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  • Aubameyang carries Gabon’s burden of home expectation

    Aubameyang carries Gabon’s burden of home expectation

    Prolific striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will carry a heavy burden in the African Nations Cup finals with the hopes of the host nation resting squarely on his shoulders. The Borussia Dortmund marksman enjoys megastar status in Gabon, who host...

  • Peterhansel takes Dakar lead after tending to stricken rider

    Peugeot’s Stephane Peterhansel took back the overall Dakar Rally lead from team-mate Sebastien Loeb after regaining time lost in tending to stricken Slovenian bike rider Simon Marcic when they collided on the 10th stage in Argentina. Marcic broke...

  • Rejects have chance back in spotlight

    Three Iberian prodigies who went to Merseyside as starlets will line up in the opening game of the African Nations Cup today looking to add some lustre to careers that have failed to sparkle. Francisco Junior, Emmanuel Mendy and Toni Silva were...

  • Djokovic faces Verdasco test

    Djokovic faces Verdasco test

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic will launch his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title with a tough first round match against Fernando Verdasco. Spaniard Verdasco knocked out compatriot and 14-times grand slam champion Rafa Nadal in the...

  • African Nations Cup fits the bill just as it is, federation says

    Africa’s Nations Cup will maintain its two-yearly schedule despite pressure from European clubs, but will not follow the World Cup in expanding the number of participants, the Confederation of African Football said yesterday. The staging of the...

  • Konta issues Open warning with easy Sydney win

    Britain’s Johanna Konta turned up the heat to overpower Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-2 in a one-sided final at the Sydney International yesterday and claim her second career WTA title. The world number 10 reached the semi-finals at the Australian...

  • Football news

    Bundesliga club RB Leipzig signed French teenager Dayot Upamecano from sister club Salzburg yesterday with a contract to 2021, the club said. The 18-year-old defender, who last season won the Austrian double with Salzburg, a club that like Leipzig...

  • Sports round-up

    Cycling: Complaints from many riders that the Vuelta a Espana has included too many punishing climbs in recent years fell on deaf ears as organisers unveiled another demanding route featuring nine mountain finishes. While the opening stage will...

  • Jhonnattann set for UAE  

    Jhonnattann set for UAE  

    Valletta are set to lose another key player from their squad as striker Jhonnattann has agreed to join a club in the UAE on loan until the end of the season with an option of making the transfer permanent. The Brazilian’s impending departure will...

  • Mosta add two other foreigners to their squad

    Mosta FC have added two other overseas players to their roster as they look to revive their fortunes in the BOV Premier League. The Blues have strengthened their defence with the capture of Frenchman Cedric Hengbart. The 36-year-old had enjoyed...

  • Balzan unveil new shirt to mark 80th anniversary

    Balzan unveil new shirt to mark 80th anniversary

    Balzan FC yesterday unveiled a new football kit to commemorate their 80th anniversary. The new kits, supplied by sponsors Joma, are a replica of the shirt worn by the Balzan team way back in 1937. Club president Anton Tagliaferro said: “At Balzan...

  • West Ham’s Bilic says won’t sell Payet

    West Ham’s Bilic says won’t sell Payet

    Manager Slaven Bilic has said that West Ham United will not sell Dimitri Payet despite the influential midfielder informing the Premier League club he does not wish to play for them anymore. Payet, who is reportedly refusing to train with the...

  • Ex-England manager Taylor dies, aged 72

    Ex-England manager Taylor dies, aged 72

    Graham Taylor, the former England football manager, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72, his family announced yesterday. Taylor, who had a playing career with Grimsby Town and Lincoln City, was a successful manager in English...

  • Barcelona deserved to progress, says coach Enrique

    Luis Enrique felt Barcelona deserved to go through after Lionel Messi’s late free-kick secured a 4-3 aggregate win over Athletic Bilbao in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. Messi broke Bilbao’s hearts with 12 minutes remaining at the Nou Camp to...

  • Palmer adds Donington Park to his circuit empire

    Jonathan Palmer, father of Renault Formula One racer Jolyon, has acquired the Donington Park circuit, his Motor Sport Vision (MSV) company said yesterday. MSV, who reached the agreement with Donington owner Kevin Wheatcroft, also owns and operates...

  • Everton confirm Schneiderlin deal

    Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United for a fee that could rise to £24 million ($29.28 million), the Merseyside club said yesterday. The 27-year-old France international was signed from...

  • Furyk named US captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup

    Furyk named US captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup

    Former US Open winner Jim Furyk will captain the defending champion United States in the 2018 Ryder Cup against Europe at Le Golf National in Paris, the PGA of America said. Furyk, nine times a player in the biennial competition, served as a...

  • Expanded WCup an absurd idea, says sponsorship guru

    Expanded WCup an absurd idea, says sponsorship guru

    The World Cup finals’ expansion to feature 48 teams is an absurd plan which will only devalue football’s premier competition, says the man widely credited with creating the global cash cow the sport has become. Patrick Nally, who brokered FIFA’s...

  • More match-fixing prosecutions in 2016

    More match-fixing prosecutions in 2016

    Nine players and officials were sanctioned for corrupt behaviour by a beefed-up Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) last year with the lower levels of the game still cause for the greatest concerns. Five of the nine people, including two Turkish and two...

  • How will the World Cup format change to accomodate 48 teams from 2026?

    The World Cup is going to be revamped by FIFA for the 2026 competition after a proposal was backed for 48 teams to compete in the finals. FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans for the tournament’s expansion from 32 countries to 48 received...