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  • Sporting briefs

    MLS: MLS Eastern Conference pace-setters Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire both won on Saturday night to maintain their momentum. Jozy Altidore scored Toronto’s opener in a 2-0 win over DC United, rounded off by Jordan Hamilton’s late header. The...

  • The Champions League should be for all champions

    The Champions League should be for all champions

    I’ve always found it highly contradictory that the Champions League involves clubs who are, by definition, anything but champions. Of course, Uefa justify this by claiming it is a competition aimed at establishing the champions of Europe, rather...

  • Chelsea forward Hazard plays down transfer talk

    Midfielder Eden Hazard tried to play down speculation that he is about to move away from Stamford Bridge by describing how settled he feels with his Chelsea “family”. The Belgium international scored 17 goals and provided five assists to help...

  • IFAB to discuss a ‘quiet revolution’ in laws of game

    IFAB to discuss a ‘quiet revolution’ in laws of game

    Penalty goals, dribbling from freekicks and corners, and points deductions for mobbing the referee are among a crop of radical proposals for discussion by football’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board. IFAB’s technical...

  • Stripes strike deal for Grech

    Stripes strike deal for Grech

    Jake Grech will become a Birkirkara player this morning after the Stripes reached an agreement with Ħamrun Spartans over the transfer of the 19-year-old midfielder yesterday. The Malta U-21 international is set to put pen to paper on a five-year...

  • Ronaldo only focused on Mexico says Silva

    Ronaldo only focused  on Mexico says Silva

    Cristiano Ronaldo is not letting accusations of tax fraud and fresh transfer speculation get to him, according to Portugal team-mate Andre Silva. The 32-year-old Real Madrid striker, who is in Russia as Portugal prepare for their Confederations...

  • Perez closing in on third mandate

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is closing in on a third mandate until 2021, with no candidate having declared his intention to challenge him in the election two days before today’s deadline. Perez, who began his second spell as Real...

  • Football news

    Olympique Lyonnais are expecting competition from various clubs as they hold “advanced talks” to sign midfielder Bertrand Traore from Premier League champions Chelsea, the Ligue 1 team’s president Jean-Michel Aulas said. The 21-year-old, who made...

  • Sporting briefs

    Garner: Ipswich have signed striker Joe Garner from Rangers on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old, whose signing was announced on the Town website, is the Tractor Boys’ second signing of the summer following the arrival of...

  • Russia relieved after passing first World Cup test

    Russia relieved after passing first World Cup test

    Russia breathed a sigh of relief after its soccer team won the opening match of the Confederations Cup and the country demonstrated that one of its most problematic World Cup pitches was fit for international matches. Russia convincingly beat New...

  • Australia keeper Mathew Ryan set to sign for Brighton

    Brighton have agreed the signing of Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia. The newly-promoted Seagulls say the undisclosed fee for the 25-year-old is a club record. Ryan has agreed a five-year contract and replaces former Fulham...

  • New stadium at heart of Liverpool bid

    Liverpool’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games will include Premier League club Everton’s planned new stadium, which will feature a temporary, removable athletics track Liverpool unveiled its bid yesterday saying the opening ceremony and...

  • Russia faces first test for 2018 WCup with NZ opener

    Russia faces first test for  2018 WCup with NZ opener

    With President Vladimir Putin in attendance and 44,000 tickets sold, today’s Confederations Cup opener will give Russia the chance to show off its preparations for next year’s World Cup despite concerns over stadium security and...

  • ‘Tournament as test for young players’

    Germany’s Confederations Cup target is not so much the title as it is to develop young players with an eye on next year’s World Cup in Russia, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said yesterday. Germany, who have sent a second string team to the...

  • Gers need quality signings to improve, says Hartson

    Gers need quality signings to improve, says Hartson

    Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes Pedro Caixinha should have gone for quality over quantity in his bid to rebuild Rangers. So far the Portuguese boss has signed former Aberdeen skipper Ryan Jack, Bruno Alves, Daniel Candeias, Fabio...

  • Hull yet to receive any bids for Eldin Jakupovic

    Hull have confirmed they have not received any offers for goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. Jakupovic was reported to be set to join Leicester for a fee of around £2million but the Tigers, braced for the expected departures of several players following...

  • Birkirkara close in on U-21 midfielder Grech

    Birkirkara close in on U-21 midfielder Grech

    Birkirkara are closing in on the signing of Jake Grech from Ħamrun Spartans. Gaetano Debattista, the president of Ħamrun Spartans, confirmed to the Times of Malta that Birkirkara have launched a bid to sign the 19-year-old midfielder and...

  • Pickford to handle pressure at Everton

    England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has backed Jordan Pickford to handle the spotlight after his £30m move to Everton. Goalkeeper Pickford had a medical in Poland, where he is due to play for England in the Euro 2017, as his big-money switch...

  • Chelsea expect Conte to stay on despite quit talk

    Chelsea expect  Conte to stay on despite quit talk

    Chelsea insist Antonio Conte is happy at Stamford Bridge and reports to the contrary are false. Conte won the Premier League title in his first season in charge, but the subject of his future has been continually raised in recent months. Press...

  • Outraged Cristiano Ronaldo seeks Real Madrid exit after tax probe

    Outraged Cristiano Ronaldo seeks Real Madrid exit after tax probe

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is "outraged" at what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities and is determined to quit the club and the country. Press Association Sport understands the 32-year-old feels he is being singled out...

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