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Pope Francis smiles as he leaves after an audience with Italian athletes in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Pope wishes Rome luck on Olympic bid but jokes 'I won't be around'

19 December 2014

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter's statement in full

19 December 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - World soccer's governing body FIFA on Friday agreed to allow the publication "in an appropriate form" of the report on the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups.

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FIFA to publish Garcia report in 'appropriate form'

19 December 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - FIFA's executive committee has unanimously agreed to allow the publication "in an appropriate form" of the report on the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups, but gave no indication of when it might happen.

Barcelona's Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal against Paris St Germain during their Champions League Group F soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, December 10, 2014.   REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barcelona's Neymar available for Cordoba clash

19 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Neymar has recovered from a minor ankle problem and is available for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Cordoba, the club said on Friday.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring a goal against Borussia Dortmund during their Champions League group D soccer match in London November 26, 2014.        REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Arsenal hotshot Sanchez ready to haunt Liverpool

19 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez can show Liverpool why he would have made the perfect replacement for Luis Suarez when the Chilean travels to Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

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Abidal announces retirement 'for personal reasons'

19 December 2014

ATHENS (Reuters) - Former France defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for 'personal reasons'.

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Atletico's Simeone pleased with improving Mandzukic

19 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Filling the shoes of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid was always going to be a tall order but coach Diego Simeone is pleased so far with the performances of Mario Mandzukic.

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Asian head wants 'illegal Israel practices' stopped

19 December 2014

(Reuters) - The head of Asian football declared his commitment to tackling the "illegal Israeli practices" hindering Palestinian football on Thursday, adding that he expects measures to come in the new year after talks with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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Rebel Simeone upsetting Spanish establishment

19 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have become the mirror image of Diego Simeone as a well-organised and hard-working team with a fierce commitment and a strong rebellious streak.

Thai Striker Adisak says he will score in KL final

19 December 2014

PETALING JAYA: Thailand’s hotshot striker Adisak Kraisorn has vowed to make amends and continue scoring against Malaysia in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football


Final, first leg
Thailand 2 Malaysia 0

Final, second leg
Malaysia vs Thailand – Saturday (Dec 20)
(National Stadium, Bukit Jalil)

EPL Results & Standings

Everton 3 QPR 1
Swansea 1 Tottenham 2
Man United 3 Liverpool 0
Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1
Burnley 1 Southampton 0
Leicester 0 Man City 1
Chelsea 2 Hull City 0
Sunderland 1 West Ham 1
Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 1
West Brom 1 Aston Villa 0

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
16 23 39
Man City
16 19 36
Man Utd 16 12 31
West Ham 16 8 28
16 12 26
16 9 26
Tottenham 16 -2 24
Newcastle 16 -4 23
Swansea 16 2 22
Everton 16 3 21
Liverpool 16 -3
Stoke City 16 -3 19
Aston Villa 16 -10 19
West Brom 16 -5 17
Sunderland 16 -10 16
Crystal Palace 16 -5 15
Burnley 16 -13
QPR 16 -13 14
Hull 16 -8 13
-12 10
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Dec 20
Man City v Crystal Palace - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Man United - 11pm
Hull v Swansea - 11pm
QPR v West Brom - 11pm
Southampton v Everton - 11pm
Tottenham v Burnley - 11pm
West Ham v Leicester - 11pm

Sunday, Dec 21
Newcastle v Sunderland - 9.30pm
Liverpool v Arsenal - 12mn

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

Italian Serie A: Cagliari 1 Juventus 3, Napoli 2 Parma 0.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 39, 2. Roma 35, 3. Lazio  26, 4. Sampdoria 26, 5. Genoa 26.

Spanish King’s Cup
Round of 32 (second leg): Atletico Madrid 2 Hospitalet 2 (Atletico win 5-2 on aggregate), Elche 1 Valladolid 0 (Elche win 1-0 on aggregate) 



Men's singles

Group A: Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) bt Kenichi Tago (Jpn) 21-19, 21-16.
Group B: K.Srikanth (Ind) bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-18, 21-13.

Men's doubles

Group A: Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) bt Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) 21-16, 21-18; Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) bt Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-choel (Kor) 15-21, 21-15, 21-17.
Group B: Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin (Tpe) bt Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) 21-11, 21-17; Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) bt Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin (Tpe) 21-8, 21-14.

Women's singles

Group A: Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 21-12, 21-18; Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 21-7, 21-11; Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt Bae Yeon-ju (Kor) 15-21, 21-7, 21-17.
Group B: Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) 21-15, 16-21, 21-12; Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) 19-21, 21-14, 21-17.

