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  • Africa Cup impact keenly felt by clubs in Europe

    Africa Cup impact keenly felt by clubs in Europe

    The impact of the African Nations Cup on clubs in Europe is again likely to be keenly felt over the next weeks with teams losing significant players to the tournament in Gabon, which gets under way on Saturday. Clubs in England and France have...

  • Barcelona must use common sense over Messi contract – CEO

    Barcelona must use common sense over Messi contract – CEO

    Barcelona’s hopes of offering talisman and all-time top scorer Lionel Messi an improved contract face a stumbling block because of the expenditure caps imposed by La Liga, the Spanish champions’ CEO Oscar Grau said yesterday. While Messi’s feted...

  • Ronaldo, Modric rested for King’s Cup game at Sevilla

    Real Madrid have rested Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric for today’s King’s Cup last 16, second leg at Sevilla but captain Sergio Ramos is back after injury, the club said yesterday. With Real winning last week’s first leg 3-0, coach Zinedine...

  • Sliema’s 1948 visit to Sicily

    Sliema’s 1948 visit to Sicily

    Before the 1960s contacts between Maltese clubs and foreign teams were not frequent. There was, of course, the Christmas Tourney but this was restricted to three or four matches for each tournament. It was, therefore, the custom for Maltese clubs...

  • Partizan handed ban by UEFA over unpaid debts

    Partizan Belgrade have been banned from European club competition for one of the next three seasons over unpaid debts, UEFA has announced. The ban means the Serbian club, who last won the domestic league in 2015, will be precluded from playing in...

  • Stripes and Sliema conduct Temile-Muir swap deal talks

    Stripes and Sliema conduct Temile-Muir swap deal talks

    Birkirkara and Sliema Wanderers are in advanced talks over a swap deal in-volving Frank Temile and Gary Muir. The Blues are currently looking to bring in a forward following the departure of Milos Galin. The Serb was released by the Wanderers...

  • Midfielder Kristensen banned for Hibernians

    Hibernians will be without Bjorn Kristensen for next Sunday’s important BOV Premier League match against Floriana as yesterday the Malta midfielder was handed a one-match ban by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner. Kristensen incurred his...

  • Second-half goals see Reds through

    Second-half goals see Reds through

    Nadur Youngsters 0Hamrun Spartans 2J. Grech 49, 90; Ħamrun Spartans booked their place in the last 16 of the FA Trophy following a 2-0 win over Nadur Youngsters last night. In the Fourth Round, Ħamrun play First Division side Mqabba, next...

  • Injury blow for Swansea as Taylor fractures cheekbone

    Swansea City have been dealt a blow in their English Premier League survival fight with the news Wales international Neil Taylor has fractured his cheekbone. The struggling Swans revealed the 27-year-old suffered the injury in training yesterday...

  • England women’s record scorer Smith hangs up her boots

    England women’s record scorer Smith hangs up her boots

    England women’s record goalscorer Kelly Smith has announced her retirement from football. Arsenal Ladies striker Smith, who scored 46 goals in 117 appearances for England, announced the news on her website and said she would be taking up a...

  • Crowds flock to Ta’ Qali for the Demolition Derby

    Crowds flock to Ta’ Qali for the Demolition Derby

    Competition at the circuit in Ta’ Qali returned with a bang on Sunday at the Assoccjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK) decided to wrap up the day’s programme of racing with the Demolition Derby. The popular charity race, where the last car...

  • Football news

    Manchester City have announced midfielder Manu Garcia has joined Dutch side NAC Breda on loan until the end of the season. News of the 19-year-old Spaniard’s switch comes a day after Alaves, who he had joined in August on a season-long loan,...

  • Falcons come up just short in rally

    Falcons come up just short in rally

    Kavallieri 26Falcons 24 Katka Vrbacka struck early in this women’s Sevens League match at Marsa last weekend to put Falcons seven points ahead after she broke through a strung-out defence on halfway and then converted her own try. However, Amanda...

  • ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs to challenge unbeaten Golovkin

    Undefeated middleweight slugger Gennady Golovkin will put four world championship belts on the line March 18 against WBA champion Daniel Jacobs, who said that he relished another chance to beat the odds. Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, is 36-0 with 33...

  • Sporting briefs

    Makelele: Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has been appointed assistant coach at Swansea City. The 43-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season to link up again with the club’s new coach Paul Clement. Makelele worked with...

  • Sports round-up

    Tennis: Romanian Alexandru-Daniel Carpen has been banned from playing professional tennis for life after admitting to match-fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said. The 30-year-old, who reached a career-high singles ranking of 1,088 in...

  • Liverpool lose to Southampton

    Liverpool lose to Southampton

    Southampton head to Liverpool in the driving seat after Nathan Redmond's strike secured a narrow victory in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg. Jurgen Klopp's men finished runners-up in the competition last season and return to Anfield needing to...

  • January transfers could be key to successful season

    January transfers could be key to successful season

    In his meeting with the media on the eve of the home match against Bologna last week, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said in principal he was against the January transfer window because it creates instability and distracts players from giving...

  • Clubs’ association ‘not in favour’ of added participants in WCup finals

    Clubs’ association ‘not in favour’ of added participants in WCup finals

    An association comprising some of the top clubs in Europe has criticised the FIFA Council’s backing for an expanded 48-team World Cup. It was confirmed yesterday that FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s idea to increase the number of participating...

  • John Terry handed one-match ban after red card appeal fails

    John Terry will serve a one-match ban after Chelsea’s appeal against his sending off in the FA Cup tie against Peterborough was rejected. Defender Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in October and first appearance...