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  • FIFA ethics panel bans Niersbach for one year

    FIFA ethics panel bans Niersbach for one year

    FIFA’s Ethics Committee has banned Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German Football Association, for one year for failing to report potential misconduct surrounding the award of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The adjudicatory...

  • Turkey takes extra security measures for CLeague game

    Turkey has taken additional measures to ensure the safety of the Monaco team visiting Istanbul this week for a Champions League qualifying game against Fenerbahce after a failed coup attempt in the country, the sports minister said...

  • Football news

    Swansea City are looking to bolster their attacking firepower and are targeting two strikers before the new season, the Premier League club’s chairman Huw Jenkins said. Swansea have signed midfielder Leroy Fer, defender Mike van der Hoorn and...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kane: Tottenham striker Harry Kane has announced that he and girlfriend Kate Goodland are expecting their first child. The 22-year-old England international took to Twitter to reveal that he is due to become a father in January next year. He...

  • Five sports ambassadors to front #BeActive campaign

    Five sports ambassadors to front #BeActive campaign

    As part of its commitment to promote clean sport and an active lifestyle, SportMalta has named five sports ambassadors to front its #BeActive campaign. The sports ambassadors are Karl Izzo, the national waterpolo coach, international football...

  • Malta rugby sevens teams get warm welcome

    Malta rugby sevens teams get warm welcome

    The Malta rugby sevens squads flew home to a warm welcome yesterday after their strong performances in the Rugby Europe tournaments last weekend. The men’s selection were the winners of the Conference Cup (2) after ending the competition in...

  • Marsa Veterans lose to Blackheath in thriller

    Blackheath Rugby CC were the 19th cricket team to visit Malta this year. Their veterans selection took on their counterparts from the Marsa Cricket Club in a 30-over encounter. Marsa Vets batted first and reached the impressive tally of 168 runs...

  • F1 drivers call for clearer rules

    F1 drivers call for clearer rules

    Formula One drivers have called for the sport’s rules to be made clearer after several high-profile incidents over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend triggered debate on how they should be applied. Nico Rosberg was allowed to keep pole position for...

  • Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts

    Djokovic happy to be back on hard courts

    World number one Novak Djokovic is looking forward to playing on his favoured hardcourt surface at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but the Serb urged caution as he returns to action for the first time since his shock Wimbledon exit. The 29-year-old,...

  • Hamilton feels more hunter than hunted

    Hamilton feels more hunter than hunted

    Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton still sees himself as hunter rather than hunted in the Formula One title race despite victory in Hungary putting him in the overall lead for the first time this season. The Briton seized the lead from Mercedes...

  • Whistleblower Stepanova asks for review of Rio ban

    Whistleblower Stepanova asks for review of Rio ban

    Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, who helped uncover the biggest doping scandal in decades which threatened to exclude Russia from the Olympics, asked yesterday for a review of her ban from the Rio Games in a last-ditch attempt to compete...

  • Kremlin hails IOC Olympic green light

    The Kremlin yesterday hailed a decision by the International Olympic Committee not to ban Russia’s entire team from the Rio Olympics over doping allegations, but government officials said the strings attached to the IOC’s ruling were unfair. The...

  • Sports round-up

    Archery: Russia’s three-member archery team for next month’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro was cleared to take part by the World Archery Federation (WA) yesterday after the IOC opted against a blanket ban on the country for state-sponsored doping.

  • Malta's Helene Pellicano wins the European Junior Championships

    Malta's Helene Pellicano wins the European Junior Championships

    Helene Pellicano  has become the first Maltese player ever to win the European tennis Junior Championships, beating Denisa Hindova of the Czech Republic.   The win was a fourth straight sets victory of the week for Pellicano, whose only struggle...

  • Striker Micallef pens new three-year deal with Balzan FC

    Striker Micallef pens new three-year deal with Balzan FC

    Lydon Micallef has committed his future to Balzan FC after extending his contract with the BOV Premier League club for another three years. The gifted striker had another year left on his previous deal but the new agreement means that Micallef is...

  • Guardiola keen to shake hands with Mourinho in Beijing

    Guardiola keen to shake hands with Mourinho in Beijing

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola downplayed today’s renewal of hostilities with Jose Mourinho, scoffing at the suggestion he would not shake his Manchester United counterpart’s hand. China is the unlikely setting for the rivals’ first meeting...

  • Chaotic end to United’s pre-season trip to China

    Manchester United’s pre-season trip to China is ending chaotically, with organisation as bad as the weather meaning Jose Mourinho just wants to get his players home in one piece. Following a friendly against Borussia Dortmund during a short and...

  • Pogba is not worth world-record fee, says Scholes

    Pogba is not worth world-record fee, says Scholes

    Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has questioned whether the club should pay a world-record fee for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba (picture), saying the 23-year-old is not in the same bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel...

  • Higuain feels the wrath of Napoli fans over reported move to Juve

    Higuain feels the wrath of Napoli fans over reported move to Juve

    Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is feeling the wrath of the club’s fans following widespread reports he is about to jump ship and join bitter rivals Juventus. Italian media have reported that Juventus, Italian champions for the past five seasons,...

  • Dortmund boss tips Goetze to return to his best

    Dortmund boss tips Goetze to return to his best

    Borussia Dortmund’s general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke is expecting Mario Goetze to get back to his very best following his return to the Westphalians. Germany’s World Cup-winning goalscorer lost his way a little in three seasons with Bayern...