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  • Chelsea romp into last 16

    Chelsea romp into last 16

    Classy Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 last night to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for their former coach Roberto Di Matteo. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring...

  • Argentina to face holders Uruguay in Copa America

    Argentina to face holders Uruguay in Copa America

    World Cup runners-up Argentina face holders Uruguay, who knocked them out of their home tournament four years ago, and Brazil will meet Colombia in a World Cup rematch in the group phase at the 2015 Copa America. Hosts Chile, looking to win the...

  • Birkirkara ultras light flares in protest over team’s form

    Birkirkara ultras light flares in protest over team’s form

    A group of hard-core Birkirkara fans turned up at the Mġarr Ground yesterday evening to voice their disapproval over the team’s stuttering league form. Birkirkara have slipped to third in the BOV Premier League, one point behind rivals Valletta,...

  • Panucci hits out at ‘shameful’ Capello

    Christian Panucci has lashed out at Russia head coach Fabio Capello for not backing him and other assistants on the national team staff over a contract dispute. The ex-Roma defender was part of Capello’s coaching team with Russia but stopped...

  • Agent Raiola dismisses talk of Balotelli return to Serie A

    Agent Raiola dismisses talk of Balotelli return to Serie A

    Mario Balotelli’s agent has brushed aside reports that his client is set for an imminent return to Serie A. The Italy striker has failed to score in the Premier League since joining Liverpool from Milan this summer. Reports in Italy have linked...

  • Juve need to show mettle in Europe

    Juve need to show mettle in Europe

    With the 2014/15 Serie A fast approaching its halfway mark, few doubts exist that Juventus are still the team to beat in Italy. Saturday’s 3-0 drubbing of Lazio at the Olympic Stadium in Rome confirmed yet again that the champions are a cut above...

  • Unica first home after weekend of close racing

    Unica first home after weekend of close racing

    The enthusiasm and excitement so evident during last month’s Rolex Middle Sea Race spilled into November with 22 boats taking part in the BOV Gozo Weekend Regatta to establish a new record in entries. The regatta consisted of a racing programme...

  • Donadoni given Parma thumbs up

    Donadoni given Parma thumbs up

    Parma club administrator Pietro Leonardi has handed under-fire coach Roberto Donadoni a vote of confidence despite his team’s dismal run. Donadoni’s job is reportedly under threat after Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to Empoli – Parma’s 10th loss in 12...

  • Hamilton says new contract a formality

    Hamilton says new contract a formality

    Lewis Hamilton says a contract extension with Mercedes is almost a done deal now that he has got his second Formula One champion-ship under his belt. “We haven’t discussed the nuances but it really is pretty much a formality I would have thought,”...

  • Fleur de Lys girls start the season on a high

    Fleur de Lys girls start the season on a high

    The 2014-15 Malta Volleyball Association (MVA) season got underway with the women’s Super Cup contested recently by Fleur de Lys and Playvolley at the Cottonera Sports Complex. With FDL fielding a practically unchanged line-up from last season’s...

  • Football news

    Torino will be without experienced defender Salvatore Masiello for at least three weeks with a hamstring injury, the Serie A club announced. The Italian left-back sat out the 1-0 defeat over Sassuolo last weekend and now faces a further spell on...

  • Todt ready to fight for cheaper F1 engines

    Formula One’s governing body believes progress can be made to bring down the cost of engines for struggling smaller teams. FIA president Jean Todt said he was hopeful something could be agreed when the sport’s strategy group and Formula One...

  • Mongolian GM wins Malta Open

    Mongolian GM wins Malta Open

    Mongolian Grandmaster Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan won the Malta Open organised recently by Clarence Psaila, of XYChess, and Juergen Wempe, of Chessorg, at the Imperial Hotel, Sliema. This annual event attracted 167 players, 27 of whom from Malta. The...

  • Sporting briefs

    Wilshere out: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss today’s Champions League home game against Borussia Dortmund with an ankle injury, manager Arsene Wenger said. Wenger said Wilshere needs to see a specialist after damaging his ankle during...

  • Federer throws weight behind ‘fast’ format

    Roger Federer will help launch an Australian-developed fast format of tennis when he plays an exhibition match against Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in January, Tennis Australia said yesterday. The format features four rule variations from the...

  • Sports round-up

    Sailing: Portsmouth will host America’s Cup World Series sailing races in Britain in 2015 and 2016 as part of the build-up to the main event in 2017. British challenger Ben Ainslie is building a base in Portsmouth for his Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR)...

  • Chelsea qualify in style with five-goal romp

    Chelsea qualify in style with five-goal romp

    Classy Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for their former coach Roberto Di Matteo. Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Willian doubled...

  • Messi treble sets Champions League goals record

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he struck a hat-trick in today's 4-0 Group F win at APOEL Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real...

  • Big guns sweat over progress

    Big guns sweat over progress

    There will be plenty of nerves in Europe between today and tomorrow as the opening phase of the Champions League draws to a close with Matchday Five providing the last chance for some leading clubs to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last...

  • Pellegrini feeling the pressure

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is feeling the pressure ahead of his side’s must-win match at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League today. After a disappointing start to their Premier League title defence and facing an early...