Manchester City's bid to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered a setback as the champions slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund's horror run of Bundesliga results continued on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at home to Hanover 96 to drop to 15th after a fourth straight defeat.
Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema.
Roger Federer defied a 33-ace onslaught from Ivo Karlovic to reach his ninth straight final at the Swiss Indoors on Saturday with a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 victory.
MILAN - Rock bottom Parma's season went from bad to worse with a 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Sassuolo as Cagliari moved up four places with a 4-0 rout of promoted Empoli on Saturday.
LONDON - Birmingham's miserable season hit a new low as the managerless Championship strugglers suffered their worst ever home defeat while Leeds sacked manager Darko Milanic on Saturday.
Andy Murray took a huge step towards sealing his place in the ATP World Tour finals as he beat top seed David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5 to reach the Valencia Open final on Saturday.
Two penalties by Lucas Moura and a clever chip by Ezequiel Lavezzi helped champions Paris Saint Germain beat Bordeaux 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday and put pressure on leaders Marseille.
Two-time defending European champions Toulon took a big step towards the European Champions Rugby Cup knockout stages with a solid 23-13 victory over 1999 winners Ulster in Belfast on Saturday.
CAPE TOWN - Flawless goal-kicking by fly-half Demetri Catrakilis proved decisive as Western Province edged Golden Lions 19-16 Saturday to win the South African Currie Cup.
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