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Results and Fixtures

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

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

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
18 27 45
Man City
18 24 42
Man Utd 18 14 35
18 17 32
West Ham 18 8 31
18 10 30
Tottenham 18 0 30
Swansea 18 4 28
Liverpool 18 -2
Newcastle 18 -7 23
Stoke City 18 -4 22
Everton 18 -1 21
Aston Villa 18 -11 20
Sunderland 18 -11 19
West Brom 18 -8 17
QPR 18 -13 17
Hull 18 -7 16
Crystal Palace 18 -10 15
Burnley 18 -15
-15 10

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

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**

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

Italian Super Cup
Juventus 2 Napoli 2 (Napoli win 6-5 on penalties)

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.



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.



Oklahoma City 114 San Antonio 106, Miami 101 Cleveland 91, LA Clippers 100 Golden State 86, Chicago 113 LA Lakers 93, Washington 102 New York 91.



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

IPT 1Malaysia Squash Circuit

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.

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


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