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  • Rusty Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus

    Rusty Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus

    Even at 35 and playing his first game in seven weeks, Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo made the difference in their 1-0 win over Monaco yesterday. Coach Massimiliano Allegri took a calculated risk by thrusting the bearded midfielder into the...

  • Hibs defender Gomes banned for three games

    Hibernians defender Rui De Gracia Gomes will miss most of his side’s title run-in after receiving a three-match ban. De Gracia Gomes has been disciplined after being sent off in Hibs’ 3-2 win over Sliema Wanderers for headbutting Mateus after 17...

  • Juventus edge past Monaco

    Juventus edge past Monaco

    Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg last night, leaving the tie on a knife-edge. Vidal, who has missed two penalties this...

  • Pastore is best player in the world, says Cantona

    Paris Saint Germain’s Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore is the best player in the world, according to former France and Manchester United striker Eric Cantona. While many pundits argue the merits of current Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo...

  • Man. United set for US trip

    Manchester United are expected to announce today they will return to the USA for their pre-season tour this summer – but on a significantly shorter schedule than last year. Organisers of the International Champions Cup are expected to confirm...

  • Injury-hit PSG banking on momentum against Barcelona in France

    Injury-hit PSG banking on momentum against Barcelona in France

    Paris St Germain will look to overcome the absence of key players including striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in today’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona. PSG are buoyant after strong domestic performances last week having...

  • Fewer options equals more strength – Bayern’s Mueller

    Fewer options equals more strength – Bayern’s Mueller

    Bayern Munich may have been ravaged by injuries ahead of the Champions League game at Porto today but the squad’s sense of unity is stronger, midfielder Thomas Mueller said yesterday. The Bavarians, chasing three titles this season, are without...

  • Experience does it for City

    Experience does it for City

    Derbies between Valletta and Floriana always generate great expectations and antagonism given the huge rivalry that exists between the two neighbouring clubs. As expected, Sunday’s third clash of the season involving these two great sporting foes...

  • BOV Premier League statistics – scorers and red cards

    BOV Premier League statistics – scorers and red cards

    BalzanPiccioni 13 (2 pens); Kaljevic 10 (2 pens); Mifsud Triganza 6; Guerrero 5; Darmanin 3, Zarate 3, Micallef 3; Grima 2, Serrano 2; Bezzina, Guobadia, Arab. Red cards: Cassar (vs Naxxar); Guobadia (vs Valletta); Brincat (vs Hibernians); Arab...

  • RMYC Match Racing Winter Series comes to a close

    RMYC Match Racing Winter Series comes to a close

    The final leg from the 2015 Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) Match Racing Winter Series was held recently. The series consisted of six days of round-robin competitions between four different teams on each day. Each of the six teams registered in the...

  • Parma – the season’s real winners

    Parma – the season’s real winners

    In a few weeks’ time, Juventus should be crowned Italy champions despite a shock defeat to bottom-placed Parma. Even great sides like Juve have their off-days and on Saturday Massimiliano Allegri’s team, shorn of some of their best talent,...

  • Top-of-the-table clash ends all-square

    Qormi Poiatti 0Sliema Hotsticks 0 This match lived up to its billing and provided the best hockey played this season. Pace, passion and total commitment from start to finish was manifested by both teams. Qormi did not take advantage of six penalty...

  • Football results

    Championship: Birmingham vs Blackburn 2-2; Brighton vs Huddersfield 0-0; Derby vs Blackpool 4-0; Ipswich vs Cardiff 3-1; Leeds vs Norwich 0-2; M’Boro vs Wolves 2-1; Millwall vs Wigan Athletic2-0; Sheffield Wed. vs Brentford 1-0; Bolton Wanderers...

  • Chetcuti qualifies for Iceland as three national records set

    Chetcuti qualifies for Iceland as three national records set

    The 2015 Easter International Swim Meet, sponsored by Klikk, was this year’s main attraction of the international calendar for meets held in Malta. This time it was also a platform for Maltese top swimmers to qualify for the upcoming Games of the...

  • Football news

    Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik has criticised his players for lacking a positive team spirit. The Ukrainian was unhappy with the level of celebration from the players sitting alongside him on the bench when they twice equalised in Sunday’s...

  • Rosberg should have tried harder – Hamilton

    Rosberg should have tried harder – Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton has suggested he is mentally tougher than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and questioned how hard the German driver really tried to beat him in last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix. In comments that will do little to ease tensions...

  • Selby out to end Crucible curse

    Selby out to end Crucible curse

    Mark Selby knows he has to not only defeat 31 other players vying to cause an upset at the BetFred World Snooker Championship but he must also conquer the ‘Curse of the Crucible’. The 31-year-old beat Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the title last year...

  • Sporting briefs

    Spartak fined: Spartak Moscow have been fined a total 12,000 euros by the Russian Football Union after racist slogans were displayed on a banner in a violence-marred league match against Arsenal Tula this month. The match, won 1-0 by Tula, was...

  • French Open prize money up, but still lagging behind

    Prize-money at this year’s French Open will rise by 12 per cent, with the lion’s share of the increase for early-round losers, but the singles champions will still receive less than at the three other grand slams. The French tennis federation said...

  • Sports round-up

    Athletics: Jessica Ennis-Hill will return to the Olympic Stadium this summer to take part in the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. The 29-year-old is synonymous with the London 2012 venue after clinching heptathlon gold on ‘Super Saturday’, when...