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  • Sporting briefs

    Scottish draw: League cup third round – Dundee vs Dundee United; Falkirk vs Rangers or Inverness; Ross County vs Hibernian; Kilmarnock vs St Johnstone; Aberdeen vs Livingston; Partick vs St Mirren; Celtic vs Hearts; Hamilton vs Motherwell. Ties to...

  • Derby win lifts City and Agius

    Derby win lifts City and Agius

    Floriana 0Valletta 2Elford-Aliyu 64; Nafti 85; Valletta are finally off the mark as last night the champions needed two second-half goals to see off rivals Floriana and chalk up their first victory of the season. It was far from a comfortable...

  • Fenech maintains Stripes’ perfect start

    Birkirkara 1Fenech 90+;Naxxar Lions 0 Paul Fenech was the toast of the town yesterday as the battling midfielder hit a last-gasp goal that enabled Birkirkara to overcome a stubborn Naxxar side and maintain his team’s perfect start to the...

  • Rodgers confident over Balotelli move

    Rodgers confident over Balotelli move

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident he can get the best out of Mario Balotelli despite the player’s colourful past. The 24-year-old has returned to the Premier League after finalising his £16 million move from Milan and was at the...

  • England’s Lampard quits international football

    England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps. The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester...

  • United smash record in Di Maria signing

    United smash record in Di Maria signing

    Manchester United have smashed the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. United confirmed the signing of the Argentina winger yesterday evening after he completed a medical. United have paid £59.7 million for the former...

  • MK Dons pile pressure on Van Gaal

    Manchester United suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their long and proud history as MK Dons piled yet more misery on Louis van Gaal, last night. The new United boss, now without a win in three matches, watched on in misery as his...

  • Maribor end Celtic’s dream

    Celtic were denied a place in the Champions League group stages by plucky Slovenian champions Maribor, yesterday. The Glasgow giants had been given a second chance to reach the first-round proper of Europe’s top club competition after previous...

  • Results...

    English League CupSecond round: Bournemouth vs Northampton 3-0; Brentford vs Fulham 0-1; Burnley vs Sheff. Wed. 0-1; Crewe vs Bolton 2-3 aet; Derby vs Charlton 1-0; Gillingham vs Newcastle 0-1; Huddersfield vs N. Forest 0-2; Leicester vs...

  • Roma, Napoli out to dethrone Juve

    Roma, Napoli out to dethrone Juve

    Juventus start their title defence on Saturday with an away fixture at Chievo. The champions, now under the charge of Massimiliano Allegri, start among the favourites to retain their title but some critics are wondering whether Juve are still the...

  • Football news

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has stayed tight-lipped on the subject of his eight-match ban. The Argentine was hit with a four-match ban for tapping the back of the fourth official’s head, a two-match suspension for the protests which led to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Lukimya: Werder Bremen have extended Assani Lukimya’s contract until 2017. The defender’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has impressed enough since joining the club from Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2012 to earn a...

  • Man. City outclass Liverpool

    Man. City outclass Liverpool

    A Stevan Jovetic double and a third to Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City send out an ominous warning to those with designs on their Premier League crown, routing Liverpool 3-1 in the first heavyweight clash of the new season last night. The...

  • Mario Balotelli completes Liverpool move

    Mario Balotelli completes Liverpool move

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli has joined Liverpool from Milan on a “long-term” deal, the Premier League club said yesterday. The 24-year-old is the big signing Liverpool fans have craved since selling last season’s top scorer Luis Suarez to...

  • Simeone handed eight-match ban for SCup fracas

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) yesterday following his dismissal and angry reaction in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid. The Argentine was sanctioned...

  • Benzema and Ronaldo on target as Real beat Cordoba

    A bullet header from Karim Benzema and a late Cristiano Ronaldo strike allowed Real Madrid kick off their La Liga campaign with a 2-0 victory over newly promoted Cordoba. Benzema struck on the half-hour with a badly needed goal having only scored...

  • Barca made errors over youth transfers says president

    Barcelona made errors in the transfer of under-age players but will go to CAS over the severity of the FIFA transfer ban for two consecutive windows, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said. FIFA upheld a decision last week to sanction the Catalans...

  • Misfiring champs seek derby turn-around after poor start

    Misfiring champs seek derby turn-around after poor start

    League champions Valletta have a perfect opportunity to put behind them poor early-season form with victory over Floriana at the National Stadium tonight (kick-off: 8.30pm). The 2013-14 campaign may still be in its infancy but Valletta are already...

  • Provisional Malta squads

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has listed 26 players in his provisional squad for the national team’s friendly international against Slovakia on September 4 and the Euro 2016 qualifier versus Croatia in Zagreb five days later. The warm-up match in...

  • Man. Utd look to tie up Di Maria signing

    Man. Utd look to tie up Di Maria signing

    Manchester United are looking to have the British record signing of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria wrapped up by this evening, reports in the UK said yesterday. United have made no official comment on the matter, but it is understood a fee has...