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  • Don Diego, father of Maradona, dies in Argentine clinic aged 87

    Don Diego, father of Maradona, dies in Argentine clinic aged 87

    The father of Argentine great Diego Armando Maradona died late Thursday at the age of 87 after a battle against heart and respiratory problems, local media reported. Don Diego stood by 1986 World Cup winner Maradona throughout a turbulent career...

  • Dimech back to his roots after penning Sliema deal

    Dimech back to his roots after penning Sliema deal

    Luke Dimech followed his heart and returned to the club that launched his Premier League career when putting pen to paper on a one-year deal with Sliema Wanderers, yesterday. The former Malta international was subject to transfer speculation in...

  • Hamburg first up for Bayern

    Bayern Munich will get the new Bundesliga season under way with a home game against Hamburg, who avoided relegation last season via a play-off. The first game of the 53rd season of the Bundesliga will take place on Friday, August 14 at the Allianz...

  • FA director Ashworth keeping the faith

    FA director Ashworth keeping the faith

    England have once again floundered at a major tournament, but FA technical director Dan Ashworth remains confident they are on course to win the 2022 World Cup. A year to the day since the senior team’s disastrous World Cup came to a close,...

  • Foxes survive but Tigers take the dive

    Foxes survive but Tigers take the dive

    While Leicester went on fighting to the bitter end to retain their status in the Premier League for another year, Hull lost their way in the straight for home and will play in the Championship next season. Hull have spent four seasons in the top...

  • Football news

    Bournemouth have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Ipswich left-back Tyrone Mings. The 22-year-old is understood to be on the south coast discussing personal terms and preparing to undergo a medical in a deal that will see midfielder Ryan Fraser...

  • Sporting briefs

    Caicara: Junior Caicara will join Schalke from Ludogorets after the German club agreed to pay more than six million euros for the Brazilian defender. The club confirmed that it was a record fee for a player from the Bulgarian championship.

  • ‘I want to end career with a smile’

    ‘I want to end career with a smile’

    Birkirkara will probably be the last club in Fabrizio Miccoli’s eventful career but the Italian striker is determined to shine in his final season as, in his own words, he wants to bow out “with a smile”. Miccoli, regarded as one of the most...

  • UK visa complications threaten to undermine Valletta’s Euro hopes

    UK visa complications threaten to undermine Valletta’s Euro hopes

    Valletta’s preparations for their Europa League first qualifying round, first-leg tie against Welsh side Newtown AFC next Thursday have been thrown into disarray due to visa-related issues for a host of non-EU players currently on the books of the...

  • Hosts Chile down nine-man Uruguay to reach semi-finals

    Hosts Chile down nine-man Uruguay to reach semi-finals

    Chile bundled reigning champions Uruguay out of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory in a fast-paced quarter-final that ended in controversy and kept alive the host nation’s dream of a maiden title on Wednesday. Uruguay were reduced to nine men by...

  • No Kempes style landing for Saviola at River Plate

    Former Argentina striker Javier Saviola trained with River Plate for the first time in 14 years on Wednesday and is set to seal his return when his contract with Verona expires on June 30. The 33-year-old Saviola, back in Argentina after playing...

  • Swiss authorities examine FIFA grants in soccer probe

    Swiss authorities examine FIFA grants in soccer probe

    Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation into the sport’s global governing body and its award of World Cup hosting rights for Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, a source...

  • Marsaxlokk FC future uncertain

    Marsaxlokk FC will cease to exist if they fail to elect a new committee by July 10. The plight of the former Malta champions was discussed during yesterday’s meeting of the Malta FA council, the last for season 2014/15. Joe Baldacchino, who...

  • Euro giants top the billing in quarters

    Euro giants top the billing in quarters

    An expanded Women’s World Cup has given a chance for emerging teams to test themselves against the best but now the tournament gets down to business with the elite clashing in the quarter-finals starting today. The last-eight action kicks off with...

  • Hibs to face Cuschieri’s Limassol

    Women’s champions Hibernians will face a familiar face in next month’s UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifying round after they were drawn to play Rachel Cuschieri’s Apollon Limassol, in the mini-tournament to be played in Cyprus. The Paolites,...

  • Football news

    Everton have confirmed the signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu. The 21-year-old has signed a three-year-contract – with the option of a further year – in a deal worth £4.2 million. Deulofeu impressed on loan at Goodison Park in the 2013-14...

  • Sporting briefs

    Berardi: Juventus forward Domenico Berardi has joined Sassuolo on a permanent transfer. The Turin giants part-owned Berardi’s sporting rights with Sassuolo, and with the deadline for the settlement of co-ownership deals fast approaching, the two...

  • Miccoli completes Birkirkara move

    Miccoli completes Birkirkara move

    Italian striker Fabrizio Miccoli has completed his move to Birkirkara after signing a one-year contract. Miccoli, who turns 36 on Saturday, inked the deal at the Valletta offices of club president Adrian Delia this afternoon soon after landing in...

  • Birkirkara snap up Miccoli

    Birkirkara snap up Miccoli

    Birkirkara’s much-publicised pursuit of Fabrizio Miccoli came to a successful conclusion yesterday after the Italian striker agreed a one-year deal to join the FA Trophy winners. The signing of a high-profile player like Miccoli is a coup for...

  • ’Pool agree to sign Firmino

    ’Pool agree to sign Firmino

    Liverpool have agreed to sign Brazil international Roberto Firmino (picture, left) pending a medical that will take place after his participation at the Copa America, the Premier League club confirmed yesterday. The gifted 23-year-old attacking...