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 •  'FIFA decision process on 48 World Cup teams unacceptable'
The ECA, an organisation representing 220 soccer clubs, opposes the world governing body's decision which Rummenigge, the former Germany international who is also Bayern Munich's chief executive, has previously dismissed as "nonsense".
 
 •  Europa League could be United's best route to Champions League: Fergie
'Jose's been a bit unlucky because they've been absolutely brilliant in most of their home games and drawn (seven of) them. If they had got the wins they would be challenging for the league, no doubt about that'
 
 •  Qualifiers: Australia finally win, Iran close in on 2018 FIFA World Cup
Iran took a significant step towards qualifying for next year's World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over China on Tuesday that pushed Marcello Lippi's team closer to the brink of elimination.
 
 •  Asian Cup qualifiers: Chhetri strike ends India's 64-year-old jinx
A last-minute strike by Sunil Chhetri helped India break a 64-year-old jinx as they pipped Myanmar by a solitary goal to begin their AFC Asian Cup qualifiers campaign on a promising note, in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday.
 
 •  Messi gets four-match FIFA ban for insulting ref
According to Associated Press, Messi was banned for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier against Chile on Thursday, FIFA said hours before kickoff in La Paz.
 
 •  Bhupathi keeps Davis Cup record-hunter Paes out of playing squad
Bopanna also in reserves while four single specialists named in squad
 
 •  Who will shine at Indian Open? Saina or Sindhu
Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu will be the cynosure of all eyes when the seventh India Super Series badminton tournament gets underwaywith the qualifiers in New Delhi on Tuesday.
 
 •  Hamilton expects a close season, a 'best v best' duel with Vettel
Lewis Hamilton lost a battle but regained a rival after Sebastian Vettel won Sunday's Australian season-opener for Ferrari.
 
 •  U-17 WC: Kolkata to host final; Mumbai, Guwahati get semis
Kolkata will host the summit clash of the U-17 World Cup football on October 28 while Navi Mumbai and Guwahati were chosen to stage the semi-finals.
 
 •  BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings you some pictures that summarise the happenings in the sporting world in the week that was.
 
 •  Mary Kom not willing to retire yet, eyes comeback at Asian Championship
Five-time world champion and London Olympics bronze-medallist woman boxer MC Mary Kom is eyeing a comeback to the ring at this year's Asian championship in Vietnam before deciding her future course of action.
 
 •  Ozil soon to decide on his Arsenal future
Meanwhile, Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard says his "heart is at Old Trafford" and negotiations are ongoing over a new deal with the club that will extend a contract that runs out at the end of next season.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Germany crush Azerbaijan, England struggle to victory
World champions Germany cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Azerbaijan to stay on track for a spot in next year's World Cup in Russia, while England laboured to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Nadal wins in 1000th match, Raonic withdraws
Rafael Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open.
 
 •  Indian women's hockey team lose to Canada 1-3
The Indian women's hockey team went down against Canada 1-3 in their second match ahead of the Women 's Hockey World League Round 2 in West Vancouver, Canada.
 
 •  West Bengal win Santosh Trophy for 32nd time
West Bengal, on Sunday, lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time after Manvir Singh struck in the 119th minute for a 1-0 win over Goa, extending their domination in the premier domestic football tournament.
 
 •  Force India open season with double points finish
Sahara Force India made a promising start to the 2017 Formula One season with adouble points finish through Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, on Sunday.
 
 •  The Ferrari guys are smiling and singing again...
Sebastian Vettel has lived through a number of false dawns at Ferrari but bright sunshine bathed the team's garage after the German's Australian Grand Prix victory on Sunday.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Vettel wins in Australia, Hamilton second
Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to dash Mercedes' hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One.
 
 •  Miami Open: Radwanska ousted; Muguruza, Federer march on
Polish fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was the highest women's casualty at the Miami Open on Saturday, blown away for the second time this year by Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Ronaldo takes Portugal tally to 70, Bulgaria shock Dutch
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two stunning goals and took his international tally to 70 as he led Portugal to an emphatic 3-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
 
 •  Harikrishna goes down fighting to top seed in Shenzhen Masters
India's Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna put up a spirited fight against top seeded Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri but couldn't avert his first defeat in the Shenzhen Longgang Chess Grand Master tournament in Shenzhen, China on Saturday.
 
 •  Ferrari's Vettel believes 'we can do something in the race'
'I think the team's getting stronger, pushing very hard. I think people are fired up and we are motivated for tomorrow'
 
 •  DY Patil is the best stadium, it is benchmark for other venues: FIFA
"I said last year that I was happy with the stadium and I haven't changed my mind. It is a fantastic stadium and most of the works which we have requested to be able to host four teams and all the logistical organisational aspects of the World Cup have been completed," Yarza told reporters after the inspection visit.
 
 •  Football PHOTOS: Spain, Italy register easy wins
Spain strolled to a 4-1 win at home to Israel, while Italy survived some first-half scares on the way to a 2-0 win and Ukraine registered a 1-0 home win over Ukraine in an action-packed game.
 
 •  Miami Open: Nadal, Venus advance; Dimitrov, Vesnina ousted
Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic made a strong return to competition on Friday by beating Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5 to reach the third round of the Miami Open.
 
 •  F1 GP: Hamilton breaks record as he takes pole in Australia
Hamilton's flying lap of one minute 22.188 seconds set a new record at Albert Park but was only 0.268 seconds in front of German Vettel, offering the tantalising prospect of a competitive championship after three years of domination by the Silver Arrows.
 
 •  Tottenham's Alli suspended for three European games
Alli was dismissed for a wild challenge on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere in the first half of the match at Wembley.
 
 •  U-17 WC: FIFA 'deeply concerned' over incomplete work at Kochi stadium
'The venue has a very strong football culture and it would be a matter of great shame if we don't manage to fulfil the requirements in time'
 
 •  Pre-race buzz: Lewis Hamilton 'in league of his own'
Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton dominated practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Friday, putting Mercedes on top of the timesheets and leaving his Formula One rivals with plenty to ponder before the weekend.
 
