Rivals now have more belief, admits defeated Djokovic
Fallen Grand Slam king Novak Djokovic admitted opponents now believe he is more vulnerable following his stunning second-round exit from the Australian Open.
Man City complete Gabriel Jesus transfer from Palmeiras
Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus has formally completed his move to Manchester City from Palmeiras, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.
Australian Open defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in a major shock on Thursday.
Hazlewood puts brakes on Pakistan in third ODI
Pakistan set Australia a target of 264 to win but squandered the opportunity to post a big score in the third one-day international at Perth's WACA Ground on Thursday.
Man Utd dethrone Real Madrid as cash kings
Manchester United's relative failure on the pitch has not been reflected off it as for the first time in over a decade they top Deloitte's Football Money League for revenue in the 2015/16 season.
England, Scotland fined for poppy war tribute
FIFA has fined England and Scotland for wearing poppies on their shirts during the football qualifier at Wembley Stadium last month.
New Zealand lose Boult for second cricket Test against Pakistan
New Zealand suffered a blow on the eve of the second Test against Pakistan Thursday when bowling spearhead Trent Boult was ruled out with a knee injury.
Barcelona win group, Manchester City also into Champions League last 16
Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona won 2-0 at Celtic to seal top spot in Group C and qualification into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Arsenal draw with PSG, battle for top Champions League spot goes to final match
Arsenal squandered a chance to wrap up first place in Champions League Group A as Paris Saint-Germain hit back to earn a 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
'Feeling young' Pacquiao eager for Mayweather
WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao said Tuesday he felt like a young man in his twenties and would relish another crack at Floyd Mayweather.
Desperate Aussies roll the dice to stop rampant Proteas
Crisis-torn Australia will attempt to prevent rampant South Africa from an unprecedented series clean sweep in Thursday's day-night third Test in Adelaide after a team shake-up of historic proportions.
Fearless father inspires Wallaby coach Cheika
Joseph Cheika's courage in leaving Lebanon over 60 years ago to travel alone to Australia is part of the fearless identity his son Michael is trying to bring to the Australian rugby team.
Chelsea's Conte lavishes praise on ruthless Costa
Antonio Conte hailed a newly-focused Diego Costa as "one of the best strikers in the world" after the Spaniard's match-winning strike at Middlesbrough fired Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table.
S. Africa cricket official clashes with Aussie reporter
A security official travelling with the South African team shoved an Australian television reporter against a glass door in ugly scenes as he attempted to interview captain Faf du Plessis Monday.
Suso set for long walk home after Milan double
AC Milan forward Suso was set for a punishing walk home in the rain on Sunday, if he decided to keep a midweek promise to the fans ahead of the city derby with Inter.
Murray revels in perfect end to dream year
Andy Murray hailed his ATP Tour Finals triumph against Novak Djokovic as the perfect finish to a dream season as the Scot wrapped up the year-end world number one ranking.
Wenger, Mourinho set for Old Trafford reunion
The next chapter in one of the Premier League's most volatile managerial rivalries will be written this weekend when Arsene Wenger's Arsenal visit Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.
All Blacks pay homage to legend Lomu on anniversary
Much-loved New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu's loss is keenly felt by the rugby world and on Friday it will mark a year to the day since he passed away aged just 40 after years of battling kidney disease.
Poppies and pride as England, Scotland collide
England and Scotland renew the oldest rivalry in international football on Friday in a 2018 World Cup qualifier that has been dogged by a pre-match row about commemorative poppies.
South Africa beat Australia by 177 runs in first Test
South Africa won the first Test against Australia by 177 runs at the WACA Ground on Monday.
No time to relax for king of the world Murray
Andy Murray insisted he was taking nothing for granted going into the Tour Finals in London next week after overtaking Novak Djokovic as the new world number one.
Pacquiao has unfinished business against Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather accepted an invite to watch Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao's WBO title fight on Saturday, leaving many wondering if a request to step back in the ring would be next.
West Indies Test defeat a 'wake-up call' for Pakistan
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said his team had been given a wake-up call for their tours of New Zealand and Australia after they became the West Indies' first Test victims in 18 months.
Arsenal-Spurs feud divides families in north London
A bitter feud ignited by greed and sustained by jealousy will once again leave families divided when Arsenal and Tottenham stage the latest chapter of the north London derby on Sunday.
Pacquiao can't take Vargas for granted in return
Manny Pacquiao's seven-month hiatus can hardly be considered a retirement but there is no doubt that the eight division boxing champ used the time off to reflect on his passion for the sport.
England discuss war veterans poppy tribute with FIFA
England are negotiating with FIFA over whether they can wear a poppy tribute to war veterans when they play Scotland on Armistice Day on November 11, officials said.
'Chrome' installed as even-money Breeders' Cup Classic favorite
California Chrome, vying to cap an unbeaten 2016 with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic, was installed as the even-money favorite for Saturday's $6 million race.
