Jerome Valcke's Dismissal and Jonathan Rea's Title in the Best of the Week

  • Scandals, Surprises & Champions
    1/13 The soccer world was shaken by the dismissal of FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke, and also by some results in Champions League. In other sports, Jonathan Rea is the new king of World SBK.
  • FIFA places Jerome Valcke on leave
    2/13 FIFA places Jerome Valcke on leave: FIFA has placed secretary general Jerome Valcke on leave and released him from his duties with immediate effect. Reports emerged linking Valcke to a scheme that intended to sell tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil at above their face value, but the contract was cancelled before any were sold. The statement read: "FIFA today announced that its Secretary General Jerome Valcke has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice. "Further, FIFA has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the Secretary General and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee."
  • CONCACAF and CONMEBOL still working on Copa America in USA
    3/13 CONCACAF and CONMEBOL still working on Copa America in USA: CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are still working toward conducting the Copa America Centenario in the United States next year, the confederation said in a news release sent out after Thursday meetings. “Today in Mexico City, CONCACAF had a very productive meeting with CONMEBOL and our broadcast partners, Univision and Televisa, regarding the Copa America Centenario," a statement read. "While all parties recognize that there are still issues that must be resolved, we are all in alignment regarding the next steps to be taken as well as the aggressive timeline towards realizing our common goal of staging the Copa America Centenario in the United States.
  • Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
    4/13 Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk: Ronaldo hat-trick gets Blancos off to perfect start: Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick helped Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory over 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League although it came at a cost with injuries to three key players. Ronaldo's treble helped mask knocks to Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. The Portugal international struck twice from the penalty spot before heading a third after Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Benitez's side.
  • Manchester City 1-2 Juventus
    5/13 Manchester City 1-2 Juventus: Morata strike condemns Pellegrini's men to disappointing defeat: Alvaro Morata's brilliant late goal gave Juventus a 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League. Juventus responded superbly to Giorgio Chiellini's controversial own goal to steal the points through strike duo Morata and Mario Mandzukic.
  • Roma 1-1 Barcelona
    6/13 Roma 1-1 Barcelona: Florenzi stunner denies Champions League holders: Barcelona had to settle for a draw as they began the defence of their Champions League title with a 1-1 draw with Roma thanks to a stunning equaliser from Alessandro Florenzi. Luis Suarez opened the scoring for the visitors after 20 minutes, heading home an Ivan Rakitic cross from close range at the far post. The visitors’ lead lasted just over 10 minutes as Florenzi levelled the game in truly sensational style.
  • Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 BATE Borisov
    7/13 Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 BATE Borisov: Chicharito nets on European debut: Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored his first Bayer Leverkusen goal as Roger Schmidt's men beat BATE Borisov 4-1 in Champions League Group E. Mehmedi and Calhanoglu double completed the win for Bayer. Milunovic scored for the Belarusians.
  • Francesco Totti hits 300th goal for Roma
    8/13 Francesco Totti hits 300th goal for Roma: Roma captain Francesco Totti scored his 300th goal for the club in Serie A clash with Sassuolo at the Stadio Olimpico. The former Italy international, who turns 39 next week, reached the milestone nine minutes before half-time when he whipped home a pass from Miralem Pjanic.
  • Shaw suffers double leg fracture
    9/13 Shaw suffers double leg fracture: Manchester United have confirmed defender Luke Shaw has suffered a double leg fracture and will have surgery on the injury on his return to Manchester. The defender was caught by Hector Moreno after breaking into the box, and play was delayed for around 10 minutes before he was eventually helped from the pitch.
  • Jonathan Rea seals World Superbike title in Jerez
    10/13 Jonathan Rea seals World Superbike title in Jerez: Jonathan Rea secured the World Superbike title after taking fourth space in race one at Jerez, which was won by team-mate Tom Sykes. The Kawasaki rider needed just one top-10 finish in the final three rounds to wrap up victory and cap a dominant season for the Northern Irishman. Rea, who has 12 race wins to his name this year, got the job done with a top-four placing, while Sykes - third in the overall standings - claimed maximum points.
  • Tiger Woods makes announcement he's had yet another back surgery
    11/13 Tiger Woods makes announcement he's had yet another back surgery: In an announcement on his own website, Tiger Woods dropped an unexpected bomb on the golf world and revealed that he had another microdiscectomy surgery on his back this week. That is the same procedure performed on his back last spring that caused him to miss his first Masters of a 20-year professional career.
  • F1: Vettel on song in Singapore
    12/13 F1: Vettel on song in Singapore: Sebastian Vettel chalked up his and Ferrari's third victory of the season, and the 42nd of his career, with a dominant display at Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit. The German now stands on 203 points, 49 behind Lewis Hamilton, who remains in pole position to capture a third World Championship title despite seeing his charge halted by a loss of power which eventually forced him to retire.
  • Spain wins 2015 Eurobasket
    13/13 Spain wins 2015 Eurobasket: Finally, the Spanish national basketball side can call themselves kings of Europe for the third time following a remarkable 80-63 final victory over Lithuania. Pau Gasol put in another showstopping performance, notching up 25 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.