Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal waves to fans as he arrives for their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England October 26, 2014.    REUTERS/Phil Noble
Manchester City's Fernando (R) challenges Burnley's Ashley Barnes during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England December 28, 2014.    REUTERS/Phil Noble
Schalke 04's Atsuto Uchida of Japan waves following his team's victory over Borussia Dortmund in the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
AC Milan's Fernando Torres heads the ball during their Serie A soccer match against Palermo at San Siro stadium in Milan, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Spain's Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring a penalty against Bolivia during their international friendly soccer match at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

Torres back with Atletico "in pursuit of happiness"

30 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Fernando Torres is returning to his beloved hometown club Atletico Madrid "in pursuit of happiness", he said on Monday having had two less than distinguished spells at Chelsea and AC Milan.

Metz's Modibo Maiga shoots to score a penalty during their French Ligue 1 soccer match against Paris St Germain at the Saint Symphorien stadium in Metz November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Maiga a surprise pick for Mali for Nations Cup

29 December 2014

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Metz forward Modibo Maiga has surprisingly been named in Mali's 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea after missing the entire qualification campaign.

AC Milan's Fernando Torres controls the ball during their Serie A soccer match against Palermo at San Siro stadium in Milan, November 2, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Torres to return to Atletico Madrid on loan

29 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain forward Fernando Torres has agreed to return to Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan until the end of the 2015-16 season, seven and a half years after leaving his boyhood club, the La Liga champions said on Monday.

Factbox - Atletico Madrid loan signing Fernando Torres

29 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Factbox on Spain striker Fernando Torres, who has agreed a deal to return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan until the end of the 2015-16 season.

Olympique Marseille's Mario Lemina celebrates after scoring against Girondins Bordeaux during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Gabon select Nations Cup squad, Lemina says no

29 December 2014

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Gabon have named their 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup but Marseille midfielder Mario Lemina has already said he will not honour his call-up.

Manchester City's Fernandinho (C) celebrates with team-mates after scoring a goal against Burnley during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England December 28, 2014.       REUTERS/Phil Noble

Man City pay heavy price for lack of spine

29 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The absence of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero cost Manchester City dear as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Burnley on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (R) speaks to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal before their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London December 28, 2014.    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Maverick Van Gaal chooses odd time to stick

29 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Louis van Gaal is a fierce critic of English football's congested holiday fixture schedule so it came as a big surprise when he named an unchanged Manchester United team to play Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.

A woman walks past a sign for West Ham United at the entrance of Upton Park football stadium in east London, January 19, 2010.      REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

West Ham aim to cut debt by selling share of club

28 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - West Ham United are trying to raise 80 million pounds to clear some of their debt by selling 20 percent of the club, co-owner David Sullivan told the Sunday Telegraph.

Spurs double-winning defender Henry dies, aged 80

28 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's double-winning defender Ron Henry has died at the age of 80.

Torres and Chelsea can say 'we'll always have Barcelona'

28 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - For Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the classic 1942 film Casablanca it was a case of "we'll always have Paris" and for Fernando Torres and the Chelsea fans it will be "we'll always have Barcelona".

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Malaysian Football


Final, first leg
Thailand 2 Malaysia 0

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

EPL Results & Standings

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

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
19 27 46
Man City
19 24 43
Man Utd 19 14 36
19 17 33
19 11 33
West Ham 19 7 31
Tottenham 19 0 31
Swansea 18 4 28
Newcastle 19 -6 26
Liverpool 18 -2
Stoke City 19 -2 25
Everton 19 -2 21
Aston Villa 19 -11 21
Sunderland 19 -11 20
QPR 19 -13 18
West Brom 19 -10 17
Hull 19 -8 16
Crystal Palace 19 -10 16
Burnley 19 -15
-14 13
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

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**

Saturday, Jan 10
Sunderland v Liverpool - 8.45pm
Burnley v QPR - 11pm
Chelsea v Newcastle - 11pm
Everton v Man City - 11pm
Leicester v Aston Villa - 11pm
Swansea v West Ham - 11pm
West Brom v Hull - 11pm

Sunday, Jan 11
Crytal Palace v Tottenham - 1.30am**
Arsenal v Stoke - 9.30pm
Man United v Southampton - 12mn

Saturday, Jan 17
Aston Villa v Liverpool - 11pm
Burnley v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Leicester v Stoke - 11pm
QPR v Man United - 11pm
Swansea v Chelsea - 11pm
Tottenham v Sunderland - 11pm

Sunday, Jan 18
Newcastle v Southampton - 1.30am**
West Ham v Hull - 9.30pm
Man City v Arsenal - 12mn

