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  • Spain’s Alonso announces international retirement

    Spain’s Xabi Alonso has retired from international football, the World Cup and twice European Championship winning midfielder said yesterday. In a stellar career that spanned 11 years and 114 caps, since his debut against Ecuador in April 2003,...

  • English League Cup

    Second round resultsAston Villa vs Leyton Orient 0-1; Birmingham vs Sunderland 0-3; Bradford vs Leeds United 2-1; Burton Albion vs Queens Park Rangers 1-0; Stoke City vs Portsmouth 3-0. Third round drawChelsea vs Bolton Wanderers; Arsenal vs...

  • Farrugia halts Floriana march

    Farrugia halts Floriana march

    Slightly built and rather small, Leonard Farrugia did not fit well into the image of the traditional centre-forward. Yet, despite his small frame Farrugia developed into one of the deadliest Maltese goal-scorers of his era. What for many seemed to...

  • Hull City’s first experience in Europe

    Hull City’s first experience in Europe

    Manager Steve Bruce is currently guiding Hull City in the club’s first experience in Europe. Last week, in the Europa League play-offs first leg, the Tigers went down 1-0 to Lokeren in Belgium but they did well enough to suggest they can turn...

  • Football news

    Milan are hoping to acquire Chelsea pair Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel before the end of the summer transfer window. Milan club administrator Adriano Galliani has confirmed the outfit has made an official offer to Chelsea for 21-year-old...

  • Sporting briefs

    Scottish draw: League cup third round – Dundee vs Dundee United; Falkirk vs Rangers or Inverness; Ross County vs Hibernian; Kilmarnock vs St Johnstone; Aberdeen vs Livingston; Partick vs St Mirren; Celtic vs Hearts; Hamilton vs Motherwell. Ties to...

  • Neptunes beat Sliema to seal the title

    Neptunes beat Sliema to seal the title

    Neptunes Grimaldi made sure of a record fifth consecutive title and their 23rd in history with two matches to spare after beating Sliema Frank Salt in a tactical encounter which deservedly went the Reds’ way. This was Neptunes’ 10th win of the...

  • Teenager gatecrashes Serena and Federer party at US Open

    Teenager gatecrashes Serena and Federer party at US Open

    Despite boasting 34 grand slam singles titles between them, Serena Williams and Roger Federer were forced to share the spotlight with a 15-year-old at the US Open on Tuesday as all three advanced to the second round. American wild card Catherine...

  • Sports round-up

    Golf: Liberty National in New Jersey has been chosen to host the 2017 Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour has announced. The 11th edition of the biennial matchplay tournament – which sees the United States take on an international team without Europeans...

  • Darmanin’s late goal sinks Qormi

    Balzan were back to winning ways as Ryan Darmanin came off the bench to hand his team a dramatic 2-1 victory over Qormi at the National Stadium. The match turned out to be a lively affair with both teams creating several scoring...

  • Mosta beat Zebbug to go top with Birkirkara

    ZEBBUG RANGERS 0 MOSTA 2 Kaljevic 56 pen.; 73 Bojan Kaljevic struck twice in the second half to send Mosta at the top of the table with Birkirkara. Mosta enjoyed more possession early on, without extending the Zebbug defence. However, on 24...

  • Man United thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons in League Cup

    Man United thrashed 4-0 by MK Dons in League Cup

    Manchester United's early season problems were compounded by a humiliating 4-0 loss to third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round leaving new manager Louis van Gaal still looking for his first win. MK Dons' Will Grigg and...

  • Derby win lifts City and Agius

    Derby win lifts City and Agius

    Floriana 0Valletta 2Elford-Aliyu 64; Nafti 85; Valletta are finally off the mark as last night the champions needed two second-half goals to see off rivals Floriana and chalk up their first victory of the season. It was far from a comfortable...

  • Fenech maintains Stripes’ perfect start

    Birkirkara 1Fenech 90+;Naxxar Lions 0 Paul Fenech was the toast of the town yesterday as the battling midfielder hit a last-gasp goal that enabled Birkirkara to overcome a stubborn Naxxar side and maintain his team’s perfect start to the...

  • Rodgers confident over Balotelli move

    Rodgers confident over Balotelli move

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident he can get the best out of Mario Balotelli despite the player’s colourful past. The 24-year-old has returned to the Premier League after finalising his £16 million move from Milan and was at the...

  • England’s Lampard quits international football

    England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps. The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester...

  • United smash record in Di Maria signing

    United smash record in Di Maria signing

    Manchester United have smashed the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. United confirmed the signing of the Argentina winger yesterday evening after he completed a medical. United have paid £59.7 million for the former...

  • MK Dons pile pressure on Van Gaal

    Manchester United suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their long and proud history as MK Dons piled yet more misery on Louis van Gaal, last night. The new United boss, now without a win in three matches, watched on in misery as his...

  • Maribor end Celtic’s dream

    Celtic were denied a place in the Champions League group stages by plucky Slovenian champions Maribor, yesterday. The Glasgow giants had been given a second chance to reach the first-round proper of Europe’s top club competition after previous...

  • Results...

    English League CupSecond round: Bournemouth vs Northampton 3-0; Brentford vs Fulham 0-1; Burnley vs Sheff. Wed. 0-1; Crewe vs Bolton 2-3 aet; Derby vs Charlton 1-0; Gillingham vs Newcastle 0-1; Huddersfield vs N. Forest 0-2; Leicester vs...