 •  Sports Shots: FIFA looks to ease the fixture burden on players
A round-up of all football-related news...
 
 •  Miami Open: Pliskova, Cibulkova cruise into third around
Pliskova, a finalist at last year's US Open who reached the semi-finals at Indian Wells last week, relied on her booming groundstrokes and strong returning to dispatch her American opponent in 59 minutes.
 
 •  German great Beckenbauer questioned by Swiss prosecutors for corruption
The Swiss Attorney General's Office (OAG) opened criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other former high-ranking German soccer officials last September. The proceedings related to allegations of fraud, criminal mismanagement, money laundering and misappropriation.
 
 •  WC qualifiers: Messi helps Argentina edge Chile; Brazil, Japan on track
A round-up of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers played on Thursday
 
 •  Chetan Chauhan bats for cleanliness
Chetan Chauhan - once India's opening batsman, is now sports minister in Uttar Pradesh's government headed by Yogi Adityanath.
 
 •  U-17 World Cup: Here's why Goa is unlikely to get marquee matches
One of the traditional hubs of Indian football alongside Kolkata and Kerala, Goa's chances of hosting marquee matches in the FIFA U-17 World Cup appear to have taken a hit owing to low attendance in the AFC U-16 event last year.
 
 •  UEFA mulls squad limits, transfer market changes
'We do have to examine new mechanisms like luxury taxes and in particular sporting criteria like squad limitations and fair transfer rules, to avoid player hoarding and excessive concentration of talent within a few teams'The last few years have seen the increasing dominance of a few elite clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
 
 •  Asian Cup berth in 2019 essential for India, says coach Constantine
India, currently ranked 132nd in the FIFA world rankings, have never played in the World Cup finals and kick off the latest phase of their attempt to qualify for the Asian Cup on Tuesday when they take on Myanmar in Yangon.
 
 •  No 1 Kerber prefers to play good and consistence tennis
German tennis star Angelique Kerber, who has surged back to the world number one ranking by virtue of Serena Williams' injury, has said that the top spot is not really important for her.
 
 •  Miami Open: Bouchard, Puig exit; Escobdeo upsets Britain's Evans
But for the 23-year-old Bouchard, a former world number five who has slumped to 56th in the rankings, it was another blow after her first-round exit in Indian Wells.
 
 •  Shotgun WC: Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold in record-equalling feat
Mittal ended with 75 points out of possible 80 in the six-man final to win India's first medal in the competition while Willet managed 73.
 
 •  Friendly: Podolski bids goodbye with stunning winner over England
Germany's Lukas Podolski capped his international swansong with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.
 
 •  India outclass Cambodia in football friendly
The Indian football team broke a 12-year-old jinx of not winning a match away from home as they beat lower ranked Cambodia 3-2 in an international friendly in Phnom Penh.
 
 •  U-17 World Cup: FIFA urges to speed up preparation work in Delhi
The FIFA's inspection team on Wednesday sounded fairly satisfied over the progress at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, one of the venues for the Under-17 World Cup, but urged authorities to speed up work on core areas like competition and training sites.
 
 •  Can Federer jump back to No 1 in tennis rankings?
Tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka has backed 18 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer to become the oldest player in history to seal the world number one spot at the age of 35.
 
 •  What United should do to secure Champions League spot...
Manchester United should focus on winning the Europa League this season, which would bring the club a trophy they have never won and secure qualification for next season's Champions League, former manager Alex Ferguson has said.
 
 •  'Fake news': Wenger denies rumours of PSG move
Arsene Wenger has denied he has been offered a two-year deal to become coach at Paris Saint-Germain.
 
 •  Pakistan's tennis authorities disappointed with Davis Cup snub
Pakistan's tennis authorities expressed disappointment at the decision of Hong Kong to not travel to Islamabad for the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania zone two tie next month.
 
 •  A perfect stage set for Podolski's farewell
Germany's Lukas Podolski will receive an appropriate farewell when the world champions meet England in a high-quality friendly on Wednesday with the winger having become one of the country's all-time greats, coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday.
 
 •  Jamaican duo charged with anti-doping rule violation
Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer and world championship relay medallist Riker Hylton have been charged with breaching anti-doping rules, Jamaican athletics officials confirmed on Tuesday.
 
 •  Nadia Comăneci is such an inspiration!
Nadia Comăneci made a superstar entry at the Times of India Sporting Awards.
 
 •  Hong Kong pull out of Davis Cup tie in Pakistan over security fears
Hong Kong have withdrawn from their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad citing security concerns, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Stars descend in all their glory at Sports Awards night
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the personalities that graced the event:
 
 •  India won't bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games, says IOA
India will not bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games since it's too late to make a proposal when so many nations are already in contention, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narayanswami Ramachandran clarified.
 
 •  F1: Hamilton still the man to beat in 2017
Ferrari were the fastest in pre-season testing, raising suspicions that their new SF70H car has closed the chasm between Mercedes and the rest.
 
 •  Chicago Fire sign Schweinsteiger from Manchester United
The 32-year-old German, who signed for United at the start of last season, has fallen out of favour since manager Jose Mourinho arrived at the club at the start of the current campaign.
 
 •  Referee banned after South Africa hit by new match-fixing crisis
The ban results from a penalty Lamptey awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November.
 
 •  Dismal show by India in men's trap event at WC Shotgun
The Indian trio of Zoravar Singh Sandhu, Kynan Chenai and Birendeep Sodhi could not make it through to the six-man final round of the competition, failing in the qualification round.
 
 •  EPL: City charged with misconduct in Liverpool game
Referee Michael Oliver was surrounded by City players after he awarded Liverpool a spot kick following a Gael Clichy foul on Roberto Firmino.
 
