Toure commits to City
LONDON – Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract.
The 29-year-old has been a huge success since joining City from Barcelona for around 24m in the summer of 2010 and will now be staying until at least 2017.
Toure capped his first season in England by scoring the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke and his dynamic midfield displays were a huge factor in City’s Premier League title-winning 2011/12 campaign.
And the Ivory Coast international has been named the African Player of the Year for both 2011 and 2012.
“This is where I want to be,” said Toure, after signing his new deal. “When I first arrived at City, every time I went to sleep, I would dream about us winning something.
“Now, it is about us being the best team in whatever competition we take part in.
“I will never forget how I have been treated here by the fans, the club, and the owners, and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player.”
Torres brace lifts Blues
LONDON – Chelsea will go into their UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg against Rubin Kazan next week with a healthy 3-1 advantage thanks in large to a brace from Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge today.
The beleaguered Spanish forward bundled home the opening goal of the night early on before Victor Moses lashed in a stunning second. However, the visitors pulled one back when John Terry was penalised by referee Gianluca Rocchi for handball.
Bebars Natcho made no mistake from the spot, sending Petr Cech the wrong way four minutes from the break.
Torres though bagged his second of the night with 20 minutes remaining as he climbed high to head the ball past Sergey Ryzhikov after a fine delivery from Juan Mata.
Sachin: I am no God
BANGALORE – He is called the god of cricket by his worshipers, but Sachin Tendulkar has rejected it saying he is as fallible as any ordinary human being. Speaking in a promotion event in Bangalore, Sachin said that it was not fair to brand him as an equal to god. “I am not God of cricket. I make mistakes, God doesn’t,” Tendulkar said at a promotional event.
The 39-year-old master blaster insisted that he grew up idolising legendary batsmen, Sunil Gavaskar and Vivian Richards and wanted to be a combination of the two batsmen.
“I wanted to be like Sunil Gavaskar as a kid. When I grew up and started watching players from outside, someone who attracted me was Vivian Richards. Everything that he did was effortless. I always thought I should be a combination of these two,” Tendulkar said, while answering questions from children.
The batsman, considered by many as the most perfect player the cricketing world has ever seen recalled the turbulent period when he was stuck on 99 international centuries.
“When I got to my 100th international century, I was not jumping or celebrating. My first question to God was why did it take so long? What did I do wrong? With a billion plus people waiting for this, it shouldn’t have taken so long,” he said.†