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Ancelotti makes charity donation after middle finger gesture

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to donate 5,000 euros (5,200 dollars) to a charity run by the German football federation DFB following his middle finger gesture towards Hertha Berlin fans.

Messi's last minute penalty saves Barcelona from shock draw

Barcelona beat Leganes 2-1 with a last minute penalty from Lionel Messi in the Spanish first division on Sunday.

Wenger says he'll manage next season at Arsenal or 'somewhere else'

Arsene Wenger said Friday he will manage next season whether it be at Arsenal “or somewhere else.”

Cilic begins turning corner in Rotterdam after slow 2017 start

Marin Cilic got to work in patching up the tatters of his early season as the top seed reached the second round of the Rotterdam World Tennis on Tuesday with a scratchy 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 defeat of an injured Benoit Paire.

Big five leagues spend record 573 million dollars in January window

France led the way as the top five leagues in Europe spent a record 573.2 million dollars on new players from abroad in the January transfer window, the ruling body FIFA said on Friday.

Argentina stay top in FIFA rankings; Afcon champs Cameroon 33rd

Argentina continue to lead football's world rankings in an all but unchanged top 10 while Cameroon rose 29 places to 33rd thanks to their Africa Cup of Nations title in the latest list issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA.

Djokovic recovers from slow start to put Serbia 2-0 over Russia

The lone household name in this weekend's Davis Cup World Group first round, Novak Djokovic, had to shake off the rust Friday before posting a singles victory, with the win putting the 2010 champion Serbia into a 2-0 command of Russia.

Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris enter final stage of 2024 Olympics bids

Los Angeles, Budapest and Paris on Friday entered the deciding stage of the bid process for the 2024 Olympics by submitting the final part of their candidature file.

FIFA hands match-fixing detection to Sportradar; closes its division

Football's ruling body FIFA on Friday announced an agreement with data company Sportradar to detect match-fixing as it closed its own division to combat corruption in this area.

Djokovic carries hopes for Serbia into Davis Cup start

Novak Djokovic returns to battle three weeks after his last match when he leads Serbia against young-gun Russia in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group from Friday.

Nadal skips Spain's Davis Cup clash with Croatia

Veteran Rafael Nadal is to skip the Davis Cup first-round clash with Croatia following his fairytale run to the Australian Open final, the Spanish team said Monday.

Federer defeats Nadal to win fifth Australian Open, 18th grand slam

Roger Federer added another honour to his superlative career, defeating hot rival Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win a record 18 grand slam singles titles at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Slovenia beat Croatia to win bronze in Handball World Championship

Croatia's national team did not manage to grab the bronze in the men's handball championship in Paris on Saturday, after Slovenia defeated them 31-30.

Norway beat Croatia to book its first world championship final

Croatia's national handball team on Friday lost the World Handball Championships semi-final match to Norway who progressed to their first-ever world championship final.

Serena Williams wins seventh Australian Open; record 23rd grand slam

Serena Williams wrote more history with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of sister Venus to claim a record 23rd Open Era grand slam singles title with a seventh Australian Open trophy on Saturday.

No triple triple: Bolt loses an Olympic gold for team-mate's doping

The historic triple triple of Olympic gold medals won by Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt is no more after Nesta Carter, his team-mate in the 2008 4x100-metre relay, tested positive for doping at the Beijing Games.

Lucic-Baroni turns back the clock to reach Melbourne semi-finals

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni turned back the clock almost two decades on Wednesday, as the evergreen Croatian outsider upset fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for a stunning win into the Australian Open semi-finals.

CAS dismisses Serbia's appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne has dismissed the appeal filed by the Football Association of Serbia against the admission of Kosovo to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the governing body of football in Europe.  

World number one Murray not named in Britain's Davis Cup squad

World number one Andy Murray has not been named in Britain's Davis Cup squad for the opening round away to Canada next month but could yet join the team.

