Arsenal still in hunt for top-three finish, says Wenger

Sixth-placed Arsenal can still finish in the Premier League's top three, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday, provided they win their remaining game starting with Sunday's North London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.

And with second-placed Spurs also chasing victory at White Hart Lane as they look to stay in touch with Chelsea, four points clear at the top of the table, few would bet on the match ending in a draw.

"I expect an open match, (a) committed match," Wenger told a news conference.

AFC suspends Guam official who pleaded guilty in U.S. bribery case

FIFA audit and compliance committee member Richard Lai was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee on Friday after the Guam official pleaded guilty to charges of fraud.

Lai, who has been president of the Guam Football Association since 2001, pleaded guilty to charges that he took close to $1 million in bribes in exchange for using his influence within the FIFA and agreed to pay $1.1 million as part of the plea.

Paris to host 2020 European championships

PARIS Paris has been confirmed as the host city for the 2020 European Athletics Championships, European Athletics confirmed on Friday.

"I'm delighted that the European Athletics Council validated the Parisian project to host the European Athletics Championships 2020," said European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen.

"It's an ambitious yet realistic project, which will enable us to return our sport to centre stage again, shortly after the Olympic Games."

Paris was the sole bidder following the withdrawal of Tbilisi last year.

Lovren signs new deal at Liverpool

LONDON Centre-back Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term deal at Liverpool, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

The 27-year-old, who has made 104 appearances since joining from Southampton in July 2014, signed a deal which British media said would run until 2021.

"I think this is one special day for me and my family," said the Croatia defender, whose existing contract was due to run out at the end of then 2018-19 season.

Hamilton hopes Zanardi can inspire injured British teen

By Alan Baldwin
| SOCHI, Russia

SOCHI, Russia Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton pointed to Alex Zanardi as a beacon of hope as Formula One teams and drivers showed support on Friday for British teenager Billy Monger, who lost his legs in a Formula Four accident.

Drivers and teams attached stickers for "Billy Whizz" on cars and helmets in Russian Grand Prix practice, with an online fundraising campaign for the 17-year-old's recovery reaching 768,000 pounds.

Bayern sign Coman from Juventus on permanent deal

Bayern Munich have activated a clause to make winger Kingsley Coman's transfer from Juventus permanent at the end of the season, the German club said in a statement.

The 20-year-old France international, who joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal in 2015, will sign a contract until 2020.

"He is a player with huge potential," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "We're convinced that he will be of great help to us in the coming years.

Ex-Newcastle player Marveaux questioned in tax fraud investigation

PARIS Former Newcastle United midfielder Sylvain Marveaux has said he was questioned by French investigators looking into his transfer from Stade Rennais to the English club in 2011.

English football clubs West Ham United and Newcastle United were raided on Wednesday by tax officials as part of a wide-sweeping probe, with several men arrested for suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud.

HMRC, the body responsible for the United Kingdom's tax collection, has been assisted by French authorities, who conducted 10 searches and detained four people on Wednesday.

Teams wary of Everton's formidable home form, says Koeman

Everton's stellar home form this season intimidates their opponents, manager Ronald Koeman has said ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against leaders Chelsea.

Everton, who are seventh in the league, won their last seven home league games and have just one loss in 17 league fixtures at Goodison Park this season, collecting 40 out of 51 available points at home.

Only Chelsea and second-placed Tottenham Hotspur have a better home league record this season.

Kenya says another 'high-profile athlete' failed doping test

By Isaack Omulo
| NAIROBI

NAIROBI The chairman of Athletics Kenya (AK) has told Reuters that another "high-profile athlete" has failed a doping test, just weeks after it emerged Rio Olympics marathon champion Jemima Sumgong tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

Jackson Tuwei told Reuters that the IAAF, the sport's global governing body, had found the positive test but said the identity of the athlete could not yet be revealed.

Rooney hopeful of future despite poor season

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is confident he can play on at the highest level for another two to three years despite spending a significant part of the current campaign either on the bench or out injured.

Rooney has made 31 appearances for United this season, most of which as a substitute, with manager Jose Mourinho relying more on top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic before a knee injury ended the 35-year-old's season.

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