 •  Leicester's Vardy got death threats over Ranieri sacking
Ranieri left the Midlands club in February, just nine months after winning the Premier League title, with Leicester 17th in the standings and battling relegation. Vardy has since faced accusations of influencing the decision to sack the Italian.
 
 •  La Liga: Messi at double as Barca beat Valencia, Atletico see off stuttering Sevilla
Lionel Messi scored twice as La Liga champions Barcelona saw off a persistent Valencia side, who had Eliaquim Mangala sent off in the first half, to win 4-2 on Sunday and stay on the heels of leaders Real Madrid.
 
 •  Guardiola 'happy and proud' as City draw with Liverpool
Pep Guardiola won 21 trophies in seven years while in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich but said his Manchester City side's 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday was one of his happiest moments in management.
 
 •  PHOTOS: City hit back to earn a draw with Liverpool
Manchester City had to come from behind to hold Liverpool 1-1 as both teams lost ground in the Premier League following victories for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
 
 •  Vesnina outlasts Kuznetsova in marathon Indian Wells final
Elena Vesnina survived a battle of attrition and nerves to beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday and secure the biggest title of her career.
 
 •  Federer tops Wawrinka in all-Swiss Indian Wells final
A rejuvenated Roger Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and the distinction of being the tournament's oldest winner.
 
 •  EPL: Spurs keep up Chelsea chase; United punish Boro
Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur kept up the distant chase of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Southampton to cut the gap to 10 points on Sunday.
 
 •  Wenger hints at Arsenal end game
A downbeat Arsene Wenger said he has decided on his Arsenal future and would reveal all soon after his side slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
 
 •  FIFA promises to deliver 'magnificent' U-17 World Cup
India's vast size and diversity posed as obstacles in the initial preparatory stage, but having crossed the hurdles, FIFA's head of events Jaime Yarzahas promised to deliver a 'magnificent' U-17 World Cup football.
 
 •  Injured Sanchez could miss World Cup qualifiers
Sanchez's ankle in 'terrible state', says Wenger
 
 •  Euro football: Inter's Champions League hopes dented, Nice held
Romelu Lukakuare still five points off the Champions League places after Antonio Candreva's equaliser rescued a solitary point in a 2-2 draw at Torino in a thrilling Serie A clash on Saturday.
 
 •  Federer to meet Wawrinka in all-Swiss final at Indian Wells
Roger Federer continued his sizzling form on Saturday to set up an all-Swiss final against Stan Wawrinka at the BNP Paribas Open in California.
 
 •  EPL: Chelsea 13 points clear; Arsenal stunned
Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.
 
 •  La Liga: Casemiro guides Real through Athletic test
Real Madrid went five points clear at the top of La Liga after coming through a testing game at Athletic Bilbao to win 2-1 thanks to Brazilian midfield lynchpin Casemiro's strike on Saturday.
 
 •  Kyrgios pulls out of quarters clash with Federer
Suspected food poisoning forced Nick Kyrgios to pull out of his much anticipated quarter-finals showdown with Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
 
 •  Former racing champion Ashwin Sundar dies in mishap
Former national racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha died in a mishap at MRC Nagar in Chennai, on Saturday.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Kuznetsova, Vesnina set up all-Russian final
Twice Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova and 14th seed Elena Vesnina posted hard-fought, straight-set wins in Friday's semi-finals to set up an all-Russian final in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Sock knocks out Nishikori to meet Federer in semis
Jack Sock celebrated a pair of firsts on Friday by powering past fourth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 to book a date with Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.
 
 •  Chelsea's eye on points table but not looking too far ahead
Chelsea need 24 points from their remaining 11 fixtures to win the Premier League title, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday ahead of their trip to Stoke City on Saturday.
 
 •  Lip-smacking Champions League quarters: Barca draw Juve
Barcelona were pitted against Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final draw made on Friday to set up a repeat of the 2015 final which the Spanish side won 3-1.
 
 •  Klopp says Liverpool not favourites but it's possible to beat City
Liverpool should not be considered favourites when they travel to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday, despite his side's impressive record against teams near the top of the table.
 
 •  Olympian Bindra reveals he suffered from neurological condition in 2014
Bindra, who won a gold medal in 10m Air Rifle event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was speaking at a session at the India Today Conclave 2017 in Mumbai.
 
 •  Barca assistant Unzue receives players' backing for top job
Unzue is one of the two leading candidates to succeed Luis Enrique, who announced this month he will leave at the end of this season, along with Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde.
 
 •  We have a realistic chance of qualifying for AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri
Football captain Sunil Chhetri wants India to "set a benchmark" by regularly qualifying for AFC Asian Cup, the continent's premier tournament.
 
 •  Birthday girl Saina pledges Rs 6 lacs to families of slain CRPF jawans
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has decided to donate Rs 6 lacs -- Rs 50,000 each -- to the families of the 12 Central Reserve Police Force jawans killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh last week.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Vesnina ousts Venus, Mladenovic beats Wozniacki
Elena Vesnina denied Venus Williams another comeback win, while Kristina Mladenovic roared back from a set and a break down to beat Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
 
 •  PHOTOS: United, Schalke and Ajax into Europa League last eight
Schalke 04 hit back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and overcome fellow Germans Borussia Moenchenglach on away goals in their Europa League last 16 tie while Manchester United edged Rostov 1-0 to progress on Thursday.
 
 •  No place for Pakistan in Azlan Shah hockey tournament
"We are very disappointed at the way the Azlan Shah Cup organisers have dropped us from the tournament and included England in our place," PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmad said on Thursday.
 
 •  Defoe back for England at age of 34
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was recalled to the England squad at the age of 34 on Thursday ahead of next week's friendly in Germany and a World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.
 
 •  Swiss Open: Prannoy advances to quarterfinals
Defending champion H S Prannoy eked out a thrilling win over China's Qiao Bin to advance to the quarterfinals of the $120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Basel on Thursday.
 
