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Nadal recovers from shaky start to go through

- Claycourt machine Rafael Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday.

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AFC boss told to spend less energy on politics 5:54pm BST

- Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been told by the continent's FIFA vice-president to spend less time on politics and more on developing the sport.

Brazil elect new CBF chief to take office in 2015 7:19pm BST

SAO PAULO - Marco Polo del Nero was elected unopposed as the new president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Wednesday but the current vice-president will only take office in April 2015.

Crawley player gets five-game ban for confronting fan 1:57pm BST

- Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly has been banned for five matches by the FA after confronting a supporter who threw the ball at him from the stands during an English League One match last week.

Atlanta to launch Major League Soccer franchise on Wednesday 5:51pm BST

ATLANTA - Atlanta is expected to announce on Wednesday that it has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team that will play beginning in 2017 in the city's new open-air stadium downtown.


Waratahs make second attempt at Folau injury recall 3:07pm BST

- The New South Wales Waratahs once again attempted to recall Israel Folau for Super Rugby duty, a week after the fullback was controversially pulled from the team at the 11th hour by the Australian Rugby Union.


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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