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Spain's Gombau extends coaching contract at Reds ADELAIDE: Spaniard Josep Gombau has extended his coaching contract with Adelaide United until the 2016-17 A-League season, the club said Thursday.Gombau's two-year extension, which was finalised Thursday, comes as the Reds prepare to take on defending champions Central Coast Mariners in the A-League play-offs in Gosford on Saturday.Gombau, the former Academy coach at Barcelona, has impressed pundits and fans with the playing style he has implemented at Adelaide since taking charge this season.The Spaniard was recently voted to lead the A-League All Stars against Italian giants Juventus in a friendly in Sydney on August 10."This contract extension gives Josep and the club the opportunity to consolidate and build upon the work already undertaken this season," Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin said."The entire playing squad and support staff have embraced the desire for Josep to extend his terms at the Adelaide United.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Bale stunner delivers Cup joy for Madrid VALENCIA: Gareth Bale scored a stunning individual goal five minutes from time to win the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid as they overcame Barcelona 2-1 at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday.The Welshman had previously been wayward with a series of efforts on goal, but he finally made his mark as he galloped through on goal from inside his own half before prodding the ball past Jose Manuel Pinto. Madrid had gone in front ...

Spieth seeks to shake off Masters disappointment HILTON HEAD: Jordan Spieth will try to shake off the disappointment of his Sunday fade at the Masters when he tees it up on Thursday at the US PGA Tour's Heritage.The 20-year-old Texan had a two-stroke lead with 11 holes remaining at Augusta National on Sunday, but finished with a level-par 72 that left him tied for second with Jonas Blixt behind Bubba Watson in the year's first major."It definitely left me stinging," Spieth said. ...

Liverpool hangover cost Man City: Pellegrini MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini blamed the hangover from defeat by Liverpool for his side's damaging 2-2 draw at home to the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland.City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the pressure on the league leaders and second-placed Chelsea.But Wednesday's draw with Sunderland, in which they needed a late equaliser from Samir Nasri just to avoid defeat, means that they are still ...

Puig mum on reports of perilous flight from Cuba LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he won't be drawn into discussing his flight from Cuba despite magazine articles describing human trafficking, a drug cartel and death threats."I'm aware of the recent articles and news accounts," Puig said Wednesday in a statement issued through his agent, Adam Katz."I understand that people are curious and have questions, but I will have no comment on this subject."In an article published on Sunday, Los Angeles ...

Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs NEW YORK: Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka delivered a dazzling 10 strikeouts and allowed just two bunt singles Wednesday in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season.He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to ...

Real Madrid fans jam streets to celebrate Cup win MADRID: Thousands of cheering Real Madrid fans welcomed their team back to the Spanish capital early Thursday after winning the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Barcelona. Supporters, many wrapped in the club's flag, cheered as the squad arrived at Madrid's central Cibeles Square, the traditional home for raucous Real Madrid victory celebrations, in a white open-topped bus with the word "champions" written in black letters on its sides.Fans applauded Real ...


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