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  • Mourinho’s United begin China tour with 4-1 defeat to Borussia

    Mourinho’s United begin China tour with 4-1 defeat to Borussia

    Jose Mourinho tasted defeat as Manchester United manager for the first time yesterday as Borussia Dortmund comprehensively won their friendly match on a hot and humid evening in China. The International Champions Cup clash was the first real test...

  • Sports round-up

    Boxing: Former British light welterweight champion Des Rea has died at the age of 72. Rea, born in Belfast, became the first man to win the Lonsdale Belt in his weight category when he beat Vic Andreetti in 1968 and also fought for the European...

  • Spurs push fades as Flores gets sack

    Spurs push fades as Flores gets sack

    Tottenham were the main challengers to champions Leicester City last season but they became erratic in the straight for home and had to settle for third place. Spurs’ forward line was great to watch last season but, perhaps, the biggest asset for...

  • Football news

    Arsenal have completed the signing of defender Rob Holding on a long-term contract from third tier Bolton Wanderers. The 20-year-old made 30 appearances last season as Bolton were relegated from the championship. British media reported that...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ibra: New Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed the number nine shirt for the forthcoming season – relegating previous incumbent Anthony Martial to no.11. The Swede be-comes the third player to wear that number in the last three...

  • Rosberg fastest in practice as Hamilton crashes

    Rosberg fastest in practice as Hamilton crashes

    Nico Rosberg ended the opening day of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix fastest after Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton crashed out this afternoon. The world championship leader, fresh from signing a two-year contract...

  • Allardyce appointed England manager

    Sam Allardyce has been named England manager on a two-year contract, the Football Association said in a statement today. Allardyce, in charge at Sunderland since October, will replace Roy Hodgson, who quit as England manager following the...

  • 'I want to run against clean athletes' - Mo Farah talks Russia doping ban

    'I want to run against clean athletes' - Mo Farah talks Russia doping ban

    Olympic champion Mo Farah said today he only wants to run against 'clean athletes' in response to the ban on Russia for doping. "As I said, as an athlete, I just have to concentrate on my sport and all I want to do is be able to run against clean...

  • Birkirkara team returns, players 'living a dream'

    Birkirkara team returns, players 'living a dream'

    The Birkirkara FC squad received a warm welcome from a small crowd of supporters this morning when it returned from Scotland after its historic qualification to the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Birkirkara yesterday beat Hearts 2-1...

  • Rosberg signs deal to stay at Mercedes until 2018

    Rosberg signs deal to stay at Mercedes until 2018

    Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg has signed a new contract that will keep him at Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton until the end of the 2018 season. The team tweeted video of the 31-year-old German, runner up to Briton Hamilton in the...

  • Midfielder Goetze back to Dortmund from Bayern

    Midfielder Goetze back to Dortmund from Bayern

    Germany midfielder Mario Goetze has rejoined his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal from Bayern Munich, the Ruhr valley club said on their website yesterday. Goetze won two Bundesliga titles at Borussia Dortmund before joining...

  • Title-starved Lazio hope to be crowned champions – of 1915

    Lazio are hoping they will soon be crowned Italian champions for a third time – by winning the title for the 1914/15 season, which was interrupted by World War One. After more than 30,000 Lazio supporters signed a petition, the Italian football...

  • Pogba fits the profile but United have other options

    Pogba fits the profile but United have other options

    Paul Pogba is one of three midfield transfer options Jose Mourinho is considering as the Manchester United manager looks to complete his squad. Four years on from departing Old Trafford without making a first-team start, the 23-year-old is being...

  • Juventus sign Croatian Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb

    Juventus have signed Croatia winger Marko Pjaca from Dinamo Zagreb, the Serie A champions have announced, yesterday. The 21-year-old, who made three appearances for his country at Euro 2016 and has 11 caps in all, has signed a five-year contract...

  • Walsh named new director of football at Everton

    Everton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their new director of football. Walsh arrives from Leicester having played a role in the club’s stunning Premier League title success last season. The 51-year-old, who has previously held...

  • Former Porto boss Lopetegui appointed Spain coach

    Former Porto boss Lopetegui appointed Spain coach

    Spanish football launched a new era with the appointment of 49-year-old former goalkeeper Julen Lopetegui to replace Vicente del Bosque as national team coach yesterday. After early exits from the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, the Spanish Football...

  • Football news

    Chinese group Fosun International have completed their £45 million takeover of Wolves, the club have announced. The Championship side have been up for sale since 2015 and Fosun will pump up to £30 million into the club over the next two years as...

  • MOC defends its stance in Games selection process

    MOC defends its stance in Games selection process

    The Maltese Olympic Committee (MOC) mounted a strong defence of its selection policies for the Olympic Games during a media conference to announce the team for the trip to Rio at the headquarters in Tal-Qroqq, yesterday. Seven athletes, from four...

  • Sporting briefs

    Dja Djedje: Marseille defender Brice Dja Djedje claims he has signed for Watford. The Ivory Coast international told L’Equipe he would be moving to the Premier League in a reported £4 million four-year deal. Dja Djedje said: “I had other...

  • Under-18 girls clinch bronze

    Under-18 girls clinch bronze

    Women’s basketball in Malta savoured another good dose of success on the international scene a few days ago with the bronze medal won by the Under-18 girls’ team to complement the title claimed by their senior peers in the FIBA European...