 •  Kashmiri kickboxing champion slams govt for lack of facilities
Tajamul Islam, the eight-year-old world kickboxing champion from Bandipora district, has hit out at the Jammu and Kashmir government for not providing proper training facilities and equipment for her and other sportspersons from her district.
 
 •  Badminton champ Jwala Gutta now part of SAI governing body
The 14-time national champion said she is looking forward to play her role in the development of sports in the country.
 
 •  Pliskova battles past Muguruza to reach Indian Wells semis
World number three Karolina Pliskova overcame a stern test to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday after edging French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6(2), 7-6(5) at Indian Wells.
 
 •  Champions League: Nasri brands Vardy 'a cheat' after red card
Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has accused Jamie Vardy of cheating after the Frenchman was sent off for squaring up to the Leicester forward and bumping foreheads in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
 
 •  Evert has no issue with Sharapova wildcards
Former American great Chris Evert has no issue with tournaments handing Maria Sharapova wildcard entries as the Russian former world number one makes her way back from a doping ban, she said on Wednesday.
 
 •  Ferrari's Italian stallion has a spring in its step
A decade on from their last driver's title, courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, Ferrari emerged from eight days of testing in Spain with the fastest lap times coupled with impressive reliability.
 
 •  Atletico march into quarters as Oblak shines
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was the hero as the Spanish side reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row after drawing 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen in an open last-16 second leg.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Monaco knock Manchester City out of Champions League
Monaco swept into the Champions League quarter-finals and left Manchester City to pick up the pieces of another failed European campaign after a 3-1 victory on Wednesday sent them through on away goals.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Kyrgios stuns Djokovic again, Federer thrashes Nadal
Nick Kyrgios ended Novak Djokovic's 19-match winning run at Indian Wells by beating the Serb 6-4, 7-6(3) to reach the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals in Indian Wells on Wednesday, while Roger Federer also advanced with a straight sets win over Rafael Nadal.
 
 •  Mourinho praise: Pogba doesn't give an ass to what people say about him
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of Paul Pogba after the under-fire midfielder came in for further criticism following a below-par performance in Monday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea.
 
 •  Sania-Barbara lose in Indian Wells quarters
India's Sania Mirza and her women's doubles partner Barbara Strycova crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open after going down in straight sets in thequarter-finals at Indian Wells.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Vesnina upsets Kerber to meet Venus in quarters
Russia's Elena Vesnina ousted German second seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California on Tuesday.
 
 •  Like father like son, Schmeichel saves day for Leicester
Just like his father nearly two decades ago, Kasper Schmeichel proved a formidable last line of defence.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Nadal, Federer set up yet another mouth-watering clash
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal powered to third-round wins at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday to set up a mouth-watering rematch of their recent Australian Open final.
 
 •  Champions League: Revitalised Leicester stun Sevilla; Juve through
From heroes to zeros and back again, Leicester City's remarkable rollercoaster ride took another twist as a superb 2-0 victory over Sevilla put them in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.
 
 •  Mallya's Force India go pink for 2017 F1 season
Team co-owner Vijay Mallya said in a statement on Tuesday that the deal, which will make the cars stand out at the Australian season-opener next week, is one of the most significant partnerships in Force India's 10-year history.
 
 •  Champions League Preview: Can Monaco knock City out?
Monaco owe most of their recent success to their young guns, but when they face Manchester City looking to overturn a two-goal deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, they will turn to a more experienced player in Radamel Falcao.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Wawrinka advances, to face lucky loser Nishioka
Stanislas Wawrinka breezed into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday and saw another seed removed from his path to the final when lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan turned his match against Tomas Berdych upside down.
 
 •  I'm still Chelsea's number one, says beaten Mourinho
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho, humbled for the second time this season in front of the Chelsea fans who once idolised him, did not go quietly on Monday as he declared that he remains the London club's number one manager.
 
 •  FA Cup: Chelsea beat Mourinho's 10-man United to reach semis
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte got the upper hand on Jose Mourinho for the second time this season as his double-chasing side beat 10-man Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to reach the FA Cup semi-finals on Monday.
 
 •  Kerber rallies to reach fourth round; Halep bows out
Angelique Kerber displayed her grit and vaunted fitness as she battled back to beat France's Pauline Parmentier 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in scorching heat on Monday to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
 
 •  Kohli, Karmakar, Clarke greet fans on Holi!
Among the cricketers, Australia's David Warner, Steve Smith and West Indies' Chris Gayle also wished the fans on Instagram.
 
 •  WADA is just 'fox guarding hen house'
Speaking to Reuters during a WADA meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tygart said as long as sports bodies were represented on WADA, the anti-doping organisation could not deliver on its promise to crack down on cheats.
 
 •  CAS tribunal upholds lifetime ban on Russian doping doctor
Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) still has significant work to do to get its suspension lifted, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Monday.
 
 •  La Liga: Ramos heads Real Madrid to top after Barca's shock loss
Real fought back after a calamitous own goal from keeper Keylor Navas gave Betis the lead in the 25th minute, just after the Costa Rican escaped a possible red card. Cristiano Ronaldo pulled the hosts level in the 41st with a diving header.
 
 •  Muguruza survives Day challenge at Indian Wells
Muguruza used her experience to get out of trouble, eventually set up a meeting with Ukrainian 10th seed Elina Svitolina in just over two hours under a relentless sun at Indian Wells.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Federer, Nadal stay on course for desert showdown
Both won in style on Sunday, with Spanish fifth seed Nadal pouncing on Guido Pella's serve to break the Argentine five times en route to a 6-3, 6-2 victory in sizzling afternoon heat on the stadium hard court.
 