Guardiola, City seek Barcelona revenge
Stung by a chastening 4-0 defeat at the Camp Nou two weeks ago, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola makes a second attempt to outwit his former club Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Mourinho says United could have put seven past Stoke
Jose Mourinho insisted Manchester United had played their best football of the season and could have put seven goals past lowly Stoke City after their 1-1 draw.
Arsenal count lucky stars after 'fortunate' win
Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal were lucky to come away with a narrow 1-0 victory over Burnley after a disputed injury-time winner took them within two points of the Premier League summit.
Chelsea boss Conte to look to Terry to halt slide against Hull
Chelsea icon John Terry looks primed to be thrown straight back into action on Saturday against struggling Hull in a bid to end a run of two successive Premier League defeats.
All Blacks three wins away from world record
New Zealand tackle Argentina in Buenos Aires Saturday seeking a Rugby Championship round 5 win that will move them closer to a world-record 18 consecutive Test victories.
Spain's big three renew football title battle
After another stellar week for Spanish clubs in the Champions League, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid resume their three-way battle for La Liga supremacy on Sunday.
Hamilton vows to give everything in Formula One title fightback
Lewis Hamilton said he will give everything at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix as he looks to bounce back in the Formula One championship after losing his lead to a rampant Nico Rosberg.
Allardyce exit leaves England a laughing stock yet again
As Sam Allardyce beat a shame-faced retreat from Wembley after being forced out as England manager, his place as a punchline in the national team's ever-expanding hall of shame was already etched in stone.
Ranieri heartened by Leicester 'spirit'
Manager Claudio Ranieri said he had seen reassuring signs of the 'old' Leicester City after his team's 1-0 Champions League victory over Porto at the King Power Stadium.
Sam Allardyce quits as England manager after newspaper sting
Sam Allardyce has been sacked as England manager after one match and 67 days in charge having behaved “inappropriately” when caught up in a newspaper sting, the Football Association said on Tuesday.
England manager Allardyce exposed in newspaper sting
England manager Sam Allardyce has been secretly filmed giving advice on how to circumnavigate transfer rules and mocking his predecessor Roy Hodgson's voice, the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.
Golf great Arnold Palmer dies at 87
Arnold Palmer, the golf great whose charisma and common touch made him adored by a legion of fans known as "Arnie's Army", died Sunday at the age of 87, the US Golf Association said.
Leicester City's Slimani back to torment Porto
Leicester City may be unfamiliar Champions League opponents for Porto, who visit the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, but Islam Slimani is a player they know all too well.
Madrid face Dortmund Champions League rematch, Leicester host Porto
AFP Sports looks ahead to Tuesday's Champions League action as last year's winners Real Madrid go to Borussia Dortmund and Premier League champions Leicester City host Porto looking to claim a second win in as many games (all kick-offs 1845 GMT):
Mourinho feels heat as Wenger marks anniversary
Jose Mourinho has vowed to silence the critics when Manchester United face champions Leicester, while his old rival Arsene Wenger hopes to celebrate a memorable milestone with a rare success against Chelsea on Saturday.
Allegri tells jittery Juve to 'take command'
Juventus must "take command" of their opponents, thundered coach Massimiliano Allegri, as they look to warm up for a vital Champions League clash with a win at Palermo on Saturday.
Barcelona begin road trip without Messi
A Barcelona side missing injured Lionel Messi face Sporting Gijon in the first of three away games in a week, as they battle to keep pace with La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday.
Savage Bayern line up fresh prey
Carlo Ancelotti's all-conquering German league leaders Bayern Munich face a Hamburg side in turmoil on Saturday with coach Bruno Labbadia under the threat of the axe after three straight defeats.
Messi out for three weeks as Atletico hold Barca
Lionel Messi will miss the next three weeks after suffering the recurrence of a groin injury as Atletico Madrid came from behind to hold Barcelona 1-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Relief for Mourinho as Man Utd beat Northampton
Manchester United prevailed 3-1 at third-tier Northampton Town in the English Football League Cup on Wednesday to ease some of the pressure beginning to build on manager Jose Mourinho.
Barcelona the benchmark for Atletico, says Simeone
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes Barcelona remain the benchmark, ahead of Wednesday's first blockbuster clash of the La Liga season between his Champions League finalists and the Spanish champions.
Fabregas downs Leicester, Everton crash out
Cesc Fabregas made an emphatic point to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as his double sealed a 4-2 win at Leicester, while Everton and Bournemouth suffered shock third-round exits from the English Football League Cup on Tuesday.
Scottish giants Rangers suspend Joey Barton for three weeks
Joey Barton's future with Rangers was thrown into doubt after the Scottish giants suspended him for three weeks on Monday following a training-ground bust-up.
