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Bayern Munich sign Coutinho on loan from Barcelona

Tuesday, 2019-08-20 07:25:09
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Bayern Munich have confirmed the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.
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Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have signed Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the season, the two clubs confirmed on Monday, with the player hoping for better times than at his previous team.

Bayern will pay a loan fee of 8.5 million euros and pay his wages. They have the option of making the deal permanent for a fee of 120 million euros. Coutinho will wear the number 10 shirt previously worn by Dutchman Arjen Robben, who retired at the end of last season.

* US Presidents Cup captain Tiger Woods said on Monday he may select himself to play for the team in December but he would need to see how sharp his game is before making the call. Woods was not among the top eight players to automatically qualify for the squad after he finished 13th on the points list but he has the power to name himself to the roster with one of the four captain's picks for the event at Royal Melbourne.

* Barcelona's France forward Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for about five weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in their defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the La Liga opener, the Spanish champions said on Monday. Dembele's injury layoff is another blow for Barca coach Ernesto Valverde after forward Luis Suarez limped off in the first half of the 1-0 loss away to Bilbao on Friday.

* European Tour players will incur a one-shot penalty from November if they are deemed to have breached slow play regulations twice in a single round. In addition, players who consistently need to be timed or are "on the clock" will face stiffer fines from next season.

* British cyclist Neil Campbell has hit a speed record of more than 174mph to become the fastest man on bike with his pulsating ride at Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire. He was timed at 174.33mph after going through a the 200-metre speed trap as he beat the previous mark of 166.9 mph set by Dutchman Fred Rompelberg in 1995.

* After eight years at the same team, Sunweb, Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin, announced a move to Team Jumbo-Visma in 2020. The 28-year-old Dumoulin signed a three-year contract at the Dutch cycling team. He has ridden for his current team Sunweb since 2012, formerly known as Skil-Shimano, Argos-Shimano, Giant-Shimano, and Team Giant-Alpecin.

* Bosnia and Herzegovina's coach Robert Prosinecki announced on Monday the list of 25 players for the matches against Lichtenstein and Armenia in the UEFA European Championship 2020 qualifiers.

* The second-chance lottery application for tickets of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for Japanese residents came to an end on Monday. Over 680,000 tickets were open in the lottery and results will be announced on September 11. About 960,000 out of the 5.12 million applicants secured more than one ticket in the first round lottery in May, before Tokyo Olympic organisers decided to hold the second-chance lottery in order to meet the demand of about 4.16 million domestic residents who came up empty-handed in the initial draw.

Reuters, Xinhua