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  • Weekend sports fixtures

    Hibs Stadium: Bov Premier League 4pm Naxxar Lions Vs Floriana; 6pm Tarxien Rainbows Vs Rabat Ajax.National Stadium: Bov Premier League 4pm Vittoriosa Stars Vs Qormi; 6pm Hibernians Vs Birkir-Kara.Centenary Stadium: Bov Division One 4pm Żejtun...

  • Coaches’ survival rate lowest in Greece says UEFA study

    Top-flight coaches in Greece keep their jobs for a mere four months on average, according to UEFA’s club licensing report, while the average across the continent is 17 months. Of the big five European leagues, France and England offer the most...

  • Sports round-up

    Cricket - England batsman Jonathan Trott has suffered more stress-related problems on his return to first class action and will take another break from the sport to undergo treatment, the country’s cricket board said yesterday. Trott, 32, left...

  • Strugglers battle against the drop

    The race for the Premier League title in England can go to the very last fixture and the same can be said about the tussle to avoid the dreaded drop to the Champion-ship at the end of the season. This season’s fight for survival has shaped up to...

  • Stadium shutdowns a concern for FIFA boss

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed punishing fans’ racist behaviour by closing stadiums is “extremely dubious” and “unduly excessive”. Blatter said sporting sanctions such as points deductions that “cause real hurt to” football clubs are a...

  • Juventus count down to title and securing Conte

    On the verge of winning a third straight Serie A title, Juventus have two further objectives – winning their first major European trophy in nearly two decades and keeping hold of coach Antonio Conte. Juve host relegation-threatened Bologna this...

  • Liverpool trio on shortlist for PFA player of the year

    Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are on the shortlist for the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year award. Striking duo Suarez and Sturridge have scored 49 league goals between them...

  • Football results

    The Championship: Bournemouth vs Sheffield Wed. 2-4; Blackburn vs Yeovil 0-0; Charlton vs Bolton 0-0; Huddersfield vs Brighton 1-1; Wigan vs Reading 3-0; Blackpool vs Burnley 0-1; Doncaster vs Derby 0-2. League One: Brentford vs Preston 1-0;...

  • Sporting briefs

    Destro: Striker Mattia Destro will miss Roma’s game at Fiorentina today after the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) dismissed an appeal against his three-match ban for punching Cagliari defender Davide Astori. Destro was banned by a Serie A...

  • Football news

    Virgil van Dijk claims he knows nothing of interest from English clubs. The 22-year-old’s agent was quoted as saying some “top clubs” in England had shown interest in the Celtic defender. But the Dutchman played down the prospect of a move after...

  • Hamilton expects Shanghai showdown

    Lewis Hamilton is steeling himself for more of a fight from his title rivals this weekend as he bids to win three grands prix in a row for the first time in his Formula One career. Although Hamilton was left grumbling about his Mercedes towards...

  • Outgoing Naxxar president Drago handed 10-match ban

    Dione Drago, who stepped down as Naxxar Lions president on Wednesday, was handed a 10-match touchline ban today. Drago, who masterminded Naxxar's rise from the lower tiers back to the top flight of Maltese football, was sanctioned for his...

  • Inter target Premier League duo

    Inter president Erick Thohir has confirmed the Nerazzurri are looking to bring in a top striker this summer, with Manchester City's Edin Dzeko and Chelsea's Fernando Torres as their main targets. Dzeko is under contract with the Premier League...

  • Stuttering City held by Sunderland

    Manchester City saw their title hopes effectively ended after being held to a home draw by the Premier League’s bottom club Sunderland, yesterday. If Sunday’s defeat at the hands of Liverpool had deeply wounded City’s chances then this 2-2 draw...

  • Robben inspires Bayern to final

    Dutch winger Arjen Robben was the inspiration as Bayern Munich crushed second division Kaiserslautern 5-1 to set up a mouth-watering German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund. Bayern, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals next...

  • Probert to referee FA Cup final

    Lee Probert will referee the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull next month, the English FA has announced. The 41-year-old Wiltshire official, who originally hails from the Isle of Wight, will be joined by assistant referees Jake Collin and Mick...

  • Bale goal gives Real cup win over Barca

    Gareth Bale raced clear to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win the Spanish King’s Cup last night. Wales winger Bale, who joined Real for a world record fee in the close season, sped down the left wing...

  • Deschamps to pick squad with Euro 2016 in mind

    Didier Deschamps will make his World Cup squad selection with the 2016 Euro Championship in mind, the France coach said yesterday. Speaking to French news channel BFMTV, Deschamps suggested he had to balance a desire for glory in Brazil this June...

  • Sports should transcend politics, says Cutajar

    Former Juventus player Beniamino Vignola, Felice Mariani, the first Italian judoka to win an Olympic medal, and Sky News sports editor Nick Powell, will be among the keynote speakers at a sports conference to be held at the Cottonera Sports...

  • Prandelli warns Azzurri players

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has warned his players that indiscipline will cost them a place in his World Cup squad. Prandelli omitted Roma’s top scorer Mattia Destro from his 42-man list for this week’s fitness tests in preparation for this...

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