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Real Madrid's Toni Kroos (R), James Rodriguez (2nd L) and Xabi Alonso (L) attend a training session at Valdebebas training grounds, outside Madrid August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Malaysia Cup: JDT and defending champs Pahang advance

Football vets back in national reckoning

Crocs’ Malaysia Cup hopes hang by a thread

Bayern complete two-year deal for Real's Alonso

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to young soccer players during a visit to Spartak's stadium Otkritye Arena in Moscow, August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Putin hopeful Russia won't lose right to host 2018 World Cup

29 August 2014

LAKE SELIGER Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Russia would not lose the right to host the 2018 football World Cup following Western calls to stop the country staging the tournament.

Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring a goal against Leicester City during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London, August 23, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Chelsea striker Costa doubtful for Everton trip

29 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Diego Costa is doubtful for Chelsea's trip to Everton on Saturday while manager Jose Mourinho has said the club will be in trouble if media reports of a Fernando Torres move to AC Milan prove accurate.

Harimau Muda coach confident of bagging Champions title

29 August 2014

PETALING JAYA: National Under-16 coach S. Balachandran believes his boys have the pedigree, character and discipline to lift the Asia Champions Trophy (ACT) when they face PVF Vietnam in the return-leg of the final.

Jul 30, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Manchester City FC manager Manuel Pellegrini talks with defender Micah Richards (2) during the second half of a game against Liverpool FC at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Man City exit looms for Richards and Sinclair

29 August 2014

(Reuters) - The Manchester City careers of Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti appear to be over after manager Manuel Pellegrini said the trio were not part of the squad for this season.

Atletico Madrid's Raul Garcia reacts after missing a goal opportunity during their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Chelsea at Vicente Celderon Stadium in Madrid, April 22, 2014.       REUTERS/Darren Staples

Atletico midfielder Garcia named in Spain squad

29 August 2014

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia was included in the Spain squad on Friday as the former world champions begin the defence of the European Championship following a dismal World Cup in Brazil.

AZ Alkmaar's coach Dick Advocaat is banned to the stands during the Europa League soccer match against FC Anji Makhachkala in Alkmaar March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker/United Photos

Van Gaal and I are in the same boat, says Serbia's Advocaat

29 August 2014

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Louis van Gaal’s bid to revive former glories at Manchester United will be as challenging as his Dutch compatriot Dick Advocaat’s goal of reaching Euro 2016 with Serbia, the Balkan nation’s coach said on Friday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during their Champions League playoff soccer match against Besiktas at the Emirates stadium in London August 27, 2014.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Wenger watching market but says spending not crucial

29 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on the transfer market but says finding a replacement for injured striker Olivier Giroud is not crucial to his team's hopes of mounting a Premier League title challenge.

Mario Gomez (R) of Italy's Fiorentina fights for the ball with Werner Schuler of Peru's Universitario during their Copa Euroamericana soccer match in Lima, August 2, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Gomez, Reus called up for Germany matches

29 August 2014

BERLIN (Reuters) - Mario Gomez and Marco Reus, who both missed Germany's World Cup-winning campaign through injury, have returned to the squad for next month's friendly against Argentina and a Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Scotland.

Manchester United's new signing Angel Di Maria poses for a photograph with his shirt at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England  August 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Darren Staples

Struggling Man United seek Di Maria spark at Burnley

29 August 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United top the Premier League spending charts but after a dismal start to life under Louis van Gaal they badly need to beat promoted Burnley on Saturday.

Australia's Mark Bresciano (R) fights for the ball with Spain's Xabi Alonso during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Bayern reach deal with Real over Alonso move

29 August 2014

(Reuters) - European champions Real Madrid have reached an agreement with German champions Bayern Munich over the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso, the La Liga giants announced on Friday.

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Results and Fixtures

Malaysian Football

Malaysia Cup

Group A: JDT II 0 Felda United 3, Pahang 1 Lions XII 2.
Group C: Penang 1 Kelantan 3, Armed Forces 0 JDT 1.

EPL Results & Standings

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


English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Tottenham
2 5 6
Chelsea
2 4 6
Man City
2 4 6
Swansea
2 2 6
Arsenal
2 1 4
Hull
2 1 4
Aston Villa
2 1 4
West Ham
2 1 3
Liverpool
1 -1 3
Everton
2 0 2
Sunderland
2 0 2
West Brom
2 0 2
Man Utd
2 -1 1
Southampton
2 -1 1
Stoke
2 -1 1
Leicester City 2 -2 1
Newcastle
2 -2 1
Crystal Palace
2 -3 0
Burnley
2 -3 0
QPR
2 -5 0
Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2014/15 Fixtures

