(Reuters) - Swansea City manager Paul Clement has defended his leading scorer Fernando Llorente after the striker was criticised following their 1-0 Premier League defeat at Watford last weekend.
(Reuters) - Andy Murray has dismissed suggestions that the pressure of being the world's top tennis player is affecting his performance after losing to Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Round of 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters.
LONDON (Reuters) - Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died aged 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest, Tottenham Hotspur said on Friday.
(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur are long overdue for a trophy and will win one either this season or the next, defender Toby Alderweireld said ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Having been pulled out of Australia's one-day team to prepare for India, then ignored by selectors for every match in the subcontinent, batsman Usman Khawaja is guarded about his chances of winning a test recall for the Ashes.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Youth development specialist Tom Byer wants Chinese President Xi Jinping to focus the nation's energy on winning the Under 17 World Cup as a first step to achieving China's long-term football goals.
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India opener Lokesh Rahul is set to miss the Champions Trophy in June after undergoing operation on his injured shoulder earlier this month, the 25-year-old has said.
(Reuters) - Arsenal's fate in the FA Cup will play no part in manager Arsene Wenger's decision on whether he stays or leaves the club at the end of the season, the Frenchman said ahead of Sunday's semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley.
(Reuters) - The government of Fiji will release new 7 Fijian dollar (2.61 pounds) banknotes and 50 cent coins to honour the rugby sevens team that won the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said on Friday.
PARIS (Reuters) - Former All Black lock Ali Williams has been slapped with another 1,500 euros (1,255 pounds) fine for buying cocaine in Paris in February with former Australia flyhalf James O'Connor.
(Reuters) - American Olympic 100 meters hurdles champion Brianna Rollins was handed a one-year ban for failing to properly file whereabouts information, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam, trailing 3-0 and down to 10 men, scored two late goals to overcome Schalke 04 in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday as Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester United and Celta Vigo also progressed.
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United needed an extra-time winner from Marcus Rashford to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday and move into the last four of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
MADRID (Reuters) - Lionel Messi requires two more goals to reach 500 for Barcelona and will have his sights set on achieving the milestone against great rivals Real Madrid in Sunday's Clasico.
(Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods said on Thursday he has undergone further surgery to help alleviate pain in his back and leg and could be away from competitive golf for another six months.
BARCELONA (Reuters) - As Barcelona prepare to chase down La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Sunday the club's directors should be asking themselves why the expansive squad revamp they pursued last summer has failed so miserably in contrast to Real's "less is more" approach.
LONDON (Reuters) - France international Mamadou Sakho was suspended last season for taking a substance that was not in fact on WADA's banned list, a UEFA report confirmed on Thursday.
(Reuters) - Relegation-threatened Swansea City face a "must-win" clash when they host Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday as they fight to stay in touch with 17th-placed Hull City, manager Paul Clement has said.
PRETORIA (Reuters) - An injury jinx has returned to haunt Handre Pollard and handed South African rugby another setback after the Bulls flyhalf hurt his ankle in training on Thursday.
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Olympic and double world sprint relay gold medallist Asafa Powell has withdrawn from Jamaica's team for this weekend's third IAAF World Relays event in the Bahamas.
LONDON (Reuters) - Former England midfielder Ugo Ehiogu was rushed to hospital after collapsing at Tottenham Hotspur's training ground on Thursday, the club confirmed.
(Reuters) - Everton's Ronald Koeman wants to keep Romelu Lukaku, saying the Premier League's top scorer has improved significantly since he became the Merseyside club's manager at the start of the season.
MILAN (Reuters) - With Juventus charging towards yet another title and the relegation battle virtually decided, Serie A appears to be approaching yet another anti-climax.
KINGSTON (Reuters) - High jump star Germaine Mason died in a motorbike crash outside Jamaica's capital early on Thursday, police said, an announcement that prompted tributes to the British Olympic silver medallist from across the world of athletics.
(Reuters) - Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins and striker Loic Remy are expected to feature in Sunday's Premier League trip to third-placed Liverpool, manager Sam Allardyce said on Thursday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea are favourites to win this weekend's FA Cup semi-final despite their recent stutter and Tottenham Hotspur's irresistible form, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino insists.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg will undergo surgery on Friday and miss three months of action after suffering a ligament tear in his knee, his team said on Thursday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele is somewhat surprised that his sepia-tinged 5,000 and 10,000-metres world records are still standing but, at 34, he still feels he can complete a remarkable hat-trick by claiming the marathon mark.
(Reuters) - Winston Reid is back to shore up West Ham's defence for the visit of in-form Everton on Saturday - but striker Andy Carroll is out again, manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Motherhood may do little to slow Serena Williams's pursuit of grand slam success but more hungry opponents, if they emerge, could yet deny her the all-time singles record, the women who holds that distinction told Reuters.
PARIS (Reuters) - Spaniard Albert Ramos dumped world number one Andy Murray out of the Monte Carlo Masters 2-6 6-2 7-5 on Thursday after firing back from 4-0 down in the final set to take his place in the quarter-finals.
(Reuters) - Liverpool's injury crisis has worsened ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace with defenders Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva all doubtful due to injury, manager Juergen Klopp said on Thursday.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen, who have spent much of the season in the relegation zone, could complete a sensational comeback with victory at Ingolstadt on Saturday.
(Reuters) - American Bubba Watson posted a six-under-par 66 to take a slender clubhouse lead in the opening round of the weather-hit first day of the European Tour's Shenzen International in China on Thursday.
MILAN (Reuters) - Ever the perfectionist, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri still sees room for improvement in his side even after they taught Barcelona a lesson in how to play a two-leg European tie.
After sealing their place in the Champions League semi-final, Real Madrid can take a huge step towards claiming a first La Liga title in five years when they host great rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday.
(Reuters) - Southampton will have extra motivation to deliver positive results when they face four of the top six Premier League sides in the season run-in, defender Cedric Soares has said.
LONDON (Reuters) - Injured England midfielder Jack Wilshere will return to Arsenal from Bournemouth at the end of the season and is expected to return to training in July, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.
(Reuters) - Stoke City have the quality to win their next few matches and ensure they finish the season strongly, goalkeeper Jack Butland has said.
(Reuters) - Bournemouth have slipped into the Premier League relegation battle and must reach the 40-point mark as quickly as possible, full back Adam Smith has said ahead of their home match against 19th-placed Middlesbrough on Saturday.