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Manchester United's Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England December 20, 2014.  REUTERS/Darren Staples
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli spits on the pitch during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England, November 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Phil Noble

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Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin reacts after missing a chance to score during their English Premier League football match against Manchester City at Loftus Road in London November 8, 2014.       REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Former bricklayer Austin is QPR's hat-trick hero

21 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - It is only a few years ago that Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin was working as a bricklayer and playing in English football's minor leagues.

PSG miss out on top spot after Montpellier draw

21 December 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain missed the chance to claim provisional top spot in Ligue 1 when they were held to a lacklustre 0-0 draw at home to Montpellier on Saturday.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (C), Luis Suarez (L) and Jordi Alba celebrate a goal against Cordoba during their Spanish First division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Soccer-Messi double, Suarez goal fire Barca rout

21 December 2014

BARCELONA, Dec 20 (Reuters) - - Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez struck his first La Liga goal as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday to finish the year a point behind Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Werder Bremen's Davie Selke (C) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the opening goal during the German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, December 20, 2014.     REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Disastrous Dortmund end year with loss at Bremen

21 December 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund completed their spectacular implosion this season, losing 2-1 at struggling Werder Bremen on Saturday, their 10th defeat in 17 league games sending them into the winter break in 17th place, just a point off the bottom.

No strikers, no problem for Man City

21 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - It was a case of no strikers, no problem for Manchester City on Saturday as they joined Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.

Schalke 04's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar jumps for the ball during their Champions League Group G soccer match against Maribor at Stadion Ljudski in Maribor December 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

Schalke striker Huntelaar extends deal to 2017

20 December 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - Schalke 04 forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has signed a new two-year contract that will keep him at the Bundesliga club until 2017, the team and player said on Saturday.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) greets former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona during a ceremony at the national pantheon in Caracas in this December 9, 2014 handout photo provided by Miraflores Palace. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters

Maradona renews contract with Venezuela's Telesur network

20 December 2014

CARACAS (Reuters) - Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona renewed his contract with Venezuelan television station Telesur, which in April had invited him to be a commentator during the World Cup in Brazil, the station said on its website.

Heartache for Malaysia in Suzuki Cup final

20 December 2014

PETALING JAYA: It proved to be a bridge too far for Malaysia when they lost to Thailand 3-4 on aggregate despite winning the Suzuki Cup second leg final 3-2 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday night.

Police show force prior to Suzuki Cup final kick-off

20 December 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) kept to their word as the security at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil for the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final was given the utmost importance.

Inter Milan's coach Roberto Mancini looks on before the start of his Italian Serie A soccer match against AS Roma at the Olympic stadium in Rome November 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Mancini positive Inter can finish third

20 December 2014

MILAN (Reuters) - Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini firmly believes his team will be challenging for a Champions League berth until the end of the season.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

AFF SUZUKI CUP

Final, first leg
Thailand 2 Malaysia 0

Final, second leg
Malaysia 3 Thailand 2 (Thailand won 4-3 on aggregate)

EPL Results & Standings

Man City 3 Crystal Palace 0
Aston Villa 1 Man United 1
Hull 0 Swansea 1
QPR 3 West Brom 2
Southampton 3 Everton 0
Tottenham 2 Burnley 1
West Ham 2 Leicester 0


English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Chelsea
16 23 39
Man City
17 22 39
Man Utd 17 12 32
West Ham 17 10 31
Southampton
17 15 29
Tottenham 17 -1 27
Arsenal
16 9 26
Swansea 17 3 25
Newcastle 16 -4 23
Everton 17 0 21
Liverpool 16 -3
21
Aston Villa 17 -10 20
Stoke City 16 -3 19
West Brom 17 -6 17
QPR 17 -12 17
Sunderland 16 -10 16
Crystal Palace 17 -8 15
Burnley 17 -14
15
Hull 16 -9 13
Leicester
17
-14 10
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

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 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

Dutch Div 1: SC Heerenveen 0 Den Haag 0.
Leading standings: 1. PSV Eindhoven 40, 2. Ajax 36, 3. FC Zwolle 29, 4. AZ Alkmaar 28, 5. Feyenoord 28.

