SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
LONDON - Portuguese winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract at Manchester United, the Premier League champions announced on Thursday. The 26-year-old made only seven league starts last season, but new manager David Moyes has confirmed his faith in him by awarding him a deal that ties him to Old Trafford until 2018. "I'm really pleased Nani has re-signed for the next five years," Moyes told the club website.
NEW YORK - Australia pair Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua have won through to the final of the US Open women's doubles with a 6-2 6-2 defeat of India's Sania Mirza and China's Jie Zheng. The eighth seeded Australians dominated most of the semi-final and will now play the winner of the other semi-final between the unseeded Williams sisters Serena and Venus and fifth-seeded Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland - Unheralded Anirban Lahiri of India carded an eight under par 63 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. Ranked 178 in the world entering the prestigious EPGA event in the Swiss Alps, the 26-year-old from Bangalore built his score around two eagles, including a 140-yard second shot on the ninth that flew straight into the cup.
MILAN, Italy - AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has ruled out any future agreement between the club and Los Angeles Galaxy over an eventual transfer of new arrival Kaka. Brazilian forward Kaka ended a frustrating few years at Real Madrid when he re-joined the Italian Serie A giants on Monday, signing a two-year contract after being allowed to leave the Spanish giants for free.
THE HAGUE - Manchester United striker Robin van Persie on Thursday hailed the style of new manager David Moyes, nixing rumours about his unhappiness over coaching methods at Old Trafford. "It's wonderful to work with new manager David Moyes," Van Persie told the Dutch popular daily broadsheet De Telegraaf. Moyes "has his own ways and means and that suits me", said the Dutch skipper.
LONDON - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he dreams of managing the club after revealing that he intends to go into coaching when he hangs up his boots. The 33-year-old central midfielder signed a new contract during the close season but he says he is beginning to contemplate his future and is thinking of turning his hand to management.
HARARE - Veteran Younis Khan led a Pakistan fightback after his side lost three early second-innings wickets on the third day of the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday. Pakistan were 4-168 at the close, a lead of 90 runs, with Younis unbeaten on 76. Younis and fellow veteran, captain Misbah-ul-Haq, ground out a fourth-wicket stand of 116 after their side, who trailed by 78 runs after the first innings, slipped to 3-23 against Zimbabwe's new ball bowlers Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara.