Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Wayne Rooney doesn’t give the impression he cherishes anybody’s shade. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Quite apart from the jaw-dropping audacity of the goal, and the electric charge it gave the World Cup on day two in Brazil last summer as the Netherl(...)

Iker Casillas hugs team mate Sergio Ramos after the Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid’s full-back Dani Carvajal was lucky to escape a red card after he threw a punch at the Atlético Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday’(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Atletico Madrid’s midfielders Mario Suarez and Koke during the Champions League quarter final first leg draw. Photo: Javier Soriano/Getty Images

Atlético Madrid 0 Real Madrid 0 Real Madrid’s search for La Undécima remains intact after a taut, niggly, claustrophobic goalless draw at the V(...)

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid heads in their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24th, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

They say the word “underdog” originated some time in the mid-19th century, which was well before Atletico Madrid were founded by three lonely Basques (...)

Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates his goal with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema during the 9-1 win over Granada FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photp: gerard Julien/AFP

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has a foot problem and could miss Wednesday’s La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano when Real will look to keep up the pressur(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his five  goals in the La Liga Primera Division match   against Granada  at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Real Madrid 9 Granada 1Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in Real Madrid’s drubbing of sec(...)

 Luis Suarez scores Barcelona’s second. (Photograph: b David Ramos/Getty Images)

A stunning goal from Luis Suarez handed Barcelona a crucial victory as Luis Enrique’s side established a four-point lead over their bitter rivals at (...)

Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

Holders Real Madrid will play city rivals Atletico in the Champions League quarter finals in a repeat of last year’s final which Real won 4-1. Photograph: Getty 2:15

The defending champions Real Madrid have been drawn to face city rivals Atlético Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals in a repeat of last yea(...)