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    Striker Olivier Giroud is likely to stay at Arsenal, his agent Michael Manuello has said, playing down speculation linking the Frenchman with a move to Napoli. Uncertainty surrounding the 29-year-old’s future intensified after British media...

  • Sporting briefs

    Negredo: Middlesbrough agreed a deal to sign Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo on a season-long loan. Paperwork is still to be completed but the 30-year-old former Manchester City forward has already linked up with Boro at their pre-season training...

  • Marsa surge to victory over Melita in league

    Kalki Kumar steered Marsa to victory at the oval last weekend with a destructive innings of 48 off only 30 balls as Bikram Arora took over as Malta Cricket League top run scorer with an unbeaten 31. Earlier, Melita had reached a respectable 138...

  • Froome closer to third Tour title

    Froome closer to third Tour title

    Britain’s Chris Froome took another big step towards a third Tour de France title when he dropped his main rivals in the finale of the 17th stage, a 184-km mountain trek won by Russian Ilnur Zakarin yesterday. Froome (Team Sky) attacked inside the...

  • Injured Woods to sit out rest of season

    Injured Woods to sit out rest of season

    Tiger Woods has shut it down for the rest of the professional golf season, bringing into question his playing future as the best golfer of his generation will be away from the sport for over a year when, and if, he returns. Woods, who is...

  • Sports round-up

    Athletics: Kenenisa Bekele, the 5,000 and 10,000 metres world record holder, has been left out of Ethiopia’s athletics squad for the Rio Olympics. The triple Olympic gold medal winner failed to make the team in both the marathon and the 10,000...

  • Allardyce set to succeed Hodgson as England manager

    Allardyce set to succeed Hodgson as England manager

    Sam Allardyce will be appointed the new England manager within 24 hours, Press Association Sport understands. The 61-year-old Sunderland boss arrived at Victoria Park for his club's first pre-season friendly against Hartlepool shortly after 6pm...

  • Sauber F1 team announces change of ownership

    Sauber F1 team announces change of ownership

    The struggling Sauber Formula One team announced a long-awaited change of ownership on Wednesday, with founder Peter Sauber retiring and handing over control to the Swiss investment firm Longbow Finance. The Swiss team, based in Hinwil, said its...

  • Tenacious Valletta come up short of historic qualification

    Tenacious Valletta come up short of historic qualification

    A tenacious performance by Valletta simply wasn’t enough to book the team a place in the Champions League third qualifying round at the expense of Red Star Belgrade. Valletta looked set for a historic result in Belgrade when Jonathan Caruana...

  • Valletta rue missed chances as Red Star win to progress

    Valletta rue missed chances as Red Star win to progress

    Red Star Belgrade 2Donald 30, Katai 76Valletta 1 Caruana 11 (Red Star win 4-2 on aggregate) Valletta’s run in this season’s Champions League came to an end yesterday after they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Red Star Belgrade to bow out of UEFA’s...

  • Villar to run for UEFA top post

    Spaniard Angel Maria Villar, the interim head of UEFA, will run for the presidency of European soccer’s governing body, Spain’s football federation (RFEF) said yesterday. Villar, the RFEF president, has been acting head of UEFA since October 2015,...

  • Ancelotti dismisses interest in Sane

    Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out making a move for Schalke winger Leroy Sane, saying he is happy with the squad he already has at his disposal. The Bundesliga champions have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old, as have Pep...

  • Rodgers says Celtic need to be patient against Lincoln RI

    Boss Brendan Rodgers is confident Celtic fans will have the patience that might be needed to get past Lincoln Red Imps in their Champions League qualifier at Parkhead tonight. The Hoops are surprisingly trailing 1-0 to the part-timers after last...

  • Hull City manager Bruce interviewed for England job

    Hull City manager Bruce interviewed for England job

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce has held “informal” talks with the English FA about the vacant England manager’s job, according to the club. The Tigers say no official approach has been made by the FA and have echoed Sunderland, whose manager Sam...

  • Pressure to win title is more on new managers – Ranieri

    Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is not losing sleep over his team’s Premier League title defence and believes the pressure to succeed is more on the new managers of the big-name clubs. Under Ranieri, 5000-1 outsiders Leicester won their first...

  • WPO Protect Integrity Seminar at Tal-Qroqq

    The Waterpolo Players Organisation (WPO) will be holding their first Protect Integrity Seminar against match-fixing at the Tal-Qroqq Complex on Friday. The seminar, held in conjunction with the ASA of Malta, will help waterpolo players combat the...

  • Maltese athlete fails dope test

    Maltese athlete fails dope test

    A Maltese athlete, who was selected to represent Malta at the Olympic Games, has been suspended temporarily after failing a doping test, the Times of Malta has learnt. Although the athlete has not been named, widespread reports suggest that is...

  • New Italy coach Ventura says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    New Italy coach Ventura says he should not be judged by lack of titles

    Italy’s new coach Giampiero Ventura, officially presented yesterday, said he should not be judged by his lack of major titles and that he had enjoyed “other victories” in his long career. Ventura, the second oldest coach to occupy the post,...

  • Junior teams excel at waterpolo tournaments

    Junior teams excel at waterpolo tournaments

    The two Malta junior teams at the recently-held Exiles-ASA tournaments, sponsored by Jetfreight, produced outstanding performances to finish top of their respective sections in the final reckoning. The U-16s beat all opposition at the National...

  • SMTA team win medals in Catania

    St Martins Taekwondo Academy (SMTA) had a memorable debut at the Catania International Open, held recently at the PalaCatania hall, as their promising martial artists returned home with four medals – one of which gold. This international meeting...