Mutko's media offer: Dancing with the tsars
ST PETERSBURG • Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko reacted angrily to a question about doping yesterday and sarcastically offered to perform a Russian dance if the media stopped asking him about the topic.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino, sitting alongside Mutko, said Russian players were regularly tested in international competition and results always came up negative.
Australian cricketers to debate boycott
SYDNEY • The Australian Cricketers' Association (CA) executive meets today to decide if players will boycott this month's Australia A tour to South Africa after a failure to strike a new pay deal with Cricket Australia.
CA and the players' union both confirmed they had failed to reach an agreement on a new Memorandum of Understanding before Friday's deadline, leaving players unemployed and threatening this year's Ashes series.
Niguez signs 9-year deal to stay in Madrid
MADRID • Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has signed a new nine-year contract - one of the longest in football history - that will run until June 2026.
The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most exciting midfield talents in Europe over the past two seasons and was a key player during Atletico's run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.
Atletico are subject to a transfer ban until January next year, so keeping Niguez and Antoine Griezmann, who signed a one-year extension this summer, were key for their early-season hopes.