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  • Floriana and Balzan face tough away matches

    Floriana and Balzan open their Europa League campaign with tough away assignments at Serbia’s Red Star and Videoton, of Hungary, today. The two Maltese teams will have a common goal, that of trying to keep alive the tie before next week’s home leg...

  • City coach not underestimating Folgore’s threat

    City coach not underestimating Folgore’s threat

    New Valletta coach Zoran Popovic is warning his players against  complacency as the Citizens open their Europa League campaign with a match against fellow minnows San Marino’s Folgore at the Hibs Stadium this evening. When the draw for the first...

  • Shadows from the past (1,197): Keeper Sultana inspires Maroons to trophy glory

    Shadows from the past (1,197): Keeper Sultana inspires  Maroons to trophy glory

    Michael Sultana had all the ingredients of a fine goalkeeper. He was tall, had a safe pair of hands, his interceptions were prompt and his fielding accurate. These qualities made him one of the best goalkeepers of the sixties and early...

  • Football news

    Defender Dani Alves has confirmed that he has left Serie A champions Juventus after one season in Italy, with Manchester City the most likely destination for the Brazilian, according to media reports. The 34-year-old joined Juventus on a two-year...

  • San Ġiljan lay down marker as second round gets underway

    San Ġiljan lay down marker as second round gets underway

    The second round of the BOV Premier and First Division championships starts today after each team in the top league played five matches and those in the second-tier figured in four. It will be another round robin series of matches, 25 in both...

  • Hurricanes storm back to snatch draw with Lions

    Hurricanes storm back to  snatch draw with Lions

    The Wellington Hurricanes launched an extraordinary comeback by scoring two tries while British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson was in the sinbin and snatched a 31-31 draw in the visitors’ final midweek match of their New Zealand tour...

  • Serena hits back after McEnroe ranks her 700th on men’s tour

    Serena hits back after McEnroe ranks her 700th on men’s tour

    Serena Williams has asked John McEnroe for “respect” after the seven-times grand slam champion said his fellow American would be ranked “like 700 in the world” if she had to play on the men’s circuit. In an interview with National Public Radio on...

  • FIFA publishes Garcia World Cups report after leak

    FIFA publishes Garcia World Cups report after leak

    The global soccer body FIFA said yesterday it had decided to publish the Garcia report into the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively, more than two-and-a-half years after the investigation was...

  • Malta to host FIBA Under-18 Division C

    Buoyed by the gold medal won by the women’s national team at the San Marino GSSE earlier this month, the Malta Basketball Association (MBA) is bracing itself for a busy summer. Next week, the MBA will be hosting the FIBA U-18 Women’s Championship...

  • Football news

    Liverpool are unlikely to face disciplinary proceedings from the Premier League after being accused by Southampton of making an illegal approach to sign their defensive lynchpin Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool ended their interest in the Dutch centre...

  • Two out of two for Bonello in Mtarfa

    Two out of two for  Bonello in Mtarfa

    Team Greens maintained their stranglehold in the National Time Trial Championships series after Etienne Bonello and Michelle Vella Wood took the honours in the second race held on the Mtarfa Bypass last week. The participants were engaged in an...

  • Chile gear up for tough semi-final against Ronaldo’s Portugal

    Chile gear up for tough semi-final against Ronaldo’s Portugal

    Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will renew old acquaintances when his reigning two-time Copa America champions take on Portugal in what he expects to be a tough Confederations Cup semi-final today. Pizzi, who played under Portuguese coach Fernando...

  • New Zealand plan brings America’s Cup revenge

    New Zealand plan brings America’s Cup revenge

    Emirates Team New Zealand’s successful plan to regain the America’s Cup started as soon as they had lost in devastating fashion to Oracle Team USA in San Francisco in 2013. The New Zealand outfit had been highly secretive about their activities...

  • Video assistant referee system needs improvement, says FIFA

    The video assistant referee (VAR) technology being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russia should be refined, the head of refereeing at world soccer’s governing body FIFA said. “In general we have really good results but for sure... many...

  • Hamilton provoked Vettel says Stewart

    Hamilton provoked Vettel says Stewart

    Sir Jackie Stewart believes Lewis Hamilton must take some of the blame for an on-track bust-up with title rival Sebastian Vettel during Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Vettel hit the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes as the pair weaved behind the safety...

  • Sporting briefs

    NORTHAMPTON: Chinese company 5USport has agreed to purchase a majority stake in English League One side Northampton Town, the club said in a statement. 5USport, a sports development and education firm, will purchase a stake in Northampton Town...

  • Sports round-up

    BASKETBALL, NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (picture) put the finishing touch on a magical season by being named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016-17 campaign on Monday at the NBA’s inaugural awards show. Westbrook, who...

  • Hibs in charge in Champions League tie

    Hibs in charge in Champions League tie

    Hibernians scored two second-half goals to see off FCI Tallinn, of Estonia, 2-0 in the Champions League first qualifying round first leg tie at the Hibs Stadium. The Paolites endured a scare after only three minutes when the visitors were awarded...

  • FIFA makes shock move to publish report into 2018/2022 Word Cup bidding race

    FIFA makes shock move to publish report into 2018/2022 Word Cup bidding race

    FIFA has taken the dramatic step of publishing a controversial internal report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process after it was leaked to a German newspaper this week. Produced by FIFA's chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia in...

  • Halliday among players left out of Gers Europa League opener

    Pedro Caixinha has given his biggest hint yet that he sees no future for a clutch of his Rangers first-team stars after leaving them out of his squad for their opening Europa League qualifier. The names of defender Rob Kiernan, midfielders Andy...