Lionel Messi didn't need a free kick this time, scoring from close range to help Barcelona rout Las Palmas 5-0 and move within two points of Spanish league leader Real Madrid on Saturday.
Diego Costa's Chelsea career could be coming to a fiery abrupt end, in a setback to the English Premier League leaders' pursuit of the title.
At last year's Australian Open, the players were caught by surprise over widespread match-fixing but Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and other stars of the game seem better prepared this year.
A Barcelona official has been dismissed from an institutional-relations role after he said Lionel Messi would not be as good if he didn't have great teammates, the club announced on Friday.
Chinese Super League (CSL) club Hebei China Fortune aims to build a world-class football training facility on par with or even better than that of global football giants.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help the New York Knicks beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 104-89.
West Ham is standing firm against Dimitri Payet's request for a transfer, refusing to sell the English Premier League team's star player.
Messi is in position to establish himself as Barca's best free-kick taker of all-time, needing only one more to surpass Ronald Koeman's record with the Catalan club.
Things seem to be looking up for Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery: three straight wins, 14 goals scored, none conceded.
China faces a one-year ban from international weightlifting.