JOHOR BARU: More than 1,400 police personnel will be stationed at the Stadium Tan Sri Haji Hassan Yunus here for the Piala Sumbangsih 2016 (Charity Shield) match between Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Selangor tomorrow (Feb 13).
LONDON: Sunderland sacked Adam Johnson on Thursday after the former England winger pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl and one count of grooming.
MADRID: Sevilla set up a meeting with Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey after a 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo on Thursday saw them win their semi-final 6-2 on aggregate.
PARIS: Scotland striker Steven Fletcher marked his first start for new side Marseille with a goal in their 2-0 French Cup win against minnows Trelissac on Thursday.
MILAN: Journeyman striker Alessandro Matri opened the floodgates for Lazio in an error-strewn 5-2 win over hapless Verona who were left rooted to the bottom of Serie A on Thursday.
CARACAS: An Argentine footballer lost four toes when his team bus crashed in Venezuela after playing a qualifying match in the Copa Libertadores regional club tournament, officials said.
LIVERPOOL: Everton manager Roberto Martinez thinks that the nine-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who won the club’s goal of the month award is an inspiration.
BARCELONA: Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona on Thursday after receiving treatment for kidney stones which affected his participation in December’s Club World Cup.
PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will set up a Department for Women’s Football soon, in line with the requirement of FIFA, the world governing body for football.
KUALA TERENGGANU: To boost its image and popularity, Terengganu has decided to rebrand its soccer club T-Team as Terengganu FC II.
KUALA LUMPUR: National badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei has yet to decide on signing for the Podium programme managed by the National Sports Institute (ISN).
PARIS: Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has extended his contract with the French champions until 2018, the club said in a statement on Thursday.
MIAMI: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s owners on Wednesday apologised and scrapped controversial plans to hike Anfield ticket prices after 10,000 fans walked out of the ground in protest at the weekend.
BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski netted twice to seal Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win at ten-man minnows VfL Bochum on Wednesday to reach the German Cup semi-finals.
PARIS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as holders Paris Saint-Germain eased past Lyon 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the French Cup on Wednesday, extending the capital club’s winning run to 16 matches.
LONDON: Premier League West Brom edged third-tier Peterborough 4-3 on penalties to reach the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday after their fourth-round replay had ended 1-1.
MADRID: An under-strength Barcelona set a new club record of 29 games unbeaten to progress to the Copa del Rey final with a 1-1 draw at Gary Neville’s Valencia on Wednesday for an 8-1 aggregate win.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair, Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong led the country’s charge to the last eight of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters Badminton Championships which is being held at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok.
LONDON: Sunderland’s England international winger Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming at his under-age sex trial on Wednesday.
IT was good to be able to watch Test rugby again during last weekend’s opening round of the Six Nations but all the excitement came from the south, in Sydney, in the World 7s Series.
LONDON: Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday.
OAKLAND: Forward Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 19 points during a 17-5 run to open the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors exploded from a tie after three periods into a 123-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
BERLIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed his 30th goal of the season on Tuesday to help fire Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 victory at VfB Stuttgart.
LONDON: Jurgen Klopp predicted brighter days ahead for his Liverpool youngsters after they fell to an Angelo Ogbonna buzzer beater against West Ham United in their FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian professional Zulfadli Zulkiffli led the country’s charge into the third round of the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters Badminton Championships held at the Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand today.
LONDON: British tennis star Andy Murray has become a father for the first time after his wife Kim Sears gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, the BBC reported Tuesday.
DUBLIN: Toulon lock Paul O’Connell, the former Ireland captain, has retired from rugby on medical grounds with immediate effect, he announced on Tuesday.
SANTA CLARA: Peyton Manning clinched a fairytale second Super Bowl victory as the Denver Broncos produced an astonishing defensive display to defeat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 here Sunday.
PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain defeated bitter rivals Marseille 2-1 on Sunday to extend their record unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to 34 matches as the hosts remained unable to solve their home woes.
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