- Serie A title challengers AS Roma ended a run of four successive draws with an enthralling 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, helped by an inspirational display from Gervinho who set up both their goals.
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ADELAIDE - Thrown into Jonathan Trott's vacant number three position, Joe Root led from the front to restore some pride for a wounded England on day four of the second Ashes test on Sunday, savouring a war of words with Australia's frustrated fielders.
- Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, scorer of more than 100 goals from free-kicks and penalties, has postponed his retirement and is to play on for a 22nd season at the club.
- Sporting Kansas City won their second MLS Cup title in dramatic fashion on Saturday, coming from a goal down to beat Real Salt Lake 7-6 in a pulsating penalty shootout following a 1-1 tie after extra time.
LONDON - A defiant David Moyes remained hopeful of keeping champions Manchester United in the Premier League title race despite seeing his team lose 1-0 to Newcastle United on Saturday, their second home defeat in four days.
SAO PAULO - Brazilian football players on Saturday warned that a strike is "imminent" and criticised the game's domestic ruling body for refusing to negotiate to avert action that would disrupt league matches next year.
World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.