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  • Juventus and Roma look to bounce back

    Juventus and Roma look to bounce back

    Juventus and Roma head into this weekend’s Serie A action on the back of demoralising results in the Champions League. The Serie A leaders lost for the second time in the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition when they fell 1-0 at...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: Utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($39,559) for sending an offensive text, but has escaped a ban after being cleared of sending a second “more offensive” photograph, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU)...

  • Top Euro clubs lobby for April/May date

    European clubs want April and May to be considered as possible months for staging the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A FIFA task force begun discussions in September over the timing of the event, when the January/February and November/December slots...

  • Real Madrid, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

    Real Madrid, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

    Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and this evening’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team-mate Lionel Messi on the brink of...

  • Ħamrun through after shoot-out

    Ħamrun Spartans 2Vittoriosa Stars 2(aet; Ħamrun win 3-1 on pens) Division Two leaders Ħamrun Spartans progressed to the third round of the FA Trophy after they edged past Vittoriosa Stars 4-1 on penalties following a 2-2 draw at the end of...

  • Sporting briefs

    Walcott: Theo Walcott, who has been out with a knee injury since January, should make his comeback to the Arsenal squad next week against Burnley but is not ready for today’s match against Sunderland, manager Arsene Wenger said. “He has to get...

  • Football news

    Parma coach Roberto Donadoni is confident his bottom-placed team can end their dismal run of form when they take on Sassuolo today. One win in seven matches is a far cry from the team that finished sixth in Serie A last season. Donadoni said: “I...

  • Everton investigate Lille trouble

    Everton will continue to work with French and Merseyside police in a bid to establish the facts about the trouble involving Toffees fans in Lille this week, the Barclays Premier League club have said. The build-up to yesterday evening's Europa...

  • Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

    Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

    Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week's Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl between the players after a flag stunt, but also had three points deducted, the Serbian FA said today. Serbia have also been...

  • ‘It will be an honour to play for Malta’

    ‘It will be an honour to play for Malta’

    There are no ‘naturalised’ players in the current Malta squad but that could change next year if Qormi striker Alfred Effiong secures Maltese citizenship. Born and bred in Nigeria, Effiong has been playing in our country for the past 10 years,...

  • Schumi has made progress, says doctor

    A doctor who treated Michael Schumacher after his skiing accident has said the seven-times Formula One champion has made progress but his recovery could still take years. “I have observed some progress but I would say we have to give him time,”...

  • Malta cruise past Ireland

    Malta eased their way past Ireland to score a convincing victory over opponents who could only offer token resistance despite facing the host team that had more youngsters in the side including goalkeeper Nicholas Grixti and Marc Lanzon. After...

  • Joy for Malta as Artie crowned overall winners

    Joy for Malta as Artie crowned overall winners

    With all mathematical possibilities exhausted for all of the yachts still racing, Lee Satariano’s Maltese J/122, Artie were declared the overall winners of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race, yesterday. After probably the toughest 24 hours in the...

  • Serena Williams on verge of year-end no.1 ranking

    Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time yesterday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was...

  • Juve at a loss to explain poor European form

    Juve at a loss to explain poor European form

    Juventus are at a loss to explain why they fail to play with the same conviction and authority in Europe that they have shown in dominating Serie A over the past three seasons. The Serie A champions are in danger of falling at the first hurdle for...

  • Hawaii test awaits Bonello Spiteri

    Hawaii test awaits Bonello Spiteri

    2014 has been the culmination year for Danica Bonello Spiteri who will be racing at the prestigious XTerra World Championships in Maui, Hawaii, on Sunday. Bonello Spiteri is the reigning ITU Cross Triathlon champion in her age group, a title she...

  • Swiss slide out of top 10

    Swiss slide out of top 10

    Switzerland, who were among the top seeds for the World Cup finals this summer, have dropped out of FIFA’s top 10 world rankings after a poor start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Portugal, who surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Albania in...

  • Testa takes over from Gatt as president of Sliema ASC

    Testa takes over from Gatt as president of Sliema ASC

    Frank Testa (picture) has been appointed president of Sliema Aquatic Sports Club after incumbent Michael Gatt decided not to stand for re-election, the club said in a statement. Dr Testa, a lawyer by profession, thanked his predecessor for the...

  • Napoli beaten by Young Boys

    Napoli beaten by Young Boys

    Napoli dropped their first points of the Europa League campaign as they went down 2-0 away to Swiss side Young Boys yesterday. Goals from Guillaume Hoarau in the 52nd-minute and Leonardo Bertone in injury-time decided the contest and moved the...

  • Tight match goes Kavallieri’s way

    The third round of matches from the 2014-15 MHA Cup saw Kavallieri edge out Aloysians Von Taine 22-21 in a thrilling encounter at Tal-Qroqq. Both teams produced fast-paced and flowing play with Aloysians showing their best in the opening stages...