Women's doubles

Group A: Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) bt Chang Ye-na--Kim So-yeong (Kor) 21-15, 21-12;Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) bt Christina Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 21-5, 21-18.
Group B: Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) 21-14, 21-11.

Mixed doubles

Group A: Michael Fuchs-Birgit Michels (Ger) bt Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) 16-21, 21-19, 21-19; Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) 21-14, 21-17.
Group B:  Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) bt Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthognkam (Tha) 21-7, 21-14; Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) bt Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha) 21-16, 21-19.



Leading final round scores

10 and below category
242: Weerawish Narkprachar (Tha) 81-81-80, Chanachon Chokprajakchat (Tha) 82-85-75 (Weerawish won the playoff on first hole); 244: Tunyapat Sukkoed (Tha) 82-83-79.
11-12 category
228: Kim Gyeong-min (Kor) 72-76-80; 229: Harshjeet Singh (Ind) 72-77-80; 231: Nattabutara Sornkaew (Tha) 74-76-81.
13-14 category
219: Parathakorn Suyasri (Tha) 76-72-71; 221: Daeng Abdul Rahman Daeng Abdul Aziz (Mas) 71-70-80; 228: Yuji Sekito (Jpn) 77-74-77.
15-18 category
215: Leon D’Souza (Hkg) 72-72-71 (won the playoff on second hole), Naoki Sekito (Jpn) 67-74-74; 218: Amarin Kraivixien (Tha) 71-75-72.

10 and below category
248: Kokoro Ouchi (Jpn) 79-81-88; 255: Phannarai Meesom-us (Tha) 84-85-86; 263: Sarah Madzri (Mas) 86-93-84.
11-12 category
230: Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser (Mas) 76-76-78; 232: Unyamanee Wongaroon (Tha) 76-76-80; 241: Panchalika Arphamongkol (Tha) 80-80-81.
13-14 category
233: Jenny Ham (Tha) 78-77-78; 238: Pan Shan (Chn) 79-76-83; 242: Noramol Nuchsila (Tha) 90-76-76.
15-18 category
230: Siti Zulaikhaa Saari (Mas) 76-78-76; 232: Dong Linyu (Chn) 73-78-81; 240: Callista Chen (Sin) 79-82-79.



Chicago 103 New York 97, New Orleans 99 Houston 90, Milwaukee 108 Sacramento 107, Golden State 114 Oklahoma City 109.


Div One:
Malacca 88 KL 41.
Div Two: Sabah bt Kelantan 77-48, Negri Sembilan bt Perak 45-44.
Div One: Johor bt Malacca 61-48, Selangor bt Kuala Lumpur 59-56.



Quarter-finals: Nicol David (Mas) bt Camille Serme (Fra) 11-9, 11-7, 13-11; Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt Low Wee Wern (Mas) 12-10, 11-3, 11-4; Raneem El Welily (Egy) bt Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5; Alison Waters (Eng) bt Laura Massaro (Eng) 12-14, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9.


Semi-finals: Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) bt Mohd Asyraf Azan (Mas) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3; Zahed Mohamed (Egy) bt Farhan Zaman (Pak) 8-11, 11-2, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9.




(National squad unless stated)
MEN: 1. Mohd Haziq Sahli (Team Impact) 2294 pins, 2. Muhammad Nur Aiman 2290, 3. Noor Afizal Azizan (Ked) 2221, 4. Mohd Rafiq Ismail 2197, 5. Ahmad Muaz Fishol 2191, 6. Zulmazran Zulkifli 2189, 7. Syimir Abdul Razak 2160, 8. Mohd Amirul Shah (Joh) 2151, 9. Alex Liew 2140, 10. Teh Lit Qing (Sel) 2135, 11. Kuek Qi En (Sin) 2132, 12. Sam Cooley (Aus) 2109.

WOMEN: 1. Anis Shazlin Zulkhisham (Pen) 2397 pins, 2. Siti Safiyah Amirah 2262, 3. Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana 2189, 4. Nerosha Keligit 2163 (National Youth), 5. Alisha Iman Cheong 2148, 6. Sin Li Jane 2130, 7. Tannya Roumimper (Ina) 2128, 8. Syaidatul Afifah 2084, 9. Nur Syafiqah Datu Sejali (Swk) 2084, 10. Victoria Chin 2081.


Sports Calendar


Nov 22-Dec 20
Football: AFF Suzuki Cup

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

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

Dec 17-21
Badminton: BWF World Superseries Finals

January 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Jan 10: Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix, Argentina


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


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


Feb 1: NFL Superbowl, Arizona, USA


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


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


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


Feb 18-22: World Track Championships, TBA


Feb 20-22: Diving Grand Prix, Germany


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


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


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


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