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  • Third successive basketball triumph for Dream Team

    Third successive basketball triumph for Dream Team

    The United States won their third straight gold medal in men’s Olympic basketball, hammering Serbia 96-66 in the final at the Rio Games last night. It was a winning send-off for head coach Mike Krzyzewski in his final game with Team USA.

  • Sports round-up

    Olympics: Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, a fierce critic of a Russian track and field ban at the Rio Olympics, was elected an International Olympic Committee member yesterday but a third of the votes were against her. The...

  • Bacca hat-trick and Donnarumma save give Milan dramatic opening win

    Bacca hat-trick and Donnarumma save give Milan dramatic opening win

    Forward Carlos Bacca scored a hat-trick and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a last-gasp penalty to give AC Milan a dramatic 3-2 win over Torino in their Serie A opener today. The match at San Siro brought Milan face to face with Sinisa...

  • Rooney willingly gave penalty duties to Ibra, says Mourinho

    Rooney willingly gave penalty duties to Ibra, says Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho says Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has willingly passed penalty duties to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There was no debate about who would take the spot-kick when Luke Shaw tumbled in the box in Friday night’s 2-0 win over...

  • Rio rises to the occasion

    Rio rises to the occasion

    Despite the decidedly shaky run-up to the Rio Olympics, when nothing seemed to be going right for the Brazilian organisers, the games themselves have run relatively smoothly. Yes we’ve had some obvious organisational failures, not least of which...

  • Arise Sir Mo? Calls for Mo Farah to be knighted

    Arise Sir Mo? Calls for Mo Farah to be knighted

    There were calls for "double double" champion Mo Farah to be honoured with a knighthood after his starring role on a glittering night for Britain in Rio. Archbishop of York John Sentamu called on his Twitter followers to spread support for the...

  • Suarez treble and Messi brace lift six-goal Barcelona

    Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged two goals as Barcelona began their quest for a third straight La Liga title with a 6-2 rout of Real Betis yesterday. Arda Turan, whose two goals against Sevilla helped Barca lift the Spanish...

  • Celtic beat St Johnstone

    Celtic warmed up for their crucial Champions League play-off in midweek with a 4-2 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, yesterday. Striker Leigh Griffiths, celebrating his 26th birthday, opened the scoring with his sixth of the season before...

  • Germany take women’s title after beating Sweden 2-1

    Germany take women’s title after beating Sweden 2-1

    Germany won their first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football on Friday when they turned in a superior second half performance to beat Sweden 2-1 at the Maracana stadium in Rio. The no.2 ranked Germans scored two goals in the second half,...

  • Valletta sink Wattcell 9-3 to finish third

    Valletta completed their UEFA Futsal Cup Group F commitments in style after seeing off Wattcell United 9-3, in Ylivieska, Finland, yesterday. The Malta champions had lost their opening two matches in the group but made sure they signed off on a...

  • US men down Spain to reach basketball final

    US men down Spain to reach basketball final

    The United States continued their reign over Spain with a scrappy 82-76 win to put them through to the gold medal final of the men’s basketball tournament for a third straight Olympics. The Americans will ride a 24-game Olympic winning streak into...

  • Football news

    Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. The 23-year-old, who has made more than 100 appearances for the club, made his top-flight debut last weekend against Stoke City. Gibson said:...

  • Jorgensen claims triathlon title with perfect race

    Jorgensen claims triathlon title with perfect race

    Hot favourite Gwen Jorgensen produced the perfect race to win the Olympic women’s triathlon gold yesterday, the American unusually staying with her rivals on the bike before surging clear of defending champion Nicola Spirig-Hug on the...

  • GB hockey girls dethrone the Netherlands in Rio

    GB hockey girls dethrone the Netherlands in Rio

    Britain beat defending champions the Netherlands to take home their first Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey, winning 2-0 in a tense shoot-out following a hard-fought 3-3 draw. After topping the podium in Beijing and London, the Netherlands were...

  • Sporting briefs

    Bad tweet: Crystal Palace’s record signing Christian Benteke may not have endeared himself to his new employers after appearing confused as to which club he has joined. The Belgium striker mistakenly announced on Twitter that he had joined...

  • Sports round-up

    Badminton: China’s Chen Long stepped out of compatriot Lin Dan’s shadow to spoil Lee Chong Wei’s hopes of a golden Olympic Games swansong and win the men’s badminton title, yesterday. The Malaysian’s conqueror at successive World Championship...

  • Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil football gold medal

    Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil football gold medal

    Neymar delivered Brazil's first Olympic men's football gold medal on Saturday with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout victory over Germany after the sides had drawn 1-1 after extra-time in a thrilling game at the Maracana stadium. Neymar had...

  • Higuain scores winner for Juventus; Roma win

    Higuain scores winner for Juventus; Roma win

    Juventus launched their bid for a sixth successive league title after their record signing Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to grab a trademark winner in a 2-1 success over Fiorentina on the opening day of the Serie A season. In the new...

  • Balzan fend off spirited Mosta

    Balzan fend off spirited Mosta

    Balzan kicked off their league commitments with a highly-entertaining 3-2 win over Mosta at the Hibs Stadium. Balzan took control of proceedings from the outset and on six minutes Alfred Effiong picked Terence Agius inside the area but the young...

  • Greens see off nine-man Pembroke

    Greens see off nine-man Pembroke

    Floriana struck twice in the opening half to see off nine-man Pembroke 2-1 at the Hibs Stadium. The Greens took just 11 minutes to forge ahead when Amadou Samb burst into the area and sent a low cross towards Mario Fontanella who stabbed the ball...