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  • Top clubs to review format with UEFA

    Top clubs to review format with UEFA

    Europe’s biggest football clubs, keen to secure automatic entry into the Champions League, are working with UEFA to review the format of the continent’s elite competition. The European Club Association (ECA) represents over 200 clubs including all...

  • Real contract for De Gea revealed by Leaks website

    Real contract for De Gea revealed by Leaks website

    David de Gea was set to earn £9.2 million a year on a deal to 2021 at Real Madrid had he completed a move from Manchester United last summer, according to the Football Leaks website. Man. United and Real Madrid in August agreed a £29 million...

  • Payet in talks over new West Ham deal

    Payet in talks over new West Ham deal

    West Ham have entered contract negotiations with France international Dimitri Payet amid speculation the player was demanding a huge pay increase. The 28-year-old only joined the Hammers in the summer but has proved to be one of the best pieces of...

  • Big European clubs support Infantino for FIFA presidency

    Big European clubs support Infantino for FIFA presidency

    Europe’s biggest soccer clubs have backed UEFA interim chief Gianni Infantino’s FIFA presidential campaign having worked closely with the Swiss through their umbrella European Club Association (ECA) group. ECA vice-chairman Umberto Gandini...

  • Chiellini to miss Juve crunch clash against Napoli

    Giorgio Chiellini will miss Juventus’ top-of-the-table Serie A clash with Napoli on Saturday due to a calf injury. Napoli lead the league standings by two points from their opponents, the reigning four-time champions. And while Juve will be...

  • Juve-Napoli… a challenge for supremacy in Serie A

    Juve-Napoli… a challenge for supremacy in Serie A

    Juventus have a great opportunity to complete their remarkable comeback on Saturday as they host Serie A leaders Napoli at their own Juventus Stadium in a match billed by the pundits as the most important of the season. As things stand, champions...

  • PSG coach Blanc clears the air with Luiz

    PSG coach Blanc clears the air with Luiz

    Paris St Germain coach Laurent Blanc has cleared the air with David Luiz after the defender refused to be substituted in Sunday’s win over Marseille. Luiz stayed down after a challenge in the 76th minute, struggling with a thigh problem, but...

  • Malta U-16 girls lose to Austria 2-0

    Malta U-16 girls lose to Austria 2-0

    The girls national team representing the country at the U-16 UEFA Development Tournament lost their last match in the competition yesterday, going down to Austria 2-0 at the Luxol Stadium. Lisa Kolb and Linda Mittermair scored the goals for...

  • Football news

    Arsenal have snapped up Leicester’s head of technical scouting Ben Wrigglesworth. He worked under head of recruitment Steve Walsh at the Foxes but has now joined their title rivals, reports said yesterday. An account claiming to be from...

  • Sporting briefs

    Arlauskis: Espanyol goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, who has conceded eight goals in his last two Liga matches, will be out for up to a month with a thigh injury, the club said. Arlauskis, who played in the 6-0 defeat at Real Madrid and up to...

  • Mercedes expect McLaren to raise their game in F1

    Mercedes expect McLaren to raise their game in F1

    Formula One champions Mercedes expect to be beaten by Ferrari this season and also see McLaren catching up fast after a dismal 2015 for the Honda-powered team, engine head Andy Cowell said. “Nobody here is assuming we are going to win. Everybody...

  • Cavendish retains gold jersey in Qatar

    Mark Cavendish was beaten to the line by Alexander Kristoff in stage two of the Tour of Qatar yesterday but the Manxman retains the leader’s gold jersey. Dimension Data’s Cavendish, who won stage one on Monday, finished second at Qatar University...

  • Kenya says undecided over Olympics threat posed by Zika virus

    Kenya says undecided over Olympics threat posed by Zika virus

    Kenya is monitoring health threats posed by the Zika virus ahead of the Olympic Games and it is too early to decide on its impact, Kenya’s Olympic committee said yesterday, playing down comments that had suggested it could pull athletes...

  • Umpires banned over corruption – ITF

    Two tennis umpires were banned, one for life, last year for breaches of the sport’s code of conduct for officials, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said yesterday. Four other umpires are under investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit...

  • Today’s local sports fixtures...

    Gozo Stadium: GFA Division One 1pm Kerċem Ajax vs St Lawrence Spurs; 3pm Oratory Youths vs Għajnsielem. Mosta: Youth League 8.15pm Pietà Hotspurs vs Balzan. Sirens Ground: Youth League 8.15pm San Ġwann vs Hibernians. Melita Ground: Youth League...

  • Sports round-up

    Tennis: Andy Murray has become a father after his wife Kim Sears (picture) gave birth to a girl, according to reports. The Dunblane tennis star’s wife is understood to have given birth on Sunday night, the BBC reported. The birth of their first...

  • West Ham snatch extra time win over Liverpool in FA Cup

    West Ham snatch extra time win over Liverpool in FA Cup

    Angelo Ogbonna headed the winner in stoppage time of extra time as West Ham United secured a 2-1 win over Liverpool to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. Ogbonna rose to meet a free kick from Dimitri Payet and planted his header back across...

  • Juve coach Allegri urged to 'think twice' about Chelsea move

    Juve coach Allegri urged to 'think twice' about Chelsea move

    Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has urged reported Chelsea target Massimiliano Allegri to "think twice" about accepting any potential offer from the English Premier League champions. The 48-year-old coach guided Juve to the Serie A title...

  • Italy to play Scotland in Malta on May 29

    Italy to play Scotland in Malta on May 29

    Italy will play Scotland in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly match in Malta on May 29, the Malta Football Association said. The match will be played at Ta' Qali national stadium and will serve as a warm-up ahead of the Euro football tournament. The Malta...

  • ‘I want to win title with Balzan’

    ‘I want to win title with Balzan’

    Alan da Silva Souza’s outstanding performances have boosted Balzan’s hopes of winning their maiden top-flight title this season. Kevin Azzopardi spoke to the Brazilian winger who joined the Premier League high-fliers last month Since his brief but...