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Malaysia shown exit in semi-finals

MALAYSIA’S hopes of making the cerebral palsy football final in the Kuala Lumpur Para Games were dashed after being edged 3-2 by defending champions Thailand in the semi-finals.

Going all out: Malaysia captain Mohd Sobri Ghazali (left) vying for the ball with Thailand’s Thaohong Narongchai in the CP football semi-final match in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Chelsea agree to sell Costa back to Atletico Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) - Diego Costa's messy split from Chelsea appeared to reach its conclusion on Thursday with the Premier League club saying they had agreed to sell the Spain striker back to Atletico Madrid.

Under-performing Tevez takes aim at Chinese football

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Carlos Tevez has criticised the standard of Chinese footballers, claiming the country will be unable to match the sport's leading nations "even in 50 years".

Ridiculous to put top-four pressure on Everton, says Koeman

(Reuters) - Everton need more time to integrate new signings into their squad and it is "ridiculous" to put pressure on them to finish in the Premier League top four, manager Ronald Koeman said on Thursday.

Klopp urges Liverpool attack to be more clinical

(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants his side to convert their dominance of possession into goals as they prepare for a return trip to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Five memorable Brighton versus Newcastle matches

LONDON (Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United will meet for only the 21st time in all competitions this weekend. But there have been some notable clashes between the sides.

Napoli striker Mertens finds his ideal role at 30

MILAN (Reuters) - Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri's only regret over his decision to field Dries Mertens as a striker is that he did not think of it earlier.

Burnley sign goalkeeper Lindegaard as cover for injured Heaton

(Reuters) - Burnley have signed Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard until the end of the season following a shoulder injury to first choice Tom Heaton, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Sports-free Swiss economy set for worst performance in eight years

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's economy will fall short of 1 percent growth this year, the government forecast on Thursday, the weakest performance in eight years at least partly the result of a lack of global sporting events.

Wenger denies sending message to Sanchez with rare Cup start

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied trying to send a message to Alexis Sanchez by playing him in the League Cup and Europa League and says midweek minutes have helped the Chilean close in on full fitness after an injury disrupted pre-season.