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Zidane warns Real to be wary of 'game of the year' for opponents

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:20:31 GMT

Real Madrid's players need to be prepared for rival teams raising their game when they meet the La Liga leaders, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday.



Cycling - Rui Costa takes lead in Abu Dhabi Tour

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:20:26 GMT

Portugal's Rui Costa snatched the overall lead of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday after powering to victory in the third stage.



Bjoergren storms to historic skiathlon gold for Norway

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:15:21 GMT

Norway's Marit Bjoergren stormed to victory in the women's skiathlon at the Nordic World Ski Championships on Saturday to claim her 15th world championship gold medal and break the record of 14 golds held by Russia's Jelena Valbe since 1997.



Thunderstorm reduces Joburg Open to three rounds

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:35:16 GMT

Darren Fichardt and Paul Waring were tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Joburg Open as a thunderstorm wiped out most of Saturday’s play and reduced the European Tour event to 54 holes.



Two international rugby players held in Paris over cocaine purchase

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:55:16 GMT

Former All Blacks rugby player Alexander "Ali" Williams and former Australian international James O’Connor were arrested on Friday night in Paris on suspicion of attempting to buy cocaine, police and judicial sources said.



AS Roma strike deal with city officials on new stadium

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:50:19 GMT

AS Roma have struck a deal with city officials over building a new stadium in the Italian capital, opening the way for a project meant to boost the Serie A soccer club's revenue.



Scholes wants Guardiola to coach England

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:15:17 GMT

Former England midfielder Paul Scholes would like Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola to take charge of the England team one day, he said in an interview published on Saturday.



Shaqiri returns for Stoke ahead of trip to Spurs

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:20:20 GMT

Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is back to full fitness ahead of his team's Premier League trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday while defender Geoff Cameron is also back in contention after a long injury layoff, manager Mark Hughes has said.



Alpine skiing - Vonn crashes in Crans Montana super-G

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:15:21 GMT

American former Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn suffered a crash in Saturday's super-G World Cup race in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but escaped serious injury.



Skeleton - Germany's Loelling wins world title, Yarnold takes bronze

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:25:24 GMT

Germany's Jacqueline Loelling capped a dominant season by claiming her first skeleton world championship gold on Saturday, sliding to victory on her home track in Konigssee.



Everton's Koeman wants Man Utd to beat Saints in League Cup final

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:35:22 GMT

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is hoping Manchester United beat his former club Southampton in Sunday's League Cup final because victory for Jose Mourinho's team would boost his own side's chances of qualifying for the Europa League.



Crusaders eke out tight victory over stubborn Brumbies

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:40:17 GMT

Pete Samu's second-half try proved to be the difference between the sides as the Canterbury Crusaders beat Australia's ACT Brumbies 17-13 in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Saturday.



De Villiers passes milestone in big South Africa win

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:05:21 GMT

South Africa captain AB de Villiers became the fastest man to score 9,000 one-day international runs as he led his side to a 159-run victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international on Saturday.



O'Keefe's dozen helps Australia humiliate India

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:35:18 GMT

Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe picked up 12 wickets to guide Australia to a first win in India since 2004, the 333-run thrashing in the opening test also bringing the home side's 19-match unbeaten streak to a juddering halt on Saturday.



Hurricanes run in 13 tries to humiliate Sunwolves in Tokyo

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:50:19 GMT

Ardie Savea, Vince Aso and Michael Fatialofa all scored two tries each as the Wellington Hurricanes opened their Super Rugby title defence by humiliating Japan's Sunwolves in a record 83-17 victory on Saturday.



Swimming: Joseph Schooling smashes 2nd record at US meet

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:20:49 GMT

The University of Texas student won the 100-yard butterfly at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas with a time of 44.06s



McIlroy says outing with Trump 'not an endorsement'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:35:22 GMT

Former number one golfer Rory McIlroy said on Friday that his outing last week with President Donald Trump was not a political endorsement of America's new leader but rather "simply a round of golf."



Argentina player strike call overshadows AFA meeting

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:30:18 GMT

A strike called by Argentine soccer players over unpaid wages overshadowed Friday's meeting of the country's Football Association (AFA), which was aimed at paving the way for the resumption of the league championships.



Golf: Things looking up for Palmer, who shares lead with rookie Bryan

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:37:53 GMT

Ryan Palmer, lifted by good news both on and off the course, fired a five-under-par 65 on Friday to share the midway lead of the Honda Classic with rookie Wesley Bryan at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.



LA bid chief 'disappointed' by Budapest Olympics withdrawal

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:57:40 GMT

The head of the Los Angeles bid for the 2024 Olympics expressed regret on Friday at Budapest's withdrawal from the process, leaving a two-horse race against Paris.



Kipsang eyes world record at new-look Tokyo marathon

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:56:12 GMT

Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang believes he can reclaim the mark at this weekend's Tokyo Marathon after a move of the finish line by race organisers resulted in a flatter course.



Super sub Le Bihan gives Nice precious win over Montpellier

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:56:08 GMT

Second-half substitute Mickael Le Bihan scored twice to give Nice a last-gap 2-1 home win over Montpellier as the Azureans kept their Ligue 1 title hopes alive on Friday.



Teenage wrestler takes transgender rights to the mat in Texas championship

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:56:03 GMT

High school athlete Mack Beggs and many of his opponents want him to wrestle against boys, but the transgender boy on Friday wrestled in a Texas championship for girls because of state sport regulations on gender.



Italian Giovinazzi replaces Wehrlein for F1 test

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:55:51 GMT

Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Sauber's injured German Pascal Wehrlein at the first pre-season test in Barcelona next week, the Swiss-based Formula One team said on Friday.



Cleared Russians to miss European championships

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:55:48 GMT

Defending pole vault champion Anzhelika Sidorova and sprinter Kristina Sivkova will miss next week's European indoor athletics championships despite being cleared to compete by the IAAF, Russian news agency TASS reported on Friday.



Simeone seeks first Liga win over Barca in his 300th game

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:55:44 GMT

The toughness and guile that made Diego Simeone a great player has been there for all to see in his time as manager of Atletico Madrid, and the Argentinian marks his 300th game at the club with a major challenge on Sunday against Barcelona.



Corsica's Bastia punished for fans' racist abuse of Nice striker Balotelli

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:55:38 GMT

Soccer's Ligue 1 disciplinary committee has ordered Corsica's Bastia to close part of their stadium for three matches after a group of supporters shouted racist insults at Nice striker Mario Balotelli during a 1-1 draw in January.



Shiffrin and Vonn withdraw from World Cup event over conditions

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:55:27 GMT

Leading U.S. skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn withdrew from a women's World Cup Alpine combined event on Friday because of safety fears about poor course conditions in Crans-Montana.



NASCAR ponders how to make Great American Race great again

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:55:21 GMT

NASCAR launches a new season with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, pondering ways to make the Great American Race great again amid a gloomy backdrop of an aging fan base and declining attendance and television ratings.



Pele's son to serve drug-related prison sentence, lawyer says

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:55:17 GMT

The son of soccer great Pele turned himself in to police on Friday after a court ruled he must serve almost 13 years of a 33-year drug-trafficking sentence, his lawyer told Reuters.