GLASGOW - Celtic crushed Hearts 7-0 to advance to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup yesterday after being eliminated from European competition earlier this week. Celtic recovered from their Champions League loss to AC Milan in style and led 5-0 at halftime after a Kris Commons brace and goals from Scott Brown, Joe Ledley and Mikael Lustig.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada - Aksel Lund Svindal won the men's alpine World Cup super-G at Lake Louise yesterday on an Olympic course the Norwegian has made his own. Svindal clocked 1min 28.53sec to beat Austrian duo Matthias Mayer and Georg Streitberger by 0.24sec and 0.38sec respectively. Svindal notched his 22nd World Cup victory.
LONDON - Martin Jol has been sacked as manager of Fulham and replaced with immediate effect by Rene Meulensteen, who had been operating as head coach. Sunday's 3-0 defeat to West Ham United was Fulham's fifth in a row in the Premier League and left them third bottom of the table. Meulentseen was appointed on November 13 to work alongside Jol.
LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan have dropped struggling opener Nasir Jamshed and included uncapped Sharjeel Khan for a Twenty20 match against Afghanistan and two games against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates later this month. Jamshed, 23, struggled in the twin series against South Africa in the UAE and then in South Africa.
MADRID - Barcelona slipped to a second consecutive defeat for the first time since April 2012 as they suffered their first loss in the league this season 1-0 away to Athletic Bilbao yesterday. Barcelona had suffered their first defeat under coach Gerardo Martino against Ajax midweek and Athletic appeared to learn from the Dutch champions' approach.
Norway on top
KUUSAMO, Finland - Norway have dominated the pursuit races in the cross country World Cup, with triple Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen winning the women's 10km race and her countryman Martin Johnsrud Sundby securing the men's 15km race. Sundby sprinted in the finishing stretch to clock 36 minutes and 50.6 seconds, beating Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin.
JOHANNESBURG - Charl Schwartzel has produced a masterclass of consistent golf to win his second consecutive Alfred Dunhill championship as he held off Englishman Richard Finch by four strokes. The Johannesburg native didn't record a bogey over the final three rounds as he followed up on his 12 shot victory on the Leopard Creek par-72 layout last year.
SAN ANTONIO - James Harden scored 31 points as the Houston Rockets overcame a furious second-half rally to beat San Antonio 112-106 on Sunday night and hand the Spurs their first home defeat of the NBA season. Chandler Parsons had 25 points and Dwight Howard 13 and 11 rebounds for Houston (13-5) while Tony Parker had 27 points, Tim Duncan added 20.