Real Madrid's Toni Kroos (R), James Rodriguez (2nd L) and Xabi Alonso (L) attend a training session at Valdebebas training grounds, outside Madrid August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Chelsea's Fernando Torres reacts after the Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid April 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Milan agree two-year Torres loan with Chelsea

30 August 2014

MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan agreed a two-year loan deal with Chelsea for misfit striker Fernando Torres on Friday but the Spaniard has yet to agree terms and decide to end his London nightmare.

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South American chief defends World Cup spots

30 August 2014

ASUNCION (Reuters) - South America must keep its strong World Cup presence for the 2018 finals because it is a competitive region with the hardest qualifying programme, CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout said on Friday.

France's Mamadou Sakho (R) fights for the ball with Ecuador's Enner Valencia during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 25, 2014.    REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Superman Valencia needs time to wow West Ham

30 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Ecuador’s Enner Valencia is itching to regain the form that earned him the nickname "Superman" and show fans why West Ham United brought the World Cup striker to Upton Park.

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It's not the Balotelli show, warns Liverpool boss

30 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - "This is not the Mario Balotelli show", warned Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who is able to call on the mercurial Italian forward for the first time against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

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England boss Hodgson wrong to criticise Shaw, says Van Gaal

30 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - England manager Roy Hodgson was wrong to criticise Luke Shaw's fitness and the defender is an "example" in the changing room, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

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Chelsea striker Costa doubtful for Everton trip

30 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Diego Costa is doubtful for Chelsea's trip to Everton on Saturday while manager Jose Mourinho has said the club will be in trouble if media reports of a Fernando Torres move to AC Milan prove accurate.

Harimau Muda coach confident of bagging Champions title

29 August 2014

PETALING JAYA: National Under-16 coach S. Balachandran believes his boys have the pedigree, character and discipline to lift the Asia Champions Trophy (ACT) when they face PVF Vietnam in the return-leg of the final.

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Atletico midfielder Garcia named in Spain squad

29 August 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia was included in the Spain squad on Friday as the former world champions begin the defence of the European Championship following a dismal World Cup in Brazil.

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Putin hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup

29 August 2014

LAKE SELIGER Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to host the 2018 football World Cup following Western calls to stop the country staging the tournament.

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Wenger watching market but says spending not crucial

29 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on the transfer market but says finding a replacement for injured striker Olivier Giroud is not crucial to his team's hopes of mounting a Premier League title challenge.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

Malaysia Cup

Group A: JDT II 0 Felda United 3, Pahang 1 Lions XII 2.
Group C: Penang 1 Kelantan 3, Armed Forces 0 JDT 1.

EPL Results & Standings

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

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
2 5 6
2 4 6
Man City
2 4 6
2 2 6
2 1 4
2 1 4
Aston Villa
2 1 4
West Ham
2 1 3
1 -1 3
2 0 2
2 0 2
West Brom
2 0 2
Man Utd
2 -1 1
2 -1 1
2 -1 1
Leicester City 2 -2 1
2 -2 1
Crystal Palace
2 -3 0
2 -3 0
2 -5 0
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Aug 30
Burnley v Man Utd - 7.45pm
Man City v Stoke - 10pm
Newcastle v Crystal Palace - 10pm
QPR v Sunderland - 10pm
Swansea v West Brom - 10pm
West Ham v Southampton - 10pm

Sunday, Aug 31
Everton v Chelsea - 12.30am**
Aston Villa v Hull - 8.30pm
Tottenham v Liverpool - 8.30pm
Leicester v Arsenal - 11pm

Saturday, Sept 13
Arsenal v Man City - 7.45pm
Chelsea v Swansea - 10pm
Crystal Palace v Burnley - 10pm
Southampton v Newcastle - 10pm
Stoke v Leicester - 10pm
Sunderland v Tottenham - 10pm
West Brom v Everton - 10pm

Sunday, Sept 14
Liverpool v Aston Villa - 12.30am**
Man Utd v QPR - 11pm

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

UEFA Champions League draw

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo.
Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets.
Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco.
Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht.
Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, AS Roma.
Group F: Barcelona, Paris St Germain (Fra), Ajax, Apoel.
Group G: Chelsea, Schalke 04, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor.
Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov.

