Nicklas Bendtner scored with a late header on Sunday to give Arsenal a 1-0 win over Everton in the Premier League, and Liverpool beat Manchester City by the same score. Bendtner jumped to head a cross from Armand Traore past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 77th minute.
Cardiff extended the run of FA Cup upsets on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough, putting the Welsh team in the semifinals of the English competition for the first time since it won in 1927. Peter Whittingham and Roger Johnson scored at Riverside Stadium for Cardiff, the only team from outside England to have won the trophy.
Arsenal have enjoyed Christmas Day at the top of the Premier League standings -- and are hoping that history repeats itself and keeps them top at the end of the season. The club at the top at Christmas have won the league for the past three years -- Manchester United last season and Chelsea in 2005 and 2006.
Inter Milan, FC Barcelona, AS Roma and Sevilla all advanced to the second round of the Champions League on Tuesday. Inter, Sevilla and Roma advanced with wins, while a point against Lyon was enough for Barcelona. The four teams join Arsenal and Manchester United in the next round.
Tottenham had an injury-time penalty kick saved in a 1-1 draw Sunday at West Ham in the Premier League. West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green dived to his left to save the shot from Jermain Defoe, who had earned the penalty after being brought down by Lucas Neill.
Robin van Persie scored the late winner for Arsenal in a 3-2 win over Sunderland in the Premier League that returned the Gunners to the top of the table on Sunday. In a busy day's programme, Avram Grant finally won his first Premier League game as coach of Chelsea in a 1-0 win over Bolton.
AC Milan and Liverpool were upset in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Chelsea won 2-1 at Valencia with a late goal from Didier Drogba. Defending champion Milan lost at Celtic 2-1 after a 90th-minute goal from Scott McDonald. After the goal, a fan ran onto the field and made contact with Milan goalkeeper Dida.
AC Milan opened the defence of their Champions League title with a 2-1 win over Benfica on Tuesday, while Chelsea and 10-man Liverpool had to settle for 1-1 draws. Nearly four months after beating Liverpool to win their seventh European Cup, Andrea Pirlo scored one goal and set up the other.
Manchester United won their first game of the Premier League season on Sunday, with Nani scoring his debut goal in a 1-0 victory over Tottenham. Nani's 68th-minute goal came after a frantic period of play where Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov had two shots saved.
Oscar Pistorius believes he has the talent to compete against the best Olympic-level runners in the world. Pistorius, a double-amputee who races on carbon-fibre blades attached below his knees, will get his chance this weekend when he runs in a world-class able-bodied race for the first time.
Nearly a year after being dropped from the national team, David Beckham looks set to return to the England squad as coach Steve McClaren scrambles to boost his side's chances of qualifying for the 2008 European Championship. Beckham could be named on Saturday in McClaren's squad to play Brazil in a friendly at Wembley next Friday.
Chelsea are the odd club out in the Champions League semifinals -- they have never won a European title. The Blues host Liverpool in the first leg on Wednesday -- a repeat of their 2005 semifinal. Liverpool emerged victorious then and went on to win their fifth European Cup.