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  • Record participation for Preliminaries round

    Record participation for Preliminaries round

    The first stage of the National Championship cycle – the Maltco Preliminaries – had a record number of participants. In fact, 31 players started the journey which ultimately decides who will be declared Malta champion in 2015. Ten players qualify...

  • Football news

    Veteran US keeper Brad Friedel, 43, is among a list of possible replacements for Petr Cech at Chelsea next season along with the likes of QPR’s Robert Green, Celtic’s Craig Gordon, Aston Villa’s Shay Given and John Ruddy, of Norwich City. Reports...

  • Women’s champ Evans handed Crucible chance

    The women’s world champion, Reanne Evans, has been given a place in the qualifying rounds of this year’s World Championship, World Snooker has announced. The 29-year-old – the dominant player of the women’s game with 10 successive world titles to...

  • Del Potro comeback ‘soon’

    Former world number four Juan Martin Del Potro, having drawn confidence from his brief Sydney return in January, said he was confident of a full comeback “very soon”. The Argentine giant, who has endured a stop-start career since winning the US...

  • Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

    Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

    Fernando Alonso will miss next week’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors’ advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard’s McLaren team said yesterday. “Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two...

  • Sporting briefs

    Protasov: Romanian Cup winners FC Astra have sacked coach Oleg Protasov after less than five months in the job. The former Soviet Union striker took over from Daniel Isaila in October but led the side to just two wins in nine league matches. Astra...

  • Sports round-up

    Tennis: Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli (picture) sparked speculation yesterday of a return from retirement less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis. The 30-year-old who quit tennis in 2013 on the heels of a Wimbledon...

  • Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

    Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix

    Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors' advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard's McLaren team said. "Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two McLaren-Honda cars...

  • Terry certain to get new Chelsea deal - Mourinho

    Terry certain to get new Chelsea deal - Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho has assured Chelsea fans that John Terry, subject of a 'captain, leader, legend' banner that is on permanent display at Stamford Bridge, will be at the club next season. The 34-year-old centre half, who scored the opening goal in...

  • Allegri angry after Juventus let Roma off the hook

    Allegri angry after Juventus let Roma off the hook

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri left the Stadio Olimpico pitch in angry mood after seeing his team squander a one-goal lead against 10 men in their 1-1 draw at AS Roma last night. Juventus were poised to open up a 12-point lead over their...

  • Keita rescues 10-man Roma

    Keita rescues 10-man Roma

    Seydou Keita salvaged a 1-1 draw for 10-man Roma last night after Carlos Tevez struck for Juventus, but the result does little for their scudetto aspirations. Rudi Garcia’s side needed a win to haul back valuable ground on their table-topping...

  • Milan rocked by injury to key duo

    Milan have been hit with a double injury blow as they confirmed yesterday they will be without midfielder pair Nigel de Jong and Riccardo Montolivo for at least two weeks. The Rossoneri host Verona on Saturday before travelling to Florence to face...

  • Feyenoord charged over racist behaviour, missiles

    Feyenoord have been charged with racist behaviour and throwing of objects by their fans after last week’s turbulent Europa League tie against Roma was interrupted, UEFA said yesterday. The Dutch club will also face disciplinary proceedings over...

  • Cuper to take charge of Egypt

    Experienced Argentine Hector Cuper is to coach the Egyptian national team, the country’s Football Association said yesterday “The Egypt FA board announces after a meeting held by his president Gamal Allam appointing Argentinean Hector Cuper to...

  • Real’s tumble promises mouthwatering ‘Clasico’

    Real’s tumble promises mouthwatering ‘Clasico’

    Real Madrid’s draw at home to Villarreal on Sunday not only cut their lead over second-placed Barcelona to two points but also means the ‘Clasico’ in three weeks time is likely to have added piquancy. Real and Barca each have two more domestic...

  • Effiong feels he needs to prove himself to national team coach

    Effiong feels he needs to prove himself to national team coach

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has another option in attack as last week it was confirmed that Qormi striker Alfred Effiong was granted Maltese citizenship. Effiong has been in Malta since 2005 and married to a local girl for the past five years. Last...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BOV Premier League statistics

    Scorers, red cards BalzanPiccioni 12 (2 pens); Mifsud Triganza 5, Kaljevic 5 (1 pen), Guerrero 5; Darmanin 3, Zarate 3; Micallef, Serrano, Bezzina, Guobadia, Arab. Red cards: Cassar (vs Naxxar Lions); Guobadia (vs Valletta); Brincat (vs...

  • Terry urges team to replicate success of last decade

    Terry urges team to replicate success of last decade

    John Terry earned the 13th major winner’s medal of his 20-year Chelsea career on Sunday with a commanding defensive performance and his first Cup goal, then urged his team-mates to use the win over Tottenham as a springboard to more success. The...

  • Di Maria will get back to his best at United says Rooney

    Angel Di Maria is a great player and will rediscover his best form for Manchester United after enduring a difficult time of late, captain Wayne Rooney said. The 27-year-old Argentine has done little to justify the British record transfer fee of...

  • Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    Nadal wants traditional clay events protected

    Rafa Nadal wants tournament organisers to maintain the tradition of clay courts on the Tour and said the growing number of events switching to harder surfaces could increase the injury risk to players long after they finish their careers. Nadal,...