 •  Euro football: Roma and Napoli win 3-0; PSG beat Lorient
A round-up of matches played in the Serie A and French Ligue 1 on Sunday
 
 •  EPL: Can seals comeback win to maintain Liverpool's top four push
Liverpool kept their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League on course as Emre Can thundered home a second-half winner to complete a hard-earned 2-1 comeback win over Burnley at a relieved Anfield on Sunday.
 
 •  FA Cup: Kane injury mars Spurs' six-goal stroll
Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals but an injury to Harry Kane marred the party as they marked their last tie at their White Hart Lane home with a 6-0 thrashing of third-tier London rivals Millwall on Sunday.
 
 •  La Liga: Deportivo stun Barca
Barcelona were in danger of being toppled from the top of La Liga standings on Sunday after they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna.
 
 •  Shakespeare appointed Leicester manager for rest of season
Craig Shakespeare has been appointed as Leicester City's manager for the rest of the season, the Premier League champions announced on Sunday.
 
 •  Chawrasia defends Indian Open title
SSP Chawrasia clinched his fourth European Tour title on Sunday when he won the Indian Open for the second successive year with a seven-shot victory over Malaysia's Gavin Green.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Sania-Strycova in quarters; Leander exits
Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova stormed into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open 2017 tennis tournament with a straight-set win over their opponents in the women's doubles at Indian Wells.
 
 •  Indian Wells: Kerber sails, Pospisil sends Murray packing
Angelique Kerber, who will reclaim the world number one ranking on Monday, breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 second-round victory over fellow German Andrea Petkovic at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.
 
 •  FA Cup: Arsenal end Lincoln's adventure
FA Cup: Arsenal end Lincoln's adventure
 
 •  Saina, Sindhu fail as India return empty handed from All England
Saina Nehwal crashed out of the All England Championship after her gallant fight against World No. 3 Korean Sung Ji Hyun ended with a narrow 20-22, 20-22 loss in the women's singles quarter-finals of the Super Series Premier event in Birmingham.
 
 •  Bopanna-Cuevas knocked out by Djokovic-Troicki
Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas yet again failed to click as a team, losing the closely-fought opening round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters to Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki, in Indian Wells
 
 •  All England Championship: Sindhu crashes out
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu failed to overcome World No 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and crashed out of the All England Championship.
 
 •  1964 Formula One champion Surtees dies at 83
John Surtees, the only man to win world championships on two wheels and four, died on Friday at the age of 83, his family said in a statement.
 
 •  EPL player of the month award goes to...
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been named the Premier League manager of the month for February, while in-form Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane picked up his fourth player of the month award.
 
 •  Infantino defends referee for awarding Barca questionable penalty
After losing 4-0 in the first leg in France, Barcelona scored three times in the last seven minutes to win a thrilling last 16 home game 6-1 on Wednesday and march into the quarter-finals.
 
 •  After 'crazy' win, Rakitic agrees new deal with Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has agreed a new four-year contract with the Spanish champions until 2021, the club said a day after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals by thrashing Paris St Germain 6-1.
 
 •  Bopanna to face Djokovic at Indian Wells
Bopanna is back with his regular partner Pablo Cuevas for this tournament and they face Serbian team of Djokovic and Victor Troicki.
 
 •  After Camp Nou loss, PSG players confronted by angry fans at airport
Police have launched an investigation after Paris St Germain's players were confronted by angry supporters upon their return to the French capital on Wednesday following their 6-1 Champions League defeat in Barcelona, the Ligue 1 club has said.
 
 •  Europa League: United earn draw at Rostov, Lyon beat Roma 4-2
Europa League favourites Manchester United secured a 1-1 draw on a threadbare pitch at Rostov, while Olympique Lyonnais beat AS Roma 4-2 helped by a fine individual goal from Nabil Fekir in their last 16, first leg ties on Thursday.
 
 •  Sindhu, Saina storm into quarters of All England
Ace Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal on Thursday stormed into the quarter-finals of the All England Open Badminton Championships after their straight-game victories over their respective opponents in the women's singles event in Birmingham.
 
 •  Will Trump's immigration ban affect US bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup?
The United States would have to grant entry to players, officials and fans from any country that qualified if it won the right to host the 2026 World Cup finals, soccer body FIFA said.
 
 •  'India has a fast-growing football scene'
Former France defender Mikael Silvestre, who played for Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC in the inaugural edition in 2014, feels that football is growing fast in India.
 
 •  No official recognition for Luis Figo's Premier Futsal, says AIFF
The AIFF also asked its state units not to allow their players to participate in the 'unauthorised and unofficial Futsal league'.
 
 •  Xabi Alonso: A versatile midfielder who won all there was to win
'I never thought I would have such a great career and I hope there are still some more things to be added to those'
 
 •  Fans' views will influence Wenger's future at Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will take into consideration the views of the club's divided fan base before deciding whether to extend his 20-year reign at the north London side.
 
 •  Bayern's Xabi Alonso to quit football at end of season
The 35-year-old, who quit international football in 2014, took to Twitter, to reveal his decision.
 
 •  The GREATEST comebacks in UEFA Champions League history
Following this stunning turn-around of fortunes for Barcelona, here is a flashback of some of the best come-from-behind wins recorded in Europe's premier club competition.
 
 •  Bournemouth defender Mings banned for five matches
Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings will serve a five-match ban for violent conduct against Manchester United last weekend, the FA said on Wednesday.
 
 •  Aubameyang hat-trick leads Dortmund into last eight
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund crushed Benfica 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.
 
 •  All England C'ships: Saina sails into second round
Eight seeded Saina defetaed Okuhara 21-15, 21-14 late last night to improve her head-to-head record to 6-1 against her Japanese opponent.
 
 •  Barca's night of miracle will prompt lots of love making: Pique
Barcelona's amazing 6-1 victory over Paris St Germain on Wednesday that sent them through to the Champions League quarter-finals will forever stay in the memories of supporters, coach Luis Enrique said.
 
