Chelsea get revenge on Leicester, boost top 4 push

Chelsea seized control of their destiny in the Premier League top-four battle as they avenged their FA Cup final defeat by Leicester City to beat them 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Roared on by 8,000 fans Thomas Tuchel’s side dominated and were rewarded after the break with Antonio Rudiger bundling in their opener before […]

New faces called up for HK’s World Cup qualifiers

Hong Kong’s men’s football team have called up a handful of new players to replace the mainland-based players unavailable for next month’s Fifa World Cup qualifiers. Eastern’s Brazilian-born trio of Clayton, Diego Eli, and Fernando are amongst the new call-ups. Kitchee forward Matthew Orr has also been named for the first time. Players who play […]

Bournemouth, Swansea earn playoff advantage

Bournemouth earned a slender advantage in their Championship play-off semi-final against Brentford as Arnaut Danjuma sealed a 1-0 first leg win, while Andre Ayew fired Swansea to a 1-0 victory at Barnsley on Monday. Danjuma netted in the second half to the delight of around 2,000 Bournemouth fans allowed into Dean Court after coronavirus restrictions […]

Curry drops 46 to claim second NBA scoring title

Stephen Curry scored 46 points and claimed his second NBA scoring title as the Golden State Warriors won their sixth straight by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 on Sunday in San Francisco. Curry finished the regular season with a 32.0-point scoring average, claiming the league title over Washington’s Bradley Beal who scored 25 points earlier […]

Barca thrash Chelsea to lift women’s Champions League

Barcelona became the first Spanish side to win the women’s Champions League with a stunning performance to thrash Chelsea 4-0 in Gothenburg on Sunday. The La Liga champions scored all four goals inside 36 minutes as a Melanie Leupolz own goal, Alexia Putellas’s penalty and simple finishes from Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen killed […]

Suarez scores late to keep Atletico’s title dreams

Luis Suarez scored the goal that could win Atletico Madrid La Liga when his 88th-minute winner snatched a remarkable 2-1 victory over Osasuna on Sunday after they had looked set to hand the title advantage to Real Madrid. Atletico trailed with nine minutes to go at the Wanda Metropolitano and faced a defeat that would […]

Nadal beats Djokovic to claim tenth Rome title

Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win a 10th Italian Open title on Sunday and set down a key marker two weeks out from the defence of his Roland Garros crown. Second seed Nadal won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2hr 49min against the defending champion in the 57th career showdown between […]

Liverpool goalie heads crucial winner against WBA

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker fought back tears as he was the unlikely goalscoring hero for Liverpool in a 2-1 Premier League victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday that keeps alive their Champions League qualification hopes. With the scores level and the visitors on the brink of dropping vital points, Alisson headed home from a corner […]

Ibrahimovic will miss Euro 2020 due to knee injury

Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of Euro 2020 with a knee injury, the Swedish Football Association confirmed on Saturday. Ibrahimovic sprained his knee a week ago playing for club side AC Milan who revealed earlier on Saturday that medical experts recommended “conservative treatment for six weeks”. The 39-year-old forward returned to his […]

LeBron returns to boost Lakers’ play-off hopes

LeBron James scored seven consecutive points over a one-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter to help the Los Angeles Lakers record a 122-115 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in Indianapolis. James, playing his first game since May 2 and just his third since March 20, finished with 24 points, a team-high eight […]

West Ham’s top-four chances fade after Brighton draw

West Ham’s hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League were all but ended after a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday, while Leeds thrashed Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor in a match overshadowed by an ugly incident between Ezgjan Alioski and Dwight McNeil. The Hammers are now five points adrift of the top […]

Leicester edge Chelsea to claim first FA Cup

Leicester won the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s 137-year history on Saturday as Youri Tielemans’s sensational shot beat Chelsea 1-0 in front of 22,000 fans at Wembley. The largest crowd for a sports event in England since the coronavirus pandemic hit 14 months ago were treated to a goal worthy to […]

Sarah Lee claims gold at track cycling Nations Cup

Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee has won gold at the UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup, beating Japan’s Yuka Kobayashi in the final of the women’s sprint competition on Friday. It’s the first time Lee has competed in an international tournament in over a year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, and is a final warm up ahead […]

Torres hat-trick sees Man City hold off Newcastle

Ferran Torres scored his first Manchester City hat-trick as the newly-crowned English champions twice came from behind to beat Newcastle 4-3 on Friday. With a third Premier League title in four years sealed with three games to spare, Pep Guardiola again took the chance to hand a number of his fringe players an opportunity to […]

