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  • Sporting briefs

    Busquets: Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets will sign a new five-year contract with the Spanish champions. A statement published on Barca’s official website said Busquets, 28, would commit his future to the Catalan club until June 30, 2021 by...

  • Tennis chiefs plan revamp of the Davis, Fed Cup finals

    Tennis chiefs plan revamp of the Davis, Fed Cup finals

    Tennis chiefs plan to adopt the American NFL’s Super Bowl model in future, by selecting fixed-venue cities in advance for their showcase Davis and Fed Cup finals. The switch away from one of the finalists hosting the decider is part of a broader...

  • Sports round-up

    Snooker: World number seven Neil Robertson suffered an early exit at the hands of Ryan Day (picture, right) at the Shanghai Masters, yesterday. Both players struggled to find their best form, however it was Day who managed to gain the upperhand in...

  • Juventus go top, Napoli frustrated at Genoa

    Juventus go top, Napoli frustrated at Genoa

    Champions Juventus returned to the top of Serie A with a 4-0 home rout of Cagliari, while former leaders Napoli dropped to second after being held to a goalless draw at Genoa. First-half efforts from Daniele Rugani, Gonzalo Higuain and Dani Alves...

  • Man City march on with League Cup win over Swansea

    Man City march on with League Cup win over Swansea

    Manchester City reached the fourth round of the League Cup with a 2-1 win over Swansea City as they continued their imperious start to the season under Pep Guardiola with a ninth straight win in all competitions. Holders City, who have won two of...

  • Determined Greens spoil Valletta's unbeaten start

    Determined Greens spoil Valletta's unbeaten start

    FLORIANA-2, VALLETTA-0 Floriana gained a much-needed boost after beating champions Valletta 2-0 in the first derby of the 2016/17 season. Although Valletta saw more of the ball, Floriana deserved their win as they were the most determined and...

  • St Andrew's hit three past low-key Sliema

    St Andrew's hit three past low-key Sliema

    ST ANDREW'S-3, SLIEMA WANDERERS-0 St Andrew's claimed arguably one of the best results in their history after inflicting a 3-0 defeat on neighbours Sliema Wanderers in today's opening BOV Premier League game at the National Stadium. Although the...

  • Milan legend Paolo Maldini in Malta to watch son play for Ħamrun

    Milan legend Paolo Maldini in Malta to watch son play for Ħamrun

      Milan legend Paolo Maldini arrived in Malta this afternoon on a flight from Linate. He is expected to be at the Hibernians Ground to watch tomorrow's Premier League game between Ħamrun Spartans and Tarxien Rainbows as his son Christian is...

  • City braced for Floriana backlash in derby duel

    City braced  for Floriana  backlash in derby duel

    If recent results are anything to go by, champions Valletta should be regarded as favourites to emerge victorious from their tiff with Floriana but they will be wary of the wounded Greens who will be going all out to put their season back on track...

  • Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite suspension

    Platini could receive UEFA compensation despite suspension

    Michel Platini could receive a pay-off from UEFA despite being banned from the game over a payment from ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2011. Both men were originally banned for eight years last December but that was reduced to six years by a...

  • Napoli’s strong start fuels title expectations

    Napoli’s  strong start  fuels title  expectations

    Last weekend, Napoli chalked up their third straight league win after beating Bologna 3-1 to go top of the Serie A for the first time this season as champions Juventus lost to Inter and Roma failed to clear a tough hurdle away at...

  • Maturing Icardi impresses Milito

    Maturing Icardi impresses Milito

    Diego Milito believes that Mauro Icardi has matured as a player and is now at the same level of Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain. Former Inter talisman Milito made his comments after watching his Argentine compatriot score one goal and set up...

  • City boss Guardiola demands an apology before Toure plays again

    Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure will not play for Manchester City again until the Premier League club receive an apology for comments made by his agent, manager Pep Guardiola said yesterday. “He must apologise. If he doesn’t, he won’t play,”...

  • Joey Barton under investigation over alleged Celtic bet

    Joey Barton under investigation over alleged Celtic bet

    Joey Barton is under investigation for allegedly breaking football betting rules, Press Association Sport reported yesterday. The controversial Rangers midfielder was banned from the club on Monday for three weeks after a training ground...

  • Saints trio for Vojvodina stint

    Saints trio for Vojvodina stint

    San Ġiljan ASC are in advanced talks with Serbian club Vojvodina over the transfer of three players for the coming European season, the Maltese club announced yesterday. San Ġiljan said Dino Zammit, Andrea Galea and Ben Plumpton, who helped the...

  • Sprinter Gay to compete in bobsleigh

    Sprinter Gay to compete in bobsleigh

    Former world 100 metres champion Tyson Gay will switch from the track to the ice this week when he competes in the USA Bobsled National Push Championships in Calgary. Gay, who won 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka...

  • Football news

    Jeremie Aliadiere has rejoined Lorient on a free transfer, the Ligue 1 club has confirmed. The 33-year-old former Arsenal, West Ham and Middlesbrough striker was a free agent after spending the last two years with Umm Salal in Qatar. Aliadiere...

  • Spiteri overcomes injury to qualify for 2017 Worlds

    Spiteri overcomes  injury to qualify for 2017 Worlds

    With a nagging calf injury sidelining Fabio Spiteri for most of the season, completing the Ironman 70.3 Rugen, in Germany, was a modest target the veteran endurance athlete had set himself earlier this month. In the end, Spiteri, who switched to...

  • Sporting briefs

    League Cup: Steven Naismith was applauded by all sides of Goodison Park after scoring the goal that sent Norwich on their way to a third-round League Cup upset at Everton, yesterday. The popular forward, who left Everton in January, put the...

  • Positive Hungary experience for Swieqi Phoenix girls

    Positive Hungary experience for Swieqi Phoenix girls

    Swieqi Phoenix recently participated in the 20th edition of the prestigious Eotvos Cup, an Under-20 volleyball tournament held annually in Debrecen, Hungary. “The Maltese girls, all members of the country’s leading volleyball nursery, last...