I'm on the right track, said Charly Musonda

Charly Musonda was seen as the future of Chelsea. His signing – at the age of 15 – was seen as a huge coup; there had been interested from Barcelona, Manchester City, and Real Madrid, and one of his coaches at Anderlecht said he could be one of the top five players in the world. In January 2018, Musonda joined Celtic on an 18-month loan, but it was cut short that summer, and Chelsea loaned him to Vitesse Arnhem. He had been at the club just a week when the…

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A fitting replacement for former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei

LEE Zii Jia’s momentous All England triumph is certainly a joyous occasion for Malaysia in the pandemic-era. It also offers hope that Malaysian badminton has finally found a fitting replacement for former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei. Zii Jia showed composure and great mental strength to beat World No 1 Kento Momota and World No 2 Viktor Axelsen en route to the men’s singles crown. The 23-year-old’s 30-29, 20-22, 21-9 win over Axelsen shows that he can maintain his nerves in high-pressure. Zii Jia certainly has the skill and…

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Liverpool has eye on Champions League

LONDON: Liverpool made light of their Premier League woes to ease into the quarter-finals of the Champions League by beating RB Leipzig 2-0 in Budapest for the second time in three weeks. The Champions League this season and next is now the Reds focus as they try to salvage a campaign decimated by injuries and a drastic decline in form after romping to a first league title in 30 years last season. With a seven-point gap to make up on a resurgent Chelsea or 10-point deficit to bridge to third-placed…

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Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi experiencing contrasting fortunes

 MALAYSIA: Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s (SRT) Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi experienced contrasting fortunes on the second day of MotoGP testing in Qatar on Sunday. Morbidelli, who was seventh (1:55.174s) fastest on an opening day, made solid progress and moved up to fourth after clocking 1:54.153s on his older 2019 A-Spec Plus YZR-M1. The Italian, who was placed 14th (1:55.584s) on Saturday, hopes to make inroads when testing resumes at the Losail International Circuit tomorrow. Morbidelli, who completed 63 laps on Sunday, said he will focus on race pace…

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Novak Djokovic close to set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one

Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one, surpassing Roger Federer whose hold on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb’s sights. The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his side with Federer turning 40 in August. He is also a year younger than Rafael Nadal who also has 20 majors. Nadal, currently at number two, has been at the top for ‘only’ 209 weeks in total although the 13-time Roland Garros…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to international football

STOCKHOLM: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to international football at the age of 39, Swedish media reported on Saturday. Sweden, coached by Janne Andersson, have qualified for the Euros and kick off their campaign against Spain in Bilbao on June 14. The comeback under discussion for months is yet to be confirmed by the Swedish football federation (SvFF). The striker, who has 116 caps and 62 goals, has not worn the Swedish jersey since Euro 2016, where he was captain but failed to score as Sweden finished bottom of their group.…

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Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep the good run going

MALAYSIA:  Fast improving women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep their recent good run going after breezing into the second round of the Swiss Open. The pair, buoyed by their recent quarter-final appearances at the Thailand Open and Thailand Masters, were hardly troubled as they got past Austrian pair Serena Au Yong-Katharina Hochmeir 21-7, 21-6 in the first round in Basel on Wednesday. Pearly-Thinaah now ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world. A frustrating outing for World No 27 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani as they…

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Former Barcelona president to appear before a judge on Tuesday

BARCELONA: Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, detained Monday as part of a probe into last year’sBarcagate’ scandal, will have to appear before a judge on Tuesday.Jaume Masferrer has been summoned for investigating judge leading the probe after spending the night at a police station along with Bartomeu. The ‘Barcagate’ scandal involves allegations that the club covered up payments made to a company called I3 Ventures, hired to boost the image of then-president Bartomeu on social media. The campaign included criticising current and former players, like Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola…

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Chong Yee Fatt the new coach of Perak FC

After less than a week  Chong Yee Fatt took over Perak FC, he is surprised to see his team in good shape. The Malaysian took over after the Australian coach Mehmet Durakovic. Yee Fatt, who started work on Tuesday, was expecting the worst considering that the players had faced Covid-19 uncertainties when they reported for pre-season training under former coach, Durakovic. “I am grateful to Durakovic, who recommended me to the management when he decided to part ways due to family matters in Australia. “However, I reminded them that we…

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Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled

MALAYSIA- Road cyclist Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled to keep up with the peloton early on but revealed the “secret” behind his historic win at the Grand Prix Manavgat in Turkey last week. After spending a year without competition due to Covid-19, the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider said he found it hard to keep up with the early pace and even suffered mild cramps during the 145.8km race. “This was really tough for me as I had gone a year without racing. I did my best to tuck…

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