In top form
MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his impressive form in the Champions League by scoring two goals to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win against 10-man Juventus on Wednesday. The Portugal forward angled a shot behind goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to score in the fourth minute from a sublime pass by Angel Di Maria.
WELLINGTON - Midfielder Jason Hicks has undergone a dramatic change of career - from plumber to professional soccer player with the Wellington Phoenix. English-born Hicks, 23, has done enough in two appearances with the A-League club to win a two-year contract and is left marvelling at how his fortunes have risen.
KINGSTON - A team from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is scheduled to visit Jamaica next week to begin a special audit of the sprinting powerhouse's anti-doping commission. Herb Elliott, the chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, or JADCO, says the agency has "nothing to hide."
ISTANBUL - Victoria Azarenka's chances of making a challenge for Serena Williams' title at the WTA Championships took a significant blow when she was beaten 6-4 6-3 by Jelena Jankovic in Istanbul yesterday. Azarenka was once again unusually error-prone, as she had been while struggling past Sara Errani of Italy on Tuesday, and after dropping serve to 2-4 down in the first set, appeared to struggle with lack of confidence.
In second round
VALENCIA, Spain - World No.3 David Ferrer booked his place in the second round of the Valencia Open with a confident 6-3 6-2 win over Gael Monfils yesterday. The No.1 seed was expected to be stretched by the mercurial Monfils, having lost three of the previous four meetings between the pair.
DUBAI - Legspinner Imran Tahir came to haunt the country of his birth by claiming a maiden five-wicket haul to put South Africa in early control of the second Test against Pakistan yesterday. The 34-year-old finished with a career-best 5-32 while fit-again paceman Dale Steyn took 3-38 to bundle Pakistan out for 99 all out in 36.4 overs in Dubai before South Africa finished the day on 3-128.
ACCRA - Ghana contacted FIFA for a second time yesterday to request next month's World Cup playoff against Egypt in Cairo be moved to a neutral venue. The Black Stars are concerned at the volatile security situation in the Egyptian capital.
MOSCOW - Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure has called for European football's governing body UEFA to take action following alleged racist chanting in his team's Champions League game against CSKA Moscow yesterday. British reporters inside the Khimki Arena in Moscow claimed that monkey chants could be heard at the stadium.