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  • Maltese ref for semi-final

    UEFA has appointed Maltese FIFA Referee Esther Azzopardi as the referee of the Under 19 semi-final between Group B winners Germany and Group A runners-up Sweden, being played today.  She will be assisted by FIFA assistant referees Biljana...

  • Penalty heartache for Birkirkara

    Penalty heartache for Birkirkara

    Birkirkara 1Miccoli 15;West Ham United 0 (AET; West Ham win 5-3 on pens) On a momentous night for Maltese football, Birkirkara came tantalisingly close to achieving the impossible dream only to see their hopes fizzle out in the most dramatic and...

  • Maltese team for Los Angeles World Games

    Maltese team for Los Angeles World Games

    Twenty-two athletes, from six different sport, will represent Malta in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles starting tomorrow. They will compete in athletics, aquatics, bowling, bocce, gymnastics and table tennis. The delegation...

  • Bayern confirm deal to sign Vidal

    Bayern confirm deal to sign Vidal

    Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with Italy’s Juventus to sign Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal, the German club’s CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge confirmed yesterday. “I can confirm that we have with both parties, Juventus and the...

  • The head says Hamilton but watch out for the Finns

    The head says Hamilton but watch out for the Finns

    The head says Lewis Hamilton but those willing to take a more adventurous punt might fancy the chances of Valtteri Bottas or Kimi Raikkonen as Formula One regroups in Hungary with a heavy heart this weekend. Hamilton, winner at the Hungaroring...

  • Ramos ‘100 per cent committed’ to Real Madrid, says Benitez

    Real Madrid captain and centre-back Sergio Ramos is “100 per cent committed” to the club, new coach Rafa Benitez said yesterday, amid continued speculation the Spain defender could be on his way to Manchester United. The English Premier League...

  • Large fleet expected for 36th Rolex MSR

    Large fleet expected for 36th Rolex MSR

    With less than three months to go, the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) is anticipating another large fleet for the 36th Rolex Middle Sea Race next October. Entries for the 606-nautical mile race are flowing in nicely with over 50 boats from 18...

  • Croatia docked point, fined for swastika symbol

    Croatia have been deducted one point, ordered to play two matches behind closed doors and fined by UEFA after a swastika was imprinted on the pitch before last month’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy. The swastika became visible during the match...

  • Bardet earns France second stage win

    Bardet earns France second stage win

    Romain Bardet gave France a second win in this year’s Tour de France as he showed his amazing descending skills to clinch the 18th stage yesterday. The AG2r-La Mondiale rider, sixth overall in the Tour last year, timed his attack perfectly near...

  • Serbian FA investigate alleged match-fixing

    The Serbian Football Association (FSS) has opened an investigation following reports that a first division match between Red Star Belgrade and city rivals OFK was rigged. Visiting Red Star, the 1991 European Cup winners, won the game 6-2 after...

  • Football news

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho sprung to the defence of new goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after the Bosnian conceded four goals against the New York Red Bulls after coming on as a half-time substitute in a friendly on Wednesday. Begovic, signed from Stoke...

  • Ainslie excited by challenge

    Sir Ben Ainslie is excited by Land Rover BAR’s first competitive step in their America’s Cup journey, but knows just how much work remains if they are to become the first British challenger to bring home the auld mug. International sport’s oldest...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ludogorets: Ludogorets coach Bruno Ribeiro can breathe easy after receiving the backing of Bulgarian champions despite growing criticism over the club’s dreadful start to the new season. The Razgrad-based side were beaten by 10-men Moldovian...

  • Beating pain in Malta’s name

    Beating pain in Malta’s name

    Top athletes are perceived as symbols of health, yet few are ever free of injury. Giselle Camilleri, a silver medallist at the 2015 GSSE who resides in France, has had a long battle with injury this year and on the eve of 2015, it looked as if...

  • Usain Bolt confident over fitness worries

    Usain Bolt insists he has no concerns about his fitness ahead of next month’s World Championships in Beijing. The world’s fastest man races for the first time in almost six weeks over 100 metres at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga and lock James Broadhurst will make their All Blacks debuts against South Africa tomorrow after being named in the starting side for the Rugby Championship test yesterday. Coach Steve Hansen continued his project...

  • Update 3 - Agony for Birkirkara as West Ham beat them in penalty shoot-out

    Update 3 - Agony for Birkirkara as West Ham beat them in penalty shoot-out

    BIRKIRKARA 1 WEST HAM - 0 West Ham qualify to the third round on penalties 5-3 Birkirkara produced a stunning performance to push West Ham all the way in their Europa League second round second leg clash at Ta'Qali tonight, but their hopes of...

  • Croatia deducted point, fined for swastika symbol

    Croatia deducted point, fined for swastika symbol

    Croatia have been deducted one point, ordered to play two matches behind closed doors and fined by UEFA after a swastika was imprinted on the pitch before last month's Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy. The swastika became visible during the...

  • Record crowd for tonight's Europa league match

    Record crowd for tonight's Europa league match

    Birkirkara FC president Adrian Delia has described the atmosphere at the club as “electrifying” ahead of tonight’s match against West Ham United. The team will be playing in front of a record crowd for a Uefa Europa league match with more than...

  • Stripes urged to push on

    Stripes urged to push on

    Birkirkara vs West Ham United still sounds like a gross mismatch, on paper at least, but coach Giovanni Tedesco is not ready to throw in the towel. Having seen his men battle bravely to restrict West Ham to a single goal in the first leg of their...