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 Yuvraj Singh, left, and Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrating after they won their IPL match against Delhi Daredevils at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: IPL 7 action at Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s power-hitters laid down a marker at the first opportunity in IPL 2014 as they cruised past a hapless Delhi Daredevils with eight wickets, 20 deliveries, and about three more gears to spare in front of a packed house at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on April 13, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

‘That’s why we are a top club’ says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Jose Mourinho’s men will temporarily claim the Premier League top spot if they beat Sunderland, leaving them in control of their own destiny in the title race ahead of a crucial trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.

 Chris Burch will play fly-half as part of a new-look back line for the UAE national rugby union team that will face Singapore at The Sevens grounds in Dubai. Sarah Dea / The National

Chris Burch to lead UAE’s charge against Singapore

he UAE’s bid to safeguard their place in the second tier of Asian rugby against Singapore next week will be piloted by a player who was contemplating retirement from the sport at this time last year.

 Opening performance during Day 3 of the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the First Gulf Bank Arena at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi. Mona Al-Marzooqi/ The National

In pictures: Day 3 of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

All the action from Day 3 of the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the First Gulf Bank Arena at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi.

 Atletico Madrid's Cristian Rodriguez, second left, celebrates his goal with team mates, and coach Diego Simeone, third right. Atletico are on the cusp of a Primer Liga title. AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

Atletico Madrid look to edge towards Primera Liga title before Chelsea visit

Diego Simeone's men need to win just four of their five remaining games to seal the Primera Liga championship and they take on Elche before the first leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final against Chelsea on Tuesday.

 Jorginho accepts the challenge that lies ahead for Al Wasl's improvement, and the club says it will give him time ... if they see results.  Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Wasl will give Jorginho time but results in Arabian Gulf League are needed

Al Wasl officials said they will provide Jorginho, their new coach, sufficient time to change the club’s fortunes while also warning that his fate ultimately will depend on results.

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‘Arsene Wenger gets unfair criticism’ says Hull City manager Steve Bruce

Hull manager Steve Bruce has two chances to increase the scrutiny on the Premier League’s longest serving boss, with Arsenal needing victory on Sunday to keep their top-four push on course and the teams meet again in next month’s FA...

Liverpool embark on title advance at Norwich City

While a potential title decider at home to Chelsea awaits on April 27, the first obstacle that Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and their Liverpool team-mates must overcome is Sunday’s trip to Carrow Road.

Atletico Madrid look to edge towards Primera Liga title before Chelsea visit

Diego Simeone's men need to win just four of their five remaining games to seal the Primera Liga championship and they take on Elche before the first leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final against Chelsea on Tuesday.

In pictures: Best sports images from around the world, April 17

‘That’s why we are a top club’ says Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Jose Mourinho’s men will temporarily claim the Premier League top spot if they beat Sunderland, leaving them in control of their own destiny in the title race ahead of a crucial trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.

Bayern Munich eager for Real Madrid confidence boost

Bayern Munich have lost back-to-back Bundesliga league matches, an obvious concern ahead of Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League semi-final, first leg at Real Madrid.

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

Wasl will give Jorginho time but results in Arabian Gulf League are needed

Al Wasl officials said they will provide Jorginho, their new coach, sufficient time to change the club’s fortunes while also warning that his fate ultimately will depend on results.

Inter Milan will target Dzeko and Torres this summer

Edin Dzeko is under contract with the Premier League side until June 2015 and the Bosnian striker has attracted the interest of top clubs in Europe having scored 11 league goals for Manchester City.

Poyet says ‘I am sure that Luis Suarez is going to be happy’ after Sunderland draw at Manchester City

Sunderland’s survival chances remain slim because now they face Chelsea away at the weekend but manager Gus Poyet insists they are not trying to benefit Liverpool or his fellow Uruguayan, Luis Suarez.

Peter Shilton says Liverpool form no guarantee for England’s World Cup side

Captain Steven Gerrard was joined by Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge in 1-0 friendly win over Denmark and the quintet should retain their places for England’s World Cup opener against Italy.

Bayern Munich set up German Cup final clash with Borussia Dortmund

Holders Bayern Munich will face Borussia Dortmund in next month’s German Cup final, their third consecutive domestic cup final, after cruising to a 5-1 win over second-division Kaiserslautern.

Carlo Ancelotti savours Gareth Bale strike in win over Barcelona

It was Gareth Bale’s first match-winning goal since joining Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur last summer for a world-record fee and came at the right time as Real beat Barcelona 2-1 in Copa del Rey final.

Manuel Pellegrini says Liverpool hangover cost Manchester City

Manchester City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the pressure on the league leaders and second-placed Chelsea while a 2-2 draw to last-place Sunderland did not help their cause.