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  • Futsal final to be played behind closed doors

    Futsal final to be played behind closed doors

    A Futsal final between Hamrun and Valletta will be played behind closed doors to prevent a reoccurrence of the violence that marred a match between the sides two weeks ago. That fight had landed Valletta futsal president Dassier Borg in court,...

  • ‘This will be my last term’

    ‘This will be my last term’

    Norman Darmanin Demajo has confirmed his intention to extend his tenure as Malta FA president but made it clear that, provided he wins the backing of the assembly during the association’s Annual General Meeting on July 30, this will be his last...

  • Rodgers sure about Celtic’s standing

    Rodgers sure about Celtic’s standing

    Brendan Rodgers insists he has not taken a step down in his career by becoming the new Celtic boss. The 43-year-old former Liverpool and Swansea manager met the media at Parkhead following confirmation of his appointment on a 12-month rolling...

  • Luis Enrique thrilled with Barca’s season

    Luis Enrique thrilled with Barca’s season

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed his players after their 2-0 extra-time win over Sevilla in the King’s Cup final on Sunday night saw them complete a league and cup double for the second season running. Barca had to play for more than an hour...

  • Coleman handed new Wales contract ahead of Euro 2016

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a two-year contract extension to take in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. The deal, which was announced at a Football Association of Wales press conference yesterday afternoon, ends uncertainty over...

  • 10 mafia suspects arrested in Italian match-fixing probe

    Italian police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of being members of the mafia as part of a probe into football match-fixing, investigators in the southern city of Naples said yesterday. The arrests stem from a probe into two matches in Serie B...

  • A look back at Cantona’s career in English football

    A look back at Cantona’s career in English football

    “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” A carefully-crafted 17-word statement from a man whose actions when on a football pitch appeared as off-the-cuff as they did ostentatious. Eric...

  • Goetze focused on Bayern, pours cold water on Liverpool move

    Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Goetze has insisted he will not play for any other club next season and is committed to reaching full fitness in preparation for Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival as manager. The 23-year-old, linked in British...

  • Football news

    Departing striker Romelu Lukaku says there was a breakdown in the relationship between the Everton players and Roberto Martinez before the manager was sacked towards the end of the Premier League season. Despite the Merseyside club reaching the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Houllier: Former France and Liverpool coach Gerard Houllier looks set to return to Olympique Lyon as general manager, the Ligue 1 club’s president said yesterday. “We’ve been working with Gerard Houllier so that he becomes the general manager,”...

  • Borg regains his place on WSA Main Tour

    Alex Borg will be back on the World Snooker Main Tour after earning a two-year card for 2016/17 and 2017/18. Borg has earned his place by virtue of his run in the Qualifying School which was played in the last 12 days in Burton Upon Trent, UK. A...

  • Shooter Diamond charged with firearms offences

    Twice Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond has been arrested for drink driving and charged with firearms offences, the Australian Olympic Committee said yesterday, jeopardising his chances of competing at a seventh Olympics in Rio. New South...

  • Improving Duca retains women’s title

    Improving Duca retains women’s title

    The 2016 MTBA Gold Cup, held at the Eden SuperBowl, attracted an encouraging turnout of 44 intermediate-level bowlers. Cynthia Duca and Paul Gray were the winners of the tournament, featuring two separate divisions and adopting a handicapping...

  • Qormi, Young Stars set up final clash

    Qormi Poiatti 3Lightshop Hotsticks 2 A typical cup tie was played at a high tempo from start to finish. Qormi went ahead when they were awarded a penalty corner in the seventh minute and Juan Sarcia netted. A minute later, Shamison Mifsud, Qormi’s...

  • Wawrinka survives scare as rain relents in Paris

    Wawrinka survives scare as rain relents in Paris

    Defending champion Stan Wawrinka dazzled the moment he walked on to a gloomy Philippe Chatrier Court wearing a fluorescent yellow shirt but it was a while before his play matched his attire as he flirted with a humbling first-round exit on...

  • McLaren will replace Mercedes as champions, predicts Dennis

    McLaren will be the team that topples dominant Mercedes as Formula One world champions, chairman Ron Dennis predicted yesterday. Honda-powered McLaren have not won a grand prix since 2012 while Mercedes, with triple champion Lewis Hamilton and...

  • Sports round-up

    Cycling: Geraint Thomas has signed a two-year contract extension to remain with Team Sky until 2018. The Welshman has contributed much to their success since they were established in 2010 and is again expected to be influential in the team’s...

  • Official: Manchester United sack van Gaal

    Official: Manchester United sack van Gaal

    Manchester United have confirmed they have sacked their manager Louis van Gaal. "Louis van Gaal is to leave Manchester United, with immediate effect," United said in a statement. "A decision on a successor as manager will be announced soon" it...

  • Fifa fires deputy general secretary

    Fifa fires deputy general secretary

    Fifa has fired deputy secretary general Markus Kattner after allegedly uncovering financial wrongdoing during an internal investigation. Mr Kattner, who joined Fifa as director of finance in 2003, has been temporarily filling the top...

  • Conte omits Balotelli from provisional Italy Euro 2016 squad

    Conte omits Balotelli from provisional Italy Euro 2016 squad

    Italy manager Antonio Conte named his provisional squad for the European Championship today, and his selection was notable as much for the player he left off as for those he chose. Milan's Mario Balotelli will not be part of the team for the...