Germany's Andre Schuerrle goes for a header during their Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match against Scotland in Dortmund September 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (R) is challenged by Villareal's Victor Ruiz during their Spanish first division soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Heino Kalis
Champions League final ambassador Luis Figo smiles during the draw for the Champions League semi-finals matches at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Chelsea's Diego Costa (top) appears to stamp on Liverpool's Martin Skrtel during their English League Cup semi-final second leg soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) reacts while watching a video as he sits next to his agent Jorge Mendes during a ceremony at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid September 15, 2013.  REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Third-party ownership ban illegal - Mendes

31 January 2015

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The ban on third-party ownership (TPO) of players is illegal and will kill competition in European football, one of the sport's most powerful agents, Jorge Mendes, told Reuters.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gestures during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at White Hart Lane in London December 28, 2014.         REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Spurs boss Pochettino angered by 'unfair' fixture schedule

30 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has bemoaned his side's fixture pile-up ahead of the League Cup final against Chelsea next month.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the audience during the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 soccer awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich January 12, 2015.                    REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Australia deserves to host World Cup, says Blatter

30 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter has begun his re-election campaign by saying Australia deserves to host the World Cup for the first time.

Costa must change character, says City's Pellegrini

30 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants banned Chelsea striker Diego Costa to change his character but he does not expect the Premier League leaders to miss their top scorer during the table-topping clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Hungary buries Buzanszky, the last Magical Magyar

30 January 2015

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary bade farewell to the last of the Magical Magyars when Jeno Buzanszky was buried on Friday in the St Stephen's Basilica of Budapest alongside former team mates Ferenc Puskas and Gyula Grosics.

Manchester United's Michael Carrick celebrates his goal against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, February 9, 2014.   REUTERS/Darren Staples

Man United's Carrick ruled out for a month

30 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will be out for four weeks with a ruptured muscle, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.

Chelsea's Diego Costa challenges Liverpool's Emre Can (L) during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England January 20, 2015.    REUTERS/Phil Noble

Chelsea's Costa to miss City game after losing appeal

30 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss his side's top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Manchester City after losing his appeal against a charge of violent conduct, the English Football Association said on Friday.

UAE's Ali Mabkhout (L) is fouled by Iraq's Ahmed Ibrahim in the penalty box during their Asian Cup third-place playoff soccer match at the Newcastle Stadium in Newcastle January 30, 2015. Ibrahim was sent off for the foul. REUTERS/Jason Reed

UAE beat Iraq to finish third at Asian Cup

30 January 2015

NEWCASTLE, Australia (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates overcame a 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an action-packed Asian Cup third-placed playoff on Friday to complete an impressive tournament for Mahdi Ali's side.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at Upton Park in London December 28, 2014.     REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Gabriel ready to make Arsenal debut against Villa - Wenger

30 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal's new signing Gabriel Paulista could make his Premier League debut against Aston Villa but leading goalscorer Alexis Sanchez is not likely to be risked with a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.

Theo van Seggelen , the secretary general of FIFPro (Federation Interantionale Des Associations de Footballeurs Professionels), speaks on the 'Protection of National Teams, 6 + 5 Rule' on day two of the 58th FIFA congress in Sydney May 30, 2008.  REUTERS/Will Burgess

FIFPro to take legal action over rights for unpaid players

30 January 2015

ZURICH (Reuters) - The world players' union FIFPro has said it will take legal action to ensure players who are not paid on time are free to look for a new club.

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Malaysian Football


Final: Internacional 3 Estudiantes 2

EPL Results & Standings

Everton 0 West Brom 0

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
22 32 52
Man City
22 23 47
22 21 42
Man Utd 22 15 40
22 13 39
22 2 37
West Ham 
22  10 36
Liverpool   22   4 35
Swansea  22 -4 30
Stoke City  22 -4 29
Newcastle  22 -9 27
22 -4 23
Crystal Palace 22 -8 23
West Brom 
22 -9 22
Aston Villa 22 -14 22
Sunderland 22 -14 20
Burnley 22 -15 
Hull 22 -10 19
QPR 22 -16 19
-14 17
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Jan 31
Hull v Newxcastle - 8.45pm
Crystal Palace v Everton - 11pm
Liverpool v West Ham - 11pm
Man United v Leicester - 11pm
Stoke v QPR - 11pm
Sunderland v Burnley - 11pm
West Brom v Tottenham - 11pm

Sunday, Feb 1
Chelsea v Man City - 1.30am**
Arsenal v Aston Villa - 9.30pm
Southampton v Swansea - 12mn

Saturday, Feb 7
Tottenham v Arsenal - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Chelsea - 11pm
Leicester v Crystal Palace - 11pm 
Man City v Hull - 11pm
QPR v Southampton - 11pm
Swansea v Sunderland - 11pm

Sunday, Feb 8
Everton v Liverpool - 11pm
Burnley v West Brom - 8pm
Newcastle v Stoke - 10.05pm

Monday, Feb 9
West Ham v Man United - 12.15am**

Wednesday, Feb 11
Arsenal v Leicester - 3.45am**
Hull v Aston Villa - 3.45am**
Sunderland v QPR - 3.45am**
Liverpool v Tottenham - 4am**

