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  • Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s pre-season tour schedule

    Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s pre-season tour schedule

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has echoed the sentiments of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in criticising the demands of their pre-season tour. Wenger said it was “impossible” to prepare his squad properly for the upcoming Premier League...

  • Football news

    Argentine striker Facundo Ferreira has become the second South American player to rejoin Shakhtar Donetsk after initially refusing to return to Ukraine because of security fears. Ferreira and Brazilian team-mate Fred were among six players who...

  • Sporting briefs

    Bakayoko: Rennes midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to complete a move to Monaco. The 19-year-old has made a big impact in his debut season at Rennes, making 29 appearances to catch the eye of the Ligue 1 runners-up. “Monaco is gaining momentum in...

  • Neptunes out to keep Sliema at a distance

    The battle for supremacy in this year’s BOV National League resumes in earnest this evening when leaders Neptunes Grimaldi take on fierce rivals Sliema Frank Salt Real Estate in the programme’s second game, starting at 8pm. Four points clear at...

  • Low-key start for Team Malta in Glasgow

    Low-key start for Team Malta in Glasgow

    Malta was left with no squash player in the Commonwealth Games main singles events following the exit of Brad Hindle Deguara from the Round of 32 at the Scotstoun Campus yesterday evening. Hindle Deguara was the country’s only hope in the sport...

  • Luis Suarez could make Barca debut in El Clasico

    Luis Suarez could make Barca debut in El Clasico

    Luis Suarez could make his debut for Barcelona against arch rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. The date of the first El Clasico of the new season is set for the weekend of October 25-26, the day the Uruguayan’s four-month suspension comes to an...

  • Murray to keep faith with coach Mauresmo

    Murray to keep faith with coach Mauresmo

    Andy Murray is set to continue his ground-breaking partnership with coach Amelie Mauresmo (picture), reports said yesterday. The pair initially teamed up just for the grass-court season but had talks immediately after Murray’s quarter-final loss...

  • Hamilton looking for a high five

    Hamilton looking for a high five

    Lewis Hamilton may not be putting the Buddha into Budapest this weekend but he could be tempted to seek divine assistance if luck goes against him in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. British driver Lewis Hamilton needs a win to cut into Mercedes...

  • England’s Mo Farah out of Commonwealths

    Mo Farah has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games. Team England announced the 31-year-old double Olympic and world champion, who was due to go for gold over 5,000 and 10,000 metres in Glasgow, had made good progress on his recovery from a recent...

  • Iniesta craving captaincy

    Iniesta craving captaincy

    Andres Iniesta has admitted that being named Barcelona captain would be the realisation of a “lifelong dream”. The 30-year-old midfielder is in the frame for the skipper’s role following the retirement of Carles Puyol and the departure of Victor...

  • Moroni, Krupenina prevail in VLTC finals

    Moroni, Krupenina prevail in VLTC finals

    The European Tournament for Under-14 players, sponsored by Kettle Chips and played at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC), came to a close recently. There was a high level of com-petition in most of the decisive matches with Italy’s Filippo...

  • Mexico back on the F1 calendar in 2015

    Mexico is to return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2015 after a 23-year absence, Alejandro Soberon, president of live events company CIE, confirmed. “Start your engines, F1 will return to Mexico next year,” Soberon was quoted as saying on the BBC’s...

  • Nibali all but seals Tour win

    Nibali all but seals Tour win

    Vincenzo Nibali proved once again he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France when he powered to victory in the final mountain stage yesterday, all but securing his maiden title in impressive fashion. The Italian, looking to become the sixth...

  • RFEF chief defends Del Bosque stay

    Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar has defended the decision to allow Vicente del Bosque to continue in charge of the Spanish national team. Del Bosque announced last week that he and the RFEF had agreed he would see...

  • Sports round-up

    Badminton: Shuttler Parupalli Kashyap has his sights set on one of Glasgow’s many karaoke bars should he win gold for India at the Commonwealth Games. The 27-year-old, who competes in the men’s singles and mixed team badminton events, says he...

  • Brazil striker Fred returns to Shakhtar

    Brazil striker Fred has returned to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, the club said yesterday, adding that they also expect his compatriot Ismaily to follow him back shortly. The two Brazilians were among six South Americans who refused to...

  • Veteran Lampard joins New York City on two-year contract

    Veteran Lampard joins New York City on two-year contract

    Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has signed for new Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City FC on a two-year contract, the team said yesterday. Lampard became New York’s second major signing following the arrival of ex-Barcelona and...

  • Japan name ex-Mexico boss Aguirre as coach

    Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre has been appointed to manage Japan’s national team replacing Alberto Zaccheroni. The 55-year-old Aguirre, who coached Mexico at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and was in charge of Espanyol last season, will go to...

  • Van Gaal hails United display after 7-0 win

    Van Gaal hails United display after 7-0 win

    Louis van Gaal hailed his “fantastic” players as he began his reign as Manchester United manager with a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and debutant Reece James all scored twice, and Danny Welbeck also found the net...

  • I’m not heading to PSG, says former Juve coach Conte

    Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte has dismissed reports that he is set to replace Laurent Blanc as coach of Paris Saint-Germain, saying that the stories are “devoid of any truth”. “I learned in a newspaper, while I was on holiday, that there...