Saturday, Aug 30
Burnley v Man Utd - 7.45pm
Man City v Stoke - 10pm
Newcastle v Crystal Palace - 10pm
QPR v Sunderland - 10pm
Swansea v West Brom - 10pm
West Ham v Southampton - 10pm

Sunday, Aug 31
Everton v Chelsea - 12.30am**
Aston Villa v Hull - 8.30pm
Tottenham v Liverpool - 8.30pm
Leicester v Arsenal - 11pm

Saturday, Sept 13
Arsenal v Man City - 7.45pm
Chelsea v Swansea - 10pm
Crystal Palace v Burnley - 10pm
Southampton v Newcastle - 10pm
Stoke v Leicester - 10pm
Sunderland v Tottenham - 10pm
West Brom v Everton - 10pm

Sunday, Sept 14
Liverpool v Aston Villa - 12.30am**
Man Utd v QPR - 11pm

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

UEFA Champions League draw

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo.
Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets.
Group C: Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco.
Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht.
Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, AS Roma.
Group F: Barcelona, Paris St Germain (Fra), Ajax, Apoel.
Group G: Chelsea, Schalke 04, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor.
Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov.

Other Football Results

AFC Champions League quarter-finals second leg: FC Seoul (Kor) 0 Pohang Steelers (Kor) 0 (after extra time, FC Seoul win 3-0 on penalties), Guangzhou Evergrande (Chn) 2 Western Sydney Wanderers (Aus) 1 (aggregate 2-2, Western Sydney Wanderers win on away goals rule).

Champions League playoff, second leg: Malmo (Swe) 3 Salzburg (Aut) 0 (Malmo win 4-2 on aggregate), Arsenal (Eng) 1 Besiktas (Tur) 0 (Arsenal win 1-0 on aggregate), Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) 4 FC Copenhagen (Den) 0 (Bayer Leverkusen win 7-2 on aggregate), Athletic Bilbao (Spa) 3 Napoli (Ita) 1 (Athletic Bilbao win 4-2 on aggregate), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bul) 1 Steaua Bucharest (Rom) 0 (aggregate 1-1, Ludogorets Razgrad win 6-5 on penalties).

English League Cup second round: Aston Villa 0 Leyton Orient 1, Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3, Bradford City 2 Leeds United 1, Burton Albion 1 Queens Park Rangers 0, Stoke City 3 Portsmouth 0.

Badminton

World Championships

QUARTER-FINALS
Men’s singles: Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) bt Eric Pang (Ned) 22-20, 21-19; Chen Long (Chn) bt Son Wan-ho (Kor) 21-14, 12-21, 21-17.

Men’s doubles: Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) bt Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How (Mas) 21-18, 21-13; Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Kor) bt Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra (Ina) 21-14, 21-13.

Women’s singles: PV Sindhu (Ind) bt Wang Shixian (Chn) 19-21, 21-19, 21-15; Li Xuerui (Chn) bt Saina Nehwal (Ind) 21-15, 21-15; Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) bt Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 9-21, 21-18, 22-20.

Women’s doubles: Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) bt Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) 21-11, 21-11; Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Anggia Shitta Awanda-Della Destiara Haris (Ina) 21-12, 21-15; Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) bt Nitya Krishinda Maheswari-Greysia Polii (Ina) 21-19, 21-13.

Golf

LPGA Portland Classic

Leading first round scores (US unless stated): 65: Kim In-kyung (Kor); 66: Jennifer Song, Amelia Lewis; 67: Laura Diaz, Julieta Granada (Par), Mina Harigae, Anna Nordqvist (Swe), Alison Walshe, Emma Jandel, Paula Reto (Rsa); 68: Juli Inkster, Karine Icher (Fra), Chella Choi (Kor), Jennifer Kirby, Lin Xi Yu (Chn), Jacqui Concolino; 69: Candie Kung (Tpe), Mariajo Uribe (Col), Louise Friberg (Swe), Sue Kim (Can), Marina Alex, Pernilla Lindberg (Swe), Lizette Salas, Austin Ernst, Line Vedel (Den).

Italian Open

Leading first round scores: 66: Francesco Molinari (Ita), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut); 67: Richard Bland (Eng), Hennie Otto (Rsa), Richie Ramsay (Sco), Gareth Maybin (Nir), John Hahn (US); 68: Felipe Aguilar (Chi), Maximilian Kieffer (Ger), Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli (Ita), Darren Fichardt (Rsa), Francesco Laporta (Ita), Morten Orum Madsen (Den), Gary Stal (Fra); 69: Thomas Aiken (Rsa), Roope Kakko (Fin), Ross Fisher (Eng), Joost Luiten (Ned), Jack Doherty (Sco), Daan Huizing (Ned), Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind), Joachim B Hansen (Den), Robert Rock (Eng), Marc Warren (Sco), David Lipsky (US); 70: Carlos Del Moral (Spa), Sihwan Kim (Kor), Mikko Korhonen (Fin), Adrien Saddier (Fra), Gregory Molteni (Ita), Andrew Sullivan (Eng), Craig Lee (Sco), James Morrison (Eng), Seve Benson (Eng), Lee Slattery (Eng), Alvaro Quiros (Spa), Jason Knutzon (US), Sam Walker (Eng), Jamie McLeary (Sco), Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind), Andreas Harto (Den), Thomas Pieters (Bel).

