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Najib officiates 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session

By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL - Thursday, 30 July 2015.

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight added momentum to a proposal for a joint Malaysia-Singapore bid to host the Olympic Games in 2028 by stating the country welcomed more international events to be hosted here.

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Kaka powers MLS All-Stars over Tottenham 2-1

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:20

DENVER: Brazilian star Kaka scored one goal and set up another as the Major League Soccer All-Stars edged Tottenham 2-1 Wednesday in an international friendly featuring the North American league’s elite talents.

Zlatan strikes as PSG down United 2-0

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:04

CHICAGO: Manchester United’s pre-season US tour ended on a losing note here Wednesday as French giants Paris Saint-Germain claimed a 2-0 victory to clinch the International Champions Cup exhibition tournament.

Ajax squander two-goal lead against 10-man Rapid Vienna

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:12

BERNE: Ajax Amsterdam, returning to the stadium where they last won the Champions League 20 years ago, squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against 10-man Rapid Vienna on Wednesday.

Boyata’s late goal gives Celtic some breathing space

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:02

PARIS: Scottish champions Celtic are in danger of failing to reach the lucrative group stage of the Champions League for a second successive season despite Dedryck Boyata’s late goal giving them a 1-0 home win over Azerbaijani side Qarabag in their third qualifying round first leg clash on Wednesday

Szczesny leaves Gunners for Roma on loan

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:55

LONDON: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny still has a future at Arsenal despite being sent on loan to Serie A side AS Roma on Wednesday, according to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.

Maradona wants to fight FIFA “mafia”

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 09:35

BUENOS AIRES: Argentine football great Diego Maradona said on Wednesday he wants to fight the “mafia” responsible for the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA, but he stopped short of saying he wants to be the next president of global soccer’s governing body.

RugbyU: Fiji into Nations Cup final after Japan thriller

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 09:29

TORONTO: Thirteen-man Fiji withstood a furious late onslaught from Japan to book their place in the final of the Pacific Nations Cup with a 27-22 victory here Wednesday.

Norwich gets Hull winger Brady

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 22:08

LONDON: Norwich have signed Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady from Hull, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Southampton land QPR’s Caulker on loan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 22:03

LONDON: Southampton have signed QPR’s England defender Steven Caulker on loan for the forthcoming season, the Premier League club confirmed on Wednesday.

Ex-Gunners Diaby joins Marseille

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 21:55

MARSEILLE: Injury-plagued French international midfielder Abou Diaby, released by Arsenal at the end of last season, has joined Marseille, the Ligue 1 club announced.

Platini to stand for FIFA president

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 19:49

PARIS: Formerly one of the world’s greatest players and currently the most important man in European football, Michel Platini is now targeting the top job in the game after confirming he would stand to become FIFA president.

Rooney tops EPL’s Wealthiest players list

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 17:38

KUALA LUMPUR: Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has scored another milestone in his glittering career, topping the Wealth-X List of English Premier League’s Wealthiest Players.

Japan official quitting amid Tokyo 2020 stadium row

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 16:50

TOKYO: A Japanese official heading construction of the 2020 Olympic stadium is quitting his post after Tokyo ordered design plans for the venue to be ditched amid public anger at its US$2.0 billion price tag.

Michael Jordan loses China trademark suit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 15:25

BEIJING: A Beijing court has dismissed a trademark case brought by US basketball superstar Michael Jordan against a company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand, a report said.

Chelsea, Barca sore but ready to defend crowns

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:09

WASHINGTON: Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea and reigning European kings Barcelona exited Tuesday’s friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns.

Mourinho fires back at Benitez’s wife

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:29

WASHINGTON: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fired back Tuesday at comments from the wife of Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, who said her husband is “tidying up” Mourinho “messes” once again.

NFL upholds Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:10

WASHINGTON: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in deflating footballs used in the game that put the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl, saying for the first time that the star quarterback had his phone destroyed to keep it out o

Courtois the hero as Chelsea defeats Barcelona on penalties

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:56

WASHINGTON: Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made a shootout save and the reigning English Premier League champions beat European kings Barcelona 4-2 on penalties Tuesday in an International Champions Cup friendly.

A rugby column: Young Springboks a revelation

By Aziz Hassan - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 08:15

IT was a selection forced by the non-availability of two senior players but the gamble by Heyneke Meyer has so far worked, which could however create a problem.

Tokyo Olympic stadium designer strikes back at critics

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 19:51

TOKYO: The architects behind a scrapped plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium blamed the bidding process and rocketing building costs for the spiraling price tag, striking back at claims that it was because of the design.

Cavani banned for two matches over Jara incident

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 17:38

MONTEVIDEO: Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for two matches over his flare-up with Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara at the Copa America, the South American Football Confederation announced.

RugbyU: Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 17:21

WELLINGTON: A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project’s lead researcher said Tuesday.

Shaun Wright-Phillips joins brother at Red Bulls

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 16:55

NEW YORK: Queens Park Rangers winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is to be reunited with his brother Bradley after signing for Major League Soccer outfit the New York Red Bulls, the club announced on Monday.

Stoke sign former Barcelona winger Afellay

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 16:47

LONDON: Stoke City have signed former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay on a free transfer, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.

Drogba joins Montreal Impact in MLS transfer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 16:40

MONTREAL: Former Chelsea star Didier Drogba joined Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact on Monday, the Ivory Coast striker signing with the Canadian club after a rights transfer from the Chicago Fire.

Several roads closed for KL City Grand Prix from Aug 7 to 9

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 15:57

KUALA LUMPUR: Several sections of roads in the city will be closed for traffic during the inaugural KL City Grand Prix race from Aug 7 to 9, from 6am to 6pm.

BAM not in a hurry to appoint new mixed doubles coach: Frost

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 15:50

KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is not in a hurry to find a replacement for national mixed doubles coach Tan Kim Her who announced his resignation yesterday.

Villa scores twice as New York City FC win on Pirlo’s debut

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 11:03

NEW YORK: David Villa scored twice to help ensure new team-mate Andrea Pirlo launched his Major League Soccer career in style with New York City FC’s 5-3 victory over Orlando.

Man City’s Jovetic set for Inter switch

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 10:48

ROME: Montenegrin international striker Stevan Jovetic’s injury-plagued spell at English side Manchester City is set to come to an end as he is to join Serie A outfit Inter Milan, the buying club announced on its’ Twitter account on Sunday.

Mexico defeats Jamaica 3-1 in Gold Cup final

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 10:23

PHILADELPHIA: Andres Guardado became the first player to score in three Gold Cup finals and Mexico also capitalised on two defensive blunders Sunday to defeat Jamaica 3-1 and hoist a record seventh trophy.