LONDON - Jose Mourinho's return to the Champions League with Chelsea started in dismal fashion as FC Basel came from behind to seal a stunning 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea came to an acrimonious end exactly six years ago when he was sacked following a lacklustre 1-1 draw against Rosenborg in the Champions League.
First surf win
SAN CLEMENTE, California - Australia's Taj Burrow has claimed his first world surfing tour victory of the season, beating compatriot Julian Wilson in the final at Trestles in California. A two-time world tour runner-up but never a world champion, 35-year-old Burrow posted a final score of 17.07, bettering Wilson's 15.97, to win the Hurley Pro yesterday.
MADRID - Atletico Madrid made a winning return in their first Champions League encounter for four years with a 3-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg at the Vicente Calderon. Brazilian defender Miranda had headed the hosts into a deserved halftime lead, but Diego Simeone's men were pegged back at the start of the second period by a wonderful strike by Hulk.
One more win
WELLINGTON - Team New Zealand are one win away from claiming the 34th America's Cup after winning race 11 by 15 seconds on San Francisco Bay to take a 8-1 lead over Oracle. The challengers could wrest the cup from holders Oracle in race 12 due to be staged late yesterday.
LONDON - Britain's Mark Cavendish won the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain yesterday as compatriot Bradley Wiggins remained top of the general classification. Sprint specialist Cavendish emerged at the front of a bunch finish at the end of the stage that started in Stoke in the English Potteries before ending in Llanberis in northwest Wales.
BARCELONA, Spain - Brazilian international Neymar will make his first ever Champions League appearance after being named in Barcelona's starting line-up for their Group H opener at home to Ajax. Neymar will once again team up with Lionel Messi having provided an assist for the Argentine in each of Barca's last two league games, whilst Alexis Sanchez maintains his place on the right to make up the front three.
GUANGZHOU - Reigning Guangzhou Open champion Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan failed to make the quarter-finals at this year's event, crashing out Wednesday to her unseeded opponent. But it was a successful night for Britain with Laura Robson and Johanna Konta beating Chinese opposition to make it through to the last eight.
PARIS - Italian teenager Claudia Coppola, the world number 869, was on Wednesday banned for six months and fined $US4,000 ($F7,421) on match-fixing charges. The 18-year-old admitted the offences which were brought following an investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU).