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Soccer-Ancelotti returns to Real for second spell as coach

Wednesday, 2021-06-02 08:34:14
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FILE PHOTO: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - 12/4/17 Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures. (Photo: Reuters)
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Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid for a second spell as coach on Tuesday, re-joining the club from Everton, after agreeing a three-year deal at the Bernabeu.

The Italian was previously in charge of Real between 2013 and 2015, and replaces Zinedine Zidane, who left the La Liga club last month.

* A makeshift Poland fought out a 1-1 draw with visiting Russia in a Euro 2020 warmup on Tuesday after Vyacheslav Karavaev cancelled out Jakub Swierczok's early opener for the home side.

* Barcelona on Tuesday (Jun 1) confirmed that Manchester City defender Eric Garcia would join them on Jul 1 when his contract with the Premier League champions expires. Barca said they had included a €400 million (US$489.52 million) buyout clause in the 20-year-old Garcia's contract.

* Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has pulled out of England's Euro 2020 squad due to injury, the club announced on Tuesday (Jun 1).

* Spain's Olympic women's singles badminton champion Carolina Marin confirmed on Tuesday (Jun 1) that she is unable to defend her crown in Tokyo due to a knee injury. Marin, a five-time European and three-time world champion who beat Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of India to claim gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, said she has torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and both meniscus in her left knee.

* Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will leave his post six months early at the end of June, ending his association with the German champions that stretches back to 1974, he said on Tuesday.

* Hungary will be without influential midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai for the upcoming European Championship after the midfielder failed to recover from injury, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The 20-year-old was injured earlier this year and has not featured for his club, Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, since. His conditioning is not at a level where he could be useful for the national team, the source said.

* Barcelona president Joan Laporta said on Monday that talks over a new deal with forward Lionel Messi are progressing well, and that the club will be announcing more new signings shortly. Messi's current contract expires at the end of June and he is free to discuss a move to another club, but media reports on Tuesday suggested an agreement was imminent.

* The Netherlands left first choice goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen out of their European Championship squad after he tested positive for COVID-19 with coach Frank de Boer not prepared to risk how long he needs to recover.

* The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said that it has moved Group A matches in the region's 2022 World Cup preliminaries to the United Arab Emirates from China. But positive COVID-19 tests among players from Syria and Maldives meant that teams travelling to China would have been asked to isolate upon arrival in the country. The matches will now be held at the Sharjah Stadium, with the schedule still to be confirmed, the AFC said.

* Lisa De Vanna, Australia's most prolific goal-scorer in women's football, has been dropped from the Olympic squad with coach Tony Gustavsson saying there was "no room" for the veteran forward. De Vanna, 36, was omitted from the Matildas' 25-woman squad released on Tuesday (Jun 1) for Olympic warmups away to Denmark on Jun 10 and Sweden five days later.

* World number one Ash Barty managed to play through an injury problem and stave off an upset against American Bernarda Pera with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 win in her opening match of the French Open on Tuesday.

* Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open after injuring her ankle in a freak fall while performing her post-match media duties on Sunday, the 11th seeded Czech player said in a statement.

* World number one Novak Djokovic kicked off his French Open campaign with a routine 6-2 6-4 6-2 win against American Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday (Jun 1) in the first men's match to be scheduled in a night session.

* Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro fell just short of a dream return to competitive tennis as she lost to Sloane Stephens at the French Open on Tuesday (Jun 1), little more than a month since declaring she had won her battle with cancer. The 32-year-old was two points from victory in the second set but eventually went down 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4.

* Sweden's Olympic 100m butterfly champion Sarah Sjostrom returned to competition in France on Tuesday after having surgery for a broken elbow she suffered falling on ice in February. The 27-year-old was second fastest in the 50m freestyle heats at the Mare Nostrum event in Canet en Roussillon with a time of 24.68 seconds - a second slower than her 2017 world record of 23.67.

* Chelsea and Leicester have been fined £22,500 (US$31,872) by the Football Association after an ugly brawl between the teams at the end of their fiery Premier League clash. Thomas Tuchel's side won 2-1 in a match that played a key role in the Blues finishing above Leicester in the Premier League's top four.

* The Men’s Cricket World Cup and Men’s T20 World Cup will be expanded to include more teams and matches from 2027 and 2024 respectively, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday. An ICC statement said that the Cricket World Cup will feature 14 teams and 54 matches in 2027 and 2031, while the T20 World Cup will grow to 20 teams and 55 matches in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030.

* Roberto Mancini named Sassuolo’s uncapped striker Giacomo Raspadori in his final 26-man Italy squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday (Jun 1), but there was no room for AS Roma defender Gianluca Mancini, Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina or Napoli winger Matteo Politano.

Reuters, CNA