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Brazil, Colombia, Japan round out 2023 women's World Cup host bids

Saturday, 2019-12-14 08:26:34
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Brazil, Colombia and Japan have each submitted formal bids to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the sport’s global governing body FIFA said on Friday, a day after Australia and New Zealand announced their joint bid.

The four submissions come amid “an unprecedented interest” from member countries, FIFA said, with the upcoming edition of the tournament set to be the first to feature 32 teams.

* Famed New Zealand Olympic middle distance runner Peter Snell has died in Dallas at age 80, the New Zealand Herald reported on Saturday. Snell, considered New Zealand's greatest athlete, won three Olympic gold medals. He took the 800 metres at the 1960 Rome Games and won both the 800 and 1,500 metres at the 1964 Tokyo Games. He is the only man since 1920 to have won both events at the same Olympics.

* As athletes around the globe prepare to go for gold in Tokyo next year, a 127-year-old artefact that outlines the very foundation of the modern Olympic Games is set to claim a hefty purse. The original Olympic Games manifesto is expected to pull in as much as US$1 million when it hits the auction block next week, according to auctioneer Sotheby's.

* World Cup winning midfielder Julie Ertz was named US Soccer's female player of the year on Friday. Ertz, who also won the award in 2017, played a key role in her country's World Cup triumph and also led her club Chicago Red Stars to the National Women's Soccer League title game for the first time.

* McLaren's Lando Norris has been voted Rookie of the Year by an overwhelming majority in an online vote of Formula One fans despite Red Bull's Alexander Albon finishing higher in the championship. Anglo-Thai racer Albon, who started out at Toro Rosso this season and then graduated to the senior Red Bull team, was named Rookie of the Year by the governing FIA at their awards in Paris last week. British newcomer Norris, 20, received 76% of the votes in a poll conducted by the official Formula One website.

* Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says his side must show the right mentality when they host Bournemouth on Saturday as they aim to consolidate their place in the Premier League's top four. They have lost two of their last three league games to struggling West Ham United and Everton and while an out-of-form Bournemouth looks an enticing fixture, Lampard has warned against any adverse reaction from their 2-1 Champions League win over Lille.

* Wayne Rooney said on Friday he was frustrated at not being able to feature for Derby County before his stint as player-coach officially begins in January. The 34-year-old striker, Manchester United and England's most prolific scorer, signed an initial 18-month deal at the Championship (second-tier) side and will also work with the first team as he chases his dream of being a manager.

* Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said his side will not take their eye off the ball in Saturday’s La Liga trip to Real Sociedad, despite the looming Clasico clash with great rivals Real Madrid next Wednesday. The Catalans, who sit top of the league on goal difference ahead of Madrid, have a poor record on their visits to the fourth-placed Basque outfit, something which Valverde believes will help his players focus on the task at hand.

* Jose Mourinho has enjoyed 'top dog' status for much of his glittering managerial career but his positive start as Tottenham Hotspur boss faces a stern test at the hands of less-heralded Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo on Sunday. Espirito Santo's Wolverhampton Wanderers side are in superb form ahead of the Premier League clash at Molineux with only one defeat in their last 18 matches in all competitions.

* Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren will miss Saturday's Premier League match against Watford with a muscle injury and there is no timeframe yet on when he will return to action, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday. With fellow centre back Joel Matip also nursing a knee injury, Klopp said the league leaders had only two fit senior centre backs to choose from, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez set to play against the bottom side.

* Ferrari are planning to add female racers to their expanding young driver programme as they seek to develop talent for the future. Current leading lights in the Ferrari Driver Academy include Mick Schumacher, son of seven times world champion Michael, and Russian FIA Formula Three champion Robert Shwartzman. Ferrari's F1 driver Charles Leclerc, winner of two grands prix this year, came through the academy.

* Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has agreed a contract extension until 2024, the Premier League club announced on Friday. Former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp took the reins at Liverpool in October 2015 and guided them to back-to-back Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019, winning their sixth European cup last season.

* Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings will miss Saturday's Premier League match against Sheffield United with a hamstring problem, manager Dean Smith said on Friday. The England international centre back sustained the problem early in last Sunday's 4-1 defeat by Leicester City and carried on playing before being substituted in the 23rd minute.

* Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has signed a two-year contract extension until the end of the 2023-24 season, the Scottish Premiership side announced on Friday. Gerrard, who spent 17 seasons at Liverpool as a player and led the Anfield club to the Champions League title in 2005, took charge of Rangers in 2018 on a four-year deal and said earlier this week that he was close to extending the deal.

* Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake will be sidelined for six weeks while Callum Wilson is also set for a spell out after both players suffered hamstring injuries, manager Eddie Howe said on Friday. Ake lasted only 35 minutes during Bournemouth's 3-0 defeat by Liverpool last weekend and was expected to be out for the long term while Wilson was substituted after the hour mark when he pulled up chasing a long ball.

* Former Chapecoense defender Helio Neto has retired from football, three years after surviving a plane crash that killed 19 of his teammates. The 34-year-old said he opted to follow the advice of doctors as he continues to suffer the physical effects of the November 2016 accident.

* Former Argentina international forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has retired from football after ending a four-year spell at Hebei China Fortune. Lavezzi's 16-year professional career included spells at Estudiantes, San Lorenzo, Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain and Hebei China Fortune.

* Augsburg snatched their fourth win from five games after easing 4-2 past Hoffenheim on Philipp Max's brace at the curtain raiser of the 15th round in Bundesliga on Friday. With the second straight victory, Augsburg jump the 10th position whereas Hoffenheim stay on the 8th place of the standings for the moments.

Reuters, Xinhua