Some 50 minutes before Game 5 of the NBA Finals Thursday night, which LeBron James labeled the “biggest game of my life,” the Miami Heat star could not have been more relaxed.
David Beckham has confirmed that he is almost certain to return to Italian club AC Milan on loan when the transfer window re-opens in January. The Los Angeles Galaxy star, who earned his 115th international cap for England in Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Belarus, had a successful spell at the Serie A club in the second half of last season
Ukraine secured a place in the European qualifying playoffs for the World Cup with a 6-0 rout of minnows Andorra on Wednesday.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Portugal’s crucial final World Cup qualifier against Malta on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Ronaldo played with the injury in Portugal’s 3-0 home victory over Hungary on Saturday but lasted just 27 minutes before limping off
Didier Drogba came off the bench to rescue a point for Ivory Coast as they drew 1-1 with Malawi on Saturday to book their place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Roger Federer has earned another Grand Slam finals appearance after beating Novak Djokovic in the U.S.
Kim Clijsters has advanced to the women’s singles final of the U.S.
Diego Maradona’s Argentina suffered a potentially fatal blow to their World Cup qualification hopes after a 1-0 defeat against Paraguay in Asuncion. A 28th-minute strike by Nelson Haedo Valdez saw the Guaranies advance to their fourth World Cup in a row
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard both scored twice as England booked their place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Croatia in their Group Six clash at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea midfielder Lampard converted a penalty in the eighth minute after Aaron Lennon was brought down inside the box following a clumsy challenge from Josip Simunic.
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien scored one of the goals as Ghana defeated Sudan 2-0 in Accra on Sunday to become the first African qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari gave the ‘Black Stars’ an early lead and Essien added a second soon after half-time, unleashing a drive that flew into the net at the near post