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Ba strikes bar from kickoff, Napoli held at home

Besiktas hit the bar straight from kickoff as they were held 0-0 at home by Arsenal in last night's Champions League playoffs while a superb Gonzalo Higuain goal rescued Napoli in a 1-1 draw with visitors Athletic Bilbao. Jonatan Soriano struck...

  • More injury woe for Fiorentina’s Rossi

    Giuseppe Rossi has suffered a fresh injury setback during training for Fiorentina’s friendly meeting with Real Madrid. The Italy striker, who has previously undergone two operations to reconstruct damaged cruciate ligaments, missed the World Cup...

  • Sports round-up

    Youth Games: The IOC said it was prohibiting young athletes from the Ebola-affected region of West Africa from participating in certain events at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Athletes from West Africa, where authorities are battling...

  • Martino vows to keep Argentina in a high position

    Martino vows to keep Argentina in a high position

    New Argentina coach Gerardo Martino vowed this week to keep the World Cup runners-up “where they are and deserve to be”. Martino also said Lionel Messi’s role is that of the world’s best player and Javier Mascherano has been a team leader for a...

  • More uncertainty for Celtic as Legia set to move case to the CAS

    Celtic could face more European uncertainty despite Legia Warsaw’s failure to persuade UEFA to overturn their effective expulsion from the Champions League. Celtic stepped up preparations to face Maribor in Slovenia in the Champions League...

  • Race winner disqualified for shirtless celebration

    Race winner disqualified for shirtless celebration

    Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was stripped of the 3,000m steeplechase gold medal after performing a shirtless celebration down the final straight at the European Championships on Thursday. The Frenchman, well clear of the rest of the field, pulled...

  • Football news

    Franck Ribery should reconsider his decision to quit international football, French federation president Noel Le Graet said. “That kind of decision, for such a talented player, cannot be the fruit of an individual analysis and cannot be taken...

  • Sporting briefs

    Rekik: Defender Karim Rekik has had his loan from Manchester City to PSV Eindhoven extended for another season. The 19-year-old played 25 games for PSV last season and was one of 30 players pre-selected for the World Cup by Netherlands coach Louis...

  • Suarez takes part in Barca training

    Suarez takes part in Barca training

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday morning after the Court of Arbitration for Sport relaxed the "excessive" elements of his four-month ban. The 27-year-old failed in his appeal to have the...

  • Suarez biting bans upheld but he can train with Barca

    Suarez biting bans upheld but he can train with Barca

    Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona. CAS said in a statement...

  • Legia lose appeal against elimination

    Polish champions Legia Warsaw have lost an appeal to UEFA against their elimination from the Champions League after they fielded a suspended player against Celtic, the club’s co-owner Dariusz Mioduski said yesterday. “Having UEFA overturn its...

  • Bayern Munich’s Martinez out for rest of year

    Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez will undergo surgery and is out for the rest of the year after tearing cruciate ligaments in his left knee in Wednesday’s German Super Cup defeat by Borussia Dortmund. The holding midfielder will fly to the United...

  • San Lorenzo lift their first Libertadores Cup

    San Lorenzo lift their first Libertadores Cup

    Nestor Ortigoza scored the most important penalty in San Lorenzo’s 106-year history as the Argentine side won South America’s Libertadores Cup for the first time with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Paraguay’s Nacional on Wednesday. Midfielder...

  • United travel to MK Dons in League Cup

    Manchester United will travel to third-tier MK Dons in the League Cup second round, the first time they have been involved at this stage of the competition for 19 years. Manchester United finished seventh in the Premier League last season, missing...

  • Conte lands Azzurri job

    Conte lands Azzurri job

    Antonio Conte has been confirmed as the new head coach of the Italy national team. The former Juventus boss, who left the Bianconeri in July, was announced as Cesare Prandelli’s long-term replacement by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC)...

  • Ticos soar to high placing in world list

    Ticos soar to high placing in world list

    One month on from the World Cup finals in Brazil, there is only one small change within the top 14 positions of the FIFA world rankings issued yesterday. World champions Germany continue to lead the way ahead of Argentina and the Netherlands, but...

  • Qormi chief eyes step up in class

    Qormi chief eyes step up in class

    Qormi FC have high hopes that the 2014-15 season could see them making a step up in class after wholesale changes this summer. The Yellow-Blacks are presenting themselves for the upcoming campaign with a new technical staff spearheaded by coach...

  • Azzopardi at UEFA summer gathering

    Azzopardi at UEFA summer gathering

    Esther Azzopardi is currently in Nyon, Switzerland, where she is attending a three-day annual summer gathering for top European referees organised by UEFA in preparation for the upcoming 2014/15 season. The summer gathering, which comes to a close...

  • Football news

    Southampton have signed Ireland striker Shane Long from Hull City and Steaua Bucharest defender Florin Gardos. Gardos, a centre-back capped 12 times by Romania, joined Long at the south-coast club as new Saints manager Ronald Koeman attempts to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Van Buyten: Veteran Belgium defender Daniel van Buyten an-nounced his retirement yesterday, ending speculation he was to join champions Anderlecht. The 36-year-old came to the end of his contract with Bayern Munich in June and although he held...

  • Otters win in game of alternating fortunes

    A match of several sharp twists resulting in fluctuating fortunes went the way of Otters Nivea after a clearcut win over Ta’ Xbiex Amigos in yesterday’s only fixture at Tal-Qroqq. Besides avenging last Saturday’s 9-7 defeat at the hands of the...