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  • Reus gets hefty fine for driving without licence

    Reus gets hefty fine for driving without licence

    Borussia Dortmund’s Germany winger Marco Reus was fined more than half a million euros yesterday for driving without a licence for years and said he had made a “stupid mistake”. The 25-year-old, who has been involved in advertising for the club’s...

  • Juve go four points clear

    Juve go four points clear

    Juventus moved four points clear at the top of Serie A as they returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Cagliari, yesterday. The Turin giants, who had coach Massimiliano Allegri on the bench after his one-match ban was lifted on Wednesday,...

  • FIFA set to vote on publication of Garcia report

    FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting amid tight security yesterday with members expected to vote on whether to release ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report into the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World...

  • Ancelotti in line for new Real deal

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is almost certain to be offered a contract extension this summer, according to club president Florentino Perez. The Italian tactician’s current deal expires in June 2016 and Real have indicated they want Ancelotti...

  • Ajax, Hotspurs step up challenge

    Kerċem Ajax and Victoria Hotspurs stepped up their challenge in the GFA Division One following wins over SK Victoria Wanderers and Oratory Youths respectively to keep their Championship Pool chances alive. Kerċem beat the Wanderers 3-2, a repeat...

  • Mellieħa and Lija stay on winning track

    Mellieħa and Lija stay on winning track

    Mellieħa and Lija Athletic maintained their good form of late in the First Division after seeing off Attard and Mdina respectively at the Corradino Sports Pavilion to consolidate their top positions in the standings. A goal after three minutes...

  • Sporting briefs

    Real Madrid: Lucas Silva is unlikely to join Real Madrid in January with the Spanish giants not planning to make any moves in the winter market. The Cruzeiro midfielder has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu in recent months.

  • Football news

    Controversial Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match by the FA yesterday and fined £25,000 after posting an offensive message on social media. Earlier this month, the Italian showed a picture on his Instagram account...

  • Juventus return to winning ways against Cagliari

    Juventus return to winning ways against Cagliari

    Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 away today to end a three-match winless streak and move four points clear at the top of Serie A. After drawing with Fiorentina and Sampdoria in Serie A either side of a 0-0 stalemate with Atletico Madrid in the Champions...

  • Two-match ban for City defender Caruana

    Two-match ban for City defender Caruana

    Valletta’s gnawing disappointment at their 3-1 defeat to Hibernians last Sunday will have deepened yesterday after Jonathan Caruana was handed a two-match ban by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner. Referee Mario Apap showed a straight red card...

  • Qatar risks losing the 2022 World Cup without job reform, Zwanziger warns

    Qatar must meet a March deadline for specific labour reforms or it could risk losing the 2022 World Cup finals, FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said. The German, who was formerly head of his country’s FA and has been a vocal critic...

  • FIFA ethics investigator Garcia steps down

    FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned yesterday in protest at the way his report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of football’s governing body. Garcia said he had lost...

  • Shot-stoppers Howard and Friedel end feud

    Shot-stoppers Howard and Friedel end feud

    Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Friedel have ended their feud over claims made in the former’s book. Veteran Tottenham shot-stopper Friedel was accused in his fellow American’s book ‘The Keeper’ of looking to prevent Howard’s move to Manchester...

  • Penalty saves highlight Casillas’ return to form

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has shown remarkable resilience to bounce back from a run of poor performances and doubts over his future at the club earlier this year. The Real captain saved his second penalty in consecutive matches when he...

  • Liverpool, Tottenham book place in the semis

    Liverpool, Tottenham book place in the semis

    Raheem Sterling’s first goals since mid-September helped Liverpool end a miserable seven days with a place in the League Cup semi-finals at the expense of Bournemouth, as Tottenham obliterated Newcastle 4-0 to secured their place in the last four,...

  • Petev returns to Bulgaria to coach national team

    Former Ludogorets coach Ivaylo Petev has agreed to take charge of the Bulgaria national team, the domestic football union (BFU) said yesterday. “Ivaylo Petev is the new coach of the Bulgarian national team,” the BFU said in a statement. “His...

  • Deila hopes Celtic fans avoid ban in Europe

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila hopes any UEFA punishment does not impact on their eagerly-awaited clash with Inter after the club were hit with the latest of a series of disciplinary charges by the European governing body. UEFA’s control, ethics and...

  • City progress in Europe after clearing Roma hurdle

    City progress in Europe after clearing Roma hurdle

    For the second year running, Manchester City succeeded in qualifying from the group phase of the Champions League. They did it in style after beating Roma 2-0 away at the Olympic Stadium last week. Without injured top scorer Sergio Aguero, City...

  • Gifted Chukunyere wows Hibs fans

    Gifted Chukunyere wows Hibs fans

    When I interviewed Ndubisi Chukunyere way back in 2002 ahead of the European tie between Hibernians and Boavista, I was impressed with his humility and the spark of genius and intelligence in his eyes. Chukunyere was born on December 23, 1979 in...

  • Juve’s Allegri calls for return to winning ways

    Juve’s Allegri calls for return to winning ways

    Massimiliano Allegri has ordered Juventus to snap out of their toothless slumber with a convincing victory at Cagliari this evening. The reigning Serie A champions have allowed title rivals Roma to cut their advantage at the top to a single point...