Andy Murray tests positive to coronavirus, a setback to Australian Open

Former world No.1 Andy Murray has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus just as he was preparing to fly to Australia in preparation for the country’s Open. He was supposed to fly Down Under in the coming days, where he would have isolated for two weeks ahead of the Australian Open on February 8 in Melbourne. Murray has not competed in Melbourne since the tournament sent him off with a retirement ceremony in 2019 when he was on the verge of ending his career due to a hip injury. He withdrew…

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Nathan Bishop has penned a new Manchester United contract

The 21-year-old goalkeeper has signed a new deal until June 2023 with an option for a further year. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also confirmed on Monday that Bishop, who signed from Southend United a year ago, will shortly head out on loan to further enhance his experience. After meeting his manager, Nathan spoke to club media’s Stewart Gardner and shared his aims for the future… How’s it been for you so far? It must have been a bit of a whirlwind when you started, but how do you feel now? “It’s crazy!…

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FAM: Centralised training for Harimau Malaya in January

The national football squad is expected to undergo centralised training from January 15 to January 26 in preparation for the last three Group G second round 2022 World Cup/2023 Asia Cup qualifiers that will resume in March next year. Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said national coach Tan Cheng Hoe is expected to list 30 players for the training session, which will be held at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, as he searches for the perfect combination of experienced players and new talent. He also said that the…

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King At The Top: Malaysian Athlete Breaks World Record For Tower Running

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a rare occasion to see or hear news of our local athletes competing or breaking world records in tournaments. But what seems impossible was eventually made possible – and one local athlete’s quest to be the best even ended on a sweet note. According to Bernama, tower running athlete Soh Wai Ching broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest vertical height stair climbing in one hour. It’s safe to say he’s emerged on top to claim his crown after completing his run at the Four Seasons…

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Wood ends Burnley's wait for first win, Saints held by Wolves

Burnley won for the first time in the Premier League this season as Chris Wood sealed a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace, while Southampton missed a chance to go third in their 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday. Burnley had failed to win any of their first seven games in the joint worst start to a season in the club’s history. Sean Dyche’s side were the only Premier League team yet to score a home goal this term until New Zealand striker Wood put them ahead in the first half…

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Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds, McElhenney new owners of Wrexham

Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds’ proposed takeover of lowly Welsh football team Wrexham has been approved by the club’s supporters trust. Wrexham play in the fifth-tier of English football – far removed from the glamour and worldwide reach of the elite Premier League. But that did not stop Deadpool star Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney saying they wanted to turn the team into a “global force.” Now, after a week-long vote, Wrexham Supporters Trust members have given the Hollywood duo their overwhelming backing, with 1,809 out of more than 2,000…

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Losing the money game

IN an unusual case of “time is money,” the Malaysian Football League (MFL) literally can’t afford to wait. If the Malaysia Cup competition is not completed by this month or postponed, the eight teams in the quarter-finals will have to incur a lot more costs, that is paying salaries. Normally, players’ contracts end in November, which means teams don’t pay wages for December. And MFL, the organisers of the M-League, will also lose a chunk of sponsorship money if the Malaysia Cup competition is cancelled. They want to complete the…

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German-driven UiTM riding high

German-born Frank Bernhardt is not a bad coach by any means. The 51-year-old has now emerged as one of the most outstanding coaches in the M-League with UiTM FC, three years after he was sacked as the national Under-22 coach by the FA of Malaysia (FAM). Bernhardt was hired by the national body in 2015 to prepare the national youth team for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games, only to be fired a few months before the tournament. Undeterred , the former Estonia Under-21 coach returned to the M-League as…

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Safawi's debut put on hold

Safawi Rasid will have to wait a little longer for his Portimonense SC debut in the Primeira Liga. The 23-year-old, however, played his first match on Portuguese soil in Portimonense’s 3-1 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in Friday’s Revelacao Liga (under-23 south zone league) match at the Dois Irmaos Stadium in Portimao, Safawi, who is on a year-long loan from Johor Darul Ta’zim, was named in the starting line up. “I still have a lot to learn about Portuguese football. It is so different here. “There is no time to think…

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Ronaldo-less Portugal down Sweden to maintain Nations League control

Portugal made light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence due to a positive coronavirus test to see off Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday and stay top of their Nations League group. A Diogo Jota brace and another strike from Bernardo Silva were enough to stay level on 10 points with France and hold onto first place in League A Group 3. Ronaldo, who was pictured watching the match on television wearing a Portugal top, was forced to leave the national team camp after returning a positive test for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The Juventus…

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