Boca Juniors' Juan Roman Riquelme reacts after a referee's call during their Copa Libertadores soccer match against Newells Old Boys in Buenos Aires May 23, 2013. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver applauds fans after their FA Cup third round soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, in Leicester, central England, January 3, 2015.    REUTERS/Darren Staples

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Milan take defender Bocchetti on loan from Spartak

28 January 2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) - AC Milan have agreed to sign Italian defender Salvatore Bocchetti on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season, subject to a medical, the Russian club said on their website on Tuesday.

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates after scoring a goal against Rochdale during their FA Cup fourth round soccer match at the Spotland stadium in Rochdale, northern England January 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Darren Staples

Stoke forward Bojan out for the season with knee injury

28 January 2015

(Reuters) - Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee ligament injury against Rochdale in their FA Cup fourth round win on Monday, the Premier League club said.

Tottenham Hotspur's goalkeeper Michel Vorm reacts after conceding his team's second goal against Leicester City during their FA Cup fourth round soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Tottenham's Vorm gets Pochettino backing after Cup howler

28 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's Michel Vorm is set to retain his place in goal for their Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Sheffield United on Wednesday despite his howler in their FA Cup exit on Saturday.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a news conference at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

Analysis - Van Praag could split vote as Africa backs Blatter

28 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Dutchman Michael Van Praag could split the anti-Sepp Blatter vote in this year's FIFA presidential election with Africa set to back the incumbent Swiss all the way to a fifth term of office.

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Arsenal's Campbell joins Villarreal on loan

28 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has joined Villarreal on loan for the rest of the season, the Spanish club said on Tuesday.

Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast is challenged by Guinea's Kevin Constant during their Group D soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Malabo January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Toure plays different role for Ivory Coast - Renard

27 January 2015

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) - Yaya Toure has not been playing to the same standard for Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup as he does for club side Manchester City because of the different quality of the players around, coach Herve Renard argued on Tuesday. The Ivory Coast captain has looked a frequently frustrated figure in Equatorial Guinea as his under-performing national team have twice been forced to come from behind to share the spoils in their two Group D matches.

AC Milan's Philippe Mexes celebrates after scoring against Fiorentina during their Italian Serie A soccer match at Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Milan's Mexes gets four-match ban

27 January 2015

MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes has been banned for four matches for grabbing an opponent by the throat, the Serie A club said on Tuesday.

Australia turn attention to Asian Cup final

27 January 2015

NEWCASTLE, Australia (Reuters) - Australia's players were forced to put their celebrations on hold after beating the United Arab Emirates 2-0 on Tuesday to join South Korea in the Asian Cup final.

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini gestures infront of his opposite number at Everton Roberto Martinez during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, December 6, 2014.        REUTERS/Darren Staples

We can win without Toure, says Manchester City boss

27 January 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told his players they must believe they can win without Yaya Toure after failing to do so in the four league games he has missed this season.

Australia's Robbie Kruse (L) celebrates his goal with team mate Mathew Leckie during their Asian Cup Group A soccer match against Oman at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Australia not counting their chickens in Asian Cup semis

27 January 2015

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia are determined not to get carried away with their chances of lifting the Asian Cup on home soil despite reigning champions Japan crashing out of the tournament in the quarter-finals.

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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

Asian Cup

Semi-finals: Australia 2 UAE 0, South Korea 2 Iraq 0.

English FA Cup
Fourth round: Rochdale 1 Stoke 4, Brighton 2 Arsenal 3, Bristol City 0 West Ham 1, Aston Villa 2 Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 0 Bolton 0, Man City 0 Middlesbrough 2, Chelsea 2 Bradford 4, Birmingham 1 West Brom 2, Cardiff 1 Reading 2, Derby 2 Chesterfield 0, Preston 1 Sheffield United 1, Southampton 2 Crystal Palace 3, Sunderland 0 Fulham 0, Tottenham 1 Leicester 2, Blackburn 3 Swansea 1, Cambridge United 0 Manchester United 0.

Dutch Div 1: Ajax 0 Feyenoord 0, FC Groningen 2 FC Utrecht 2, NAC Breda 0 Willem II 0, Go Ahead Eagles 1 ADO Den Haag 0, Cambuur 1 PSV Eindhoven 2, FC Zwolle 1 AZ Alkmaar 1, Dordrecht 1 Excelsior 0, SC Heerenveen 4 Vitesse Arnhem 1, FC Twente 2 Heracles 0.
Leading standings: PSV Eindhoven 49, Ajax 43, Feyenoord 35, FC Zwolle 33, AZ Alkmaar 32, FC Twente 31, SC Heerenveen 28, Cambuur 27, FC Groningen 25, FC Utrecht 24.

French Div 1: Nice 2 Marseille 1,  Lille 0 Monaco 1,  Guingamp 3 Lorient 2,  Montpellier 4 Nantes 0, Evian 1 Toulouse 0, Lyon 2 Metz 0,  Reims 0 Lens 0,  Rennes 1 Caen 4,  St Etienne 0 Paris St Germain 1.
Leading standings: Lyon 48, Marseille 44, Paris SG 44, St Etienne  40, Monaco 39, Montpellier 35, Bordeaux 33, Nice 31, Nantes 31, Rennes 30, Reims 29.

