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
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Former Manchester United's manager David Moyes watches their Champions League quarter-final second leg soccer match against Bayern Munich in Munich, April 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Late lapse highlights problems facing Moyes at Sociedad

21 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Sociedad were left frustrated after a late Levante penalty denied them a first league away win of the season on Saturday with their inability to hold on to the lead a further indication of the tough job facing coach David Moyes.

Perth go six points clear after City win Melbourne derby

21 December 2014

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A stoppage time goal from Erik Paartalu gave City the spoils in a frenetic Melbourne derby that prevented Victory from closing on A-League leaders Perth Glory in Round 11 action over the weekend.

Japan's head coach Javier Aguirre attends a news conference in Tokyo December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Japan send mission to Spain to probe Aguirre allegations

21 December 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japan Football Association has sent a delegation to Spain to conduct a probe into the match-fixing scandal that has embroiled national team coach Javier Aguirre.

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

Messi double, Suarez goal fire Barca rout

21 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi scored two late goals and Luis Suarez got his first in La Liga as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday to finish the year a point behind leaders Real Madrid. In-form Pedro put Barca ahead after 71 seconds, the second fastest goal in La Liga this season, with a clinical finish from a ball over the top of the defence by Ivan Rakitic. The signs were ominous for Cordoba as they found themselves encamped in their own half, although Barca did not add to their lead until early in the second half through Suarez.

A defeat is never dignified, says San Lorenzo coach

21 December 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - San Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza refused to accept his team's 2-0 defeat had been dignified, even though they were up against the clearly superior Real Madrid in Saturday's Club World Cup final.

Barcelona's coach Luis Enrique smiles during a training session at Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Barca well-placed and with room for improvement, says coach

21 December 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is happy with their position on the shoulders of La Liga leaders Real Madrid given the Catalans can only improve in the New Year.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with team mates after their team scored their second goal during their Club World Cup final football match against San Lorenzo at the Marrakech stadium, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup

21 December 2014

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale after being forced into a scrap by the feisty South Americans.

Koeman's hard-working Saints snap losing streak

21 December 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The hard work and spirit that have helped many teams dig their way out of trouble proved crucial for Southampton on Saturday, according to manager Ronald Koeman whose side snapped a five-game losing streak in emphatic fashion.

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao (C) celebrates with team-mates 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

United's Falcao on target but gets no guarantees

21 December 2014

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Manchester United's injury-hit striker Radamel Falcao marked his return to the starting lineup for the first time since October with a second-half equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Aston Villa.

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.

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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

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
16 23 39
Man City
17 22 39
Man Utd 17 12 32
West Ham 17 10 31
17 15 29
Tottenham 17 -1 27
16 9 26
Swansea 17 3 25
Newcastle 16 -4 23
Everton 17 0 21
Liverpool 16 -3
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
Hull 16 -9 13
-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

World Club Cup
Final: Real Madrid 2 San Lorenzo 0.

Dutch Div 1: Cambuur 2 Zwolle 1, Dordrecht 1 Groningen 1, PSV Eindhoven 5 Go Ahead Eagles 0, AZ Alkmaar 0 Utrecht 3.
Leading standings: 1. PSV Eindhoven 43, 2. Ajax 36, 3. FC Zwolle 29, 4. AZ Alkmaar 28, 5. Feyenoord 28.

French Div 1: Paris St Germain 0 Montpellier 0, Caen 1 Bastia 1, Lorient 1 Nantes 2, Metz 0 Monaco 1, Rennes 1 Reims 3, Toulouse 1 Guingamp 1.
Leading standings: 1. Marseille 38, 2. Paris St Germain 38, 3. Lyon 36, 4. Saint-Etienne 33, 5. Monaco                32.

German Div 1: Schalke 0 Hamburg 0, Bayer Leverkusen 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Augsburg 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach 1, Werder Bremen 2 Borussia Dortmund 1, VfB Stuttgart 0 Paderborn 0, VfL Wolfsburg 2 Cologne 1.
Leading standings: 1. Bayern  Munich 45, 2. Wolfsburg 34, 3. Bayer Leverkusen 28, 4. Borussia  Moenchengladbach 27, 4. Schalke 27.

Italian Serie A: Sassuolo 1 Cesena 1, Roma 0 AC Milan 0.
Leading standings: 1. Juventus 39, 2. Roma 36, 3. Napoli 27, 4. Lazio 26, 5. Sampdoria 26.

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

Scottish Premier League: Aberdeen 1 Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 1 Dundee 1, Ross County 0 Hamilton Academical 1, St Johnstone 1 Inverness CT 0, St Mirren 0 Motherwell 1.
Leading standings: 1. Celtic 38, 2. Aberdeen 34, 3. Hamilton Academical 33, 4. Inverness CT 32, 5. Dundee  United 31.

Scottish Championship: Dumbarton 0 Falkirk 3, Hearts 2 Alloa 0, Queen of the South 1 Cowdenbeath 2, Raith 1 Hibernian 3, Rangers 2 Livingston 0.
Leading standings: 1. Hearts 44, 2. Rangers 35, 3. Hibernian 28, 4. Queen of the South 28, 5. Falkirk 26.

Spanish Div 1: Barcelona 5 Cordoba 0, Levante 1 Real Sociedad 1, Eibar 0 Valencia 1, Rayo Vallecano 1 Espanyol 3.
Leading standings: 1. Real Madrid 39, 2. Barcelona 38, 3. Atletico Madrid 32, 4. Valencia 31, 5. Sevilla 30.



All final

Men’s singles: Hans Kristian-Vittinghus (Den) v Chen Long (Chn).
Men's doubles: Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) v Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor).
Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) v Sung Ji-hyun (Kor).
Women’s doubles: Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) v Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn).
Mixed doubles: Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) v Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn).



Dallas 99 San Antonio 93, Phoenix 99 New York 90, Portland 114 New Orleans 88, Charlotte 104 Utah 86, Atlanta 104 Houston 97, Denver 76 Indiana 73, LA Clippers 106 Milwaukee 102.


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.



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


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


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