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  • Karate federation gradings

    A series of grading examinations, held recently at the Mġarr Karate Club, saw a group of martial artists elevated to higher levels in the rankings. Anthony Gauci is now a Black Belt second Dan while Jacob Camilleri, Matthew Rapa, Annabel Vella...

  • Platini avoids FIFA talk, says in last term as UEFA chief

    Michel Platini is in his final term as UEFA president regardless of whether he wins next year’s FIFA election, the Frenchman said in Monaco, yesterday. Platini declined to talk about his bid for the FIFA presidency in his first news conference...

  • German sailor treated for infections after Rio test event

    German sailor Erik Heil, who was third at the Rio Olympic test event this month, is being treated for several infections which he says were caused by the polluted waters during the sailing regatta there. The Brazilian metropolis will host the 2016...

  • Ajax, Celtic meet in group stage

    Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic, who both suffered the indignity of being knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by underdogs this season, will meet in the Europa League after being drawn together in the group stage in...

  • Sports round-up

    Motorcycling: Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in practice for tomorrow’s British GP. The Spaniard, who is bidding for fourth victory at Silverstone, yesterday posted a best lap of 2:02.238 seconds. Marc Marquez, the defending MotoGP...

  • Ex-FIFA official asks to live at home with pool tied to alleged bribe

    Ex-FIFA official asks to live at home with pool tied to alleged bribe

    A former high-ranking soccer official charged with soliciting bribes, including $500,000 that allegedly went to build a swimming pool at his house, wants to stay in that house near Atlanta while he awaits trial, his lawyer said. Jeffrey Webb, a...

  • Football news

    Paris SG will not sign any more players before the end of the transfer window while keeping the door ajar for Ezequiel Lavezzi to leave, club president Nasser al-Khelaifi said. “Layvin Kurzawa is our last recruit,” Al-Khelaifi said a day after the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Hojbjerg: Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has gone on loan to Schalke for the rest of the season in order to get more match practice. The 20-year-old Danish international, who has been at the club since 2012, has struggled to win a...

  • Controversial goal and three points for Hibs

    HIBERNIANS 2 Failla 13 pen, Dias 72  FLORIANA 1 Villa 60 pen  A controversial Marcelo Dias goal got Hibernians their first win as they triumphed 2-1 over Floriana. Andrew Cohen, having started from an offside position, latched onto the end of the...

  • Falcone’s strike sinks Wanderers

    Valletta are the only team with maximum points in the BOV Premier League after they edged Sliema Wanderers 1-0 at the National Stadium. The Citizens were the better side for much of the first half on 26 minutes they should have taken the lead.

  • Balzan beat Naxxar

    NAXXAR LIONS 0 BALZAN 2 Mensha 57 pen, Zarate 63 Godwin Mensha and Edison Bilbao struck after the break to help Balzan register their first win of the season in a hard-fought match. Naxxar Lions gave their opponents a real run for their money but...

  • Birkirkara held by resilient Tarxien Rainbows

    Birkirkara held by resilient Tarxien Rainbows

    Birkirkara were twice pegged by a resilient Tarxien Rainbows side in an entertaining match which finished in a two-all draw at the National Stadium. The Stripes took the lead inside the opening two minutes when from a corner-kick action, Fabrizio...

  • Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief

    Rebekah Brooks will return to Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corp as chief executive of its UK division, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Brooks is returning one year after being cleared of all charges related...

  • Maltese supporters meet Man U greats at Neville Neville funeral

    Maltese supporters meet Man U greats at Neville Neville funeral

    A number of Maltese yesterday attended the funeral of Neville Neville, father of ex-Manchester United stars Gary and Phil. The funeral was held in Manchester. Those present included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Sir Alex...

  • Chelsea pursuing China defender Zhang

    Chelsea have made an offer for China and Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, Chinese media reported. The Premier League champions sent a contract on Wednesday and hope to secure the 26-year-old right back before the summer transfer window...

  • Mourinho faces Porto clash

    Mourinho faces Porto clash

    Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is to meet one of his former clubs in the Champions League group stages while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take on Malmo, the club where the Swede began his career. Premier League winners Chelsea...

  • Messi best player in Europe

    Lionel Messi’s role in Bar-celona’s treble-winning 2014/15 campaign has been acknowledged with the Best Player in Europe Award – the second time the forward has been honoured in the accolade’s five-year history, uefa.com reported yesterday. The...

  • Blues to test City’s progress

    Blues to test City’s progress

    Valletta and Sliema Wanderers are treating their first meeting of the Premier League as an ideal test to gauge their potential as the two sides go head-to-head in tonight’s main match at the National Stadium. The Citizens and the Blues had a...

  • Hibs eye first win, Liliu back at Stripes

    Champions Hibernians will look to chalk up their first win of the season when they take on Floriana tonight. Last week, the Paolites were pegged back by Balzan at the death in a one-all draw so Branko Nisevic’s men will be keen to beat Floriana as...

  • Marseille land winger Lucas from Real

    Marseille have signed Real Madrid winger Lucas Silva on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old joined Real from Cruzeiro in January and made nine appearances last season, including starting against Schalke in the UEFA Champions League. He will be...