Balotelli rails against alleged racist insults from Bastia fans

Italian football star Mario Balotelli has reacted on social media after claiming to be racially abused by Bastia fans in a French Ligue 1 match on Friday.

New revelations expected on Russian doping in documentary

New revelations on doping practices in Russia were expected later Friday when a documentary on the subject was to be screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Manchester United end Real Madrid's reign atop Football Money List

Manchester United generated the highest revenue of any football club in history last season, according to professional services company Deloitte.

Petition starts in Budapest with aim for referendum against Olympics

A petition against Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympics started on Thursday, with the aim of having a referendum on the issue.

Sevilla beat Real Madrid to end their 40-game unbeaten run

Sevilla ended Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run on Sunday in Spain’s top division with a 2-1 victory.

Barcelona president reassures supporters over Messi's future

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reassured supporters on Saturday that the club would renew Leo Messi’s contract.

Record champion Peterhansel clinches Dakar rally win

Record winner Stephane Peterhansel secured his 13th Dakar Rally victory when he held off fellow Peugeot driver Sebastian Loeb in the final stage in Argentina on Saturday.

Croatia's Kostelic says goodbye to World Cup races in Wengen

Swiss Niels Hintermann on Friday won a World Cup Wengen men's super combined, while the best Croatian Alpine skier, Ivica Kostelic, finished 22nd and announced that he would say a goodbye to Alpine ski races in the World Cup.

Benzema strike helps Madrid set unbeaten record in cup thriller

Karim Benzema's stoppage time strike helped Real Madrid set a new Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten on Thursday, in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sevilla that saw Los Blancos reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Real still lead the way in UEFA financial report; big English growth

Real Madrid maintained first place in the latest Club Licensing Benchmark report by the ruling body UEFA published on Thursday, boasting revenue of 578 million euros (609 million dollars).

Report: UEFA suspends Partizan Belgrade over debts

European football's governing body UEFA has banned Serbia's multiple champions Partizan Belgrade from European competition over unpaid debts, the B92 news portal reported Wednesday.

Euro 2016 tournament in France generated $1.29 bn, study says

The Euro 2016 football tournament hosted by France over the summer had an economic impact of 1.22 billion euros (1.29 billion dollars), a study released Tuesday said.

World Cup finals expanded to 48 teams from 2026

The World Cup finals will be expanded to 48 teams from the 2026 edition, football governing body FIFA confirmed at a council meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.

Rooney equals record as Manchester United cruise into round four

Wayne Rooney equalled Manchester United's all-time goalscoring record as his side cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Reading on Saturday.

Real Madrid equal record unbeaten run with easy win over Granada

Barcelona (dpa) - Real Madrid made it a record-equalling 39 games unbeaten with a 5-0 Spanish league win over Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Sixth stage of Dakar Rally cancelled after heavy rains in Bolivia

The sixth stage of the Dakar Rally from Oruro to La Paz was cancelled late Friday after heavy rainfall in western Bolivia.

Moelgg prevails in Zagreb slalom after rivals falter

Italian Manfred Moellg kept his nerve to win the men's Alpine skiing World Cup slalom in Zagreb on Thursday after an array of challengers slipped up.

Veronika Velez Zuzulova wins Snow Queen World Cup slalom

Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia won the Snow Queen World Cup slalom race on Mt Sljeme overlooking Zagreb on Tuesday.

Federer marks triumphant tennis return as Swiss sweep Britain

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic combined for a Swiss 2-0 Hopman Cup sweep of Britain on Monday as the 17-time grand slam champion returned to tennis after a six-month injury absence.

Agent: Ronaldo offered 100-million salary in China

Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered a 100 million-euros (105 million dollars) salary per season by an unnamed club if he joins the Chinese Super League, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

Leaders Chelsea win 12th straight; Manchester City up to second

Chelsea set a club record with their 12th straight Premier League win on Monday and extended their lead at the top of the table.

