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AC Milan appoint Giampaolo in bid to end trophy drought

Thursday, 2019-06-20 07:06:48
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AC Milan appointed Marco Giampaolo as their new coach. (Reuters)
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AC Milan appointed Marco Giampaolo as their new coach on Wednesday (Jun 19), handing him the job of trying to end their eight-year trophy drought and take them back to the Champions League after a six-season absence.

* Brazilian star Neymar will miss three Champions League matches next season, UEFA confirmed Wednesday (Jun 19), as punishment for insulting a referee following Paris Saint-Germain's collapse against Manchester United.

* Spain coach Luis Enrique resigned from the team on Wednesday, three months after temporarily stepping aside for personal reasons, with his number two Robert Moreno taking on the role permanently.

* Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has signed a two-year extension to his current contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2023-24 season, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday.

* Aston Villa assistant head coach John Terry has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2021, the newly-promoted Premier League side announced on Wednesday.

* Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez has denied any involvement in match-fixing after his name was mentioned in a media report concerning a doubles match with fellow Spaniard Marc Lopez which took place at Wimbledon in 2017.

* Manchester United tied down midfielder Juan Mata to a new two-year contract on Wednesday (Jun 19) with an option to extend the deal a further season.

* The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday thrashed out the plan for the boxing qualification and competition for next year's Tokyo 2020 Olympics as it looks to run them without the suspended international boxing federation AIBA.

* Russian Karen Khachanov overcame a mid-match wobble to beat home favourite Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 3-6 6-4 on Wednesday and reach the Halle Open quarter-finals in Germany.

* AC Milan appointed Marco Giampaolo as their new coach on Wednesday (Jun 19), handing him the job of trying to end their eight-year trophy drought and take them back to the Champions League after a six-season absence.

* Kristyna Pliskova pulled off the biggest win of her career but it was bad news for twin sister Karolina who was on the receiving end of a 6-2 3-6 7-6(7) defeat at the Birmingham grasscourt event on Wednesday.

* Juan Martin del Potro powered past Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-4 and into the second round of the Queen's Club Championships on Wednesday as spells of rain again caused headaches for the tournament organisers.

* Inter Milan have taken up the option to sign Italy international Matteo Politano from Sassuolo on a permanent basis, the Serie A club said on Wednesday. The 25-year-old joined Inter last summer on an initial one-year loan deal and made an instant impact, scoring five goals in 36 Serie A appearances.

Reuters, CNA