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  • Sporting briefs

    ‘Lex FIFA’: Switzerland enacted new rules, dubbed by Swiss media “Lex FIFA”, yesterday cracking down on bribes paid to private individuals as part of a fight against corruption in sport. The government put into force from July revised legislation...

  • Villa suspend Agbonlahor

    Villa suspend Agbonlahor

    Aston Villa have suspended striker Gabriel Agbonlahor pending an investigation into off-field matters. The action comes following allegations concerning his conduct in a national newspaper. Agbonlahor, 29, had been out of the immediate first-team...

  • We’ll still win the title, says Barca coach

    We’ll still win the title, says Barca coach

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique remains convinced his faltering team will end their winless run and retain the La Liga title after seeing their treble dreams dashed. They have surrendered a nine-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid after...

  • Loew holds door open for Schweinsteiger

    Germany coach Joachim Loew hopes to have Bastian Schweinsteiger available for Euro 2016 even though the Man. United midfielder could miss the rest of the season through injury. The 31-year-old suffered a partial tear of his knee ligaments while on...

  • UEFA chooses Hawk-Eye for Euros

    Hawk-Eye technology will be used to decide whether the ball has crossed the goal-line at this year’s European Champion-ship, UEFA said yesterday. The British company’s camera-based system, used in tennis and cricket and at the 2014 World Cup...

  • Flask on a high after monthly award

    Flask on a high after monthly award

    Jade Flask, the Hibernians striker, had good reason to celebrate lately after helping her team to become champions for the third successive time and 12th in their history before being crowned player of the month for March. Flask, 19, joined the...

  • Lack of vision hurting Rossoneri’s progress

    Lack of vision hurting Rossoneri’s progress

    Two Serie A coaches – Walter Novellino (Palermo) and Sinisa Mihajlovic (Milan) – were recently shown the backdoor by their clubs to increase the number of top division coaching casualties in Italy this season to 14. Appointing new men in charge...

  • Napoli smash six goals past Bologna

    Dries Mertens scored a second half hat-trick as Napoli did their best to keep the Serie A title race alive by thrashing Bologna 6-0 last night. Manolo Gabbiadini set Napoli, still missing Serie A topscorer Gonzalo Higuain as he sat out the final...

  • Football news

    Paris St Germain yesterday issued a terse “no comment” following reports in England that the French champions had ap-proached Jose Mourinho to be-come their new manager. Sky Sports News flashed the development across their programming, billing it...

  • Sporting briefs

    Charged: Norwich and Sunderland have been charged with failing to control their players during Saturday’s Premier League match at Carrow Road. The flashpoint occurred early in Sunderland’s 3-0 victory, when their defender DeAndre Yedlin was shoved...

  • Mertens fires hat-trick as Napoli smash six past Bologna

    Mertens fires hat-trick as Napoli smash six past Bologna

    Dries Mertens scored a second half hat-trick as Napoli did their best to keep the Serie A title race alive by thrashing Bologna 6-0. Manolo Gabbiadini set Napoli, still missing Serie A topscorer Gonzalo Higuain as he sat out the final match of his...

  • Balzan break sweat to sink Tarxien

    Balzan break sweat to sink Tarxien

    BALZAN 1 TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0 Balzan were forced to break sweat to finally sink a gallant Tarxien Rainbows and it was only a goal in the extra time from Lydon Micallef which divided the teams. That goal arrived after 106 minutes and came as a relief...

  • Man City stifled by battling Newcastle

    Man City stifled by battling Newcastle

    Newcastle United 1 Manchester City 1 Manchester City gave renewed hope to the chasing pack in the battle for a Champions League spot as they were held to a battling draw at relegation strugglers Newcastle United. City, who took the lead when...

  • Sliema book place in FA trophy semi-finals

    Sliema book place in FA trophy semi-finals

    SLIEMA WANDERERS 2 ST ANDREWS 1 Aidan Friggieri was the toast of Sliema as the young midfielder came off the bench to fire home his team’s winner against St Andrew’s and book a place into the FA trophy semi-finals. At the beginning, congested...

  • Spurs run riot at Stoke

    Spurs run riot at Stoke

    Harry Kane and Dele Alli scored two goals apiece as a rampant Tottenham Hotspur thumped Stoke City 4-0 to slice Premier League leaders Leicester City’s lead to five points last night. Sunday’s fractious 2-2 draw with West Ham at the King Power...

  • Pep talk ended Man. City’s title bid – Pellegrini

    Man. City’s Premier League title challenge derailed once the club announced Pep Guar-diola would take charge from next season, outgoing manager Manuel Pellegrini said. City won just three of their next 11 games to fall behind in the title race and...

  • Pogba remains off market as Juve near fifth title in a row

    Juventus could effectively wrap up a fifth Serie A title tomorrow night and director Beppe Marotta insists that will not mean the end of the Paul Pogba era. Should second-placed Napoli lose at home to Bologna tonight, Juve would pull 12 points...

  • Schembri’s Omonia maintain Euro push

    Schembri’s Omonia maintain Euro push

    Andrè Schembri was a late substitute as Omonia Nicosia maintained their Europa League pursuit with a convincing 3-0 win at Anorthosis Famagusta in the Cypriot First Division on Saturday. The Malta forward, scorer of a brace the previous week,...

  • Make or break for Stripes, Greens

    Make or break for Stripes, Greens

    Success in the FA Trophy is Floriana’s only route to European football next season but they can’t afford a repeat of their lame showing in the 3-2 league defeat to Pembroke Athleta last weekend if they are to offer Birkirkara a stern challenge in...

  • BOV Premier League statistics – scorers and red cards

    BalzanEffiong 16, Micallef 16; Vujacic 11; Pedrinho 4; Mensha 3, Souza 3 (1 pen), P. Fenech 3; Valero 2, Grioli 2; Zarate, Darmanin, Focsa, R. Fenech, Kaljevic.Own goals: Tanti (vs Pembroke); Gatt Baldacchino (vs Sliema).Red cards: Valero (vs...