FIS snow control officially greenlights Snow Queen Trophy 2017

Mount Sljeme overlooking Zagreb is ready for the Ski World Cup Snow Queen Trophy 2017, FIS Men's World Cup director Emmanuel Couder and FIS controller Gorazd Bedrac said on Monday after inspecting the Red Slope.

AC Milan win shootout against Juventus in Super Cup game

AC Milan beat Juventus in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Friday, to lift their third domestic trophy this year after the Serie A league and Italian cup titles clinched in May.

IOC opens disciplinary case against 28 Russian athletes from Sochi Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched disciplinary proceedings against 28 Russian athletes from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Sandra Perkovic, Josip Glasnovic Croatian Athletes of the Year 2016

Discus thrower Sandra Perkovic and trap shooter Josip Glasnovic were named Croatia's best athletes in 2016 by the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO), at a ceremony held on Tuesday.

UEFA boss: Croatian national football team and clubs face drastic sanctions

Aleksander Ceferin, the new president of European football's governing body, UEFA, paid a day-long visit to Zagreb on Tuesday, during which he met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Real Madrid's transfer ban cut on appeal at CAS

Madrid (dpa) - Real Madrid have had their transfer ban cut in half by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the European champions said Tuesday.

Swedish court hears slander case filed by footballer Ibrahimovic

Lawyers for footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed Monday that the former coach of Sweden's athletics team slandered the footballer during a one-day trial in a Swedish court.

Real Madrid win FIFA Club World Cup with Ronaldo hat-trick

Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 in extra-time to win the Club World Cup in Yokohama on Sunday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick.

Stuhec keeps up perfect downhill season start with another win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec was unstoppable again on Saturday as she maintained her 100 per cent season record in World Cup downhill races with a victory in France.

Slovenia's Stuhec wins combined event for third ski season win

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec stormed to her third ski season victory on Friday in a combined event which overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland failed to finish.

Reports: Chinese investors make delayed payment in AC Milan purchase

Chinese group Sino-Europe Sports have completed an advance payment of 100 million euros (106.5 million dollars) towards the purchase of Serie A club AC Milan, the ANSA news agency reported Tuesday.

Murray and Kerber named 2016 world champions by ITF

The number one pair of Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber earned the official stamp of approval for runaway success in 2016 as they were named world champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the first time in their careers on Tuesday.

Ronaldo wins fourth Ballon d'Or award

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won football's Ballon d'Or award for a fourth time.

Real face Napoli, Barca meet PSG, Bayern and Arsenal battle again

European champions Real Madrid meet Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League while Bayern Munich are up against familiar foes Arsenal in the draw made Monday in Nyon, Switzerland.

Dramatic Real Madrid comeback sees them break unbeaten record

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos saved his team yet again with a header in stoppage time, earning them a dramatic 3-2 win over Deportivo la Coruna, ensuring they broke the club's all-time unbeaten record and kept their six-point advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

McLaren: Russia duped international sport, 1,000 athletes involved

Russia has duped international sport "on an unprecedented scale" with more than 1,000 athletes implicated in a programme of state-sponsored doping, independent investigator Richard McLaren confirmed on Friday.

Reports: AC Milan sale to Chinese group postponed to March

AC Milan's controlling company Fininvest and Sino-Europe Sports have agreed on moving the sale of the Serie A club to the China investors from December to March, Italian media reported Wednesday.

Croatian footballer under investigation for tax evasion in Spain

Since joining Real Madrid in August 2012, Modric and his wife used the company in Luxembourg to charge for commercials and other sponsorship activities.

Chapecoense declared Copa Sudamericana champions after plane crash

The South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL Monday declared Chapecoense AF the winner of the 2-million-dollar Copa Sudamericana following an airplane crash last week that killed most of the team on its way to the cup finals.

