Football

Italy's national soccer player Mario Balotelli attends a training session at the Maria Lamas Farache-Frasqueirao stadium in Natal, June 21, 2014.    REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring a goal against Brazil during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte June 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Injured Brazilian national football team player Neymar (L) arrives with his father, Neymar da Silva, Sr., for a news conference in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, July 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Marcelo Regua

Barcelona agree to sign Suarez from Liverpool

Balotelli courts more controversy with gun photo

Arsenal beef up attack with signing of Sanchez

Neymar to cheer for Argentina, Rodriguez unimpressed

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Sime Darby aiming high in Malaysia Cup

11 July 2014

PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby coach Ismail Zakaria is a hard man to please.

Argentina fans dressed up as Pope Francis, show "seven", in reference to the number of goals Brazil let in against Germany in their semi-final match, as they wait for a train at Luz Station to catch the 2014 World Cup semi-final soccer match between Argentina and Netherlands at Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014.   REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A game of two popes: Vatican plays down talk of World Cup rivalry

11 July 2014

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of football rivalry between Argentine Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict, a German.

FACTBOX-Luis Suarez's sins and sanctions

11 July 2014

(Reuters) - Barcelona announced on Friday that they have agreed to sign disgraced Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool.

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella addresses a news conference priot to a team training session at the national stadium in Brasilia July 4, 2014, one day before their 2014 World Cup quarter-final soccer match against Belgium.   REUTERS/David Gray

FIFA fines Argentina for snubbing media

11 July 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina have been fined 300,000 Swiss francs (196,299.22 pounds) for failing to bring players to four pre-match news conferences during the World Cup, FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

Uruguay's national soccer team player Luis Suarez attends a news conference prior a training session at the Dunas Arena soccer stadium in Natal, June 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Barcelona agree to sign Suarez from Liverpool

11 July 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have agreed to buy disgraced Uruguay forward Luis Suarez from Liverpool, the two clubs said on Friday.

William Hill says World Cup betting tops target

11 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - William Hill has beaten its 200 million pound target for betting on the World Cup despite an early English exit from the football tournament, Britain's largest bookmaker said on Friday.

Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic, who has played his final home match for the team, addresses the fans following their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England May 6, 2014.    REUTERS/Darren Staples    (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR "LIVE" SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS - RTR3O20Q

Man Utd still tops sponsors' league after poor season

11 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - A wretched season and exile from European soccer's top club competition have done nothing to dim Manchester United's commercial appeal, with the team set to sign a sportswear deal with Adidas worth twice what rivals have been earning.

Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh (L) challenges Manchester United's Patrice Evra during their English Premier League soccer match at  Selhurst Park, London February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Chamakh signs two-year deal with Crystal Palace

11 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh has signed a new two-year deal with Crystal Palace, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

Argentina's national soccer team player Javier Mascherano (2nd L) talks to teammate Lucas Biglia (C) as they sit with Ezequiel Lavezzi (R), Martin Demichelis (2nd R) and Rodrigo Palacio (R, standing) during a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup final match against Germany, in Vespasiano July 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Argentina, Germany start final tuning, Suarez loses appeal

11 July 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina and Germany were both back at work on Thursday, secretly hatching plans for Sunday's World Cup final as Uruguay striker Luis Suarez lost his appeal against his ban for biting.