Tuesday, Jan 20
Everton v West Brom - 4am**

Saturday, Jan 31
Hull v Newxcastle - 8.45pm
Crystal Palace v Everton - 11pm
Liverpool v West Ham - 11pm
Man United v Leicester - 11pm
Stoke v QPR - 11pm
Sunderland v Burnley - 11pm
West Brom v Tottenham - 11pm

Sunday, Feb 1
Chelsea v Man City - 1.30am**
Arsenal v Aston Villa - 9.30pm
Southampton v Swansea - 12mn

** 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

English Championship: Nottingham Forest 1 Birmingham 3, Blackburn 0 Middlesbrough 0, Blackpool 1 Rotherham United 1, Cardiff 2 Watford 4, Huddersfield Town 2 Bolton 1, Millwall 0 Bournemouth 2, Reading 2 Norwich City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Brentford 1.
Leading standings: 1. Bournemouth 48, 2. Ipswich 44, 3. Middlesbrough 43, 4. Derby 42, 5. Watford 41.

Scottish Premiership: Inverness CT 0 Aberdeen 1, Celtic 0 Ross County 0, Dundee 1 St Mirren 3, Kilmarnock 1 Hamilton 0, Motherwell 1 Partick 0, St Johnstone 2 Dundee Utd 1.
Leading standings: 1. Celtic 39, 2. Aberdeen 37, 3. Dundee Utd 34, 4. Hamilton 33, 5. Inverness CT 32. 

Scottish Championship: Hibernian 4 Rangers 0, Alloa 1 Queen of South 1, Cowdenbeath 1 Dumbarton 3, Hibernian 4 Rangers 0, Livingston 0 Hearts 1, Falkirk 0 Raith 1.
Leading standings: 1. Hearts 50, 2. Rangers 35, 3. Hibernian 31, 4. Queen of South 29, 5. Falkirk 26.



San Antonio 110 Houston 106, Dallas 112 Oklahoma City 107, Portland 101 New York 79, Detroit 103 Cleveland 80, Toronto 116 Denver 102, Phoenix 116 LA Lakers 107.



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


(Malaysians only)


Under-17 second round: Ng Eain Yow bt Joseph Twigge (Eng) 11-3, 11-1, 11-3; Eugene Heng bt Alexander Engstrom (Eng) 11-5, 11-8, 11-4; Jesse Foo bt Paul Broadberry (Eng) 11-4, 11-6, 11-8.
Quarter-finals: Ng Eain Yow bt Elliot Ridge (Eng) 11-4, 12-10, 11-1; Eugene Heng bt Isaac Rawcliffe (Eng) 10-12, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5; Nick Wall (Eng) bt Jesse Foo 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 11-9.

Under-13 semi-finals: S. Kiven bt Adam Goad (Eng) 4-11, 11-6, 3-11, 13-11, 11-7.

Under-15 semi-finals: Mohd Hafiz Zhafri bt Ben Sockett (Eng) 11-7, 15-13, 11-8.


Under-17 quarter-final: Aifa Azman bt Carys Jones (Eng) 11-7, 11-2, 11-5; Andrea Lee bt Emma Campion (Eng) 11-7, 11-5, 11-3.

Under-19 quarter-finals: Teh Min Jie bt Jessica Davis (Eng) 11-7, 11-8, 14-12; Zoe Foo bt Libby Corke (Eng) 11-6, 12-10, 11-4; S. Sivasangari bt Lowri Roberts (Eng) 11-9, 11-1, 11-7.

Under-13 semi-finals: Noor Ainaa Ampandi bt Katie Malliff (Eng) 11-2, 11-1, 11-8; Aira Azman bt Lydia Robinson (Eng) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4.

Under-15 semi-finals: Nur Aliah Izzati bt Jessica Keng 11-5, 11-9, 11-6.


National Grand Prix Finals

Semi-finals (Badminton Association of Malaysia players unless stated)

Men’s singles: Lim Chi Wing bt Liew Daren 21-19, 21-10; Zulfadli Zulkiffli (Sel) bt Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin 21-10, 21-10.

Men’s doubles: Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ee Yi bt Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin 21-13, 18-21, 21-15; Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen (Prk-Sel) bt Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong 24-22, 13-21, 21-13.

Women’s singles: Lee Ying Ying bt Ho Yen Mei 16-21, 21-19, 21-18; Yang Li Lian bt Lim Yin Fun 21-17, 21-17.

Women’s doubles: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Peck Yen Wei-Yap Zhen 21-8, 21-13; Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho bt Joyce Choong-Yap Cheng Wen 21-14, 21-9.

Mixed doubles: Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Tan Wee Gieen-Peck Yen Wei 21-15, 21-11; Mohd Lufti Zaim-Soong Fie Cho bt Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan 21-10, 22-20.


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