Michael J. Garcia attends a news conference at the at the Home of FIFA in Zurich July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer
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Manchester United's Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a goal against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Sitting at the top table with Argentine Speroni

18 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - From regular Premier League football to being turned away from his own restaurant which is doing so well at weekends there are no free tables, life is good for Julian Speroni.

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Late Naldo equaliser earns Wolfsburg draw at Dortmund

18 December 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - An 85th-minute equaliser by Naldo gave VfL Wolfsburg a 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, maintaining their hold on second place and leaving the hosts in the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Allegri ban overturned

18 December 2014

ROME, Dec 17 (Reuters) Milan - - Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri's appeal against his one-match ban has been accepted and he will be on the bench for the game against Cagliari on Thursday.

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Liverpool getting back to their best, says Rodgers

18 December 2014

BOURNEMOUTH, England, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Liverpool are showing signs of reproducing their scintillating form of last season after a 3-1 win at Bournemouth in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, manager Brendan Rodgers said. Having struggled to recapture the form that propelled them to second place in the Premier League last season, Rodgers’ side set up a semi-final against league leaders Chelsea with an impressive performance. Two goals from Raheem Sterling either side of a Lazar Markovic strike gave Liverpool victory against in-form Championship (second-tier) leaders Bournemouth. It was an encouraging display for the Anfield boss, whose team have endured an early Champions League exit and are 11th in the league having accrued their lowest ever points tally in the Premier League after 16 games.

Analysis - Garcia resignation damages FIFA's credibility

18 December 2014

MARRAKECH (Reuters) - FIFA's credibility took another blow on Wednesday when its ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned complaining of a lack of leadership in world soccer's governing body.

Magical Magyar Buzanszky in critical condition

18 December 2014

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Jeno Buzanszky, the last living member of Hungary's Magical Magyars team, remains in a critical condition, a close friend of the family has told Reuters.

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Liverpool's Sturridge to undergo rehab with Boston Red Sox

17 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will spend Christmas with medical experts from baseball team Boston Red Sox in an attempt to cure persistent injury problems, the Liverpool Echo reported on Wednesday.

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Bayern's talented Gaudino signs contract until 2018

17 December 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich's talented midfielder Gianluca Gaudino signed his first professional contract on Wednesday, binding him to the Bavarians until 2018.

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FIFPro warns players against joining Serbian clubs

17 December 2014

(Reuters) - World players' union FIFPro has warned members not to sign for clubs in Serbia because they run the risk of not getting paid.

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Xavi would relish chance to copy Guardiola and coach Barca

17 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he would relish the chance to follow the example of Pep Guardiola and coach the club one day.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

Final, first leg

Thailand 2 Malaysia 0

Final, second leg
Malaysia vs Thailand – Dec 20

(National Stadium, Bukit Jalil)

EPL Results & Standings

Everton 3 QPR 1
Swansea 1 Tottenham 2
Man United 3 Liverpool 0
Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1
Burnley 1 Southampton 0
Leicester 0 Man City 1
Chelsea 2 Hull City 0
Sunderland 1 West Ham 1
Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 1
West Brom 1 Aston Villa 0

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
16 23 39
Man City
16 19 36
Man Utd 16 12 31
West Ham 16 8 28
16 12 26
16 9 26
Tottenham 16 -2 24
Newcastle 16 -4 23
Swansea 16 2 22
Everton 16 3 21
Liverpool 16 -3
Stoke City 16 -3 19
Aston Villa 16 -10 19
West Brom 16 -5 17
Sunderland 16 -10 16
Crystal Palace 16 -5 15
Burnley 16 -13
QPR 16 -13 14
Hull 16 -8 13
-12 10
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Dec 20
Man City v Crystal Palace - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Man United - 11pm
Hull v Swansea - 11pm
QPR v West Brom - 11pm
Southampton v Everton - 11pm
Tottenham v Burnley - 11pm
West Ham v Leicester - 11pm

Sunday, Dec 21
Newcastle v Sunderland - 9.30pm
Liverpool v Arsenal - 12mn

Tuesday, Dec 23
Stoke v Chelsea - 4am**

Friday, Dec 26
Chelsea v West Ham - 8.45pm
Burnley v Liverpool - 11pm
Crystal Palace v Southampton - 11pm
Everton v Stoke - 11pm
Leicester v Tottenham - 11pm
Man United v Newcastle - 11pm
Sunderland v Hull - 11pm
Swansea v Aston Villa - 11pm
West Brom v Man City - 11pm

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**

** 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 Saint-Germain (Fra) v Chelsea (Eng)
Manchester City (Eng) v Barcelona (Spa)
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) v Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Juventus (Ita) v Borussia Dortmund (Ger)
Schalke (Ger) v Real Madrid (Spa)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) v Bayern Munich (Ger)
Arsenal (Eng) v Monaco (Fra)
FC Basel (Swi) v FC Porto (Por)

Other Football Results

Club World Cup semi-final: San Lorenzo (Arg) 2 Auckland City (Nzl) 1 aet.
Fifth-place playoff: ES Setif (Alg) 2 Western Sydney Wanderers (Aus) 2 (ES Setif win 5-4 on penalties)

Dutch Div 1: PSV Eindhoven 4 Feyenoord 3.
Leading standings: PSV Eindhoven 40, Ajax 36, FC Zwolle 29, AZ Alkmaar 28, Feyenoord 28.