Thursday, Feb 12
Chelsea v Everton - 3.45am**
Man United v Burnley - 3.45am** 
Southampton v West Ham - 3.45am**
Stoke v Man City - 3.45am**
Crystal Palace v Newcastle - 4am**
West Brom v Swansea - 4am**

Saturday, Feb 21
Aston Villa v Stoke - 11pm
Chelsea v Burnley - 11pm
Crystal Palace v Arsenal - 11pm 
Hull v QPR - 11pm
Sunderland v West Brom - 11pm
Swansea v Man United - 11pm

Sunday, Feb 22
Man City v Newcastle - 1.30am**
Tottenham v West Ham - 8pm
Everton v Leicester - 10.05pm

Monday, Feb 23
Southampton v Liverpool - 12.15am**

** 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

English League Cup
Semi-finals second leg: Sheffield 2 Tottenham 2 (Tottenham win 3-2 on aggregate)

Spanish King's Cup
Quarter-finals second leg: Getafe 0 Villarreal 1 (Villarreal win 2-0 on aggregate), Sevilla 1 Espanyol 0 (Espanyol win 3-2 on aggregate), Athletic Bilbao 1 Malaga 0 (Athletic win 1-0 on aggregate)
Atletico Madrid 2 Barcelona 3 (Barcelona win 4-2 on aggregate)



LA Lakers 123 Chicago 118 (2OT), Memphis 99 Denver 69, Milwaukee 115 Orlando 100, Indiana 103 New York 82.


Australian Open

Men’s singles:
Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0; Andy Murray (Bri) bt Tomas Berdych (Cze) 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

Women’s singles: Serena Williams (US) bt Madison Keys (US) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) 6-3, 6-2.

Women’s doubles final: Bethanie Mattek-Sands-Lucie Safarova (US-Cze) bt Chan Yung-jan-Zheng Jie (Tpe-Chn) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).


PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship

Leading third round scores (Malaysian unless stated): 201: Sukree Othman 70-65-66; 202: Arie Irawan Fauzi 63-71-68; 203: Kemarol Baharin 70-69-64; 204: Sean Riordan (Nzl) 70-68-66, Danny Chia 69-68-67, Mathiam Keyser (Rsa) 70-65-69; 205: Steve Han (US) 71-68-66, Masaru Takahashi (Jpn) 69-69-67, Oskar Arvidsson (Swe) 69-66-70; 206: Shaifubari Muda 69-69-68; 207: Terumichi Kakazu (Jpn) 66-74-67, Brett Munson (US) 72-64-71.

Phoenix Open

Leading first round scores (US unless stated): 64: Ryan Palmer; 65: Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley; 66: Zach Johnson, Martin Laird (Sco), Ben Martin, Robert Streb; 67: Justin Leonard, Angel Cabrera (Arg), Graham DeLaet (Can), Brendon de Jonge (Zim), James Hahn, William McGirt, Michael Thompson, Shawn Stefani; 68: K.J. Choi (Kor), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Rory Sabbatini (Rsa), Aaron Baddeley (Aus), Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Freddie Jacobson (Swe), J.B. Holmes, Brian Harman, Jonas Blixt (Swe), Chris Stroud, Noh Seung-yul (Kor).

Dubai Desert Classic

Leading second round scores: 130: Rory McIlroy (Nir) 66-64; 131: Marc Warren (Sco) 66-65; 132L: Graeme McDowell (Nir) 67-65, Seve Benson (Eng) 66-66; 133: Danny Willett (Eng) 67-66, Stephen Gallacher (Sco) 66-67, Andy Sulliavan (Eng) 65-68, Lee Westwood (Eng) 65-68, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 64-69; 134: Morten Orum Madsen (Den) 71-63, Renato Paratore (Ita) 68-66, Maximillian Kieffer (Ger) 66-68, Peter Uihlein (US) 65-69; 135: Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 69-66, Alex Noren (Swe) 68-67, Robert Rock (Eng) 68-67, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 67-68; 136: Henrik Stenson (Swe) 70-66, Jordi Garcia Pinto (Spa) 70-66, Paul Waring (Eng) 69-67, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 67-69; 137: Jorge Campillo (Spa) 67-70; 138: Moritz Lampert (Ger) 71-67, Joost Luiten (Ned) 68-70, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 67-71, Anders Hansen (Den) 66-72, Richard Green (Aus) 70-68, Thomas Pieters (Bel) 69-69, Gary Stal (Fra) 69-69, Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) 69-69, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 69-69.


Asian Junior Team Championships


Quarter-finals: Pakistan bt Kuwait 2-0, Hong Kong bt Jordan 2-0, India bt Iran 2-0, Malaysia bt Singapore 3-0 (Mohd Syafiq Kamal bt Brandon Tan 11-3, 11-7, 11-5; Ng Eain Yow bt Benedict Chan 11-6, 11-3, 11-6; Darren Chan bt Chua Man Chun 13-11, 11-7).


Pool A: Singapore bt South Korea 3-0.

Pool B: Hong Kong bt Taiwan 3-0, India bt Sri Lanka 3-0.


Sports Calendar



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



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



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 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