PETALING JAYA: Captain Safiq Rahim has been ruled out of Malaysia's friendly international against Myanmar in Yangon on Saturday and is also an injury doubt for the Asian Cup qualifiers against Timor Leste in early June.
PARIS: From rejection for being too small and too timid, N’Golo Kante has become a hot property who will be one of the most watched players at the European Championship finals.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE: Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has been assured full control of football-related decisions by the club’s hierarchy as he aims for the side’s immediate return to the Premier League.
BERLIN: Bayern Munich on Thursday suggested attacking midfielder Mario Goetze’s playing future at the German champions may remain on the bench, even though he showed his desire to earn a starting spot after turning down a possible move away.
MADRID: In the dying moments of Diego Simeone’s second Madrid derby as Atletico Madrid coach, a banner was lowered behind the goal his side was defending to display a stinging message: “Wanted: A dignified rival for a decent derby.”
SUNDERLAND: England manager Roy Hodgson has challenged Marcus Rashford to make his life difficult when the Manchester United sensation auditions for a Euro 2016 place in Friday’s friendly against Australia.
PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic will go ‘shark’ hunting at the French Open on Thursday as he looks to seal a place in the last 32.
PUTRAJAYA: Mohd Al Jufferi Jamari entered the history books as the first ever pencak silat exponent to win Sportsman of the Year as diver Pandelela Rinong took the women's title for a third time at the 2015 National Sports Awards ceremony here tonight.
KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim strolled into the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup after hammering Kaya of the Philippines 7-2 in a second round match at the Larkin Stadium on Wednesday.
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Territories contingent is targeting a 70 gold medal-haul in the upcoming 18th Malaysia Games (Sukma) which will be held in Sarawak on July 22-31.
LONDON: Manchester United were locked in a second day of talks with Jose Mourinho’s agents on Wednesday, hammering out a deal to sweep the controversial Portuguese boss into Old Trafford.
KUALA LUMPUR: Abdul Latiff Suhaimi is eager to earn his first cap with the national team when they play Myanmar in Yangon on the eve of his birthday on Saturday.
AMSTERDAM: Ajax Amsterdam have appointed former Netherlands international midfielder Peter Bosz as their new manager on a three-year deal, the club has confirmed.
MADRID: Just five months into his first senior managerial role, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is already living up to the unenviable task of matching his credentials as one of the finest players of his generation.
GLASGOW: Joey Barton joined Scottish giants Rangers on a free transfer on Tuesday after the former England midfielder decided to leave Burnley despite their promotion to the Premier League.
MADRID: Doubts over Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness for Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday intensified after the three-time World Player of the Year limped off towards the end of training on Tuesday.
MADRID: Former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran was confirmed as Valencia coach on a permanent basis on a two-year deal on Tuesday.
LONDON: Liverpool signed Germany Under-21 goalkeeper Loris Karius from Mainz on Tuesday for a fee reported to be £4.7 million (US$6.8 million.
PARIS: France’s Euro 2016 preparations took a knock on Tuesday with key defender Raphael Varane ruled out injured of next month’s tournament on home soil with his place taken by Adil Rami.
LONDON: Jose Mourinho will be faced with a litany of problems once the polarising Portuguese manager finally starts his Manchester United reign later this week.
BRISBANE: Australia selectors have recalled Stephen O’Keefe as a second spinning option and given paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile a chance to push for his test debut in a 15-man squad for the three-match series in Sri Lanka.
WARSAW: Poland’s Robert Lewandowski has chalked up so many big-game landmarks during his club career that the 27-year-old seems overdue a major tournament performance with his country.
NUREMBERG: Haris Seferovic scored to keep Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at Nuremberg in the second leg of their end-of-season playoff on Monday.
BERLIN: The German side setting their sights on Euro 2016, 20 years after their last continental trophy, may be completely different from the one that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
LONDON: When England fans sang about “30 years of hurt” at Euro ‘96 they had high hopes of ending the pain with a first trophy since the 1966 World Cup but 20 years on from that agonising near miss there is precious little optimism in the air.
LONDON: Jose Mourinho is on the verge of fulfilling his dream of managing Manchester United after Louis van Gaal’s troubled two-year reign at Old Trafford came to a bitter end.
PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic, record nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and women’s title-holder Serena Williams begin their French Open campaigns on Tuesday with the forecast far more promising after a rain-hit first two days at Roland Garros.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Klang Valley derby between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur will light up this year’s Malaysia Cup as both teams were placed in Group B along with Kelantan and Pahang in the draw conducted yesterday.
KELANA JAYA: Australian-born Matthew Davies and R. Gopinathan are doubtful for next month’s Asian Cup playoffs as national coach Ong Kim Swee disclosed that a decision will be made tomorrow on whether to replace them.
KUALA LUMPUR: United States-born Malaysian, Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal has signed a professional contract with USL side Saint Louis FC, according to the club’s website.
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