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  • Hearts edge Saints in seven-goal thriller

    Hearts celebrated their return to the Premiership by coming out on the right side of a 4-3 scoreline against St Johnstone. Sam Nicholson scored the decisive goal at Tynecastle after the visitors dragged themselves level from trailing 3-1. New...

  • IOC revamp bid process to attract more cities

    IOC revamp bid process to attract more cities

    Cities considering bidding for the Olympics in the future can expect an easier and less complicated procedure after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) overhauled the two-year process. Following the withdrawal of four out of six cities...

  • Football news

    Palermo are not prepared to meet Arsenal’s €10m valuation of Joel Campbell and have switched their attentions to Milan Djuric instead. Reports in Italy claim that the Rosanero have all but given up on the Costa Rica international as their offer of...

  • Rome does not plan to hold referendum to enter 2024 race

    There will be no referendum to decide whether Rome’s 2024 summer Olympics bid should go ahead despite the city’s withdrawal of a previous bid in 2012 over financial concerns, Italian bid officials said. Rome campaigned briefly for the 2020 summer...

  • Sporting briefs

    Wembley pitch: The Football Association has accepted Jose Mourinho’s criticism of the Wembley pitch during Chelsea’s Community Shield loss to Arsenal as a “disaster”. The Blues boss was unhappy with the playing surface at the national stadium...

  • Sports round-up

    Swimming: A 12-year-old swimmer from Myanmar was forced to swim alone in the heats of the men’s 100 metres breaststroke at the world championships before being roared home by an enthusiastic crowd at the Kazan Arena yesterday. Ahnt Khaung Htut...

  • Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of today’s clash with Arsenal in the Community Shield showpiece at Wembley but a chance to strike an early blow against old adversary Arsene Wenger will prove irresistible. The traditional...

  • Sad demise of Tour de Farce

    Sad demise of Tour de Farce

    There used to be a time when winning the world’s most famous cycling race was up there among the greatest achievements on the planet, its legendary yellow jersey one of the ultimate symbols of sporting brilliance. Sadly those days are gone. Thanks...

  • Wenger can rise above taunts – Keown

    Wenger can rise above taunts – Keown

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger can easily brush off Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-season taunts, according to Martin Keown. Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Mourinho knows full well Chelsea are in little position to accuse rivals of buying...

  • Saints keep distance after draw

    Saints keep distance after draw

    This was another dour struggle between top of the table teams, San Ġiljan Crystal Finance and Neptunes Grimaldi, with the sides remaining locked on seven goals apiece. The result keeps the Saints two points clear at the top of the table while...

  • Fred tests positive for banned substance

    Fred tests positive for banned substance

    Brazil midfielder Fred tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide during the June-July Copa America, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said yesterday. The 22-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk player denied using the substance,...

  • Ripard’s Celerity seals class trophy on corrected time

    Ripard’s Celerity seals class trophy on corrected time

    Celerity took class line honours in the 48th biennial Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpac 2015 as the Santa Cruz 37 design completed the race course from California to Diamond Head in Honolulu in 10 days 20 hours 1 minute and 12 seconds. Proud...

  • Stekelenburg keen to make his mark at Southampton

    Maarten Stekelenburg has gone from World Cup finalist to back-up goalkeeper over the past five years, making him all the more determined to prove his worth at Southampton. A long-term injury to England international Fraser Forster led Saints to...

  • Xuereb wins Junior London International

    Xuereb wins Junior London International

    Hot on the heels of their success in the Junior British Open in Norwich, a group of Maltese youth and junior bowlers moved on to London, where they participated in the 2015 edition of the JTE Junior London International, held at the Airport Bowl...

  • Celtic off to a winning start

    Celtic off to a winning start

    Celtic began the defence of their Scottish Premiership title with a 2-0 home win over Ross County yesterday, but not without cost or controversy. Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring from the spot after only four minutes, but the striker then...

  • Brazil’s Cunha claims 25km open water title

    Brazil’s Cunha claims 25km open water title

    Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha won the women’s 25 kilometres world championship open water title yesterday, raising the prospect of a potential gold in home waters at next year’s Rio Olympics. Cunha, who had coloured the sides of her hair purple,...

  • Beaten City let in four goals at Stuttgart

    Manchester City conceded four goals in 36 hapless minutes yesterday as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat by VfB Stuttgart in a pre-season friendly. The Bundesliga club took full advantage of a shambolic defensive display by the visitors in the first...

  • Doherty stuns world no.1 Selby

    Doherty stuns world no.1 Selby

    Ken Doherty ended Mark Selby’s reign at the Kaspersky Lab Riga Open with a 4-1 win in the last 32 in Latvia, yesterday. Former world champion Doherty scored top breaks of 77 and 59 in a fine win over world number one Selby, who captured the...

  • Wolfsburg beat Bayern to lift Super Cup

    Wolfsburg beat Bayern to lift Super Cup

    Wolfsburg captain Naldo lifts the Super Cup trophy after his team beat champions Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot-out last night. Nicklas Bendtner was Wolfsburg’s hero as he came off the bench to score the equaliser a minute from time after Arjen...

  • Swimmer Mifsud secures Malta’s fourth gold medal

    Swimmer Charmaine Mifsud won Team Malta’s fourth gold medal at the Special Olympics World Games when she topped the 100 metres breaststroke in Los Angeles yesterday. Bowler Philip Gruppetta and long jumper Jessica Dalli both won a silver medal...