and a half years this week, in a World Cup qualifier which coach Ante Cacic hopes will show his side has healthy.. Read More
UKAD alarmed by drug use in British amateur sport
Drug use in amateur sport in Britain is 'fast becoming a crisis', UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said on Monday in response to a BBC poll that revealed widespread use of performance enhancing substances at grassroot.. Read More
Surman says Cherries still in survival fight despite gap
Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman maintains his side are still involved in a relegation battle despite moving nine points clear of the drop zone with Saturday's 2-0 victory over Swansea City... Read More
Spurs and United keep up pressure as City and Liverpool draw
Tottenham Hotspur kept Chelsea just about within their sights at the top of the Premier League on Sunday by beating Southampton 2-1 and Manchester United improved their prospects by moving into fifth.. Read More
Leishman wins Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke
Australian Marc Leishman sank a monster eagle putt at the par-five 16th and stormed to a one-stroke victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida on Sunday. With a finish that would have earned.. Read More
Luis Enrique, Pique marvel at prolific Messi
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique paid tribute to talisman Lionel Messi on Sunday after the Argentine scored twice in a 4-2 win over Valencia to rack up at least 40 goals in all competitions for the eighth.. Read More
Federer tops Wawrinka in all-Swiss Indian Wells final
A rejuvenated Roger Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and the distinction of being the tournament.. Read More
Tennis - Vesnina outlasts Kuznetsova in marathon Indian Wells final
Elena Vesnina survived a battle of attrition and nerves to beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday and secure the biggest title of her career... Read More
Rugby - Lions captain not guaranteed place in test side
Being chosen to captain the British and Irish Lions for their tour of New Zealand will be a great honour, coach Warren has said, but no guarantee of a place in the starting test side. The Lions embark.. Read More
NBA's Chris Paul and other celebrity athletes, invest for an impact
Giving back to their communities has always been a challenge for pro athletes who get rich quick, because they tend to lose the money even more quickly. But even those who manage to build a substantial.. Read More
Chelsea benefiting from Costa's cool head, says Courtois
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is unlikely to win any 'fair play' awards this season but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says the fiery forward has become much better at controlling his temper despite relentless.. Read More
Pedro returns to Spain squad for games against Israel and France
Chelsea forward Pedro received a recall to the Spain squad on Friday for the World Cup qualifier against Israel and the international friendly against France after nearly nine months out of the national.. Read More
Schalke, United, Lyon and Ajax into Europa League last eight
Schalke 04 hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and overcome fellow Germans Borussia Moenchenglach on away goals in their Europa League last 16 tie while Manchester United edged Rostov 1-0 to progress.. Read More
Grillo warms up to share Palmer Invitational lead
Emiliano Grillo, his hands numb from the cold, recovered from a dismal start to tie Matthew Fitzpatrick for the lead after the first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando on Thursday... Read More
Masters champion Willett withdraws from Bay Hill with illness
Danny Willett, already in mediocre form ahead of his Masters defence, suffered a potential setback when he pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, citing illness on Thursday. Willett withdrew.. Read More
Vesnina ousts Venus to reach semi-finals at Indian Wells
Elena Vesnina denied Venus Williams another comeback win, while Kristina Mladenovic roared back from a set and a break down to beat Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the BNP.. Read More
Manchester United not ready to dominate again says Mourinho
Manchester United are not ready yet to become the dominant force in English football they were during the trophy-laden years of the Alex Ferguson era, manager Jose Mourinho has said. United have.. Read More
Injured Pogba ruled out of Manchester United's trip to Boro
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss Sunday's Premier League trip to Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho has said. Pogba was replaced by midfielder Marouane.. Read More
Middlesbrough sack Karanka as assistant Agnew steps up
Middlesbrough sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday and handed the Spaniard's assistant Steve Agnew the pressing task of trying to keep the relegation-threatened club in the Premier League. ''.. Read More
Defoe back for England at age of 34
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe returned to the England squad at the age of 34 on Thursday ahead of next week's friendly against world champions Germany and a World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.. Read More
Shakespeare tells Leicester to forget Sevilla win, focus on West Ham
Leicester City must cast aside their memorable Champions League triumph against Sevilla and turn their attentions on Saturday's Premier League trip to West Ham United, manager Craig Shakespeare said.. Read More
Rugby - England wary of Dublin but ready to 'embrace greatness'
England face Ireland on Saturday ready to make history and embrace ''greatness'' but the players and coach Eddie Jones are well aware that if there is anywhere in the rugby world where such dreams can.. Read More
