The internet must be open during the Beijing Olympics. That was the message a top-ranking International Olympic Committee (IOC) official delivered on Tuesday to Beijing organisers during the last official sessions between IOC inspectors and the host Chinese before the Games begin in just more than four months.
Tyson Gay has heard stories that some athletes may wear face masks at the Beijing Olympics, hoping to fend off fumes in one of the world's most polluted capitals. ''I hear a lot of people saying, 'You'll have to wear a mask, you'll have to do this or that,''' the 100m and 200m world champion said on Monday.
Nicolas Anelka scored two goals and Bolton stunned Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday, lifting the Trotters into third place in England behind Manchester United and Chelsea. Liverpool beat Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday on Steven Gerrard's 67th-minute goal at Anfield. Also, struggling Charlton picked up a valuable point.
Wayne Rooney scored two goals Saturday for Manchester United to beat Sheffield United 2-1 and maintain their three-point lead atop the Premier League. Rooney scored in the 30th and 75th minutes, rallying the Red Devils who fell behind to a 13th-minute goal by Keith Gillespie. It was Man United's seventh straight league victory.
Striker Raul Gonzalez ended his 11-month scoring drought for Real Madrid in a big way. Injured for much of last season, Raul scored twice in Real Madrid's 5-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday in the Champions League to become the tournament's all-time scoring leader with 53 goals.
Chelsea and Arsenal were the winners on ''Grand Slam Sunday'' in the English Premier League. Didier Drogba scored a stunning goal late in the first half in Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Liverpool, and Arsenal won its first league game of the season by beating rival Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Emmanuel Adebayor's goal in the 85th.
Two-time defending champion Chelsea beat Blackburn 2-0 on Sunday in the English Premier League, winning on Frank Lampard's 50th-minute penalty and a late goal from substitute Didier Drogba. Unlike the Blues of the last two seasons, Chelsea looked unconvincing -- particularly in the first half.
Liverpool picked up its first Premier League victory of the season on Saturday, beating West Ham 2-1 on first-half goals from Daniel Agger and Peter Crouch. Liverpool opened last weekend with a disappointing 1-1 draw at newly promoted Sheffield United.
Six-time champions AC Milan and four-time winners Ajax and Liverpool put themselves in a position to reach the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday. AC Milan edged Red Star Belgrade 1-0, Ajax won 2-1 at Copenhagen, and Liverpool beat Israeli club Maccabi Haifa 2-1 at Anfield.
''We are ready for war,'' Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said, his hair cropped in a buzz cut, but still voicing the arrogance that has won many games -- and few friends. ''I don't care too much about image,'' he said. ''I don't think it's possible to be loved by everyone. Not in a lifetime and especially not in football.''
Some unfamiliar names could reach this season's 32-team group stage of the Champions League. Some of Europe's powers, including last season's runners-up Arsenal, six-time champions AC Milan and 2005 champions Liverpool, face tough opposition in the final qualifying round for the Champions League.