Jordon Ibe hopes he can concentrate on improving his game next season after inking a new long-term contract with Liverpool. The 19-year-old has already made 13 Premier League appearances for the Reds as well as enjoying loan spells at Birmingham City and Derby County. During a particularly impressive time with the Rams, Ibe scored five times in 20 appearances for the Championship side. The teenager said: “I’m over the moon. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and I’m happy it’s over and done with. “Now I just want to kick on into next season, as well as the last game of this one.” Liverpool bring the curtain down on their Premier League campaign with a match at Stoke City on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers’ side are 10/1 with bet365 to win the match 2-0 and 16/1 to win the 2015/16 Premier League title outright.
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Soccer – Ibe plans to kick on next season
Julian Speroni hopes he will be able to spend the rest of his career at Crystal Palace after penning a contract extension that will keep him at Selhurst Park until the end of next season. The 36-year-old goalkeeper has made more than 350 league appearances for the Eagles since joining the club from Dundee 11 years ago. “I have one more season on my contract and I am really enjoying playing in the Premier League,” said Speroni. “I’ve said many times, this is my home, I will retire here if I can.” Palace entertain Swansea City in their final Premier League match of the campaign on Sunday. Alan Pardew’s side are 11/1 with bet365 to win the match 2-0 while a 1-1 draw is available at 6/1.
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Andy Murray has been handed an extremely difficult draw at the French Open, with nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both in his half. Murray, 8/1 with bet365 to be crowned French Open champion, will play a qualifier in the first round but could face the seventh seed David Ferrer in the last eight, before a possible semi-final against the winner of the quarter-final between Nadal and Djokovic. The Scot, who is seeded third for the tournament, has won all ten of his games on clay so far this year. In the other half of the draw, Roger Federer has what appears on paper to be an easier run to the final, with Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori the biggest names he could face. Berdych, seeded fourth after making a fine start to the year, can be backed at 25/1 to win the French Open.
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Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock is keen to end his career in style by helping his team win the Guinness Pro 12 Grand Final. The lock is set to retire at the end of the season after spending the last decade with Glasgow. The Scottish outfit secured a home semi-final in the Guinness Pro12 play-offs after a 32-10 victory over Ulster last weekend and will face the same team in the knockout stages. Glasgow are 4/7 with bet365 to beat Ulster and 2/1 to be the Grand Final winners. Kellock said: “What I’ve said to the lads is that we have the opportunity to do something we will remember for the rest of our lives. “This group of players will never be together again. For me it’s my last opportunity. As a set of players this is our chance.”
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Southampton defender Jose Fonte does not expect to be handed any favours as Ronald Koeman’s side attempt to clinch a place in next season’s Europa League. Saints are seventh after thrashing Aston Villa 6-1 last weekend and could still clinch fifth spot if they can beat Manchester City, and Liverpool and Spurs slip up on Sunday. However, if they are still seventh at the end of the campaign, their fate will be dependent on the outcome of the FA Cup final between Aston Villa and Arsenal. Southampton are 8/1 with bet365 to keep a clean sheet against Manchester City and 25/1 to win the match 1-0. A Gunners victory against Villa at Wembley would ensure the side finishing seventh enters the third qualifying round of the Europa League. “Everything is in our hands,” said Fonte. “We are not expecting favours from anyone. We’re still in the position that will mean we will qualify for the Europa League if Arsenal win the cup, but, obviously, we don’t want to wait for them. “We want to make sure we are in the Europa League on our own merits and, for that, we need to win against Man City.”
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Soccer – Fonte targets winning finale
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Harry Kane is keen to stay at Tottenham despite being linked with a summer transfer to Manchester United. The 21-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season, scoring 30 goals in all competitions for Spurs, as well as netting on his England debut in the 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory against Lithuania in March. He has also been named as the PFA’s Young Player of the Year and is 5/4 with bet365 to score at any time when Spurs visit Everton for their final game of the campaign on Sunday. Kane said: “Spurs is where I’m at and where I plan to be for a very long time. “We’ll be looking to win some good trophies in the future. I want to keep progressing and keep getting better. “This season has been crazy and more than what I ever expected to do so early on but it’s happened, and it’s how you deal with it.” Spurs are available at 15/8 to beat Everton.
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Lewis Hamilton has finally put pen to paper on his new Mercedes contract. Ralph Ellis says that means the world drivers champion will be under even more scrutiny this weekend.
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