Italy risks missing World Cup after losing to Sweden 1-0

Four-time champion Italy was left at serious risk of failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades after losing at Sweden 1-0 in the opening leg of their playoff on Friday.

Croatia eyes World Cup spot with 4-1 win over Greece

Croatia took a decisive step toward World Cup qualification on Thursday, overwhelming Greece for a 4-1 victory in the first leg of their playoff.

Liverpool wins at West Ham to close gap on EPL top five

Juergen Klopp’s side won at West Ham 4-1 to secure successive league victories for the first time since August.

Arsenal, Lazio advance in Europa; Milan held to 0-0 again

AC Milan wasted a chance to make the Europa League knockout stage with two games to spare after AEK Athens held it to a second straight goalless draw on Thursday.

India looks to wrap up series, New Zealand aims fightback

India are poised for their third T20 International series triumph in five years but would be wary of a strong fightback from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game of the three-match series in Rajkot on Saturday.

Tottenham, Man City reach Champions League last 16

English clubs shone in the Champions League on Wednesday as Tottenham humbled Real Madrid and Manchester City beat Napoli to secure their places in the knockout stages with two games remaining.

PSG, Bayern reach last 16 as Man Utd edges closer

Layvin Kurzawa scored an unlikely hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain powered into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 5-0 rout of Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich joined them in the knockout stage.

5 things to know about Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next year

South Korea’s sleepy skiing destination of Pyeongchang is finally looking like a Winter Olympics host city after more than a decade of work, two failed bids, and chapters of controversy over venue locations, construction delays and costs.

Catalan club Girona stuns Madrid 2-1 in Spanish league

Girona earned a shock victory over Real Madrid that was celebrated by many throughout Catalonia on Sunday.

Barcelona strengthens La Liga lead

Lionel Messi scored again and Barcelona won again, though in lackluster fashion and by 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Saturday.