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  • Aubameyang blames poor preparations for Gabon exit

    Gabon were stronger than the other teams in their African Nations Cup finals group but were undone by poor preparations, leading forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said yesterday as the hosts headed out of the competition. “We had everything to...

  • Sampaoli sets new standards to lift Sevilla

    Sampaoli sets new standards to lift Sevilla

    Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has taken less than seven months to make his mark at the Spanish team after steering them to a club-record 42 La Liga points at the halfway stage of the season. Sampaoli’s side came from behind to win 4-3 at Osasuna on...

  • Milan sign Deulofeu on loan from Everton

    Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has joined Milan on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced yesterday. The 22-year-old joined the Toffees from Barcelona on a permanent deal in July 2015 having previously spent the...

  • Russian FA chief Mutko announces Kremlin setting for 2018 draw

    Russian FA chief Mutko announces Kremlin setting for 2018 draw

    Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has revealed the draw for the 2018 World Cup is set to take place in the Kremlin on Friday, December 1. The date was already known but the confirmation of the venue – the official residence of Russian...

  • Wenger charged after clash with fourth official

    Wenger charged after clash with fourth official

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been hit with a misconduct charge from the Football Association following two altercations with fourth official Anthony Taylor during Sunday’s win over Burnley. The Frenchman was sent from his technical area by...

  • Skipper Muscat hails Wanderers’ character

    Skipper Muscat hails Wanderers’ character

    It’s in difficult situations that a team’s real character is revealed and on Sunday Sliema Wanderers did just that after showing their true mettle when beating Old Firm rivals Floriana 3-1 at the Hibs Stadium. Sliema’s performance caught the eye...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BOV Premier League statistics

    BalzanKaljevic 16 (4 pens); Piciollo 5; Effiong 3, Nafti 3; Fenech 2, Da Silva Souza 2; Agius, Micallef (pen), Arab, Bruno. Own goal: Lima (vs Hibernians).Red cards: Serrano (vs Tarxien); Da Silva Souza (vs Floriana); Effiong (vs...

  • Depiro beat Greens to go top of the table

    Depiro beat Greens to go top of the table

    Cynergi Depiro 72Floriana MCP Car Parks 68 (15-12, 22-18, 13-14, 22-24) This top-of-the-table clash ended with a close win for Depiro who shot to first place in the BOV League standings at the end of the regular season first round, having conceded...

  • Football news

    Borussia Dortmund have signed Swedish teenager Alexander Isak on a long-term contract pending a green light from FIFA due to the gifted striker being under 18. The 17-year-old Isak, who only days ago he was reportedly set to join Spanish giants...

  • Starlites march on after win over Athleta

    Starlites continued with their positive streak in the women’s MSV Life National League as they registered a third win from as many matches after beating Gżira Athleta 47-43. The first half was a low-scoring affair with 37 points shared between the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Scotland: Gordon Strachan will use a friendly clash with Canada to ready his Scotland side for their do-or-die World Cup qualifier with Slovenia. The Scots’ faint hopes of reaching Russia in 2018 could be snuffed out if they do not emerge...

  • Timely Borg save rescues the Hotsticks

    Rabat Depiro 2Lightshop Hotsticks 3 Initially, both teams adopted a cautious defensive approach and it was not until the 14th minute of this league match that Hotsticks were awarded the first penalty corner which Jonathan Borg scored to put his...

  • Record seventh Masters crown for the Rocket

    Record seventh Masters crown for the Rocket

    Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Joe Perry 10-7 in the final of the Dafabet Masters late Sunday to become the first player to take the title seven times. The Rocket had previously shared the record of six with Stephen Hendry but now stands alone with one...

  • F1 supremo deposed at Formula One

    F1 supremo deposed at Formula One

    Bernie Ecclestone's 40-year reign as Formula One's commercial supremo has ended, with the sport's new owners Liberty Media replacing the 86-year-old Briton with American Chase Carey. Signalling the end of an era, Liberty said in a statement that...

  • Double Olympic champion Adams to turn professional

    Double Olympic champion Adams to turn professional

    Double gold medallist Nicola Adams (picture) is set to turn professional at the age of 34 after being released from her contract with Britain’s Olympic boxing programme. GB Boxing said the first female Olympic boxing champion, who defended her...

  • Payne announces retirement from swimming

    Olympic medallist and former world champion Keri-anne Payne has announced her retirement from swimming. Payne claimed silver as the 10-kilometres open-water event made its Olympic debut in Beijing in 2008. The 29-year-old Briton won world gold in...

  • Nadal survives Monfils fightback

    Nadal survives  Monfils fightback

    Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash yesterday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. Former champion Nadal had not reached the last eight in a major since the 2015...

  • Serena grinds down dogged Strycova to reach quarter-finals

    Serena Williams battled a misbehaving serve and scorching heat but stayed cool under pressure in a 7-5 6-4 win over Czech Barbora Strycova to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday. Second seed Williams was broken three times in the...

  • Sports round-up

    Davis Cup: Ousted Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic (picture) will lead hosts Serbia against Russia in their February 3-5 Davis Cup first-round tie, the world number two said. “I always look forward to playing in the Davis Cup because it’s a...

  • More to life than driving around in circles – Rosberg

    More to life than driving around in circles – Rosberg

    Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg said he was enjoying the freedom of retirement and could turn his focus to renewable energy now that he has left the racetrack. Interviewed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the former...