Tennis

US Open

Men’s singles
Second round: Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0; Sam Querrey (US) bt Guillermo Garca-Lopez (Spa) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt Michael Llodra (Fra) 6-2 – rtd; John Isner (US) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-2; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kaz) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) bt Benoit Paire (Fra) 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) bt Fernando Verdasco (Spa) 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; Andy Murray (Bri) bt Matthias Bachinger (Ger) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; Nick Kyrgios (Aus) bt Andreas Seppi (Ita) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; Tommy Robredo (Spa) bt Simone Bolelli (Ita) 5-7, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2; Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Pablo Andjar (Spa) 6-4, 6-1 – rtd; Leonardo Mayer (Arg) bt Matthew Ebden (Aus) 6-1, 6-3, 6-4; Victor Estrella Burgos (Dom) bt Borna Coric (Cro) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Milos Raonic (Can) bt Peter Gojowczyk (Ger) 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). 

Women’s singles
Second round: Serena Williams (US) bt Vania King (US) 6-1, 6-0; Varvara Lepchenko (US) bt Mona Barthel (Ger) 6-4, 6-0; Kaia Kanepi (Est) bt Samantha Stosur (Aus) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8); Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) bt CoCo Vandeweghe (US) 6-3, 6-3; Flavia Pennetta (Ita) bt Shelby Rogers (US) 6-4, 6-3; Nicole Gibbs (US) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3; Casey Dellacqua (Aus) bt Wang Qiang (Chn) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Karolina Pliskov (Cze) bt Ana Ivanovic (Srb) 7-5, 6-4; Petra Kvitova (Cze) bt Petra Cetkovska (Cze) 6-4, 6-2; Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) bt Madison Keys (US) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-5; Elena Vesnina (Rus) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; Victoria Azarenka (Blr) bt Christina McHale (US) 6-3, 6-2; Zarina Dyas (Kaz) bt CiCi Bellis (US) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2; Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Polona Hercog (Slo) 6-1, 6-2; Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) bt Monica Niculescu (Rom) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Eugenie Bouchard (Can) bt Sorana Cirstea (Rom) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.

Motorsport

British Grand Prix 

MotoGP Free Practice: 1. Marc Marquez (Spa) Repsol Honda 2:02.126, 2. Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 2:02.635, 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 2:03.011, 4. Bradley Smith (Bri) Monster Yamaha 2:03.070, 5. Yonny Hernandez (Col) Pramac Racing Ducati 2:03.327, 6. Scott Redding (Bri) Honda Gresini 2:03.333, 7. Andrea Iaanone (Ita) Pramac Racing Ducati 2:03.353, 8. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda Gresini 2:03.391, 9. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda 2:03.410, 10. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Forward Yamaha 2:03.468.

Squash

Hong Kong Open

Quarter-finals
Men: Tarek Momen (Egy) bt Simon Rosner (Ger) 7-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, Gregory Gaultier (Fra) bt Darly Selby (Eng) 11-2, 11-3, 11-8; Borja Golan (Spa) bt Nicolas Mueller (Swi) 11-7, 11-9, 11-7; Mohd Elshorbagy (Egy) bt Peter Barker (Eng) 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-3.
Women: Nicol David (Mas) bt Joey Chan (Hkg) 11-8, 11-4, 11-3; Amanda Sohby (US) bt Camille Serme (Fra) 11-5, 1-11, 11-7, 11-3, Nour El Tayeb (Egy) bt Alison Waters (Eng) 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-8; Laura Massaro (Eng) bt Rachael Grinham (Aus) 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 12-10.

Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit

Semi-finals
Men: Ramit Tandon (Ind) bt Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind) 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-13, 12-10; Karim Ali Fathi (Egy) bt Shehab Essam Hosny (Egy) 11-6, 11-3, 11-4.
Women: Cheyna Tucker (Rsa) bt Menna Nasser (Egy) 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 14-12; Nadine Shahin (Egy) bt Deon Saffery (Wal) 11-7, 6-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6.

Cycling

Tour of Spain

Sixth Stage (167.1km): 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) MOV 4’35:27, Chris Froome (Bri) SKY same time, 3. Alberto Contador (Spa) TIN, 4. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) KAT eight seconds behind, 5. Nairo Quintana (Col) MOV 12, 6. Fabio Aru (Ita) AST 18, 7. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) OGE 25, 8. Daniel Navarro (Spa) COF same time, 9. Mikel Nieve (Spa) SKY 32, 10. Robert Gesink (Ned) BLK 33. 

