Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, November 8, 2014.     REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (C) falls following a tackle from Queens Park Rangers' Nedum Onuoha during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal takes his seat before their English Premier League match against Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Chelsea's John Terry (L) scores a goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London, December 26, 2014.    REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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Arsenal forced to sweat after late Olivier twist

Van Gaal rewarded for Christmas offering at United

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AC Milan's Fernando Torres controls the ball during the match against Fiorentina in their Serie A soccer match at San Siro stadium in Milan, October 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Atletico close to sealing Torres deal

27 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid are close to tying up a deal for Spain forward Fernando Torres to return to his boyhood club on loan from Chelsea, assistant coach German Burgos said on Saturday.

Japan's national soccer team head coach Javier Aguirre of Mexico walks into a news conference at the Japan Football Association headquarters in Tokyo December 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Japan coach Aguirre denies match-fixing, calls for calm

27 December 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan coach Javier Aguirre denied on Saturday any involvement in match-fixing in Spain and called for calm from the team's supporters during their Asian Cup defence.

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

United bandwagon gathering pace under Van Gaal

27 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - While Chelsea and Manchester City slug it out at the top of the Premier League, Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution gathers ever more momentum in the red half of Manchester.

Chelsea's John Terry reacts as he leaves the pitch after a 2-0 victory over Stoke City during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, northern England December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Terry's all gold for Chelsea and Mourinho

27 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Former England captain John Terry is performing as well in central defence as he was a decade ago, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his second goal against Celta Vigo during their Spanish First Division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid December 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Rampant Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014

27 December 2014

MADRID (Reuters) - Not content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success.

Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring a goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London, December 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Title rivals Chelsea and Man City pass West test

27 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea overpowered West Ham United 2-0 and Manchester City outclassed West Bromwich Albion 3-1 as the Premier League title rivals flexed their muscles at the start of a hectic holiday programme on Friday.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (R) challenges Manchester United's Angel Di Maria during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England November 2, 2014.       REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Di Maria may miss United trip to Spurs

27 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United will await tests on winger Angel Di Maria to see if he has a chance of facing Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the Argentine suffered a pelvic injury in training.

Barcelona's player Luis Suarez (R) scores a goal against Cordoba goalkeeper Juan Carlos during their Spanish First division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Suarez still upbeat despite lack of goals

27 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is confident his scoring form will return and he can put a slow start to his debut season in Spain behind him.

Manchester United's David de Gea makes a save during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in Manchester, April 1, 2014.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

United must maintain momentum, says de Gea

27 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Goalkeeper David de Gea believes the busy holiday fixture list offers the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to put some pressure on the Premier League's top two clubs.

Ireland's Stephen Kelly (R) tackles Brazil's Adriano during their international friendly soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London March 2, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Former Brazil striker Adriano set to join Le Havre

26 December 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Inter Milan and Brazil striker Adriano is set to revive his troubled career at the oldest French professional club after second division Le Havre struck a deal to sign him.

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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

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
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

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

English Championship: Brentford 2 Ipswich 4, Charlton Athletic 1 Cardiff 1, Birmingham 0 Derby County 4, Bolton 2 Blackburn 1, Bournemouth 2 Fulham 0, Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Reading 2, Leeds 0 Wigan Athletic 2, Middlesbrough 3 Nottingham Forest 0, Norwich City 6 Millwall 1, Rotherham United 2 Huddersfield Town 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1 Blackpool 0, Watford 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
Leading standings: 1. Bournemouth 45, 2. Ipswich 44, 3. Derby 42, 4. Middlesbrough 42, 5. Brentford 40.



Milwaukee 107 Atlanta 77, Cleveland 98 Orlando 89, Detroit 119 Indiana 109, New Jersey 109 Boston 107, New Orleans 97 San Antonio 90, Houston 117 Memphis 111 (OT), Oklahoma City 98 Charlotte 75, Dallas 102 LA Lakers 98, Denver 106 Minnesota 102, Portland 114 Philadelphia 93, Phoenix 115 Sacramento 106.



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.


National Circuit Finals

(Badminton Association of Malaysia players unless stated) 

Men singles

Group A: Zulfadli Zulkiffli (Sel) bt Soh Wooi Yik 21-13, 21-12; Cheam June Wei bt Chong Yee Hang 21-16, 23-21.
Group B: R.Satheishtharan bt Lim Fang Yang (Pah) 21-12, 21-16; Lim Chi Wing bt Goh Giap Chin 21-19, 21-18.
Group C: Goh Soon Huat bt Lee Zii Jia 21-16, 21-12; Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin bt Soong Joo Ven 21-12, 21-16.
Group D: Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub bt Tan Kian Meng 16-21, 21-15, 21-15; Liew Daren bt Bong Guang Yik (Mal) 21-10, 21-19.

Men doubles

Group A: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong bt Goh Sze Fei-Tan Jinn Hwa 21-18, 21-14; Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ee Yi bt Chan Peng Soon-Teo Kok Siang 26-24, 19-21, 23-21.
Group B: Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen (Prk-Sel) bt Chua Khek Wei-Muhd Ammzah Zainuddin 21-15, 21-15; Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin bt Lee Zii Jia-Soh Wooi Yik 21-19, 20-22, 21-12. 

Women singles

Group A: Ho Yen Mei bt Lim Chiew Sien 21-18, 21-12; Yang Li Lian bt Yap Rui Chen 21-14, 21-13.
Group B: Lim Yin Fun bt Payee Lim Peiy Yee (Sel) 21-9, 21-11; Lydia Cheah bt Lee Ying Ying 15-21, 22-20, 21-18.

Women doubles

Goup A: Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Erica Khoo Pei Shan-See To Chia Vern 21-12, 21-10; Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho bt Goh Jin Wei-Lee Ying Ying 21-13, 21-13.
Group B: Crysvia Lim Peiy Zhean-Payee Lim Peiy Yee (Sel) bt Ooi Shi Han-Tew Jia Jia 21-12,21-18; Joyce Choong Wai Chi-Yap Cheng Wen bt Peck Yen Wei-Yap Zhen 21-12, 21-10.

Mixed doubles

Group A: Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Ong Yew Sin-Cheah Yee See 21-8, 21-19; Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan bt Tan Jinn Hwa-Eng Pui Yee 21-12, 21-14.
Group B: Tan Chee Tean-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Ooi Zi Heng-Tew Jia Jia 21-14, 21-17; Mohd Lufti Zaim Khalid-Soong Fie Cho bt Tan Wee Gieen-Peck Yen Wei 21-9, 21-13.


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