PSG midfielder Matuidi undergoes medical at Juventus

(Reuters) - Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is undergoing the second part of a two-day medical at Juventus, the Italian champions said on Thursday (www.juventus.com).

The France international, capped 58 times, is expected to join the Serie A side for a transfer fee of 20 million euros ($23.45 million) plus bonuses, according to Italian media.

Cricket - Pakistan's Akmal in trouble over Arthur outburst

LAHORE (Reuters) - Umar Akmal faces sanction from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following the out-of-favour batsman's public outburst against head coach Mickey Arthur.

Akmal addressed a news conference on Wednesday in which he lashed out at Arthur, accusing the South African of insulting him and refusing him access to the coaching facilities at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

"I accept my fitness isn't up to the mark, and I am trying to work on it, and I asked to be allowed a trainer to help me," Akmal said.

Brighton trio sign new long-term deals

(Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion trio Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Anthony Knockaert have signed new long-term contracts at the Premier League club.

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Defender Dunk, who is Brighton's current longest-serving player, and winger Knockaert signed five-year deals to stay at the club until 2022, while Ireland international defender Duffy signed a four-year contract until 2021.

Giovanni Simeone signs for Fiorentina

MILAN (Reuters) - Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid coach and former Argentina captain Diego, has signed for Fiorentina, the Serie A club said in a statement.

"It's a wonderful opportunity and what I wanted," the 22-year-old forward said after his move from Genoa.

Simeone, whose father was renowned as a bruising midfielder, scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for Genoa in his first season in Serie A.

Guendogan keen to make City return in Liverpool encounter

(Reuters) - Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Guendogan has set his sights on making a return to first-team action in the Premier League encounter against Liverpool on Sept. 9 as he nears full fitness following an extended injury layoff.

The Germany international, who injured his knee in December, played 20 minutes of City's 1-0 friendly loss to Girona in Spain on Tuesday but said there remained a long way to go to get fully match fit.

Rugby - Australia look to lift the gloom against New Zealand

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Wallabies have a chance to lift some of the gloom hanging over Australian rugby on Saturday but to do so they will have to achieve the considerable feat of upsetting the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship opener.

A miserable Super Rugby campaign, during which none of the country's five teams were able to beat New Zealand opponents in 26 attempts, was accompanied by the bitter and protracted effort to shut down the Western Force.

Liverpool 'not blind' to defensive issues, says Mignolet

(Reuters) - Liverpool are fully aware they have to improve defensively but they must strike a balance between tightening up at the back and playing their natural attacking game, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said.

The Belgian is part of a defence that has already come under fire for their display in the 3-3 draw at Watford in last Saturday's Premier League opener, when Liverpool conceded a stoppage-time equaliser from a set-piece.

Cricket - Sri Lanka transition grinds to halt at India roadblock

(Reuters) - Two years have passed since Sri Lanka bid farewell to the last of their batting greats yet the South Asian side appears no nearer to ending what has been a difficult period of transition.

When the brilliant Kumar Sangakkara followed the equally prolific Mahela Jayawardene into retirement in 2015, even the most optimistic Sri Lankan fans acknowledged the void they left was simply too big to be filled overnight.

Golf - New Zealand's Pearce takes one-shot lead in Fiji

(Reuters) - New Zealand's Daniel Pearce roared up the leaderboard with a scintillating start on his back nine to card a six-under 66 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Fiji International on Thursday.

Pearce, who started his round at the 10th hole, eagled the par-five first before making three birdies in succession at the seaside Natadola Bay Golf Course.

Southampton chairman shuts door on Van Dijk departure

(Reuters) - Southampton's recent takeover has not altered the Premier League club's strategy of trying to hold on to their best players, chairman Ralph Krueger has said, while reiterating that defender Virgil van Dijk will not be sold in this window.

Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao purchased an 80 percent stake in the club for around 210 million pounds this week and Krueger said the sale would not have any immediate impact on the club's business strategy.

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