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David Silva has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City that keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until 2017.The Spain international, 26, joined from Valencia for £24m in 2010 and only missed two matches as City secured a first title since 1968 last season. The playmaker had been linked with a return to Spain but insists he is more than happy to be staying.“I feel very happy here at the club, in the city and with all the people,” he told the club’s official website.“So now I’m delighted to be extending my contract and being here really does feel just like home for me.”Silva helped City win the FA Cup in his first season in England and after last season’s Premier League title, he is now targeting European success. He added: “We’ve won the Premier League title and two other trophies too, and the team is growing and we are now aiming at the Champions League and so that also is another reason to want to stay here and try and win it. “I feel very comfortable here and I want to try and win trophies like those.“These last two years have gone very well and so let’s hope that the next five go as well or even better.”As well as enjoying silverware with City, Silva has been an integral part of the Spain side that has become the first team to win three successive major tournaments.After starting his career with Celta Vigo, Silva made his name at Valencia before making his move to the Premier League. Despite playing with an ankle problem for much of last season, he created 15 Premier League goals – more than anyone else in the division – to help secure the title for Roberto Mancini’s side. read more
9 Sep 2015 England battle to Home Internationals victory England pulled out all the stops today to retain the women’s Home Internationals title in an intensely tight finale to the week at Royal Wimbledon.The team produced a great singles performance to beat Ireland 5-4, but had to wait for the outcome of the other match, between Wales and Scotland, before they could be crowned champions.At the start of the final day the title race was wide open. Ireland, with 1½ points from two matches, were front runners; but England and Scotland, with a point apiece, were also right in the hunt.Ireland looked even stronger at lunchtime, after winning the morning foursomes 2-1. But England stormed out in the singles, led by Hollie Muse who won the first hole against the Irish star, Olivia Mehaffey, and was never behind, going on to win 5/4.Sophie Lamb trailed for the first part of her match, but didn’t lose a hole after the fifth, got in front on the 14th and went on to win 3/1.Inci Mehmet was three up with three to play but was taken to the 18th by her opponent, where she played the hole with textbook precision to claim her point.Gemma Clews got in front on the third – and stayed there, extending her lead to five up after 11 holes and finally winning 4/2.So England secured the point – but the championship wasn’t over. If Scotland beat Wales they would tie with England and the result would be decided on countback. However the Welsh, who had secured two points in the foursomes, won three of the six singles and held on to win 5-4.England team captain Elaine Ratcliffe said: “I am very proud of the girls, it was a great result and I am so pleased for everyone concerned. A lot of people have put a lot of hard work into this.“We had a really tough game today. They played nicely this morning, but were 2-1 down, and this afternoon it just felt good out there. Hollie won the first hole of her match and they all just took control from the start. They are a very young side but they showed what golfers they are becoming.”This is England’s fourth win in the Women’s Home Internationals in five years. “It’s lovely to be a winning captain,” added Elaine, who played in three winning teams in 1995, ’96 and ’97.On the first day of the tournament England beat Wales 5-4 while Ireland beat Scotland 6.5-2.5. On day two Scotland beat England 6-3 while Wales and Ireland halved.Click here for resultsImage courtesy LGU. Caption (from left): Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Sammie Giles (St Mellion), Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Elaine Ratcliffe (Essendon), Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) and Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).10/09/2015Setback for England’s title hopesEngland’s hopes of successfully defending the women’s Home Internationals title received a setback today when they lost to Scotland 6-3 at Royal Wimbledon.But, the title race is wide open. England have one point from the two matches played so far and tomorrow will take on Ireland, who have a slight advantage having scored 1½ points. In the other match Scotland, who have one point, will play Wales, who halved today with Ireland.England started well today, winning two of the three foursomes. Sophie Keech and Sammie Giles were always ahead and claimed their game by the margin of 3/2. But Hollie Muse and Gemma Clews were one down after 14 and won 15 and 16 to get ahead, before holding on with halves on the last two holes to win their point.In the singles, however, it was the Scots who had the upper hand for most of the afternoon. They scored two big wins early on and although the momentum swayed towards England in the later stages, it was the Scots who came back again and proved the stronger finishers. Only Hollie Muse won both the 17th and 18th to claim her game for England.England captain Elaine Ratcliffe said: “It was a disappointing afternoon, but Scotland played the better golf and were the deserved winners.“We had great fight backs from Inci, Sammy (Fuller) and Sammie (Giles) but they all went down the last and lost. Hollie played the best golf and won.“It was breezy and testing as the course started to run more, and the greens were very challenging.”The England team, captained by Elaine Ratcliffe, is: Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Sammie Giles (St Mellion), Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).Click here for resultsEngland team image courtesy LGU09/09/2015Winning start for England at Home InternationalsEngland, the defending champions, produced an impressive singles performance to beat Wales 5-4 on the first day of the women’s Home Internationals at Royal Wimbledon.Cornwall’s Sammie Giles made a dream start to her international career when she secured the winning point in the final match on the course.But earlier in the day it was Wales who held the advantage when they won the foursomes 2-1. England’s point was provided by Lancashire’s Sophie Lamb and Surrey’s Inci Mehmet, who were two down after three, but didn’t lose another hole and were 4/3 winners.Both players had a great day, each going on to win their singles. Mehmet was the biggest winner of the day, winning the first five holes of her game and notching up a 7/5 success. She was followed closely by Lancashire’s Hollie Muse who despatched her opponent 5/4.Lamb pulled off a crucial one-up win, holding her nerve to halve the 18th after her opponent had won the 17th. That result meant England needed one more point and, with Gemma Clews and Bethan Popel both beaten, it fell to Giles to provide it.She was in charge throughout her match, winning the first hole and never falling behind, although her opponent briefly pulled her back to all square after the 10th. But then Giles forged ahead again and won her match 3/1.England captain Elain Ratcliffe remarked: “We just didn’t get going in the foursomes but it felt very different in the afternoon. Inci came out of the blocks well and Hollie also had a very good win. Sophie’s point was so important and Sammie finished really strongly and showed great strength of character.”She added: “This is a wonderful golf course, the greens are fabulous, but undulating and very tricky. It’s a really tough test of golf.”In the day’s other match Ireland beat Scotland 6½ -2½. Tomorrow England play Scotland.The England team, captained by Elaine Ratcliffe, is: Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Sammie Giles (St Mellion), Sophie Keech (Parkstone), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid-Surrey), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).Click here for resultsEngland team image courtesy LGU read more