LONDON - Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were dealt a crushing blow when they were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom club Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
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VALENCIA, Spain - Real Madrid's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering well from knee and thigh injuries but is still not sure whether he will be fit for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg at home to Bayern Munich.
VALENCIA, Spain - Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday.
- Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner praised manager Paul Lambert on Wednesday for the way he has handled the "unexpected issues" which led to the suspensions of assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa.
- Ten players were booked, two sent off, both coaches were dismissed and fans ran on to the pitch as Benfica, playing for more than one hour with 10 men, beat arch-rivals Porto 3-1 to reach the Portuguese Cup final on Wednesday.
SANTIAGO - Chile forward Junior Fernandes suffered a broken leg playing for Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday and looks almost certain to miss the World Cup.
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.