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  • 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. Own goal: Lima (vs Hibernians).Red cards: Serrano (vs Tarxien); Da Silva Souza (vs Floriana); Effiong (vs...

  • Valletta tie a perfect test to our ambitions – Kaljevic

    Valletta tie a perfect test to our ambitions – Kaljevic

    A weekend of high drama in the BOV Premier League failed to break the equilibrium in this year’s title race. Leaders Balzan looked set to steal a march on their nearest pursuers but they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as...

  • Scoring against Benfica a dream, says Schembri

    Scoring against Benfica a dream, says Schembri

    Andre Schembri described his goal against Portuguese giants Benfica as something of a dream come true as he played for Boavista in a thrilling 3-3 draw against the Primeira Liga leaders at the mythical Stadium of Light, last weekend. Schembri...

  • Robben extends Bayern contract

    Arjen Robben has extended his contract with Bayern Munich for a further 12 months, the Bundesliga club have announced. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger is now tied to the German league champions until June 2018. Robben, 32, arrived at the...

  • Spartans striker Giusti named player of the month

    Spartans striker Giusti named player of the month

    Ħamrun Spartans forward Massimiliano Giusti (picture) was named as the BOV Player of the Month for December 2016. In his first season playing in Malta, the 21-year old Italian striker proved his mettle in the Spartans 2-0 win over higher-ranked...

  • Ivory Coast held to a goalless draw

    Ivory Coast were held to a 0-0 draw by Togo as they began the defence of their African Nations Cup title with an uninspiring display in the opening Group C game yesterday. It was the fourth draw in the opening five games at this year’s finals...

  • Football news

    Two days after his 44th birthday, Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is set to become the oldest player to compete at the African Nations Cup finals and among the oldest internationals in soccer history. El Hadary is playing at his seventh finals,...

  • Depiro outsmart Athleta as ‘big Sam’ returns for Luxol

    Depiro outsmart Athleta as ‘big Sam’ returns for Luxol

    Hibernians 94Starlites Naxxar 103 (26-28, 22-24, 24-31, 22-20) The most entertaining game of the weekend resulted in Starlites’ second league win as they overcame Hibernians’ strong resistance, with the latter still searching for their first...

  • Sporting briefs

    Neymar: Neymar is the most valuable player in Europe – worth about £216m – according to a new study. The Barcelona striker is ahead of team-mate Lionel Messi, who is valued by academics at £149m. The only England players in the top 10 are...

  • Coppa leads Luxol to victory

    Two close games characterised the MSV Life Women’s League last weekend as Luxol handed Gżira Athleta their first defeat to join them at the top spot of the standings. Following their victory over Hibs, Starlites have the better game win percentage...

  • Rabat in comeback win

    Laferla White Hart 2Rabat Depiro 3 Despite the poor weather conditions, this game was played at a high tempo even though no goals were scored in the opening half. So, nobody really expected the fireworks which were to follow after the...

  • Federer makes winning return in Melbourne, Murray through

    Federer makes winning return in Melbourne, Murray through

    Roger Federer made a winning return to competitive tennis after six months out of the game yesterday, thrilling a packed Rod Laver Arena as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round. The 35-year-old...

  • Sports round-up

    Swimming: Three-time Olym-pian Fran Halsall (picture, right) has announced her retirement from swimming. The 26-year-old was fourth in the women’s 50 metres freestyle at the Rio Games as an Olympic medal proved elusive once more. The Liverpool...

  • Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa returns

    Bottas replaces Rosberg at Mercedes, Massa returns

    Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will replace retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes this season, the Wiiliams team announced today. Brazilian Felipe Massa, who retired at the end of last season, has agreed a one-year contract...

  • Jovetic strike ends Real’s 40-game unbeaten run

    Real Madrid’s remarkable 40-game unbeaten run stretching back to April ended in dramatic fashion yesterday when Sevilla’s Stevan Jovetic struck in added time to snatch a 2-1 win and blow the La Liga title race wide open. Real looked set to go five...

  • Lions maul nine-man Hotspurs

    Naxxar Lions 4Pieta Hotspurs 0 After the upset to Senglea in their previous match, Naxxar returned to winning ways with a fine win over Pieta who finished the match with nine men to stop their run of three successive wins. The match started at a...

  • Football news

    Football news

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu sought to clarify the club’s position on the future of Lionel Messi following a week of institutional upheaval by declaring that renewing the Argentine maestro’s contract was “indispensable”. “We want Leo...

  • Local sports results...

    BOV Division Two: Marsaxlokk vs Għaxaq 3-1; San Ġwann vs Gudja 5-0; Siġġiewi vs Qrendi 2-3; Żabbar vs Żejtun 2-1; Mġarr vs Birżebbuġa 1-1; Mellieħa vs St George’s 0-0. GFA Division One: Għajnsielem vs Kerċem 1-1; Oratory vs Victoria Hotspurs...

  • Staying number one harder than getting there – Kerber

    Staying number one harder than getting there – Kerber

    Melbourne Park was ground zero for the stunning breakthrough of Angelique Kerber’s career so the German has naturally savoured some golden memories before the defence of her Australian Open title. The emotions bubbled to the surface as...

  • Sporting briefs

    Montanier: Nottingham Forest have sacked their French manager Philippe Montanier after just seven months in charge. The former double European Cup winners are struggling in England’s second-tier and were recently the subject of a takeover attempt...