Mark Selby kept the "Curse of the Crucible" at bay but only just as he launched the defence of his World Championship title with a dramatic 10-9 first-round win over qualifier Kurt Maflin on Saturday (Apr 18).
The Golden State Warriors powered to a big lead on Saturday (Apr 18), but had to battle late to hold off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in the first game of the NBA Western Conference playoffs.
Music lovers lined up for blocks and sellers reported bumper trade on Record Store Day, a sign of the rebirth of vinyl in one bright point for the long-troubled recording industry.
Jeremy Clarkson, the former star of television show "Top Gear", said on Sunday (Apr 19) that he would work on another motoring programme after being dropped by the BBC for hitting a producer.
Beleaguered Indian Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi is set to lead thousands of farmers on Sunday (Apr 18) in a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial plans to overhaul land purchasing laws.
It is Greece and not Europe which will be hurt by any problems stemming from the Greek financial situation, because Europe has built buffers to protect itself, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Saturday.
Carlos Tevez was again on target as Juventus put one hand on their fourth consecutive Serie A title with a commanding 2-0 win over closest challengers Lazio on Saturday (Apr 18).
The Washington Wizards, led by a strong performance from Paul Pierce, held on for a 93-86 overtime win over Toronto on the Raptors' home floor on Saturday to open the NBA playoffs.
Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their Champions League humbling against Barcelona by beating Nice 3-1 on Saturday (Apr 18) to boost their bid for a hat-trick of Ligue 1 titles.
The UN envoy trying to broker a peace agreement in Libya on Saturday (Apr 18) condemned another outbreak of violence and repeated calls for an immediate end to hostilities.