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  • Hibs’ Dias out, Stripes sweating on key players

    Naxxar Lions vs Tarxien Rainbows (today at 2pm, Hibernians Stadium). These two teams have experienced contrasting fortunes in the last few weeks. While Naxxar Lions are on the rise and on a high after their 2-1 win in the derby, Tarxien have...

  • North-east derby at St James’ Park

    North-east derby at St James’ Park

    The focus in the Premier League this weekend will be on the north-east derby between Newcastle and Sunderland at St James Park, scheduled for tomorrow. Both teams failed to secure maximum spoils from their last outings as the Magpies suffered a...

  • FIFA to publish report in ‘appropriate form’

    FIFA to publish report in ‘appropriate form’

    FIFA’s executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an “appropriate” version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage the tournaments. “The decision which has been taken...

  • Garcia’s Roma hoping for pre-Christmas boost

    Garcia’s Roma hoping for pre-Christmas boost

    Roma host Milan today eager to go into the Christmas break on a high and remain in hot pursuit of Serie A leaders Juventus. Juve beat Cagliari 3-1 in Sardinia on Thursday to ensure they will start 2015 at the top of the table. The Giallorossi can...

  • Adebayor returns from compassionate leave

    Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has returned from compassionate leave and is available for today’s Premier League match against Burnley, manager Mauricio Pochettino said. Adebayor, who returned home to Togo for personal reasons earlier...

  • Hart signs extended deal with City

    Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new long-term deal with the Premier League champions that will run until the end of the 2018/19 season, the club said yesterday. Hart has made 276 appearances since joining City in...

  • San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real

    San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real

    San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in today’s Club World Cup final (kick-off: 20.30). The champions of South...

  • Aguirre to coach Japan at Asian Cup despite fixing case

    Aguirre to coach Japan at Asian Cup despite fixing case

    Javier Aguirre will remain coach of Japan through next month’s Asian Cup despite being named in a match-fixing case in Spain. The Mexican was among 41 people named by Spain’s anti-corruption prosecutor, who filed its case in a Valencia court on...

  • Pembroke go top

    Żurrieq 0Pembroke 3 Pembroke chalked up a second successive win to go top of the table after beating troubled Zurrieq who are without a win in five games. Pembroke, in their first year in Division One, dominated the game from start to finish with...

  • Football news

    Derek Llambias has been appointed chief executive officer of Rangers. Llambias joined the club’s board as a non-executive member on November 2, having previously been managing director at Newcastle under Mike Ashley, who has an 8.9 per cent share...

  • Sporting briefs

    Pearson: Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has been given a one-match touchline ban and fined £10,000 after arguing with a fan during their Premier League defeat by Liverpool this month. Pearson revealed he had an argument with a home fan at...

  • Referee Pisani obtains UEFA first class status

    Referee Pisani obtains UEFA first class status

    The Malta FA yesterday provided some encouraging news on local referees after announcing that Clayton Pisani has been promoted to UEFA’s first-class category while Alan Mario Sant has moved up to second class. From the start of 2015, Malta will...

  • Pietà coach Coleiro gets six-month ban

    Pietà Hotspurs coach Noel Coleiro was yesterday suspended for six months following his altercation with Floriana winger Steve Pisani at the end of the BOV Premier League match which ended 1-1. The Malta FA Disciplinary Board convened yesterday...

  • Germany end 2014 on top

    In 2014’s last edition of the FIFA world rankings, the top 20 remained unchanged. World Cup holders Germany retained a comfortable lead over Argentina and Colombia, followed by Belgium, the Netherlands and Brazil. It is only the second time since...

  • 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...