Argentina's national football team striker Sergio Aguero smiles during a news conference after a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup final match against Germany, in Vespasiano July 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Argentina must avoid past mistakes v Germany - Aguero

11 July 2014

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - Argentina must avoid the errors committed against Germany in the last World Cup if they are to conquer their European rivals in the final this time round, striker Sergio Aguero said on Thursday.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

SUPER LEAGUE

ARMED FORCES 1 SIME DARBY 1
KELANTAN 2 TERENGGANU 3
SARAWAK 0 JDT 1
PKNS 2 SELANGOR 2
PERAK 3 PAHANG 0
T-TEAM 0 LIONS XII 1

PREMIER LEAGUE

JDT II 1 SABAH 0
PENANG 2 SPA PUTRAJAYA 2
POLICE 2 KEDAH 3
UiTM 1 NEGRI SEMBILAN 1
PERLIS 2 FELDA UNITED 3
DRB HICOM FC 1 PBAPP FC 1

EPL Results & Standings

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Man City (C)
38 65 86
Liverpool
38 51 84
Chelsea
38 44 82
Arsenal
38 27 79
Everton
38 22 72
Tottenham
38 4 69
Man Utd
38 21 64
Southampton
38 8 56
Newcastle
38 -16 49
Stoke
38 -7 50
Crystal Palace
38 -15 45
Swansea
38 0 42
West Ham
38 -11 40
Sunderland
38 -19 38
Aston Villa
38 -22 38
Hull
38 -15 37
West Brom
38 -16 36
Norwich (R)
38 -34 33
Fulham (R)
38 -45 32
Cardiff (R)
38 -42 30

C - champion
R - relegated

Upcoming EPL Fixtures

Season 2014/15 commences on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014.

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

Other Football Results

International friendlies: France 8 Jamaica 0, Italy 5 Fluminense 3.

Golf

John Deere Classic

Leading first round scores (US unless stated): 63: Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa), Brian Harman; 64: Todd Hamilton, Steven Bowditch (Aus), William McGirt; 65: Brendon de Jonge (Zim), Kevin Tway, David Toms, Robert Streb; 66: Charles Howell, Ryan Moore, Johnson Wagner, Jerry Kelly, Justin Hicks, Trevor Immelman (Rsa); 67: Harris English, Bo Van Pelt, Nicholas Thompson, Bud Cauley, Wes Roach, Scott Brown, Sean O'Hair; 68: Brice Garnett, Kevin Na, John Senden (Aus), JJ Henry, Kevin Kisner, Alex Prugh, Ricky Barnes, Troy Merritt, Steve Stricker, John Huh, Brian Stuard, Kevin Chappell. 

Scottish Open

Leading first round scores (Britain and Ireland unless stated): 64: Rory McIlroy; 65: Kristoffer Broberg (Swe), Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg); 66: Michael Hoey; 67: Richard Bland, Luke Donald, Marc Warren, David Drysdale; 68:  David Howell, Russell Knox, Phil Mickelson (US), Kevin Phelan, Gary Stal (Fra); 69: Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Niclas Fasth (Swe), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Shiv Kapur (Ind), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Matteo Manassero (Ita), Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton; 70: Simon Khan, Ryan Palmer (US), Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Graeme Storm, Gareth Maybin, Alastair Forsyth, Lucas Bjerregaard (Den), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Fabrizio Zanotti (Par), Tommy Fleetwood, Martin Laird, Greig Hutcheon, Danny Willett, Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), Tom Lewis, Carlos Del Moral (Spa). 

Women's British Open

Leading first round scores: 68: Ayako Uehara (Jpn); 69: Mo Martin (US); 70: Morgan Pressel (US), Mina Harigae (US), Sarah Kemp (Aus); 71: Stacy Lewis (US), Holly Clyburn (Bri), Ryu So-yeon (Kor), Amy Yang (Kor); 72: Karrie Webb (Aus), Lexi Thompson (US), Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Amelia Lewis (US), Azahara Munoz (Spa), Park In-bee (Kor), Jessica Korda (US), Suzann Pettersen (Nor), Ai Miyazato (Jpn), Lydia Ko (Nzl), Julieta Granada (Par), Marina Alex (US), Emma Talley (US), Shin Ji-yai (Kor); 73: Gwladys Nocera (Fra), Charley Hull (Bri), Erina Hara (Jpn), Feng Shanshan (Chn), Georgia Hall (Bri), Choi Chella (Kor), Lee Mee-na (Kor), Brittany Lang (US), Jenny Shin (Kor), Jang Jeong (Kor), Pornaanong Phatlum (Tha), Dori Carter (US).

