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Belgium's national soccer players Romelu Lukaku attends a training session in Mogi das Cruzes July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
Argentine Football Association President Julio Grondona gestures during a meeting in Luque, near Asuncion February 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno
Portugal's soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo speaks with reporters during the launching ceremony of his CR7 by Cristiano Ronaldo underwear line at Madrid's city hall October 31, 2013.   REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Manchester United board members Avram (L) and Brian Glazer attend the English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, October 23, 2011.   REUTERS/Darren Staples

Lukaku leaves Chelsea to join Everton in £28 million deal

Argentine FA chief, FIFA executive Grondona dies

U.S. man sues soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo over CR7 trademark

Glazers to raise $150 million by cutting Manchester United stake

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Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand answers a reporter's question during a press conference at Cobham in Surrey southern England April 3, 2013.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Southampton take Bertrand on loan from Chelsea

31 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Full back Ryan Bertrand has joined Southampton on a season-long loan from fellow Premier League side Chelsea.

AC Milan goalkeeper Dida watches the ball during a warm-up session before their Champions League soccer match against Real Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan November 3, 2009.    REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Dida penalty save not enough for Inter

31 July 2014

(Reuters) - Former Brazil and AC Milan goalkeeper Dida's first-half penalty save was not enough to stop Internacional slumping to a 2-1 home defeat against second division Ceara in the Copa Brasil.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates defeating the U.S. at the end of their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador July 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Lukaku lost focus as was not first choice - Mourinho

31 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho says striker Romelu Lukaku is a "good kid" but was not motivated enough to fight for a starting spot at Chelsea.

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers waves following their final soccer match of the Premier League season against Newcastle United which they won 2-1, at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England May 11, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Rodgers 'pleased' with Liverpool's comeback win over City

31 July 2014

(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side's positive response to tactical changes after they twice rallied against Manchester City to edge out the Premier League champions in a New York friendly on Wednesday.

Algeria's national soccer team goalkeeper Rais M'bolhi catches a ball during a training session ahead of their match against Russia at the Major Antonio Couto Pereira stadium in Curitiba June 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Algeria's Mbolhi leaves Bulgaria for MLS

31 July 2014

SOFIA (Reuters) - Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi has joined Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union from CSKA Sofia on a three-year contract, the 31-times Bulgarian champions said on Thursday.

Bolivian police try to stop fans of Argentina's San Lorenzo and Bolivia's Bolivar from fighting during the Copa Libertadores second leg semi-final soccer match in La Paz, July 30, 2014.       REUTERS/David Mercado

San Lorenzo pelted by fans, still reach Libertadores final

31 July 2014

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Argentina's San Lorenzo were pelted with objects by rival fans and needed protection from police at halftime of their 1-0 loss to Bolivar in their Libertadores Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday, yet still advanced to the final for the first time.

South's Korea's national soccer players sing the anthem behind their flag before the 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match between Belgium and South Korea at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

South Korea short-lists three foreign coaches

31 July 2014

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea have narrowed the search for a new national team football coach to three foreign candidates, the head of the Korea Football Association's technical committee said on Thursday.

Copenhagen fans attacked in Kiev, match interrupted

31 July 2014

KIEV (Reuters) - Fighting between rival fans caused a 15 minute interruption to the Champions League qualifier between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Copenhagen at the Olimpiysky stadium in Kiev on Wednesday.

Premier League to use vanishing spray from this season

31 July 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - England's Premier League referees will use vanishing spray at free kicks from this season after officials saw the benefits during the World Cup finals in Brazil, chief executive Richard Scudamore said on Wednesday.

Brazil's former national soccer team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (R) holds up a jersey from the Gremio club as he is presented to the media by Gremio president Fabio Koff as the club's new coach in Porto Alegre, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edison Vara

I need a hug, says Scolari on Gremio return

31 July 2014

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence. Scolari has endured three miserable weeks after his Brazil side crashed to an unprecedented 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of a home crowd in Belo Horizonte in their World Cup semi-final.

