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  • Platini to stand for president

    Platini to stand for president

    UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty yesterday when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of FIFA in place of outgoing Sepp Blatter. The former French international, who has been UEFA president since 2007 and a...

  • Prince Ali says Platini candidacy is ‘not good for FIFA’

    Former FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan yesterday described Michel Platini’s decision to stand for the post in February’s election as “not good for FIFA.” UEFA president Platini announced earlier in the day that he...

  • Rowen Muscat happy to stay put for now

    Rowen Muscat happy to stay put for now

    Rowen Muscat is determined to make a big impact at Birkirkara this season but the Malta midfielder still has strong ambitions to play abroad in the future despite signing a new four-year deal with the FA Trophy winners. The 24-year-old had an...

  • Kristensen invited for Trapani trial

    Kristensen invited for Trapani trial

    Bjorn Kristensen has been invited to go for a trial with Italian club Trapani. Sources told Times of Malta that the Serie B outfit are very keen on having a closer look at the Malta international after receiving some positive recommendations about...

  • Bologna consider Balotelli move

    Promoted Bologna could offer Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli the opportunity to rekindle his career in Serie A. The 24-year-old scored just one Premier League goal in his first season at Anfield and the Italy international’s position has been...

  • Higuain backed to shine for Napoli

    Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri feels Gonzalo Higuain has plenty more to offer the club amid reports linking the Argentina striker with a move to the English Premier Lea-gue this summer. The 27-year-old has scored 35 Serie A goals in his two years...

  • Chelsea end tour in US with penalty win over Barcelona

    Chelsea end tour in US with penalty win over Barcelona

    Chelsea finished their pre-season tour of North America by defeating European champions Barcelona 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw over 90 minutes in Washington DC. The Blues converted all four of their spot-kicks in the International Champions...

  • More medals for Maltese team in LA Games

    Swimmer Klara Zammit won her second medal at the Special Olympics World Games and there were other podium finishes for the Maltese team in Los Angeles, California, following high placings in bocce and bowling competitions, yesterday. Zammit had...

  • Mourinho targets Benitez over wife’s messy remark

    Jose Mourinho has launched a stinging attack on Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez after the Spaniard’s wife teased the Chelsea boss by saying her husband was always having to tidy up messes left by the Portuguese. Montserrat Seara triggered the...

  • Reds keep their ground in title bid

    Reds keep their ground in title bid

    A clash between the two giants of the local game rarely fails to fill the air with excitement around the pool no matter how big an advantage a team may build initially. Yesterday’s game between Neptunes Grimaldi and Sliema Frank Salt Real Estate...

  • Aulas anticipates tough PSG clash

    Aulas anticipates tough PSG clash

    Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has warned coach Hubert Fournier that Saturday’s Trophee des Champions against Paris St Germain is anything but a friendly. Fournier, along with several members of his coaching staff, signed new contracts last week...

  • King of Wales test awaits Malta’s finest off-road drivers

    King of Wales test awaits Malta’s finest off-road drivers

    The roaring engines of off-road buggies at the 2015 King of Wales are calling one of Malta’s finest drivers, Neville Ciantar, to join the international field of competitors at the Ultra4Europe contest. Ultra4Europe knows its origins to the...

  • Kane delivers the goals for improved Spurs

    Kane delivers the goals for improved Spurs

    Swansea City succeeded in jumping four places from the previous term by finishing eighth at the end of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign. However, the Welsh side failed narrowly missed out on qualification to the Europa League. Tottenham will be...

  • Boston to blame for bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

    Boston to blame for bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has laid the blame squarely on Boston for its aborted attempt to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying the city had failed to deliver on its promises. Boston was picked by the United States Olympic...

  • Urpani hits hat-trick against Barry Town

    Urpani hits hat-trick against Barry Town

    The Barry Town tourney in May 1961 came too late in the season to create much of an interest. Before flying to Malta, the Welsh team were boosted with the presence of Wales international Colin Webster and Reg Davies, of Swansea City. These two...

  • Honda apologise to Stoner for Suzuka crash

    Honda apologise to Stoner for Suzuka crash

    Honda Racing has apologised to Australian Casey Stoner (picture) for a throttle malfunction which left the former MotoGP world champion with a couple of broken bones after a crash at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race, last weekend. In his first...

  • Football news

    Barcelona full-back Douglas has suffered a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out for two months, the club said yesterday. The Brazilian, who was given little playing time by coach Luis Enrique last season, went off in the first half of...

  • Russia handed ban by FIBA

    The Russian Basketball Federation (RFB) has been suspended by governing body FIBA, putting their participation in the 2016 Olympics in doubt. The RFB published a letter from FIBA yesterday stating that the Russian federation had been immediately...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kishna: Lazio have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign striker Ricardo Kishna. The 20-year-old made 48 senior appearances for the 33-time Dutch champions in 2014 but will now move to the Stadio Olimpico to bolster Lazio’s attacking options.

  • Sports round-up

    Cricket: Paceman James Anderson took six wickets to skittle Australia for a paltry 136 and put England in control on the first day of the third test at Edgbaston yesterday. Anderson (six for 47) was backed up by fellow quicks Stuart Broad and...