Bundesliga side Augsburg sacked coach Dirk Schuster and his coaching staff on Wednesday due to internal divisions on how the club should be run.
rmer Italy forward Gianfranco Zola has taken charge of his third English club after being hired as manager of second-tier Birmingham.
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain ended a run of poor form with a 3-1 home win against Lille to qualify for the French League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Japanese champions Kashima Antlers beat Atletico Nacional 3-0 in the Club World Cup semifinals on Wednesday thanks to a first-ever penalty awarded after video replay.
Used sparingly by Chelsea during its long run of victories, Cesc Fabregas is providing significant reminders of his enduring value to the English Premier League leaders.
Zidane says "it is very rare that one player wins so many awards," adding "his fourth Ballon d'Or is a great achievement. It is not something you can easily achieve. Maybe he deserves a fifth Ballon d'Or."
The Mexican side came from behind to beat S Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai 2-1, and is aiming to become the first club from the CONCACAF region to reach the Club World Cup final.
New Zealand Rugby will introduce random out-of-competition testing for recreational drugs from next season, not only for players but for coaches and administrators too.
Kevin Love scored 29 points, J.R. Smith found his aim — for one half — and LeBron James added 23 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight, 103-86 over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Roma has transformed itself into a team that can win close games. The next step is to win what is certain to be a close race for the Serie A title.