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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

Champions League third qualifying round, first leg: Aktobe (Kaz) 2 Steaua Bucharest (Rom) 2, Qarabag (Aze) 2 FC Salzburg (Aut) 1, HJK Helsinki (Fin) 2 Apoel FC (Cyp) 2, Ael Limassol (Chy) 1 Zenit St Petersburg (Rus) 0, Dniepropetrovsk (Ukr) 0 Copenhagen (Den) 0, Grasshopper Zurich (Swi) 0 Lille (Fra) 2, Feyenoord (Ned) 1 Besiktas (Tur) 2, Standard Liege (Bel) 0 Panathinaikos (Gre) 0, Ludogorets Razgrad (Bul) 0 Partizan Belgrade (Srb) 0, Aalborg (Den) 0 Dinamo Zagreb (Cro) 1, Maribor (Slo) 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv (Isr) 0, Legia Warsaw (Pol) 4 Celtic Glasgow (Sco) 1.

Club friendly: Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2 (Liverpool win 3-1 on penalties).

Commonwealth Games

ATHLETICS
Men
400m: 1. Kirani James (Grn) 44.68, 2. Wayde van Niekerk (Rsa) 44.68, 3. Lalonde Gordon (Tto) 44.78.
High jump: 1. Derek Drouin (Can) 2.31m, 2. Kyriakos Ioannou (Cyp) 2.28m, 3. Michael Mason (Can) 2.25m.
Long jump: 1. Greg Rutherford (Eng) 8.20m, 2. Zarck Visser (Rsa) 8.12m, 3. Rushwahl Samaai (Rsa) 8.08m.
Women
3,000m steeplechase: 1. Purity Cherotich Kirui (Ken) 9:30.96, 2. Milcah Chemos Cheywa (Ken) 9:31.30, 3. Joan Kipkemoi (Ken) 9:33.34.
Heptathlon: 1. Brianne Thiesen-Eaton (Can) 6597 pts, 2. Jessica Zelinka (Can) 6270 pts, Jessica Taylor (Eng) 5826 pts.
Shot putt: 1. Valerie Adams (Nzl) 19.88m, 2. Cleopatra Borel (Tto) 18.57m, 3. Julie Labonte (Can) 17.58m.
Javelin: 1. Kim Mickle (Aus) 65.96m, 2. Sunette Viljoen (Rsa) 63.19m, 3. Kelsey-Lee Roberts (Aus) 62.95m.

DIVING
Men’s 1m springboard final: 1. Jack Laugher (Eng) 449.90, 2. Matthew Mitcham (Aus) 404.85, 3. Grant Nel (Aus) 403.40; Selected: 6. Ooi Tze Liang 387.80.
Women’s 3m springboard synchro final: 1. Alicia Blagg-Rebecca Gallantree (Eng) 300.24, 2. Jennifer Abel-Pamela Ware (Can) 295.65, 3. Maddison Keeney-Anabelle Smith (Aus) 294.72; Selected: 5. Cheong Jun Hoong-Loh Zhiayi 283.44, 6. Nur Dhabitah Sabri-Ng Yan Yee 282.69.

WEIGHTLIFTING
Men’s 105kg final: 1. David Katoatau (Kiribati) 348kg, 2. Stanislas Chalaev (Nzl) 341kg, 3. Benjamin Watson (Eng) 337kg.
Women’s over 75kg: 1. Maryam Usman (Ngr) 280kg, 2. Ele Opeloge (Sam) 271kg, 3. Tracey Lambrechs (Nzl) 237kg.

Golf

LPGA International Crown

Singles matches (2 points for win, 1 for halved match):
Pernilla Lindberg (Swe) bt Ariya Jutanugarn (Tha) 6 and 5, Carlota Ciganda (Spa) bt Choi Na-yeon (Kor) 8 and 6, Park In-bee (Kor) bt Caroline Hedwall (Swe) 4 and 2, Pornanong Phatlum (Tha) bt I.K. Kim (Kor) 1-up, Beatriz Recari (Spa) bt Mikaela Parmlid (Swe) 3 and 2, Anna Nordqvist (Swe) bt Mamiko Higa (Jpn) 3 and 2, Ryu So-yeon (Kor) bt Sakura Yokomine (Jpn) 1-up, Belen Mozo (Spa) bt Moriya Jutanugarn (Tha) 3 and 2, Mika Miyazato (Jpn) bt Onnarin Sattayabanphot (Tha) 3 and 1, Azahara Munoz (Spa) bt Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 2 and 1.
Final standings: Spain 15 points, Sweden 11, South Korea 10, Japan 10, Thailand 9.

