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  • Sporting briefs

    Newcastle: Newcastle are hopeful of completing a deal for Eibar defender Florian Lejeune within days. The Magpies have been locked in negotiations with the La Liga outfit for some time over the 26-year-old Frenchman, who has an £8.7m release...

  • Camilleri lands veteran title in Messina Open

    A good number of Maltese players took part in the FISTF International Open of Messina, recently. For the majority of the Maltese players in Messina, the tournament served as a good preparation for their participation in the FISTF World Cup that...

  • Malta Marauders reach Prague final

    Malta Marauders rugby team reached the final of the Prague International Veterans tournament for the second year running, but missed out on the trophy yet again. Marauders were drawn in Pool A of the eight-team tournament, and were first on...

  • Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho of €3.3m tax fraud

    Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho of €3.3m tax fraud

    Spanish prosecutors have filed a claim against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on two counts of tax fraud dating back to when he coached Real Madrid. The Portuguese manager owes Spanish tax authorities €3.3 million, a Madrid prosecutor...

  • No Ancelotti support for Lewandowski – agent

    Carlo Ancelotti failed to support Robert Lewandowski in his bid to finish ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Bundesliga top-scorer, his agent said yesterday. Lewandowski, 28, racked up his second successive 30-goal campaign at Bayern, taking...

  • Sporting briefs

    RANGERS: Striker Alfredo Morelos will be part of Rangers’ Europa League squad after the Ibrox side beat UEFA’s transfer deadline to seal his signature. The Ibrox outfit confirmed the signing of the 20-year-old from Finnish side HJK Helsinki on a...

  • Football News

    Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero says he expects Patrik Schick to sign for Juventus this summer. The Czech Republic under-21 forward is reportedly courted by a number of Italian clubs, including Juve and Inter, but Ferrero says the player has...

  • No Ancelotti support for Lewandowski – agent

    Carlo Ancelotti failed to support Robert Lewandowski in his bid to finish ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Bundesliga top-scorer, his agent said yesterday. Lewandowski, 28, racked up his second successive 30-goal campaign at Bayern, taking...

  • Crotone coach keeps promise and cycles the length of Italy

    Crotone coach keeps promise and cycles the length of Italy

    Two months ago, with his team looking set for relegation to the Italian second division, Crotone coach Davide Nicola promised that he would cycle the 1,300 km to his home town in Turin if they escaped the drop. Crotone went on to pull off one of...

  • Croatia investigates midfielder Modric for alleged false testimony

    Croatia’s state attorney is investigating Croatia international and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric on suspicion of giving false testimony in a criminal trial, the attorney’s office said yesterday. Modric testified last week at the trial of a...

  • Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

    Perez to remain as Real Madrid president until 2021

    Florentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline, the European champions announced in a statement yesterday. Perez, who began his second...

  • Time needed for new technology to be understood - Chile coach

    Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi believes more time is needed for new technology to be understood after his team felt the positive and negative results of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system being tested at the Confederations Cup in Russia. In...

  • Fresh-faced Germans made to sweat in 3-2 win over Australia

    Fresh-faced Germans made to sweat in 3-2 win over Australia

    Fresh-faced Germany were made to work harder than expected in their 3-2 victory over Australia in their Confederations Cup Group B debut yesterday with the world champions’ young squad still adjusting to tournament life. With half a dozen key...

  • Celtic face potential draw against Linfield

    Scottish champions Celtic will play Northern Ireland’s Linfield or La Fiorita of San Marino in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ side, who reached the group stages last season, will begin their competitive...

  • Mixed fortunes for the Maltese participants

    Valletta, Balzan and Floriana experienced mixed fortunes in yesterday’s first qualifying round draw of the Europa League held in Nyon yesterday. Surely Valletta were the happiest of the Maltese trio as being one of the seeded sides in yesterday’s...

  • Hibs drawn to play Estonia’s FCI Tallinn

    Hibs drawn to play Estonia’s FCI Tallinn

    Hibernians were handed a tricky tie in the Champions League qualifiers as yeterday the Paolites were drawn to face Estonia’s FCI Tallinn in the first qualifying round. The Paolites, winners of a 12th national league title last month, were one of...

  • Micallef wins in Tierp to go top in FIA championship

    Micallef wins in Tierp to go top in FIA championship

    Duncan Micallef stormed to victory in round two of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship which was held at the Tierp Arena, Sweden last weekend. For the Maltese racer this was his first victory in the Top Fuel Methanol class this season and...

  • Borg in second round after Selby withdrawal

    Borg in second round after Selby withdrawal

    Alex Borg has moved into the second round of the Riga Masters without potting a ball as his opponent Mark Selby, the world no.1, has decided to pull out of the tournament. The Malta champion was due to face the current world champion in the...

  • Federer seeks to reignite form on return

    After his comeback was cut short by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart last week, Roger Federer is eager to get a win under his belt in the opening round of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle as the Swiss gears up for another tilt at Wimbledon. Federer, who was...

  • Jones bemoans lack of hunger among England’s youngsters

    England’s young rugby players are not hungry enough for success because they have an easier path into senior teams in the Premiership than their counterparts in other countries, head coach Eddie Jones has said. With a raft of regulars away on duty...