Other Football Results

AFC Champions League quarter-finals second leg: FC Seoul (Kor) 0 Pohang Steelers (Kor) 0 (after extra time, FC Seoul win 3-0 on penalties), Guangzhou Evergrande (Chn) 2 Western Sydney Wanderers (Aus) 1 (aggregate 2-2, Western Sydney Wanderers win on away goals rule).

Champions League playoff, second leg: Malmo (Swe) 3 Salzburg (Aut) 0 (Malmo win 4-2 on aggregate), Arsenal (Eng) 1 Besiktas (Tur) 0 (Arsenal win 1-0 on aggregate), Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) 4 FC Copenhagen (Den) 0 (Bayer Leverkusen win 7-2 on aggregate), Athletic Bilbao (Spa) 3 Napoli (Ita) 1 (Athletic Bilbao win 4-2 on aggregate), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bul) 1 Steaua Bucharest (Rom) 0 (aggregate 1-1, Ludogorets Razgrad win 6-5 on penalties).

English League Cup second round: Aston Villa 0 Leyton Orient 1, Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3, Bradford City 2 Leeds United 1, Burton Albion 1 Queens Park Rangers 0, Stoke City 3 Portsmouth 0.


World Championships

Men’s singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Wang Zhengming (Chn) 21-8, 21-11; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) 21-14, 21-14; Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Eric Pang (Ned) 22-20, 21-19; Chen Long (Chn) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-14, 12-21, 21-17.

Men’s doubles: Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) 21-8, 21-17; Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) bt Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How (Mas) 21-18, 21-13; Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Kor) bt Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra (Ina) 21-14, 21-13.

Women’s singles: Carolina Marin (Spa) bt Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) 19-21, 21-19, 21-11; PV Sindhu (Ind) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 19-21, 21-19, 21-15; Li Xuerui (Chn) bt Saina Nehwal (Ind) 21-15, 21-15; Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 9-21, 21-18, 22-20.

Women’s doubles: Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-Shin (Tpe) bt Jang Ye-na-Kim So-young (Kor) 2-11, 16-21, 21-10; Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-11, 21-11; Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Anggia Shitta Awanda-Della Destiara Haris (Ina) 21-12, 21-15; Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) bt Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii (Ina) 21-19, 21-13.

Mixed doubles: Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Lee Chun Hei-Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg) 21-18, 21-11; Liu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) bt Lu Kai-Huang Yaqiong (Chn) 21-14, 21-17; Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam 21-13, 21-9.


LPGA Portland Classic

Leading first round scores (US unless stated): 65: Kim In-kyung (Kor); 66: Jennifer Song, Amelia Lewis; 67: Laura Diaz, Julieta Granada (Par), Mina Harigae, Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Alison Walshe, Emma Jandel, Paula Reto (Rsa); 68: Juli Inkster, Karine Icher (Fra), Chella Choi (Kor), Jennifer Kirby, Lin Xi Yu (Chn), Jacqui Concolino; 69: Candie Kung (Tpe), Mariajo Uribe (Col), Louise Friberg (Swe), Sue Kim (Can), Marina Alex, Pernilla Lindberg (Swe), Lizette Salas, Austin Ernst, Line Vedel (Den).

