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Scotland opposed to British football team in Rio

4 March 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland have followed Wales in voicing opposition to a combined British soccer team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Tide turning against Ancelotti at faltering Real

4 March 2015

BARCELONA (Reuters) - With Real Madrid's attack losing its potency and the team faltering in crunch games the tide has started to turn surprisingly rapidly against coach Carlo Ancelotti.

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Immobile double puts Dortmund in Cup last eight

4 March 2015

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund's Ciro Immobile struck twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory at third tier Dynamo Dresden and a place in the German Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

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Olympiakos chief Marinakis fines players for poor displays

4 March 2015

ATHENS (Reuters) - Olympiakos Piraeus president Evangelos Marinakis has fined his team 500,000 euros (363,859 pounds) for below-par performances which have seen them eliminated from Europe and endangered their domestic league and cup prospects.

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CONMEBOL to back Blatter in FIFA election - source

4 March 2015

ASUNCION (Reuters) - The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) will support Sepp Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president in May, a CONMEBOL source told Reuters on Tuesday.

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First Villa win better than lottery jackpot - Sherwood

4 March 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Tim Sherwood said his first victory as Aston Villa manager was better than a lottery win after his side escaped the relegation zone by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday.

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Badminton lacks future 'star', says Indonesia's Taufik

4 March 2015

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - A stark warning about the future direction of the men's game was issued on Tuesday by two of badminton’s recent greats on the eve of the All-England Championships.

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Barca's Pique fined for abusing police over parking ticket

4 March 2015

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was fined 10,500 euros (7,639 pounds) by a Spanish judge on Tuesday for abusing police after the car he was travelling in was given a parking ticket.

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Referee East back in action after wrongful Brown dismissal

4 March 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Referee Roger East returns to action in the Premier League on Tuesday, a day after the FA ruled he mistakenly dismissed Sunderland defender Wes Brown at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Palace midfielder Jedinak accepts violent conduct charge

3 March 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Australia midfielder Mile Jedinak has accepted the violent conduct charge handed out to him by the FA, his club Crystal Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Malaysian Football


Pahang 1 JDT 1 (aet, Pahang won 4-2 on penalties), Penang 1 Perlis 0, Felda United 2 Selangor 2 (aet, Selangor win 4-2 on penalties), Malacca 1 Terengganu 3, Shahzan Muda 1 Perak 3, T-Team 3 Armed Forces 0 (aet), Kedah Malays 0 Lions XII 4, SPA Putrajaya 3 Kuantan FA 0, JDT II 2 PKNS FC 1.


Friday, March 6
Perak v Kelantan - 8.45pm

Saturday, March 7
All matches at 8.45pm

Pahang v Sime Darby FC
JDT v Sarawak
Felda United v Lions XII
Terengganu v Armed Forces
Police v Selangor

Malaysian Super League

   P  GD Pts
Felda United
3 4 7
3 4 7
Police 3 3 6
Terengganu 3 1 6
3 0 6
Sarawak 3 2 5
JDT 3 1 4
Lions XII
3 0 4
Selangor 3 -2 2
3 -2 2
Armed Forces
3 -5 0
Sime Darby
3 -6 0
EPL Results & Standings

Aston Villa 2 West Brom 1
Hull 1 Sunderland 1
Southampton 1 Crystal Palace 0

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
26 34 60
Man City
27 30 55
27 22 51
Man United
27 20 50
28 19 49
Liverpool   27 
10 48
26 5 44
Swansea  27 -3 40
West Ham 
27 6 39
Stoke City  27 -3 39
Newcastle  27 -10 35
Crystal Palace 28 -8 30
West Brom
28 -10 30
27 -6 28
Hull 28 -11 27
Sunderland 28 -16 26
Aston Villa 28 -23 25
QPR 26 -18 22
Burnley 27 -20 22
-18 18
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Thursday, March 5
Man City v Leicester - 3.45am**
Newcastle v Man United - 3.45am**
QPR v Arsenal - 3.45am**
Stoke v Everton - 3.45am**
Tottenham v Swansea - 3.45am**
West Ham v Chelsea - 3.45am**
Liverpool v Burnley - 4am**

Saturday, March 7
QPR v Tottenham - 11pm

Saturday, March 14
Crystal Palace v QPR - 8.45pm
Arsenal v West Ham - 11pm
Everton v Newcastle - 11pm
Leicester v Hull - 11pm
Sunderland v Aston Villa - 11pm
West Brom v Stoke - 11pm

Sunday, March 15
Burnley v Man City - 1.30am**
Chelsea v Southampton - 9.30pm 
Man United v Tottenham - 12mn

