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Barcelona to extend Suarez contract
MADRID, Spain (AP): Barcelona have reached a deal to extend the contract of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to June 2021, securing another piece of their powerful attack for four more seasons.
The club recently also extended Neymar’s contract until 2021, and now it will try to seal a deal with Lionel Messi to keep together their formidable trio.
Barcelona said that Suarez’s new contract - which has a buyout clause of US $210 million - will be signed today. His previous deal was due to expire in 2019.
“I’m incredibly happy for being where I want to be,” Suarez said. “It was a decision that I wanted and that the club wanted. We have a good relationship.”
Jones taking snub in stride
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Kenwyne Jones said he had no ill will towards new Trinidad & Tobago Soca Warriors head coach Tom Saintfiet after his shocking omission from a 28-member squad to prepare for two international friendlies at the end of the month.
Saintfiet stunned the T&T football community when he failed to name Jones, the incumbent national captain, in a training squad ahead of matches against Nicaragua on December 27 and 30 in Managua.
“I wish the team all the best,” the 32-year-old striker told the T&T Newsday.
“It is nothing surprising to me. I had a meeting with the coach, and obviously, that is not a squad that he picked, so at the end of the day, I wish the team all the best and I hope that they come out successful in the games coming up.”
Jones, who played for Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke City and Cardiff City in the World-renowned English Premier League, said he still harboured the desire to play for the Soca Warriors again.
US Open champion is pregnant
Past US Open champion Flavia Pennetta is expecting her first child. Pennetta, who announced her 2015 retirement from tennis during the trophy presentation after her lone Grand Slam title, and her husband, touring pro Fabio Fognini, issued matching statements yesterday on Twitter about the pregnancy.
"Baby Fognetta is coming," they wrote.
When she beat childhood friend Roberta Vinci at Flushing Meadows in an all-Italian 2015 final, Pennetta became, at age 33, the oldest woman in the Open era to win her first major title.
In June, she married Fognini, who was ranked as high as 13th in 2014 and finished this season at No. 49.