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Malaysian Football


Final, first leg
Thailand 2 Malaysia 0

Final, second leg
Malaysia vs Thailand – Saturday (Dec 20)
(National Stadium, Bukit Jalil)

EPL Results & Standings

Everton 3 QPR 1
Swansea 1 Tottenham 2
Man United 3 Liverpool 0
Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1
Burnley 1 Southampton 0
Leicester 0 Man City 1
Chelsea 2 Hull City 0
Sunderland 1 West Ham 1
Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 1
West Brom 1 Aston Villa 0

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
16 23 39
Man City
16 19 36
Man Utd 16 12 31
West Ham 16 8 28
16 12 26
16 9 26
Tottenham 16 -2 24
Newcastle 16 -4 23
Swansea 16 2 22
Everton 16 3 21
Liverpool 16 -3
Stoke City 16 -3 19
Aston Villa 16 -10 19
West Brom 16 -5 17
Sunderland 16 -10 16
Crystal Palace 16 -5 15
Burnley 16 -13
QPR 16 -13 14
Hull 16 -8 13
-12 10
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Dec 20
Man City v Crystal Palace - 8.45pm
Aston Villa v Man United - 11pm
Hull v Swansea - 11pm
QPR v West Brom - 11pm
Southampton v Everton - 11pm
Tottenham v Burnley - 11pm
West Ham v Leicester - 11pm

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

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.

Spanish King’s Cup
Round of 32 (second leg): Atletico Madrid 2 Hospitalet 2 (Atletico win 5-2 on aggregate), Elche 1 Valladolid 0 (Elche win 1-0 on aggregate) 



Men’s singles
Group A: Kenichi Tago (Jpn) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-9, 11-3 (rtd); Chen Long (Chn) bt Hans-Kritian Vittinghus 13-21, 21-10, 21-9.
Group B: K. Srikanth (Ind) bt Kento Momota (Jpn) 15-21, 21-16, 21-10; Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 20-22, 21-18, 21-12.

Men’s doubles
Group A: Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) bt Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 11-7 (rtd).
Group B: Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin (Tpe) 21-16, 21-16; Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) bt Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Jpn) 21-7, 21-12; Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) 6-21, 21-19, 21-16.

Women’s singles
Group A: Saina Nehwal (Ind) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 21-17, 21-18; Bae Yeon-ju (Kor) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 21-17, 21-17.
Group B: Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Wang Yihan (Chn) 21-16, 17-21, 21-15; Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe) bt Wang Yihan (Chn) 21-12, 11-8 (rtd).

Women’s doubles
Group A: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 14-21, 21-16, 21-9; Misaki Matsutomo (Jpn) bt Ayaka Takahashi-Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) 21-15, 13-21, 21-12.
Group B: Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) bt Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) 21-13, 21-14.

Mixed doubles
Group A: Ko Sung-hyun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) bt Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng) 14-21, 21-18, 22-20; Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Michael Fuchs-Birgit Michels (Ger) 21-18, 21-10.
Group B: Liu Cheng-Bao Yixin (Chn) bt Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) 21-10, 12-21, 21-15; Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina) 21-15, 22-20.



Leading final round scores

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.

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.



Chicago 103 New York 97, New Orleans 99 Houston 90, Milwaukee 108 Sacramento 107, Golden State 114 Oklahoma City 109.


Div Two: Sabah bt Kelantan 77-48, Negri Sembilan bt Perak 45-44.
Div One: Selangor bt Kuala Lumpur 59-56.



Quarter-finals: Nicol David (Mas) bt Camille Serme (Fra) 11-9, 11-7, 13-11; Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) bt Low Wee Wern (Mas) 12-10, 11-3, 11-4; Raneem El Welily (Egy) bt Nour El Tayeb (Egy) 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5; Alison Waters (Eng) bt Laura Massaro (Eng) 12-14, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9.


Semi-finals: Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas) bt Mohd Asyraf Azan (Mas) 11-7, 11-7, 11-3; Zahed Mohamed (Egy) bt Farhan Zaman (Pak) 8-11, 11-2, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9.



(National youth squad unless stated)

Youth Open
Boys: 1. Qalif Adnor Adam 1817 pins, 2. Syed Muhd Hafiz 1796, 3. Firdaus Idris (Kul) 1758, 4. Soh Yong Ping (Sin) 1693, 5. Chong Jun Foo 1692.
Girls: 1. Nora Lyana Nastasha Norkamal 1853 pins, 2. Anis Shazlin Zulkhisham (Pen) 1850, 3. Nur Ameerahusna Aznel (Ked) 1732, 4. Siti Nurzulaikha Ismail (Kul) 1705, 5. Qistina Zainal 1690.

Senior masters: 1. Adam Chew (Sin) 1785 pins, 2. Paiman Dali (Sin) 1740, 3. Jack Wong (Sin) 1719, 4. Hairon Awang (Sin) 1709, 5. C.Y. Lai (Pen) 1695.


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