Portuguese Premier League: Sporting Lisbon 1 Academica Coimbra 0, Moreirense 2 Nacional 3, Belenenses 0 Penafiel 0, Vitoria Setubal 4 Rio Ave 1, Estoril 1 Arouca 0, Martimo Funchal 1 FC Porto 0, Boavista 1 Sporting Braga 0, Vitoria Guimaraes 2 Gil Vicente 2.
Leading standings: Benfica 46, FC Porto 40, Sporting Lisbon 39, Vitoria Guimaraes 35, Sporting Braga 31, 
Belenenses 27, Estoril 25, Rio Ave 24, Moreirense 24.



New Orleans 99 Philadelphia 74, Oklahoma City 92 Minnesota 84, LA Clippers 102 Denver 98, Memphis 103 Orlando 94, Boston 99 Utah 90.


Australian Open


Men’s singles: Andy Murray (Bri) bt Nick Kyrgios (Aus) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Rafael Nadal (Spa) 6-2, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).

Women’s singles: Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Simona Halep (Rom) 6-4, 6-0; Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Eugenie Bouchard (Can) 6-3, 6-2.


Humana Challenge

Leading final round scores (US unless stated): 266: Bill Haas 67-63-69-67; 267: Charley Hoffman 71-63-69-64, Brendan Steele 67-68-68-64, Park Sung-joon (Kor) 68-67-67-65, Steve Wheatcroft 65-67-68-67, Matt Kuchar 65-64-71-67; 268: Webb Simpson 70-66-68-64, Boo Weekley 70-66-67-65, Justin Thomas 68-63-68-69; 269: Colt Knost 71-67-68-63, Francesco Molinari (Ita) 64-71-67-67, Ryan Palmer 71-61-68-69, Erik Compton 66-66-67-70; 270: Nick Watney 67-64-71-68; 271: Shawn Stefani 75-66-63-67, Lucas Glover 68-69-66-68, Martin Laird (Sco) 68-66-68-69, Alex Cejka (Cze) 68-64-70-69, Michael Putnam 63-67-69-72; 272: Mark Hubbard 69-69-67-67, James Hahn 67-67-73-65, John Peterson 64-70-69-69, Scott Pinckney 64-67-69-72.

Qatar Masters

Leading final round scores: 269: Branden Grace (Rsa) 67-68-68-66; 270: Marc Warren (Sco) 71-65-67-67; 271: Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 69-66-68-68; 272: Eddie Pepperell (Eng) 69-71-65-67; 273: An Byeong-hun (Kor) 67-69-72-65, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 67-69-67-70, Grgory Bourdy (Fra) 70-68-70-65; 274: Alejandro Caizares (Spa) 67-70-68-69; 275: Alexander Norn (Swe) 67-71-72-65; 276: Oliver Fisher (Eng) 65-73-69-69, Benjamin Hbert (Fra) 72-68-69-67; 277: George Coetzee (Rsa) 68-67-70-72; 278: Justin Rose (Eng) 68-73-69-68, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 70-71-71-66, Magnus Carlsson (Swe) 71-69-70-68, Johan Carlsson (Swe) 74-65-69-70, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 73-70-67-68, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 70-73-67-68.

Kinrara Closed Championship

Leading final round scores: 274: Kenneth De Silva 66-70-68-70; 275: Sukree Othman 65-70-74-66, R. Nachimuthu 68-72-66-69; 276: Nicholas Fung 69-70-71-66; 277: Shaaban Hussin 69-68-69-71; 278: Kemarol Baharin 69-69-71-69, Muhd Wafiyuddin Abdul Manaf 70-70-70-68; 279: Hans Jamil 70-69-68-72, Mohd Amli Mohd Mohiyaden 70-74-66-69, Mohd Nazri Mohd Zain 73-69-70-67; 280: Airil Rizman Zahari 72-72-68-68.


Asian Championships

Masters finals (second block)

Top 3 advanced to step-ladder finals

MEN: 1. Ryan Lalisang (Ina) 3,901, 2. Hong Hae-sol (Kor) 3,756, 3. Mostafa Al Mousawi (Kuw) 3,714. Selected Malaysian: 8. Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin 3,532, 9. Johnathan Chan 3,527, 10. Rafiq Ismail 3,506.

WOMEN: 1. New Hui Fen (Sin) 4,038, 2. Son Yun-hee (Kor) 3,730, 3. Sin Li Jane (Mas) 3,675.
Selected Malaysian: 6. Natasha Roslan 3,548, 7. Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi 3,531, 11. Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon 3507, 12. Hee Kar Yen 3407.

Step-ladder finals


Semi-finals: Mostafa Al Mousawi (Kuw) bt Hong Hae-sol (Kor) 209-183.

Final: Ryan Lalisang (Ina) bt Mostafa Al Mousawi (Kuw) 231-241, 268-215.


Semi-finals: Son Yun-hee (Kor) bt Sin Li Jane (Mas) 225-162.

Final: New Hui Fen (Sin) bt Son Yun-hee (Kor) 208-240, 270-193.


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