Thu | Jan 17, 2019

Sports Briefs

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Man U sells Blind back to Ajax



Manchester United has sold Netherlands defender Daley Blind back to Ajax for US$18.75 million, four years after signing him from the Dutch club.

The clubs announced the move yesterday after Blind signed a four-year contract.

Ajax said the fee could rise to US$24 million through bonuses.

Blind was one of the first signings made by Louis van Gaal when he took charge of United in 2014. A versatile player capable of playing at centre back, full back or in midfield, Blind rarely played last season under Jose Mourinho.

Trump gets a ball from Putin


Riding high after hosting a successful World Cup, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought a special gift to his summit with US President Donald Trump: a football.

After a journalist asked a question at their joint press conference Monday in Helsinki using football metaphors, Putin pulled out a red-and-white ball and tossed it at Trump, at the neighbouring podium.

Trump said he'd give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a football fan. Then the US president tossed the ball to his wife Melania, sitting in the front row.

Republican Se. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted: "If it were me, I'd check the football for listening devices and never allow it in the White House."

Russia's organisation of the monthlong World Cup, which ended Sunday, won wide praise.


South Korea call up Son for Asian Games


SEOUL, South Korea (AP):

Tottenham winger Son Heung-min could miss the start of the Premier League season after being selected by South Korea to play in the Asian Games in Indonesia.

Son has been included as one of three overage players in the 20-man squad for the Under-23 tournament that runs from August 14-September 1. The Premier League kicks off on August 11.

However, the Asian Games is not an official FIFA tournament and Tottenham can choose not to release the player. But if Son helps his country win the gold medal, he would be exempt from a 21-month long military service period that he is likely to have to start in 2020.

South Korea's U23 coach Kim Hak-bom said at a news conference on Monday: "We first want to thank all these clubs for releasing their players. However, we haven't reached agreements on their release dates, so the Korea Football Association is looking for ways to confirm the dates."