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Tevez Denies Refusing to Play for City

Manchester City star Carlos Tevez on Wednesday denied refusing to come off the substitutes bench during his team's Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.

City manager Roberto Mancini angrily said Tevez was "finished" at the club after accusing the Argentinian of refusing to appear in the second half of Tuesday's game with the Premier League team trailing 2-0.

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Sunderland Defender Arrested on Assault, Drugs Grounds

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault and possession of hard drugs.

The 30-year-old English Premier League star was being held for questioning by Cleveland Police following an incident in the early hours.

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NBA: Talks Continue as Lockout Nears Three-Month Mark

NBA players and club owners met for talks in small groups on Tuesday as an ongoing lockout approached three months with no sign of a new contract while the planned November 1 start of the season looms.

After about two hours of meetings, negotiations were halted until Wednesday with progress needed to spark more sessions before the weekend.

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Dokic Reunites with Father after Eight Years

Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic has reunited with her volatile father Damir, eight years after severing ties due to his bizarre behavior.

"I would like to confirm media reports that I have reconciled with my father Damir Dokic," she said in a statement.

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Ibrahimovic Returns to Ease Milan Injury Crisis

AC Milan have received a boost ahead of their Champions League clash against Czechs Viktoria Plzen as star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to full training on Monday.

The big Swede had spent two weeks on the sidelines with a groin problem since being ruled out of their opening European encounter against Barcelona, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

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No Room for Sentiment as Mata Faces Old Teammates

Chelsea striker Juan Mata will set old loyalties aside here on Wednesday as he bids to put one over his former Valencia team-mates in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in August and is the latest big money buy for Chelsea as they continue their Champions League quest.

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Stevens Replaces Fatigue-Hit Rangnick at Schalke

Schalke 04 have appointed popular Dutchman Huub Stevens as the replacement coach for Ralf Rangnick, who quit his post last week after complaining of fatigue.

Stevens coached Schalke in 1996-2002, steering the club to their greatest ever achievement -- victory in the UEFA Cup final, now the Europa League, against Inter Milan in 1997.

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Triple Injury Blow for Arsenal ahead of Euro Clash

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been hit by a triple injury blow ahead of Wednesday's clash against Olympiakos after Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Laurent Koscielny were all ruled out of the Champions League tie.

England winger Walcott is sidelined after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's 3-0 win over Bolton, while French defender Koscielny has an ankle problem sustained in a challenge with Bolton's Nigel Reo-Coker.

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UAE Star Who Scored Backheeled Penalty Killed

The United Arab Emirates soccer player who became an Internet sensation this year when he scored a backheeled penalty kick was killed in a car accident.

Theyab Awana died when a car he was in collided with a truck late Sunday while on the way back to Abu Dhabi after national team training in Al Ain. He was 21.

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Barcelona Ratifies Qatar Shirt Deal, Bans Smoking

Barcelona's club members ratified the $230 million, five-year shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation and voted to ban smoking at Camp Nou.

The team shirt began bearing the Qatar Foundation logo this season, but the club's general assembly needed to approve the agreement.

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