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  • Russia backs Infantino to succeed Blatter

    Gianni Infantino has won the backing of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and perhaps more importantly from Russia for the election for the FIFA presidency. Infantino is one of five candidates standing to succeed Sepp Blatter in...

  • Freedom of expression helps Old Trafford find its voice

    Freedom of expression helps Old Trafford find its voice

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal appeared to need the sword of Damocles hanging over his head before he resorted to adopting the traditional fluid attacking style that served the team well in an impressive 3-0 win over Stoke City on...

  • Prosecutors accuse Neymar, father in tax evasion scheme

    Brazilian prosecutors filed a formal complaint against Neymar and his father on Tuesday for tax evasion and providing false information. Two former presidents of Spanish club Barcelona, Alexandre Rosell Feliu and Josep Maria Bartomeu Floresta,...

  • I have nothing to prove at Palace, says Adebayor

    Crystal Palace’s new signing Emmanuel Adebayor said he has nothing to prove and does not deserve a reputation of being a disruptive influence in the dressing room. The Togo striker, who joined his fourth Premier League club last week, made his...

  • Gauci – a pillar in the City defence

    Gauci – a pillar in the City defence

    Vincent Gauci was born in Valletta on August 8, 1945. Like many boys of his era, he learned his football in the streets. However, he first showed his potential at Stella Maris College. At the college, Gauci was in good company. There, he joined up...

  • Football news

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side are playing catch-up in the Premier League title race after Tuesday’s goalless draw with Southampton left them five points behind leaders Leicester City with 14 games remaining. A four-game winless...

  • Sporting briefs

    Falcao: Radamel Falcao has been omitted from Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the remainder of the season, but new signing Alexandre Pato is included. The Blues yesterday released their squad lists for the rest of the campaign, following...

  • MTF unfurls plans to build National Centre

    MTF unfurls plans to build National Centre

    The Malta Tennis Federation (MTF) marked its 50th anniversary during the governing body’s Annual General Meeting held at the Excelsior Hotel last week. Four former presidents of the federation and one of its founding members, Oswald Tanti, were...

  • Overseas competitions boost squad performances

    Our swimmers engaged in last month’s 5th ASA Age-Group Swimming Meeting at Tal-Qroqq National Swimming Complex may not have had an auspicious start to the year. There were only a few notable results but no junior or national records were set. Only...

  • Federer sidelined after undergoing knee surgery

    Roger Federer will be out of action for up to a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in Switzerland to repair a torn meniscus, his agent at TEAM8 Tony Godsick told Reuters yesterday. The 17-times grand slam champion suffered the injury...

  • Sports round-up

    Basket, NBA: Toronto guard Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan had 22 as the Raptors spoiled Phoenix interim coach Earl Watson’s debut in a 104-97 victory over the Suns on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “We knew they would come...

  • Magnussen returns in new-look Renault F1 team

    Magnussen returns in new-look Renault F1 team

    Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at the launch yesterday of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor. Magnussen, whose F1 career appeared to have...

  • Serie A summaries

    Serie A summaries

     Verona 2 Luca Siligardi 42, Giampaolo Pazzini 83Atalanta Bergamo 1 Andrea Conti 30Red Card: Boukary Drame 54Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 18,000- - -Sampdoria 2 Luis Muriel 66, Roberto Soriano 84Torino 2 Andrea Belotti 71,90+4Halftime:...

  • Chelsea held to goalless stalemate by Watford

    Chelsea held to goalless stalemate by Watford

    Watford put the brakes on Chelsea's resurgence by holding the champions to a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road today. Chelsea, who remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink took over from Jose Mourinho in December, were unable to find a way through a rock-solid...

  • Juventus midfielder Khedira out for 2-3 weeks

    Juventus midfielder Khedira out for 2-3 weeks

    Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will be sidelined for two to three weeks after medical tests revealed a muscle tear in his right thigh, the Serie A club said on their website (www.juventus.it). The German international missed the first two months...

  • Mifsud gets one-match ban over Barbetti incident

    Mifsud gets one-match ban over Barbetti incident

    Valletta striker Michael Mifsud has been suspended for one match for barging into Pembroke Athleta midfielder Paltemio Barbetti who also received a one-match ban for his sending-off in the same incident. Mifsud's charge on Barbetti in the second...

  • FA trophy quarter-final draw

    Balzan vs Tarxien Sliema Wanderers vs St Andrew's Pembroke Athleta vs Pieta Hotspurs Birkirkara vs Floriana Ties to be played on April 19-20.

  • Malta U-16 to play mini-tournament

    Malta U-16 to play mini-tournament

    The Maltese U-16 girls side will be playing in a mini-tournament over the coming days with the participation of three other teams from the UEFA fold – Liechtenstein, Austria and Azerbaijan. National coach Dorianne Theuma has selected her players...

  • Messi will not play at Olympics, says Argentina coach

    Lionel Messi will not chase a second Olympic soccer gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said. Martino added he did not want the Barca forward, who will captain Argentina at the Centennial Copa America...

  • Lawmakers to vote on video-replay trial

    Lawmakers to vote on video-replay trial

    The football world may begin live trials of video replays to help referees decide on questionable goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity, with the sport’s lawmakers set to vote on the move on March 5. Germany and Brazil have...