AFP - Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid's season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga.
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AFP - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be forced to wait to hand club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his debut after the Gabon striker missed training on Friday due to illness.
BBC - The entire USA Gymnastics (USAG) board has said it will comply with a US Olympic Committee's (USOC) ultimatum to resign over an abuse scandal.
The USOC earlier said the 18-member board must step down by 31 January or lose status as a sports governing body.
REUTERS - North Korea’s figure skating team took bronze in a competition in Taipei on Friday and opened a window on what life is like for sports people in the world’s most isolated country as they head for next month’s Winter Olympics in the rich, democratic South.
REUTERS - Barcelona were given a testing tie against Valencia in Friday’s draw for the semi-finals of the King’s Cup while Leganes were handed a marginally more comfortable tie against Sevilla after dumping Real Madrid out of the competition.
AFP - Ryan Giggs says Alexis Sanchez is a ready-made "superstar" who can give Manchester United a lift as they bid to chase down Premier League rivals Manchester City.
AFP - FC Barcelona shelled out more than 200 million euros ($245 million) for Neymar including his salary and the "countless hidden clauses of the transfer," Spain's El Mundo daily said Thursday.
AFP - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday dismissed media speculation linking superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with a move away from the Bernabeu.
"I can't imagine a Madrid without Cristiano," said the Frenchman, a World Cup winner as a player.
REUTERS - If Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez does make the switch to Manchester United during this transfer window, he will join a team that, while 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, have built the necessary platform for the Chilean’s strengths.
NYTIMES - When the first goal was scored during the soccer game in Saudi Arabia on Friday, a new noise joined the ruckus in the stands: the sound of women cheering.