Alistair Brownlee props up brother Jonny in dramatic triathlon finish
Britain's Alistair Brownlee came to the aid of his exhausted brother Jonny to help him across the line in a dramatic finish to the ITU Triathlon World Series in Mexico.
New Zealand questions merit of All Blacks superiority
The All Blacks' easy canter to the Rugby Championship crown has triggered concerns in New Zealand about the state of the international game, amid claims their dominance is unhealthy.
Ranieri impressed by Slimani and Mahrez double act
Claudio Ranieri believes Algerian duo Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez can form a deadly double act for Leicester after the Algerian duo inspired a 3-0 win over Burnley.
Ancelotti happy to win ugly after record start
Carlo Ancelotti was happy for illness-hit Bayern Munich to win ugly in a 3-1 comeback against Ingolstadt as the Bundesliga giants finally conceded a goal this season.
Man City look to press home early advantage
The Premier League season is only four games old, but ahead of Saturday's home game with Bournemouth, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City already appear the team to beat.
United beaten but Saints enjoy Europa League win
Manchester United went down to defeat in their opening Europa League group game on Thursday, while Premier League rivals Southampton won and Irish champions Dundalk claimed an impressive draw in the Netherlands.
Sporting salvation a warning for Real - Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo warned Real Madrid will be punished if they don't improve on their performance in an edgy 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon to start their Champions League defence.
Angry Allegri calls for calm after Juve stalemate
Coach Massimiliano Allegri launched an explosive outburst to serve a reminder that a star-studded Juventus could struggle to end their 20-year wait to win the Champions League this season.
Guardiola urges City fans to embrace Champions League
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola warned supporters the club cannot achieve success in the Champions League unless they start fully embracing the competition.
Mourinho demands Europa reaction after derby defeat
Fresh from giving his players a rollicking Jose Mourinho's focus turns from Manchester United's derby defeat to European action with a tricky Europa League opener at in-form Feyenoord on Thursday.
Wenger hails 'world-class' Ospina after PSG draw
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described David Ospina as "world-class" after the Colombian goalkeeper justified his selection in Tuesday's Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain with several decisive saves.
Suarez best in the world says Rodgers as Celtic face Barca
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers labelled Barcelona's Luis Suarez as the best striker in the world ahead of the Scottish champions' daunting task of stopping Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
Wenger eyes European improvement as Arsenal face PSG
Arsene Wenger is looking for Arsenal to show greater consistency in the Champions League, starting with a positive result when they begin their campaign at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
Ex-Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini slams 'envious' Gullit
Former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has slammed "envious" Ruud Gullit after the Dutch great suggested the Italian had failed to prepare the club's players for the start of the season.
S. Africa name new caps in Ireland, Australia ODI squads
Three new caps were named by Cricket South Africa on Tuesday in squads to play one-day internationals against Ireland and Australia.
Murray, Djokovic close in on US Open final duel
Andy Murray will contest his sixth US Open quarter-final looking to maintain his stranglehold over Kei Nishikori and take a step closer to a dream title showdown with Novak Djokovic.
New rugby boss unveils tough love approach for Japan
New Japan coach Jamie Joseph has pledged to expose his men to the world's top teams as the Brave Blossoms prepare to host the Rugby World Cup in just three years' time.
Ex-England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster joins Irish side Leinster
Former England coach Stuart Lancaster has joined Leinster as a member of their senior coaching team, the Irish provincial side announced on Monday.
Guardiola stands by unpopular Hart decision
Manchester City's fans must accept hardnosed decisions like the sidelining of goalkeeper Joe Hart if the club are to make progress in the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola has warned.
Federer, Nadal to team up in Laver Cup
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play doubles together in a new competition pitting Europe against the Rest of the World in a Ryder Cup-style tennis team event.
Fans hail Hart as Man City reach group phase
Joe Hart played potentially his last Manchester City game as Pep Guardiola's team rubber-stamped their place in the Champions League group phase by beating Steaua Bucharest 1-0 on Wednesday.
Russians Rostov, Man City through to Champions League group phase
Unheralded Russian side Rostov qualified for the group stage of the Champions League with a famous win over Dutch former European champions Ajax on Wednesday.
Olympics: Bolt wins -- it's time to make noise in Jamaica
Traffic came to a standstill and thousands stood in muddy puddles after a heavy storm, but Usain Bolt had won so it was time to party.
'We're not ready,' says Wenger after opening loss
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his team were not physically ready for the Premier League season after opening the campaign with a chaotic 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool.
All Blacks give Wallabies 'no chance', says Cheika
Coach Michael Cheika fired up the war of words with his New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen on Monday, saying the All Blacks rate the Wallabies as having no chance of winning this weekend's Rugby Championship opener.
