From match postponements to teams surviving wild winds, bad weather across Britain has affected a series of gruelling English Premier League games.
English Premier League clubs spent a record £725mn in this season's transfer windows, with Man United's Juan Mata the most expensive January signing.
Arsenal maintained their challenge for the Premier League title after beating Liverpool 2-0 to open up a five-point lead at the top of the log.
Sunderland won their first match under new manager Paolo Di Canio, beating Newcastle United 3-0 in a thunderous derby to ease their relegation woes.
Holders Chelsea or Manchester United will face Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals.
Liverpool ended Tottenham Hotspur's 12-match unbeaten Premier League run when a late Steven Gerrard penalty sealed a 3-2 win at Anfield on Sunday.
Burkina Faso reached the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1998 after a 1-0 win over fellow outsiders Togo on Sunday.
Zambia defended their Afcon crown in frustrating fashion with a 1-1 draw against an Ethiopia side whose goalkeeper was red-carded.
A Luis Suarez hat-trick and goals from Steven Gerrard and Nuri Sahin has ended Liverpool's worst start to a Premier League season for 101 years.
The Olympics kick off on Wednesday with a women's soccer match between Britain and New Zealand, and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt vowing to win again.