FOOTBALL | Atletico thrashes Madrid 4-0 in derby to open up title race

Atletico Madrid thrashed crosstown rival Real Madrid 4-0 in a dominant derby performance on Saturday that threw open the Spanish league title race. The defending champion set the tone from the

Africa Cup of Nations | CAF fines Equatorial Guinea over fan violence

Equatorial Guinea, which is hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, lost 3-0 in the semifinals to the Black Stars in Malabo. Play was halted eight minutes from the end because

British Touring invited to join Macau GP

  A report by AUTOSPORT has revealed that the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was contacted by the Macau Grand Prix organizers regarding the possibility of having BTCC teams and cars

AP Global : Football 10 | Wolfsburg team of the week after thrashing Bayern

Wolfsburg has taken team of the week honors in the Associated Press Global Football 10 after thrashing Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich 4-1. It was the first league match of 2015 in

Rugby | 6N : England picks new centers, recalls prop Cole for Wales

  England selected another new center partnership, recalled prop Dan Cole, and put Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani on the bench in an injury-hit lineup for the Six Nations (6N) opener

NBA | Fans struggle with Seahawks’ Super Bowl loss

As shocking as it was, the Seattle Seahawks' last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl was probably not even the worst loss in the city's sports

Russia has problem with doping in schools, minister says

Russian child athletes are taking banned substances while still at school, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said yesterday. With Russia enduring doping scandals for months, Mutko vowed to crack down on

Japan football fires national coach Javier Aguirre

“What we had to consider the most was the impact on the Japanese team,” Daini said. “With a criminal complaint accepted, he would have to respond to an investigation, he

The Buzz | Mercedes confident F1 champion Hamilton will sign new deal

Mercedes is confident that Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will sign a new contract soon, with his current deal expiring at the end of the year. The 30-year-old British driver clinched

Preview | Rugby: Ireland the team to beat in open Six Nations

  For Irish rugby, it turns out there is life after Brian O'Driscoll. The international retirement of O'Driscoll following Ireland's title success in last year's Six Nations left a major hole in

Football | Australia rising in Asia, on and off the field

Australia's victory over South Korea in the Asian Cup final over the weekend capped a remarkable period for a nation which is only just awakening to the possibilities that membership

Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that

Tennis | Expletives and in-your-face tennis at the Australian Open

Andy Murray's four-­set win over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open yesterday will be remembered more for the tension between the players than the shot-making on the court. There were the

Football Thai seafood magnate set for takeover of Sheffield Wednesday

A seafood magnate from Thailand was close to becoming the latest foreign owner of an English football club on yesterday after agreeing to a takeover of second-tier team Sheffield Wednesday. Dejphon

Extra Time: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry

Don’t laugh. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. We’re talking here about David Ginola. So silky as

Football | Portugal’s great Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race

The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement yesterday timed for release with an interview with CNN. "I look at the reputation of FIFA right

EPL | Mourinho fined USD38,000 for referee ‘campaign’ comments

Mourinho made his comments after his side were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on 28 December. The Football Association ruled Mourinho's quotes were "improper and brought the

Football | Asian Cup : Australia beat UAE 2-0 to reach final

  Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium on a wet day. Playing in Newcastle for the first

African Cup | Ivory Coast, Cameroon may need luck for tournament progress

Even with all its star power, the Ivory Coast may have to depend on the luck of the draw to reach the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations. All four

Tennis | Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

  Motivated by a Grand Slam loss that stung her more than most, Serena Williams dug deep for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Garbine Muguruza yesterday to reach the

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