Man Utd hunt for more trophies after revenues hit high

(Reuters) - English soccer club Manchester United said recent signings put it in a strong position on the pitch as it backed itself to match last year’s record revenue off the field.

However, United forecast core profit for the current year would dip from a record of almost 200 million pounds ($270 million) in 2016-17 as its wage bill rose because of higher payments on its return to the European Champions League.

Second ODI between England and West Indies rained off

(Reuters) - The second one-day international between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge was abandoned because of heavy rain on Thursday.

Only 2.2 overs were possible after West Indies won the toss and elected to field first.

England reached 21 without loss when the rain arrived.

England lead the series 1-0 after a seven-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Hugh Lawson

Chelsea agree to sell Costa back to Atletico Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) - Diego Costa’s messy split from Chelsea appeared to reach its conclusion on Thursday with the Premier League club saying they had agreed to sell the Spain striker back to Atletico Madrid.

Costa, a key figure in Chelsea’s two titles in the last three seasons, has not featured for the club since the FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal in May.

“Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa,” a statement said.

Ridiculous to put top-four pressure on Everton, says Koeman

(Reuters) - Everton need more time to integrate new signings into their squad and it is “ridiculous” to put pressure on them to finish in the Premier League top four, manager Ronald Koeman said on Thursday.

The Merseyside club have endured a torrid start to the campaign despite spending around 145 million pounds on transfers in the close season.

Russia's new anti-doping chief looks for fresh start

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Almost two years after Russia crashed out of world athletics amid a spate of drugs scandals, former university lecturer Yuri Ganus sits in his Moscow office, plotting the rehabilitation of the national anti-doping agency.

The 53-year-old, who took over as the RUSADA agency’s director general just three weeks ago, told Reuters sweeping staff changes and a switch of mindset had already left the organisation almost unrecognisable.

Atletico agree deal to re-sign Costa from Chelsea

MADRID (Reuters) - Chelsea have agreed a deal to sell striker Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid, the Premier League club said on Thursday, with the player set to move in January.

“Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”

Lappartient unseats Cookson as global cycling chief

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France’s David Lappartient won a landslide victory as he was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president on Thursday, replacing incumbent Brian Cookson, who was seen to have failed to restore the sport’s credibility in his only term.

Lappartient, the European Cycling Union (UEC) president, became the first Frenchman to take charge of the global body since Achille Joinard between 1947 and 1957.

Five memorable Brighton versus Newcastle matches

LONDON (Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United will meet for only the 21st time in all competitions this weekend. But there have been some notable clashes between the sides.

Here are five to remember:

Newcastle Utd 3 Brighton and Hove Albion 1 (Div Two, May 1984)

Newcastle fans turned out in force on the final day of the season to pay homage to their idol Kevin Keegan who ended his illustrious playing career with the club.

New UCI chief to crack down on hidden bike motors

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - A crackdown on hidden motors is a top priority for International Cycling Union (UCI) president-elect David Lappartient to restore credibility to the scandal-ridden sport.

Lappartient defeated Brian Cookson, who was elected as UCI president on a similar promise in 2013, at the governing body’s congress during this week’s road cycling world championships.

Klopp urges Liverpool attack to be more clinical

(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants his side to convert their dominance of possession into goals as they prepare for a return trip to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Merseyside club suffered a 2-0 defeat to Leicester in Tuesday’s League Cup clash despite dominating the play with 70 percent possession and 21 attempts on goal.