Monaco coach Jardim signs up until 2020
MONACO • Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, who steered the principality football club to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years, has extended his contract until 2020, the French champions said on Wednesday.
The Portuguese coach, who has moulded Monaco into one of the most exciting attacking teams in Europe, also guided them to the semi-finals of this season's Champions League, while also ending Paris Saint-Germain's domestic dominance in style.
The club scored 107 goals en route to clinching the championship, with French teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe and Colombia forward Radamel Falcao spearheading an irresistible frontline.
Shakespeare is now Foxes' official boss
LONDON • Leicester City have named Craig Shakespeare, 53, as their permanent manager after his successful interim spell in charge. He has been given a three-year contract.
He took over after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri in February and an upturn in Premier League form led Leicester from relegation danger to 12th place. The English football club also progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League before losing to Spanish side Atletico Madrid.Leicester won the Premier League last year, when Shakespeare was an assistant to Ranieri.
Fraser-Holmes cops 12-month suspension
SYDNEY • Australian Olympic swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes has been banned for 12 months for missing three drug tests, putting his place at next year's Commonwealth Games in jeopardy, his lawyer said yesterday.
World governing body Fina's doping panel handed down its punishment on Wednesday, with the 2014 Commonwealth Games freestyle gold medallist set to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
His lawyer Tim Fuller said the appeal would be based on the grounds that equipment used to log his whereabouts was faulty.