CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s Juventus target their first title of 2019 in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday against a backdrop of controversy and protests over human rights issues and ticket restrictions imposed on female fans by hosts Saudi Arabia.
PEP Guardiola said his Manchester City team will be poised to pounce if Premier League leaders Liverpool falter, following a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves on Monday that left City four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side.
ANDY Murray said he would make a decision on further surgery that could end his career “within a week” after battling to a gutsy, epic five-set defeat in the Australian Open on Monday.
QATAR’S Nasser al-Attiyah closed in on a third Dakar Rally title on Sunday despite nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb taking the race’s sixth stage honours on the same stretch of sand where his 2018 challenge perished.
ARUTHLESS Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first round thumping at the Australian Open on Monday with fellow former champions Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova also romping through.
JAPAN captain Maya Yoshida (pictured, AFP) admitted that the Blue Samurai need to show more ruthlessness after they edged Oman 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup knockout phase on Sunday.
OLE Gunnar Solskjaer said David de Gea was making a case to be considered Manchester United’s greatest-ever goalkeeper after he produced a masterclass on Sunday to protect his side’s 1-0 lead against Tottenham.
LIONEL Messi’s total of 400 La Liga goals is “monstrous”, according to Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who described his Argentine superstar as belonging to “another galaxy”.
PEP Guardiola’s rejuvenated Manchester City face a potentially tricky challenge at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday as they continue their Premier League title defence.
FORMER Australian captain Steve Smith will undergo surgery for an elbow injury, Cricket Australia said on Saturday, in a move likely to have implications for his return to the international game with less than three months left on his ball-tampering ban.