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  • Chelsea beat West Ham to stay five points clear

    Chelsea beat West Ham to stay five points clear

    Premier League leaders Chelsea chalked up another three points with a 1-0 victory at West Ham United yesterday to protect their five-point lead over champions Manchester City. City, who laboured to a 2-0 win over bottom club Leicester City, might...

  • Barca reach cup final

    Barcelona’s Neymar scored twice and Luis Suarez was also on target as they reached the King’s Cup final with a 3-1 win away to Villarreal yesterday that gave them a 6-2 aggregate victory. Villarreal were dreaming of overturning the first-leg...

  • Gabbiadini nets Napoli equaliser

    Manolo Gabbiadini’s away goal in the first leg of a Coppa Italia semi-final match-up with Lazio yesterday gave Napoli a slender advantage before next month’s decider. Veteran striker Miroslav Klose gave Lazio the lead after 33 minutes at the...

  • Tide turning against Ancelotti at faltering Real

    Tide turning against Ancelotti at faltering Real

    With Real Madrid’s attack losing its potency and the team faltering in crunch games, the tide has started to turn surprisingly rapidly against coach Carlo Ancelotti. Such is the level of expectation at the Bernabeu that winning a coveted 10th...

  • Saints head to Switzerland

    Southampton have jetted off to Switzerland for a break ahead of what James Ward-Prowse believes are the 10 biggest matches in the club’s history. Saints’ late, and somewhat fortuitous, victory against Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening got them...

  • Sepp Blatter wants points deductions for racism

    Sepp Blatter wants points deductions for racism

    Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said yesterday. “The biggest problem we’ve had in recent days here in this continent is racism, discrimination.

  • Greek league to restart behind closed doors

    Greek league to restart behind closed doors

    Greece’s top flight Super League will resume this weekend behind closed doors after the government yesterday lifted the suspension imposed last week after trouble at the Athens derby. “The government’s decision is that this weekend’s games will be...

  • Four Rainbows players banned

    Tarxien Rainbows coach Clive Mizzi will have a big headache to announce his team for next Sunday’s BOV Premier League match against Valletta as yesterday he learnt that four of his regular starters were on the suspensions list issued by the Malta...

  • Twente deducted points

    Twente Enschede were deducted three points by the Dutch football association (KNVB) yesterday after failing to put their financial affairs back in order following a brush with bankruptcy. It is the second time they have missed targets set by the...

  • When Marsa confronted Juve

    When Marsa confronted Juve

    During the 1971-72 football season, five foreign teams visited Malta to play in the UEFA club competitions. This was a record which has never since been broken. That season Malta was represented by Sliema Wanderers, Hibernians, and for the first...

  • Premier League clubs – biggest spenders

    Clubs in England were the world’s biggest spenders in new signings this season, paying $1.2 billion (£790m) in the two transfer windows available in summer and winter. That was more than a quarter of the total spending worldwide, and also 67 per...

  • Football results

    The ChampionshipBirmingham vs Blackpool 1-0; Leeds vs Ipswich 2-1; Norwich vs Wigan0-1; Sheffield Wed. vs Blackburn 1-2. French Cup QFsParis SG vs Monaco 2-0; Boulogne vs St Etienne 1-1 (3-4 pens). Playing today: Stade Brest vs Auxerre; Concarneau...

  • Football news

    Serie A strugglers Atalanta have sacked Stefano Colantuono after five years as coach, and have appointed Edy Reja as his re-placement. The Bergamaschi dropped to 17th in the Serie A standings after the 2-1 defeat against Sampdoria – their fourth...

  • Sporting briefs

    Punished: UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kiev to close part of its stadium for the upcoming Europa League match against Everton in the Ukrainian capital on March 19. UEFA have ordered section 21 of the Olympic Stadium to be shut for the match as...

  • Terry certain to get new Chelsea deal – Mourinho

    Terry certain to get new Chelsea deal – Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho has assured Chelsea fans that John Terry, subject of a ‘captain, leader, legend’ banner that is on permanent display at Stamford Bridge, will be at the club next season. The 34-year-old centre half, who scored the opening goal in...

  • Dortmund reach German Cup QFs

    Borussia Dortmund’s Ciro Immobile struck twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory at third tier Dynamo Dresden and a place in the German Cup quarter-finals. The Italian, criticised for a lack of Bundesliga goals this season, pounced on a...

  • UEFA to sell 46,000 final tickets to public

    Around one third of the 70,500 tickets for this year’s Champions League final in Berlin will be reserved for football officials, sponsors and corporate hospitality, UEFA said. The governing body said 20,000 tickets would be allocated to supporters...

  • Yellow Submarine need special splash to sink Barcelona

    Yellow Submarine need special splash to sink Barcelona

    Villarreal have proved they can go toe to toe with Spain’s elite this season but the team known as the ‘Yellow Submarine’ will need something special to get past Barcelona in today’s King’s Cup semi-finals. Barca, the record winners, lead 3-1 from...

  • German football linked with doping in 1970s and 1980s

    German football was thrown into turmoil after a doping commission said the use of banned substances in the sport in the 1970s and 80s was more than just individual athletes stepping over the line. For decades the country sought to investigate East...

  • Whelan quits as Wigan chairman

    Whelan quits as Wigan chairman

    Wigan Athletic have announced that Dave Whelan has resigned as the club’s chairman, with his 23-year-old grandson David Sharpe replacing him in the role. The 78-year-old, who bought the club 20 years ago, will continue to own the club but will no...

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