Palace announce de Boer as new manager
LONDON • English Premier League football club Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Frank de Boer as their manager on a three-year contract.
The former Netherlands international succeeds Sam Allardyce, who surprisingly resigned last month .
Diouf stokes flames of Gerrard rivalry
LONDON • Controversial ex-Senegalese international El Hadji Diouf yesterday re-ignited his long running feud with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard by declaring the football icon was a failure for his country.
Diouf, who spent an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool which prompted Gerrard to criticise him and sparked the war of words, told the BBC that Gerrard was a very good club player but not for England.
Scolari plays down Paulinho Barca move
HONG KONG • Chinese football club Guangzhou Evergrande's manager Luiz Felipe Scolari believes midfielder Paulinho's proposed move to Barcelona is unlikely to happen as the Chinese Super League's transfer regulations make it too expensive to find a replacement.
The Brazilian's form for the six-time Chinese champions has been impressive since signing for the club, and the 28-year-old admitted last week that Barca had expressed an interest.
Kvitova withdraws from Eastbourne
LONDON • Petra Kvitova has pulled out of the Wimbledon warm-up at Eastbourne this week with an abdominal injury.
News of the 27-year-old Czech tennis player's withdrawal came 24 hours after the two-time Wimbledon champion made a triumphant comeback from a knife attack by lifting the Birmingham title.
Antetokounmpo sets up Greek scholarship
ATHENS • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece's homegrown NBA All-Star, yesterday made an emotional return to the city he grew up in and promised to help children in Greece and Africa make it in life.
With his brother Thanasis, who plays for the Spanish club MoraBanc Andorra, the "Antetokounmbros" have begun offering a college scholarship in Athens for children of migrants born in Greece.
Twenty20 pullout will blood players: Morgan
LONDON • England's limited overs cricket captain Eoin Morgan has defended dropping himself from Sunday's series-deciding Twenty 20 international with South Africa, saying he had wanted to give younger players a chance.
Morgan's absence was queried by former England skipper Michael Vaughan and media pundits.