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Buffon and Chiellini sign one-year deals with Juventus

Tuesday, 2020-06-30 09:25:10
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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. (Reuters)
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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and central defender Giorgio Chiellini have signed new one-year contracts to stay with the club until the end of the 2020-21 season, the reigning Italian champions announced on Monday (June 29).

Buffon, 42, joined Juve from Parma in 2001 and has made over 669 appearances for the club, while centre back Chiellini, 35, entering his 16th year at Juventus, has racked up 509 appearances for the club.

* Getafe kick-started their bid to finish in the top four in La Liga and qualify for the Champions League by beating Real Sociedad 2-1 at home on Monday thanks to two goals from striker Jaime Mata to earn their first victory since March.

* Burnley moved up to eighth in the Premier League after a header from captain Ben Mee earned them a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday.

* Northampton Town were promoted to English football's third tier on Monday after cruising to a 4-0 win over Exeter City in the League Two playoff final played at an empty Wembley Stadium.

* Chancel Mbemba's early goal proved enough to hand Porto a 1-0 away win over Pacos Ferreira on Monday and extend their lead at the top of Portugal's Primeira Liga.

* Struggling Maritimo scored twice in the space of four second-half minutes to register a shock 2-0 home victory over Benfica on Monday and hand the Portuguese champions another setback in their bid to defend their league title.

* Valencia have sacked coach Albert Celades and appointed sporting director Voro until the end of the season, the La Liga club said in a statement on Monday.

* The Premier League said on Monday that there was one positive result from the latest round of COVID-19 tests of players and staff conducted last week, taking the total number of cases to 19 since testing began last month.

* Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino's son Maurizio has signed a new contract at the Premier League club, the 19-year-old said in a social media post on Monday.

* Barcelona have reached an agreement to sell Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo to Italian champions Juventus for a fee of 72 million euros, the La Liga side said on Monday.

* A crowded sports schedule caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted FOX to choose the NFL and MLB over the US Open, leading the US Golf Association to end its 12-year deal with the broadcaster and transfer it to NBC Universal.

* Asia's largest mixed martial arts promotion, One Championship, will return behind closed doors in Thailand next month after a five-month break because of the coronavirus, officials said on Monday.

* Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is bracing himself for the loss of teenage midfielder Angel Gomes, whose Manchester United contract expires on Tuesday. The highly rated 19-year-old came through the academy at Old Trafford and made his debut aged 16 in May 2017, becoming the youngest player since Duncan Edwards in the 1950s to feature for the first team.

Reuters, CNA