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2020 Copa America to be held in Argentina and Colombia

Thursday, 2019-03-14 06:56:52
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General view of the trophy during the draw of the 2019 Copa America Draw - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - January 24, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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The South American Football Confederation has rejected a proposal from the United States and awarded the 2020 Copa America tournament to Argentina and Colombia.

The next edition of the tournament, usually played by all 10 South American nations and at least two invited guests, is due to be held in Brazil in June.

* Formula One race director Charlie Whiting, a key figure in the sport, has died three days before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the governing FIA said in a statement on Thursday.

* Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu crushed two-times Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-0 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday.

* Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva has committed his future to Manchester City after signing a three-year contract extension that runs until 2025, the club confirmed on Wednesday.

* Shot Clock will be used at every ATP Tour event in 2020, the men's tennis organisation confirmed on Wednesday. The 25-second countdown, designed to speed up play, was first used at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2017 and was adopted at the last two Grand Slams, last year's US Open and this year's Australian Open.

* West Ham United youngster Declan Rice was named in the England squad on Wednesday for this month's European Championship qualifiers just weeks after pledging his allegiance despite having already played for Ireland. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder, who has made three senior appearances for Ireland, elected last month to make himself available to England manager Gareth Southgate.

* Serie A strugglers Empoli have sacked coach Giuseppe Iachini after only four months in charge, the Italian side said on Wednesday. Former coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, who led the club into the top flight but was fired in November, is set to return according to Italian media.

* Colombia will meet Brazil in an international soccer friendly in September as both teams prepare for South America's 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The clash will be played on September 6 at the Hard Rock stadium in Miami, the Colombian Football Federation said in a statement on Wednesday.

* Zinedine Zidane held his first training session with Real Madrid since his shock return to the club as first team coach, less than 10 months after stepping down at the end of May 2018.

Reuters, Xinhua