Tennis

Kitzbuehel Cup

First round: Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) leads Robin Haase (Ned) 6-2, 3-2 suspended; Jarkko Nieminen (Fin) bt Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) 6-4, 6-4; David Goffin (Bel) bt Kenny De Schepper (Fra) 6-2, 6-4; Andrey Golubev (Kaz) leads Juan Monaco (Arg) 6-0, 1-4 suspended.

Washington Open

Second round
Men’s singles: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Sam Querrey (US) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) bt Feliciano Lopez (Spa) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; Donald Young (US) bt Julien Benneteau (Fra) 6-4, 6-3; Santiago Giraldo (Col) bt Benjamin Becker (Ger) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3); Milos Raonic (Can) bt Jack Sock (US) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3); Steve Johnson (US) bt John Isner (US) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Robby Ginepri (US) 6-1, 6-4; Richard Gasquet (Fra) bt Dudi Sela (Isr) 6-3, 6-2; Vasek Pospisil (Can) bt Rajeev Ram (US) 6-0, 7-6 (10-8).
Women’s singles: Kurumi Nara (Jpn) bt Zarina Diyas (Kaz) 3-6, 6-2, 4-0 rtd; Marina Erakovic (Nzl) bt Shelby Rogers (US) 6-2, 6-2; Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) bt Taylor Townsend (US) 6-3, 6-4; Bojana Jovanovski (Srb) bt Sorana Cirstea (Rom) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

WTA Stanford

Second round: Serena Williams (US) bt Karolina Pliskova (Cze) 7-5, 6-2; Andrea Petkovic (Ger) bt Naomi Osaka (Jpn) 6-2, 6-2; Sachia Vickery (US) bt Monica Puig (Pur) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1; Varvara Lepchenko (US) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Cycling

Tour de France

21st and final stage (137.5km): 1. Marcel Kittel (Ger) GIA 3’20:50, 2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) KAT, 3. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) GRM, 4. Andr Greipel (Ger) LTB, 5. Mark Renshaw (Aus) OPQ, 6. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) SKY, 7. Bryan Coquard (Fra) EUC, 8. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) OPQ, 9. Peter Sagan (Svk) CAN, 10. Romain Feillu (Fra) BSE, 11. Daniele Bennati (Ita) TIN, 12. Arnaud Dmare (Fra) FDJ, 13. Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC, 14. Adrien Petit (Fra) COF, 15. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) BKN all same time.

Leading overall standings: 1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) AST 89’59:06, 2. Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) ALM 7:37 behind, 3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 8:15, 4. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) MOV 9:40, 5. Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC 11:44, 6. Romain Bardet (Fra) ALM 11:46, 7. Leopold Konig (Cze) APP 14:32, 8. Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) TRE 17:57, 9. Laurens ten Dam (Ned) BKN 18:11, 10. Bauke Mollema (Ned) BKN 21:15, 11. Pierre Rolland (Fra) EUC 23:07, 12. Frank Schleck (Lux) TRE 25:48, 13. Juergen van den Broeck (Bel) LTB 34:01, 14. Yury Trofimov (Rus) KAT 36:41, 15. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) BKN 38:15.

Points: 1. Peter Sagan (Svk) CAN 431 points, 2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) KAT 282, 3. Bryan Coquard (Fra) EUC 271, 4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) GIA 222, 5. Mark Renshaw (Aus) OPQ 211.

King of Mountains: 1. Rafal Majka (Pol) TIN 181 points, 2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) AST 168, 3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) KAT 112, 4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 89, 5. Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra) ALM 85.

