Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22.
The Portland Trail Blazers have inflicted only the second loss of the season on the Indiana Pacers when they beat them 106 -02, as the top two teams in the eastern and western conferences faced off in the NBA.
Barcelona crashed to their first La Liga defeat of the season and failed to restore their three-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top when they were beaten 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao.
The World's most expensive footballer Gareth Bale has scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid cruised to a 4-0 win over Valladolid in the Spanish league.
Aaron Ramsey has scored twice against his old team to help Arsenal beat Cardiff 3-0 and provisionally extend their Premier League lead to seven points.
The Detroit Lions ended their horrendous Thanksgiving record by beating Green Bay 40-10 on Thursday, recovering from a shaky start and moving a game and a half clear of their NFC North rivals.
A Russian torchbearer's jacket caught fire in the latest mishap to befall the Olympic Flame as it continued on an epic journey that has so far taken it to the north pole, into orbit and to the bottom of the world's deepest lake ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, has finally allowed a French footballer to leave after being stuck for 17 months due to a pay dispute with his club, according to the French ambassador.
At least two workers have died in an accident at Sao Paulo's Itaquerao Stadium, one of the 12 stadiums that will host games in next year's football World Cup.
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