Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury, manager Louis van Gaal said Friday.
Jones limped off during the second half of England's 2-0 win in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland on Monday and he is now likely to be out of action for at least four weeks.Full Story
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has confirmed that Lionel Messi will be fit to face Athletic Bilbao on Saturday despite skipping Argentina's World Cup final rematch with Germany last week due to a groin strain.
"Messi is ready to play. He has trained both on his own and with the group," Enrique said on Friday.Full Story
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Cristiano Ronaldo is over the worst of his recent injury problems and is ready to return for the European champions clash against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
The World Player of the Year missed Real's 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad two weeks ago, as well as Portugal's embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to Albania on Monday due to a hamstring problem, but has trained all week in Madrid ahead of a seventh meeting with La Liga champions Atletico this year.Full Story
Beirut’s biking community is readying its riding gear as the Beirut Bike Festival roars into town from September 19th to the 21st 2014 at the Beirut Waterfront, under the umbrella of the Motorcycle & Touring Club of Lebanon.
The three-day festival, held on Friday 4 to 10pm – Saturday from 10am to 9pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, will see global motorcycle brands including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, KTM, Aprillia, MV Augusta, Piaggio, Kawasaki, and others out in force in Beirut. Gargour Automotive Company, the only authorized distributor of Jeep® in Lebanon, will also be part of the event, revealing an exclusive Jeep® Wrangler Harley-Davidson Limited Edition.Full Story
Madrid awaits. Spain doesn't.
The gold-medal match-up seemingly everyone wanted in the Basketball World Cup — maybe even some U.S. players — won't be happening. The Spanish were upset in the quarterfinals, ending the predicted No. 1 vs. No. 2 game Sunday on Spain's home court.Full Story
A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.
Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.Full Story
A player was assaulted by hooligans and stripped of his shirt and shorts during a match in an Argentine lower-tier club match.
The Argentine newspaper Clarin captured on video the incident in which Elias Di Biasi, a midfielder for Deportivo Italiano — playing in what amounts to Argentina's fourth division — was stripped of his shirt and shorts and left standing in his underwear.Full Story
The FIA has decided to ban all radio transmissions that help with car or driver performances at Formula One grands prix.
F1 race director Charlie Whiting has sent a letter to all teams to say that messages from drivers asking for advice, or from teams informing their drivers about the best options to make gains on the track, would no longer be tolerated.Full Story
Portugal coach Paulo Bento has quit because of poor results, including a 1-0 shock defeat against Albania.
Bento's departure was by mutual agreement, and his replacement would be announced soon, the Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement on Thursday without elaborating.Full Story
Paris St Germain defender Serge Aurier lost consciousness after a clash of heads in Ivory Coast's humiliating African Cup of Nations 4-1 defeat in Cameroon, but is recovering, the country's federation said Thursday.
The 21-year-old was stretchered off just after half-time in Wednesday night's game in Yaounde and appeared in serious condition. The Ivory Coast federation said it was "a big scare but no harm for Sergie Aurier".Full Story