Chelsea, Man City charged over scuffle; Aguero, Fernandinho banned

Chelsea and Manchester City face the likelihood of hefty fines after they were charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during a testy Premier League game on Saturday.

Blatter says he has lost CAS appeal against football ban

Former FIFA president Joseph Blatter said Monday he has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a six-year ban from football.

Scrappy first win gives Hamburg hope; Frankfurt miss chance

SV Hamburg secured a scrappy first win of the season 2-0 away to Darmstadt on Sunday to move off the bottom of the Bundesliga while Eintracht Frankfurt were held 1-1 at midtable Augsburg.

Liverpool lose unbeaten streak at Bournemouth; Man Utd held

Liverpool conceded three late goals as they slipped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, their first defeat in 16 matches in all competitions.

Ramos earns Real Madrid a dramatic draw in El Clasico

Sergio Ramos earned Real Madrid a dramatic late draw in El Clasico by heading in a Luka Modric free-kick to hold Barcelona 1-1 on Saturday.

Leaders Chelsea make statement with comeback win at Man City

Chelsea sent a strong statement to the rest of the Premier League on Saturday with a 3-1 comeback win at Manchester City that extended their lead in the table.

Convincing win takes Hoffenheim fourth in Bundesliga; Hertha third

Unbeaten Hoffenheim moved up to fourth in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 thrashing of Cologne Saturday while Hertha Berlin are third after a late 3-2 win at Wolfsburg.

Ronaldo, Griezmann and Messi leads FIFA awards shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been joined by Antoine Griezmann in final shortlist for the FIFA best men's player of 2016 award announced Friday by the world governing body.

World champion Rosberg retires from F1 racing

Nico Rosberg says he is retiring from Formula One racing, five days after winning his first world title in the sport.

Ranieri, Santos, Zidane make FIFA awards coaching shortlist

Claudio Ranieri, manager of surprise Premier League champions Leicester City, has made the shortlist for football's best coach of the year award alongside Euro 2016 winner Fernando Santos of Portugal and Zinedine Zidane who coached Real Madrid to Champions League glory.

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho given one-match ban, fine

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match touchline ban for being sent off during Sunday's draw with West Ham, the Football Association said.

Gareth Southgate appointed as England manager

Gareth Southgate has been appointed as the England manager on a permanent basis, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

Olympic organizers keep rowing, canoe sprint, swimming in Tokyo

Olympic organizers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo agreed Tuesday to keep the rowing, canoe sprint and swimming venues at their planned sites in Japan's capital.

Del Potro broken finger a small price to pay for Davis Cup history

Juan Martin del Potro emerged with a broken finger after leading Argentina to a first-ever Davis Cup trophy at the weekend. 

Del Potro rallies Argentina to comeback Davis Cup title

Juan Martin del Potro rallied from two sets to love down, inspiring Argentina to a fightback 3-2 victory over Croatia on Sunday to give the country its first Davis Cup title.

Berlusconi: AC Milan sale to Chinese could be postponed by six weeks

The deadline for the sale of AC Milan to a group of Chinese investors, scheduled for December 13, could be extended by 30-45 days, former Italian premier and club chairman Silvio Berlusconi said Sunday.

Rosberg wins first Formula One world title at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Germany's Nico Rosberg clinched his first Formula One world title by finishing second at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday behind winner Lewis Hamilton.

Bayern back to winning ways but Dortmund crash in Bundesliga

Champions Bayern Munich ended a mini-slump with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to stay on the heels of surprise Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Ronaldo scores twice as Real extend lead with 2-1 defeat of Gijon

Real Madrid extended their lead atop the Spanish Liga to seven points on Saturday, with a 2-1 home defeat of lowly Sporting Gijon

Cilic sparks doubles success to hand Croatia 2-1 lead over Argentina

Marin Cilic excelled at doubles duty with Ivan Dodig as the Croatian pair defeated Argentines Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to hand the hosts a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final on Saturday.