French League Cup: Lorient 0 St Etienne 1, Rennes 1 Creteil 0, AC Ajaccio 1 Paris St Germain 3, Arles-Avignon 0 Guingamp 2, Lille 1 Bordeaux 1 (Lille win 6-5 on penalties), Lyon 1 Monaco 1 aet (Monaco won 5-4 on penalties).

German Div 1: Borussia Dortmund 2 VfL Wolfsburg 2, Borussia Moenchengladbach 4 Werder Bremen 1, Hoffenheim 0 Bayer Leverkusen 1, Eintracht Frankfurt 4 Hertha Berlin 4, Paderborn 1 Schalke 04 2

Spanish King’s Cup: Eibar 1 Getafe 2 (Getafe win 5-1 on aggregate), Levante 0 Albacete 0 (Levante win on away goals after match finished 1-1 on aggregate), Espanyol 1 Alaves 0 (Espanyol win 3-0 on aggregate)



Men’s singles
Group A: Jan O Jorgensen (Den) bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-15, 21-9
Group B: Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-13, 21-16
Men’s doubles
Group A: Lee Young-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-Choel (Kor) 21-14, 21-11
Women’s singles
Group A: Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) bt Bae Yeon-ju (Kor) 21-15, 21-11
Group B: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Ratchanok Intanon (Tha) 21-13, 18-21, 21-10
Women’s doubles
Group A: Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) bt Chang Ye-na-Kim So-yeong (Kor) 21-12, 9-21, 21-15
Group B: Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-17, 18-21, 21-11
Mixed doubles
Group B: Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha) 21-5, 24-22.


AmBank SportExcel International Junior Golf Championships

Leading second round scores
15-18 category
141: Naoki Sekito (Jpn) 67-74; 144: Leon D’Souza (Hkg) 72-72; 146: Amarin Kraivixien (Tha) 71-75.
13-14 category
141: Daeng Abdul Rahman Daeng Abdul Aziz (Mas) 71-70; 148: Parathakorn Suyasri (Tha) 76-72; 151: Yuji Sekito (Jpn) 77-74.
11-12 category
148: Kim Gyeong Min (Kor) 72-76; 149: Harshjeet Singh (Ind) 72-77; 150: Nattabutara Sornkaew (Tha) 74-76.
10 and below category
162: Weerawish Narkprachar (Tha) 81-81; 165: Tunyapat Sukkoed (Tha) 82-83; 167: Chanachon Chokprajakchat (Tha) 82-85.

15-18 category
151: Dong Linyu (Chn) 73-78; 154: Siti Zulaikhaa Shaari (Mas) 76-78; 160: Warda Amira Abdul Rawof (Mas) 81-79.
13-14 category
155: Jenny Ham (Tha) 78-77; 155: Pan Shan (Chn) 79-76; 164: Noramol Nuchsila (Tha) 90-74.
11-12 category
152: Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser (Mas) 76-76, Unyamanee Wongaroon (Tha) 76-76; 157: Panchalika Arphamongkol (Tha) 80-77.
10 and below category
160: Kokoro Ouchi (Jpn) 79-81; 169: Phannarai Meesomus (Tha) 84-85; 178: Jeneath Wong (Mas) 90-88.



Phoenix 111 Charlotte 106, Atlanta 127 Cleveland 98, Utah 105 Miami 87, Dallas 117 Detroit 106, Boston 109 Orlando 92, Toronto 105 Brooklyn 89, Memphis 117 San Antonio 116 (OT), Portland 104 Milwaukee 97, LA Clippers 102 Indiana 100, Houston 115 Denver 111 (OT).


Div One: Sarawak bt Penang 70-55, Police bt Kuala Lumpur 100-60.
Div Two
Group A: Sabah bt Armed Forces 71-64.
Group B: Perlis bt Terengganu 80-76.
Div One: Kuala Lumpur bt Johor 44-43.
Div Two: Sarawak bt Penang 55-49.



50m rifle three-position individual: 1. Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (Mas) 446.3, 2. Jasmine Ser 445.9, 3. Nguyen Thi Xuan 431.6; Other Malaysians: 4. Aina Zahiran 421.0, 5. Nur Farah Afiqah Mohd Taufekh 407.9.
50m rifle three-position team: 1. Malaysia (Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi-Nur Farah Afiqah Mohd Taufekh-Haslisa Hamed) 1706 (won gold on countback), 2. Singapore 1706, 3. Vietnam 1704.



