ARSENE Wenger is upbeat about a strong second half of the season showing from an Arsenal side set to capitalise on the return of injured players like Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta.
PERLIS could face serious consequences, including expulsion from next season’s FAM League, for failing to pay their players for six months after the end of their failed 2014 Premier League campaign.
SIME Darby coach Ismail Zakaria is aware that improving on their fifth place finish in their Super League debut last season will be a difficult, but not impossible mission next year.
FORMER international Dollah Don, 91, nicknamed “Harimau Malaya” by the late Indonesia president Soekarno, died at the Puteri Specialist Hospital, Johor Baru, yesterday.
LONDON The omens are good for a Chelsea side heading into Christmas top of the Premier League tree but manager Jose Mourinho does not want to give title rivals Manchester City any reason to cheer over the festive season.
MANCHESTER: Louis Van Gaal has revealed he feels under pressure to succeed at Manchester United to repay the generous support of Old Trafford legend Alex Ferguson.
MALAYSIAN athletics reached a trough in 2013 but there were encouraging signs this year that the future holds much promise - that is if the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) steers clear of petty jealousies and inept leadership.
YOUNG karting sensation Muizzuddin Musyafa Abdul Gafar will be making history as the first Asian to be honoured as World Series Karting (WSK) champion when the international karting body (CIK) holds its annual gala at Adria near Venice, Italy on Jan 10.
MANY Premier League managers highlight the importance of negotiating the hectic Christmas period, but Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini is in a relaxed mood with his side trailing leaders Chelsea by three points.
LONDON: Arsenal and injuries have gone hand in hand over the last decade when the Gunners have had more players spending lengthy spells on the sidelines than many of their Premier League rivals, a study has shown.
BEIJING: China coach Alain Perrin put his faith in the nation’s youngsters when he named his 23-man squad for next month’s Asian Cup campaign yesterday.
SPAIN coach Vicente del Bosque is feeling positive about 2015 despite the shock of failure at this year’s World Cup and is confident he can successfully shepherd the team through qualification for Euro 2016.
GRAND slam titles were shared around like slices of pizza in 2014 but for all the welcome variety Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams ended the year still setting the standard.
PORT ELIZABETH: West Indies can look forward to more favourable batting conditions for the second test in Port Elizabeth on Friday as they look to overcome the mental scars of collapsing on Pretoria’s seamer-friendly strip.
HOUSTON’S James Harden scored a season-high 44 points to power the Rockets to a 110-95 victory over Portland on Monday, moving within one game of their NBA Western Conference rival.
MARANELLO (ITALY): The winds of change have swept through Ferrari and even Christmas has a different feel now.
INDIA must reverse a demoralising losing streak at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to prevent Australia from regaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Friday’s Boxing Day third Test.
LONDON: Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is emerging as a strong contender to fill Arsenal's defensive midfield role.
THE Tasmania Christmas Carnival will be the first real test for the junior sprints trio that coach Junaidi Nasir will pin his hopes on in the Asian Cycling Championships in Thailand in February.
THE dust has settled in Palembang, Indonesia, after a gruelling two weeks of competition at the Asean University Games (AUG) but as far as the Education Ministry is concerned, that only means it is time for those involved to focus their attention on preparing for the World University Games (WUG)
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