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  • Juve try to put stormy week behind them

    Juve try to put stormy week behind them

    Serie A leaders Juventus will try to extend their run of home wins this weekend after a turbulent week which featured a defeat away to Fiorentina and a backlash over a new club emblem. The Turin side have won their last 26 home league games in...

  • Boro fans want more aggression – Boateng

    Boro fans want more aggression – Boateng

    Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka should take more risks and set up his team to be more attacking at home in order to keep the fans happy, according to former captain George Boateng. The Spanish manager has been accused by fans and pundits of...

  • Buoyant Spurs aim to pile more misery on Man. City

    Buoyant Spurs aim to pile more misery on Man. City

    Tottenham Hotspur were the first club to expose chinks in the armour of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and the in-form north London side will seek to inflict further damage at the Etihad Stadium today. When City travelled to White Hart Lane in...

  • London mayor invites bids from experts to lead London Stadium cost inquiry

    London mayor invites bids from experts to lead London Stadium cost inquiry

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan is inviting independent companies to bid for the right to investigate how conversion costs at the London Stadium were allowed to spiral by £51million since 2015. Khan ordered the investigation in November when it was...

  • Coach Spalletti lavishes praise on Radja Nainggolan

    Coach Spalletti lavishes praise on Radja Nainggolan

    Roma coach Luciano Spalletti lavished praise on midfielder Radja Nainggolan, describing the Belgian as a thoroughbred after his two-goal performance in the 4-0 win over Sampdoria. “He’s on another level – a great player who can play anywhere you...

  • Weekend sports fixtures

    National Stadium: BOV Premier League 2pm St Andrews vs Balzan; 4pm Birkirkara vs Valletta. Centenary Stadium: BOV Division One 2pm Senglea Athletic vs Għargħur; 4.15pm Lija Athletic vs Naxxar Lions. Tedesco Stadium: BOV Division One 2pm Żebbuġ...

  • High stakes as City take on Stripes

    High stakes as City take on Stripes

    Valletta will have more than title ambitions on the line when they take on Birkirkara in the main fixture from the BOV Premier League today (kick-off: 4pm). The Citizens are still licking their wounds following elimination from the FA Trophy on...

  • Sirens stay in contention

    Sirens 2Rabat Ajax 0 A goal in each half from Miguel Ciantar enabled Sirens to make it two wins in a row yesterday and close the gap on their promotion  rivals. The St Paul’s Bay side have now joined Senglea Athletic in fifth place in the...

  • Last-eight draw favours the holders

    ‘Lady Luck’ smiled on Sliema Wanderers yesterday as the FA Trophy holders avoided Premier League opposition after being paired with Division One side Senglea Athletic in the quarter-finals draw. Balzan, currently leading the way in the Premier...

  • Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach the fourth round

    Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach the fourth round

    With Novak Djokovic’s reign broken, Andy Murray boosted his claim to the Melbourne Park throne with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open yesterday. Top seed Murray, beaten in...

  • Football news

    Manchester City paid a record £175,000 to sign 13-year-old defender Finley Burns from third-tier Southend United last week, reports said yesterday. London’s The Times said the overall cost of the transfer could rise to more than £250,000 if Burns...

  • Agones League starts with race in Buskett

    A record number of participants braved the cold wintry conditions recently to line up for the start of the opening race from the Agones Sfc Eurosport Trail Running League. The championship, now in its fifth year, is a series of four legs which...

  • Sporting briefs

    Iniesta: Barcelona will be without influential captain Andres Iniesta due to a calf strain for tomorrow’s trip to Eibar in La Liga, the Spanish champions said yesterday. The Spain midfielder was taken off at half-time in Thursday’s King’s Cup...

  • Ethiopians sweep Dubai Marathon

    Tamirat Tola led Ethiopia’s clean sweep at the Dubai Marathon yesterday after men’s pre-race favourite Kenenisa Bekele retired injured. Tola won the men’s race in two hours four minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new course record and personal...

  • Thomson finishes second in Vendee Globe race

    Thomson finishes second in Vendee Globe race

    British sailor Alex Thomson has finished runner-up in the Vendee Globe round-the-world yacht race after a colossal battle with Armel Le Cleac’h. The eighth edition of single-handed offshore racing’s ultimate test was won by the Frenchman on...

  • Sports round-up

    Motor Racing: Formula One world champions Mercedes have recruited British teenager George Russell (picture) as the third member of their young driver programme, joining established F1 racers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon. Russell, 18, will...

  • Italian FA president Tavecchio welcomes Chinese investment

    Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio has welcomed the flow of Chinese funds into football in his country, saying the game needs resources and investment. Chinese investors have poured money into the sport in Europe with several eye-catching deals...

  • Ecclestone casts doubt over his future role in F1

    Ecclestone casts doubt over his future role in F1

    Bernie Ecclestone has cast doubt over his long-standing Formula One reign after the sport’s governing body approved the sale of its commercial rights to Liberty Media. Chief executive Ecclestone, who turns 87 in October, has ruled Formula One for...

  • Premier League bosses rule Van Basten proposals offside

    Premier League bosses rule Van Basten proposals offside

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned some of FIFA technical director Marco van Basten’s proposed rule changes, which includes scrapping offside. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned some of FIFA technical director Marco van Basten’s...

  • Zidane seeking solutions after Real lose to Celta Vigo

    Zinedine Zidane insisted he was not overly concerned after Celta Vigo condemned Real Madrid to a second successive defeat and first at Santiago Bernabeu in almost a year with a 2-1 win in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg. Real saw...