English Championship: Millwall 0 Bolton 1.
Leading standings: 1. Bournemouth 39, 2. Middlesbrough 39, 3. Derby 38, 4. Ipswich 38, 5. Brentford 37.

French Div 1: Lens 2 Nice 0.
Leading standings: 1. Marseille 38, 2. Paris St Germain 37, 3. Lyon 36, 4. Saint-Etienne 33, 5. Bordeaux 31.

German Div 1: Mainz 05 1 Bayern Munich 2.
Leading standings: 1. Bayern Munich 45, 2. VfL Wolfsburg 31, 3. Borussia Moenchengladbach 27, 4. Bayer Leverkusen 27, 5. Schalke 04 26.

Italian Serie A: Cagliari 1 Juventus 3, Napoli 2 Parma 0.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 39, 2. Roma 35, 3. Lazio 26, 4.Sampdoria 26, 5. Genoa 26.

Portuguese Premier League: FC Porto 4 Vitoria Setubal 0.
Leading standings: 1. Benfica 34, 2. FC Porto 31, 3. Vitoria Guimaraes 28, 4. Sporting Braga 25, 5. Sporting Lisbon 24.

Spanish Div 1: Celta Vigo 0 Almeria 1.
Leading standings: 1. Real Madrid 39, 2. Barcelona 35, 3. Atletico Madrid 32, 4. Sevilla 30, Valencia 28.

Badminton

BWF WORLD SUPERSERIES FINALS

Semi-finals

Men’s singles: Hans Kristian-Vittinghus (Den) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 21-11, 21-17, Chen Long (Chn) bt K.Srikanth (Ind) 21-18, 21-9.
Men's doubles: Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) bt Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) 18-21, 21-15, 21-12, Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Morgensen (Den) 21-15, 21-16.
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Saina Nehwal (Ind) 11-21, 21-13, 21-9, Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) bt Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 21-13, 21-13.
Women’s doubles: Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) 21-9, 21-9, Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-14, 13-21, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) bt Joachim Fischer-Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-13, 21-12, Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) 21-9, 21-12.

Golf

AMBANK SPORTEXCEL INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Leading final round scores

Boys
10 and below category
242: Weerawish Narkprachar (Tha) 81-81-80, Chanachon Chokprajakchat (Tha) 82-85-75 (Weerawish won the playoff on first hole); 244: Tunyapat Sukkoed (Tha) 82-83-79.
11-12 category
228: Kim Gyeong-min (Kor) 72-76-80; 229: Harshjeet Singh (Ind) 72-77-80; 231: Nattabutara Sornkaew (Tha) 74-76-81.
13-14 category
219: Parathakorn Suyasri (Tha) 76-72-71; 221: Daeng Abdul Rahman Daeng Abdul Aziz (Mas) 71-70-80; 228: Yuji Sekito (Jpn) 77-74-77.
15-18 category
215: Leon D’Souza (Hkg) 72-72-71 (won the playoff on second hole), Naoki Sekito (Jpn) 67-74-74; 218: Amarin Kraivixien (Tha) 71-75-72.

Girls
10 and below category
248: Kokoro Ouchi (Jpn) 79-81-88; 255: Phannarai Meesom-us (Tha) 84-85-86; 263: Sarah Madzri (Mas) 86-93-84.
11-12 category
230: Zulaikah Nurziana Nasser (Mas) 76-76-78; 232: Unyamanee Wongaroon (Tha) 76-76-80; 241: Panchalika Arphamongkol (Tha) 80-80-81.
13-14 category
233: Jenny Ham (Tha) 78-77-78; 238: Pan Shan (Chn) 79-76-83; 242: Noramol Nuchsila (Tha) 90-76-76.
15-18 category
230: Siti Zulaikhaa Saari (Mas) 76-78-76; 232: Dong Linyu (Chn) 73-78-81; 240: Callista Chen (Sin) 79-82-79.

