Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey

MADRID: Lionel Messi scored twice, including a stunning solo goal, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday. The cup was won and lost in a whirlwind 12 minutes in Seville, which saw Barca score four times to clinch an emphatic 4-0 victory, with Messi at his devastating best. Koeman took over a team at rock bottom, humiliated by a historic loss to Bayern Munich and wounded by the attempts of Messi to leave the club for free. But this 31st Copa del Rey…

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Giving up is not in our DNA

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says giving up on the Premier League title is “not in our DNA” even though their pursuit of runaway leaders Manchester City appears hopeless. The Norwegian believes his side are on the right track but admits adding to their 20 league titles is unlikely. “Of course we’ll never give up,” Solskjaer said after his side wrapped up a 4-0 aggregate victory against Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday, setting up a last-four clash with Roma. They are also desperate to claim their…

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Conor McGregor's trilogy fight to take place in Vegas

Conor McGregor’s trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier will take place before a capacity crowd in Las Vegas in July, said Ultimate Fighting Championship chief Dana White. It will mark the first time a capacity crowd has attended a UFC fight in Nevada since the Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m so happy to finally be able to say Vegas is back,” White said. UFC has staged events in multiple venues like Las Vegas, Florida and Abu Dhabi since the pandemic erupted, mostly behind closed doors with strict safety protocols. However with restrictions gradually…

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Penang misses its opportunity to move up

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang failed to move up to second in the Super League after they were held 1-1 by Sabah at the City Stadium today. Sabah dominated the opening minutes but failed to capitalise on them through Saddil Ramdani in the fourth and sixth minutes. Saddil, however, made his third attempt count with a goal in the 52nd minute. Penang is fourth with 15 points while Sabah is 10th on six after eight matches.

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Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year

Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year very much alive and kicking, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are getting ready to celebrate the centenary. And it’s coming back with a bang after surviving Covid. Last year, the Malaysia Cup had to be called off after just one round due to the virus. The stars are getting aligned, The tournament, which has a special place in the hearts of Malaysian fans, is returning in time for the full 100-year circle. The Malaysia Cup evokes memories of legends like the late Datuk…

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A fighter has to adapt, said the Alligator

ONE Championship fighter Agilan Thani is not in a rush to get back in the cage after a string of mixed results. The 25-year-old admitted that preparing for fights has been a tricky affair in the pandemic era. “ONE Championship is a great company that has always kept me busy. “It is challenging, but a fighter has to adapt, and that is what I am doing now, said the fighter. “I don’t want to go into the circle (ring) unprepared. I am doing my best, and I think things are…

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Few more tweaks on custom built bikes for Azizul and Shah

National Sports Institute (NSI) will make a few more tweaks to the custom-built track bikes used by Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom before they head to Tokyo in July for the Olympics. “This Olympic bike development project is in its fourth year now after beginning in 2017. The intention is to build a bike which is tailored to each rider’s physiology,” said NSI chief executive officer Ahmad Faedzal “Azizulhasni and Shah each have one bike, and they have been using it for some time now. But we feel there…

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Ashleigh Barty's first overseas appearance since the pandemic

MIAMI: World number one Ashleigh Barty is preparing to spend the rest of the season on the road as she prepares to defend her Miami Open title this week in her first overseas appearance since the pandemic. The 24-year-old from Queensland elected not to travel outside Australia after the WTA Tour resumed last year, skipping both the US Open and the rescheduled French Open at Roland Garros in September. The Aussie got a taste of international travel in the age of coronavirus when her journey to the United States ended…

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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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British pair ken and Neal Skupski win the Mexican Open

British pair Ken and Neal Skupski beat Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos to win the Mexican Open doubles title. The brothers converted both break points they created to seal a 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victory over the top seeds. It is their third title together and first since 2019, having briefly split before reuniting this season. In the singles final, second seed Alexander Zverev beat top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to win his 14th ATP Tour title Zverev struggled early on, finding himself 4-1 down and having to save…

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