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Man Utd youngster Blackett extends contract LONDON: Manchester United's 20-year-old defender Tyler Blackett has signed a two-year contract extension, the Premier League giants announced on Thursday.Blackett, a product of United's youth academy, was handed his debut against Swansea City on the opening day of the season and has since gone on to make a further nine appearances for the club."I am delighted that Tyler has signed a new contract," said United manager Louis van Gaal on the club website. "He is another young player that has risen through the academy system to break into the first-team squad this season."Blackett added: "I have supported United all my life and have been here since I was eight years old. To come through the academy and make my debut this season was a dream come true."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Pirlo sidelined for '20 days': Juventus MILAN: Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss the upcoming league clash with Roma and could be a doubt for the second leg of a last 16 Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund after being sidelined with a calf injury.Pirlo hobbled off before half-time in Juve's 2-1 first leg win over the Germans on Tuesday after pulling up with a calf problem.The 35-year-old Italy midfielder underwent tests which "revealed a first grade tear of the gastrocnemius ...

Record-equalling Henning leads Joburg Open JOHANNESBURG: A birdie-birdie-eagle front-nine start powered South African Nic Henning to a course record-equalling 62 Thursday and a one-stroke Joburg Open first-round lead.The 45-year-old is one shot ahead of compatriots Titch Moore and Tjaart van der Walt and Belgian Thomas Pieters at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.Another couple of South Africans, Dean Burmester and Garth Mulroy, lie a further stroke behind with Australian Jason Schrivener.Henning, a 45-year-old native of Western Cape seaside resort ...

'Tired' Lippi leaves Guangzhou Evergrande ROME: Coaching legend Marcello Lippi is "going back to Italy" after announcing on Thursday his resignation as director of football at Chinese Super League champions Guanghzou Evergrande.The Italian coach, who led the Chinese giants to three straight CSL titles, one Chinese FA Cup and the Asian Champions League crown in 2013, had been serving as sporting director since November."I will not coach in China anymore, I'm going back to Italy, I'm a little tired," the ...

Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind DUBAI: Roger Federer's bid to extend his record of Dubai Open titles to seven carried him into the semi-finals with record-breaking speed and to a meeting with the new wunderkind of tennis.It took only 20 minutes on Thursday for the 17-time Grand Slam champion to win the first set 6-1 against Richard Gasquet, whereupon the Frenchman shuffled up to the net, offered his hand, and retired, suffering with a bad back.It was disappointingly anti-climactic but ...

K-Rod inks two-year deal with Brewers MILWAUKEE: Venezuelan ace closing relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez has signed a two-year Major League Baseball contract worth $13 million to remain with the Milwaukee Brewers, the team said Thursday on its website.The 33-year-old right-hander closed out 66 games last year, the most in the major leagues, and converted 44 of 49 save opportunities as well as going 5-5 with a 3.04 earned-run average.Rodriguez, nicknamed "K-Rod" after the one-letter baseball scoring abbreviation for strikeout and the ...

McLaren break down again, Massa fastest   BARCELONA: Williams' Felipe Massa was fastest as McLaren's embryonic relationship with engine supplier Honda suffered another blow on the first day of the third pre-season test in Barcelona on Thursday.Massa completed more than 100 laps with his best time of 1min 23.500sec the quickest of the day ahead of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson."I think it was a very good day not just because we were in front, but because the car was never in any trouble," ...


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