Tuesday, March 17
Swansea v Liverpool - 4am**

Saturday, March 21
Man City v West Brom - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Swansea - 11pm
Newcastle v Arsenal - 11pm
Southampton v Burnley - 11pm
Stoke v Crystal Palace - 11pm
Tottenham v Leicester - 11pm

Sunday, March 22
West Ham v Sunderland - 1.30am**
Liverpool v Man United - 9.30pm
Hull v Chelsea - 12mn
QPR v Everton - 12mn

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

UEFA Champions League

Last 16 draw

(Second leg on March 10-11, 17-18)

Schalke (Ger) 0 Real Madrid (Spa) 2.
FC Basel (Swi) 1 FC Porto (Por) 1.
Paris St Germain (Fra) 1 Chelsea (Eng) 1.
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) 0 Bayern Munich (Ger) 0.
Manchester City (Eng) 1 Barcelona (Spa) 2.
Juventus (Ita) 2 Borussia Dortmund (Ger) 1.
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) 1 Atletico Madrid (Spa) 0.
Arsenal (Eng) 1 Monaco (Fra) 3.

Other Football Results

Europa League

Round of 16 (ties to be played March 12 and 19)

Everton (Eng) v Dynamo Kyiv (Ukr)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukr) v Ajax (Ned)
Zenit (Rus) v Torino (Ita)
VfL Wolfsburg (Ger) v Inter Milan (Ita)
Villarreal (Spa) v Sevilla (Spa)
Napoli (Ita) v Dinamo Moscow (Rus)
Club Brugge (Bel) v Beşiktaş (Tur)
Fiorentina (Ita) v AS Roma (Ita)

English Championship: Bournemouth 2 Wolves 1, Brentford 4 Huddersfield 1, Brighton 2 Derby County 0, Charlton 2 Nottingham Forest 1, Middlesbrough 3 Millwall 0, Rotherham 1 Cardiff 3, Watford 1 Fulham 0, Bolton 1 Reading 1.
Leading standings: 1. Middlesbrough 66, 2. Derby County 65, 3. Watford 65, 4. Bournemouth 63, 5. Norwich City 62.

French Cup
Quarter-finals: Saint-Etienne 1 Boulogne-sur-Mer 1 (aet, Saint-Etienne won 4-3 on penalties).

German Cup
Third round: Bayer Leverkusen 2 Kaiserslautern 0 (aet), VfR Aalen 0 Hoffenheim 2, Freiburg 2 Cologne 1, Dynamo Dresden 0 Borussia Dortmund 2.



Miami 115 Phoenix 98, Brooklyn 110 Golden State 108, LA Clippers 110 Minnesota 105, Toronto 114 Philadelphia 103, Dallas 102 New Orleans 93.


WTA Malaysian Open

Singles second round: Jarmila Gajdosova (Aus) bt Luksika Kumkhum (Tha) 7-5, 6-2; Elizaveta Kulichkova (Rus) bt Yulia Putintseva (Kaz) 6-0, 6-2; Kurumi Nara (Jpn) bt Magda Linette (Pol) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6).

Doubles quarter-finals: Chen Liang-Wang Yafan (Chn-Chn) bt Han Xinyun-Junri Namigata (Chn-Jpn) 4-6, 6-1, 15-13; Darija Jurak-Klara Koukalova (Cro-Cze) bt Naomi Broady-Carina Wittoeft (Bri-Ger) 7-6, (8-6), 6-3; Chang Kai-chen-Zheng Saisai (Tpe-Chn) bt Yang Zhaoxuan-Zhu Lin (Chn) 6-4, 6-4.


Kelantan Closed Championship

Leading first round scores: 68: S. Murthy, R. Nachimuthu; 69: Wilson Choo; 70: Mohd Rizal Amin, Mohd Azman Basharudin; 71: Farid Rashid, Mohd Rozi Jusoh, Nazarudin Talib, Dino Abdillah, Airil Rizman Zahari, Shaifubari Muda, Akhmal Tarmizee, Low Khai Jei (a); 72: Shaaban Hussin, John Pang, Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf, Kemarol Baharin, Lim Eng Seng, Iqbal Yusoff, Hans Jamil.


Windy City Open, Chicago


Men: Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy) bt Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) 12-10, 11-8, 11-4; Nick Matthew (Eng) bt Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5.

Women: Raneem El Welily (Egy) bt Camille Serme (Fra) 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3; Nicol David (Mas) bt Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 11-9, 13-11, 12-10.



First Round

Men’s singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Xue Song (Chn) 12-21, 21-18, 21-9; Hsu Jen-hao (Tpe) bt Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Tha) 21-18, 18-21, 21-9.

