AC Milan defeats Arsenal handily in Champions League play, and more
AC Milan destroyed Arsenal, 4-0, in the first leg of its round of 16 European Champions League match Wednesday in Italy; barring a miracle in the return leg in two weeks in London, that leaves Chelsea the lone English team still standing in this competition, in which the Brits have had such success over the past few years. Elsewhere, Barcelona was the only team to win on the road this week, beating Bayer Leverkusen, 3-1, while Lyon edged Cyprus minnows APOEL Nicosia, 1-0, and Zenit beat Benfica in minus-10 degrees St. Petersburg. The round of 16 continues the next three weeks, with all games carried live on Fox networks. This week: Real Madrid at CSKA Moscow and Chelsea at Napoli on Tuesday; Bayern Munich at Basel and Inter Milan at Marseille on Wednesday, all at 1:45pm.
Zambia won the African Cup of Nations Sunday for the first time ever, edging heavily favored Ivory Coast in a penalty-kick shootout in Libreville, Gabon – its first game there since a 1993 plane crash which killed 18 Zambian squad members.
John Rooney, younger brother of Wayne Rooney, has joined USL PRO champion Orlando City. The Liverpudlian, who grew up as an Everton fan, said he's excited to play for Everton legend Adrian Heath.