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  • Villarreal out to banish curse

    Villarreal out to banish curse

    If Villarreal reach their first European final at the fourth attempt it will be because of a carefully cultivated blend of home-grown players and intelligent purchases. No one believes they have an easy task in their Europa league semi-final...

  • Head of UK police force suspended

    Head of UK police force suspended

    The head of the British police force accused of covering up failings that led to the death of 96 fans at the Hillsborough stadium in 1989 was suspended yesterday. The suspension of Chief Constable David Crompton, of South Yorkshire Police, came a...

  • Stripes take league by storm

    Stripes take league by storm

    Although the first team founded in Birkirkara was way back in 1916, the first side to play competitive football was Birkirkara Juventus in season 1933-34. As far as we know, Birkirkara Juventus were only active for one year. Having finished last...

  • Neymar Jr’s Five finalists off to Brazil

    Neymar Jr’s Five finalists off to Brazil

    Banter Lads are the local winners of the Neymar Jr’s Five tournament, the global competition from Red Bull, inspired by the Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar Jr. The Banter Lads will now travel to Brazil to represent the country along with 40 other...

  • Football news

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned for the final three matches of the Primera Division season after he was sent to the stands during his side’s win over Malaga. The Argentinian was dismissed after an extra ball was thrown onto the...

  • Sporting briefs

    No show: PAOK Salonica owner Ivan Savvidis pulled his team out of the Greek Cup yesterday after they failed to appear for their semi-final, second leg against Olympiakos Piraeus because his conditions had not been met. The 57-year-old Russian-born...

  • Marzamemi Weekend Regatta starts tomorrow

    Local sailing crews are currently engaged in last-minute preparations for the annual Marzamemi Weekend Regatta, billed by many as the most eagerly-awaited event in the Royal Malta Yacht Club (RMYC) racing calendar. The Marzamemi Regatta, this year...

  • San Ġiljan land title

    San Ġiljan land title

    So it is San Ġiljan who started the year on a glowing note. In a deciding match to determine the destination of the 2016 winter honours yesterday, the Saints had that extra touch of resilience and stamina to land the pre-season championship prize,...

  • Mapei unbeaten

    Mapei unbeaten

    Valletta Mapei secured another title in their history after making sure with a second win over Aloysians to seal the best-of-three final series 2-0. This meant that Valletta were crowned champions after staying undefeated throughout the entire...

  • Caruana Scicluna, Anastasi on a high

    Week 14 of the MSV Life National League was phenomenal, in that there were a pair of matching perfect games (300 score), something which has never occurred in the same round of competition. The bowlers concerned were Justin Caruana Scicluna and...

  • Selby, Ding seal SF spots

    Selby, Ding seal SF spots

    World number one Mark Selby secured a place in the semi-finals of the World Championship with a 13-8 victory over qualifier Kyren Wilson, who recorded the tournament’s highest break of 143, yesterday. Ding Junhui also produced a ruthless display...

  • Brazil receives Olympic flame for Rio Games

    The Olympic flame that will burn in Rio in August for the first Games in South America was handed over to Brazil yesterday in the marble stadium that hosted the first modern Games in 1896. After a six-day trek across Greece, the flame that was lit...

  • Sutton resigns as Britain’s cycling technical director

    Shane Sutton has resigned as British Cycling technical director, a statement said. The 58-year-old Australian tendered his resignation after another day of allegations of discrimination. “I believe it is in the best interests of British Cycling...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been suspended by his club Racing 92 after being pictured partying with Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Las Vegas over the weekend. British media reported yesterday that...

  • Stripes and Wanderers to face off in FA Trophy semis

    Stripes and Wanderers to face off in FA Trophy semis

    Birkirkara and Sliema Wanderers will battle it out in the FA Trophy semi-finals, with the winner facing either with Balzan and Pembroke Athleta in the 2016 finals. The Stripes, who saw off Floriana 2-0 in the quarter-finals, and Sliema will face...

  • Floriana complaint not upheld

    Floriana complaint not upheld

    Floriana’s bid to overturn their FA Trophy elimination at the hands of Birkirkara on the table proved unsuccessful last night as the Malta FA Protests Board turned down their protest. The Greens had lost the cup tie to the Stripes 2-0 but 48 hours...

  • Atletico get chance for revenge against B. Munich 42 years on

    Atletico get chance for revenge against B. Munich 42 years on

    Bayern Munich destroyed Atletico Madrid’s dreams of winning the European Cup in 1974 and are out to wreck their hopes of reaching a second Champions League final in three years when they visit the Spanish capital for the semi-final first leg...

  • Keeper Szczesny is keen on Roma switch

    Keeper Szczesny is keen on Roma switch

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny wants to make his loan move to Roma permanent. The Poland international joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal in July 2015 following the Gunners’ capture of Czech keeper Petr Cech from...

  • Leadership void foils the Spurs on home straight

    Leadership void foils the Spurs on home straight

    For all Mauricio Pochettino’s fighting talk about remaining in the Premier League title chase, it was hard not to glimpse a white flag over White Hart Lane after Tottenham Hotspur’s lacklustre draw with West Brom on Monday. Instead of piling...

  • Bayern chief confirm interest in Hummels

    Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Mats Hummels is considering a return to the Bavarian club next season. The Borussia Dortmund defender is currently considering his future amid reported interest from Bayern, and...