Cristiano Ronaldo returns for depleted Real in Madrid derby

Cristiano Ronaldo

Madrid : World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo returns for a Real Madrid side otherwise stricken by injuries and suspensions as they look to beat Atletico Madrid for the first time in six meetings this season on Saturday.

Ronaldo completed his two-game ban for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar as the European champions sneaked past Sevilla to open up a four-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table on Wednesday.

Anirban Lahiri earns European Tour card for 2015

Girona, Spain - Anirban Lahiri continued his dream run in 2014 by earning a European Tour card for the first time in his career after finishing inside the top-25 at the European Tour Q-School Final Stage here.

Lahiri (65-68-66-73-75-72) carded an even-par-72 in the sixth and final round of the event yesterday to claim tied 16th place at nine-under-419.

Mikko Korhonen of Finland won the event with a 20-under-408 total.

Rafael Nadal to receive stem cell treatment for back pain

Barcelona - Rafael Nadal's doctor says the 14-time Grand Slam winner will receive stem cell treatment on his ailing back.

Angel Ruiz-Cotorro told on Monday that "we are going to put cells in a joint in his spine" next week in Barcelona.

The Spanish tennis star was already sidelined for the rest of the season after having his appendix removed last week.

Andy Murray eyes Tour Finals momentum in Valencia

Valencia - Two-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray continues his bid to reach the ATP World Tour Finals next month at the Valencia Open fresh from his second tournament victory of the season in Vienna.

The Scot downed David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 to claim the title on his first appearance in the Austrain capital to move ahead of the Spaniard into the final qualifiyng spot for the season-ending finals in London.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits third hat-trick in five games

Cristiano RonaldMadrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third hat-trick in five games as Real Madrid moved into the top four for the first time this season with a 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

It took Ronaldo just two minutes to extend his scoring streak to eight games as he headed home Gareth Bale's cross and Karim Benzema made the game safe when he doubled Madrid's lead just before half-time yesterday.

Messi, Neymar lead Barcelona to 2-0 win at Rayo

Messi, Neymar lead Barcelona to 2-0 win at RayoBarcelona - Record-chasing Lionel Messi and Neymar scored as Spanish league leader Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win at nine-man Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Messi chipped goalkeeper Antonio "Tono" Rodriguez in the 35th minute for his 249th league goal, leaving him two behind the all-time scoring record held by Telmo Zarra since 1955.

Messi tips 'fabulous' Neymar as future Ballon d'Or winner

Lionel MessiBarcelona, Oct 3 - Four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi has declared Barcelona team-mate Neymar as a future Ballon d'Or winner.

Describing 22-year-old Neymar as fabulous, Argentine Messi said his partnership with the former was becoming increasingly efficient, reports Sport24.

Messi also said that both have a very good relationship on and off the field.

Anand beats Vallejo Pons to stay ahead in Final Masters

Viswanathan AnandBilbao (Spain): Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand cashed in on his chances to put it across Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain in the second round of Bilbao Final Masters here.

Dismal show by Indian women shooters at the World C'ships

Granada : Indian markswomen's disappointing performance at the World Champiponship continued as some of the well-known names put up a sorry show on the eighth day of the competition.

In the 50m Rifle prone for women, Kuheli Ganguly shot 619.4 to finish a poor 26th while Lajja Goswami and Raj Chaudhary who shot identical scores of 615.4 to finished at lowly 47th and 48th positions respectively.

Bilbao Final Masters: Anand beats Ponomariov in opener

Viswanathan AnandBilbao: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand started his campaign at the Bilbao Final Masters with a crushing win over former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine here.

Playing his last tournament ahead of the World Championship re-match against Magnus Carlsen in November, Anand showed that he was in top form and outclassed Ponomariov in all departments of the game.

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