FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final to be played no later than December 18 and has called for "solidarity" among unhappy European associations.
AB de Villiers hit the record-fastest 150 in ODIs as South Africa embarrassed the West Indies in a joint-record World Cup win in Sydney.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that striker Robin van Persie is set for a lengthy lay-off because of an ankle injury.
World No 1 Rory McIlroy is set to miss the cut at the Honda Classic after posting a four-over 74 in a rain-affected second round.
Alex Goode and Jack Nowell will start for England against Ireland in Sunday's Six Nations showdown in Dublin.
Jack McGrath has held off the challenge of fit-again Cian Healy and starts for Ireland against England in Sunday's crunch Six Nations match.
St Helens recovered from their 39-0 World Club Challenge humiliation by Australian champions South Sydney to beat Castleford 21-14 at Langtree Park.
Liverpool have been cleared of breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play rules but Hull have reached a settlement with European football's governing body.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed Jack Wilshere has had minor ankle surgery.
Roger Federer handed out a harsh lesson to Borna Coric as he inflicted a 6-2 6-1 defeat on the teenager in the Dubai Championship semi-finals.