PERTH Dawid Malan struck England's first century of this Ashes series as the tourists saw off Australia's marauding pace attack to emerge on top of an enthralling first day of the third test at the WACA on Thursday.
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ABU DHABI Real Madrid can cap their most successful year ever with victory in the Club World Cup final against Brazilian side Gremio on Saturday, which would see them become the first team to successfully defend the trophy and end 2017 with five titles.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to blame forward Alexis Sanchez's performance for the goalless draw at relegation-threatened West Ham United on Wednesday, saying the entire team must improve after a lacklustre display.
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says individual errors are costing his team vital points and the Spaniard has taken responsibility for being unable to find a winning formula despite making tactical and personnel changes.
Everton players were impressive in Wednesday's 1-0 win at Newcastle United despite being drained after a taxing Merseyside derby in the Premier League last Sunday, manager Sam Allardyce has said.
MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was confident that Russia would have everything ready to host the 2018 soccer World Cup as it has a vast experience in holding major sports events.