'Struggling ' Rafael Nadal still favourite for French Open title, says Andy Murray
'Struggling ' Rafael Nadal still favourite for French Open title, says Andy Murray

Despite of defeating Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters final, Andy Murray believes that it would be a mistake to write-off Nadal from being the 'favourites' for the French Open title.

Pep Guardiola hails Bayern Munich's "super season" despite Barcelona loss
Pep Guardiola hails Bayern Munich's "super season" despite Barcelona loss

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola shrugged off criticism following their 3-0 loss to Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final, first leg this week, saying the German champions had played an outstanding season.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso back in the Spanish spotlight
McLaren's Fernando Alonso back in the Spanish spotlight

While Lewis Hamilton chases his fourth victory in five races in Barcelona this weekend, much of the immediate attention at the Spanish Grand Prix will be on a home hero with no hope of winning.

Rafael Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide
Rafael Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide

This is normally the time of year when Rafael Nadal comes into his own, honing his formidable claycourt skills in preparation for Roland Garros and leaving a trail of brutalised opponents to pick themselves up off the red clay.

Rafael Nadal confident he on right path despite loss to Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal confident he on right path despite loss to Novak Djokovic

Although comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic on the Monte Carlo semi-finals, claycourt king Rafa Nadal believes he is on the right path as his beloved French Open looms.

Marc Marquez grabs Austin pole in stunning style
Marc Marquez grabs Austin pole in stunning style

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez captured pole position for the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas for the third straight year in dramatic style on Saturday.

Stakes high for Rafael Nadal as he heads for Monaco
Stakes high for Rafael Nadal as he heads for Monaco

Rafa Nadal posted a photo of himself hosing down the court after practising at home in Mallorca this week before heading to Monte Carlo for the first of three Masters 1000 claycourt events en route to the French Open.

Fernando Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate
Fernando Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate

One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso`s Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. The comment, posted on Twitter under a photograph of the sweaty Spaniard walking in his McLaren overalls past the Ferrari garage and the Italian team`s smiling mechanics, was simple: `Ouch`.

Argentina Open: Rafael Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history
Argentina Open: Rafael Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history

Reigning French Open champ Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets to reach the final of the Argentina Open where he will try to secure a slice of clay-court history.

Fernando Alonso kept in hospital after Barcelona test crash
Fernando Alonso kept in hospital after Barcelona test crash

McLaren`s Fernando Alonso will be kept in hospital overnight after crashing heavily on the final day of Formula One`s second pre-season test in Barcelona on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola `crossed a line`, says German referees` boss
Pep Guardiola `crossed a line`, says German referees` boss

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola "would do well to adjust his attitude", warned Herbert Fadel, head of the German FA`s referee commission, after the Spaniard ran towards the fourth official in last week`s 1-1 draw against Schalke.

Australian Open: Feliciano Lopez apologises to injured ball-boy for low blow
Australian Open: Feliciano Lopez apologises to injured ball-boy for low blow

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez showed a compassionate streak in addition to a dangerous serve by apologising to the ball-boy he struck in the groin at the Australian Open.

Bayern Munich in no rush to extend Pep Guardiola`s deal
Bayern Munich in no rush to extend Pep Guardiola`s deal

Bayern Munich are eager to offer head coach Pep Guardiola a contract extension, but first want the Spaniard to concentrate on leading the Bavarians to a third straight Bundesliga title.

Rafael Benitez leaves doubts over Napoli future
Rafael Benitez leaves doubts over Napoli future

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has left doubts over his future at the Serie A club after steering the Italian Cup holders into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Australian Open: Djokovic lauds American Smyczek's sportsmanship
Australian Open: Djokovic lauds American Smyczek's sportsmanship

Novak Djokovic praised American Tim Smyczek`s act of sportsmanship in his second round marathon against Rafa Nadal as "greater than sport itself" at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Dakar Rally: Joan Barreda wins second straight stage, Marc Coma extends lead
Dakar Rally: Joan Barreda wins second straight stage, Marc Coma extends lead

Spaniard Joan Barreda rode his Honda to a second straight stage win and fourth overall in the Dakar Rally on Thursday while standings leader Marc Coma comfortably protected his advantage with two days to go.

Rafael Nadal shrugs off Andy Murray loss in Abu Dhabi
Rafael Nadal shrugs off Andy Murray loss in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal shrugged off his 6-2, 6-0 defeat to Andy Murray at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships on Friday, insisting he`ll be fighting fit when his 2015 season starts in Qatar next week.

Atletico Madrid, Liverpool in race to re-sign Fernando Torres
Atletico Madrid, Liverpool in race to re-sign Fernando Torres

Suddenly, Fernando Torres has become a desired target for some of the top clubs in Europe. Currently, on loan at AC Milan from Chelsea, the Spaniard striker could either make a return to Atletico Madrid, or Liverpool this January transfer window.

Jean-Eric Vergne replaces Pedro De la Rosa as Ferrari test driver
Jean-Eric Vergne replaces Pedro De la Rosa as Ferrari test driver

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne has replaced Spaniard Pedro De la Rosa as Ferrari test driver, the Formula One team said on Friday.

Fernando Alonso has unfinished business at McLaren
Fernando Alonso has unfinished business at McLaren

`Never say never` has always been a popular saying in Formula One and Fernando Alonso`s return to McLaren proves the point.