Simeone cuts short Atletico contract
MADRID • Highly rated football coach Diego Simeone has shortened his contract with Atletico Madrid by two years until June 2018, a move likely to stir fresh speculation about his future.
The 46-year-old Argentinian, who took Atletico to the Spanish league title in 2014 and the Champions League final last season, has been linked to many of Europe's top clubs. They include Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Inter Milan.
New owners will not alter WBA much: Pulis
LONDON • Manager Tony Pulis has dismissed media speculation about his future under West Bromwich Albion's new Chinese owners yesterday, saying that he did not expect much to change at the English Premier League football club.
Investment group Yunyi Guokai (Shanghai) Sports Development Limited took over on Thursday, becoming the third new owners of a club in the west Midlands area, following West Brom's local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa.
No bitterness over City dumping: Hart
TURIN (Italy) • Torino and England footballer Joe Hart said he has no hard feelings towards Pep Guardiola despite being unceremoniously forced out of Manchester City and replaced by fellow goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
Hart, who joined City as a teenager in 2006, signed for the unfashionable Serie A club on a season-long loan deal designed to make sure he is "playing regular football again".
Franks on verge of unique world record
CHRISTCHURCH • Tryless All Blacks prop Owen Franks is 80 minutes away from claiming one of Test rugby's least distinguished and rarely sought records.
If he does not score against South Africa in Christchurch today, in his 84th Test, Franks will claim the world record for the longest career without scoring a try.