Chinese cinema box office revenue has surged 32% in the first nine months of the year, figures show. Takings have reached 21.6bn yuan (£2.16bn) so far, already nearly equalling 2013's full-year total of 21.8bn (£2.18bn) yuan. The best performing movie of 2014 to date is Transformers: Age of Extinction, which took 1.98bn yuan (£198m).
Barcelona's impressive start to the La Liga season continued as Neymar's hat-trick helped them to demolish a poor Granada side at the Nou Camp. The Brazilian tucked in with the aid of a deflection, before two quick goals effectively sealed Granada's fate.
The 2014-15 La Liga season is in full swing. Barcelona currently sit atop the standings but Real Madrid are mounting a furious comeback in recent weeks by scoring almost at will. Madrid beat Elche 5-1 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring four goals.
The Chelsea-owned striker was on target with a looping header during his first Serie A start, a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Castellani. “I am very happy with my first goal, but the victory would’ve been more important,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “When you face a side like Empoli that play with the heart, it is always difficult
Yaya Toure says Premier League champions Manchester City have something to prove when they face league leaders Chelsea on Sunday. City, who lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, trail Chelsea by five points ahead of the game at Etihad Stadium.
Ronaldo's hat-trick and Gareth Bale's brace helped Real Madrid thrash Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. Portugal forward Ronaldo struck either side of James Rodriguez's stunning goal to put Real 3-0 up half-time. Medunjanin scored a penalty for Deportivo six minutes into the second half before Bale scored twice.
China's Li Na has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems. Li, who has taken both the French and Australian Open titles, made the widely expected announcement in a statement on social media. After four knee surgeries, "my body is begging me to stop the pounding", the tennis star wrote.
Atletico Madrid gained a measure of revenge for their defeat by Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final with a derby win away to their rivals. Reigning La Liga champions Atletico took an early lead at the Bernabeu as Tiago headed in from a corner.
Diego Costa scored his first Chelsea hat-trick as they came from behind to beat Swansea and maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season. Swansea took the lead as John Terry turned a low cross into his own net but Costa equalised just before half-time.
Barcelona will indeed be able to field marquee summer signing Luis Suarez in the biggest match on the Spanish calendar this year, as it was confirmed Wednesday that the suspended Uruguayan will be eligible for the first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid on Oct. 25.
Banned Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has vowed to correct his illegal bowling action and return to cricket before next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The ICC banned the 36-year-old earlier on Tuesday after biomechanic tests revealed all his deliveries breached the permissible limit
Croatia's Marin Cilic won his first Grand Slam title with a comprehensive straight-sets win over Kei Nishikori of Japan at the US Open. Cilic won 6-3 6-3 6-3 to become the first Croat to win one of the four tennis majors since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, at Wimbledon in 2001.
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the first doubles pair to win 100 titles together by winning the US Open men's doubles final on Sunday. The world number one duo, both 36, broke 11th seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain once in each set to seal a 6-3 6-4 victory in New York.
Serena Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title. The American, ranked one in the world, won 6-3 6-3 at Flushing Meadows in New York. After a poor start from both players, Williams steadied herself to take the first set and found her best form to dominate the second.
Sci-fi romp Guardians of the Galaxy is the top film at the North American box office again after one of the slowest weekends of the cinema-going year. The Marvel release took $10.2m (£6.3m) between Friday and Sunday, swelling its overall takings in the US and Canada to more than $294m (£181.7m).
Aaron Finch has been named Australia's Twenty20 team captain after George Bailey stepped down from the role. Finch is currently the number one ranked T20 batsman in the world. The 27-year-old also has the highest score in the short format of the international game, scoring 156 off 63 balls against England in 2013.
Kei Nishikori stunned world number one Novak Djokovic at the US Open to set the final against Marin Cilic who knocked out five-time champion Roger Federer. Nishikori, seeded 10th, won 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to become Japan's first Grand Slam singles finalist. Cilic, seeded 14th, powered through 6-3 6-4 6-4
Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice against Estonia to become Sweden's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals. The 32-year-old opened the scoring with a thumping left-footed volley from a corner after three minutes. And Ibrahimovic, making his 99th outing for Sweden, completed the scoring