LONDON Arsenal got their title bid back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory at lowly Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday before Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw after conceding a stoppage time goal at Chelsea.
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SYDNEY Aaron Finch is to be dumped as Australia's captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20, The Age newspaper reported on Monday.
Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta suspects there will be changes when new manager Pep Guardiola arrives during the close season but said the players are completely focussed on challenging for titles in the current campaign.
Brendon McCullum's final one-day international innings ended as spectacularly as it began when the New Zealand captain was dismissed for 47 in the series finale against Australia in Hamilton on Monday.
DUBLIN Wales drew 16-16 with defending champions Ireland in an absorbing Six Nations opener on Sunday, clawing back a 13-point first half deficit to take the lead before Johnny Sexton levelled with a late penalty.
MELBOURNE The spending splurge by Chinese clubs to secure top Europe-based talents is "crazy" and will do little to benefit the players or the game in China, according to Australia's Shanghai-based striker Tim Cahill.