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  • City, Stripes seek timely fillip

    City, Stripes seek timely fillip

    End-of-season duels between Valletta and Birkirkara are usually crunch matches determining the league champions or cup winners. Only last year these two rival teams faced each other in the final fixture of the league trek which saw the Citizens...

  • Pembroke Athleta crowned champions

    Pembroke Athleta crowned champions

    Pembroke 5 St George’S 2 Pembroke Athleta were crowned First Division champions when they won their last game of the season against a St George’s side who were still within reach of making it to the play-offs if Melita had lost against St...

  • Pep relishing Nou Camp return

    Pep relishing Nou Camp return

    Pep Guardiola is looking forward to returning home after the Champions League semi-final draw pitted Bayern Munich against Barcelona, yesterday. There was an audible gasp at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon when the Spaniard’s current side were drawn...

  • London derby can give Chelsea another push

    London derby can give Chelsea another push

    With six matches to go Chelsea are almost home and dry and only a football tremor will shift them from the apex of the Premier League standings. Tomorrow, Jose Mourinho’s Blues clash against FA Cup finalists Arsenal at the Emirates. At present,...

  • Megafight bout delivers knockout ticket prices

    Megafight bout delivers knockout ticket prices

    Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market yesterday and unless your name is Warren Buffet or Madonna you will probably have to watch the May 2 bout on pay-per-view. After weeks of...

  • Juventus coach Allegri demands full concentration

    Juventus coach Allegri demands full concentration

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has urged his players to stay focused as they close in on a fourth straight Serie A title. The Bianconeri approach tomorrow’s game against city rivals Torino with a 15-point advantage over nearest rivals Lazio...

  • Tournaments in Burmarrad

    This year Malta has been given the green light to host two top-ranking tournaments in one weekend – the International Open and Grand Prix of Table Football. The tournaments, between today and tomorrow, are being organised by Valletta Lions Table...

  • Toure’s happy at City says Pellegrini

    Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure can still find the challenges he wants at Manchester City. Toure, City’s midfield driving force in recent seasons, was quoted this week as saying he was open to “new challenges”. That has been interpreted as a...

  • Local sports – weekend programme

    National Stadium: BOV Premier League 5pm Pietà vs Żebbuġ; 7pm Valletta vs Birkirkara.Tedesco Stadium: BOV Premier League 5pm Sliema Wanderers vs Mosta; 7.15pm Tarxien Rainbows vs Qormi.Centenary Stadium: BOV Division One 4pm Gżira United vs...

  • Gay’s reduced ban sends wrong message, says Bolt

    The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has criticised the “stupid” deal under which American sprinter Tyson Gay was given a reduced ban of only one year after failing three drugs tests in 2013. Former 100m and 200m world champion Gay, who tested...

  • Discipline is key against Switzerland – Neill

    Damien Neill is demanding a disciplined performance from his players when Malta take on a strong Switzerland side in a FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier at the Hibs Stadium, today. With just two points separating the second-placed Switzerland, on 10...

  • Sports round-up

    Snooker: Mark Selby fell victim of the Crucible curse and a rookie Scot with pots of class as Anthony McGill pulled off a monumental World Championship shock. Qualifier McGill exuded calm assurance as he saw off the defending champion 13-9 to book...

  • Dour Neptunes edge Blues to land winter title

    Neptunes Grimaldi once more produced resilient fare backed by remarkable tactical nous to edge Sliema Frank Salt Real Estate 5-4 and in so doing land a record ninth winter league title while dethroning the Blues. As it transpired the last play-off...

  • Football news

    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian to play for a top-tier European club after the goalkeeper made his debut for Sta-baek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar in midweek. The 23-year-old joined the former Norwegian champions on a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Rotherham: Rotherham United were teetering on the brink of the English Championship relegation zone yesterday after being docked three points and fined for fielding an ineligible player against fellow stragglers Brighton. The deduction left...

  • Barcelona eye Bayern revenge, Real face Juve

    Barcelona eye Bayern revenge, Real face Juve

    Barcelona will have the chance to avenge their 2013 humbling by Bayern Munich after being paired with the Germans again in the Champions League semi-final draw which also pitted holders Real Madrid against Juventus. Bayern thrashed Barcelona 7-0...

  • All-Italian Europa League final still on the cards

    All-Italian Europa League final still on the cards

    The possibility of an all-Italian Europa League final remained alive when Napoli and Fiorentina were kept apart in today's semi-final draw. Fiorentina will play holders Sevilla, with the first leg in Spain, and Napoli will have home advantage...

  • Coach Allegri exceeds expectations in Turin

    Coach Allegri exceeds expectations in Turin

    When Massimiliano Allegri arrived in Turin last July, the Juventus owners had set two goals for him – win a fourth straight ‘scudetto’ and reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Former Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri is set to do much...

  • Juventus hold proud record in semis

    Juventus may be in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 12 years but of all four clubs left in, the Italian side have the best record at this stage of the competition. The ‘Old Lady’ has been in the semi-finals of UEFA’s flagship...

  • Seedings for 2015-16 Champions League changed

    Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City will all miss out on being among the top seeds in the Champions League next season if they qualify and Chelsea win the Premier League title. UEFA has confirmed a new seeding system which will see the...

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