 •  Is PSG coach Emery's job at stake after Champions League exit?
Paris Saint Germain's Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said there were no excuses for not going through to the quarters as he came to terms with the team's earliest exit from the Champions League since the club was taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority in 2011.
 
 •  Sports Shorts: Fraser-Pryce announces pregnancy, to miss world champs
The two-times Olympic 100m gold medallist and three-times world 100m champion said she will return to competition in 2018.
 
 •  Where did PSG lose the plot? Emery searches for answers
Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery cursed his side for switching off in the final minutes of their 6-1 defeat at Barcelona which sent the French champions out of the Champions League before the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.
 
 •  Post Camp Nou heroics, Barca now Champions League favourites
It was arguably the greatest comeback in Champions League history and one that very few people saw coming, as punters shied away from backing Barcelona to complete an extraordinary comeback against Paris St Germain on Wednesday.
 
 •  Manchester City drop crucial points at home against Stoke
Manchester City failed to fire in a frustrating 0-0 home draw with StokeCity on Wednesday that dealt a damaging blow to their Premier League title hopes and left them 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
 
 •  Barcelona pull off the mother of all comebacks
Barcelona completed one of the most extraordinary comebacks in European football history to knock Paris St Germain out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory that rewrote the record books.
 
 •  All England Championships: Sindhu sails into second round
PV Sindhu dominated from start to finish and smashed her way into the second round of the prestigious All England BadmintonChampionships, in Birmingham, on Wednesday.
 
 •  I-League: Balwant late strike saves Mohun Bagan blushes
Mumbai FC almost pulled off a spectacular upset before Mohun Bagan rode on a Balwant Singh strike in the dying moments for a thrilling 2-2draw in an I-League football match in Kolkata on Wednesday.
 
 •  These women have scaled the fence in Kabul
In Kabul's national sports stadium, two young women fencers take guard, their faces covered with protective wire masks as they stand off warily, foils circling before they thrust at their opponent.
 
 •  Pacquiao vs Amir Khan bout shelved
Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao's proposed fight against Britain's former world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has been postponed, according to the Filipino's promoter, Bob Arum.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Bayern humiliate dispirited Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate
Arsenal conceded five goals for the first time at their Emirates Stadium as they suffered their worst home defeat for 19 years.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Ramos double rescues Real Madrid
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos performed another rescue act to wreck Napoli's brave comeback attempt and take the Champions League title-holders into the quarter-finals.
 
 •  I-League: EB official abuses referee following defeat to Churchill
Trouble erupted after East Bengal suffered a 1-2 defeat to Churchill Brothers as fans booed coach Trevor Morgan and a home side support staff member was seen abusing referee Santosh Kumar.
 
 •  Ibrahimovic handed three match ban for violent conduct
Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a three-match ban with immediate effect on Tuesday after admitting a charge of violent conduct and accepting the standard penalty, the FA said.
 
 •  Table toppers Chelsea won't get casual
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte welcomed the pressure other clubs are trying to maintain on his runaway Premier League leaders and said he expected a battle until the season is over.
 
 •  CL Preview: Barca prepare for miraculous comeback
Barcelona first struggled to come to terms with their shock 4-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League last 16 first leg but have sparkled in their last two games and are daring to believe they can defy history by reaching the quarter-finals.
 
 •  EPL: Chelsea ease past West Ham thanks to Hazard and Costa
Chelsea brushed aside London rivals West Ham United with a 2-1 away win that restored their 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Monday.
 
 •  La Liga: Sevilla held at Alaves after mistake by keeper Rico
Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico blundered and then made two brilliant late stops as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Alaves on Monday that dented their La Liga title bid.
 
 •  Wenger rejects reports of Sanchez bust-up
'(The media reports are) completely false. But I understand that you have to fill the newspapers and we respect that'
 
 •  India triumph over Belarus 2-1 in Fourth Test match
The Indian eves defeated a spirited Belarus side 2-1 to register their fourth consecutive victory in the five-match Test series in Bhopal on Monday.
 
 •  ISL club Chennaiyin FC and coach Materazzi part ways
Materazzi guided Chennaiyin to the title in the second season as they dramatically came from behind to beat hosts FC Goa 3-2 in the final.
 
 •  EPL: Ibrahimovic, Mings charged with violent conduct
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings were charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.
 
 •  Has Davis Cup door been bolted on Paes with Bhupathi's comments?
'The team will be chosen the day before the draw. I am not sure who is going to play doubles. I am not sure if I am going to have any doubles players at all but whatever needs to win I will make sure that happens'
 
 •  Paes in Davis Cup team, but will Bhupathi pick him in final 4?
Veteran tennis star Leander Paes was retained in the Indian Davis Cup team for next month's Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Uzbekistan.
 
 •  STUNNING Sports photos of the weekend!
There is never a dull moment in the sporting world and this weekend was no different.
 
 •  Could United lose Champions League spot?
'If you look at the points we've lost at home -- all the matches where we draw -- you're thinking about 10 or 12 and, with these points we wouldn't just be speaking about the top four, we'd be speaking about the top two or the top one'
 
 •  Why Chelsea's Conte hates not being in Champions League
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hates not being in the Champions League and has made it his mission to ensure the Premier League leaders consistently qualify for Europe's elite competition.
 
 •  Why this tennis player is keeping tabs on Australia's tour of India...
The relentless grind of the professional tennis tour proved too much for Australia's Ashleigh Barty during her teenage years but a break from the game to play cricket appears to be paying some pretty big dividends.
 
 •  Champions League Preview: Arsenal facing mission impossible
Arsenal will have to produce the biggest second leg comeback in a Champions League knockout tie to avoid a seventh successive exit at the last 16 stage when they host Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
 
 •  La Liga: Griezmann, Gameiro get Atletico back to winning ways
Atletico Madrid's French forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro fired them to a first win in three league outings as they beat Valencia 3-0 on Sunday to maintain their hold on Spain's fourth Champions League qualifying place.
 
