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Klopp extends contract

Ottmar Hitzfeld,who led the team from 1991-97,is the longest-serving coach.

Published: October 31, 2013 2:53:31 am

Coach Juergen Klopp has signed a two-year contract extension with Borussia Dortmund that keeps him at the club to June 2018. Klopp took over at Dortmund in 2008. He guided the team to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012,won the German Cup in 2012 and reached the Champions League final last season. Dortmund is second in the Bundesliga,one point behind defending champion Bayern Munich 10 matches into the season. Wednesday’s move will make Klopp easily Dortmund’s longest-serving coach if he sees out his contract. Ottmar Hitzfeld,who led the team from 1991-97,is the longest-serving coach.

Myneni,Somdev win<\b>

India’s Saketh Myneni recorded one of the biggest wins of the career as he shocked world number 83 Tim Smyczek while Somdev Devvarman battled past Samuel Groth to advance in the Charlottesville ATP Challenger tournament in the United States. Ranked 313,Myneni upset top seed Smyczek 6-4 4-6 7-5. Second seed Somdev,ranked 91,had to fight it out with 192 ranked Australian as he came from behind for a 3-6 6-3 6-4 win in the first round of the USD 75,000 hard court tournament.

Froome wins Velo d’Or<\b>

Tour de France champion Chris Froome has won the prestigious Velo d’Or award as the best rider of 2013,the Briton’s Team Sky said on Wednesday. Froome prevailed in a poll of cycling journalists set up by French publication Velo Magazine,with Colombia’s Nairo Quintana,the Tour runner-up as well as leading climber and best young rider,was voted prospect of the year. In addition to the Tour de France,Froome also won the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour de Romandie.

Qatar ‘22 questioned again<\b>

A FIFA director believes some criticism of Qatar’s human rights record is hypocritical along with the bidding for the World Cup. Deaths in extreme heat and alleged human rights abuses of workers in Qatar have been highlighted as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. FIFA communications director Walter De Gregorio is concerned there is “human rights hypocrisy”,with football seemingly expected to demand higher standards from a country than some governments do before doing business with them. At the Play the Game conference in Denmark,De Gregorio asked where do you “draw the line” when weighing up a country’s human rights record before deciding it can host the World Cup.

Snodgrass released<\b>

Norwich City forward Robert Snodgrass has been released from hospital after being knocked out during his side’s 4-0 League Cup defeat by Manchester United on Tuesday. The Scotland international suffered concussion after a clash of heads with United defender Rafael during the second half,and was carried off on a stretcher after lengthy treatment on the pitch. He was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons before being released. Manager Chris Hughton said he would be assessed before a decision is made over his fitness for Norwich’s clash with Manchester City on Saturday. Winger Nathan Redmond is also in doubt after coming off with a hip injury.

Caceres recalled for playoff<\b>

Juventus defender Martin Caceres has been recalled to the Uruguay squad for their World Cup playoff against Jordan next month. Caceres,who missed Uruguay’s last South American group qualifiers last month through injury,was included in a 29-man squad named by coach Oscar Tabarez. The squad includes strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Uruguay,semi-finalists at the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010,visit Jordan in Amman on November 13.

‘Retiring’ Petrov joins CSKA<\b>

Martin Petrov has returned to his homeland after agreeing to a move to CSKA Sofia. “Two weeks ago,I was ready to announce my retirement and I even said this to my wife. I’m ready to play for CSKA even if they’re in the third division. This is the only club I want to play for,” said Petrov after signing. — Agencies

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