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Skipper Koscielny leaves Arsenal to join Bordeaux

Wednesday, 2019-08-07 07:39:06
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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League Final - Chelsea v Arsenal - Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan - May 29, 2019 Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in action. (Reuters)
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Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny will end his nine-year spell in north London and join French Ligue 1 side Girondins Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The 33-year-old French centre back made more than 350 appearances for Arsenal and was part of their FA Cup-winning squads in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

* Bournemouth have brought in Liverpool's versatile 22-year-old Wales midfielder Harry Wilson on a season-long loan, the two Premier League clubs announced on Tuesday. Wilson scored 17 goals in 46 games on loan at Derby County last season as they reached the Championship playoff final.

* Wayne Rooney is determined to push his body to the limit to meet the demands of the English Championship after signing a deal to join Derby County from MLS side DC United as player-coach in January, the former England captain said on Tuesday.

* German cancer researcher Fiona Kolbinger won the mixed annual 4,000km cycling Transcontinental Race on Monday (Aug 5), becoming the first woman to do so. Kolbinger, 24, arrived in Brest, north-west France, after 10 days 2 hours and 48 minutes in the saddle since starting the seventh edition of the race in Bulgaria on Jul 27.

* Former European champions Ajax Amsetrdam were held to a 2-2 draw at PAOK in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie while Red Star Belgrade could only manage a 1-1 home draw against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.

* Britain's first Olympic diving champion Chris Mears, who won gold with his 3m springboard synchronised partner Jack Laugher, has retired from competition to pursue his music career. The 26-year-old, who claimed the country's first Olympic gold medal in diving alongside Laugher at the Rio Olympics in 2016, had taken a break from the sport late last year.

* Saudi Arabia and Formula One are discussing the possibility of holding a race in the country, and team bosses have been asked for an opinion, sources said on Tuesday.

Reuters, CNA