 •  EPL: Manchester City keep up title chase
Sergio Aguero proved he is still vital to Manchester City's cause as the Argentine paved the way for a routine 2-0 victory at bottom club Sunderland on Sunday.
 
 •  EPL: Kane double against Everton helps Spurs cut Chelsea's lead
Harry Kane's superb scoring streak continued as Tottenham Hotspur survived some late nerves to beat Everton 3-2 at White Hart Lane on Sunday and cut Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.
 
 •  Rani stars in India's 3-1 win against Belarus
India's women's hockey team beat Belarus 3-1 to clinch their third successive win in the five-Test Series in Bhopal on Sunday.
 
 •  Will selectors pick Paes in Davis Cup team?
Senior pro Leander Paes's place in the Indian Davis Cup team will be up for discussion when the AITA Selection Committee meets on Monday to pick the squad for the upcoming Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Uzbekistan.
 
 •  Has Wenger dug himself deeper into a hole with Sanchez decision?
Arsene Wenger reckoned that leaving his leading marksman Alexis Sanchez on the substitutes' bench had been a "debatable" decision but it was one that appeared to backfire on the Arsenal manager in the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.
 
 •  EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool crush Arsenal, Zlatan misfires for United
Liverpool put their recent troubles behind them, showing touches of their best early-season vibrancy to overcame Arsenal 3-1 at a jubilant Anfield and leapfrog the Gunners into third place in the Premier League on Saturday.
 
 •  Querrey thrashes Nadal in Mexico Open final
American Sam Querrey claimed the biggest title of his career with an emphatic 6-3, 7-6(3) upset victory over second seed Rafael Nadal in the final of the Mexican Open.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Real and Barcelona win; Bayern ease past Cologne
Lionel Messi was in inspired form as champions Barcelona hammered Celta Vigo 5-0 on Saturday, recording a fourth straight league victory which keeps them top of La Liga after Real Madrid had put the pressure on the Catalans with a 4-1 win at Eibar.
 
 •  PHOTOS: Underdog Bellew stuns Haye in heavyweight clash
Underdog Tony Bellew stopped former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in the 11th round of their thrilling clash at London's O2 Arena.
 
 •  La Liga: Real Madrid thrash Eibar without Bale and Ronaldo
Real Madrid romped to a 4-1 win at tiny Eibar on Saturday, provisionally returning to the top of La Liga, despite the absence of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for Zinedine Zidane's side.
 
 •  EPL: Wasteful Man United held; Southampton edge seven-goal thriller
Manchester United spurned a chance to move into the Premier League's top four after striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bournemouth on Saturday.
 
 •  Dubai Open: Bopanna-Matkowski lose in final
Dubai, Mar 4 (PTI) India's Rohan Bopanna and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski squandered one set advantage to lose to the pair of Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer in the men's doubles final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
 
 •  I-League: Churchill stun Mohun Bagan
Churchill Brothers came back from behind strongly to end Mohun Bagan's unbeaten run with a 2-1 win in the 12th round match of Hero I-League at Tilak Stadium, in Vasco, on Saturday.
 
 •  Rio medallist Sakshi hits out at Haryana government
Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik, on Saturday, claimed that she has not yet received the incentives promised to her by the Haryana government.
 
 •  Resurgent Venus refuses to retire
Venus Williams sees no end in sight on the tennis court, even envisioning another Olympics alongside her sister Serena.
 
 •  Shootouts could get tennis tiebreak-type system
Soccer's rule makers are considering a tennis tiebreak-type system to make penalty shootouts fairer.
 
 •  Mexico Open: Nadal breezes into final
Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Mexican Open on Friday night in Acapulco, Mexico, with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Marin Cilic of Croatia.
 
 •  Rooney move to Everton is 'nonsense' talk
Rooney, the all-time leading goalscorer for club and country, has started eight Premier League games this season and has not played since Feb. 1.
 
 •  Conte picks Carroll as West Ham's danger man
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reiterated his commitment to the Premier League leaders on Friday, following media reports that he was finding hard to adjust to life in England without his family.
 
 •  Did vote-buying help Rio secure 2016 Olympic hosting rights?
IOC ethics committee looks into Rio payment claims
 
 •  Luis Enrique on quitting: 'I need to disconnect'
'I haven't lost any strength in the last four days and in one sense I feel a little relieved but focused on the objectives we set for ourselves at the start of the season'
 
 •  Klopp urges inconsistent Liverpool to get back on track
Liverpool, who are fifth in the table and have won just one league game since the turn of the year, host fourth-placed Arsenal on Saturday looking to bounce back immediately from one of their worst performances of the season.
 
 •  ISSF WC: Indo-US pair claims bronze, hosts end on a high
The duo of Hayden Stewart and triple Olympic champion and skeet legend Kimberly Rhode of the USA won the top prize in the event defeating Argentine siblings Federico and Melisa Gill 29-26 in the gold-medal match.
 
 •  Hockey Test: Indian eves beat Belarus 2-1
India got off to a good start by earning a penalty corner in the 9th minute. It was striker Rani who successfully converted the PC to give her team a 1-0 lead.
 
 •  Dubai Open: Bopanna-Matkowski reach final
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski reached the men's doubles final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after beating Leander Paes and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets on Friday.
 
 •  Atletico's Torres released from hospital after head injury
Striker Fernando Torres has been released from hospital, his club Atletico Madrid said on Friday, after sustaining a head injury during Thursday's 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.
 
 •  Former France and Real Madrid great Kopa passes away at 85
Former France soccer great Raymond Kopa, who won three European Cups with Real Madrid in the 1950s, died at the age of 85 on Friday.
 
 •  Kashmiri sportsman held in US for sexually abusing minor
Indian sportsman has been arrested here on charges of sexually abusing a minor girl, days after he arrived in the US from Kashmir for a snowshoe competition.
 
