From 'dust' to glory, Liverpool's 'miracle' of Istanbul

Steven Gerrard said Liverpool did not “believe in miracles” and Jamie Carragher thought his “dreams had turned to dust”, but 15 years ago Rafael Benitez’s side pulled off one of football’s greatest heists to beat AC Milan in the Champions League final. The English side were underdogs before kick-off in Istanbul despite edging out Chelsea in the semi-finals and a strong Juventus outfit in the last eight, but were completely written off when 3-0 down at half-time in their bid for a fifth European Cup. But, roared on by 40,000…

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MNFC want Fatehah as national-level coach

Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) vice president Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill would prefer former national rider Fatehah Mustapa to take up a national-level coaching role rather than a state-level position. Amarjit disclosed that the former Asian Games silver medallist has also attracted interest from her home state, Terengganu. The east coast state are a traditional powerhouse in the sport and have produced some of the biggest names in Malaysian cycling such as Fatehah, Azizulhasni Awang, Harrif Saleh and Anuar Manan among others. “We have heard that Terengganu (Sports Council) have…

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National hockey trainees itching for freedom

FREEDOM. That is what the national hockey trainees are hoping for soon. They are eager to start training outdoors after more than six weeks at home. Unfortunately, field hockey will not get its immediate freedom from the government under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). However, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC), headed by Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, are hoping to hand their players the freedom to train again. The national body have come up with a proposal, titled ‘Project Hockey Restart’, which outlines a host of temporary changes to training…

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Zii Jia’s Tokyo ambition deferred

NATIONAL shuttler Lee Zii Jia was all set to shine at the Tokyo Olympics this year. Unfortunately, the Games has now been postponed to next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Former international Datuk James Selvaraj believes Zii Jia had already hit top form but will now have to wait to face the unknown. Speaking to Timesport yesterday, the former BA of Malaysia (BAM) high-performance director said Zii Jia displayed top quality badminton when he reached the semi-finals of the All England last month. “I cannot speak in general or predict things,…

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Definitely a keeper

Selangor goalkeeper Farizal Harun portrays a wild public persona. But don’t be hasty in passing judgement on the 34-year-old who was slapped with a five-match ban and fined RM5,000 by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for striking PKNP player Alfateh Afandi during a Super League match last year. His gung-ho attitude even led Selangor fans to perceive him as a gangster. In reality, Farizal is an angel, using his massive hands to good use – stopping goals and lending a big hand to the needy in this period of…

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BWF to decide fate of Thomas Cup Finals soon

THE Badminton World Federation (BWF) are likely to make an announcement on the fate of the Thomas and Uber Cups Finals next week. This came after the Danish government extended the ban on “large gatherings” until the end of August due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Thomas and Uber Cups Finals were initially scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark on May 16-24 but in view of the coronavirus, BWF were forced to move the event to Aug 15-23. However, even the new dates now hang in the balance following…

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‘Older’ Jun Hoong will feel different

DIVER Cheong Jun Hoong admitted she had “mixed feelings” when news of the Tokyo Olympics postponement broke. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced the International Olympic Committee and Japan Olympic Committee to make the grim decision of shifting the Tokyo Olympics from July 24-Aug 9 to next year. It seems a blessing in disguise for 2017 world champion Jun Hoong as she has yet to book her spot at the Games. However, the Perakian, who has yet to see action since knee surgery in June 2018, said: “One of the reasons…

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Malaysia to send 24 eSports athletes to SEA Games 2019 in Philippines

It’s game on for Malaysia as the country will be sending 24 eSports athletes to the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila, Philippines. The athletes, aged 15 to 26, will represent Malaysia in six eSports medal events for the titles Tekken 7, Starcraft II, Hearthstone, Arena Of Valor, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Dota 2. Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said it’s a new beginning for eSports in Malaysia at the flag-off event in Kuala Lumpur today “We are here for our athletes,” he said, adding…

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