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  • Misfiring champs seek derby turn-around after poor start

    Misfiring champs seek derby turn-around after poor start

    League champions Valletta have a perfect opportunity to put behind them poor early-season form with victory over Floriana at the National Stadium tonight (kick-off: 8.30pm). The 2013-14 campaign may still be in its infancy but Valletta are already...

  • Provisional Malta squads

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has listed 26 players in his provisional squad for the national team’s friendly international against Slovakia on September 4 and the Euro 2016 qualifier versus Croatia in Zagreb five days later. The warm-up match in...

  • Man. Utd look to tie up Di Maria signing

    Man. Utd look to tie up Di Maria signing

    Manchester United are looking to have the British record signing of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria wrapped up by this evening, reports in the UK said yesterday. United have made no official comment on the matter, but it is understood a fee has...

  • Zenit SP’s Villas-Boas has his sights set on the group stages

    Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas is targeting a “spectacular” return to the Champions League with just one match against Standard Liege standing between his side and the group stages. Zenit St Petersburg have a 1-0 away goal advantage...

  • Di Natale scores four in Udinese cup rout

    Thirty-six-year-old striker Antonio Di Natale scored four goals, including a first-half hat-trick, as Udinese routed Ternana 5-1 in their Coppa Italia tie late Sunday. Di Natale, who has backtracked on plans to retire, opened his account in the...

  • Spain players dominate at VLTC

    The young Spaniards in the Nexia BT European U-16 tournament, played recently at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club, have scooped the major honours. The boys’ final, characterised with some very high quality play, was contested by Francisco...

  • Neptunes can seal title with derby win

    Neptunes can seal title with derby win

    Undisputed National League leaders Neptunes Grimaldi could become champions of Malta for a fifth successive year tomorrow if they avoid defeat to sporting antagonists Sliema Frank Salt as the Championship Pool edges closer to its final week of...

  • McGregor earns Scotland call-up

    Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has won a call-up to the Scotland squad for next month’s clash with Germany. The 21-year-old has been rewarded for an impressive start to the season which has seen him strike four times for the Scottish...

  • Algieri hopes to reach for the stars in Pacquaio bout

    Algieri hopes to reach for the stars in Pacquaio bout

    Confident and unbeaten, WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri believes his strong jab can nullify the speed and power of Manny Pacquiao and propel the New Yorker to legendary status. The American faces easily the sternest test of his...

  • Useful exercise for ‘idle’ players

    Useful exercise for ‘idle’ players

    Most of the out-of-contract players who participated in a pre-season training camp this summer are now with a club after signing new deals, the Malta Football Players Association (MFPA) said. In the off-season, the MFPA followed other FIFPro...

  • Hamilton wonders whether team-mate can be trusted

    Hamilton wonders whether team-mate can be trusted

    Lewis Hamilton says he no longer knows whether to trust Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg on the track after they collided at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix but has ruled out retaliation. The incident, with Rosberg’s front wing making contact with...

  • Murray passes Dutch test in physical start

    Murray passes Dutch test in physical start

    Andy Murray defied his own body and Dutch opponent Robin Haase to reach the second round of the US Open last night. In conditions that were hot but not extreme, the Scot struggled badly with cramp during the last two sets but survived to win 6-3...

  • Marsa seal title as league ends in controversy

    Marsa seal title as league ends in controversy

    The last three games from the 2014 CricHQ Summer League were played last weekend at the Marsa oval. In the opener, Marsa played against Krishna CC who needed a win to remain in contention and halt their opponents from clinching the title. Marsa...

  • Football news

    The agent of Arsenal winger Lukas Podolski yesterday dropped a clear hint that the Germany international could leave London soon to join a club in Italy. Reports last week said the Gunners have received various offers from Serie A clubs including...

  • Australia to crack down on athletes’ entourages

    The Australian Olympic Committee will make the country’s top athletes sign pledges that they have never worked with coaches or support staff that have engaged in doping-related activity. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will introduce new...

  • Sporting briefs

    Eremenko: Russian champions CSKA Moscow have signed Finland midfielder Roman Eremenko from top-flight rivals Rubin Kazan. “I am very happy I can start work with my new team,” the 27-year-old said. “There are a lot of emotions and expectations in...

  • Alonso expects to see Sainz in F1 sooner or later

    Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso says fellow-Spaniard Carlos Sainz junior will be in F1 ‘sooner or later’ despite the setback of Toro Rosso opting for Dutch teen Max Verstappen next season. Sainz had been seen as a leading candidate for the Toro Rosso...

  • Sports round-up

    Ryder Cup: Jamie Donaldson secured his place in Europe’s team for next month’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles with a fine final round to win the Czech Masters at the Albatross Golf Resort by two shots. Welshman Donaldson needed a top-seven finish to...

  • Manchester City ominous after cruising past Liverpool

    Manchester City ominous after cruising past Liverpool

    A Stevan Jovetic double and a third to Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City send out an ominous warning to those with designs on their Premier League crown, routing Liverpool 3-1 in the first heavyweight clash of the new season. With new signing...

  • Algeria suspends all football after player is struck, killed

    Algeria has suspended all football this weekend in memory of Albert Ebosse, the striker killed on Saturday after being struck by an object thrown from the crowd during a Ligue 1 match in the north African country. The Algerian Football Federation...