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Daily Digest: Pep Guardiola signs new contract, Neymar back for Brazil and Virat Kohli’s RCB win an IPL thriller

We bring you the top stories making the rounds today.

Alex Broun 2018/05/18

Morning, Alex Broun here with everything you need to know in the world of sport …

TOP STORY

PEP COMMITS TO CITY UNTIL 2021

Manchester City have announced that manager Pep Guardiola has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2021.

Guardiola, who joined City in the summer of 2016, has now committed his future to the English Premier League champions for the next three seasons.

This season has seen his team win the Premier League and Carabao Cup in record-breaking fashion. City became the first team of the Premier League era to earn the ‘Centurions’ tag, after registering 100 points with a thrilling 1-0 win at Southampton on Sunday.

During the course of an historic campaign, Guardiola’s Blues also set records for consecutive wins (18), total games won (32) and goal difference (+79), earning praise from many observers for their beautiful football philosophy. City also recorded the most goals scored (106), most passes in an individual game (1,015) and the biggest ever winning margin of any previous champions (19 points).

Read the full story HERE.

Pen to paper: A new extension for the Spaniard.

FOOTBALL

Neymar has handed Brazil a fitness boost ahead of the World Cup by returning to training with Paris St Germain.

 The forward, who has not played since suffering a fractured metatarsal in February, returned to “partial team training” at the Parc des Princes on Thursday, the Ligue 1 champions said in a statement.

In other football news Roberto Martinez has sign a two year extension as Belgium coach and we have all the hottest transfer news in our Rumour mill including our new transfer predictor. Check it out HERE.

CRICKET

Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up an important win in the IPL last night as AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali scored half-centuries to help RCB keep their slim play-off hopes alive in a high-scoring encounter against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.

De Villiers and Moeen were in fine form, scoring 69 and 65 respectively, as RCB posted a mammoth 218-6 in their 20 overs despite Rashid Khan taking three wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. That total looked to be enough to seal a convincing win but Hyderabad came close only to fall short by 14 runs.

In tonight’s IPL action MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings will look to clinch a top two place against also rans Delhi Daredevils and we have our preview here.

Bleeding red: Royal Challengers Bangalore

RUGBY

The three men who abused England coach Eddie Jones after Scotland’s victory in the Calcutta Cup have got off with a fine while in our Super Rugby talking points ahead of week 14 Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has admitted to nerves as the NZ teams winning run over Australian teams stretches to 40.

In other Rugby news Romania are appealing their disqualification from the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Washington are the latest franchise set to join Major League Rugby (MLR) in the US.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

THEY DON’T MAKE GOALKEEPERS LIKE THIS ANYMORE

The great Gianluigi Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon will end his extraordinary 17-year career with Juventus on Saturday and as Stuart Appleby writes: “It takes a certain type of character to occupy the loneliness of two white posts and a crossbar.

“Its ethos, if you like, boils down to the fact, that as a keeper, you and live and die by the sword.

“You know for every good moment, flying save or penalty shootout success where you’re the hero, a moment of disaster, a mind lapse of kamikaze proportions, is just around the corner when you wish you could sink into the pitch. The men between the sticks are always in it together.”

Read the full story here.

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Tennis: ATP 1000 Rome – Day 5 from 13:00

MLB: Washington Nationals v LA Dodgers 03:05 (Saturday)

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