Sports Briefs

first_imgRonaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award MONACO (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid. Ronaldo, a favourite for a fourth world player of the year award, beat club teammate Gareth Bale of Wales and Atletico Madrid’s France star Antoine Griezmann. The vote, by journalists from UEFA’s 55-member countries, was announced at the Champions League draw yesterday. Ronaldo also received the award in 2014. Lionel Messi (twice), Andres Iniesta and Franck Ribery previously won the award, which was first presented in 2011. UEFA created the prize after the original European Footballer of the Year honour, known as the Ballon d’Or, merged with FIFA’s world player award. Barcelona sign goalkeeper Cillessen BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona have signed Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, clearing the way for Claudio Bravo to complete his move to Manchester City. Barcelona announced the transfers of both goalkeepers yesterday, signing Cillessen before finalising the sale of Bravo. The Spanish champions says Cillessen agreed to a five-year contract after securing his transfer from Dutch club Ajax for US$14.6 million plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables. Barcelona say they will receive US$20.3 million for Bravo, plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables, from City. The 33-year-old Bravo helped Barcelona win the Spanish league in his two seasons at the club. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been Barcelona’s ‘keeper in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. It is expected he will now be their first-choice player in La Liga. Dilshan retiring from ODIs COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan will retire from one-day international cricket on Sunday, after the third match of the current series against Australia. Sri Lanka Cricket announced the decision yesterday. Cricket website espncricinfo.com says the 39-year-old Dilshan will retire from international cricket altogether after the second Twenty20 against Australia in Colombo on September 9. However, Sri Lanka Cricket’s chief executive officer Ashley de Silva said that Dilshan only informed them of retiring from one-day internationals. Dilshan, who has already retired from tests, made his ODI debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. He went on to play 329 games, scoring 10,248 runs at an average of 39.26, with 22 centuries and 47 fifties. The off-spinner also has 106 ODI wickets. Dilshan has also played in 78 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 1,884 runs. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said Sunday’s ODI in Dambulla will be dedicated to Dilshan.last_img read more

‘This is where I want to stay!’ – Jesse Lingard determined to prove his worth at Manchester United

first_img Jesse Lingard Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard wants to stay and fight for a place in the first team next season, rather than go out on loan.Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at Derby last term and a number of Championship clubs are keeping tabs on the midfielder.But the 22-year-old is hoping he will do enough on United’s pre-season tour to persuade Louis van Gaal that he is worth keeping at Old Trafford.“The manager has not said anything to me at the moment regarding my future,” Lingard told Press Association Sport.“I am looking to stay for the first couple of months and see what it’s like.“Obviously I would like to stay for the rest of the season, this is my club. This is where I want to stay.”Lingard looked to be part of Van Gaal’s first-team plans last term, making his debut in the first game of the season against Swansea, but suffered a serious knee injury during the shock defeat and spent the next few months on the sidelines before joining Derby on loan.The England Under-21 international has gone the right way about impressing Van Gaal again this summer and is sure he can be of use to his manager this season.“The manager has been playing me off the right this time, and he said he would like to get two players for each position (this season),” he added.“The tour has been really good at the moment. I was (on loan) last year so it’s good to be back with all the lads and the backroom staff.” 1last_img read more