Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen was given a stern test before eventually booking his spot in the second round of the PDC World Championship.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been handed a one-match ban by the Football Association following his controversial post on social media.
Hull defender Michael Dawson will be out of action for up to five weeks after suffering a grade two hamstring tear against Chelsea.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has played down speculation about his future, saying nothing has changed since the start of the season.
England second-row forward Joe Launchbury is likely to miss the Six Nations after Wasps announced he would require up to four months of rehabilitation following neck surgery.
Tim Ludeman scored the quickest fifty in the Big Bash as the tournament got under way with the Adelaide Strikers beating Melbourne Stars by eight wickets.
Australia fought back on day two of the second Test against India in Brisbane, reaching 221-4 in reply to the tourists' 408 all out.
Tottenham thrashed Newcastle United 4-0 at White Hart Lane to reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
Raheem Sterling netted a double as Liverpool earned a 3-1 win against a spirited Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium to earn a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals against Chelsea.
Ally McCoist remains as Rangers manager after a 40-minute meeting at Ibrox on Wednesday afternoon, according to Sky sources.
Michael Garcia, who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, has resigned from the FIFA Ethics Committee in protest over the handling of his findings.
Prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been fined £7,900 and given a suspended four-match ban for comments he made in the wake of Toulon’s defeat to Leicester.
Nigel Pearson has accepted a Football Association charge following an incident with a fan during Leicester's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have signed new deals with reigning Premiership champions Northampton.
Murali Vijay stroked 144 as India scored 311-4 on the first day of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane.
Glen Johnson will be out for at least a month after injuring his groin in defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.
Chelsea beat 10-man Derby to take a 3-1 win at the iPro Stadium and advance to the last four of the Capital One Cup.
Boxer Anthony Crolla has been taken to hospital after he suffered head and ankle injuries when confronting burglars.
Sheffield United claimed their second Premier League scalp of the season to book a Capital One Cup semi-final spot after beating hapless Southampton.
England slumped to an 87-run defeat as Tillakaratne Dilshan upstaged his departing teammates with 103 wickets on his 300th ODI appearance for Sri Lanka.
Steve Clarke has been appointed Reading's new manager on a two-and-a-half year contract.
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