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Dutch striker Huntelaar extends Schalke deal BERLIN: Netherlands' international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has extended his contract with Schalke 04 until June 2017, the Bundesliga side announced on Saturday.'The Hunter', 31, joined Schalke from AC Milan in 2010 for a club record 14 million euros (US$17.1m) and has scored 66 goals in 116 league games for the Royal Blues with an option of an extra year in his new contract.Schalke, who have drawn Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, broke the news before Saturday's Bundesliga match against Hamburg.Huntelaar, the third highest scorer in Schalke's history, has scored seven goals in 15 Bundesliga games this season, scoring three times in the Champions League, and has forged a partnership alongside Cameroon striker Eric Choupo-Moting.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Relief for Galthie as Montpellier end losing run PARIS: The pressure eased slightly on coach Fabien Galthie as Montpellier ended a run of seven successive defeats with a thrilling 23-20 victory over Toulouse in their Top 14 clash on Saturday.A penalty with less than two minutes remaining by Teddy Iribaren sealed victory for the hosts and gave them their first victory since October 11.For Toulouse -- who had their own blip earlier in the season with five successive defeats -- it was only ...
Freitag claims fourth career World Cup win ENGELBERG: Germany's Richard Freitag claimed his fourth career World Cup win on Saturday at the Swiss venue of Engelberg.Freitag jumped 128.5m and 135.5m for 277.7 points with Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic in second spot, only 0.6 points behind.Austria's Michael Hayboeck and Jernej Damjan of Slovenia shared the third place with 276.2 points."It was a lot of fun to jump here today, of course it's perfect when you win. But it's not always about ...
Dortmund second from bottom after 10th defeat BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga crisis deepened on Saturday after suffering their tenth defeat of the season in losing 2-1 at fellow strugglers Werder Bremen to drop to second from bottom.Having started December at the foot of the table, Dortmund can finish 2014 back at the bottom if Freiburg get at least a point against Hanover 96 on Sunday.Dortmund continue to have the most defeats in Germany's top flight at the season's halfway stage with just ...
Chappuis, Thai Messi break Malaysian hearts KUALA LUMPUR: Late strikes from Swiss-born Charyl Chappuis and Chanathip "Messi Jay" Songkrasin broke Malaysian hearts as Thailand won their fourth Southeast Asian title in a dramatic AFF Suzuki Cup final on Saturday.Hosts Malaysia fought back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit to lead 3-0 on the night, but the goals from Chappuis and Chanathip gave Thailand a 4-3 aggregate win and ended their 12-year drought in the competition.It was a stunning finish from Thailand, who ...
Silva steps up as Man City reel Chelsea in LONDON: David Silva filled in for Manchester City's absent strikers as the champions beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to move level on points with Premier League leaders Chelsea.City were missing Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic due to injury, but they secured an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions thanks to Silva's second-half brace and a late Yaya Toure strike.Victory left City level on 39 points with Chelsea, who remain top by virtue ...
Diego Dominguez head coach of Toulon from 2016/17 season: Boudjellal PARIS: Former Italy and Stade Francais fly-half Diego Dominguez will be head coach of European and French champions Toulon when Bernard Laporte steps down after the 2015/16 season, owner Mourad Boujellal told Canal Plus on Saturday.Dominguez, who has no experience of coaching at the top level, will join Toulon in January 2016 so as to gain experience of the inner workings of the club before replacing Laporte.Boudjellal also told Canal Plus that All Blacks centre ...


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