Porto to host Champions League showdown

The Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on May 29 has been moved from Istanbul to Porto to allow English fans to travel under Covid-19 restrictions, European soccer’s governing body Uefa said on Thursday. The final was scheduled for Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but Turkey was last week put on Britain’s travel “red […]

Liverpool beat Man Utd to boost top four hopes

Liverpool kept their chances of a place in next season’s Champions League in their own hands with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday. Jurgen Klopp’s men still need to win their remaining three games to guarantee a place in the Premier League’s top four, but cleared the biggest hurdle […]

Real blow away Granada to keep pressure on Atletico

Real Madrid kept the pressure on Atletico Madrid by thrashing Granada 4-1 on Thursday to reduce the gap to two points at the top of La Liga, with two games left to play. A draw or defeat for Real Madrid would have given Atletico the chance to win the title on Sunday by beating Osasuna […]

Djokovic to face Tsisipas in Italian Open final

World number one Novak Djokovic swept into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in front of spectators at the Foro Italico. The five-time Rome champion won 6-2, 6-1 in 70 minutes against the 48th-ranked Spaniard, with the venue filled to 25 percent of capacity for the first […]

Smith Rowe punishes Jorginho as Arsenal stun Chelsea

Arsenal dented Chelsea’s bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four as Emile Smith Rowe punished Jorginho’s blunder to seal a 1-0 win on Wednesday. Midfielder Jorginho was guilty of a woefully misplaced back-pass that ended with Gunners youngster Smith Rowe slotting home early in the first half at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s home […]

Atletico edge closer to title after beating Sociedad

Atletico Madrid held their nerve to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Wednesday and move within touching distance of winning La Liga. Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa made a dominant first half count for Atletico, who retreated in the second and were left hanging on after Igor Zubeldia blasted in for La Real with seven minutes […]

Uefa cracks down on three clubs over ‘Super League’

Uefa on Wednesday initiated disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, the three clubs yet to renounce the aborted European Super League project. European football’s governing body has appointed disciplinary inspectors to conduct an investigation regarding a potential violation of Uefa rules by the clubs “in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project”, it […]

Japan prepares to inoculate Olympic athletes, staff

Japan is gearing up to offer Covid-19 vaccinations to around 2,500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and support staff, using shots donated for the Games amid public anger over the slow pace of the country’s vaccine rollout. With fewer than three months until the Olympics begin, Japan is struggling to contain a surge in coronavirus cases […]

Barca’s title hopes take a blow after Levante draw

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant volley but Barcelona’s title hopes could be over, with a 3-3 draw away at Levante on Tuesday giving Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid the chance to pull away at the top of La Liga. Another slip could prove decisive given Atletico will move four points clear of Barca with two […]

Stars miss playoffs after Cup Final and 14 OT losses

The Dallas Stars couldn’t take their season into overtime after all of that extra time they played during the condensed schedule. Only 7 1/2 months after finishing the NHL’s first pandemic-affected season in the Stanley Cup Final inside the NHL bubble, the Stars missed the playoffs in the 56-game follow-up. They had an NHL-high 14 […]

United defeat hands Manchester City EPL crown

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Leicester on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s side are 10 points clear of second placed United and have wrapped up the title with three games to spare. In the midst of a gruelling run […]

Osaka wants ‘discussion’ on Olympics amid virus surge

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka said Sunday she favoured a “discussion” taking place over the Olympic Games taking place as Tokyo reels from a new coronavirus surge. A virus state of emergency in Japan’s capital city and other parts of the country was extended on Friday, less than three months before the delayed Games are […]

Fulham relegated from EPL after loss to Burnley

Fulham were relegated from the Premier League with a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley on Monday that assured the Clarets of their top-flight status. The London club will now join already-demoted West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United in the second-tier Championship next season. Fulham had to avoid defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday to […]

Zverev beats Berrettini to win Madrid Open title

Alexander Zverev recovered from a set down to defeat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 6-3 and win the Madrid Open for a second time Sunday as he clinched a fourth Masters 1000 title. The German fifth seed recorded his third consecutive top-10 victory this week, having eliminated five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem […]

West Ham’s Champions League hopes dented by Everton

West Ham United’s pursuit of a Champions League place suffered a setback after losing 1-0 to Everton at London Stadium. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored in the first half for the only goal of the game West Ham remain in fifth place, five points behind fourth-placed Leicester City who hold the final Champions League qualification spot For […]

WBA relegated after loss to Arsenal

West Bromwich Albion were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday after they lost 3-1 away to Arsenal. The defeat left Sam Allardyce’s side in 19th place with 26 points, 10 points behind fourth-bottom Burnley with only three games left to play. They will join basement side Sheffield United, who are already down, in the […]