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Head of the FIFA Inspection Group Harold Mayne-Nicholls speaks to the media during a soccer World Cup 2018 bid event at Manchester Central, northern England August 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

21 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday.

No fairytale ending for Malaysia skipper Shukor

21 December 2014

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia not only lost the AFF Suzuki Cup, but also seasoned campaigner Mohd Shukor Adan.

Thailand coach wants to look beyond Asean football

21 December 2014

PETALING JAYA: Despite the euphoria of winning the AFF Suzuki Cup for the fourth time on Saturday, Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang feels they need to look beyond this region and make progress on the Asian level.

Japan's head coach Javier Aguirre attends a news conference in Tokyo December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Japan send mission to Spain to probe Aguirre allegations

21 December 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japan Football Association has sent a delegation to Spain to conduct a probe into the match-fixing scandal that has embroiled national team coach Javier Aguirre.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (C), Luis Suarez (L) and Jordi Alba celebrate a goal against Cordoba during their Spanish First division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Messi double, Suarez goal fire Barca rout

21 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi scored two late goals and Luis Suarez got his first in La Liga as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday to finish the year a point behind leaders Real Madrid. In-form Pedro put Barca ahead after 71 seconds, the second fastest goal in La Liga this season, with a clinical finish from a ball over the top of the defence by Ivan Rakitic. The signs were ominous for Cordoba as they found themselves encamped in their own half, although Barca did not add to their lead until early in the second half through Suarez.

Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique smiles during a training session at Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barca well-placed and with room for improvement, says coach

21 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is happy with their position on the shoulders of La Liga leaders Real Madrid given the Catalans can only improve in the New Year.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with team mates after their team scored their second goal during their Club World Cup final football match against San Lorenzo at the Marrakech stadium, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup

21 December 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale after being forced into a scrap by the feisty South Americans.

Koeman's hard-working Saints snap losing streak

21 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The hard work and spirit that have helped many teams dig their way out of trouble proved crucial for Southampton on Saturday, according to manager Ronald Koeman whose side snapped a five-game losing streak in emphatic fashion.

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao (C) celebrates with team-mates after scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England December 20, 2014.     REUTERS/Darren Staples

United's Falcao on target but gets no guarantees

21 December 2014

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Manchester United's injury-hit striker Radamel Falcao marked his return to the starting lineup for the first time since October with a second-half equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Aston Villa.

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England December 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Darren Staples

Silva gives Man City win over Palace, United held

21 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - David Silva sparkled for Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace that wiped out Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday and added festive spice to the title race.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

AFF SUZUKI CUP

Final, first leg
Thailand 2 Malaysia 0

Final, second leg
Malaysia 3 Thailand 2 (Thailand won 4-3 on aggregate)

EPL Results & Standings

Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2
Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1
Man City 3 Crystal Palace 0
Aston Villa 1 Man United 1
Hull 0 Swansea 1
QPR 3 West Brom 2
Southampton 3 Everton 0
Tottenham 2 Burnley 1
West Ham 2 Leicester 0


English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Chelsea
16 23 39
Man City
17 22 39
Man Utd 17 12 32
West Ham 17 10 31
Southampton
17 15 29
Arsenal
17 9 27
Tottenham 17 -1 27
Swansea 17 3 25
Newcastle 17 -5 23
Liverpool 17 -3
22
Everton 17 0 21
Aston Villa 17 -10 20
Stoke City 16 -3 19
Sunderland 17 -9 19
West Brom 17 -6 17
QPR 17 -12 17
Crystal Palace 17 -8 15
Burnley 17 -14
15
Hull 17 -9 13
Leicester
17
-14 10
Golf

Dubai Open
Leading final round scores: 272: Arjun Atwal (Ind) 73-65-68-66; 273: Wang Jeung-hun (Kor) 71-67-68-67; 275: Simon Yates (Sco) 71-67-69-68; 276: Jake Higginbottom (Aus) 72-71-69-64, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 74-69-65-68; 277: Carlos Pigem (Spa) 70-73-68-66, Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) 73-66-68-70, Pariya Junhasavasdikul (Tha) 68-72-67-70, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 71-69-67-70, Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 70-72-64-71; 278: Bryce Easton (Rsa) 69-71-69-69, Mo Joong-kyung (Kor) 70-71-68-69, Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 69-69-69-71, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 71-66-69-72; 279: Unho Park (Aus) 75-68-69-67, Rattanon Wannasrichan (Tha) 75-70-67-67, Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Tha) 70-71-67-71, Darren Clarke (Nir) 72-71-64-72.

Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Tuesday, Dec 23
Stoke v Chelsea - 4am**

Friday, Dec 26
Chelsea v West Ham - 8.45pm
Burnley v Liverpool - 11pm
Crystal Palace v Southampton - 11pm
Everton v Stoke - 11pm
Leicester v Tottenham - 11pm
Man United v Newcastle - 11pm
Sunderland v Hull - 11pm
Swansea v Aston Villa - 11pm
West Brom v Man City - 11pm

Saturday, Dec 27
Arsenal v QPR - 1.30am**

Sunday, Dec 28
Tottenham v Man United - 8pm
Southampton v Chelsea - 10.05pm
Aston Villa v Sunderland - 11pm
Hull v Leicester - 11pm
Man City v Burnley - 11pm
QPR v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Stoke v West Brom - 11pm
West Ham v Arsenal - 11pm
Newcastle v Everton - 11pm

Tuesday, Dec 30
Liverpool v Swansea - 4am**

Thursday, Jan 1
Stoke v Man United - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Hull v Everton - 11pm
Liverpool v Leicester - 11pm
Man City v Sunderland - 11pm
Newcastle v Burnley - 11pm
QPR v Swansea - 11pm
Southampton v Arsenal - 11pm
West Ham v West Brom - 11pm

Friday, Jan 2
Tottenham v Chelsea - 1.30am**

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

UEFA Champions League

Last 16 draw

(First leg ties on Feb 17-18, 24-25; Second leg on March 10-11, 17-18)

Paris St Germain (Fra) vs Chelsea (Eng)
Manchester City (Eng) vs Barcelona (Spa)
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) vs Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Juventus (Ita) vs Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
Schalke (Ger) vs Real Madrid (Spa)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) vs Bayern Munich (Ger)
Arsenal (Eng) vs Monaco (Fra)
FC Basel (Swi) vs FC Porto (Por)

Other Football Results

Dutch Div 1: Vitesse Arnhem 3 Heracles 0, NAC Breda 0 Feyenoord 1, Excelsior 0 Ajax 2, FC Twente 3 Willem II 2.
Leading standings: 1. PSV Eindhoven 43, 2. Ajax 39, 3. Feyenoord 31, 4. FC Zwolle 29, 5. AZ Alkmaar 28.

French Div 1: Marseille 2 Lille 1, Saint-Etienne 3 Evian 0, Bordeaux 0 Lyon 5.
Leading standings: 1. Marseille 41, 2. Lyon 39, 3. Paris St Germain 38, 4. Saint-Etienne 36, 5. Monaco 32.

German Div 1: Hertha Berlin 0 Hoffenheim 5, Freiburg 2 Hanover 96 2.
Leading standings: 1. Bayern Munich 45, 2. Wolfsburg 34, 3. Bayer Leverkusen 28, 4. Borussia  Moenchengladbach 27, 4. Schalke 27.

Italian Serie A: Verona 0 Chievo 1, Atalanta 3 Palermo 3, Fiorentina 1 Empoli 1, Sampdoria 2 Udinese 2, Torino 2 Genoa 1, Inter Milan 2 Lazio 2.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 39, 2. Roma 36, 3. Lazio 27, 4. Napoli 27, 5. Sampdoria 27.

Portuguese Premier League: Moreirense 1 Boavista 0, Arouca 1 Maritimo Funchal 0, Academica Coimbra 1 Penafiel 1, Benfica 1 Gil Vicente 0, Nacional 0 Sporting Lisbon 1.
Leading standings: 1. Benfica 37, 2. FC Porto 31, 3. Vitoria Guimaraes 28, 4. Sporting Lisbon 27, 5. Sporting Braga 25.

Scottish Premier League: Dundee United 2 Celtic 1.
Leading standings: 1. Celtic 38, 2. Dundee  United 34. 3. Aberdeen 34, 4. Hamilton Academical 33, 5. Inverness CT 32.

Spanish Div 1: Villarreal 3 Deportivo La Coruna 0, Granada 1 Getafe 1, Elche 1 Malaga 2, Athletic Bilbao 1 Atletico Madrid 4.
Leading standings: 1. Real Madrid 39, 2. Barcelona 38, 3. Atletico Madrid 32, 4. Valencia 31, 5. Villarreal 30.

Badminton

BWF WORLD SUPERSERIES FINALS

All final

Men’s singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Hans Kristian-Vittinghus (Den) 21-16, 21-10.
Men's doubles: Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 19-21, 21-19, 21-16.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-17, 21-12.
Women’s doubles: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 21-17, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) 21-15, 21-12.

Basketball

NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Cleveland 105 Memphis 91, Sacramento 108 LA Lakers 101, New Orleans 101 Oklahoma City 99, Phoenix 104 Washington 92, Toronto 118 New York 108, Miami 100 Boston 84, Indiana 100 Minnesota 96, Philadelphia 96 Orlando 88, New Jersay 110 Detroit 105.

Squash

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Final: Nicol David (Mas) bt Raneem El Welily (Egy) 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 14-12, 11-5.

IPT 1Malaysia Squash Circuit

MEN
Final: Ivan Yuen (UPM) bt Mohd Addeen Idrakie (UM) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8.
Third placing playoff: Mohd Amir Farhan (UPM) bt Shaun Kwan (Nilai) 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.

WOMEN
Final: Zulhijjah Azan (UPM) bt Jadeleen Lee (Sunway) 11-3, 11-9, 11-3.
Third placing playoff: Ilya Kareena Ibrahim (UiTM) bt Sima Padbod (MAHSA) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6.

