Soccer's greatest fairytale is proving to have the gloomiest of sequels.
The knockout stage of the Champions League begins this week with Barcelona looking to extend its successful record against Paris Saint-Germain, and defending champion Real Madrid trying to confirm its favoritism over Napoli.
Sevilla showed it remains a strong title contender in the Spanish league, ending Las Palmas' 15-game unbeaten streak at home with a late 1-0 victory on Sunday to stay close to leader Real Madrid and second-placed Barcelona.
One by one, Chelsea's closest challengers are falling away in the English Premier League title race.
Gruesome injuries marred victories by Real Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday, as both powerhouses won on the road to stay atop the Spanish league.
Asier Illarramendi, not long ago considered a flop at Real Madrid, has boyhood club Real Sociedad sitting near the top of the Spanish league.
Barcelona have the chance to go top of La Liga for the first time since October in a Copa del Rey final dress rehearsal when they visit Alaves on Saturday.
The English Football Association (FA) was handed a final warning on Thursday: Reform or risk legislative intervention by the British government.
A thoroughbred meeting at Sydney's Royal Randwick race track has been shifted from Saturday to Monday in anticipation of searing temperatures in New South Wales, joining an A-League football match which has been postponed.
The Czech Republic begin their bid for a fourth successive Fed Cup title this weekend but in eight World Group ties, only two of the world's top 10 players will take part.