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Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole in Belgium

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg swept to pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix today with Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row after a wet qualifying session. Red Bull's four times world...

  • Smith loss no great drama says All Blacks skipper

    All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has brushed off the almost certain loss of centre Conrad Smith for today’s Rugby Championship match against Australia, when the world champions could set a new record for consecutive victories. New Zealand’s final...

  • Denmark’s Skandeborg for training camp in Malta

    Liga team Skandeborg, who finished eighth in the 16-team Danish top division last season, will be doing their summer training camp here next week. Skandeborg will be using this pre-season get-together to continue with their aim of creating better...

  • Ferrari quash exit rumours

    Ferrari quash exit rumours

    Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo has hit out at the suggestions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will leave the team at the end of the season. Both former world champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have reportedly claimed they could...

  • Robredo ends Djokovic bid for Cincinnati title

    Spain’s Tommy Robredo shocked world no.1 Novak Djokovic 7-6 7-5 on Thursday to move into the quarter-finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. For the 16th seeded Robredo the victory was his first over Djokovic since their first...

  • More injury woe for Fiorentina’s Rossi

    Giuseppe Rossi has suffered a fresh injury setback during training for Fiorentina’s friendly meeting with Real Madrid. The Italy striker, who has previously undergone two operations to reconstruct damaged cruciate ligaments, missed the World Cup...

  • Sports round-up

    Youth Games: The IOC said it was prohibiting young athletes from the Ebola-affected region of West Africa from participating in certain events at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Athletes from West Africa, where authorities are battling...

  • Martino vows to keep Argentina in a high position

    Martino vows to keep Argentina in a high position

    New Argentina coach Gerardo Martino vowed this week to keep the World Cup runners-up “where they are and deserve to be”. Martino also said Lionel Messi’s role is that of the world’s best player and Javier Mascherano has been a team leader for a...

  • More uncertainty for Celtic as Legia set to move case to the CAS

    Celtic could face more European uncertainty despite Legia Warsaw’s failure to persuade UEFA to overturn their effective expulsion from the Champions League. Celtic stepped up preparations to face Maribor in Slovenia in the Champions League...

  • Race winner disqualified for shirtless celebration

    Race winner disqualified for shirtless celebration

    Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad was stripped of the 3,000m steeplechase gold medal after performing a shirtless celebration down the final straight at the European Championships on Thursday. The Frenchman, well clear of the rest of the field, pulled...

  • Football news

    Franck Ribery should reconsider his decision to quit international football, French federation president Noel Le Graet said. “That kind of decision, for such a talented player, cannot be the fruit of an individual analysis and cannot be taken...

  • Sporting briefs

    Rekik: Defender Karim Rekik has had his loan from Manchester City to PSV Eindhoven extended for another season. The 19-year-old played 25 games for PSV last season and was one of 30 players pre-selected for the World Cup by Netherlands coach Louis...

  • Suarez takes part in Barca training

    Suarez takes part in Barca training

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday morning after the Court of Arbitration for Sport relaxed the "excessive" elements of his four-month ban. The 27-year-old failed in his appeal to have the...

  • Suarez biting bans upheld but he can train with Barca

    Suarez biting bans upheld but he can train with Barca

    Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s four-month playing ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) although he will be allowed train with his new club Barcelona. CAS said in a statement...

  • Legia lose appeal against elimination

    Polish champions Legia Warsaw have lost an appeal to UEFA against their elimination from the Champions League after they fielded a suspended player against Celtic, the club’s co-owner Dariusz Mioduski said yesterday. “Having UEFA overturn its...

  • Bayern Munich’s Martinez out for rest of year

    Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez will undergo surgery and is out for the rest of the year after tearing cruciate ligaments in his left knee in Wednesday’s German Super Cup defeat by Borussia Dortmund. The holding midfielder will fly to the United...

  • San Lorenzo lift their first Libertadores Cup

    San Lorenzo lift their first Libertadores Cup

    Nestor Ortigoza scored the most important penalty in San Lorenzo’s 106-year history as the Argentine side won South America’s Libertadores Cup for the first time with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Paraguay’s Nacional on Wednesday. Midfielder...

  • United travel to MK Dons in League Cup

    Manchester United will travel to third-tier MK Dons in the League Cup second round, the first time they have been involved at this stage of the competition for 19 years. Manchester United finished seventh in the Premier League last season, missing...

  • Conte lands Azzurri job

    Conte lands Azzurri job

    Antonio Conte has been confirmed as the new head coach of the Italy national team. The former Juventus boss, who left the Bianconeri in July, was announced as Cesare Prandelli’s long-term replacement by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC)...

  • Ticos soar to high placing in world list

    Ticos soar to high placing in world list

    One month on from the World Cup finals in Brazil, there is only one small change within the top 14 positions of the FIFA world rankings issued yesterday. World champions Germany continue to lead the way ahead of Argentina and the Netherlands, but...

  • Qormi chief eyes step up in class

    Qormi chief eyes step up in class

    Qormi FC have high hopes that the 2014-15 season could see them making a step up in class after wholesale changes this summer. The Yellow-Blacks are presenting themselves for the upcoming campaign with a new technical staff spearheaded by coach...