Sports Calendar

December

Nov 22-Dec 20
Football: AFF Suzuki Cup
Singapore/Vietnam

Dec 1-6
Squash: Women’s World Team Championship
Niagara on the lake, Canada

Dec 2-4
Golf: USPGA Champions Tour - PNC Father-Son Challenge
Orlando, Florida 

Dec 3-7
Swimming: World Championships (short course)
Doha, Qatar

Dec 4-15
Bowling: World Bowling Championship 2014
Abu Dhabi

Dec 5-7
Track Cycling: World Cup
London 

Dec 8-13
Badminton: Yonex Grand Prix
California, USA

Dec 6-14
Hockey: Men’s Hero Hockey Champions Trophy
Bhubaneswar, India

Dec 12–19 
Squash: Women’s World Championship
Egypt

Dec 17-21
Badminton: BWF World Superseries Finals
Dubai

January 2015

ATHLETICS

Jan 2: Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, Japan
Jan 3: Xiamen International Marathon, China
Jan 18: Houston Marathon, USA
Jan 23: Dubai Marathon
Jan 25: Hong Kong Marathon; Osaka Women's Marathon, Japan
Jan 31: Karlsruhe-IAAF Indoor Meet, Germany

BADMINTON

Jan 13-18: Malaysia Masters, Kuching
Jan 15-18: Swedish Masters, Sweden
Jan 20-25: Syed Modi Championships, India
Jan 27-Feb 1: China International Challenge

BOWLING

Jan 2-11: Brunswick Ballmaster Open, Finland
Jan 11-18: Irish Open Championships, Dublin
Jan 15-26: Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, Thailand

CYCLING

Jan 17-25: Tour Down Under, Australia
Jan 17-18: Track Cycling World Cup, Colombia
Jan 29-Feb 1: New Zealand Cycle Classic

FOOTBALL

Jan 9-31: AFC Asian Cup, Australia
Jan 17-Feb 8: African Cup of Nations,Equatorial Guinea

GOLF

Jan 9-12: Tournament of Champions, Hawaii, USA
Jan 15-18: Sony Open, Hawaii, USA
Jan 22-25: Humana Challenge, California, USA
Jan 29-Feb 1: Phoenix Open, Arizona, USA

HOCKEY

Jan 17-25: World League Round 2 (Men), Singapore

MOTORSPORT

Jan 10: Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix, Argentina

SQUASH

Jan 2-6: British Junior Open, Sheffield, England
Jan 14-23: Tournament of Champions; New York, USA
Jan 21-26: Greenwich Open, Connecticut, USA
Jan 22-27: Motor City Open, Michigan, USA
Jan 27-Feb 1: Winnipeg Women's Open, Manitoba, Canada
Jan 29-Feb 3: Cleveland Classic, Ohio, USA

TENNIS

Jan 4-10: Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia
Jan 4-11: Brisbane International, Australia
Jan 5-11: Chennai Open, India
Jan 5-10: Qatar Open, Doha
Jan 12-17: Apia International Sydney, Australia
Jan 12-17: Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open, Melbourne

February 2015

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Feb 1: NFL Superbowl, Arizona, USA

ATHLETICS

Feb 1: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Moscow, Russia
Feb 7: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Boston, USA
Feb 19: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 21: IAAF World Indoor Meet, Birmingham, Britain
Feb 22: Tokyo Marathon, Japan

BADMINTON

Feb 18-21: Austrian Open, Vienna
Feb 24-March 1: German Open, Mulheim an der Ruhr

CRICKET

Feb 14-March 29: World Cup, Australia and New Zealand

CYCLING

Feb 18-22: World Track Championships, TBA

DIVING

Feb 20-22: Diving Grand Prix, Germany

FOOTBALL

Feb 3- Aug 5: Copa Libertadores, various locations
Feb 17-18: Champions League Round of 16 First Leg, various locations
Feb 24-25: Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg, various locations

GOLF

Feb 2-8: Farmers Insurance Open, California, USA
Feb 9-15: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, California, USA
Feb 23-March 1: The Honda Classic, Florida, USA

SQUASH

Feb 4-8: Delaware Open (Women), USA 
Feb 5-8: Swedish Open, Linkoping
Feb 24 - March 4: Windy City Open, Chicago, USA

TENNIS

Feb 2-8: Ecuador Open, Quito
Feb 2-8: Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France
Feb 2-8: Zagreb Indoors, Croatia
Feb 9-15: ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Holland
Feb 9-15: Brazil Open, Sao Paulo
Feb 9-15: Memphis Open, USA
Feb 9- Nov 15: Fed Cup, various locations
Feb 16-22: Rio Open, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Feb 16-22: Delray Beach Open, USA
Feb 16-22: Open 13, Marseille, France
Feb 23-28: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, U.A.E
Feb 23-28: Mexico Open, Acapulco
Feb 23 - March 1: Argentina Open, Buenos Aires

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