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  • Arteta may make final, says Wenger

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who has not played since November because of injury, could be fit for the FA Cup final against Aston Villa on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger said. “He is a possibility because he is back in full training,” Wenger...

  • Qormi 10k race set for June 7

    The annual Qormi Athletics Club 10-kilometre race will be held on June 7. This will be the 19th running of the race which always attracts a strong participation as the club confirmed that apart from the main event on the day, two other sporting...

  • Leicester City boss Pearson hoping Cambiasso stays

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson wants Esteban Cambiasso to extend his stay after starring in the club’s great Premier League escape. Argentina veteran Cambiasso proved a huge hit since joining from Inter last summer and was recently crowned...

  • Monaco will make Hamilton stronger, says Hakkinen

    Monaco will make Hamilton stronger, says Hakkinen

    Lewis Hamilton can turn Monaco misery into a Canadian celebration because every setback makes you stronger, according to retired double world champion Mika Hakkinen. “He should say ‘I’m going to win the next one’. That will be his motivation. You...

  • Kolo Toure close to new Liverpool deal

    Kolo Toure close to new Liverpool deal

    Liverpool defender Kolo Toure is close to agreeing an extension to his contract which expires next month. The former Ivory Coast international is likely to agree a new 12-month term having wavered over whether to commit with more lucrative offers...

  • Sharapova back in groove, Berdych powers through

    Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground with the Russian opening her bid for a third French Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi yesterday. The claycourt convert, champion last year and in 2012 and runner-up...

  • Football news

    Valencia’s worst fears have been realised with goalkeeper Diego Alves set to be sidelined for at least six months with a serious right knee injury. The Brazil international got hurt during his team’s final game of the season, a 3-2 triumph at...

  • Porte pulls out of Giro

    Team Sky’s Richie Porte has withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia to recuperate for his support of Chris Froome in the Tour de France. The Australian began the Giro with overall victory as the target, but his race has ended following a crash towards...

  • Sporting briefs

    McClaren: Derby County yesterday fired head coach Steve McClaren “with immediate effect” after the team finished eighth in the second tier this season. The decision followed “a thorough review of the 2014-15 season” by the club’s board of directors.

  • Sports round-up

    Badminton: Badminton has severed ties with SportAccord, adding its name to a fast-growing exodus of sports abandoning the umbrella organisation following a scathing attack by its chief on the IOC. Marius Vizer, who also heads the judo federation,...

  • Dramatic derby win sends Roma into Champions League

    Dramatic derby win sends Roma into Champions League

    Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa headed a late winner to give Roma a 2-1 victory over neighbours Lazio that guaranteed them a place in next season's Champions League group stage. Juan Iturbe put Roma ahead in a fiery Serie A derby when he turned in...

  • Manchester United say 'no more' to Falcao

    Manchester United say 'no more' to Falcao

    Manchester United will not be signing Colombia forward Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, the Premier League club said after the final game of the season. The 29-year-old will return to parent club Monaco, at least initially, after four goals in...

  • Coach Zammit hints at crunch talks over Birkirkara future

    Coach Zammit hints at crunch talks over Birkirkara future

    All’s well that ends well. That’s certainly how all those connected to Birkirkara felt on Saturday evening after the Stripes put on a spirited showing to capture their fifth FA Trophy success after overpowering champions Hibernians 2-0, courtesy...

  • ‘Malta FA took precautionary measures’

    The spectre of illegal betting and match-fixing marred the build-up to the Premier League relegation/promotion play-off between Mosta and Division One side Gżira United, it has emerged. The Malta FA yesterday revealed that they had adopted a...

  • Hull go down as Newcastle survive

    Hull go down as Newcastle survive

    Hull City were relegated and Newcastle survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season yesterday while West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce’s contract was not being renewed at Upton Park. While the spotlight...

  • Verona’s Toni, 37, goes top of Serie A scoring chart

    Verona’s Toni, 37, goes top of Serie A scoring chart

    Luca Toni went top of the Serie A scoring chart two days before his 38th birthday when he netted twice in Verona’s 2-2 draw away to Parma yesterday. With one round of matches of the season to play, the former Italy striker, who is at his 14th club...

  • ‘Mountain goat’ Blatter keeps going and going

    Sepp Blatter, who is expected to be re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, likened himself to a Swiss mountain goat yesterday, famed for their stubborn endurance. Blatter will face a challenge for the presidency from Jordanian...

  • Darmstadt back in Bundesliga

    Darmstadt back in Bundesliga

    Darmstadt 98 will return to the Bundesliga after a 33-year absence after a 1-0 win over St Pauli secured a second-place finish in the second division following the final round of matches yesterday. The lilies, who were only promoted to the second...

  • Premier semi-finals steal the limelight

    Premier semi-finals steal the limelight

    The 25th meeting of the season, held yesterday afternoon at the Marsa Racetrack, heralded the start of two other championships for Premier Class trotters. These were the Prix De Vincennes for French trotters and the Sette Giugno Championship, open...

  • Five-star Celtic end season with a bang

    Five-star Celtic end season with a bang

    Celtic began their title-winning party after a Stefan Scepovic double helped them to an easy 5-0 win over a weakened Inverness side at Parkhead yesterday. The Serbian striker opened the scoring from inches out in the fifth minute before returning...