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World champion Mark Selby defeated a surprisingly low-key Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of the U.K. snooker championship, the second most important tournament on the snooker circuit.

Toronto Blue Jays sign Steve Pearce for $12.5 million, two years

The Blue Jays have signed utility infielder Steve Pearce to two-year deal worth $12.5 million. The former Baltimore Oriole gives Toronto a player firmly rooted in the hard-hitting American League East.

Brazil mourns fallen football team in pouring rain

In a driving rain, the small Brazilian city of Chapeco held a massive funeral Saturday for its football team, tragically wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia.

Mayweather's promo company deters Conor McGregor’s hope of fight

Rumors of a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star Conor McGregor continued to grow on Thursday after it was reported that McGregor obtained his boxing license in California.

Mammoth battles at Nepal elephant polo championship

The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball. It might be slightly slower-paced than its horseback equivalent, but there's nothing sedate these polo pachyderms.

Norway fetes chess champ Carlsen's tour de force

From a NATO chief's tweet to the top headlines on news sites, Norway on Thursday feted its three-time world chess champion Magnus Carlsen a day after he beat Russia's Sergei Karyakin in a breathtaking tiebreaker.

Pele leads football tributes to plane crash victims

Brazil football legend Pele and Argentines Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi led numerous sporting tributes Tuesday to the Brazilian footballers killed in a plane crash in Colombia.

Plane crash kills dream of Brazilian football team that defied odds

Traveling on the doomed airliner that crashed in Colombia overnight were the players and staff of a Brazilian football club about to complete a fairytale journey from unknowns to would-be South American champions.

UFC: Conor McGregor forced to vacate featherweight title

A few weeks ago, Conor McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two different divisions. However, he has now given up the UFC featherweight title.

Rosberg v Hamilton — race by race

Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Formula One world championship on Sunday after a season-long duel with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Champion Rosberg, happy to be 'bland bombshell'

Nico Rosberg realised a dream and silenced his critics Sunday when he emulated his father Keke’s achievement and claimed his maiden Formula One drivers’ championship.

England's FA probes junior football sex abuse claims

England's Football Association is investigating allegations of sexual abuse in junior football after several formers players came forward to say they were molested by youth coaches, it confirmed on Sunday.

Albert Pagara aims to bounce back after lone loss to Cesar Juarez

After his eighth round knockout loss to Cesar Juarez of Mexico, Filipino boxing sensation Albert Pagara aims to bounce back in a 12-rounder fight against Raymond Commey of Ghana on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines.

Op-Ed: Why Magdaleno-Donaire rematch would still sell

A rematch between Jessie Magdaleno and Nonito Donaire would still be one of the fights that fans would possibly watch for the second time because the first fight was competitive and action-packed that the crowd enjoyed watching.

Bob Arum to stage his 2,000th event as boxing promoter Saturday

Boxing prompter Bob Arum is set to stage his 2,000th boxing event on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada.

Snooker: Mark King wins Northern Ireland Championship Special

Mark King rolled back the years in winning his first major tournament, by beating fellow Englishman Barry Hawkins 9-8 in the final of the Northern Ireland ranking tournament.

Op-Ed: Why Ward-Kovalev rematch won't sell on PPV

Sergey Kovalev wants immediate rematch following his controversial loss to Andre Ward last Saturday. But while Ward has no problem with an immediate rematch, the promoters may have to address issues about financial viability of a second fight.

NFL Power Rankings: Prescott gives Cowboys three TD's

Tony Romo was activated for the first time this NFL season, but the Cowboys didn't need their veteran signal caller as rookie Dak Prescott continues to shine. The youngster threw three touchdown passes as Dallas defeated Baltimore 27-17 on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Why Kovalev deserves immediate rematch against Ward

Over at the T. Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Sergey Kovalev lost his multiple world titles Saturday night to Andre Ward by a controversial unanimous decision to become the new WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO light heavyweight champion.

Mayweather starts gym work, spars with Thomas Dulorme

Retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has dismissed the idea of a possible ring return after staying retired for over a year but speculations continue on his comeback fight against Manny Pacquiao which could happen as early as May 2017.

