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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Khedira moves to Juventus

Real Madrid’s Germany international midfielder Sami Khedira signed for defeated Champions League finalists Juventus on Tuesday, the Italian club announced. The 28-year-old joins the Italian champions for free on a four-year contract which expires on June 30, 2019. The Stuttgart-born Khedira had been at Real Madrid since the summer of 2010, and has achieved success in La Liga, the Copa del Rey (twice), the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. A statement by Juventus said: “Juventus Football Club has today completed the signing of Sami Khedira. The 28-year-old, who will officially join from Real Madrid on a free transfer on 1 July 2015, has agreed terms on a four-year contract which expires on 30 June 2019.”

ICE HOCKEY

Blashill to coach Red Wings

Jeff Blashill was hired to replace Mike Babcock as coach of the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, becoming the first US coach to ever head the National Hockey League club. The 41-year-old Blashill has big shoes to fill in Detroit, as he replaces Canadian Olympic gold medal winning coach Babcock, who left to sign an eight-year US$50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. “He really was the only candidate. I didn’t talk to anybody,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, who hired Babcock to coach the Wings in 2005. Blashill had been the head coach of the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapid Griffins, so he has coached many of the players on the Wings’ current roster. He coached the Griffins for the past three seasons and led the team to a Calder Cup championship in his first year behind the bench in 2013.

BASKETBALL

NBA honors coach Motta

Dick Motta, who spent 25 seasons coaching in the NBA without having played basketball, on Tuesday was named as winner of the National Basketball Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award. The 83-year-old former NBA coach won his only league crown with the Washington Bullets in 1978, finishing with a record of 935-1,017 in regular-season games and 56-70 in playoff games from 1968 to 1997. “To win this award from my peers, my fellow coaches, is an honor and very much appreciated,” Motta said. Motta spent six years coaching at Weber State University before taking charge of the Chicago Bulls in 1968, making the playoffs six times in eight seasons before joining Washington for four seasons. He later coached the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and closed his career with Denver in the 1996-97 campaign.

TENNIS

Roland Garros revamp starts

Roland Garros, the iconic home of the French Open, is to undergo a major controversial extension costing up to 400 million euros (US$453.2 million), Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on Tuesday. “Today, the construction permits to extend Roland Garros were signed,” Hidalgo told French news channel BFMTV. The green light for the work was expected after French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gave his backing to the project last week. The work is to see Roland Garros expand from 8.5 hectares to 12.5 hectares, with the conversion of a hectare of botanical gardens, a move that has stirred up protests from conservationists who pledged to appeal the decision in court.

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