Liverpool back on top after win over Sunderland; Man City second

Liverpool regained top spot in the Premier League on Saturday as they ground out a 2-0 win over Sunderland thanks to two late goals.

Cilic, Del Potro earn opening wins for 1-1 Davis Cup scoreline

Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro each posted opening wins on Friday to leave the Davis Cup final locked 1-1 after first day singles.

Cilic wins marathon to give Croatia 1-0 lead in Davis Cup

Marin Cilic got off to a fast start but needed a mid-match recovery to take Croatia to a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final on Friday as he beat Federico Delbonis 6-2, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2

Two gold medallists disqualified for doping at Olympic Games

Two gold medallists are among the latest seven athletes disqualified from the Beijing and London Olympic Games for positive tests in the ongoing reanalysis of doping samples.

Bayern Munich with another record-breaking financial season

Bayern Munich have generated a record turnover of 626.8 million euros (661.3 million dollars) in the 2015-16 season, an increase of more than 100 million euros, the Bundesliga champions said on Friday.

Rooney sets record as Man Utd survive in EL; Inter knocked out

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's record scorer in continental competition in Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over Feyenoord, which kept alive their hopes of reaching the knock-out stage.

Cilic to open Davis Cup final against Delbonis

Croatian point man Marin Cilic will open Croatia's Davis Cup final against Argentine Federico Delbonis as the hosts look for their first title since 2005 in the worldwide team competition after the draw made on Thursday.

Report: no F1 race in Germany in 2017

The German Formula One Grand Prix has been scrapped from the official 2017 calendar which is to be ratified next week, the Auto, Motor und Sport (AMS) magazine said on its website Thursday.

Brazil rise to second and Chile to fourth in FIFA rankings

Argentina retained first place in the global football rankings issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA, with Brazil rising to second and South America now having three teams in the top four.

Barcelona and Atletico progress as group winners but Bayern struggle

Spanish giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid progressed to the knock-out stages of the Champions League as group winners with comfortable victories on Wednesday but Bayern Munich slipped up to finish second.

Cilic hopes to end career-best season with Davis Cup title

Croatian Marin Cilic is psyched for a Davis Cup final at home against visiting Argentina as the hosts bids for a second title since 2005.

Holders Real, Leicester into CL last 16; Dortmund in 8-4 goalfest

Title holders Real Madrid advanced into the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 win at 10-man Sporting Lisbon Tuesday; with Leicester City also through but Tottenham Hotspur eliminated.

Sweden great Ibrahimovic honoured with statue and 11th Golden Ball

Sweden's greatest footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic won his 11th Golden Ball at the annual Swedish football gala late Monday for "efforts at the highest level."

Ecclestone comments spark fears Singapore may pull out of Formula 1

Analysts say Formula 1 could have run its course in Singapore amid comments by F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone that the sport's only night race may end after 2017.

Murray achieves career dream with year-end top finish

Andy Murray completed a dream run to year-end world number one as he beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the World Tour Finals over his main rival.

Real cruise 3-0 at Atletico, with Ronaldo hat-trick

Real Madrid opened up a four-point gap atop the Spanish Liga with a 3-0 win at neighbours Atletico on Saturday, after a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Khedira and Mandzukic set up each other as Juventus beat Pescara

Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic scored for Juventus, exchanging assists as the Serie A leaders defeated promoted Pescara 3-0 Saturday.

Giroud's late goal earns Arsenal 1-1 draw with Manchester United

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday.

FIFA boss Infantino wants 32-team Club World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the Club World Cup into a global event featuring 32 teams and move it from its current December time slot.

Ronaldo double boosts Portugal; Belgium hit eight in WC qualifiers

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty as Portugal defeated Latvia 4-1 in Faro to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Hamilton keeps F1 title race open with victory in rain-hit Brazil

Lewis Hamilton won a rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix to take the Formula One title battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg into the season's last race, in Abu Dhabi in two weeks.