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  • Balzan overcome stern test, Valletta close in on play-offs

    Balzan overcome stern test, Valletta close in on play-offs

    The Gatorade Premier League resumed after the Easter break with another round of matches that saw Balzan maintain their challenge after seeing off Ħamrun Spartans 5-3. It was not an easy stroll for the champions as the Spartans showed great...

  • Blacks celebrate in style

    Blacks celebrate in style

    The only match from the Gozo FA competitions last weekend was the last fixture from the Melita Division Two championship. Table-toppers Għajnsielem, who had secured the title the previous week, turned defeat into a 2-1 victory in their clash with...

  • Sporting briefs

    Webb: CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb was re-elected unopposed yesterday for a second term as head of the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Webb took over as president in 2012 following the resignation of...

  • Football news

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday he was surprised that rival TV companies have scheduled his club’s FA Cup semi-final with Reading at Wembley tomorrow evening at the same time as Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester...

  • Advantage Barcelona, Porto

    Advantage Barcelona, Porto

    Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals last night as a goal from Neymar and a Luis Suarez double ended Paris St Germain’s 33-game unbeaten run at home in Europe with a 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes. Porto also opened...

  • Barca, United and Chelsea for US tour

    Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea will headline the 2015 International Champions Cup in the United States in July, organisers said yesterday. The pre-season tournament, which has attracted huge attendances across the US, will feature 10...

  • Parma’s Serie A revival halted

    Doomed Parma’s surprise revival came to an end at Genoa as the Rossoblu claimed a 2-0 victory at the Ferraris stadium, yesterday. Bankrupt and well adrift at the bottom of Serie A for many months, Parma somehow found the pluck to secure a draw at...

  • Coach Klopp to leave Borussia Dortmund

    Coach Klopp to leave Borussia Dortmund

    Coach Juergen Klopp will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season despite a contract running to 2018 because he does not feel he is the right man for the job any more, he said yesterday. “I’ve always said that I would say it if I’m not the...

  • Rusty Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus

    Rusty Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus

    Even at 35 and playing his first game in seven weeks, Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo made the difference in their 1-0 win over Monaco on Tuesday. Coach Massimiliano Allegri took a calculated risk by thrusting the bearded midfielder into the...

  • Hogg agrees new two-year contract with AEL Kalloni

    Hogg agrees new two-year contract with AEL Kalloni

    Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg has agreed a new two-year contract with Greek club AEL Kalloni. Hogg’s current deal had been due to run out at the end of the season but discussions over a new contract started several months ago as Kalloni were keen...

  • Hibs defender Gomes handed a three-match suspension

    Title favourites Hibernians have lost a key defender for three of their remaining four BOV Premier League games after Rui De Gracia Gomes was handed a three-match ban yesterday. The Equatorial Guinea international was sanctioned after he was shown...

  • Politics and Champions League hope add spice to the tournament

    The possibility of a final between teams from Russia and Ukraine plus the chance of qualifying for the Champions League has added some spice to the Europa League which reaches the quarter-final stage today. Napoli, in particular, will be glad of...

  • England undefeated after draw in Turin

    England undefeated after draw in Turin

    England are still unbeaten since their dismal performance at the World Cup finals in Brazil where the Three Lions drew their last group match against Costa Rica. Roy Hodgson’s team played Italy in a friendly last month. On the eve of the match,...

  • PBS sign new three-year deal with UEFA

    National television station PBS have retained the exclusive free-to-air rights for the Champions League and Europa League after signing a new agreement with UEFA for seasons 2015-2018. This was announced by chairman Tonio Portughese during a news...

  • Schembri leaves his legacy during seven-year Hibs spell

    Schembri leaves his legacy during seven-year Hibs spell

    February 2015 was not a happy one for old-timers like myself. Referee Joe Cassar Naudi, one of the greatest personalities in the history of local football, passed away in February. His death was a great loss but February has also taken from us a...

  • Football news

    Raheem Sterling has become embroiled in a fresh controversy after images of the Liverpool forward holding a shisha pipe alongside Reds team-mate and another rising star Jordon Ibe emerged yesterday. Sterling has already earned the ire of club boss...

  • Sporting briefs

    Spurs: Tottenham are to play the MLS All-Stars in Denver in July, announcing the fixture a little over a month after manager Mauricio Pochettino said he had no desire to travel long distances for the pre-season. The match will take place on July...

  • Juventus edge past Monaco

    Juventus edge past Monaco

    Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg last night, leaving the tie on a knife-edge. Vidal, who has missed two penalties this...

  • Pastore is best player in the world, says Cantona

    Paris Saint Germain’s Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore is the best player in the world, according to former France and Manchester United striker Eric Cantona. While many pundits argue the merits of current Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo...

  • Man. United set for US trip

    Manchester United are expected to announce today they will return to the USA for their pre-season tour this summer – but on a significantly shorter schedule than last year. Organisers of the International Champions Cup are expected to confirm...

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