 •  Mexico Open: Kyrgios stuns Djokovic
Australian Nick Kyrgios served like a demon to bounce Serbia's world number two Novak Djokovic out of the quarter-finals of the Acapulco International with a 7-6(9), 7-5 victory on Friday.
 
 •  Why Luis Enrique never got the same credit as Guardiola
Underlying tensions mean Luis Enrique will not be remembered with the same reverence as Pep Guardiola, even though he has delivered a similar trophy haul.
 
 •  Atletico 'nervous and worried' by Torres neck injury
Fernando Torres's head injury shocked his Atletico Madrid team mates as the striker had to be carried off on a stretcher towards the end of Thursday's 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna.
 
 •  Is this the sign that French Open chief will snub Sharapova?
Newly-elected president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Bernard Giudicelli, has indicated that they are reluctant to hand Maria Sharapova a wild card entry for this year's Grand Slam tournament despite the embattled Russian tennis star returning from a doping ban.
 
 •  Dubai Open: Murray survives 38-point tiebreak to reach semis
Andy Murray saved seven match-points in a 31-minute tiebreak that stretched to 38 points before he finally subdued Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 7-6(18), 6-1 to reach the Dubai Championships semi-finals on Thursday.
 
 •  Despite criticism, NRAI says mixed gender events will benefit India
'An example is mixed pair test event over here in air pistol (which Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu won). So we have the best chance of picking up an extra medal in the two air events. That's why I believe it is in our interest, this change. I am not worried about it'
 
 •  Bale says sorry after red card dents Real Madrid's title bid
'He said sorry, he's not happy with the red card, but it's over now. These things happen and we can't chance it, but with 10 men we still managed to equalise'
 
 •  Under fire at Arsenal, Wenger linked to Barcelona move
'I've been here 20 years and many times had the opportunity to leave. I don't have to convince you my preference has always been Arsenal'
 
 •  Indian eves outclass Belarus 5-1 in 1st hockey Test
Indian eves spanked a hapless Belarus 5-1 win in the first hockey Test, in Bhopal on Thursday.
 
 •  2017 F1 season may split the men from the boys, reckons Hamilton
Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has warned that Formula One's new cars, while better looking and thrilling to drive, may not do much for the racing when the season starts in Australia on March 26.
 
 •  Mexico Open: Nadal, Djokovic advance in Acapulco
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has entered the quarter-finals of the ATP Acapulco tournament with a comprehensive straight-sets victory over Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.
 
 •  First female coach to lead a men's club hopes to inspire other women
Chan Yuen-ting, the first female coach to lead a men's professional soccer club to a top-flight title, hopes her success with Hong Kong's Eastern will inspire other women to follow their dreams.
 
 •  Bopanna-Matkowski reach semis in Dubai
India's Rohan Bopanna joined forces with Marcin Matkowski to reach the doubles semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
 
 •  FA Cup: Aguero at the double as Man City ease into quarters
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City survived an early scare to romp into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 home drubbing of second-tier Huddersfield Town in a fifth-round replay on Wednesday.
 
 •  La Liga: Barca run riot before coach bombshell, Real falter
Barcelona thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 to go top of La Liga on a dramatic night in Spain on Wednesday as Luis Enrique announced he was stepping down as the Catalan club's coach at the end of the season.
 
 •  Barca boss Luis Enrique to leave at end of season
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is leaving the Spanish La Liga champions at the end of the season when his contract expires after three trophy-laden seasons at the club.
 
 •  Roundup: Bayern storm past Schalke into German Cup semis
Robert Lewandowski struck twice in the first half as holders Bayern Munich cruised past Schalke 04 3-0 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup semi-finals.
 
 •  Dubai Open: Russian Donskoy stuns Federer
Roger Federer suffered a shock 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) loss to world number 116 Evgeny Donskoy of Russia in the Dubai Open second round on Wednesday.
 
 •  Budapest withdraws bid to host 2024 Olympic Games
Budapest ended its bid to host the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, citing a lack of unity after a political movement opposing the move collected more than a quarter of a million signatures to force a referendum on the issue.
 
 •  Shooter Jitu gets going when the going gets tough
Jitu Rai on Wednesday said he 'enjoys' fighting his way back from difficult situations.
 
 •  Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos appointed India U-17 coach
The All India Football Federation, on Wednesday appointed Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India U-17 team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled to be held in October this year.
 
 •  Shooting World Cup: Jitu Rai clinches gold, Amanpreet bags silver in 50m-pistol
Jitu Rai, on Wednesday, continued his imperious form in the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup as he won gold in the 50m-pistol event at Karni Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi.
 
 •  Russia never had state-sponsored doping: Putin
Russia has never had a state-sponsored doping programme, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, after the association of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) called for a temporary blanket ban on Russia from international sport.
 
 •  Murray subtly hits out at Sharapova
World number one Andy Murray is against giving wild cards to players returning from doping bans but the 29-year-old understands why tournament organisers make an exception for "big names".
 
 •  Why this Israeli tennis player quit?
Former world number 11 Shahar Peer, the most successful Israeli woman to play on the WTA Tour, announced her retirement because of injury on Tuesday.
 
 •  Will Ranieri find new job immediately?
Claudio Ranieri will not have to wait long for another job following his sacking by Leicester City, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday.
 
 •  Are referees really favouring Real Madrid?
Real Madrid on top because of performances, not referees, says coach Zidane.
 
 •  When Wawrinka 'was not good enough'
World number three Stanislas Wawrinka fell at the first hurdle in the Dubai Open on Tuesday, beaten 7-6(4), 6-3 by 77th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.
 
 •  Swimming legend Phelps demands anti-doping reform
Michael Phelps urged US lawmakers on Tuesday to push for a reform of the global anti-doping effort in sport after a career in which the Olympic great said he was never confident he was competing against clean athletes.
 
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