An heroic Chelsea survived the dismissal of captain John Terry to eliminate holders Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate and clinch a place in the Champions League final after an action-packed last-four clash in which Lionel Messi missed a penalty.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and defender Gerard Pique have played down reports of a rift, with both saying the centre back was left out of the Spanish and European champions' last two matches for purely sporting reasons.
Real Madrid look like being crowned kings of Spain but need to overturn a 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg deficit against Bayern Munich on Wednesday to continue dreaming of European glory.
The designers of London's Olympic torch have won the Design of the Year 2012 award, organisers announced.
Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has been given the all-clear after being taken to hospital as a precaution following a heavy clash during the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Chelsea.
The New York Rangers fended off a late Ottawa rally to beat the Senators 3-2 and set up a Game Seven decider, while Phoenix finished off Chicago to advance to the NHL Western Conference semi-finals.
The San Antonio Spurs cemented their position as the Western Conference top seeds for the second year in a row after thrashing the Portland Trail Blazers 124-89.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was named England's Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association, two days after being picking up the PFA Player of the Year prize.
World number one Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the Serbia Open tennis following the death of his grandfather during the Monte Carlo Masters event last week, the Serbian said today.