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  • Swimmer Phelps admits drink-driving

    Swimmer Phelps admits drink-driving

    Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drink-driving. Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence on Friday. He was sentenced to a year and a half of probation. The 18-time gold medallist was...

  • Referee Pisani obtains UEFA first class status

    Referee Pisani obtains UEFA first class status

    The Malta FA yesterday provided some encouraging news on local referees after announcing that Clayton Pisani has been promoted to UEFA’s first-class category while Alan Mario Sant has moved up to second class. From the start of 2015, Malta will...

  • Pietà coach Coleiro gets six-month ban

    Pietà Hotspurs coach Noel Coleiro was yesterday suspended for six months following his altercation with Floriana winger Steve Pisani at the end of the BOV Premier League match which ended 1-1. The Malta FA Disciplinary Board convened yesterday...

  • Germany end 2014 on top

    In 2014’s last edition of the FIFA world rankings, the top 20 remained unchanged. World Cup holders Germany retained a comfortable lead over Argentina and Colombia, followed by Belgium, the Netherlands and Brazil. It is only the second time since...

  • Reus gets hefty fine for driving without licence

    Reus gets hefty fine for driving without licence

    Borussia Dortmund’s Germany winger Marco Reus was fined more than half a million euros yesterday for driving without a licence for years and said he had made a “stupid mistake”. The 25-year-old, who has been involved in advertising for the club’s...

  • Valletta Lions claim runners-up spot at Milan GP

    Valletta Lions claim runners-up spot at Milan GP

    Valletta Lions claimed the runners-up spot at the Milan Grand Prix recently after losing against the second-ranked Wiener Neustadt, from Austria, 8-7 on goal difference. The tie had ended in a 2-2 draw. A total of 27 teams competed in this...

  • Paralympic experience spurs Grech to push for higher targets

    Paralympic experience spurs Grech to push for higher targets

    Many athletes owe a lot to the Olympics. For some, the Olympics have been the launching pad for their athletic careers while, for many others, just watching the Games on television has been the spur that, as youngsters, encouraged them to start...

  • Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

    Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men’s prize for...

  • Juve go four points clear

    Juve go four points clear

    Juventus moved four points clear at the top of Serie A as they returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Cagliari, yesterday. The Turin giants, who had coach Massimiliano Allegri on the bench after his one-match ban was lifted on Wednesday,...

  • British anti-doping body signs agreement with Crime Agency

    UK Anti-Doping has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Crime Agency as Britain beefs up its fight against the use and distribution of performance-enhancing substances. The independent body, created by the government in 2009 to...

  • Mellieħa AC take men’s honours in FDL 10K

    Mellieħa Athletic Club stole the limelight at the 10-kilometre road running race organised by Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club last weekend in conjunction with the Fleur-de-Lys Administrative Council and the Birkirkara Local Council. The in-form...

  • FIFA set to vote on publication of Garcia report

    FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting amid tight security yesterday with members expected to vote on whether to release ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report into the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World...

  • Gay’s former coach suspended eight years

    American sprinter Tyson Gay’s former coach has been suspended for eight years for doping violations, the US Anti-Doping Agency said. An independent arbitration panel found that Jon Drummond possessed, trafficked, and administered banned...

  • Kenya’s Kiptanui calls for tough doping laws

    Kenya’s Kiptanui calls for tough doping laws

    Kenya’s three-time world 3,000 metres steeplechase champion Moses Kiptanui has called for tough sanctions on athletes who fail doping tests, saying “big money” was behind the cheating. Dozens of Kenyan athletes have failed drugs tests in the past...

  • Ancelotti in line for new Real deal

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is almost certain to be offered a contract extension this summer, according to club president Florentino Perez. The Italian tactician’s current deal expires in June 2016 and Real have indicated they want Ancelotti...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: World leading points scorer Daniel Carter will join French club Racing Metro on a three-year contract after next year’s World Cup, a move that will almost certainly bring an end to his storied international career. The 32-year-old had...

  • Ajax, Hotspurs step up challenge

    Kerċem Ajax and Victoria Hotspurs stepped up their challenge in the GFA Division One following wins over SK Victoria Wanderers and Oratory Youths respectively to keep their Championship Pool chances alive. Kerċem beat the Wanderers 3-2, a repeat...

  • Mellieħa and Lija stay on winning track

    Mellieħa and Lija stay on winning track

    Mellieħa and Lija Athletic maintained their good form of late in the First Division after seeing off Attard and Mdina respectively at the Corradino Sports Pavilion to consolidate their top positions in the standings. A goal after three minutes...

  • Sporting briefs

    Real Madrid: Lucas Silva is unlikely to join Real Madrid in January with the Spanish giants not planning to make any moves in the winter market. The Cruzeiro midfielder has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu in recent months.

  • Football news

    Controversial Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match by the FA yesterday and fined £25,000 after posting an offensive message on social media. Earlier this month, the Italian showed a picture on his Instagram account...

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