Super League teams: Let's stop the demotion

Ten Super League teams have proposed that the Malaysian Football League (MFL) put a stop to “demotion” for this season. That means the last two teams in the top tier Super League don’t have to drop to the second tier Premier League. The proponents, who have signed a letter calling for a “freeze in demotion”, argue that the relegation of teams from the Super League should not take place because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is because the season has been reduced by half, from 22 games to just 11…

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The 'odd one' is not left out

Youngster K. Letshanaa may seem like the odd one out, but she can go far once she breaks out of it. National women’s singles head coach Indra Wijaya believes the 17-year-old should not be disheartened by her current predicament but instead use it as a motivation to achieve greater heights. The Selangor-born shuttler has got an arrangement with the BA of Malaysia (BAM), where she only follows one training session daily. This is because Letshanaa stays with her family and she studies outside, unlike the rest who are based at…

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Messi to put Barca drama behind him as Argentina seek fast start

Superstar footballer Lionel Messi will take a break from his Barcelona soap opera as he bids to fire Argentina to the World Cup in Qatar and what will probably be his last chance to try to win the coveted trophy. The 33-year-old, a record six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, has won everything in the club game with Barcelona several times over but his international trophy cabinet looks bare in comparison. “The only goal I have now is to win the World Cup with the national team,” he has said.…

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Kuching FC are eager debutants

KUCHING FC are eager to make an impression in their first-ever Malaysia Cup appearance. The Sarawak-based club confirmed their Malaysia Cup spot by edging Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) 2-1 in Sunday’s Premier League match at the State Stadium in Kuching. Bryan Anicezio (22nd minute) and Yuta Suzuki (57th) netted for Kuching while JDT II replied through Fernando Rodriguez (49th). Kuching are sixth in the standings with 13 points with one match to go and will join champions Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan in the Malaysia Cup. The fifth…

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Selangor a 'Super' hurdle in Fighters' survival

THEY say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. However, it has struck Felda United yet again as the relegation-threatened club will be fighting for Super League survival when they play Selangor in their final match of the competition this week. Felda were in a similar situation last year but maintained their top-tier status on the final day of the Super League when they beat Kedah 5-1. PJ City FC also lent a helping hand by edging PKNP FC (now known as Perak II) 1-0. On Saturday, Nidzam Jamil’s…

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AC Milan survives Europa League scare, Spurs thrashes Maccabi Haifa

AC Milan avoided being eliminated in a preliminary round in Europe for the first time on Thursday by equalising with a penalty in the last seconds of extra time and then winning a 24-kick shootout 9-8. The seven-times European champions trailed going into added time in extra time but Toni Borevkovic handled in the penalty area, earning his second yellow card and Hakan Calhanoglu converted from the spot to give Milan a 2-2 draw and set up an agonising shootout. “You can’t win without suffering,” said Milan manager Stefano Pioli.…

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Liverpool stars back Williams after social media abuse

Liverpool stars including Virgil van Dijk have backed Neco Williams after the young defender received social media abuse. Williams was criticised online after losing possession in the build-up to Lincoln’s first goal during Liverpool’s 7-2 League Cup win last week. The 19-year-old Wales international has since stopped using his official Twitter account. But Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders said on Wednesday the highly-rated Williams knows he has the backing of his team-mates, including Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Speaking ahead of Thursday’s League Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal, Lijnders…

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Dortmund reject Man Utd's £91m offer for Sancho

Manchester United’s first formal bid to bring Jadon Sancho back to the Premier League worth up to 100 million euros (£91 million, US$117 million) has been rejected by Borussia Dortmund, Sky Sports reported on Tuesday. Sancho, 20, has been a long-term transfer target for United as they look to build on finishing third in the Premier League last season and reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup. The England international joined Dortmund from Manchester City for a reported £10 million three years ago, but has…

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Perak grab their 10th Razak Cup title

Perak defeated Terengganu 4-2 to win their 10th Razak Cup title at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Haziq Samsul was the toast for Perak with a hat-trick in the 30th, 32nd and 46th minutes while Azrai Azad netted the other goal in the 17th minute. Faizal Saari responded for Terengganu with a brace in the first and 56th minutes. In the women’s final, Pahang edged Selangor 2-1 to regain their title last won in 2016. National player Nuraini Abdul Rashid netted a brace for the champions through…

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Peng Soon-Liu Ying grateful to sponsors

Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are grateful to have their sponsors stand by their side, especially during these trying times. As independent players, making ends meet can be tough without any tournaments. Peng Soon-Liu Ying have not seen international action since the All England in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the recent postponement of the Asian leg of the World Tour, the World No 7 will only go full swing next year. “As independent players, we are definitely affected as we do not…

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