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Guardiola extends Man City contract to 2021

Friday, 2018-05-18 07:22:08
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts. (Photo: Reuters)
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension with the Premier League champions on Thursday that will keep him in the job until 2021. Spaniard Guardiola joined City in 2016 and led them to the Premier League title this year, 19 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United.

* French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko ruined Johanna Konta’s birthday celebrations at the Italian Open on Sunday by coming from a set down to beat the Briton 2-6 6-3 6-4 and book her place in the quarter-finals. Next up for the 20-year-old is an intriguing clash with Maria Sharapova, a three-times winner in Rome.

* Oil-rich Saudi Arabia will host a round of the Formula E world championship for the first time next season on a street circuit in the capital of Riyadh, it was announced on Thursday (May 17). The race, to be held in December, will also be the first appearance of the electric car racing series in the Middle East.

* Five-time Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky smashed her own 1,500m freestyle world record by five seconds on Wednesday (May 16) in her first race as a professional. The 21-year-old American star touched the wall in 15min 20.48sec at the Pro Swim event in Indianapolis, obliterating her previous best of 15:25.48 set at the World Championships in Kazan in 2015.

* Italy's talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for Juventus after 17 years at the club when they host Verona in Serie A on Saturday (May 19), he told reporters on Thursday.

* English champions Manchester City's record-breaking campaign earned them £149.4 million from the Premier League but they were just beaten by rivals Manchester United in the earnings table. United, who finished second in the league, received £149.7 million as they had two more games televised than City during the campaign.

* Europa League winners Atletico Madrid have been charged with “racist behavior” by UEFA for a banner displayed by fans during their 3-0 win over Olympique de Marseille in the final on Wednesday (May 16). Marseille and Atletico also face punishment for setting off fireworks during the match.

* It will be a weekend of goodbyes in Spain as the Liga season draws to a close, with Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres set to play their last games for their boyhood clubs. Champions Barca will look to give Iniesta the perfect send-off when they host Real Sociedad on Sunday in La Liga's final round of matches.

Reuters, CNA