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
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
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
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

Man City blow golden chance to close on Chelsea

Torres will make loan move to Milan permanent next month

Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after dismal run

Atletico close to sealing Torres deal

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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.

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

29 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.

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.

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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".

Gregory steps down as Crawley manager for health reasons

28 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - John Gregory has stepped down as manager of English third-tier club Crawley Town because he needs to undergo heart surgery.

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.

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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

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: 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.

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.



Toronto 110 LA Clippers 98, Chicago 107 New Orleans 100, Memphis 103 Miami 95, Orlando 102 Charlotte 94, Washington 101 Boston 88, Indiana 110 New Jersey 85, Atlanta 90 Milwaukee 85, Utah 88 Philadelphia 71, Sacramento 135 New York 129 (OT), Golden State 110 Minnesota 97.



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 Grand Prix Finals

(Badminton Association of Malaysia players unless stated)

Men’s singles

Group A: Zulfadli Zulkifli (Sel) bt Cheam June Wei 21-12, 16-21, 21-8; Zulfadli Zulkiffli bt Chong Yee Han 21-12, 21-8; Soh Wooi Yik bt Cheam June Wei 21-19, 21-13; Soh Wooi Yik bt Chong Yee Han 21-16, 15-21, 21-12.

Group B: Lim Chi Wing bt Lim Fang Yang (Pah) 21-17, 21-10; Goh Giap Chin bt Lim Fang Yang (Pah) 21-8, 21-8; R. Satheishtharan bt Lim Chi Wing 13-21, 21-12, 21-14; Goh Giap Chin bt R. Satheishtharan 21-13, 21-19.

Group C: Soong Joo Ven bt Goh Soon Huat 21-14, 21-16; Lee Zii Jia bt Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin 22-20, 21-16; Soong Joo Ven bt Lee Zii Jia 21-13, 21-16; Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin bt Goh Soon Huat 14-21, 21-16, 21-11.

Group D: Liew Daren bt Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayup 21-19, 21-14; Tan Kian Meng bt Bong Guang Yik (Mal) 21-15, 21-12; Liew Daren bt Tan Kian Meng 21-16, 17-21, 21-19; Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayup bt Bong Guang Yik (Mal) 21-13, 21-16.

Men’s doubles

Group A: Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong bt Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ee Yi 18-21, 21-15, 21-16; Tan Wee Gieen-Teo Ee Yi bt Goh Sze Fei-Tan Jinn Hwa 21-14, 21-12.

Group B: Low Juan Shen-Ong Yew Sin bt Mak Hee Chun-Tan Bin Shen (Prk-Sel) 21-13, 21-17; Chua Khek Wei-Mohd Ammzah Zainuddin bt Lee Zii Jia-Soh Wooi Yik 21-14, 21-19.

Women’s singles

Group A: Ho Yen Mei bt Yang Li Lian 21-18, 21-18; Yap Rui Chen bt Lim Chiew Sien 21-14, 21-16; Yang Li Lian bt Lim Chiew Sien 21-11, 21-13; Yap Rui Chen bt Ho Yen Mei 21-18, 21-14.

Group B: Lydia Cheah (KL) bt Payee Lim (Sel) 17-21, 21-10, 21-12; Lee Ying Ying bt Lim Yin Fun 21-17, 21-14; Lim Yin Fun bt Lydia Cheah (KL) 21-17, 21-19; Lee Ying Ying bt Payee Lim (Sel) 21-17, 21-13.

Women’s doubles

Group A: Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho bt Erica Khoo-See To Chia Vern 21-13, 21-11; Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Goh Jin Wei-Lee Ying Ying 21-19, 21-13; Goh Jin Wei-Lee Ying Ying bt Erica Khoo-See To Chia Vern 18-21, 21-12, 21-16; Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Amelia Alicia Anscelly 21-19, 21-17.

Group B: Joyce Choong-Yap Cheng Wen bt Ooi Shi Han-Tew Jia Jia 21-11, 21-9; Peck Yen Wei-Yap Zhen bt Crysvia Lim-Payee Lim (Sel) 21-14, 21-9; Peck Yen Wei-Yap Zhen bt Ooi Shi Han-Tew Jia Jia 21-15, 19-21, 26-24; Joyce Choong-Yap Cheng Wen bt Crysvia Lim-Payee Lim (Sel) 21-13, 21-17.

Mixed doubles: Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan bt Ong Yew Sin-Cheah Yee See 21-19, 21-12; Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Tan Jinn Hwa-Eng Pui Yee 21-15, 21-10; Ong Yew Sin-Cheah Yee See bt Tan Jinn Hwa-Eng Pui Yee 21-11, 21-8; Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing bt Wong Fai Yin-Chow Mei Kuan 14-21, 21-14, 21-12.


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