Pacquiao meets with suspected drug lord

Neophyte Philippine senator Manny Paquiao met with Kerwin Espinosa, a suspected drug lord Friday at the headquarters of the Philippine National Police a few hours after Esoinosa arrived from Abu Dhabi where he sought refuge for several weeks.

NBA Trade Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins to Boston Celtics?

With the addition of Al Horford during the summer, many NBA experts believed Boston could give Cleveland a run for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but a 6-5 record has the Celtics sixth in the conference and possibly looking to make changes.

NBA Power Rankings: Hawks, Hornets making a surge in the East

The first month of NBA action has been everything fans could hope for with plenty of great basketball on the court and a number of terrific story lines to follow off the hardwood.

Mayweather still undecided on Pacquiao rematch

After gracing the recent Pacquiao-Vargas fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has refuted claims that he is about to announce his ring return to face Manny Pacquiao in a rematch on May 6, 2017

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Updated first round projections

It has been a great first half of the 2016 NFL regular season with more than half of the teams still in the race for a spot in the playoffs. But for a few franchises, looking towards the future has already started.

Ward-Kovalev rematch most likely if Ward wins on Saturday

Depending on who will emerge victorious on Saturday night when both unbeaten fighters Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev face each other in the ring at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, a rematch is most likely to happen if Ward wins the fight.

Milan Melindo in crucial 3rd attempt to win a world title fight

Filipino flyweight challenger Milan Melindo is leaving no stone upturned in his third attempt to win a major world title on Nov. 26 at the Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines for the interim IBF World light flyweight title.

Op-Ed: Why Juan Manuel Marquez can't resist talking about Manny Pacquiao

Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez can't resist talking about longtime foe Manny Pacquiao every time he makes plans for his next fight. The reason is obvious: he want's to know if another fight would still sell on pay-per-view (PPV)

Snooker: John Higgins is Champion of Champions Special

Scotland's John Higgins won his second major snooker tournament in successive weeks, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final of the 'Champion of Champions'.

Marquez advises Pacquiao not to pursue rematch with Mayweather

Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez is giving WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao an unsolicited advise by asking him to forget the proposed Mayweather rematch because the unbeaten American will beat him for the second time.

Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch possible in May next year

Manny Pacquiao could be on his way to the much-awaited rematch against Floyd Mayweather following Freddie Roach's disclosure that talks have started between Pacquiao and Mayweather for a possible fight in May next year.

England pick off Kohli early in first India Test

England snared two quick wickets including the key scalp of Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the hosts reached 411-6 at lunch on the penultimate day of the first Test on Saturday.

Pacquiao back in hometown after Vargas fight, senate session

One week after his fight against Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has finally landed in his hometown of General Santos City to the rousing welcome of his local constituents.

Op-Ed: Why Pacquiao should refrain from fighting above 147 pounds limit

Longtime promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach have lately been entertaining the idea of allowing Manny Pacquiao to fight either Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin despite their huge advantage in size, reach and weight.

Lorenzo eyes victory in Yamaha farewell

Three-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo looks to end his nine-year Yamaha career, and his stormy relationship with superstar teammate Valentino Rossi, with victory at the season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia on Sunday.

Rosberg set to deliver Hamilton knockout blow

Nico Rosberg may not want to talk about it, but he is poised to join an illustrious club if he can complete a hat-trick at the Brazilian Grand Prix and secure his maiden world championship.

Ward slight favorite to win over Kovalev as fight draws near

With just a little over a week to go before fight night, Andre Ward is still the slight favorite to win over fellow unbeaten titlist Sergey Kovalev as they prepare to wind down their training for the biggest fight of their career.

Brazil eye Argentina ambush, World Cup exorcism

A resurgent Brazil return to the scene of the most humiliating defeat in their history on Thursday when they face Argentina in a titantic 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Hungary votes to strip its Olympic Committee of powers

Hungary approved Tuesday a sweeping reform of its sports laws that will see the national Olympic Committee stripped of most of its powers and roles, as Budapest vies to host 2024 Games.

Pacquiao assures fans of best performance in Mayweather rematch

Two days after Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the WBO welterweight title from Jessie Vargas Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Nevada, talks about the possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather have yet to subside.

Op-Ed: Trilogy possible if Pacquiao wins rematch against Mayweather

Right after his unanimous decision victory over Jessie Vargas, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has been besieged with questions about a possible rematch against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
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