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  • Contador back in pink with sparkling time trial display

    Contador back in pink with sparkling time trial display

    Alberto Contador (picture, right) took a commanding lead in the Giro d’Italia yesterday with a strong performance in the 14th stage, a 59.4-km individual time trial won by Vasil Kiryienka, of Belarus. After losing the pink jersey to Italian Fabio...

  • Sporting briefs

    Keane: Robbie Keane’s return to action after seven weeks out with a groin injury inspired Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory over Houston Dynamo on Friday night. The veteran Ireland captain set up Alan Gordon for a second-half...

  • Sports round-up

    Golf: Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez set a European Tour record for career holes-in-one during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday. The 51-year-old went to eight-under-par for the tournament, two behind joint leaders...

  • Updated: Britos off for head-butt as Napoli's Champions League hopes fade

    Updated: Britos off for head-butt as Napoli's Champions League hopes fade

    (Adds Genoa v Inter) Defender Miguel Britos was sent off for head-butting an opponent as Napoli lost 3-1 at champions Juventus, all but ending their hopes of Champions League football next season. Roberto Mancini's Inter will finish outside the...

  • Former Juventus striker Miccoli at National Stadium

    Former Juventus striker Miccoli at National Stadium

    The excitement is building up at the National Stadium ahead of the FA Trophy final between champions Hibernians and Birkirkara which kicks off at 5pm. Hundreds of flag-waving fans of the two teams have already made their way to the stadium amid...

  • Birkirkara floor champs to win FA Trophy

    Birkirkara floor champs to win FA Trophy

    Hibernians - 0 Birkirkara - 2 Birkirkara produced a brilliant performance to see off champions Hibernians in the final of the FA Trophy. Goals from Argentine defender Mauricio Mazzetti and Brazilian forward Rafael Ledesma earned Birkirkara a...

  • Hamilton on pole for Monaco Grand Prix

    Hamilton on pole for Monaco Grand Prix

    Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took the first Monaco Grand Prix pole position of his career today to deny Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg a hat-trick. Rosberg, winner from pole for the past two years in the principality, qualified...

  • Hibs on double mission

    Hibs on double mission

    The four men on the panel did their best to emphasise the respect that exists between the clubs they represent. Hibernians talisman Andrew Cohen and Paul Fenech, the Bir-kirkara captain, espoused the notion that their teams have been the best this...

  • Gaucci keen to hand coaching job to Luis Oliveira

    Former Belgium international Luis Oliveira has emerged as one of the leading candidates to take over as coach of Premier League club Floriana. The Greens are searching for a new coach after Italian Giovanni Tedesco quit his post earlier this...

  • Chelsea’s Mourinho is manager of the year

    Chelsea’s Mourinho is manager of the year

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been named Premier League manager of the season. Mourinho guided Chelsea to their first Premier League title in five years earlier this month which completed a domestic double, the Blues having beaten Tottenham in...

  • Sterling will see out contract – Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his contract despite claims made by the winger’s agent that the England international will snub any new deal. Sterling’s future has been the subject of...

  • Difficult for Hull to survive

    Difficult for Hull to survive

    The fate of Hull City in the English Premier League will be decided on the final day of the season tomorrow, when they host Manchester United at the KC Stadium. The Tigers must beat the Red Devils and hope Newcastle fail to have the better of West...

  • I want to continue at Real , Ancelotti says

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will discuss his future with the club after today’s final La Liga game at home to Getafe and said he wants to stay on despite a season without a major trophy. Speculation that Real president Florentino Perez is...

  • Modest goals set for Iceland

    Modest goals set for Iceland

    The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) has modest expectations for the 2015 Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) as the local governing body for elite sport yesterday named the contingent of athletes that will be competing in Reykjavik between...

  • Button unsure what Monaco weekend holds

    A day of disruption means Jenson Button is unable to predict a change in fortunes for McLaren at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. The streets of Monte Carlo evoke so many good memories for the team, whose 15 successes here make them the most...

  • Roma and Lazio vie for second spot

    Roma and Lazio vie for second spot

    All eyes will be on the Stadio Olimpico in the penultimate round of Serie A when Lazio host Roma in a game that could decide second place. Roma are second in the standings but just one point clear of third-placed Lazio. The side that does finish...

  • France beat Germany in U-17 final

    France won the UEFA U-17 Championship for the second time by overpowering Germany 4-1 helped by Odsonne Edouard’s hat-trick in an entertaining final in the Bulgarian city of Burgas, yesterday. France, who also triumphed in 2004, went ahead just...

  • Sprinter Wingfield leads new GSSE generation

    Sprinter Wingfield leads new GSSE generation

    The list of athletes for the upcoming Iceland GSSE, issued yesterday, features a number of new faces and others who are making a return to the Games. The MOC has drawn up a list of 58 in 10 different sports – athletics, basketball (women), beach...

  • Prince Ali makes World Cup proposal

    The sole remaining challenger to Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency has promised to increase the number of World Cup finals places from 32 to 36 in time for the 2018 World Cup if he wins next week’s election. Prince Ali Bin al Hussein also...

  • Contador loses lead after crash

    Contador loses lead after crash

    Alberto Contador lost the Giro d’Italia overall leader’s pink jersey to Italian Fabio Aru after being involved in a crash in the finale of the 13th stage yesterday. The Spaniard, looking to become the first rider to win the Giro and the Tour de...