Suarez: Barca should give Messi new deal
BARCELONA • Striker Luis Suarez has hit back at comments by Barcelona's CEO that the Catalan football giants will not "go crazy" when negotiating a new contract for five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.
"With Messi what you have to do is give him a new contract, not have common sense," said the Uruguayan after he and Messi scored for Barca as the La Liga side progressed to the King's Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.
Fellaini extends Old Trafford stay by a year
LONDON • English football giants Manchester United have triggered a clause in Marouane Fellaini's contract that will keep the midfielder at Old Trafford until 2018.
The Belgian signed a four-year deal with the option of a further year when he joined from Everton for £27.5 million (S$ 48.07 million) in 2013.
Gunners trio ink long-term contracts
LONDON • Arsenal's French trio Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have all agreed contract extensions.
The English football club said the three players had signed "long-term" contracts, but did not disclose the duration any of their deals.
NZ rugby club sorry for sexist abuse
WELLINGTON • The Waikato Chiefs have apologised after their players were accused of hurling obscenities at female traffic wardens in the latest sexism episode to hit New Zealand rugby.
Local media reported that the players swore at the two wardens when they left a training session in Hamilton and realised some of their cars had tickets on them.
Makelele joins Swans as assistant coach
LONDON • Former France midfielder Claude Makelele, 43, has been appointed assistant coach of English football's Premier League strugglers Swansea City.