EX-SOCCEROOS captain Craig Foster was capped 29 times for his country, but believes the fight to free Hakeem al-Araibi was the most important battle of his life and vital for saving football’s soul.
LINDSEY Vonn will head into retirement having overcome “serious anxiety” to bag one last medal, lauded by rivals as a supreme role model whose trail-blazing on-piste success guarantees her a place in the pantheon of alpine skiing greats.
FOUR-TIME Tour de France winner Chris Froome will have his work cut out dealing with the altitude when he tackles the Tour Colombia starting on Tuesday, his rivals and team-mate said.
KEVIN Durant scored a game-high 39 points as the NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from an early 19-point deficit to edge the Miami Heat 120-118 on Sunday.
LIONEL Messi was short of fitness and Barcelona lacked spark as a goalless draw away to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday offered fresh hope to their rivals in the title race.
MAURIZIO Sarri admitted his job as Chelsea manager is at risk after Manchester City scored four times inside the first 25 minutes to thrash his side 6-0 on Sunday.
RUSSELL Westbrook matched the NBA record with a ninth straight triple-double and Paul George scored 15 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday as the Oklahoma City Thunder roared back from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-112.
NORWEGIAN colossus Aksel Lund Svindal will go down in the annals of alpine skiing as one of the very best after claiming world silver in his farewell downhill race on Saturday.
THIBAUT Courtois overcame the jeers – and a barrage of toy rats – while Gareth Bale delivered a timely reminder of his talents as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 in a feisty city derby on Saturday.
LIVERPOOL returned to winning ways and the top of the Premier League table while Manchester United climbed into fourth place on Saturday as English football paid tribute to the late Emiliano Sala.