England are heading for a 5-0 Ashes series drubbing in Australia unless they can recover mentally from two crushing defeats, former captain Michael Vaughan said on Monday. Australia won the second test by 218 runs in Adelaide on Monday, having opened the series with a 381-run drubbing in Brisbane. The third test starts in Perth on Friday at a ground where Australia have won the last six matches between the sides. "The Australians have played a great brand of cricket," Vaughan, who captained England to a home series victory in 2005, told the BBC. More »Vaughan fears 5-0 Ashes series drubbing for England
Jorge Jesus's side must better Olympiakos's result in order to progress to the Champions League round of 16 along with the visitors, who have already won the group More »Benfica - Paris Saint-Germain Preview: Cardozo remains a doubt for must-win clash with Blanc's boys
Manchester United's home defeat by Newcastle United at the weekend left them 13 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and in danger of missing out on a Champions League place. With Everton having won at Old Trafford four days earlier, the 20-time English champions have now lost consecutive home league games for the first time since 2002. Here, AFP Sports looks at the factors behind United's alarming slump since David Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson as manager in July. 1. Flimsiness in central midfield - Not since Roy Keane's pomp have United had a real driving force in the centre of the pitch and their lack of options in that area has been highlighted by an Achilles injury that has sidelined Michael Carrick. More »Football: What's gone wrong for Manchester United?
By Nick Said CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Weekend matches in the top three tiers of South African soccer have been postponed, while a European Tour golf event in Durban will start a day earlier as the country prepares for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela. The South African Football Association (SAFA) said they had taken the step due to the high number of stadia that are to be used for memorial services for Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95. A huge memorial service will take place in Johannesburg on Tuesday before Sunday's state burial in Mandela's ancestral home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. "It has been decided that all Premier Division, National First Division (NFD) and NFD Qualification Competition fixtures scheduled up to and including December 15, 2013 are postponed," SAFA said in a statement on Monday. More »S. Africa soccer matches postponed, golf moved for Mandela services
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By Nick Said CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Weekend matches in the top three tiers of South African football have been postponed, while a European Tour golf event in Durban will start a day earlier as the country prepares for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela. The South African Football Association (SAFA) said they had taken the step due to the high number of stadia that are to be used for memorial services for Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95. A huge memorial service will take place in Johannesburg on Tuesday before Sunday's state burial in Mandela's ancestral home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. "It has been decided that all Premier Division, National First Division (NFD) and NFD Qualification Competition fixtures scheduled up to and including December 15, 2013 are postponed," SAFA said in a statement on Monday. More »South Africa matches postponed, golf moved for Mandela services
Several sides are on the cusp of qualification for the knockouts ahead of the final round of group-stage action, with Napoli and Galatasaray among those in the mix More »Juventus, Borussia Dortmund & the teams who can qualify for the Champions League last 16
The Mumbai FC coach was happy with his side's performance in the Maha derby and denied any rift between him and Mike Snoei after the game.. More »Khalid Jamil: 'Nothing happened between me and Mike Snoei'
Stale Solbakken's men could seal a Europa League place with three points on Tuesday as the Portugal forward prepares to make his much-awaited comeback from injury More »FC Copenhagen - Real Madrid Preview: Ronaldo set for return as Danes look to upset unbeaten Blancos
Tipster Hugh Wilson hit four winners over the weekend and is looking to continue his fine form with a 8/5 value bet from this mid-table Premier League clash on Monday More »Swansea City - Hull City Betting Preview: Expect the Swans to dominate on home turf
The Newcastle midfielder is unaware of any official approach from the Ligue 1 giants but suggests that he would be keen on a switch to the French capital in the future More »Cabaye: Who doesn't want to play for Paris Saint-Germain?
The Philippines two basketball teams both scored victories in their opening matches as the men's team defeated Singapore 88-75 while the women's team won over Malaysia 65-59 at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Naypyitaw. More »Sinag escapes tough Singapore squad, Perlas defeats Malaysia
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sky Deutschland said on Monday it had won the live broadcast rights in Germany for the UEFA Champions League football games until 2018. The German pay-TV operator, which did not disclose financial details, said it would broadcast 146 games per season, including 128 exclusively. Sky Deutschland is majority-owned by Rupert Murdoch's entertainment company 21st Century Fox. (Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Jonathan Gould) More »Sky Deutschland wins Champions League broadcast football rights
The Bundesliga outfit travel to Basque country needing only to better Shakhtar Donetsk's result against Manchester United to book their place in the knockout stage More »Real Sociedad - Bayer Leverkusen Preview: Hyypia's men hoping to seal last-16 place
By Ian Ransom ADELAIDE (Reuters) - Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson and England all-rounder Ben Stokes have been found not guilty of breaching the code of conduct despite clashing during the second Ashes test, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. Both players had pleaded not guilty and match referee Jeff Crowe cleared them of the charges following separate hearings. "We do not condone physical contact, but recognise that on occasions such contact could be accidental." Australia won the second test by 218 runs on Monday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series. More »Johnson and Stokes cleared by ICC after Ashes clash
The England international will replace Costel Pantilimon in goal as the Chilean is keen to keep his key players fit for Saturday's Premier League fixture at home to Arsenal More »Bayern Munich - Manchester City Preview: Hart to start as Pellegrini promises to rotate
The young attacking midfielder, who scored the equalising goal against Arsenal on Sunday, has surprised the Toffees boss with his quick adaptation to English football More »Everton could extend Deulofeu loan from Barcelona, reveals Roberto Martinez
REUTERS - Ajax Amsterdam striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has recovered from an ankle injury and is available for their crucial Champions League tie against AC Milan on Wednesday, the Dutch club said. But Ajax will be without injured captain Siem de Jong, Nicolai Boilesen and Lerin Duarte, while defender Joel Veltman will miss the match due to suspension, the Dutch champions said on their website (www.ajax.nl). More »Striker Sigthorsson back for Ajax's trip to Milan
By Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant's long awaited return to the basketball court began as a wild celebration on Sunday, but ended as a quiet reminder that the rusty All Star has more work ahead to get back to his brilliant best. Bryant made his anticipated season debut in front of a frenzied Staples Center crowd, showing small hints of old form but mostly looking out of sorts as the Lakers were defeated by the Toronto Raptors 106-94. The Lakers all-time leading scorer made just two of nine shots and conceded that Sunday's return was just the first of many hurdles to come. More »Lakers rejoice as Bryant returns but Raptors crash party
It was a lean weekend in terms of scoring for Nigerian players across Europe More »Nigerians Abroad: Efe Ambrose and Joseph Akpala score in lean weekend
The Spurs chairman is considering Glenn Hoddle as a replacement for the Portuguese coach, who was unhappy with the club's purchases in the summer transfer market More »Villas-Boas's Tottenham future still in doubt as Levy tensions continue
The Nigerian goalkeeper's 14-game clean slate came to a halt at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday afternoon More »Own goal ends Enyeama's clean sheets run in Ligue 1
The English champions have suffered consecutive defeats in the Premier League but only need a point against the Ukrainian side to confirm their progress as group winners More »Manchester United - Shakhtar Donetsk Preview: Moyes eager to top Group A after domestic woes