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Ballack Eager for Victory over Valencia

Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack is eager to see his Bayer Leverkusen beat Spanish side Valencia on Wednesday in the Champions League to keep up the pressure on Group E leaders Chelsea.

After Leverkusen were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in their opening game, Ballack scored the final goal in a 2-0 win over Genk in the last round which puts the Germans second in the table and just a point behind his ex-club Chelsea.

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Hamilton, Button Lead Tributes to Wheldon

British Formula One world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton lead the tributes on Monday to fellow Brit Dan Wheldon, the IndyCar driver killed in a 15-car crash during an Indy 300 race in Las Vegas.

Wheldon, 33, was airlifted to hospital after he was involved in the horrific crash in lap 11 of the race on Sunday but died of his injuries.

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Indy 500 Winner Wheldon Dies after Massive Wreck

Race car drivers always know the worst can happen whenever they get behind the wheel.

On Sunday, it happened to one of IndyCar's biggest and most popular stars.

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Murray Wins Shanghai Masters for Title Treble

Awesome Andy Murray sealed his third straight title and guaranteed that for the first time he will leapfrog Roger Federer to number three in the rankings after a 7-5, 6-4 win over David Ferrer on Sunday.

Defending champion Murray, 24, was tested by the Spaniard but ultimately had too much for the world number five, wrapping up his eighth Masters title in one hour and 45 minutes.

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Vettel Victory Hands Title to Red Bull

Double world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix in crushing fashion Sunday to help his Red Bull team retain the Formula One constructors’ title after a dominant season.

Just a week after cruising to third place in Japan, where Vettel confirmed himself as the 2011 drivers’ world champion, the 24-year-old German was uncatchable as he drove to his 10th win this year, and 20th of his career.

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Fergie Bemoans Defending after Liverpool Draw

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was critical of Ryan Giggs after the veteran winger left the wall to allow Liverpool to score at Anfield on Saturday.

Substitute Javier Hernandez preserved United's unbeaten start to the campaign with a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

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Bayern rout Hertha to Tighten Grip on Bundesliga

Bayern Munich continued their early season charge for the Bundesliga title with a 4-0 rout of Hertha Berlin on Saturday that gave them a five-point lead at the top.

Bayern, who finished a massive 10 points off Borussia Dortmund's pace last season, were quick to extinguish any hopes of an upset by racing 3-0 up thanks to goals from Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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Messi Outshines Higuain as Barca Stay Top

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Racing Santander on Saturday, a victory which preserved the Spanish and European champions' one-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga.

Messi's Argentinian international teammate Gonzalo Higuain had earlier hit his second hat-trick in a week to lead Real Madrid to a 4-1 mauling of Real Betis as Jose Mourinho's team temporarily dislodged Barcelona from top spot.

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Mancini Unsure of Tevez Future

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said he didn't know whether Carlos Tevez would play for the club again Friday after the Argentinian striker returned to training this week.

A Manchester City official warned journalists not to ask questions about Tevez at Mancini's weekly press conference, as the club mulls action against the player over his refusal to appear as a substitute against Bayern Munich.

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Liverpool Derby Still Highlight for Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United’s meetings with Liverpool still represent the highlight of the Premier League fixture calendar despite the emergence of cross-town rivals City.

The veteran United manager takes his side to Anfield on Saturday for the first meeting between the traditional north-west rivals this season at a time when Manchester City appear to be credible title contenders.

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