Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick but Luis Suarez scored in the second half to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in its Spanish league opener on Sunday.
That gave the defending champion a small gap on archrival Real Madrid right away, as Rafa Benitez started his stint in charge with a 0-0 draw at promoted side Sporting Gijon.Full Story
Justin Wilson always understood the danger that lurked behind the wheel for an IndyCar driver.
"When it goes wrong," Wilson said following his 2012 return from race injuries, "it can get messy."Full Story
After Usain Bolt set the record for most gold medals at the world championships, Allyson Felix got started Monday in a bid to join him at nine.
With her usual effortless grace, Felix coasted into the semifinals of the 400 meters, her mind focused on getting her first gold in the one-lap race a decade after she won her first world title in the 200. In between, she has won a slew of 4x100 and 4x400 relay and 200 golds.Full Story
Eritrea claimed the first gold of the world championships when unheralded teenager Ghirmay Ghebreslassie stormed to a shock victory in the men's marathon on Saturday.
The opening day of the worlds in Beijing will later see sprint rivals Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin square up in the 100m heats while Mo Farah takes a shot at 10,000m history.Full Story
World number one Novak Djokovic brushed aside Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to advance to the semi-finals of the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters Friday.
The top-seeded Serb breezed past Wawrinka with little difficulty in just over an hour, winning 6-4, 6-1 to avenge his defeat to the Swiss in the French Open final.Full Story
Steven Gerrard warned Frank Lampard to be ready for "war" as the two former Liverpool and Chelsea midfield adversaries prepared to lock horns once more for their Major League Soccer sides on Sunday.
Gerrard's Los Angeles Galaxy and Lampard's New York City FC meet in Carson on Sunday in a game being hyped as the most star-studded clash in MLS history, pitting two of the league's big-spending sides against each other.Full Story
Planned closure of airspace over Rio's Guanabara Bay during sailing competitions at next year's Olympics would "paralyze" air travel and affect more than 150,000 passengers, airlines said Friday.
Currently, airliners on domestic routes fly low in over the bay past the dramatic Sugarloaf Mountain to Santos Dumont Airport, in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.Full Story
Louis van Gaal claims unsettled Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will not be sold to Real Madrid before the transfer window closes.
De Gea will once again be left out of the match-day squad when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not properly focused.Full Story
A second-half strike by the excellent Blaise Matuidi gave Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 win away to Montpellier on Friday as the French champions maintained their perfect start to the new Ligue 1 season.
Matuidi's 61st-minute goal gave PSG a win that they deserved for their dominance of possession in a match of few chances on a hot night at the Stade de la Mosson.Full Story
Mats Hummels admitted Borussia Dortmund's stunning 4-3 fightback win at Norway's Odds BK in the Europa League had started "like a bad film" after they leaked three early goals.
Dortmund left themselves with a mountain to climb at Odds' Skagerrak-Arena as the Norwegians raced into a 3-0 lead after just 22 minutes of Thursday's Europa League qualification play-off.Full Story