Ranieri's Fulham stint lasted just 4 months
LONDON • Claudio Ranieri's brief spell as manager of Premier League strugglers Fulham ended on Thursday when the Italian was sacked after only four months in charge.
The 67-year-old, who memorably guided Leicester City to the 2016 Premier League title, failed to ignite a Fulham revival after he replaced the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic in November.
He was in charge for just 16 league games but won only three, and Wednesday's 2-0 defeat by Southampton left the London football club second from bottom, 10 points adrift of safety with 10 matches remaining.
Uefa hands Ramos extra one-game ban
PARIS • Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been handed a two-game suspension by European football's governing body Uefa for deliberately getting himself booked during the Champions League last-16, first-leg tie against Ajax.
Three yellow cards over the course of the competition bring a one-match suspension and Uefa said Ramos had been punished "for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose", with the aim of being clear for a potential quarter-final tie.
Six-birdie round gives Vegas opening lead
MIAMI • Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas fired six birdies in a six-under 64 on Thursday to take the lead in golf's US PGA Tour Honda Classic.
He was two strokes in front of a quartet on 66 that comprised three former Major champions Ernie Els, Zach Johnson and Lucas Glover, along with Canadian Ben Silverman.
Kyrgios braves injury to oust Wawrinka
ACAPULCO • A focused Nick Kyrgios overcame a hand injury, leg cramps and a strong performance from Swiss star Stan Wawrinka to prevail 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 and advance to the semi-finals of tennis' Acapulco International in Mexico on Thursday.
Next up for the Australian is American John Isner, who fired 38 aces to dispatch Kyrgios' compatriot John Millman 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4).