Worn down by constant criticism by fans, Rafael Benitez announced Wednesday he would leave Chelsea at the end of the season during an extraordinary post-match outburst in which he also took aim at the Premier League club's hierarchy.
The Spanish coach snapped during the news conference after an FA Cup fifth-round win at Middlesbrough, saying his position had been untenable ever since he was handed the title "interim manager" until the end of the 2012-13 campaign.Full Story
Dennis Bergkamp will become the fourth Arsenal great to be immortalized by the Premier League club with a statue outside Emirates Stadium, honoring his contribution to the club.
Arsenal said the statue of the former Netherlands forward "is still in its early construction phase" and will be unveiled before the start of next season.Full Story
Arjen Robben scored late in the first half for Bayern Munich to beat title-holder Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Wednesday and reach the German Cup semifinals.
Dortmund beat Bayern 5-2 in last season's final and won its second consecutive Bundesliga championship. But this has been Bayern's season and it has a 17-point lead over Dortmund in the Bundesliga.Full Story
Oscar Pistorius' representatives have named the substance found in his bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum and said Wednesday it is an herbal remedy used "in aid of muscle recovery."
A product called Testis compositum is also marketed as a sexual enhancer, good for lack of stamina. Some online retailers advertise oral and injectable forms as testosterone boosters and say it can aid sexual performance.Full Story
The PLO has called for runners and sponsors to boycott the 2013 Jerusalem marathon, saying involvement implies acceptance of Israel's illegal annexation of the city's eastern sector.
In a statement, the Palestine Liberation Organization appealed to "all participants and sponsors of the International Jerusalem Winner Marathon to withdraw their sponsorship and participation or else become complicit in covering up Israel's grave human rights abuses in its occupation of the State of Palestine."Full Story
Former world number one Rafael Nadal began his quest for a 38th clay-court title, dominating Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 in his opening-round match at the ATP Tour's Acapulco event Tuesday.
Nadal, who recently returned to the court after a seven-month injury layoff, needed just 68 minutes to oust Schwartzman, who at 20 was the youngest player in the men's draw.Full Story
The Lebanese Football Association has suspended two national team players for life and handed down suspensions ranging from one to three seasons to 22 other players who were implicated in a match-fixing and bribery scandal.
The general secretary of the West Asian Football Federation, Fadi Zreiqat, announced the suspensions Tuesday in Beirut.Full Story
Gareth Bale sent a scorching 25-meter drive into the top corner in the 90th minute Monday as Tottenham won 3-2 at West Ham to rise to third place in the Premier League.
It was the second goal of the match for Bale, who has 15 in the league and 23 overall this season, and it extended Spurs' unbeaten league run to 11 games and boosted hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.Full Story
In the Arsenal boardroom, maintaining a diligent financial approach is as important as ending the team's title drought.
Releasing the latest set of strong half-year results on Monday, Arsenal demonstrated the financial benefits of resisting demands to recklessly recruit players — even though it is facing an eighth straight year without a trophy.Full Story
Rome prosecutors have opened an inquiry into an Arab sheikh's bid to buy part of the Roma football club.
Roma announced a preliminary deal for Sheikh Adnan Adel Aref al Qaddumi al Shtewi to enter its ownership group last week. Since then, trading of Roma shares on the Milan stock exchange has fluctuated greatly, causing several suspensions.Full Story