Leading overall standings: 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) MOV 22’48:08, 2. Nairo Quintana (Col) MOV 15 seconds behind, 3. Alberto Contador (Spa) TIN 18, 4. Chris Froome (Bri) SKY 22, 5. Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) OGE 41, 6. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) KAT 45, 7. Robert Gesink (Ned) BKN 55, 8. Fabio Aru (Ita) AST 58, 9. Warren Barguil (Fra) GIA 1:02, 10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) BLK 1:06. 

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Sports Calendar

August


Aug 9-17
Cincinnati Open – tennis
US

Aug 10-15
Men’s & Women’s World Junior Individual – squash
Windhoek, Namibia

Aug 12
UEFA Super Cup – football
Cardiff, England

Aug 12-17
European Championships – athletics
Zurich

Aug 13-24
European Championships – aquatics
Berlin, Germany

Aug 16
English Premier League season starts – football
England

Aug 16-21
Men’s World Junior Team Championship – squash
Windhoek, Namibia

Aug 16-28
Youth Olympic Games
Nanjing, China

Aug 17
MotoGP - Czech Republic GP,Brno

Aug 21
Diamond League – athletics
Stockholm, Sweden

Aug 24
Diamond League – athletics
Birmingham, England

Aug 24
Belgium Grand Prix – Formula One
Spa

Aug 25-31
World Championships – badminton
Copenhagen, Denmark

Aug 25- Sept 7
US Open – tennis
New York

Aug 27-28
Swimming World Cup
Doha, Qatar

Aug 28
Diamond League – athletics
Zurich, Switzerland

Aug 31
MotoGP – British GP, Silverstone

September

Aug 25- Sept 7
US Open – tennis
New York

Aug 23-Sept 14
Tour of Spain (Vuelta Espana) - cycling

Sept 1-7
World University Squash Championships – squash
Chennai, India

Sept 2-7
Vietnam Open – badminton
Ho Chi Minh City

Sept 5
Diamond League – athletics
Brussels, Belgium

Sept 7
Italian Grand Prix – Formula One
Monza

Sept 8-21 World Championships – sailing Santander, Spain

Sept 9-14
Indonesia Open – badminton
TBC

Sept 12
Davis Cup semi-finals – tennis
Various locations

Sept 14
San Marino GP – MotoGP
Misano

Sept 19-Oct 4
Asian Games
Incheon, South Korea

Sept 20-28
World Road Championships – cycling
Spain

Sept 21
Aragon GP – MotoGP
Aragon, Spain

Sept 21
Singapore Grand Prix – Formula One
Singapore

Sept 26-28
Ryder Cup – golf
Gleneagles

Sept 28
Brazil GP – MotoGP
Brasilia

Sept 30-Oct 6
Carol Weymuller Open – squash
New York

October

Sept 27 - Oct 5
WTA China Open - tennis
Beijing

Oct 2-5
Reignwood LPGA Classic - golf
Beijing, China

Oct 3-12
World Artistic Championships - gymnastics
Nanning, China

Oct 5
Japanese Grand Prix - Formula One
Suzuka

Oct 5-12
Shanghai Rolex Masters - tennis
Shanghai

Oct 6-12
WTA Generali Ladies Linz - tennis
Austria

Oct 9-18
US Open - squash
Philadelphia

Oct 9-12
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia - golf
Kuala Lumpur

Oct 11
Rugby League: Super League Grand Final - Rugby
Manchester, England

Oct 12
Standard Chartered KL Marathon
Kuala Lumpur

Oct 12
Russian Grand Prix- Formula One
Sochi

Oct 7-12
Dutch Open - Badminton
Almere

Oct 12
Japan GP - MotoGP
Motegi

Oct 13-19
WTA Kremlin Cup - tennis
Moscow, Russia

Oct 14-19
Denmark Open (Superseries Premier) - Badminton
Odense

Oct 16-19
LPGA HanaBank Championship
Incheon, South Korea

Oct 19
Australian GP - MotoGP
Phillip Island

Oct 20-26
BNP Paribas WTA Finals - tennis
Singapore

Oct 21-26
France Open (Superseries) - Badminton
Paris

Oct 26
Malaysian GP - MotoGP
Sepang

Oct 27 - Nov 2
WTA Yinzhou Bank Open - tennis
Ningbo, China

Oct 27 - Nov 2
BNP Paribas Masters - tennis
Paris

Oct 28
National Basketball Association season starts - basketball
USA

Oct 28 - Nov 2
Bitburger SaarLorLux Open - badminton
Saarbrucken, Germany

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