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Nadal wins fourth UAE title

Nadal wins fourth UAE title

Rafael Nadal ended an injury-plagued 2016 on a high by lifting the Mubadala World Tennis Championship title for a fourth time Saturday. The 30-year-old Spaniard defeated 11th-ranked Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) in their first meeting after world number one Andy Murray earlier ousted...

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China set to shatter football talent transfer records

China set to shatter football talent transfer records

"Biggest", "hugest", "most ever". Analysts are piling up the superlatives as China prepares to splash out astronomical sums for footballing talent during the winter transfer window in deals that analysts say involve more money than sense. Last year Chinese teams broke the Asian transfer...

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Real Madrid closing in on Athletic Club's 1933 record

Real Madrid closing in on Athletic Club's 1933 record

(Marca)- Real Madrid's spectacular start to the season has seen them move within seven goals of a long-standing LaLiga record held by Athletic Club dating back to the 1932/33 season. A scoring machine so far in 2016/17, Zinedine Zidane's men have struck 21 times in seven away games, at an...

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FIFA boss says football federations back expanded World Cup

FIFA boss says football federations back expanded World Cup

Football federations are backing plans to expand the World Cup beyond 32 teams, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in Dubai Wednesday. The global football federation boss wants to increase the number of teams playing in the World Cup final tournament to 48, arguing that it can be done in...

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Conte hopes record run sparks title glory

Conte hopes record run sparks title glory

Antonio Conte has challenged his Chelsea stars to use their club record run of 12 successive victories as the foundation to win the Premier League title. Conte's side moved seven points clear at the top after a 3-0 win over Bournemouth Monday and they are now just two more victories away...

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Lampard open to Chelsea return as player

Lampard open to Chelsea return as player

Frank Lampard admitted on Saturday he would relish a return to Chelsea as a player and is keen to rejoin the Premier League leaders in some capacity even if he is not offered a deal. The former England midfielder is Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer and is keeping his options open after...

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Kvitova undergoes hand surgery following knife attack, full recovery expected

Kvitova undergoes hand surgery following knife attack, full recovery expected

Two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Petra Kvitova underwent nearly four hours of surgery on her playing hand on Tuesday after she was stabbed by a knife-wielding intruder in her home in the Czech Republic. Early indications showed the Czech world number 11 could well make a recovery and...

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FIFA president defends video replays at Club World Cup

FIFA president defends video replays at Club World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has defended the use of video replays despite a shaky debut for the new system at the Club World Cup. The replay system allows referees to halt games to review footage of "game-changing decisions", but its introduction has had a mixed reaction from players and...

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Barcelona beat Al-Ahli in eight-goal friendly

Barcelona beat Al-Ahli in eight-goal friendly

Goals from Luiz Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar helped Barcelona beat Saudi champions Al-Ahli 5-3 in a thrilling friendly in Doha Tuesday. The superstar trio all scored by the 17th minute, helping the Spanish giants to stroll into an early three-goal lead. And perhaps more importantly...

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Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d'Or award

Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d'Or award

Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or award for the fourth time Monday after claiming the European Championship and Champions League titles in 2016. Ronaldo is now one short of his La Liga rival Lionel Messi's record tally of five. "For me it's a great...

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Messi scores 2 as Barcelona ends run of draws in Spain

Messi scores 2 as Barcelona ends run of draws in Spain

Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday, ending a run of three consecutive draws for the defending Spanish league champions. Messi unlocked the hosts' defense in the 59th minute by threading a pass between four defenders to meet...

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Raul Albentosa fit enough to face Real Madrid

Raul Albentosa fit enough to face Real Madrid

(Marca)- Deportivo La Coruna coach Gaizka Garitano will be able to play one of his star players Raul Albentosa at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening, with the centre-back having overcome the hip injury that saw him leave training early on Thursday. He makes the team's 18-man...

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Djokovic splits with coach Becker

Djokovic splits with coach Becker

Tennis world number two Novak Djokovic has split with coach Boris Becker three years after adding the German grand slam winner to his team. Serbian Djokovic confirmed their parting of ways on his website on Tuesday. "After three very successful years, Boris Becker and I have jointly...

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Ramos rescues Real in El Clasico stalemate

Ramos rescues Real in El Clasico stalemate

Sergio Ramos's stoppage-time equalizer maintained Real Madrid's six-point lead at the top of La Liga as the European champions salvaged a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Saturday's El Clasico. Luis Suarez looked to have breathed new life into the title race when he headed home the opener from...

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Zidane's son scores on debut in Real Cup rout

Zidane's son scores on debut in Real Cup rout

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's son, Enzo, scored on his senior debut as the European champions brushed aside third tier Cultural Leonesa to progress into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey Wednesday. Enzo, 21, and the oldest of Zidane's four sons, all of whom play at different levels in...

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Real Madrid's forgotten man James gets another chance

Real Madrid's forgotten man James gets another chance

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, the golden boy of Colombian football, has struggled to establish himself at Real Madrid since he burst into the limelight at the 2014 World Cup. However, with Toni Kroos, Alvaro Morata and Gareth Bale all out until next year with injuries, the door has opened...

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Ronaldo double extends Real Madrid lead over Barcelona

Ronaldo double extends Real Madrid lead over Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid were thankful to a late missed penalty from Duje Cop to open up a seven-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon. Madrid looked set for an easy afternoon as Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty...

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard calls time on playing career

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard calls time on playing career

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has called time on his playing career at the age of 36. Gerrard spent 17 years at his hometown club Liverpool, where he won seven major trophies, before ending his time on the pitch with an 18-month spell at LA Galaxy. "Following recent...

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