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  • Roma’s inconsistent form confounds fans and critics

    Roma’s inconsistent form confounds fans and critics

    At the end of the first round last season, Roma showed French coach Rudi Garcia the backdoor after a mixed record of nine wins and seven draws from 19 games – hardly enough to ensure a top-three finish, let alone make a creditable challenge for...

  • Bulgaria end coach Petev’s contract

    The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) has terminated national team coach Ivaylo Petev’s contract, clearing him to take over at Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, the BFU said in a statement yesterday. Petev arrived in Zagreb yesterday morning and...

  • Greens paying penalty for poor refereeing, says furious Gaucci

    Greens paying penalty for poor  refereeing, says furious Gaucci

    Floriana FC president Riccardo Gaucci has renewed his criticism of the refereeing sector in Malta, claiming that his team are being repeatedly punished by poor officiating decisions. Gaucci’s latest outburst comes after Floriana were denied what...

  • Premier League stats

    Premier League stats

    BalzanKaljevic 6 (2 pens); Effiong 2; Agius; Micallef (pen); Nafti; Fenech; Piciollo. BirkirkaraTemile 4; Dimitrov 3; Brincat 2; Herrera; Scicluna; Plut; Sciberras; Attard. FlorianaFontanella 3; Samb 2; Pisani; Chiesa. Own goal: B. Muscat (vs...

  • Derby suspend boss Pearson

    Derby County have suspended manager Nigel Pearson. Reports in the UK media yesterday said the suspension is pending an internal investigation by the Championship club. The move follows a meeting between Pearson and Derby owner and chairman Mel...

  • Coach Izzo banking on youth

    Malta waterpolo coach Karl Izzo has named a host of young players in his squad for the Group C qualification round tournament of the Champions League, being played at the National Pool this weekend. Competing under the name of Valletta, the...

  • Football results

    The ChampionshipBarnsley vs Aston Villa 1-1; Birmingham vs Preston 2-2; Blackburn vs Sheffield Wed. 0-1; Brentford vs Reading 4-1; Bristol City vs Leeds 1-0; Burton vs QPR 1-1; Cardiff vs Derby 0-2; Huddersfield vs Rotherham 2-1; Ipswich vs...

  • Football news

    Former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino will be the first head coach of Atlanta United FC, the MLS expansion team announced yesterday. Argentine Martino, 53, was in charge of the legendary Spanish club for the 2013-14 season, and subsequently...

  • Slimani scores again as Leicester beat Porto

    Slimani scores again as Leicester beat Porto

    Leicester City forgot their domestic struggles to secure a second successive Champions League victory as Islam Slimani tormented a familiar foe by grabbing the only goal in a 1-0 win over Porto. Leicester sit top of Group G with six points after...

  • Europe team captain Clarke hails ‘inspirational’ McIlroy

    Europe team captain Clarke hails ‘inspirational’ McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy’s Tour Championship-FedExCup Series double in Atlanta at the weekend has given Europe’s team a mighty fillip ahead of the Ryder Cup, said captain Darren Clarke. World number three McIlroy rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth...

  • Sporting briefs

    Storari: Marco Storari, the Cagliari goalkeeper, could be out of the game for up to two months after tearing his medial meniscus in Monday’s 2-1 win over Sampdoria. Storari was injured in the first half, hurting his knee when clearing under...

  • Tribute to Palmer on Friday

    A moment of silence and a tangible salute to Arnold Palmer will be part of a celebration of the late golfer’s life at this week’s Ryder Cup matches between US and European golfers. A tribute to Palmer, who died on Sunday at age 87, will be held on...

  • Froome speaks out about the use of TUEs

    Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has described the rules allowing athletes to take drugs that would normally be banned under sport’s anti-doping rules as “open to abuse” and in need of urgent reform. In a post on his Twitter feed,...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: Chris Ashton has refused to give up hopes of an England recall, despite his latest lengthy suspension curtailing any slim chances of November Test action. The Saracens wing was last week banned for 13 weeks for biting Northampton’s...

  • Allardyce quits as England manager - days before Malta match

    Allardyce quits as England manager - days before Malta match

    Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager after 67 days in the job, the Football Association has announced. The decision was taken by mutual consent.  Gareth Southgate will take charge of the England team for the next four matches,...

  • Rampant Dortmund will put stuttering Real to the test

    Rampant Dortmund will put stuttering Real to the test

    European champions Real Madrid head to rampaging Borussia Dortmund for their  Champions League Group F game tonight in a frazzled state with their buoyant start to the season having been punctured by successive La Liga draws. Real Madrid gave away...

  • Juve need win to boost top-spot chances – Pjanic

    Miralem Pjanic admits Juventus “need to win” away at Dinamo Zagreb if they are to finish top of their Champions League group. The Bianconeri got their Group H campaign off and running with a  0-0 draw at home to Sevilla last month while Lyon beat...

  • Muscat’s Arezzo hit back to rescue point

    Muscat’s Arezzo hit  back to rescue point

    Zach Muscat retained his place in Arezzo’s starting formation as the Lega Pro side came back from two goals down to grab a 2-2 draw at Lucchese on Sunday. The Malta defender was given the nod by coach Stefano Sottili to start at the heart of...

  • Hamilton unsure if he will be able to reclaim title initiative

    Hamilton unsure if he will be able to reclaim title initiative

    Lewis Hamilton has conceded he has “no idea” whether he will be able to wrestle the championship momentum back from his sole title rival Nico Rosberg. Hamilton will head into Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix – the first of six remaining races – eight...

  • Ibra joked to agent: ‘Get us Pogba or I’ll break your legs’

    Ibra joked to agent: ‘Get us Pogba or I’ll break your legs’

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokingly told his agent he would “break his legs” if he allowed fellow client Paul Pogba to move anywhere other than Manchester United. Mino Raiola, who represents both players, as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, oversaw the deals...