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Football: Aubameyang double gives Arsenal win over Newcastle

Tuesday, 2021-01-19 07:46:49
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Arsenal's Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring their second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Reuters)
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in the Premier League on Monday (Jan 18), condemning Steve Bruce's side to a ninth game without a win in all competitions.

* AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his first Serie A start since returning from injury, helping his side to a 2-0 win at Cagliari on Monday as the league leaders moved three points clear at the top of the standings.

* German Alexander Zverev has parted ways with Roger Federer's sports management company Team8, the world number seven said. The Team8 agency is founded by 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer and his long-time agent Tony Godsick and owns the Laver Cup, a tennis tournament which pits an European team against players from the rest of the world.

* Phil Neville stepped down as England women's team manager on Monday and the former Manchester United and England defender was named the head coach of David Beckham's Major League Soccer (MLS) side Inter Miami.

* Atletico Madrid are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after FIFA rejected their appeal against defender Kieran Trippier's 10-week suspension for violating betting rules in England, a club spokesman said on Monday (Jan 18).

* Poland manager Jerzy Brzeczek has left his role, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) said on Monday (Jan 18), after what local media reported was a surprise decision by the FA president to part ways. Appointed to replace Adam Nawalka after Poland crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage, the 49-year-old was in charge for 24 matches and led his country to qualification for this year's delayed European Championship.

* The 2021 Davis Cup Finals will be held over 11 days rather than seven and will almost certainly be staged across three cities, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) confirmed on Monday. The changes proposed by the ITF's event partner Kosmos Tennis, the Spanish-based investment firm who are pumping in US$3 billion over 25 years, were agreed by the ITF Board.

* Former West Ham United midfielder and free agent Jack Wilshere has returned to Bournemouth, signing a contract until the end of the season, the second-tier Championship club said on Monday (Jan 18). Wilshere made 27 appearances for Bournemouth when he was loaned to the south coast club from Arsenal in the 2016-17 season.

* Rafael Nadal on Monday became the first player to be ranked in the ATP top 10 for 800 consecutive weeks, a run spanning more than 15 years. The world number two broke Jimmy Connors' previous record of 789 straight weeks in the top 10 in November.

* The Premier League revealed on Monday (Jan 18) that just 16 players and staff had tested positive for coronavirus in the latest round of testing - a significant drop from recent weeks.

* Barcelona's Gerard Pique has appointed his side's former assistant coach Eder Sarabia as head coach of his own club FC Andorra.

* Yahya Jabrane converted a retaken penalty to give Morocco a 1-0 victory over Togo on Monday (Jan 18) in Douala as they seek to become the first back-to-back winners of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Reuters, CNA