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Federer Flirts with Perfection in Late-Season Surge

Life couldn't be better - or more surprising - for Roger Federer as the 33-year-old takes aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss Indoors.

The top seed admitted on Tuesday that his current positive situation even has him surprised, with Switzerland playing a Davis Cup final in France next month.

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Taarabt Steps up Weight War with QPR Boss

Queens Parks Rangers forward Adel Taarabt made a furious riposte Tuesday at manager Harry Redknapp for claiming he was overweight and unfit to play.

The 25-year-old Moroccan lifted his shirt for a newspaper interview to show off his slimline waist and blasted Redknapp for the time he spends in the office and his tactics at the London side who are bottom of the Premier League.

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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the "gross negligence" he showed when he shot her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced the double-amputee Olympian to three years in prison for unlawfully firing a gun in a restaurant in a separate incident weeks before Steenkamp's 2013 shooting death. She ordered that sentence to be wholly suspended.

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Blind Rescues 2-2 Draw for Man United at West Brom

Manchester United came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday, with Daley Blind scoring the second equalizer with three minutes remaining.

United looked like coming unstuck on the road again when Saido Berahino restored West Brom's lead in the 65th minute, running clear of the defense to curl home a sixth goal in his breakthrough season.

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Spotlight on Strikers as Madrid Visits Liverpool

Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in a heavyweight Champions League match on Wednesday with their star strikers going through contrasting fortunes in front of goal.

Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is two goals away from the Champions League group-stage scoring record of 71 goals held by Raul Gonzalez, another attacking great who wore the white shirt of the Spanish giants.

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Levante Fires Coach Jose Mendilibar

Levante has fired Jose Mendilibar, becoming the second Spanish club in as many days to remove a head coach.

The 53-year-old Mendilibar replaced Joaquin Caparros this season but failed to maintain the same level of play, with the team scoring a league-low four goals through eight rounds and sitting next-to-last in the standings.

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Halep Breezes Past Bouchard at WTA Finals

Romania's Simona Halep comfortably defeated Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-3 on Monday's opening night of the WTA Finals.

In a clash of the only two players making their first appearance at the season-ending championships, Halep lost only four points when getting her first serve into play.

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Redknapp Blasts 'Overweight', Overpaid Taarabt

Queen's Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has blasted the weight and attitude of star midfielder Adel Taarabt who he said is carrying too many pounds to finish a game.

Redknapp demanded the 25-year-old Moroccan prove he was worth his weekly wage of about $100,000 (80,000 euros, £60,000).

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Liverpool Have Gone backwards without Suarez, Admits Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted his side have stalled this season in the absence of last season's Premier League Player of the Year Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan scored 31 goals as Liverpool came within three points of winning their first league title in 14 years before joining Barcelona in July for a reported £75 million ($125 million, 95 million euros) in July.

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Bale a Major Doubt for Liverpool Clash

Real Madrid look set to be without Gareth Bale for their Champions League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday after a scan revealed the Welshman has an abdominal injury.

"After the tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Real Madrid medical team, a muscular injury has been diagnosed in his right pyramidalis muscle," the club said in a statement on Monday without stating how long they expect Bale to be sidelined.

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