Argentina go 2-0 in men's Olympic basketball but Spain lose again
Argentina and Lithuania stayed unbeaten but two-time runner-up Spain's Olympic basketball hopes took a hit with a surprise loss to hosts Brazil.
Champs Leicester face renewed challenge for Premier League title
After writing the Premier League's greatest fairytale with their astonishing title triumph last season, Claudio Ranieri's side find themselves under siege from big-spending rivals determined to end their reign.
Pacquiao confirms fight with Vargas
Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao confirmed on Wednesday that he is coming out of retirement to fight World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.
Anderson can't hide his debt to Indian cricket's Zaheer
James Anderson may now be ranked as the world's top bowler but the England great was happy to acknowledge how watching India's Zaheer Khan had helped him reach the summit ahead of the fourth Test against Pakistan at The Oval.
West Ham sign French left-back Masuaku
West Ham United have signed French left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos on a four-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Monday.
Mancini takes a bow as Inter confirm exit
Coach Roberto Mancini said his farewells to the blue and black stripes of Inter Milan Monday after the club confirmed his exit, amid media reports the Serie A giants' new Chinese owners wanted fresh blood to rejuvenate the team.
Where will Pogba fit in at Manchester United?
With Paul Pogba poised to complete his record-breaking return to Manchester United, manager Jose Mourinho must figure out how best to fit the France midfielder into his star-studded starting XI.
Liverpool's Klopp explains Sun boycott
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says he will no longer speak to reporters from The Sun after the British tabloid carried an article about the private life of defender Dejan Lovren.
Pogba joins Man United in most expensive transfer ever
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his club should feel "proud" about signing Paul Pogba as the France midfielder moved closer to rejoining his former team in a world-record transfer.
Bayern finish US tour with defeat to Real
Bayern Munich finished their tour of the USA with a 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid after a stunning Danilo strike sealed the European champions' friendly victory in New Jersey.
'Trust us' Rodgers urges nervy Celtic fans after Astana win
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has urged supporters to be patient after they needed a stoppage time penalty to edge past FC Astana in their Champions League third round qualifier.
Chelsea thump AC Milan 3-1
Oscar scored a second half brace as Chelsea cruised past AC Milan 3-1 in the final game of their globetrotting exhibition tour, which took them to Australia, China, England, Scotland and the USA.
Boxing star Pacquiao plans to fight Vargas in November: report
Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the Filipino boxing star's manager said.
IOC rules Russia will not be banned from Rio 2016 Olympics
The International Olympic Committee has rejected calls for a blanket ban on Russia at the Rio 2016 Games, ruling that individual sports federations should decide whether Russian athletes are eligible to compete.
McIlroy and co braced for Troon test in British Open
Treacherous and unfamiliar challenges lie in wait as the British Open returns to Royal Troon this week and Rory McIlroy returns to the hunt for the Claret Jug.
Manny Pacquiao plans to fight again this year: report
Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao plans to come out of retirement to fight an as yet to be named opponent later this year, ESPN reported Tuesday.
Iceland football team hungry for more of the 'big stage'
Gylfi Sigurdsson has promised Iceland will not be content to bask in the glory of their Euro 2016 heroics having had a taste of the highs and lows of tournament football.
France into Euro 2016 semis, Iceland finish with a bite
Olivier Giroud scored twice to take man-of-the-match honours as France marched into the Euro 2016 semi-finals but even after a 5-2 hammering, Iceland departed with pride having struck new underdog blows.
Ramsey glows for Wales in Bale's shadow
Aaron Ramsey's man-of-the-match display in Wales's 3-0 win over Russia at Euro 2016 sent a reminder that there is more to Chris Coleman's side than Gareth Bale.
Wales 'shooting themselves in the foot': Gatland
Wales coach Warren Gatland has urged his players to "stop shooting themselves in the foot" and cut out the mistakes as they look to avoid a total rout in their three-Test series against New Zealand.
Ronaldo rescues Portugal, Iceland, Ireland into last 16
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a double in an "insane" European Championship 3-3 thriller against Hungary that gave him a new record and secured Portugal a last-16 place.
Injury-hit Wales won't fear All Blacks
Wales vowed Wednesday to play "bold" rugby in their last chance this series to notch an elusive win against New Zealand, despite an ever-mounting injury toll in the touring squad.
Wasteful Germany missing clinical finish
Germany and their normally prolific strker Thomas Mueller bemoaned missed chances at Euro 2016 as the world champions scored just one goal against battling Northern Ireland.
Record-breaker Messi fires Argentina into Copa final
Lionel Messi became Argentina's all-time record goalscorer as the two-time world champions outclassed the United States 4-0 to reach the Copa America Centenario final here Tuesday.
Miraculous McGovern earns N. Ireland adulation
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern spent last season toiling for Scottish strugglers Hamilton Academical, but his brilliant display against Germany at Euro 2016 made him the toast of Paris.