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July 14, 2018 3:18 AM Liverpool sign Swiss winger Shaqiri

LONDON: Liverpool have signed Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City, the English Premier League giants announced Friday. The Reds said he had signed "a long-term contract", with British media reports saying Shaqiri had arrived at Anfield in a five-year deal for £13 million (RM70 million). The 26-year-old winger's move follows Stoke's 5

July 13, 2018 7:26 AM Croatia's Modric fits the bill for Golden Ball award

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has been pulling the strings for his side at the World Cup. Could he be the player to win the Golden Ball award as best player? Moscow (dpa) - Wanted: one Golden Ball winner. Requirements: you must make the difference in the team, be able to read the game, change the game, be a leader within the team. "That makes somebody 7

July 10, 2018 8:46 AM Kramaric has fond memories of England but hopes Croatia make final

Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric has fond memories of his time in England at Leicester even though he rarely played there and left the club in the middle of their surprise Premier League-winning season 2015-16. "It was my first time outside Croatia. I didn't play that much. The team was playing great and no coach would change a winning team," Kramaric 3

July 10, 2018 6:59 AM Soccer-Iceland skipper Gunnarsson signs one-year deal at Cardiff

Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson has signed a new one-year contract with Cardiff City. The 29-year old, who led Iceland in their debut World Cup campaign last month, was hindered by a long-term ankle injury last season as Cardiff finished second in the second-tier Championship to earn promotion to the Premier League. "It was tough work to get back, ready 8

July 10, 2018 6:18 AM Sampaoli remains Argentina coach, for now

Beleaguered Jorge Sampaoli is still Argentina coach and has been put in charge of the under-20 national team for an upcoming tournament. The national federation AFA said late Monday that its president Claudio Tapia and deputy Daniel Angelici met with Sampaoli and talked about the World Cup in Russia where the two-time champions went out in round of 16 against 5

July 9, 2018 2:03 PM Russian rights activist goes on trial in Chechnya

MOSCOW: A leading Russian rights activist went on trial in Chechnya on Monday, charged with drug possession in a case that has sparked concern from Western officials and rights groups. Oyub Titiyev, 60, heads a branch of Russia's top rights group Memorial, the last such body to remain active in the North Caucasus region ruled with an iron fist by strongman 7

July 8, 2018 1:35 AM Pahang lifts third FA Cup trophy

KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang lifted the FA Cup for the third time after beating five-time champions Selangor 2-0 in the final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Playing in front of over 43,000 fans, Dollah Salleh's men started the match with a slew of dangerous attacks, keeping Selangor goalkeeper Mohd Khairulazhan Khalid hard at work. The Elephants' 4

July 8, 2018 1:17 AM Brazil's Fernandinho target of racist insults after World Cup own goal

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho and family members have been victims of racist insults on social media since his World Cup own goal on Friday when Brazil was eliminated by Belgium in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia. Several internet users referred to the Manchester City player as a "monkey", while some even threatened to kill him after 10

July 6, 2018 5:26 PM Uruguay coach Tabaraz leaves future open after World Cup exit

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (dpa) - Veteran Uruguay coach Oscar Tabaraz has left his future open after Friday's World Cup quarter-final exit to France. "I don't know an example of when a coach decides his future," Tabaraz said. "I still have a contract ... it's not up to me to decide." The 71-year-old Tabaraz has led Uruguay since 2006, winning the Copa America 13

July 6, 2018 12:39 AM England's Pickford had World Cup shoot-out notes on water bottle

A water bottle may have helped England end their World Cup penalty shoot-out misery. England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's bottle contained notes on the preferred target target areas of Colombia's players during their last-16 penalty shoot-out, UK media reported on Thursday. He reportedly received it from goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson and kept it wrapped 31