PARIS: Tolgay Arslan was the hero as Besiktas stunned Liverpool to knock them out of the Europa League on penalties early today.
BARCELONA: McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis has insisted that Fernando Alonso should be ready to race at the opening Grand Prix of the season in Australia despite spending three nights in hospital following a crash in testing last week.
DUNEDIN: The Afghanistan cricket team brought tremendous joy to its far-flung fans when it beat Scotland by one wicket in the last over to claim its first win at the Cricket World Cup.
DUNEDIN: Scotland achieved their highest ever World Cup score but still left Afghanistan chasing a modest 211 for victory.
LEVERKUSEN: Bayer Leverkusen have one foot in the Champions League’s quarter-finals following their shock 1-0 home win over last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid, who finished with ten men.
LONDON: AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London last night, heaping more Champions League agony on Arsene Wenger.
SAO PAULO: A Brazilian player was taken to a hospital for an anti-rabies shot after being bitten by a police dog during a match.
ISTANBUL: Liverpool must battle a hostile welcome from a 70,000-capacity crowd as they face an injury-hit Besiktas in Istanbul on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
DOHA: FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Wednesday there were still problems with the conditions of migrant workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup but he was “very happy” with steps taken by Qatar.
BRISBANE: Shaiman Anwar made the first hundred in the World Cup by a United Arab Emirates batsman as the amateurs from the Middle East recovered to 278 for nine against Ireland in their Pool B match at Brisbane’s Gabba ground on Wednesday.
BRISBANE: Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and opted to field first in their World Cup Pool B match against United Arab Emrates at the Gabba.
TURIN: Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata struck for Juventus as the Italian champions secured a 2-1 Champions League last 16 first leg win over Borussia Dortmund in Turin.
MANCHESTER: Manchester City suffered from deja vu as Luis Suarez’s double gave Barcelona a 2-1 first leg lead in a Champions League last 16 tie at the Etihad although Lionel Messi’s late penalty miss left the door ajar.
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) thrashed India's East Bengal 4-1 in their opening AFC Cup Group F match at Larkin Stadium today.
SEPANG: World champion Marc Marquez was the fastest rider at Sepang circuit on day two of the second round of pre-season MotoGP winter testing.