BERGAMO – Ferland Mendy put Real Madrid within touching distance of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday with the late strike that sank 10-man Atalanta 1-0 in Bergamo. The French left-back’s curling effort came four minutes from time in a last 16, first leg clash in which the hosts had to play a man down […]

BRISBANE – Australians hailed Brisbane’s newly minted status as frontrunner to host the 2032 Olympics Thursday as a symbol of hope after a year of pandemic gloom. Locals welcomed news that the International Olympic Committee had given the sun-kissed city of two million people preferred bidder status, with no rivals currently in the hunt. “It […]

ADELAIDE – Unseeded American Danielle Collins sent an out of sorts Ashleigh Barty crashing out of the Adelaide International in the second round on Wednesday. Collins seized on some poor serving from the world number one to claim a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win in just 65 minutes. It was Collins’ first win over Barty in […]

BERLIN – Beach volleyball players will be able to wear bikinis for an upcoming tournament in Qatar, the sport’s governing body said Tuesday, after two Germans and their coach vowed to boycott the event amid a row over strict dress regulations. Karla Borger and Julia Sude told German media at the weekend they would skip […]

LOS ANGELES – US golf legend Tiger Woods was recovering in a hospital Tuesday after surgery for serious leg injuries sustained in a car crash that law enforcement officials said he was lucky to survive. Woods was driving in a Los Angeles suburb on a road notorious for fatal accidents when his car crashed, rolling […]

AL AHLY – Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane rejected Luis Miquissone three years ago and the decision came back to haunt him Tuesday as a brilliant goal by the Mozambican gave Simba an upset 1-0 CAF Champions League victory. Miquissone moved left, then right on the edge of the ‘D’ before unleashing a thunderbolt that […]

BUCHAREST – Olivier Giroud’s magnificent bicycle kick broke Atletico Madrid’s resistance and earned Chelsea a crucial away goal on Tuesday, a 1-0 victory giving Thomas Tuchel’s side a slender advantage in the Champions League last 16. Giroud’s acrobatic strike was initially ruled out for offside but stood after VAR showed Mario Hermoso had got the […]

ROME – Holders Bayern Munich brushed off their recent poor domestic form by throwing down a Champions League marker with an emphatic 4-1 win at Lazio in Tuesday’s last-16 first leg to take a “huge step” towards the quarterfinals. Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead before 17-year-old Jamal Musiala scored his first Champions League […]

MADRID – “Sign him up Florentino,” Real Madrid’s fans wrote on Twitter before Zinedine Zidane was asked if he sent a message to the club’s president Florentino Perez. Kylian Mbappe had just destroyed Barcelona at Camp Nou and 24 hours later Erling Haaland did the same to Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. By the […]

DUBLIN – Ireland’s players must communicate better and “free themselves up” when they face Italy on Saturday after a disastrous start to their Six Nations campaign, said attack coach Mike Catt. Andy Farrell’s men head to Rome hoping to avoid losing their first three games for the first time since the 1998 Five Nations – […]