Sun, Jan 03, 2016 - Page 18 News List

SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Police chase Rodriguez

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was pursued by an unmarked police car to the club’s training ground for allegedly speeding at 200kph, Madrid sports daily AS reported on Friday. The newspaper published photographs on its Web site of Rodriguez arriving at the Valdebebas training ground in Madrid followed by a car carrying a blue light. AS also published a video of the passengers in the unmarked vehicle claiming they “followed him at 200kph on the M-40 motorway,” when stopped by security at the entrance to the training ground. Real Madrid refused to comment on the incident when contacted by reporters.

SOCCER

Bournemouth sign Iturbe

AFC Bournemouth have signed AS Roma winger Juan Iturbe on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League club announced on Friday. Argentina Under-20 international Iturbe is to officially complete his switch to Eddie Howe’s team subject to endorsement from the Football Association and a European work permit. Bournemouth also have the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season for an undisclosed fee. Iturbe, who has scored three goals in 39 Serie A appearances for Roma, told Bournemouth’s Web site: “It’s a big opportunity for me to come and play in the Premier League. There were a few clubs that were interested, but things happened pretty quickly and once this process was under way, it was a straightforward decision for me to make.”

RUGBY UNION

Mallinder to meet Jones

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder is to meet England boss Eddie Jones in the next few days to discuss his controversial approach for Saints assistant coach Alex King. Mallinder recently accused the Rugby Football Union of making an unofficial approach for King and, speaking after Northampton’s 8-3 win over Exeter on Friday, he said he still does not know any more about the move. Jones met with King before Christmas after identifying him as his potential attack coach, having already adding scrum coach Ian Peel to his backroom staff following the appointments of Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard. Mallinder said the club had still not had any contact from the union and added: “Eddie is coming back next week and coming into the club to see me for a chat, so hopefully I will know a bit more then.”

SOCCER

Hammers tout new home

West Ham United will sell out the Olympic Stadium for every Premier League match next season, vice chairwoman Karren Brady said on Friday. The Hammers leave their 35,000-seater Upton Park venue at the end of this campaign to set up home at the remodeled London 2012 Games arena that is to have a capacity of about 54,000. “The opportunity this represents for West Ham is huge,” Brady told Sky Sports News television. “There are five times as many people on the priority list as there are available season tickets. All of the corporate hospitality facilities have already sold out.”

ICE HOCKEY

Panthers extend coach deal

The Florida Panthers extended coach Gerard Gallant’s contract for a further two years on Friday as the franchise goes through one of their best periods in the NHL. The Panthers (27-12-4) have won their past seven games, matching their longest ever streak. The extension takes his contract through until after the 2018-2019 season, according to multiple local media reports.

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