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  • Merritt shines as Americas begin Continental Cup defence

    LaShawn Merritt romped to victory in the 400 metres at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech as the Americas opened the defence of the title they won four years ago. The American clocked 44.60 seconds for victory while compatriot Francena McCorory...

  • Dead balls killing Real Madrid – Casillas

    Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas admits his side need to quickly solve their problems in defending set-pieces after slumping to defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Atletico Madrid. Atletico’s opening goal in the 2-1 win at the Bernabeu came...

  • No joy for Malta as Xuereb loses bronze medal match

    No joy for Malta as Xuereb loses bronze medal match

    Nathan Lee Xuereb had high hopes of winning a medal at the ISSF World Championship junior double trap event after qualifying for the semi-finals in top spot but his optimism turned into disappointment as the young shooter went down to Russia’s...

  • Rossi wins while Marquez crashes

    Rossi wins while Marquez crashes

    Valentino Rossi returned to the top of the MotoGP podium with a home win at the San Marino Grand Prix yesterday while runaway world championship leader Marc Marquez suffered a rare spill and finished 15th. The victory at Misano, the eastern...

  • Football news

    Shinji Kagawa admitted it was difficult to describe how he was feeling after his fairy-tale return to Borussia Dortmund. The Japanese midfielder scored on his second debut for the club in a 3-1 win over Freiburg. The 25-year-old was given a hero’s...

  • Federer fires Switzerland into the Davis Cup final

    Federer fires Switzerland into the Davis Cup final

    Roger Federer secured Switzerland’s place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Geneva yesterday. Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled world...

  • Pacquiao fight, ‘let’s make it happen’ – Mayweather

    It took just minutes after Floyd Mayweather Jr had scored a dominant win over Argentine Marcos Maidana late Saturday before the undefeated welterweight champion faced the inevitable question. Will Manny Pacquiao be his next opponent? Still in the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Saviola: Javier Saviola is set to take centre stage if he makes his Serie A debut with Verona in today’s home game against Palermo. The former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Benfica forward will partner ex-Palermo striker Luca Toni in attack. “I can’t...

  • Zammit – 2014 player of the year

    San Ġiljan Allcare’s left-hander Matthew Zammit is the 2014 Waterpolo Player of the Year, the ASA announced. Zammit helped his team qualify for the Championship Pool in the BOV National League this summer. However, the Saints failed to produce a...

  • Sports round-up

    Snooker: Stuart Bingham won the second world ranking title of his career by thrashing Mark Allen 10-3 in the final of the Shanghai Masters, yesterday. Bingham outplayed his opponent in a one-sided final as Allen failed to reproduce the form which...

  • Hibs beat Valletta to maintain perfect start

    Hibs beat Valletta to maintain perfect start

    Hibernians maintained their perfect start to this season’s BOV Premier League when they scored two first half goals to see off champions Valletta 2-1 at the National Stadium. Hibernians made their intentions clear immediately and took just six...

  • United trounce QPR

    United trounce QPR

    Manchester United's stellar squad trounced QPR to hand Louis van Gaal his first win as manager. Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata all got on the scoresheet as Van Gaal's team of Galacticos hammered Harry Redknapp's...

  • Icardi hits hat-trick for Inter in seven-goal rout

    Icardi hits hat-trick for Inter in seven-goal rout

    Inter routed hapless Sassuolo 7-0 for the second season in a row today with Argentine striker Mauro Icardi grabbing a hat-trick and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo scoring twice. Rafael Benitez's problems at Napoli mounted as they lost 1-0 at home to modest...

  • Tarxien-Zebbug in six-goal thriller

    Tarxien-Zebbug in six-goal thriller

    Tarxien Rainbows threw away a two-goal  lead as Zebbug Rangers hit two second-half goals and gain their first point of the season in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the National Stadium. Tarxien were off to a flier and they surged ahead inside the opening...

  • It's a puzzle for beaten Liverpool without missing pieces

    It's a puzzle for beaten Liverpool without missing pieces

    Liverpool's 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa late yesterday was more than an early season setback - it raised the question of whether they have the strength in depth to cope with the dual challenge ahead of them this term. For the first time in four...

  • Vella rescues point for Naxxar

    Vella rescues point for Naxxar

    Naxxar Lions 1Vella 90;Mosta 1Bueno 56; Terence Vella was Naxxar’s hero yesterday as the striker, signed on loan from Birkirkara, rose off the bench to hit a last-gasp equaliser in the derby against Mosta. Leading through Daniel Mariano Bueno’s...

  • Guerrero spoils Stripes’ perfect start

    Balzan 3Mifsud Triganza 34, 60; Guerrero 90;Birkirkara 2Liliu 27, 42; Oscar Guerrero’s finish deep into stoppage time earned Balzan an unexpected last-gasp win over Birkirkara who will ruefully look back at their casual approach to the...

  • Two-goal Piciollo leads Floriana’s fightback

    Two-goal Piciollo leads Floriana’s fightback

    Pietà Hotspurs 1Xavier 32;Floriana 3Piciollo 50, 58; Samb 67; Football is a team game but this contest was defined by a one-man show. Surprisingly left on the bench by Floriana coach Giovanni Tedesco, Matteo Piciollo turned the game on its head...

  • Low-key encounter ends goalless

    Low-key encounter ends goalless

    Sliema Wanderers 0Qormi 0 A poor run of two draws and a defeat to the start of their championship campaign had cranked up the pressure on Sliema Wanderers before this match. Qormi were also looking to put behind them a negative run of two...

  • Costa downs Swansea as City draw at Arsenal

    Costa downs Swansea as City draw at Arsenal

    Chelsea’s Diego Costa continued his stunning start to life in the Premier League with a hat-trick in a 4-2 comeback win over Swansea City yesterday that left champions Manchester City staring up the table after a 2-2 draw at Arsenal. Costa, who...

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