Russell Westbrook posted his 18th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-95 on Wednesday night.
Lionel Messi came through for Barcelona again, scoring with a perfectly struck free kick to give the defending champions a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Liverpool endured more cup frustration when Southampton won the first leg of their League Cup semifinal 1-0 on Wednesday.
Center half Thiago Silva scored a header in each half as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain beat Metz 2-0 to reach the League Cup semifinals on Wednesday.
Two of Series A's brightest young talents were on full display when Juventus and Fiorentina each advanced to the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Kyle Thompson won the Web.com Tour's season-opening The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on Wednesday at wind-swept Sandals Emerald Bay.
Batsman Sam Billings spoiled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy swansong as his gutsy 93 helped England beat India A by three wickets in the first 50 over warm-up game in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach and exceed the 1,000-point plateau, leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Houston star James Harden played down talk of being this season's NBA MVP after his latest high-scoring triple-double on Tuesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers stumbled to defeat against Utah.
China's soccer chief and state media hailed FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, saying it could help realize the country's "dream" of returning to the sport's grandest stage.