Sports stars line up behind Putin, though some disagree

Most, but not all, of Russia’s top sports stars are backing Vladimir Putin in this weekend’s presidential election. Ahead of Sunday’s vote, a host of

Sailing | America’s Cup skipper Spithill joins Italy’s Luna Rossa

America’s Cup star Jimmy Spithill is headed to the Italian syndicate Luna Rossa, leaving the future of Oracle Team USA in doubt. Luna Rossa, backed by

Football | Champions League Roma reaches quarterfinals, United’s out

Roma overcame a poor first-half performance to beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 yesterday and reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League on the away goals rule after

Golf | Woods, Els named captains of Presidents Cup in Australia

Ernie Els was always the logical choice to be the International team’s next captain in the Presidents Cup. Tiger Woods at first thought it might be

Tennis | Oh, sister: Venus beats Serena at Indian Wells

One sister is rusty, just beginning a comeback after having a baby. The other is rejuvenated at 37, back in the world’s top 10. An unwanted rivalry

Hockey | North Korean defector hits Paralympic ice for South Korea

The most talked-about athlete in the Paralympics barely plays, but who cares? The diminutive but hard-nosed reserve forward on South Korea’s sled hockey team proudly

Football | Champions League Preview: Chelsea looks for another good showing at Camp Nou

Few teams have caused as much trouble for Barcelona as Chelsea since Lionel Messi started playing with the Spanish club almost 15 years ago. Barcelona has

Football | Greek game abandoned after ‘armed’ owner protests decision

A disputed goal at the end of a Greek league match this weekend between leader AEK and title rival PAOK led to a pitch invasion by one

Rugby | Six Nations Trophy: Ireland KO Scotland 28-8 to stay on Grand Slam track

The Grand Slam is on for Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day. Spicing it up a little more, Ireland go to Twickenham next weekend holding the Six Nations

EPL | West Ham fans invade pitch, force team owners to flee seats

West Ham captain Mark Noble grappled a pitch invader to the ground and the struggling English Premier League club’s owners were forced to flee their

Auto Racing | Patrick ready for the spotlight again at Indianapolis 500

Ready or not, Danica Mania is headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for her final curtain call. The second leg of Danica Patrick’s retirement moves forward in full swing

Football | US claims SheBelieves Cup with 1-0 win over England

The U.S. women’s national team beat England 1-0 yesterday to win the SheBelieves Cup tournament. In the earlier game at Orlando City Stadium, sixth-

Basketball | Liz Cambage set to play for Australia at Commonwealth Games

Liz Cambage will play for Australia’s Commonwealth Games team before she returns to the WNBA with the Dallas Wings in May. Basketball Australia said yesterday that the 2.03-meter

Football | Oscar scores 2 for Shanghai SIPG in Asian Champions League

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar scored a pair of goals yesterday to help Shanghai SIPG earn a 2-2 draw against Ulsan Horangi in the Asian Champions League.

Football – Champions League | Real Madrid beats PSG 2-1 in Paris to reach quarters

Paris Saint-Germain’s dream of joining Europe’s elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check

Basketball – NBA | Larry Legend: Nance has career game as Cavs beat Pistons

As Larry Nance Sr. waited in the hallway following the best game of his son’s career, the former All-Star was approached by a young Cavaliers fan.

Sumo | Japan’s ancient sport needs some brighter days

The most damage inflicted in sumo in recent times has been to the image of Japan’s tradition-steeped national sport. An alcohol-fueled restaurant brawl that left a

Cricket | Australia wins bad-tempered 1st test against South Africa

Australia needed less than 20 minutes of the final day to take the one more wicket it needed to finish off a 118-run win in

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