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Lyon reach last 16, Bayern top group

Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday clinched the final UEFA Champions League last-16 place as Nabil Fekir’s second-half strike secured a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in snowy Kiev, while Bayern Munich pipped Ajax to top spot in Group E. Bruno Genesio’s Lyon needed to avoid defeat againstFULL STORY

Irving scores Celtics’ final 12 points in overtime win

To Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving’s pair of three-pointers on Wednesday night in the final 40 seconds of overtime — the first from in front of his team’s bench; the second from straightaway, 31 feet out — were “amazing.” To the man contesting bothFULL STORY

Kase scores hat-trick, Ducks beat Stars

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has called Ondrej Kase the “Energizer Bunny” of his team. Kase certainly had plenty of jump on Wednesday night, rallying Anaheim to their seventh victory in eight games. The 23-year-old forward from the Czech Republic got his first NHL hat-trick in aFULL STORY

Gay men claim soccer as their own in unsafe Brazil

Growing up gay in Vitoria, a city of almost 2 million people in southeastern Brazil, Joao Paulo Silvares never really liked playing soccer, the country’s national sport and passion. “I was scared to play, because it wasn’t somewhere I felt comfortable,” 34-year-old Silvares told the ThomsonFULL STORY

Key witness bows out of Varnish suit on dismissal, bias

The doctor at the center of cycling’s “jiffy bag” probe has pulled out of giving evidence at former European team sprint champion Jess Varnish’s employment case against British Cycling. Richard Freeman, a former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor, was one of three witnesses that Varnish’sFULL STORY

Salah strike sends Reds into last 162018-12-13

Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal and a stunning late save from goalkeeper Alisson on Tuesday saw Liverpool edge into the Champions League knockout stage after a tense 1-0 win over SSC Napoli, while Lucas Moura’s late strike saw Tottenham Hotspur progress with a 1-1 draw atFULL STORY

Oakland sues over Raiders move2018-12-13

The city of Oakland on Tuesday said it has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the Raiders franchise over its move to Las Vegas. The team’s relocation to Las Vegas, which is to take effect in 2020, was “illegal” and breached antitrust laws, Oakland CityFULL STORY

Soccer star embraces human rights leadership2018-12-13

Mary Harvey is used to blazing the trail in sports. Despite growing up without major soccer tournaments to aspire to play in, the goalkeeper helped the US win the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991 and the first women’s Olympic soccer title five years later. “As aFULL STORY

Barca’s Miami U-turn highlights culture divide2018-12-13

Barcelona’s decision to back out of next month’s La Liga match against Girona in Miami highlights the differences that epitomize the European and US models of sport, sports industry analysts said. The Spanish league in September applied to move the Jan. 26 game to Florida fromFULL STORY

Ovi scores 21st hat-trick in 6-2 victory2018-12-13

In his first season as a Stanley Cup champion, Alex Ovechkin is enjoying hockey as much as ever. It showed again on Tuesday night, when he scored his 21st hat-trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2. The 33-year-oldFULL STORY

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