Italian Open

Leading first round scores: 66: Francesco Molinari (Ita), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut); 67: Richard Bland (Eng), Hennie Otto (Rsa), Richie Ramsay (Sco), Gareth Maybin (Nir), John Hahn (US); 68: Felipe Aguilar (Chi), Maximilian Kieffer (Ger), Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli (Ita), Darren Fichardt (Rsa), Francesco Laporta (Ita), Morten Orum Madsen (Den), Gary Stal (Fra); 69: Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Roope Kakko (Fin), Ross Fisher (Eng), Joost Luiten (Ned), Jack Doherty (Sco), Daan Huizing (Ned), Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind), Joachim B Hansen (Den), Robert Rock (Eng), Marc Warren (Sco), David Lipsky (US); 70: Carlos Del Moral (Spa), Sihwan Kim (Kor), Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Adrien Saddier (Fra), Gregory Molteni (Ita), Andrew Sullivan (Eng), Craig Lee (Sco), James Morrison (Eng), Seve Benson (Eng), Lee Slattery (Eng), Alvaro Quiros (Spa), Jason Knutzon (US), Sam Walker (Eng), Jamie McLeary (Sco), Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind), Andreas Harto (Den), Thomas Pieters (Bel).


US Open

Men’s singles
Second round: Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0; Sam Querrey (US) bt Guillermo Garca-Lopez (Spa) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt Michael Llodra (Fra) 6-2 – rtd; John Isner (US) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-2; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kaz) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) bt Benoit Paire (Fra) 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) bt Fernando Verdasco (Spa) 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; Andy Murray (Bri) bt Matthias Bachinger (Ger) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; Nick Kyrgios (Aus) bt Andreas Seppi (Ita) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; Tommy Robredo (Spa) bt Simone Bolelli (Ita) 5-7, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Pablo Andjar (Spa) 6-4, 6-1 – rtd; Leonardo Mayer (Arg) bt Matthew Ebden (Aus) 6-1, 6-3, 6-4; Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) bt Borna Coric (Cro) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Milos Raonic (Can) bt Peter Gojowczyk (Ger) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). 

Women’s singles
Second round: Serena Williams (US) bt Vania King (US) 6-1, 6-0; Varvara Lepchenko (US) bt Mona Barthel (Ger) 6-4, 6-0; Kaia Kanepi (Est) bt Samantha Stosur (Aus) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8); Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) bt CoCo Vandeweghe (US) 6-3, 6-3; Flavia Pennetta (Ita) bt Shelby Rogers (US) 6-4, 6-3; Nicole Gibbs (US) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3; Casey Dellacqua (Aus) bt Wang Qiang (Chn) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Karolina Pliskov (Cze) bt Ana Ivanovic (Srb) 7-5, 6-4; Petra Kvitova (Cze) bt Petra Cetkovska (Cze) 6-4, 6-2; Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) bt Madison Keys (US) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-5; Elena Vesnina (Rus) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; Victoria Azarenka (Blr) bt Christina McHale (US) 6-3, 6-2; Zarina Dyas (Kaz) bt CiCi Bellis (US) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2; Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Polona Hercog (Slo) 6-1, 6-2; Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) bt Monica Niculescu (Rom) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Eugenie Bouchard (Can) bt Sorana Cirstea (Rom) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.


British Grand Prix 

MotoGP Free Practice: 1. Marc Marquez (Spa) Repsol Honda 2:02.126, 2. Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 2:02.635, 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 2:03.011, 4. Bradley Smith (Bri) Monster Yamaha 2:03.070, 5. Yonny Hernandez (Col) Pramac Racing Ducati 2:03.327, 6. Scott Redding (Bri) Honda Gresini 2:03.333, 7. Andrea Iaanone (Ita) Pramac Racing Ducati 2:03.353, 8. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda Gresini 2:03.391, 9. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda 2:03.410, 10. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Forward Yamaha 2:03.468.


Hong Kong Open

Men: Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Simon Rosner (Ger) 7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt Darly Selby (Eng) 11-2, 11-3, 11-8; Borja Golan (Spa) bt Nicolas Mueller (Swi) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7; Mohd Elshorbagy (Egy) bt Peter Barker (Eng) 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-3.
Women: Nicol David (Mas) bt Joey Chan (Hkg) 11-8, 11-4, 11-3; Amanda Sohby (US) bt Camille Serme (Fra) 11-5, 1-11, 11-7, 11-3, Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt Alison Waters (Eng) 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8; Laura Massaro (Eng) bt Rachael Grinham (Aus) 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10.

Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit

Men: Ramit Tandon (Ind) bt Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10; Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) bt Shehab Essam Hosny (Egy) 11-6, 11-3, 11-4.
Women: Cheyna Tucker (Rsa) bt Menna Nasser (Egy) 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 14-12; Nadine Shahin (Egy) bt Deon Saffery (Wal) 11-7, 6-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6.


Tour of Spain

Sixth Stage (167.1km): 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) MOV 4’35:27, Chris Froome (Bri) SKY same time, 3. Alberto Contador (Spa) TIN, 4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) KAT eight seconds behind, 5. Nairo Quintana (Col) MOV 12, 6. Fabio Aru (Ita) AST 18, 7. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) OGE 25, 8. Daniel Navarro (Spa) COF same time, 9. Mikel Nieve (Spa) SKY 32, 10. Robert Gesink (Ned) BLK 33. 

Leading overall standings: 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) MOV 22’48:08, 2. Nairo Quintana (Col) MOV 15 seconds behind, 3. Alberto Contador (Spa) TIN 18, 4. Chris Froome (Bri) SKY 22, 5. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) OGE 41, 6. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) KAT 45, 7. Robert Gesink (Ned) BKN 55, 8. Fabio Aru (Ita) AST 58, 9. Warren Barguil (Fra) GIA 1:02, 10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BLK 1:06. 


Sports Calendar


Aug 9-17
Cincinnati Open – tennis

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

Aug 13-24
European Championships – aquatics
Berlin, Germany

Aug 16
English Premier League season starts – football

Aug 16-21
Men’s World Junior Team Championship – squash
Windhoek, Namibia

Aug 16-28
Youth Olympic Games
Nanjing, China

Aug 17
MotoGP - Czech Republic GP,Brno

Aug 21
Diamond League – athletics
Stockholm, Sweden

Aug 24
Diamond League – athletics
Birmingham, England

Aug 24
Belgium Grand Prix – Formula One

Aug 25-31
World Championships – badminton
Copenhagen, Denmark

Aug 25- Sept 7
US Open – tennis
New York

Aug 27-28
Swimming World Cup
Doha, Qatar

Aug 28
Diamond League – athletics
Zurich, Switzerland

Aug 31
MotoGP – British GP, Silverstone


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

Sept 8-21 World Championships – sailing Santander, Spain

Sept 9-14
Indonesia Open – badminton

Sept 12
Davis Cup semi-finals – tennis
Various locations

Sept 14
San Marino GP – MotoGP

Sept 19-Oct 4
Asian Games
Incheon, South Korea

Sept 20-28
World Road Championships – cycling

Sept 21
Aragon GP – MotoGP
Aragon, Spain

Sept 21
Singapore Grand Prix – Formula One

Sept 26-28
Ryder Cup – golf

Sept 28
Brazil GP – MotoGP

Sept 30-Oct 6
Carol Weymuller Open – squash
New York


Sept 27 - Oct 5
WTA China Open - tennis

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

Oct 5-12
Shanghai Rolex Masters - tennis

Oct 6-12
WTA Generali Ladies Linz - tennis

Oct 9-18
US Open - squash

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

Oct 7-12
Dutch Open - Badminton

Oct 12
Japan GP - MotoGP

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

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

Oct 16-19
LPGA HanaBank Championship
Incheon, South Korea

Oct 19
Australian GP - MotoGP
Phillip Island

Oct 20-26
BNP Paribas WTA Finals - tennis

Oct 21-26
France Open (Superseries) - Badminton

Oct 26
Malaysian GP - MotoGP

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

Oct 27 - Nov 2
BNP Paribas Masters - tennis

Oct 28
National Basketball Association season starts - basketball

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