Iniesta will finish career with Barca
BARCELONA • Barcelona have tied down captain Andres Iniesta for the rest of his career as the Spanish football giants announced yesterday that the 33-year-old midfielder has agreed the first "lifetime contract" in club history.
Along with Lionel Messi, Iniesta is Barca's most decorated player of all-time, having won 30 trophies at club level, including eight LaLiga and four Champions League titles.
Time limits will kill miracle shots: Howell
LONDON • David Howell, the former Ryder Cup golfer who heads the European Tour's influential tournament committee, has warned that miracle shots could become a thing of the past if top golfers are forced to adhere to strict time limits.
The Tour is set to test out a "shot clock" system at the Austrian Open next June. With a referee following every group, players will be allowed 40 seconds to play each shot, with any breach of that limit incurring an immediate one-stroke penalty.
At the Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday, Ireland's Paul Dunne and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts shared the lead after the first round with five-under 67 performances.
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Bryant will kneel if he is still playing in NBA
LOS ANGELES • Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant revealed in The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast he would kneel during the pre-game national anthem if he was still playing in the National Basketball Association.
Demonstrations during the anthem have become a hot topic across sports after US president Donald Trump criticised National Football League players who declined to stand for the national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice.
Heynckes answers Bayern's crisis call
BERLIN • Jupp Heynckes is coming out of retirement to take over as coach of Bayern Munich until the end of the season, the Bundesliga club said yesterday.
German champions Bayern sacked Carlo Ancelotti last week.
German Heynckes, 72, led the Bavarian giants to the domestic league and Cup double and the Champions League title in 2013, but made way for Spaniard Pep Guardiola with Italian Ancelotti taking over last season.