Tennis

Hall of Fame Championships

Quarter-finals: Samuel Groth (Aus) bt Nicolas Mahut (Fra) 6-3, 6-4; Ivo Karlovic (Cro) bt Dudi Sela (Isr) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. 

WTA Bucharest

Second round: Simona Halep (Rom) bt Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) 6-2, 6-4; Danka Kovinic (Mne) bt Karin Knapp (Ita) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; Petra Cetkovsk (Cze) bt Kiki Bertens (Ned) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4); Roberta Vinci (Ita) bt Silvia Soler (Spa) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. 

ATP Stuttgart

Second round: Fabio Fognini (Ita) bt Andrey Golubev (Kaz) 6-4, 6-4; Santiago Giraldo (Col) bt Philip Davydenko (Rus) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3; Roberto Bautista (Spa) bt Louk Sorensen (Eir) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1; Guillermo Garca-Lpez (Spa) bt Yann Marti (Swi) 7-6 (15-13), 7-5; Luks Rosol (Cze) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Feliciano Lopez (Spa) bt Daniel Gimeno (Spa) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3; Federico Del Bonis (Arg) bt Benjamin Becker (Ger) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4; Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) bt Leonardo Mayer (Arg) 6-1, 6-1. 

Cycling

Tour de France

Stage Six (194km): 1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 4’11:39, 2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha, 3. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, 4. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-QuickStep, 5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, 6. Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement, 7. Tom Veelers (Ned) Giant-Shimano, 8. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Europcar, 9. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling, 10. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling, 11. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing, 12. Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, 13. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing, 14. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing, 15. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, 16. Tom Dumoulin (Fra) Giant-Shimano, 17. Andrew Talansky (US) Garmin Sharp, 18. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, 19. Jack Bauer (Nzl) Garmin Sharp, 20. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo all same time.

Leading overall standings: 1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, 24’38:25, 2. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana 0:02 behind, 3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:44, 4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickStep, 0:50, 5. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 1:17, 6. Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1:45, 7. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol, same time; 8. Richie Porte (Aus) Sky 1:54, 9. Andrew Talansky (US) Garmin Sharp 2:05, 10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 2:11, 11. Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC Racing, 12. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale, 13. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida, all same time; 14. Geraint Thomas (Bri) Sky 2:16, 15. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano 2:25, 16. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha, same time; 17. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling, 2:27; 18. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:37; 19. Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 2:39; 20. Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing 2:44.

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Sports Calendar

June

May 31-June 15: World Cup (men and women) – hockey
The Hague, Holland

June 9-14: Ageon Championships (ATP and WTA) – tennis
London, England

June 10-15: Japan Open (Superseries) – badminton
Tokyo, Japan

June 11: Diamond League – athletics
Oslo, Norway

June 11-15: Asian Team Championship - squash
Hong Kong

June 12-July 13: FIFA World Cup Finals – football
Brazil

June 12-15: US Open – golf
Pinehurst, US

June 14: Rugby Union: New Zealand v England, South Africa v Wales, Canada v Scotland, Argentina v Ireland
Various locations

June 14: Diamond League – athletics
New York, US

June 15: Catalonia GP – MotoGP
Barcelona, Spain

June 17-22: Indonesia Open (Premier Superseries) – badminton
Jakarta, Indonesia

June 21: Rugby Union: New Zealand v England, Argentina v Scotland
Various locations