Real's vulnerable defence faces test at home specialists Athletic
Real Madrid have returned to the top of La Liga but need to halt their recent trend of leaking goals in games if they want to stay there in Saturday's trip to Athletic Bilbao, who have the second best.. Read More
Monaco fear no one after eliminating Manchester City
When Michael Owen tweeted that Monaco were a ''good draw'' for Manchester City, the remark raised a few eyebrows in France, and one of the most exciting Ligue 1 teams in years will fear no one when.. Read More
Spain's Alonso unimpressed with McLaren's Honda engine
Fernando Alonso, as frustrated as any double Formula One world champion would be in a slow and unreliable car, summed up McLaren's testing woes in terms guaranteed to make Honda executives wince.. Read More
Ferrari's Italian stallion has a spring in its step
The Italian stallion has a spring in its step as Ferrari, Formula One's oldest and most successful team, start a new season with fresh hope of returning to the top in the carmaker's 70th anniversary.. Read More
Verstappen to push Ricciardo to the max
It takes some effort to wipe the smile off Daniel Ricciardo's face but Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen will be hoping the breezy Australian has less to grin about this season. The battle between.. Read More
UFC boss White says won't block Mayweather-McGregor fight
UFC President Dana White will not stand in lightweight champion Conor McGregor's way if the Irishman agrees terms to a much-hyped crossover bout with boxer Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather, a former.. Read More
Lukaku questions Everton's ambition after transfer failings
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has questioned whether the Premier League club shares his ambition to challenge for major honours and says he wants to be ''remembered by winning trophies'', not just for.. Read More
Melbourne, Perth lead Australian push for 2022 Commonwealth Games
City officials in Perth and Melbourne are leading an Australian push to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the right this week. ''An event of the scale of the Commonwealth.. Read More
Kyrgios beats Djokovic again, to face Federer
Nick Kyrgios ended Novak Djokovic's 19-match winning run at Indian Wells by beating the Serb 6-4 7-6(3) to reach the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Roger Federer also advanced with.. Read More
Scotland's Snodgrass pleased with squad shake-up
Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass has backed manager Gordon Strachan's decision to shake up the squad ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on March 26. Strachan has called.. Read More
Martins Indi in talks with Stoke over permanent move
Defender Bruno Martins Indi wants to make his loan deal at Stoke City from Porto permanent at the end of the season as the Dutch defender looks to repay the faith shown in him by manager Mark Hughes.. Read More
Valverde, Unzue primed for Barca job as Sampaoli's star fades
Sevilla's Champions League exit to Leicester City may have scuppered Jorge Sampaoli's chances of replacing Barcelona's departing coach Luis Enrique next season, with Ernesto Valverde and Juan Carlos.. Read More
Atletico Madrid's Oblak hailed after more heroics against Leverkusen
Jan Oblak became an Atletico Madrid hero against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League two years ago and the Slovenian made his mark against the German side again with a virtuoso display on Wednesday.. Read More
Sevilla's Nasri brands Vardy 'a cheat' after red card
Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has accused Jamie Vardy of cheating after the Frenchman was sent off for squaring up to the Leicester forward and bumping foreheads in their Champions League clash on.. Read More
13 year old Yemeni tennis hopeful crosses war zone to compete
Stepping onto a floodlit tennis court in Qatar last week, 13-year-old Alhassan Ishaq tried to steady his nerves. The aspiring tennis champion from Yemen had trained for months and used his family.. Read More
Liverpool set to expand The Kop during Anfield renovations
Liverpool have submitted plans to renovate Anfield to provide more facilities for disabled fans and their famous stand nicknamed 'The Kop' is set to expand by 470 seats as a result. The capacity.. Read More
Tottenham hopeful on Kane ankle injury
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane damaged ligaments in his right ankle in Sunday's 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win against Millwall but the injury is not as bad as first feared. England international.. Read More
Another All Black says au revoir as Kerr-Barlow heads to France
All Blacks scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow has joined Waikato Chiefs team mate Aaron Cruden and Auckland Blues prop Charlie Faumuina in signing with a French club for next season. Kerr-Barlow will join.. Read More
Man City and Monaco to gamble on all-out attack
Another feast of goals could be in store when Manchester City face Monaco in their Champions League last 16, second leg tie on Wednesday with both managers predicting all-out attack. City won an.. Read More
A dream has gone says Sampaoli after Sevilla outfoxed
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said it would take him a while to digest the 2-0 defeat at Leicester City on Tuesday which sent his team out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage and threatened.. Read More
African football's long-serving leader faces stiff challenge
Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou will face a rare challenge on Thursday as he stands for an eighth term at the helm of the African game when CAF hold their Congress in the Ethiopian.. Read More