Men’s doubles: Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Matthew Nottingham-Harley Tower (Eng) 21-11, 21-18; Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Andrew Ellis-Peter Mills (Eng) 21-9, 21-17; Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (Jpn) bt Lukasz Moren-Wojciech Szkudlarczyk (Pol) 22-20, 21-12; Chen Hung-ling-Wang Chi-lin (Tpe) bt Adam Cwalina-Przemyslaw Wacha (Pol) 21-13, 21-17; Manu Attri-B. Sumeeth Reddy (Ind) bt Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) 9-21, 21-17, 21-17; Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chai-hsin (Tpe) bt Michael Fuchs-Johannes Schoettler (Ger) 14-4, rtd; Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) bt Fabian Holzer-Mark Lamsfuss (Ger) 21-13, 21-14. 

Women’s doubles: Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa (Ind) bt Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho (Mas) 21-12, 20-22, 21-14.


Sports Calendar



March 6-8: 33rd European Athletics Indoor Championships, Czech Republic


March 3-8: All-England Open, Birmingham
March 10-15: Swiss Open, Basel
March 17-22: Vietnam International Challenge, Hanoi
March 18-21: Polish Open, Arlamow
March 24-29: India Open, New Delhi
March 31- April 5: Maybank Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur


March 20-26: DIBC Open Bowling Tournament, Dubai
March 22-31: Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships, Macau


March 8-15: Le Tour de Langkawi


March 13-5: World Series, Beijing
March 19-21: World Series, Dubai


March 10-11: Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg, various locations
March 17-18: Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg, various locations


March 2-8: World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Florida
March 9-15: Valspar Championship, Florida
March 16-22: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Florida
March 23-29: Valero Texas Open, US


March 7-15: World League Round 2 (Women), New Delhi


March 14: Formula E: Miami ePrix, Florida, US
March 15: Australian F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne
March 29: Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Sepang
March 29: Qatar MotoGP Grand Prix, Losail


March 13-20: Dubai Open (Men), UAE
March 23-27: Canary Wharf Classic (Men), London
March 31 - Apr 5: Open de Paris (Men), Paris


March 6-8: Davis Cup (First round), various locations
March 9-16: BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, US
March 23-30: Miami Open, US



Apr 5: Daegu International Marathon, South Korea
Apr 12: Milano Marathon, Italy.
             Mangyoungdae Marathon, North Korea
             Brighton Marathon, Britain
             Rotterdam Marathon, Holland
             Santiago Marathon, Chile
             Paris Marathon, France
             Vienna City Marathon, Austria
Apr 19: Hannover Marathon, Germany
             Nagano Marathon, Japan
Apr 20: Boston Marathon, USA
Apr 26: London Marathon, England
     Madrid Marathon, Spain


Apr 7-12: Singapore Open
Apr 14-19: China Masters, Changzhou
April 21-16: Asia Championships, China
Apr 28-May 3: New Zealand Open, Auckland


Apr 2-5: Grand Prix, Mexico
Apr 9-12: Grand Prix, Canada
Apr 16-19: Grand Prix, Puerto Rico
Apr 24-26: World Series, Russia


Apr 14-15: Champions League quarter-finals first leg
Apr 16: Europa League quarter-finals first leg
Apr 18-19: FA Cup semi-finals, Wembley
Apr 21-22: Champions League quarter-finals first leg
Apr 23: Europa League quarter-finals first leg


Asian Tour
Apr 23-26:
Indonesian Open, Jakarta

Apr 2-5: Houston Open, Texas
Apr 9-12: US Masters, Georgia
Apr 16-19: RBC Heritage, South Carolina
Apr 23-26: Zurich Classic, Louisiana
Apr 29-May 3: World Golf Championships Match Play, San Francisco

European Tour
Apr 23-26:
China Open, Shanghai

Apr 2-5:
ANA Inspiration, California
Apr 15-18: Lotte Championship, Hawaii
Apr 23-26: Swinging Skirts Classic, San Francisco


Apr 10-12: Grand Prix of the Americas, Texas
Apr 17-19: Argentinian Grand Prix, Temas de Rio


Apr 10-12: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
Apr 17-19: Bahrain Grand Prix, Shakir


March 31-Apr 5: Paris Open (men), France
Apr 2-10: El Gouna International (men), Egypt
Apr 7-12: Texas Open (women), USA
Apr 20-24: Malaysian Tour Leg 2
Apr 13-19: Grasshopper Cup (men), Switzerland
Apr 29-May 2: Canadian Championships


Apr 6-12: Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco
                US Men’s Clay Court Championship, Houston
Apr 12-19: Monte Carlo Masters, Monaco
Apr 20-26: Barcelona Open, Spain
                  BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, Romania
Apr 27-May 3: BMW Open, Germany
                        Estoril Open, Portugal
                        Istanbul Open, Turkey


Apr 26-May 3: World Championships, China