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  • Sports round-up

    Golf: Rory McIlroy recovered from an early hiccup to lead a European charge at the British Open yesterday while Sergio Garcia provided the fireworks at a blustery Royal Liverpool course. Northern Irishman McIlroy, the overnight leader, stumbled to...

  • Del Bosque decision delights keeper Reina

    Del Bosque decision delights keeper Reina

    Pepe Reina has expressed his delight at the announcement that Vicente del Bosque is to continue as Spain coach. Del Bosque confirmed on Thursday that he had been given the green light by the Spanish Football Federation to lead the national team...

  • Newcastle shocked by fans’ deaths after airliner crashes in Ukraine

    Newcastle have paid tribute to two fans who died on flight MH17 on their way to support the club in New Zealand. John Alder and Liam Sweeney were aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in Eastern...

  • UEFA punish clubs for racist abuse against Maltese teams

    UEFA punish clubs for racist abuse against Maltese teams

    UEFA yesterday issued sanctions against Hungary teams Ferencvaros and Diosgyori and Slovakia’s Spartak Trnava, following racist behaviour by their fans during Europa League matches against Maltese sides Sliema Wanderers, Birkirkara and Hibernians...

  • Vidal to decide club future after break

    Juventus and Chile star Arturo Vidal insists he will only decide his future once he returns to Italy from his holidays. Vidal has been strongly linked with a move away from Turin this summer with Manchester United and Real Madrid among the top...

  • Juve forward Quagliarella makes Torino switch

    Torino have signed veteran forward Fabio Quagliarella from Juventus for a 3.5 million euros transfer fee. Quagliarella, who had one year left in his previous deal with the Serie A champions, has signed a contract with the Granata outfit until June...

  • Yo-yo Norwich lose top-flight status

    Yo-yo Norwich lose top-flight status

    Norwich City have enjoyed seven seasons in the Premier League in three different spells. The last episode started in 2011 and ended in May this year as the Canaries went crushing down to the Championship. In attempt to salvage their status, the...

  • Tomlinson takeover bid fails

    Tomlinson takeover bid fails

    Former Doncaster chairman John Ryan hopes One Direction star Louis Tomlinson can still help the club following the collapse of their joint takeover bid. The singer announced last month, after weeks of speculation, that he was teaming up with...

  • Football news

    The Italian football federation yesterday confirmed that the Azzurri’s first match at home from the Euro 2016 Group H qualifiers against Azerbaijan will be played in Palermo. The Italians will get their qualifying bid for the European Championship...

  • Sporting briefs

    Nigeria: Nigeria’s suspension from international football was lifted yesterday, world governing body FIFA said. The African country was banned earlier this month due to government interference in the national federation’s affairs. Fofana: Lyon...

  • Redknapp: Rio had other offers

    Redknapp: Rio had other offers

    Harry Redknapp has revealed Rio Ferdinand showed a desire to join QPR despite offers from 'two big London clubs'. The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal at Loftus Road yesterday and trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday...

  • Updated: Germany captain Lahm quits national side

    Updated: Germany captain Lahm quits national side

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm has quit international soccer just days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil. "It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team," the 30-year-old was quoted as saying...

  • Van Gaal to juggle with United’s football, commercial demands

    Van Gaal to juggle with United’s football, commercial demands

    New Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal said he believes he can meet expectations for success at “the biggest club in the world” but refused to indulge in forecasts when he was introduced to the media at Old Trafford yesterday. The Dutchman,...

  • Kristoff too strong for Sagan

    Kristoff too strong for Sagan

    Norway’s Alexander Kristoff beat Peter Sagan in a sprint to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France, a 185.5-km ride from Bourg en Bresse yesterday. Katusha ride Kristoff timed his effort perfectly to win with a comfortable margin to leave...

  • Gatt reaches two senior tour finals in the UK

    Last week, Mark Gatt attained a series of commendable results on the Senior Tennis Tour at Frinton On Sea in the UK. In the singles, Gatt beat Briton Oliver Focher 6-2 6-1 in his opening match which was closer than the scoreline suggests. His next...

  • Kroos agrees six-year contract to join Real

    Kroos agrees six-year contract to join Real

    Toni Kroos has declared confidently that he will have little trouble fitting into new club Real Madrid because he is “used to winning”. The midfielder completed his move to the European champions from Bayern Munich just four days after winning the...

  • Pacquiao to fight unbeaten Algieri in Macau

    Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on Nov. 22 to defend his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight title against undefeated American Chris Algieri in Macau, his promoter Bob Arum said. The Venetian Macao, where Pacquiao...

  • Mouratoglou staying on as Serena Williams coach

    Mouratoglou staying on as Serena Williams coach

    Patrick Mouratoglou (picture) will be staying as Serena Williams’ coach but admitted the world number one is going through “a difficult period”. Williams has struggled at grand slams this year, failing to progress beyond the fourth round, and was...

  • Debuchy completes Arsenal transfer

    Arsenal have signed full-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals, will present a ready-made English Premier League replacement for Bacary...

  • 200 swimmers from seven clubs for this year’s championships

    200 swimmers from seven clubs for this year’s championships

    Ahead of the 2014 National Swimming Championships Alex Vella has compiled a statistical analysis of local swimming records over the last 18 months which shows healthy reading in relation to records in past years. However, more is expected so that...