Basketball

NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Portland 129 San Antonio 119 (OT), Cleveland 95 New Jersey 91, Chicago 103 Memphis 97, Oklahoma City 104 LA Lakers 103, Denver 109 LA Clippers 106, Washington 105 Miami 103, Toronto 110 Detroit 100, Boston 114 Minnesota 98, Charlotte 109 Philadelphia 91, Utah 101 Orlando 94.

AGONG CUP NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Men's final: Malacca 76 Police 69.
Third-placing: Sarawak 75 KL 51.

Women's final: Selangor 46 Johor 43.
Third placing: KL 62 Malacca 48.

Squash

WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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

ROYAL LAKE CLUB OPEN

Final: Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) bt Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-9, 11-3.

Bowling

PESTA PENANG INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

FINALS

(National squad unless stated)

Men's Open (22 games): 1. Mohd Rafiq Ismail 5215 pins, 2. Alex Liew 5057, 3. Muhd Nur Aiman 5034, 4. Mohd Haziq Sahli (Team Impact) 5027, 5. Zulmazran Zulkifli 4997, 6. Sam Cooley (Aus) 4947, 7. Ahmad Muaz Fishol 4849, 8. Mohd Amirul Shah (Joh) 4799, 9. Noor Afizal Azizan (Ked) 4787, 10. Teh Lit Qing (Sel) 4708, 11. Syimir Abdul Razak 4705, 12. Kuek Qi En (Sin) 4663.

Women's Open (20 games): 1. Anis Shazlin Zulkhisham (Pen) 4707 pins, Siti Safiyah Amirah 4444, 3. Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana 4427, 4. Tannya Roumimper (Ina) 4330, 5. Sin Li Jane 4322, 6. Nur Syafiqah Datu Sajeli (Swk) 4284, 7. Syaidatul Afifah 4263, 8. Alisha Iman 4237, 9. Nerosha Keligit (National Youth) 4201, 10. Victoria Chin 4089.

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Sports Calendar

December

Nov 22-Dec 20
Football: AFF Suzuki Cup
Singapore/Vietnam

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
London 

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
Egypt

Dec 17-21
Badminton: BWF World Superseries Finals
Dubai

January 2015

ATHLETICS

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

BADMINTON

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

BOWLING

Jan 2-11: Brunswick Ballmaster Open, Finland
Jan 11-18: Irish Open Championships, Dublin
Jan 15-26: Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, Thailand

CYCLING

Jan 17-25: Tour Down Under, Australia
Jan 17-18: Track Cycling World Cup, Colombia
Jan 29-Feb 1: New Zealand Cycle Classic

FOOTBALL

Jan 9-31: AFC Asian Cup, Australia
Jan 17-Feb 8: African Cup of Nations,Equatorial Guinea

GOLF

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

HOCKEY

Jan 17-25: World League Round 2 (Men), Singapore

MOTORSPORT

Jan 10: Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix, Argentina

SQUASH

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

TENNIS

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

AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Feb 1: NFL Superbowl, Arizona, USA

ATHLETICS

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

BADMINTON

Feb 18-21: Austrian Open, Vienna
Feb 24-March 1: German Open, Mulheim an der Ruhr

CRICKET

Feb 14-March 29: World Cup, Australia and New Zealand

CYCLING

Feb 18-22: World Track Championships, TBA

DIVING

Feb 20-22: Diving Grand Prix, Germany

FOOTBALL

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

GOLF

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

SQUASH

Feb 4-8: Delaware Open (Women), USA 
Feb 5-8: Swedish Open, Linkoping
Feb 24 - March 4: Windy City Open, Chicago, USA

TENNIS

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

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