Hull's Mason has surgery after fracturing skull

LONDON Hull City player Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture during Sunday's Premier League match at Chelsea and underwent surgery at a London hospital, his club said.

Midfielder Mason suffered the head injury in a collision during Hull's 2-0 defeat and was rushed to hospital after being treated for 10 minutes on the field.

The 25-year-old collided with Chelsea's Gary Cahill in Hull's box after 14 minutes with both clubs' medical teams called to the scene after referee Neil Swarbrick stopped play.

Disappointing exit for Nations Cup hosts Gabon

By Mark Gleeson

LIBREVILLE Hosts Gabon made a disappointing exit from the African Nations Cup on Sunday, foiled by the woodwork in the final minute as they missed out on the win over Cameroon which would have allowed them to grab a dramatic place in the quarter-finals.

Instead Burkina Faso and Cameroon advance from Group A, leaving Gabon with the ignominy of becoming the first home nation to be eliminated in the first round since Tunisia in 1994.

Hosts Gabon go out of African Nations Cup

By Mark Gleeson

Own goal sets Burkina on the way to quarter-final place

FRANCEVILLE, Gabon An unfortunate own goal by Rudinilson Silva set Burkina Faso on the way to a 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau and a place in the African Nations Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Bertrand Traore added the second with a simple breakaway goal just before the hour as Burkina Faso finished top of Group A with five points from three games, ahead of Cameroon on goal difference.

Guinea Bissau bowed out after taking one point although they were far from disgraced on their first appearance at the finals.

Costa lets hands do the talking on superb Chelsea return

By William Schomberg

LONDON Returning Chelsea striker Diego Costa did not just let his predatory right foot do his talking for him on Sunday. A pair of gesturing hands were just as eloquent as he appeared to be making a point to his critics.

The striker who is never far away from controversy shot the Premier League leaders towards a 2-0 win over Hull City on his return to the first team and celebrated his first-half goal with gestures that mimicked gossiping mouths.

Costa back to fire Chelsea, Wenger sent off as Arsenal chase

LONDON Diego Costa returned for Chelsea with deadly effect on Sunday, scoring in the 2-0 win over Hull City which increased their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points after Arsenal had earlier taken up the mantle as their nearest pursuers.

The Gunners beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates where the real drama came in injury time when each side scored a penalty and Arsene Wenger clashed with the fourth official after being sent off for disputing the first spot-kick.

Alpine skiing - Ryding puts Britain on the podium in Kitzbuehel

Dave Ryding was the talk of Kitzbuehel on Sunday after he finished second in one of the biggest slaloms of the Alpine ski season to match Britain's best ever World Cup result.

With his first career podium, the 30-year-old who learnt to ski on a dry slope in north-west England matched compatriot Konrad Bartelski's astonishing second place in a Val Gardena downhill in 1981.

Ogier wins Monte Carlo rally on M-Sport debut

PARIS Frenchman Sebastien Ogier won the Monte Carlo rally on his M-Sport debut, holding on to the lead on Sunday after rival Thierry Neuville had suffered a mechanical problem on the penultimate day.

Four-times world champion Ogier beat Jari-Matti Latvala by two minutes 15 seconds as the Finn gave Toyota a podium finish on their return to WRC after a 17-year absence on icy roads in the French Alps.

M-Sport were denied a one-two finish when Estonian Ott Tanak slipped from second after suffering an engine problem on Sunday. Tanak finished third, 2:57.8 off the pace.

Monaco gain confidence before top table clash with PSG

PARIS Monaco striker Valere Germain was beaming with confidence after his team went top of Ligue 1 with a 4-0 thrashing of Lorient on Sunday, sending a warning to Paris St Germain ahead of next weekend's clash at the Parc des Princes.

Germain and Gabriel Boschilia both struck twice to put Monaco on 48 points from 21 games, with the team averaging more than three goals per game.

Champions PSG lie three points behind and they will be under pressure next Sunday when they host a team who have scored four goals or more in nine of their 21 league games.

Chelsea stretch lead at top of table with win over Hull

LONDON Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the English Premier League to eight points on Sunday when recalled striker Diego Costa set them on their way to a 2-0 home win over struggling Hull City.

Costa scored shortly before halftime after wing back Victor Moses ran at the Hull defence and found the Spain striker in a crowded penalty area with his cross.