Sports world: Emery leaves Sevilla, Sampaoli may join

Emery leaves Sevilla, Sampaoli may join

MADRID • Sevilla coach Unai Emery, 44, is leaving the Spanish Primera Liga football club after a successful 31/2-year stint, during which he steered them to three straight Europa League titles.

The club announced yesterday that they are set to open talks with former Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli over the vacant post.

Emery, who joined Sevilla in January 2013 and is under contract with them until June next year, has been linked with several clubs in Europe, including French champions Paris St-Germain and Premier League side Everton.


Berger is latest maiden PGA winner

LOS ANGELES • American golfer Daniel Berger fired a three-under 67 in Sunday's final round to capture his first US PGA Tour victory, a three-shot win in the St Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 23-year-old, the son of former world top-10 tennis professional Jay Berger, finished at 13-under 267.

Brooks Koepka, who carded a 66 and Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson, who both shot 67s, wound up in a three-way tie for second at 270.

Berger is the 13th first-time winner on the tour this season.


Thiem wins rain-delayed tennis event

STUTTGART • Austrian Dominic Thiem won the ATP event in Stuttgart yesterday, after rain caused the grass-court tennis final against Philipp Kohlschreiber to be held over on Sunday.

The German had been leading Thiem 3-2 in a first-set tie-break on Sunday, when play was halted for the day.

But the world No. 7 upped his game yesterday, eventually running out a 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-4 winner, with the contest played on a side court in front of a small crowd of 1,000 due to water damage on the Centre Court grass.


Hard man Stam takes charge at Reading

LONDON • English football club Reading have appointed the former Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven defender Jaap Stam as their new manager.

The 43-year-old has agreed an initial two-year contract at the Championship (second-tier) club, who sacked Brian McDermott at the end of the season following a disappointing campaign, in which they finished 17th.

The job will be Stam's first in charge of a senior team, after spells as assistant and reserve-team manager at Ajax over the last three years.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe