UEFA bans six Malta U-21s for fixing | Sports

January 10, 2018 NYON, Switzerland (AP): UEFA has banned six members of Malta’s Under-21 team for match-fixing offences, with two players banished from soccer for life. The investigation related to March 2016 qualifiers for the European Under-21 Championship against Montenegro and the Czech Republic. UEFA imposed lifetime bans on Emanuel Briffa and Kyle Cesare for acting in a “manner that is likely to exert an unlawful or undue influence on the course and/or result of a match or competition with a view to gaining an advantage for himself or a…

City draw first blood at home | Sports

MANCHESTER, England (AP): Sergio Aguero netted in stoppage time to give quadruple-chasing Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in the first leg of their English League Cup semi-final yesterday. Despite leading the Premier League by 15 points, Man City were given a stern test by the second-tier visitors who took the lead through Bobby Reid’s penalty in the 44th minute. After Kevin De Bruyne’s well-worked 55th-minute equaliser, Man City had to wait until the substitute Aguero headed in Bernardo Silva’s cross to ensure Pep Guardiola’s side has the…

Tevez back at Boca Juniors | Sports

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP): Boca Juniors and Carlos Tevez have sealed their reconciliation after the striker left for China a year ago. Tevez said during his presentation yesterday he returned for a third stint at Boca to try and give it a seventh Copa Libertadores title. In December 2016, Tevez left Boca for Shanghai Shenhua to become one of the highest paid footballers in the world. But Shenhua terminated his contract this week a year early, after Tevez played only 20 games and scored only four times. Tevez was injured…

Kayaker spikes rival’s drink | Sports

TOKYO, Japan (AP): A Japanese kayaker has been banned for eight years for spiking the drink of a rival so he would fail a doping test. Yasuhiro Suzuki drugged his key rival Seiji Komatsu at the Japan championships in September. Suzuki spiked a drink with an anabolic steroid, causing Komatsu to fail a doping test, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency said on Tuesday. The Japan Canoe Federation began investigating after Komatsu tested positive but denied ever taking drugs. After Komatsu tested positive, Suzuki admitted putting a muscle-building supplement containing the banned…

Zidane gives Madrid pep talk | Sports

MADRID, Spain (AP): Zinedine Zidane is hoping his words will help put Real Madrid back on track. Zidane had a longer than usual talk with his players before training yesterday, saying it’s his responsibility to keep them motivated despite the team’s struggles in the Spanish league. “Sometimes a talk is necessary,” Zidane said. “I’m not giving a speech just to give a speech. “I’m not happy with the situation,” he said. “We can improve in all areas. All I can do is keep working hard and keep giving my best.…

Tim Hankinson to replace Underwood as MoBay coach | Sports

Montego Bay United is to hire another foreigner as coach. Orville Powell, president of the Red Stripe Premier League-based outfit, said Tim Hankinson will replace Roderick Underwood who left the club following a string of poor performances. “Tim Hankinson will be coming in as a replacement,” said Powell. “He was here before for a very short period so is back now. We are not sure as to how long he will be around, but for the short term I think he can help us.” Hankinson had a brief stint with…

Fitzgerald backs Molynes to win Super League | Sports

Having won their first two matches in impressive style, coach Calvert Fitzgerald is confident Molynes United can go all the way in this year’s Corporate Area Super League. Promoted to the Super League from Major League for the first time in their history last season, Molynes recorded an impressive 3-1 win over demoted Premier League side Maverley/Hughenden in their opening match before thrashing Central Kingston 8-0 on Saturday. Fitzgerald told STAR Sports his players have been growing in confidence and he is optimistic they can win the league. “Our aim…

Curry, Diddy could buy Panthers | Sports

OAKLAND, California (AP): As a longtime fan of the Carolina Panthers, Stephen Curry is absolutely interested in having an ownership stake in the team. He reminds everyone his day job is as a star of the Golden State Warriors , so he wouldn’t be the kind of hands-on owner flying cross-country each week to attend major meetings. But the two-time MVP has people helping him explore options to buy into the NFL franchise, which Jerry Richardson announced he would sell while he is under investigation for sexual and racial misconduct…

Unbeaten Royal Lakes in full flow | Sports

Royal Lakes have taken the early lead in the St Catherine Major League. Javar Hutchinson netted a brace in their 3-1 home win on Saturday against Albion to make in three consecutive wins. Leon Hutchinson-coached Royal Lakes are on maximum nine points, two ahead of Frazier’s Whip. Hutchinson said their ambition is to return to the Super League. He is convinced their preseason preparation has made the difference. “We really anticipated the good start because we had a good pre-season. I attribute it to us being more prepared. It has…