Football: Leicester thump sorry Newcastle, West Ham held by Burnley

LONDON (AFP) – Leicester left Newcastle still rooted in the English Premier League relegation zone with a 4-0 thrashing on Sunday (Dec 12), while West Ham’s Champions League ambitions were dented by a 0-0 draw at Burnley. Despite being hit by a coronavirus outbreak that left Brendan Rodgers without seven players, the Foxes gave Eddie... » read more

Football: Danjuma double sends Villarreal into Champions League last 16

BERGAMO, ITALY (REUTERS) – Villarreal became the last team to reach the Champions League knockout stages as Netherlands international Arnaut Danjuma’s double helped them to a 3-2 win at Atalanta in their rearranged final Group F match on Thursday (Dec 9). The game was scheduled to take place on Wednesday but was postponed due to... » read more

Football: Juventus see off Malmo to top Champions League group

TURIN, ITALY (AFP) – Juventus completed their Champions League group phase with a largely uneventful 1-0 win over Malmo which allowed them to qualify for the last 16 as Group H winners. Massimiliano Allegri’s side leapfrogged Chelsea to claim top spot after Moise Kean headed the only goal of the game and Chelsea conceded a... » read more

Football: City on a mission to return to Champions League final, says Gundogan

MANCHESTER (REUTERS) – Manchester City are determined to return to the Champions League final and will use their disappointment of losing last season’s showpiece as motivation, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said on Tuesday (Nov 23). City reached their first ever Champions League final in May but lost 1-0 to Chelsea, with Gundogan collecting his second runners-up... » read more

Football: Neymar in decline? Brazilian’s form a concern for PSG

PARIS (AFP) – While Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have dominated the headlines for Paris Saint-Germain this season, Neymar’s recent form has become a source of concern in the French capital. The Brazilian has scored just one goal in eight games since the campaign began, and that was a penalty in a 2-1 league win... » read more

Badminton: Japan to play S. Korea in Uber Cup semis after easy wins, no surprises in Thomas Cup too

AARHUS, DENMARK (XINHUA) – Defending Uber Cup champions Japan and South Korea both coasted to straight-forward 3-0 victories in Thursday’s (Oct 14) quarter-finals and will meet in Friday’s semi-finals. Japan, who won their first women’s badminton team title in 37 years in Thailand in 2018, took the first two singles and opening doubles matches without... » read more

Football: Not you again? Messi and Ronaldo in Ballon d’Or contention

PARIS (AFP) – Six-time winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time victor, were among the 30 names revealed on Friday (Oct 8) for the Ballon d’Or award. The serial favourites face competition that includes Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Karim Benzema, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante who are also considered as leading runners in the list unveiled... » read more

Football: Sheriff stun Real Madrid with shock away victory in Champions League

MADRID (REUTERS) – Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol pulled off a remarkable 2-1 win away to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday (Sept 28), snatching a shock victory thanks to a sensational 89th-minute strike from Sebastien Thill. Competition debutants Sheriff went ahead against the 13-times European champions in the 25th minute with a header... » read more