Alonso breaks bone in foot
Real Madrid says Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has broken a bone in his right foot. The Spanish club did not indicate how long it expects Alonso to be sidelined.
Alonso underwent surgery in the off-season and missed Madrid's preseason and their Spanish league opener last Sunday. Alonso's physical problems also ruled him out of the Confederations Cup.
Spain face a World Cup Qualifier with Finland on September 6 as they seek to defend their world title in Brazil.
Hamilton's title bid resumes at Belgian GP
Lewis Hamilton must keep the pressure on Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix to maintain his slim title chances when the Formula One season resumes following its mid-season break.
Hamilton, the 2008 champion, is fourth overall and has nine races left and 48 points to make up on the three-time defending champion. But Mercedes has won three of the past five races and Hamilton has clinched three consecutive pole positions - the last three weeks ago when he drove superbly from the front to win the Hungarian GP in Budapest.
Watson's 176 puts Aussies in charge
Shane Watson hit his first century in 25 Tests to help Australia move to 307-4 at stumps yesterday on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England. Under pressure following his poor form all series with the bat, Watson smashed 25 fours and a six to reach 176, from 247 balls, at The Oval.
Watson batted on after taking a fierce blow to the head from a bouncer by Stuart Broad, was dropped on 104 by Alastair Cook in the slips and overturned an lbw decision to Chris Woakes on 160, before he finally fell to Broad.
Steve Smith was unbeaten on 66 (nine fours, one six, 133 balls) as England's bowlers struggled, James Anderson finishing with the best figures of 2-52.
Arsenal hammer Fenerbahce 3-0
Arsenal answered their early-season critics with a high-class 3-0 win at Fenerbahce in a Champions League playoff first-leg match yesterday. Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored in the second half to face down a noisy crowd in Istanbul, plus hostile media and Gunners fans at home after an off season of failed transfer deals for the cash-rich club.
Under-fire manager Arsene Wenger now looks all but certain to lead his team into the Champions League group stage for the 16th straight season after the return match next Tuesday.
Away teams dominated yesterday, as Swiss champion Basel won 4-2 in Bulgaria against Ludogorets Razgrad, and Austria Vienna won 2-0 at Dinamo Zagreb. Schalke drew 1-1 at home to PAOK Thessaloniki and it was also 1-1 between Steaua Bucharest and Legia Warsaw.