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  • Ireland take big step towards the title with England win

    Ireland took a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating 19-9 victory over England in Dublin yesterday to become the only side to win their opening three games. With both sides unbeaten going into a game billed as a...

  • Quito De Neret wins Gold final

    Quito De Neret wins Gold final

    Quito De Neret, under the charge of Noel Baldacchino, took centre-stage during yesterday’s seventh meeting of the year after winning the Assikura Championship final for Gold Class trotters on a short distance of 2,140m. The programme consisted of...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ajax win: Champions Ajax Amsterdam snapped runaway leaders PSV Eindhoven’s 17-match un-beaten streak in the Dutch league with a 3-1 victory in the top-of-the-table clash yesterday. An 83rd minute free-kick from Danish international Lasse Schone...

  • Sports round-up

    Athletics: Lawrence Clarke has been named captain of the Great Britain team for this week’s European Indoor Championships in Prague. Clarke, who has been hampered by injury since finishing fourth in the 110 metres hurdles at London 2012, is fit...

  • Chelsea outmuscle Tottenham to win League Cup

    Chelsea outmuscle Tottenham to win League Cup

    Chelsea overpowered London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Capital One League Cup final at a rain-swept Wembley to lift the first silverware of the English season. Spurs dominated the early stages but John Terry put Chelsea ahead just before...

  • Ten-man City overcome Qormi

    Ten-man City overcome Qormi

    Ten-man Valletta held off a second-half fightback from bottom-placed Qormi to held on to a 3-1 win at the National Stadium. The Citizens quickly seized the initiative and they took the lead after nine minutes when Roderick Briffa, who was making a...

  • Update 2: Resurgent Salah gives Fiorentina win at Inter

    Update 2: Resurgent Salah gives Fiorentina win at Inter

    Fiorentina forward Mohamed Salah, enjoying a new lease of life since his move from Chelsea, scored again to give his side a 1-0 win at Inter despite finishing with nine men due to injuries. An inspired Felipe Anderson performance, including a...

  • Birkirkara too strong for Mosta

    Birkirkara too strong for Mosta

    Birkirkara broke little sweat to overcome the challenge of Mosta 3-0 and strengthen their grip on second place in the BOV Premier League standings. Birkirkara created the first opportunity after 12 minutes when Edward Herrera sent a teasing cross...

  • Updated: Brilliant Coutinho lifts Liverpool to victory over City

    Updated: Brilliant Coutinho lifts Liverpool to victory over City

    Liverpool dented Manchester City's Premier League title aspirations with a 2-1 home win over the champions as Arsenal moved up to third with a 2-0 victory against Everton. Superb curling efforts from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho either...

  • Dominant Hibs crush helpless Rangers

    Dominant Hibs crush helpless Rangers

    Żebbuġ Rangers 0Hibernians 5Jorginho 9; Failla 21; Agius 29; Cohen 39, 79; Leaders Hibernians crushed Żebbuġ Rangers 5-0 in a one-sided encounter to make another step towards winning the Premier League title this season. The Paolites approached...

  • Balzan hit back from a goal down to beat Naxxar

    Balzan 2Kaljevic 44 pen, Guerrero 82;Naxxar Lions 1Vella 2 pen; A goal down after less than two minutes, Balzan will have been forgiven for fearing the worst as they had come into this match on the back of two disappointing results – a defeat to...

  • Fortunato to the rescue

    Fortunato to the rescue

    Pietà Hotspurs 1Fortunato 89;Sliema Wanderers 1Bocar 39; Pietà Hotspurs punished Sliema Wanderers’ casual approach in the second half to grab an unlikely point in a drab encounter at Corradino. The Wanderers had looked on their way to a third...

  • Samb hits the winner in lively encounter

    Tarxien Rainbows 1Caruana 30 pen;Floriana 2Acevedo 34og; Samb 82; For those teams behind the leading trio in the standings – Hibernians, Birkirkara and Valletta – the Premier League has become a rollercoaster ride. Floriana are slowly and surely...

  • PDSC wants action not words on match-fixing

    The Premier Division Standing Committee (PDSC) is urging the Malta FA to instruct its Integrity Officer Franz Tabone to sustain his arguments on match-fixing in the local game and pass all information he has to the police for further...

  • Rooney ends goal drought as United go third

    Rooney ends goal drought as United go third

    Wayne Rooney ended his eight-game Premier League scoring drought with a brace as Manchester United climbed back above Arsenal into third with a 2-0 victory against Sunderland yesterday. United were booed during stages of another underwhelming...

  • Time to embrace Blatter’s winter wonderland?

    Time to embrace Blatter’s winter wonderland?

    Like it or not – and I have yet to meet a single person who does like it – we are going to be having a winter World Cup in seven years’ time. Fifa has decided that is what is going to happen and we all know there is more chance of North Korea...

  • Federation must take some blame – Parma

    Federation must take some blame – Parma

    Coach Roberto Donadoni believes financially-stricken Parma have been abandoned by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and he wants someone to take responsibility for the situation. For the second successive week the FIGC have called off a Parma...

  • Barca hot on Real’s heels after Suarez show

    Barcelona cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when in-form forward Luis Suarez played a part in all three of their goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada yesterday. Barca struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages...

  • Pochettino: No room for sentiment in final

    Pochettino: No room for sentiment in final

    Mauricio Pochettino is not losing sleep over letting down those Tottenham players who will not feature in today’s League Cup final, insisting they need to know he is the boss. Spurs face London rivals Chelsea at Wembley looking to win their first...

  • Late Bor. Dortmund goal flurry earns fourth successive victory

    Fast-improving Borussia Dortmund notched their fourth straight Bundesliga win after scoring three times in eight minutes late on to earn a 3-0 home victory over Ruhr Valley rivals Schalke 04 yesterday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them ahead in...