LONDON - Chelsea jumped seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over 10-man Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday thanks to a poacher's goal from Samuel Eto'o, an Eden Hazard penalty and two late Demba Ba strikes.
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MADRID - Barcelona's bid for a fifth La Liga title in six years suffered a surprise setback when they crashed to a 1-0 defeat at lowly Real Valladolid on Saturday and opened the door for Real Madrid to pull away at the top.
ROME - A beautifully-worked Antonio Di Natale goal saw lowly Udinese beat AC Milan 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday to deal a huge blow to the visitors' prospects of European football next season.
BERLIN - Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-trick and had a penalty saved as Schalke 04 recovered from last week's heavy defeats to beat Hoffenheim 4-0 on Saturday and tighten their hold on fourth spot.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia - Olympic champion Ted Ligety survived a strong challenge by Austrian Benjamin Raich to win the Kranjska Gora World Cup giant slalom for a record sixth time on Saturday.
PARIS - Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again the chief tormentor as French champions Paris St Germain won 3-0 at Bastia to open a provisional 11-point lead at top of the Ligue 1 on Saturday.
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.