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Real Madrid sign Courtois from Chelsea

Thursday, 2018-08-09 00:55:00
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Thibaut Courtois has agreed a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.
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Real Madrid have signed Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea with Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic going the other way on loan, the clubs said on Wednesday.

Courtois has agreed a six-year contract and Real will pay an initial 35 million euros (US$40.7 million) for the Belgian goalkeeper, Spanish media reported.

* The punishing serve that propelled Karolina Pliskova to the top of the tennis world last year proved ineffective against Kiki Bertens at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday as the Dutchwoman cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory. Meanwhile, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber came crashing back to earth after she beat Serena Williams in the grasscourt final last month, falling 6-4 6-1 to Alize Cornet of France.

* Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who became the oldest player in World Cup history in Russia, has announced his retirement from international soccer aged 45. El-Hadary earned the last of his 159 caps for the national team in a 2-1 group stage defeat by Saudi Arabia as Egypt crashed out of the tournament with three losses.

* Manchester City will aim to improve their performance rather than beat last season's record-breaking Premier League tally of 100 points, manager Pep Guardiola has said. Defending champions City became the first side to reach 100 points in a Premier League campaign and finished last season 19 points above their closest rivals Manchester United.

* India's bid to win their first Asian Games gold medal in weightlifting suffered a major jolt with women's 48kg world champion Mirabai Chanu pulling out of the competition with a back injury. "Owing to the severe back pain, entry ... has been withdrawn," Indian Weightlifting Federation secretary general Sahdev Yadav said in a statement, adding the lifter was undergoing a rehabilitation programme.

* The International Cycling Union has suspended Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon for five weeks and disqualified him from last month's Tour de France for hitting out at another rider. The Italian was kicked off the Tour on July 22 for appearing to swing an arm at Elie Gesbert from the French Fortuneo-Samsic team during the 15th stage of the race.

* European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has pulled out of the US PGA Championship due to a back injury, the PGA of America said on Wednesday.

* Soccer coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday he had signed a new three-year contract to lead Peru's national team through the qualifying matches of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The new contract can be extended for an additional year if Peru qualifies for the 2022 World Cup.

* A total of 1,805 doctors, medical workers and physiotherapists will be deployed to support the 18th Asian Games which will start in two days, Secretary General of the Indonesian Health Ministry Untung Suseno confirmed on Wednesday.

Reuters, Xinhua