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  • Chelsea trio charged after Sunderland defeat

    Chelsea were hit with disciplinary action by the English FA yesterday as manager Jose Mourinho, midfielder Ramires and coach Rui Faria were charged following last week’s Premier League home defeat against Sunderland. Ramires, who could now miss...

  • Bayern Munich say ties with rivals Dortmund have frozen

    Relations between league champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who face each other in next month’s German Cup final, have become frozen over a bitter row stemming from a decade-old loan, the Bavarian club’s CEO said yesterday. The sides...

  • Traffic incident ends Sammut’s bright career at the Wanderers

    On November 11, 1943 football fans all over the island heard in dismay that Salvu Sammut, better known as ‘l-Għarawri’ in local football circles, had crashed into a car while cycling back from work down Paola Hill. He was rushed to hospital...

  • Leighton Baines... Everton’s main man in defence

    Leighton Baines has been one of the most influential players in the English Premier League this season. Everton knew that other big clubs could go hunting for their defender so in January this year they offered him an improved contract which...

  • Trump survives poor form to make progress

    Judd Trump survived a test of nerve on a day his form deserted him to edge through to the second round of the Dafabet World Champion-ship, yesterday. Runner-up to John Higgins in Sheffield in 2011, Trump was well beaten in the semi-finals by...

  • Football news

    Frank Farina has paid the price for Sydney FC’s fifth-place finish in the A-League and early finals exit, with the club opting to terminate his contract. The 49-year-old reportedly had a deal to remain in charge next season, despite it having...

  • Sports round-up

    BasketballMen’s League final (game 3): BUPA Luxol vs Athleta 81-85 (Athleta lead series 2-1).Women’s League final (game 3): Honey Athleta vs Luxol 45-63 (Luxol win series 3-0). Tennis: Four-time finalist David Ferrer (picture) crashed out in the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Klose: Lazio are confident Miroslav Klose will recover in time to play in the final three Serie A matches this season. The German striker has been sidelined with a hamstring injury but club doctor Roberto Bianchini said he is now close to complete...

  • Success should lead to brighter future

    These are rosy days for Maltese waterpolo and recent success should lead towards a brighter future. This is the main message the Aquatic Sport Association of Malta (ASA) president Joe Caruana Curran and national coach Karl Izzo conveyed when they...

  • Hamilton confident of F1 title chance

    Lewis Hamilton readily accepts this season represents his best chance of becoming a two-time Formula One world champion. After retiring early in the season-opening grand prix in Australia, three successive victories for the first time in his F1...

  • Champion's League: Benzema puts Real in charge against holders Bayern

    Real Madrid moved a step closer to a first Champions League final appearance in 12 years when a Karim Benzema strike gave the record nine-times winners a 1-0 win at home to holders Bayern Munich this evening. Bayern dominated possession in the...

  • Local fans cheer Moyes departure: ‘Thank God! I had almost given up’

    Offices and cafes were buzzing with conversation yesterday but it wasn’t local politics or international disasters that had people talking. Instead, the news on everybody’s mind was the abrupt departure of Manchester United manager David...

  • Atletico Madrid frustrated by defence-minded Chelsea

    Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were locked at 0-0 after their Champions League semi-final first leg yesterday as the Spanish side failed to break down their ultra-cautious visitors at the Calderon. Atletico, through to the last four of Europe’s elite...

  • Ronaldo on course to face Bayern

    Cristiano Ronaldo should be fit to face Bayern Munich today, according to Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, but a final decision on whether he will play in the Champions League semi-final first leg will be made in the last minute. The FIFA World...

  • Bodde battles pneumonia

    Former Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde is in an artificial coma in hospital in Holland as he battles pneumonia. The 31-year-old is the head coach at Dutch amateur side Wateringse Veld, and a statement on their website read: “Today we received the...

  • Thohir keeps faith with Mazzarri

    Inter president Erick Thohir insists that Walter Mazzarri will continue coaching the Serie A side into the 2014-15 campaign. Mazzarri’s future at the club appeared doubtful earlier this month after Inter had gone four straight league games without...

  • Moyes sacked

    David Moyes’s troubled reign at Manchester United came to an abrupt end yesterday when the Scot was sacked after a hugely disappointing 10-month spell as manager after replacing Alex Ferguson last July. Announcing his departure in a terse, two...

  • Herrera eyes perfect finale as Dimech targets elusive medal

    Birkirkara and Valletta have laid the platform to an exciting finale to this season’s Premier League as the two title rivals won their penultimate fixtures to set up a decisive showdown at the National Stadium on Saturday. Champions Birkirkara...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BalzanArmario Negrin 11 (1 pen); Micallef 7; Darmanin 4; Bezzina 2, Scicluna 2, Spiteri 2; Agius, Aboulezz, Pereira, Sciberras, Grima, Pedrinho.Own goal: Pearson (vs Hibs).Red cards: Agius (vs Vittoriosa Stars), Vignaroli (vs Sliema Wanderers,...

  • Stan is new coach of Sirens ASC top squad

    Sirens ASC announced they have engaged former Romania national team swimmer Catalin Ioan Stan as coach of the club’s top squad. “We are delighted that Stan has agreed to join us and coach our top squad,” Sirens ASC chairman Neil Galea said. “His...

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