June 22: Austrian Grand Prix – Formula One
Spielberg, Austria

June 23-July 5: Wimbledon (ATP and WTA) – tennis
Wimbledon, England

June 24-29: Australian Open (Superseries) – badminton
Sydney, Australia

June 25: End of the Malaysia Super League 2013-2014 season

June 28: Netherlands Grand Prix – MotoGP
Assen, Holland

June 29: Malaysia FA Cup Final – football
Kuala Lumpur

July

June 23-July 5
Wimbledon Championships – tennis
London

June 12-July 13
FIFA World Cup Finals – football
Brazil

July 3
Diamond League – athletics
Lausanne, Switzerland

July 6
British Grand Prix – Formula One
Silverstone

July 4-11
World Masters – squash
Hong Kong

July 5
Diamond League – athletics
Paris

July 5-27
Tour de France – cycling
England-France

July 8-13
US Open – badminton
New York

July 10-13
Women's Open – golf
Royal Birkdale, England

July 11-12
Diamond League – athletics
Glasgow, Scotland

July 11-13
German Grand Prix – MotoGP
Sachsenring

July 15-20
Chinese Taipei Open – badminton
Taipei City

July 15-20
Diving World Cup
Shanghai

July 17-20
The Open – golf
Liverpool, England

July 18
Diamond League – athletics
Monaco

July 20
German Grand Prix – Formula One
Hockenheim

July 23-Aug 3
Commonwealth Games
Glasgow

July 27
Hungarian Grand Prix – Formula One
Budapest

July 27-Aug 10
World Masters Championships – swimming
Montreal, Canada

August

July 23-Aug 3
Commonwealth Games
Glasgow, Scotland

July 27-Aug 10
World Masters Championships – swimming
Montreal, Canada

Aug 4-10
Rogers Cup – tennis
Toronto

Aug 7-10
US PGA Championship – golf
Valhalla

Aug 9-17
Cincinnati Open – tennis
US

Aug 10
FA Community Shield – football
Wembley

Aug 10
Indianapolis GP – MotoGP
US

Aug 10-15
Men’s & Women’s World Junior Individual – squash
Windhoek, Namibia

Aug 12
UEFA Super Cup – football
Cardiff, England

Aug 12-17
European Championships – athletics
Zurich

Aug 13-24
European Championships – aquatics
Berlin

Aug 16
English Premier League season starts – football
England

Aug 16-21
Men’s World Junior Team Championship – squash
Windhoek, Namibia

Aug 16-28
Youth Olympic Games
Nanjing, China

Aug 17
Czech Republic GP – MotoGP
Brno

Aug 21
Diamond League – athletics
Stockholm

Aug 24
Diamond League – athletics
Birmingham

Aug 24
Belgium Grand Prix – Formula One
Spa

Aug 25-31
World Championships – badminton
Copenhagen

Aug 25- Sept 7
US Open – tennis
New York

Aug 27-28
Swimming World Cup
Doha, Qatar

Aug 28
Diamond League – athletics
Zurich

Aug 31
British GP – MotoGP
Silverstone

September

Aug 25- Sept 7
US Open – tennis
New York

Aug 23-Sept 14
Tour of Spain (Vuelta Espana) - cycling

Sept 1-7
World University Squash Championships – squash
Chennai, India

Sept 2-7
Vietnam Open – badminton
Ho Chi Minh City

Sept 5
Diamond League – athletics
Brussels, Belgium

Sept 7
Italian Grand Prix – Formula One
Monza

Sept 8-21 World Championships – sailing Santander, Spain

Sept 9-14
Indonesia Open – badminton
TBC

Sept 12
Davis Cup semi-finals – tennis
Various locations

Sept 14
San Marino GP – MotoGP
Misano

Sept 19-Oct 4
Asian Games
Incheon, South Korea

Sept 20-28
World Road Championships – cycling
Spain

Sept 21
Aragon GP – MotoGP
Aragon, Spain

Sept 21
Singapore Grand Prix – Formula One
Singapore

Sept 26-28
Ryder Cup – golf
Gleneagles

Sept 28
Brazil GP – MotoGP
Brasilia

Sept 30-Oct 6
Carol Weymuller Open – squash
New York

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