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  • Spending £100m on Hazard no problem – ex-Real chief

    Eden Hazard, not Chelsea, will decide if he will move to Real Madrid this summer, according to former Real president Ramon Calderon. Chelsea insist Hazard is happy at Stamford Bridge and is settled in London with his young family. He is under...

  • We’ll be fired up to win derby for Coleman, says Jagielka

    We’ll be fired up to win derby for Coleman, says Jagielka

    Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes the horrific injury sustained by Seamus Coleman provides additional motivation for his team-mates heading into this weekend’s Merseyside derby. The popular Republic of Ireland defender is facing months out...

  • Decision process on 48 WCup teams is unacceptable – ECA

    Decision process on 48 WCup teams is unacceptable – ECA

    The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the tournament in 2026 is unacceptable, European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said yesterday. The ECA, which...

  • F1 overtaking in the spotlight after opener

    F1 overtaking in the spotlight after opener

    Formula One entered a bold new era in Sunday’s Australian season-opener with bigger tyres, faster cars and a winning Ferrari but the lack of overtaking is causing concern. “What overtaking?,” said Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa when the Williams...

  • Cristiano Ronaldo nicknamed ‘cry baby’ by childhood team-mates

    Cristiano Ronaldo nicknamed ‘cry baby’ by childhood team-mates

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was nicknamed “cry baby” by his childhood team-mates due to the temper tantrums he threw when the team lost or if he did not receive the ball, Ricardo Santos played alongside the four-times world player of the...

  • Hibs striker Gilmar nets award for March

    Hibs striker Gilmar nets award for March

    Hibernians’ striker Gilmar Ribeiro da Silva is the BOV Player of the Month for March 2017. Hibernians had a good run during March with three wins over Sliema, Mosta and Pembroke to go top of the BOV Premier League. The Brazilian, who just turned...

  • Messi banned for four international matches

    Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals, starting with last night’s World Cup qualifier in Bolivia, for swearing at a match official, FIFA said yesterday. The decision was announced less than...

  • Football news

    Robbie Fowler believes the Merseyside derby will provide a fitting Anfield send-off for former Liverpool captain and assistant manager Ronnie Moran. Moran, who served Liverpool in a variety of capacities for 49 years, died last Wednesday at the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Wright-Phillips: Shaun Wright-Phillips’s son D’Margio has been called into the England Under-16 squad. The Manchester City academy member is continuing a proud family tradition as his father and grandfather both won international recognition. Dad...

  • Italy add to Dutch misery as Spain win in France

    Italy add to Dutch misery as Spain win in France

    Italy recovered from an early own goal to beat the Netherlands 2-1 away in a friendly last night and cap a miserable few days for the hosts who sacked manager Danny Blind at the weekend. Italy’s Alessio Romagnoli deflected the ball into his own...

  • 229 for European Tour opener at Majjistral

    229 for European Tour opener at Majjistral

    The third annual Xterra Malta off-road triathlon will launch the 15th season of racing on the European Tour as the race gets underway on Sunday morning. Two hundred and twenty-nine athletes will be on the starting line of the 1.5k swim, 30km...

  • Dalli on a high as Pembroke Athleta set new records

    Dalli on a high as Pembroke Athleta set new records

    In athletics it’s not often that there is local mention about the pole vault. Indeed, albeit with the presence of a specialised coach, youngsters willing to take up this sport are few and far between, perhaps not encouraged by parents witnessing...

  • Kavallieri fail to handle Stompers’ power play

    Kavallieri fail to handle Stompers’ power play

    Stompers 78Kavallieri 5 A Kavallieri team, in a rebuilding phase after the loss of so many players over the last two seasons, were no match for a dominant Stompers team who carried on with their running style of rugby following the previous week’s...

  • Gzira Athleta, Starlites win titles

    Gzira Athleta, Starlites win titles

    Gżira Athleta 73Starlites 62 (14-14, 20-20, 16-19, 23-9) The U-19 men’s final was decided in the last quarter. Starlites were led by Alec Felice Pace who tried his best and potted 34 points even if closely-marked throughout the game. On the other...

  • Points shared in thrilling draw

    The much-anticipated top-of-the-table National League clash between Kalkara St Joseph and Floriana Ajax A ended all square with both teams producing exceptional play. Norbert Attard gave the visitors the early edge, winning the opening game, but...

  • Sports round-up

    Snooker: Mark Selby rattled in five breaks over 70 as he stormed to a 5-0 win over Alfie Burden to reach the last 32 of the Bank of Beijing China Open.world champion Selby has now made four centuries and six more breaks over 50 in the two matches...

  • Dutch in no rush to appoint new coach

    Dutch in no rush to appoint new coach

    Interim-coach Fred Grim will lead Holland for the friendly against Italy in Amsterdam tonight, but there is no rush to appoint a permanent successor following the sacking of Danny Blind. The Oranje are in danger of failing to reach a second...

  • USA fund Elliott rescues deal to sell Milan

    US private equity fund Elliott has rescued former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s deal to sell Milan, throwing a financing lifeline to Chinese investors who were struggling to complete the transaction. Berlusconi’s holding company...

  • Hamilton hopes for ‘best versus best’ duel with Vettel

    Hamilton hopes for ‘best versus best’ duel with Vettel

    The outcome in Melbourne on Sunday raised hopes of a genuine title tussle between the two dominant Formula One drivers of the past decade, even if overtaking opportunities were thin on the ground. The first Ferrari victory since 2015 made...

  • Ghedin upbeat despite upset

    Ghedin upbeat despite upset

    There were mixed feelings about the national team’s fifth successive defeat in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on Sunday following the 3-1 defeat to Slovakia at the National Stadium. The eastern European side proved a step too far for the...