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Published:Wednesday | August 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Sporting Lisbon to sell Marcos Rojo to Man United

Manchester United landed a deal to sign defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon yesterday, with the Portuguese club announcing that winger Nani is returning on loan from Old Trafford.

Sporting, which are listed on the Stock Exchange in Lisbon, announced in a regulatory filing that United will pay €20 million (US$27 million) for the 24-year-old Rojo. United confirmed the deal on Twitter, but said it was subject to a medical examination being conducted and personal terms being agreed.

Rojo has played 28 times for Argentina, including the 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup final last month.

United's need to strengthen in defence was highlighted Saturday when the team opened the Premier League season with a 2-1 loss to Swansea in Louis van Gaal's debut as manager.

Pekerman extends contract with Colombia until 2018

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP):

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the team until 2018.

The Colombian football federation says the 64-year-old Argentine signed the four-year deal following a successful World Cup campaign in Brazil that saw the team reach the quarter-finals.

The federation says "the Executive Committee expresses its pride in continuing with this great group of people that brought great results to the country".

Colombia was eliminated by Brazil 2-1, while playmaker James Rodriguez earned the Golden Boot award with a tournament-leading six goals.

Bahamas swimmer Evans breaks national record

NANJING, China, (CMC):

Bahamas athlete Joanna Evans broke another national record when she captured bronze while competing in the 800m freetyle at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China yesterday.

Evans secured third place after clocking 8:39.75, her second national record in two months.

The Grand Bahama swimmer had set a national record for the women's 800 metres freestyle by completing the distance in 8: 41.39 seconds for seventh place at last month's Commonwealth Games following her record breaking swim at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai last year.

Schweinsteiger won't be ready soon


Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is nursing a knee injury and is not expected to return anytime soon.

Rummenigge says it's not a matter of "one, two weeks," although he expressed hope that Schweinsteiger's injury will not become a long-term absence.

Schweinsteiger has a painful tendon in his left knee and will not be available for the Bundesliga start on Friday against Wolfsburg. Rummenigge says Schweinsteiger will also miss Germany's friendly against Argentina on September 3 and the beginning of European Championship qualifying against Scotland four days later.

He had two ankle surgeries last season.

Sri Lanka recall Randiv for one-dayers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):

Sri Lanka have selected Suraj Randiv for the upcoming one-day international series against Pakistan ending the off-spinner's three-year international exile.

Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday announced a 15-member squad, with all-rounder Thisara Perera and fast bowler Dhammika Prasad, who missed the concluded series against South Africa, also included.

Randiv last played a one-dayer for Sri Lanka in August 2011 against Australia.

The spinner has picked up 33 wickets in 28 one-day matches.

The series starts on Saturday in Hambantota.

Russia resists demands to cut number of stadiums


Russia is resisting demands from FIFA to reduce the number of stadiums for the 2018 World Cup from 12 to 10.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who said last month that two of the 12 planned stadiums could be cut, was in Sochi on the weekend to discuss the issue with Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.

"The conception, under which 12 stadiums in 11 cities will host World Cup matches, is not being changed," Mutko said, according to the ITAR-Tass agency. "FIFA recommends 10 stadiums in nine cities, including two arenas in Moscow."

Mutko said a final decision will be taken at a FIFA executive committee meeting in October. Mutko, who is a member of the executive committee, said deciding any later would cause problems because construction is scheduled to start soon at several arenas.