Germany's World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday when midfielder Marco Reus suffered an ankle injury in their final warmup game.
Bayern Munich's 3-1 victory over Arsenal in their Champions League round of 16 first leg has confirmed the German side's focus is set on winning.
Three days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Alberto Contador for doping, former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has also been banned.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is satisfied with his team's performances even though they have suffered an alarming dip in terms of recent results.
There will be no empty seats at the Soccer World Cup after a recent surge in ticket sales helped sell out about 40 matches, Fifa said on Tuesday.
Bahrain's Olympic 1 500 metres champion Rashid Ramzi has been stripped of his gold medal for doping at the Beijing 2008 Games.
The International Olympic Committee and the Chinese organisers BOCOG have agreed to lift all internet restrictions.
A probe has found no systematic or institutional corruption within tennis but new measures were needed to boost the sport's anti-corruption drive, stakeholders said on Monday. The "Environmental Review of integrity in Professional Tennis" was launched in January following months of speculation regarding the extent of gambling in the sport.
From its dangerously empty coffers in the late 1970s to the multibillion-dollar revenues from the Beijing 2008 Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has managed a remarkable commercial transformation of its prime product, the Olympic Games.
Pro-Tibet demonstrators tried to hijack the Beijing Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia on Monday. In a globally televised ceremony to mark the start of a five-month torch relay, the actress Maria Nafpliotou, playing the high priestess, used a break in the clouds to light the torch in front of the Temple of Hera.
A 24-hour nationwide strike against the Greek government's economic and pension reforms crippled transport on Wednesday and shut down public services. Thousands of people also gathered in Athens to protest against reforms the ruling conservatives say will make Greece's economy more competitive and rescue the ailing pension system.