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Man City break 500 million pounds revenue barrier

Friday, 2018-09-14 07:58:34
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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling lifts the Premier League trophy during the Manchester City Premier League Title Winners Parade, Manchester, Britain, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says the club will "strive for more" after they announced yearly revenues of 500 million pounds for the first time on Thursday.

The annual report said last season's runaway Premier League champions had enjoyed revenues of 500.5 million pounds - a 44% increase in five years.

* Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday it had signed US Open champion Naomi Osaka as its next brand ambassador, tapping the tennis star's youth, drive and Japanese roots to appeal to younger customers.

The deal further raises the profile of the 20-year-old Osaka, who shot to international fame when she defeated American Serena Williams on Saturday to become the first Japanese player to claim a Grand Slam singles crown.

* Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has said there is no lingering pain in his knee for the first time in years and he feels in peak condition following surgery in April. Aguero missed the end of last season as City won the Premier League but the 30-year-old recovered to make Argentina's squad for the World Cup in Russia where he scored two goals before their exit from the last 16.

* Ryder Cup holders the United States will go into this year's meeting with Europe as underdogs, claims Masters champion Patrick Reed, as the country's golfers seek to end their overseas-winning drought in Paris.

* Serie A's Chievo have been deducted three points and club president Luca Campedelli banned for three months after the Italian FA (FIGC) found the club guilty of accounting irregularities. The FIGC said in a statement that its disciplinary tribunal had found that Chievo had inflated the value of some transfer dealings with Cesena, a club which played in the second tier Serie B last season.

* World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will remain Tottenham Hotspur's captain when he returns from injury despite being convicted of drink driving, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday. Lloris admitted being more than twice above the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police in central London last month.

* Spain's anti-doping agency has closed its investigation into Russia and Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev, who fell under suspicion after his father Dmitri told Russian media that his son had taken an injection containing "growth hormone" to treat an injury.

* Arsenal boss Unai Emery has urged his players to express themselves on the pitch and play with personality as they prepare for Saturday's Premier League trip to Newcastle United. After losses to champions Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the league campaign, Arsenal have recovered well to beat West Ham United and Cardiff City.

* Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is back in training ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town, manager Roy Hodgson said on Thursday. Zaha missed Palace's 2-0 defeat by Southampton in the league before the international break with a groin strain but could return to the squad this weekend.

* Retired British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton looked forward to receiving her third Olympic medal on Thursday, a decade on from the Beijing 2008 competition. Sotherton finished fifth in Beijing but moved up after Ukraine’s Liudmyla Blonska and Russian Tatiana Chernova were disqualified for doping, the latter only last year after a sample was re-tested.

* Tottenham Hotspur will be without attacking midfielder Dele Alli for Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Wembley Stadium because he has yet to recover from a hamstring injury sustained playing for England against Spain last week.

* Two officials of the Rwanda Football Federation have been detained over alleged bribery of CAF referee Jackson Pavaza to manipulate the result of the 2019 AFCON qualifier match between Rwanda and Cote d'Ivoire played at Kigali regional stadium last Sunday, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau said Thursday.

* French national football team head coach Didier Deschamps has got a second stadium named after him following triumph at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Les Bleus. Deschamps already had one named after him in his hometown Bayonne.

Reuters. Xinhua