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  • Birkirkara are the underdogs but we still believe in our chances – Muscat

    Birkirkara are the underdogs but we still believe in our chances – Muscat

    Birkirkara defender Zach Muscat is backing his team to improve on their display at Upton Park when they face West Ham United this evening at the National Stadium. “We know West Ham better after the first leg,” Muscat told Times of Malta. “Before...

  • West Ham’s Bilic in bullish mood despite slender lead

    West Ham’s Bilic in bullish mood despite slender lead

    West Ham United coach Slaven Bilic admitted that the 1-0 win over Birkirkara in London is too close for comfort but he expects his team to complete the job at the National Stadium tonight. “The score was not ideal,” Bilic, who took over from Sam...

  • Liverpool sign striker Benteke

    Liverpool completed the signing of striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa last night. “The 24-year-old put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Reds after successfully completing a medical in London,” Liverpool said. Villa were...

  • Malta reach the semi-finals in Vilnius

    The Maltese national team qualified for the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Nations Championship IV after beating Cyprus 3-1 in a decisive Group B match, in Vilnius, Lithuania, yesterday. Pieter Bregman’s team finished their group matches in second...

  • Hulk to take part in World Cup draw

    Hulk to take part in World Cup draw

    Brazil striker Hulk has been announced as one of the star names taking part in the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup this weekend only days after he raised fears of racism at the tournament in Russia. Hulk, who plays for Zenit St Petersburg,...

  • Impressive medal haul for Maltese team in Norwich

    Impressive medal haul for Maltese team in Norwich

    Last weekend, a group of 18 bowlers from the MTBA youth and junior squads participated in the British Junior Open at the Namco Funscape Bowling Centre, Norwich. An impressive field of 230 bowlers, hailing mainly from the British Isles,...

  • River Plate reach cup final

    River Plate came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Guarani late Tuesday and se-cure a 3-1 aggregate win that takes them into their first Libertadores Cup final since 1996. Guarani, bidding to become the third Paraguayan team in three years to...

  • Galea, Pace sprint to victories

    Keith Galea and Hannah Pace emerged victorious from the opening race of the 2015 Birkirkara SJ Sprint Series, held recently in sweltering temperatures at Birżebbuġa. A total of 65 triathletes braved the tough conditions as they tackled a 750m...

  • Borg’s transfer to Roma ratified by Serie A club

    Serie A club Roma finalised the transfer move of international Malta midfielder Conor Borg after filing his contract at the Italian soccer federation offices, reports said yesterday. Borg, 18, flew to Italy last weekend to team up with the rest of...

  • Mapfre Middlesea championship final tomorrow

    Mapfre Middlesea championship final tomorrow

    Twelve trotters have qualified for tomorrow’s Mapfre Middlesea championship final for Premier Class, the Malta Racing Club confirmed this week. The summer championship got underway on June 12 and races were held regularly on Friday evenings at the...

  • Herrera welcomes squad competition

    Herrera welcomes squad competition

    Ander Herrera is not fazed by the prospect of having to compete with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin for a place in the Manchester United starting XI this season. After a difficult start, Herrera ended his debut season at United on...

  • Froome in control as Contador drifts

    Froome in control as Contador drifts

    Chris Froome emerged unscathed from a treacherous 17th stage of the Tour de France yesterday, retaining his lead while Alberto Contador lost a lot of ground and Tejay van Garderen abandoned the race. American Van Garderen, who was third overall at...

  • The inaugural Super Five Cup

    The inaugural Super Five Cup

    In the past, Maltese football was no stranger to controversy. Many were the incidents and polemics that marred the game on our islands but the ones that marked the 1990-91 champion-ship take some beating. It is enough to say that the relegation...

  • Tokyo chief expects IOC to welcome stadium decision

    Tokyo chief expects IOC to welcome stadium decision

    The International Olympic Committee may well welcome Japan’s decision to scrap and completely revise plans for its controversial National Stadium since the move will save money, the head of the Tokyo games organising group said yesterday. Japanese...

  • QPR, Saints endure contrasting fortunes

    QPR, Saints endure contrasting fortunes

    At the end of season 2014-15, Queens Park Rangers returned to the Championship after only one year in the Premier League. By contrast, Southampton were the surprise packet, finishing seventh to qualify for the UEFA Europa League. QPR sacked...

  • Absentees add to uncertainty at the World Championships

    The absence of a handful of the world’s best swimmers, including Michael Phelps, has added an air of uncertainty to the 16th World Championships, starting in Russia tomorrow. Taking place in Kazan from July 24-August 9, the World Cham-pionships...

  • Football news

    Esteban Cambiasso has rejected a new deal with Leicester City and will not return to the Premier League club, the former Argentina international said. Cambiasso, 34, joined Leicester last August on a short-term contract that has now expired. He...

  • England Schools win Exiles tournament

    England Schools win Exiles tournament

    The England Schools selection have won the Exiles International Waterpolo Tournament, organised under the auspices of the Aquatic Sport Association (ASA). In the final, played earlier this week, England Schools had the better of the young Malta...

  • Sporting briefs

    Carpi: Serie A new boys Carpi have signed Chelsea full-back Wallace on a season-long loan deal. The 21-year-old, who joined the Blues from Fluminense in December 2012, has previous experience of Serie A having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at...

  • Sports round-up

    Tennis: Top seed Venus Williams was dumped out in the first round of the Istanbul Cup as the seven-time grand slam champion lost 6-4 7-6 to Kateryna Bondarenko. The Ukrainian had to come through qualifying to reach the main draw but the world...