World Sports News In Brief

Man City's Guardiola named LMA, Premier League Manager of the Year

Pep Guardiola was named the League Managers Association (LMA) and Premier League Manager of the Year on Tuesday (May 30) after guiding Manchester City to the Premier League title.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola poses with the trophy as he celebrates after winning the Premier League, May 31, 2023. (Photo: Reuters)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola poses with the trophy as he celebrates after winning the Premier League, May 31, 2023. (Photo: Reuters)

Guardiola led City to their fifth league crown in six seasons and the club are set to face Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday and Inter Milan in the Champions League final a week later.

* Novak Djokovic briefly struggled before bulldozing past Hungarian journeyman Marton Fucsovics 7-6(2) 6-0 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the French Open third round.

* Carlos Alcaraz came through a tricky early test at the French Open with flying colours, as the world number one sealed a 6-1 3-6 6-1 6-2 victory over Japan's Taro Daniel on Wednesday to reach the third round.

* World number two Aryna Sabalenka fought off a determined challenge from fellow Belarusian Iryna Shymanovich on Wednesday to move into the French Open third round with a 7-5 6-2 victory as she eyes the world number one spot.

* World number five Stefanos Tsitsipas found little resistance as he disposed of claycourt specialist Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets 6-3 7-6(4) 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the French Open third round.

* French veteran Gael Monfils on Wednesday withdrew from the French Open citing a wrist injury, a day after his five-set victory over Sebastian Baez, sending Denmark's Holger Rune straight into the third round. The 36-year-old, who was due to face Rune in Thursday's night session on Philippe Chatrier court, said he had received medical advice not to play any more at the French Open.

* Elina Svitolina battled back from a set and a break down to beat Storm Hunter and reach the third round at the French Open on Wednesday (May 31), just 12 hours after her husband Gael Monfils' late-night escape act. Ukrainian Svitolina, playing at a Grand Slam event for the first time since the 2022 Australian Open, downed qualifier Hunter 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Court Simonne Mathieu.

* The Badminton World Federation (BWF) will consider allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals in international competitions, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday (May 31), a month after they had extended the ban.

* Troubled Italian soccer club Sampdoria said its shareholders have approved a restructuring plan, a move which paves the way for a takeover by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and his partner Matteo Manfredi. Sampdoria, who were relegated from Serie A this season for the first time in over a decade, said the deal entails a cash injection of up to 40 million euros ($44 million) to shore up the Genoa-based club's finances.

* Attackers Christopher Nkunku and Ousmane Dembele have been recalled to the France national team for next month's Euro 2024 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece. Nkunku missed last year's World Cup in Qatar with a knee injury and was sidelined for several months, but he has been in excellent form in recent weeks, scoring four goals in RB Leipzig's last five Bundesliga games.

* Barcelona issued bonds on Wednesday to finance the revamp of its Camp Nou stadium, agreeing to pay 6 per cent-7.22 per cent interest depending on maturities, more than initially expected, according to data published on the Vienna stock exchange.

* Brentford have signed highly-rated Dutch goalkeeper Mark Flekken from Bundesliga side Freiburg on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Financial details were not revealed but British and German media reported Brentford paid the release clause of 13 million euros ($14.31 million) with the 29-year-old expected to replace David Raya in goal.