Stage Five (150.3km): 1. Mohd Harrif Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 3’39:41, 2. Mohd Zamri Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team, 3. Soufiane Haddi (Mor) Sky Dive Dubai, 4. Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team, 5. Che Ku Mohd Syamil Che Ku Romli (Mas) Terengganu all same time.

Final overall classification: 1. Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Sky Dive Dubai 18’45:54, 2. Adil Jelloul (Mor) Sky Dive Dubai nine seconds behind, 3. Angus Morton (Aus) St George Merida 11, 4. Ho Burr (Hkg) Hong Kong 19, 5. Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Sky Dive Dubai 25.

Best Asian rider: 1. Ho Burr (Hkg) 18’46:13, 2. Muhd Saiful Anwar Azis (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team six second behind, 3. Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 22, 4. Muaz Abd Rahim (Mas) Armed Forces 22, 5. Mohd Nur Umardi Rosdi (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 25.

Final points classification: 1. Mohd Harrif Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 59 pts, 2. Mohd Zamri Salleh (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 54, 3. Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Sky Dive Dubai 42, 4. Ko Siu Wai (Hkg) Hong Kong 42, 5. Muhd Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi (Mas) Police 40.

Final mountain classification: 1. Dani Lesmana (Ina) Pegasus 22, 2. Adil Jelloul (Mor) Sky Dive Dubai 10, 3. Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Terengganu Cycling Team 42, 4. Muhd Ameen Ahmad Kamal (Mas) Terengganu 6, 5. Ho Burr (Hkg) 4.

Best Malaysian rider: 1. Muhd Saiful Anwar Azis (Terengganu Cycling Team) 18’46:19, 2. Adiq Husainie Othman (Terengganu Cycling Team) 16 seconds behind, 3. Muaz Abd Rahim (Armed Forces) 16, 4. Mohd Nur Umardi Rosdi (Terengganu Cycling Team) 19, 5. Sofian Nabil Omar (National Sports Council) 20.

Final team overall classification: 1. Sky Dive Dubai 56’18:37, 2. Pegasus 57 seconds behind, 3. Terengganu Cycling Team 1:02, 4. Police 9:30, 5. St George Merida 10:05.



Second round: Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt Rachael Grinham (Aus) 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-3; Raneem El Welily (Egy) bt Dipika Pallikal (Egy) 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6; Alison Waters (Eng) bt Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 11-7, 11-6, 11-3; Laura Massaro (Eng) bt Annie Au (Hkg) 12-10, 12-10, 11-2, Nicol David (Mas) bt Emily Whitlock (Eng) 12-10, 11-9, 11-1; Camille Serme (Fra) bt Emma Beddoes (Eng) 11-5, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4; Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt Nouran Gohar (Egy) 13-11, 11-6, 13-11; Low Wee Wern (Mas) bt Joshna Chinappa (Ind) 6-11, 11-3, 11-13, 11-8, 11-7.

Royal Lake Club Open Squash Championship

First round: Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) bt Sanjay Singh Chal (Mas) 11-4, 11-6, 11-7; Yip Tsz Fung (Hkg) bt Ng Eain Yow (Mas) 11-4, 11-4, 11-8; Ivan Yuen (Mas) bt Amaad Fareed (Pak) 11-8, 11-9, 11-4; Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) bt Elvinn Keo (Mas) 12-10, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5; Farhan Zaman (Pak) bt Khawaja Adil Maqbool (Pak) 11-7, 11-8, 17-15; Mohd Addeen Idrakie (Mas) bt Ammar Altamimi (Kuw) 11-8, 11-6, 11-6; Zahed Mohamed (Egy) bt Ahmad Alsarraj (Jor) 11-5, 11-8, 11-3; Mohd Asyraf Azan (Mas) bt Tayyab Aslam (Pak) 12-10, 15-13, 1-11, 11-5.


Penang Pesta International Championship

Under-12: 1. Muhammad Zharfan Shahidi (Per) 1203 pins, 2. Megat Zaqrul Haiqal (Pen) 1175, 3. Muhammad Hariz Adlan (Pen) 1143, 4. Bryen Yee (Sin) 1027, 5. Benjamin Ng (Sin) 1018.
Under-16: 1. Nikhil Gangaram (Sin) 1667 pins, 2. Timothy Tham (Sin) 1628, 3. Keith Tan (Sin) 1613, 4. Nevern Netaneel Marcellinus (Sab) 1612, 5. Muhammad Nazmi (Pah) 1581.

Under-12: 1. Jenna Princess (Sin) 1042 pins, 2. Raechel Lim (Sin) 997, 3. Nur Amirah Farihah (Pen) 970, 4. Samantha Yeo (Sin) 930, 5. Anis Hadirah Anuar (Pen) 930.
Under-16: 1. Anis Shazlin Zulkhisham (Pen) 1799 pins, 2. Nur Dayana Zuhdi (Nse) 1682, 3. Nur Syafiqah Sajeli (Swk) 1620, 4. Siti Nurnadia Ismail (Kul) 1613, 5. Siti Nurzulaika Ismail (Kul) 1546.


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