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  • Lombaers makes International Master norm

    Peter Lombaers, from the Netherlands, was the talk of the town when he remarkably achieved his first International Master norm at the XYChess IM group which came to a close at the Imperial Hotel, Sliema, on Friday. Scoring 6.5 on nine and...

  • Ginola suffers few hitches in FIFA bid

    Ginola suffers few hitches in FIFA bid

    David Ginola’s unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency suffered two major hitches on day one. The 47-year-old former Tottenham and Newcastle forward revealed he was being paid £250,000 to stand by bookmaker Paddy Power and was unable to name a single...

  • Today’s sports fixtures

    National Stadium: BOV Premier League 2pm Hibernians vs Balzan; 4pm Floriana vs Birkirkara. Gozo Stadium: GFA Division One 1pm Nadur Youngsters vs Kerċem Ajax; 3pm Xewkija Tigers vs Oratory Youths. Melita Stadium: Youth FA U-17 1pm Kirkop United vs...

  • Aberdeen held at home by Dundee

    Aberdeen saw their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership re-duced to just two points, but were in the end thankful for Ryan Jack’s late leveller to avoid defeat against a spirited Dundee, yesterday. The Dons had looked comfortable after...

  • Doubtful Nadal rules out glory

    Doubtful Nadal rules out glory

    Rafael Nadal has downplayed his chances of winning the Australian Open, saying his back remains a concern and he lacks confidence from having little match practice in the lead-up. On the comeback trail after injury and illness wiped out the latter...

  • Robertson crushes holder O’Sullivan 6-1 in semi-final

    Robertson crushes holder O’Sullivan 6-1 in semi-final

    Neil Robertson continued his scintillating form at the Dafabet Masters by sweeping aside defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in emphatic fashion in yesterday’s opening semi at the Alexandra Palace. Robertson, who produced what he described as one...

  • Football results

    Primera LigaR. Sociedad vs R. Vallecano 0-1; Valencia vs Almeria 3-2; Villarreal vs A. Bilbao 2-0; Espanyol vs Celta Vigo 1-0. Playing today: 12.00 Getafe vs R. Madrid. 17.00 Atl. Madrid vs Granada. 19.00 Deportivo vs Barcelona. 21.00 Elche vs...

  • Sharapova backing to super-coaches

    Sharapova backing to super-coaches

    Maria Sharapova has backed the super-coach trend that will see two of her rivals tapping into the knowledge of grand slam champions at the Australian Open. Sixth seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska has taken on 18-times grand slam title winner Martina...

  • Malacca Strait hazards spell danger for fleet

    Malacca Strait hazards spell danger for fleet

    Volvo Ocean Race’s six-strong fleet enters one of the most hazardous phases of the nine-month, round-the-world event in the next 24 hours when it will reach the Malacca Strait on the third leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China. The 500-nautical mile...

  • Football news

    Football fans are being given the chance to join a choir singing the traditional hymn ‘Abide With Me’ before this year’s FA Cup final at Wembley. The BBC’s Songs Of Praise is planning to put together a choir with one fan representing each of the...

  • Troicki crushes Kukushkin to win Sydney International

    Troicki crushes Kukushkin to win Sydney International

    Serbian Viktor Troicki (picture) ruthlessly dismantled ailing Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 to win the Sydney International for his second career ATP title yesterday. The 28-year-old right-hander won the last four games of the first...

  • Beijing area has enough snow for Winter Games

    Snow levels in mountains near Beijing will be sufficient for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games if China’s capital wins the right to host the sporting event, an official of the country’s bid committee said. Some have voiced concerns that the mountains...

  • Local sports results

    GFA Division Two: Xaghra United vs Zebbug Rovers 2-2; Munxar Falcons vs Ghajnsielem 2-2. Swan League: Ta’ Giorni Wolves vs Gharghur 3-2; Lija-Iklin vs Senglea 0-2; Valletta St Pauli vs Cospicua 2-0; Mriehel vs Dingli 0-0; Marsa St Michael’s vs San...

  • Sporting briefs

    Nocerino: Antonio Nocerino has set his sights on a return to the Italy squad after making yet another loan move, this time joining Parma until next June. Although the 29-year-old remains on the books of Milan he finished last season on loan at...

  • Don’t rush to F1, says Hamilton’s dad

    Don’t rush to F1, says Hamilton’s dad

    Every young racer wants to be the next Lewis Hamilton but most are in too much of a hurry to give themselves the best chance of success. That is the considered view of Hamilton’s father Anthony, who by his own admission did not know what he was...

  • Watson beats Brengle in final

    Britain’s Heather Watson defied the Tasmanian wind to secure her second WTA title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over American qualifier Madison Brengle in the final of the Hobart International yesterday. Watson was a popular winner of an event which...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: Scotland have confirmed they will face Ireland, Italy and France in a four-match warm-up schedule for the World Cup. Scotland will play on four consecutive Saturdays from August 15, starting with a trip to Dublin. They then face a...

  • Updated: Roma held

    Updated: Roma held

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  • Nafti shines as City down Rangers

    Nafti shines as City down Rangers

    VALLETTA-2, ZEBBUG RANGERS-0 Tunisian winger Abdelkarim Nafti produced a man-of-the-match performance to inspire Valletta to a 2-0 victory overr Zebbug Rangers. The champions had to fight hard to secure the three points as the Rangers battled...

  • Pietà see off struggling Qormi

    Pietà see off struggling Qormi

    Pietà Hotspurs boosted their chances of avoiding the drop when they needed a first-half goal from Luke Micallef to see off Qormi 1-0 at the Tedesco Stadium. The Hotspurs enjoyed the better start and on eight minutes Jurgen Pisani sped clear on the...