Team stage: 1. BMC 10’02:34, 2. Garmin 0:06 behind, 3. Omega Pharma 0:11, 4. Lampre 0:14, 5. Giant 0:17.

Team overall: 1. AG2R La Mondiale 270’27:02, 2. Belkin 34:46 behind, 3. Movistar 1’06:10, 4. BMC 1’07:51, 5. Europcar 1’34:57.

Motorsport

FORMULA ONE

Hungarian Grand Prix

306.630km (70 laps): 1. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull Racing 1’53:05.058, 2. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Scuderia Ferrari 5.200 seconds behind, 3. Lewis Hamilton (Bri) Mercedes 5.800, 4. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 6.300, 5. Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 29.700, 6. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Scuderia Ferrari 31.300, 7. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull Racing 40.700, 8. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 41.000, 9. Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Toro Rosso 58.100, 10. Jenson Button (Bri) McLaren Mercedes 1:06.800, 11. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Sauber 1:07.600, 12. Kevin Magnussen (Den) McLaren Mercedes 1:17.800, 13. Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Lotus 1:23.300, 14. Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso 1 lap, 15. Jules Bianchi (Fra) Marussia 1, 16. Max Chilton (Bri) Marussia 1.
Retirements: Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Caterham 9 laps, Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus 11, Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 15; Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 23; Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Caterham 25; Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber 34.

Drivers’ standings: 1. Nico Rosberg (Ger) 202 points, 2. Lewis Hamilton (Bri) 191, 3. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) 131, 4. Fernando Alonso (Spa) 115, 5. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) 95, 6. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) 88, 7. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) 69, 8. Jenson Button (Bri) 60, 9. Felipe Massa (Bra) 40, 10. Kevin Magnussen (Den) 37, 11. Sergio Perez (Mex) 29, 12. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) 27, 13. Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) 11, 14. Romain Grosjean (Fra) 8, 15. Daniil Kvyat (Rus) 6.0, 16. Jules Bianchi (Fra) 2.0.

Constructors’ standings: 1. Mercedes 393 points, 2. Red Bull Racing 219, 3. Scuderia Ferrari 142, 4. Williams 135, 5. Force India 98, 6. McLaren Mercedes 97, 7. Toro Rosso 17, 8. Lotus 8, 9. Marussia 2.

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Sports Calendar

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

October

Sept 27 - Oct 5
WTA China Open - tennis
Beijing

Oct 2-5
Reignwood LPGA Classic - golf
Beijing, China

Oct 3-12
World Artistic Championships - gymnastics
Nanning, China

Oct 5
Japanese Grand Prix - Formula One
Suzuka

Oct 5-12
Shanghai Rolex Masters - tennis
Shanghai

Oct 6-12
WTA Generali Ladies Linz - tennis
Austria

Oct 9-18
US Open - squash
Philadelphia

Oct 9-12
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia - golf
Kuala Lumpur

Oct 11
Rugby League: Super League Grand Final - Rugby
Manchester, England

Oct 12
Standard Chartered KL Marathon
Kuala Lumpur

Oct 12
Russian Grand Prix- Formula One
Sochi

Oct 7-12
Dutch Open - Badminton
Almere

Oct 12
Japan GP - MotoGP
Motegi

Oct 13-19
WTA Kremlin Cup - tennis
Moscow, Russia

Oct 14-19
Denmark Open (Superseries Premier) - Badminton
Odense

Oct 16-19
LPGA HanaBank Championship
Incheon, South Korea

Oct 19
Australian GP - MotoGP
Phillip Island

Oct 20-26
BNP Paribas WTA Finals - tennis
Singapore

Oct 21-26
France Open (Superseries) - Badminton
Paris

Oct 26
Malaysian GP - MotoGP
Sepang

Oct 27 - Nov 2
WTA Yinzhou Bank Open - tennis
Ningbo, China

Oct 27 - Nov 2
BNP Paribas Masters - tennis
Paris

Oct 28
National Basketball Association season starts - basketball
USA

Oct 28 - Nov 2
Bitburger SaarLorLux Open - badminton
Saarbrucken, Germany

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