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  • Iniesta craving captaincy

    Iniesta craving captaincy

    Andres Iniesta has admitted that being named Barcelona captain would be the realisation of a “lifelong dream”. The 30-year-old midfielder is in the frame for the skipper’s role following the retirement of Carles Puyol and the departure of Victor...

  • Moroni, Krupenina prevail in VLTC finals

    Moroni, Krupenina prevail in VLTC finals

    The European Tournament for Under-14 players, sponsored by Kettle Chips and played at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC), came to a close recently. There was a high level of com-petition in most of the decisive matches with Italy’s Filippo...

  • Mexico back on the F1 calendar in 2015

    Mexico is to return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2015 after a 23-year absence, Alejandro Soberon, president of live events company CIE, confirmed. “Start your engines, F1 will return to Mexico next year,” Soberon was quoted as saying on the BBC’s...

  • Nibali all but seals Tour win

    Nibali all but seals Tour win

    Vincenzo Nibali proved once again he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France when he powered to victory in the final mountain stage yesterday, all but securing his maiden title in impressive fashion. The Italian, looking to become the sixth...

  • RFEF chief defends Del Bosque stay

    Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar has defended the decision to allow Vicente del Bosque to continue in charge of the Spanish national team. Del Bosque announced last week that he and the RFEF had agreed he would see...

  • Sports round-up

    Badminton: Shuttler Parupalli Kashyap has his sights set on one of Glasgow’s many karaoke bars should he win gold for India at the Commonwealth Games. The 27-year-old, who competes in the men’s singles and mixed team badminton events, says he...

  • Brazil striker Fred returns to Shakhtar

    Brazil striker Fred has returned to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, the club said yesterday, adding that they also expect his compatriot Ismaily to follow him back shortly. The two Brazilians were among six South Americans who refused to...

  • Veteran Lampard joins New York City on two-year contract

    Veteran Lampard joins New York City on two-year contract

    Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has signed for new Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City FC on a two-year contract, the team said yesterday. Lampard became New York’s second major signing following the arrival of ex-Barcelona and...

  • Japan name ex-Mexico boss Aguirre as coach

    Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre has been appointed to manage Japan’s national team replacing Alberto Zaccheroni. The 55-year-old Aguirre, who coached Mexico at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and was in charge of Espanyol last season, will go to...

  • Van Gaal hails United display after 7-0 win

    Van Gaal hails United display after 7-0 win

    Louis van Gaal hailed his “fantastic” players as he began his reign as Manchester United manager with a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and debutant Reece James all scored twice, and Danny Welbeck also found the net...

  • I’m not heading to PSG, says former Juve coach Conte

    Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte has dismissed reports that he is set to replace Laurent Blanc as coach of Paris Saint-Germain, saying that the stories are “devoid of any truth”. “I learned in a newspaper, while I was on holiday, that there...

  • Rule changes required to attract better players, investors – sponsor

    Rule changes required to attract better players, investors – sponsor

    The image of Maltese football has taken a blow after the national team’s shock 1-0 defeat to Gibraltar in a friendly last month and local clubs failed to provide a much-needed boost in Europe after falling by the wayside at the first hurdle. In...

  • Football news

    Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang was sentenced to three years in jail yesterday after being found guilty of bribing three Lebanese referees with prostitutes to fix an Asian Football Cup match in April 2013. Last year, FIFA referee Ali...

  • Sporting briefs

    Piazon: Eintracht Frankfurt have signed midfielder Lucas Piazon on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The versatile Brazilian has found it difficult to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2012 and spent last season on...

  • Europa League results

      1st leg 2nd leg Agg. Shakhter Karagandy vs Klaipedos Atlantas 0-0 3-0 3-0 Hapoel Beer Sheva vs RNK Split 1-2 0-0 1-2 Myllykosken Pallo-47 vs Dinamo Minsk 0-3 0-0 0-3 Omonia Nicosia vs Buducnost Podgorica 2-0 0-0 2-0 FC Krasnodar vs JK...

  • Queen declares Games open

    Queen declares Games open

    The Queen formally declared the 20th Commonwealth Games open following a colourful ceremony at Glasgow's Celtic Park. The head of the Commonwealth spoke of the "bonds that unite" the 71 nations and territories when she delivered her message which...

  • English FA chief calls for thorough reform at FIFA

    English FA chief calls for thorough reform at FIFA

    Greg Dyke says the Football Association will not bid to host any FIFA tournaments while Sepp Blatter is still president but insists England will remain a member of the organisation. The FA chairman gave evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport...

  • Barcelona sign defender Mathieu from Valencia

    Barcelona sign defender Mathieu from Valencia

    Valencia’s French defender Jeremy Mathieu joined Bar-celona for a fee of €20 million, the Catalan club said yesterday. “Mathieu will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next four seasons plus a further op-tional,” Barca said in a...

  • Rijeka deny Man. City racism claims after Fofana red card

    Croatian club HNK Rijeka have strenuously denied any of their players racially abused Manchester City’s Seko Fofana in a friendly. City’s elite development squad coach Patrick Vieira took his team off the pitch when the 19-year-old French...

  • Loew to lead Germany to Euro 2016

    Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said yesterday. Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said...