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  • Portugal without Ronaldo for opening World Cup qualifier

    European champions Portugal will be without Cristiano Ronaldo (picture) for their opening World Cup qualifier in Switzerland after he was left out of the squad yesterday. The 31-year-old is still recovering from the knee injury which forced him to...

  • Channel swims attract over 110 participants

    Over 110 swimmers are expected to take to the water today to compete in the annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta swims. Organised by Birkirkara St Joseph Sports Club, under the auspices of the Aquatic Sports Association (ASA), the competition...

  • Title rivals Neptunes, Saints clash again with KO at stake

    Title rivals Neptunes, Saints clash again with KO at stake

    The first major honour of the 2016 summer season will be decided tonight when holders San Ġiljan Salini Resort clash with rivals Neptunes Grimaldi in the BOV Knock-Out final at the National Pool. The Premier Division showdown is the highlight of...

  • Challenging start for top seeds Djokovic, Williams

    Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams face challenging early tests at the US Open following yesterday’s draws for the year’s last grand slam starting on Monday. Djokovic, who has been bothered by a wrist injury, faces towering Jerzy...

  • Alonso to join Hamilton at back of grid in Belgium

    Alonso to join Hamilton at back of grid in Belgium

    Fernando Alonso will start the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix near the back of the grid after the Spaniard’s McLaren team replaced his power-unit with a fresh one following yesterday’s opening practice session. The double world champion and his...

  • UEFA keeps it in the family

    UEFA announced significant changes to their flagship Champions League yesterday, saying they had managed to “keep it in the family” after staving off the threat of a breakaway league by Europe’s top clubs. From 2018/19 season, the top four...

  • Red Bull duo set the pace

    Max Verstappen led a surprise Red Bull one-two in second practice for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix as Formula One roared back into life following its summer shutdown. Nico Rosberg set the pace in the morning ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who will...

  • United meet Fenerbahce, Feyenoord in tough group

    United meet Fenerbahce, Feyenoord in tough group

    Manchester United will come up against their former striker Robin van Persie after being drawn in a tough Europa League group yesterday alongside Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk. Three-times European champions United must negotiate a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Johansen: Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen is closing in on a move to Fulham. Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Norwegian was on his way out of Parkhead after failing to agree a contract extension. “Stefan’s going into the last year of...

  • Football news

    Thierry Henry will be an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez as they start their bid to qualify for the next World Cup finals in Russia. The former France striker joins Martinez’s former Everton assistant Graeme Jones on the team’s...

  • Valletta edge past spirited Mosta

    Valletta edge past spirited Mosta

    MOSTA-0, VALLETTA-1 Jhonnattann struck the only goal, from a penalty, as champions Valletta had to fight really hard to fend off the stiff challenge of Mosta. A combative clash produced two red cards, one for each team, and a spate of cautions as...

  • Kaljevic sinks Pembroke

    Kaljevic sinks Pembroke

    Balzan needed a Bojan Kaljevic late goal to overcome Pembroke Athleta 2-1 at the Tedesco Stadium. The Montenegrin striker put Oliver Spiteri’s men ahead as early as the sixth minute when he connected to Justin Grioli’s free-kick and direct a...

  • Birkirkara trounce Rainbows to make it two out of two

    Birkirkara trounce Rainbows to make it two out of two

    TARXIEN RAINBOWS-0, BIRKIRKARA-4 Birkirkara maintained their perfect start to the season after beating Tarxien Rainbows 4-0 in a largely one-sided game at the Hibernians Stadium. Coming from a similar 4-0 victory over St Andrew's in their opener,...

  • Man Utd handed tough Europa League draw

    Man Utd handed tough Europa League draw

    Manchester United will come up against their former striker Robin van Persie after being drawn in a tough Europa League group alongside Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk. Three-times European champions United must negotiate a competitive...

  • Italy the likely winners as UEFA announces Champions League rule changes

    Italy the likely winners as UEFA announces Champions League rule changes

    Update 12.30pm - Full report UEFA announced significant changes to their flagship Champions League on Friday, saying they had managed to "keep it in the family" after staving off the threat of a breakaway league by Europe's top clubs. From 2018/19...

  • Mosta’s counter-attacking threat not lost on Zammit

    Mosta’s counter-attacking threat not lost on Zammit

    Coach Paul Zammit is convinced that the gruelling nature of Valletta’s 2-1 opening victory over Sliema Wanderers last week will stand the champions in good stead for the remainder of the season. As he readies his team for another potentially...

  • Bayern launch quest for fifth straight championship

    Bayern launch quest for fifth straight championship

    Bayern Munich will be aiming for an unprecedented fifth successive Bundesliga title in the season which kicks off tonight and there seems little that can stop them. With other teams unable to match Bayern’s spending power, it has become a case in...

  • Lacazette, Fekir back as France ring changes

    France coach Didier Deschamps has named his first squad since reaching the Euro 2016 final with left-back Patrice Evra among several high-profile omissions. Olympique Lyon duo Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir have been recalled to the 23-man...

  • Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban

    Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban

    Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), yesterday to appeal against his six-year ban from football. The 80-year-old, who headed football’s global governing...

  • Solo gets six-month ban for ‘cowards’ comments

    Solo gets six-month ban for ‘cowards’ comments

    US Soccer handed goalkeeper Hope Solo a six-month ban from internationals on Wednesday after she branded opponents Sweden “a bunch of cowards” at this month’s Rio Olympics. The Swedes beat the United States 4-3 in a shoot-out on August 12 to move...