MADRID: Atletico Madrid progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season after squeezing past Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on penalties after the scores were locked at 1-1 on aggregate.
INDIAN WELLS (Calif): Maria Sharapova defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 on her sixth match point in a third-round pairing of former No. 1-ranked players at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.
MIAMI: Another return to Miami for LeBron James brought another thumping for his Cleveland Cavaliers at the hands of his former club as the Heat ripped their ex-teammate 106-92 Monday.
WELLINGTON: It was Pakistan’s last roll of the dice that saw them throw Sarfraz Ahmed into the role of opener at the World Cup and the gamble looks to be paying off.
IINDIAN WELLS (United States): Second seed Roger Federer opened his bid for a fifth Indian Wells title by easing to a 6-4, 6-2 second round victory over Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman on Sunday.
MELBOURNE: Sebastian Vettel, flushed by a podium finish on his debut for Ferrari behind the tearaway Mercedes in Australia, says the job is now to ensure it was not a one-off.
BERLIN: Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne helped inspire Wolfsburg to a 3-0 victory over Freiburg last night as the Europa League hopefuls moved back within 11 points of leaders Bayern Munich.
MADRID: Gareth Bale ended a nine-game goal drought by scoring twice as Real Madrid moved back to within a point of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win over Levante last night.
PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain suffered a Champions League hangover last night as sloppy defending cost them a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bordeaux and also dented the defence of their Ligue 1 crown.
ROME: Veteran striker Luca Toni scored in either half as Verona stunned Napoli 2-0 at home last night to dent the Azzurri’s hopes of a runner-up finish in Italy’s Serie A.
LONDON: Chelsea opened a six-point lead in the Premier League following a 1-1 draw with Southampton as Manchester United enjoyed perhaps their finest performance yet under Louis van Gaal with a 3-0 trouncing of Tottenham Hotspur.
GEORGE TOWN: An 18-year-old teenager from the Penang swimming squad made a memorable debut in the Penang International Triathlon and Duathlon in Teluk Bahang, Penang today by finishing second in the women’s open category, here today, despite coming down with cramps towards the end.
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MELBOURNE: Lewis Hamilton’s world championship defence got off to a flying start on Sunday with a crushing victory for Mercedes in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as Formula One rivals succumbed to a farcical rash of reliability problems.
MELBOURNE: Valtteri Bottas will not drive in the Australian Grand Prix because of a back injury, his Williams team said Sunday.