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  • Football league results

    Scottish PremiershipCeltic vs St Mirren 4-1 Leading standings: Celtic 38; Inverness 32; Dundee United, Aberdeen 31; Hamilton 30; St Johnstone 23. BundesligaB. Leverkusen vs B. M’gladbach 1-1; Wolfsburg vs Paderborn 1-1. Leading standings: B.

  • Football news

    Richard Scudamore has all but confirmed that Premier League matches will not take place abroad in the foreseeable future. The Premier League boss admitted the plans would get “no nearer” to completion due to the weight of opposition. On Friday it...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ings: Ajax are looking to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings. Director of football Marc Overmars reckons the England Under-21 frontman, who has scored four times in 13 appearances for the Clarets this season, would suit Ajax’s style of play.

  • Unbeaten Hibs see off nine-man Valletta to close in on title

    Unbeaten Hibs see off nine-man Valletta to close in on title

    HIBERNIANS-3, VALLETTA-1 Hibernians all but wrapped up the league title today after defeating champions Valletta 3-1 to increase their lead at the top to 15 points. It was an incredible match that saw Valletta take a deserved first-half lead only...

  • Updated: De Gea stars in United's sixth successive win

    Updated: De Gea stars in United's sixth successive win

    The difference in fortunes since Liverpool won 3-0 away to Manchester United in March was illustrated when Louis Van Gaal's team reversed that scoreline today. Nine months ago the Merseysiders were challenging strongly for the Premier League title...

  • Sliema's luck turns around

    Sliema's luck turns around

    QORMI 1 SLIEMA WANDERERS 3 Sliema stopped the slump after three consecutive defeats including an early elimination from the FA Trophy, with an efficient win over Qormi. Neither team had threatened until the 24th minute when Sliema found the...

  • Update 2: Debutant's penalty save fails to stop Roma, Juve held

    Update 2: Debutant's penalty save fails to stop Roma, Juve held

    Genoa's second-choice goalkeeper Eugenio Lamanna saved a penalty with his very first touch of the ball in Serie A, although it was not enough to stop his side losing 1-0 at home to second-placed Roma. Roma's win moved them one point behind leaders...

  • Gutsy Lions tame rivals Mosta

    Gutsy Lions tame rivals Mosta

    Mosta 1Kaljevic 47;Naxxar Lions 2Gilmar 18; Gueye 71; Naxxar Lions gave their fans an early Christmas treat when they produced a gutsy display to see off neighbouring rivals Mosta in a hard-fought derby. It was a deserved victory for the Lions who...

  • Balzan hold Stripes in dull encounter

    Birkirkara 0Balzan 0 Birkirkara failed to sparkle in an uninspiring match that saw the well-oiled Balzan rely on their fighting qualities and tactical cohesion to nullify their neighbours’ flair. After a dismal opening period, in which Birkirkara...

  • Honours shared after tense finale

    Honours shared after tense finale

    Floriana 1Bonnici 89;Pietà Hotspurs 1Pisani 87 pen.; Floriana and Pietà Hotspurs were forced to settle for a point in a low-key encounter that came to life in the closing minutes. Both teams left Corradino disappointed yesterday as the draw did...

  • Żebbuġ fight back to secure first win

    Tarxien Rainbows 1Hevia 12;Żebbuġ Rangers 2Mamic 51; Camilleri 90; Żebbuġ Rangers ended their long wait for a Premier League win yesterday afternoon. A painful run of 14 games without a win for the newcomers had cast doubt over their credentials...

  • Ruthless Chelsea and City march on

    Ruthless Chelsea and City march on

    Chelsea and Manchester City tightened their stranglehold on the Premier League title race yesterday, recording victories over struggling clubs to stretch further clear of their increasingly forlorn pursuers. Normal service was resumed at Stamford...

  • Sometimes the fans get it wrong

    Sometimes the fans get it wrong

    If there’s one thing I am extremely experienced in, having written this column for several years, it is the fine art of eating humble pie. Thanks in no small way to my staggering inability to predict even the slightest thing correctly when it...

  • Barca held to stalemate at Getafe

    Barcelona lost ground on title rivals Real Madrid with an uninspired performance in a 0-0 draw at rain-lashed Getafe yesterday that left them four points behind the La Liga leaders. Real jetted off to the Club World Cup in Morocco after a 4-1 win...

  • Samp chief Ferrero issues Juve warning

    Samp chief Ferrero issues Juve warning

    Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero believes he has in his employment the secret weapon that will shoot down Serie A leaders Juventus this afternoon. Encounters between the two clubs in Turin have been topsy-turvy affairs in recent years – the last...

  • Part-timers Auckland stun Setif in Club World Cup

    Auckland City’s John Irving struck in the second half to secure a shock 1-0 win over Algerian side ES Setif and a place in the Club World Cup semi-finals for the first time yesterday. They will now face Argentina’s San Lorenzo, the Copa...

  • Bayern roll past Augsburg

    Bayern roll past Augsburg

    Bayern Munich steamrolled Augsburg 4-0 with four goals in 13 minutes yesterday to increase their lead to 10 points at the top of the Bundesliga and secure top spot for the winter break later this month. Winger Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern,...

  • Partick end Inverness unbeaten home run

    A four-goal blitz from Partick Thistle floored high-flying Inverness 4-0 and brought their long unbeaten home run to a shuddering halt, yesterday. Two efforts from Ryan Stevenson and second-half goals from Gary Fraser and Conrad Balatoni gave...

  • Ideals beat facilities, Van Gaal tells Man. City

    Ideals beat facilities, Van Gaal tells Man. City

    Manchester City are not guaranteed to get the pick of the best young players in the north west despite spending £200 million on a new training complex, Louis van Gaal has warned. The base, which is connected to the Etihad Stadium by bridge,...

  • Camilleri hits brace to lift Vittoriosa

    Vittoriosa Stars 2Melita 0 Michael Camilleri struck a second-half brace as Vittoriosa Stars had the better of Melita to join them at the top of the standings along with Gudja United and Pembroke who face each other this afternoon. The Cottonera...