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Djokovic cruises, Nadal claims 30th clay win in a row

- Novak Djokovic lost just one game to join Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals after Rafa Nadal breezed to his 30th consecutive win on clay on Thursday.

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Roma's Destro fails in appeal against three-game ban 6:47pm BST

ROME - Striker Mattia Destro will miss AS Roma's game at Fiorentina on Saturday after the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) dismissed an appeal against his three-match ban for punching Cagliari defender Davide Astori.

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Nadal battles wardrobe malfunction in Monte Carlo 4:03pm BST

- Rafa Nadal is battling a wardrobe malfunction that has forced him to alter his serving routine at this week's Monte Carlo Masters.

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Alonso yet to meet new Ferrari F1 boss 3:04pm BST

SHANGHAI - Fernando Alonso spoke warmly of Stefano Domenicali on Thursday and revealed he had yet to speak to new Ferrari Formula One team boss Marco Mattiacci ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

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Crime wave sweeps a Brazil World Cup host city as police strike 6:06pm BST

BRASILIA - A police strike has unleashed violent crime in Brazil's third-largest city just two months before it is set to welcome hordes of football fans for the World Cup, adding to fears about the country's ability to ensure safety during the event.

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South Africa coach cleared of wrongdoing by inquiry 3:20pm BST

CAPE TOWN - South Africa coach Gordon Igesund was cleared on Thursday over allegations that he tried to coerce players to demand bonuses and was influenced by players' agents in his team selection.

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Time to rebuild for South Africa cricket

First Jacques Kallis retired. Then Graeme Smith called it quits. In between, South Africa lost a Test series against Australia, their first at home since the 2008-09 season. What stares the Proteas in the face now, however, is a far bigger challenge than just replacing two great cricketers.

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