Daily Digest: Antoine Griezmann announces he's staying put at Atletico Madrid to reject Barcelona move

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Hey guys, it’s Jay Asser here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this morning in the world of sport. Hope you enjoyed the first day of the World Cup.

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Antoine Griezmann is not leaving Atletico Madrid after all as the Frenchman announced his decision to stay at the club in an hour-long TV special on Thursday night.

The star forward had been heavily linked to Barcelona, who were rumoured to trigger Griezmann’s €100 million release clause to secure a move, but him staying put will significantly boost Atletico’s chances in La Liga for the coming season.

Read more about Griezmann’s decision here.

FOOTBALL

The World Cup kicked off on Thursday as hosts Russia impressed with a 5-0 mauling of Saudi Arabia. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men came in as the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament (70), but smashed 67th-ranked Saudi to get their campaign started off right on home soil.

Elsewhere, Julen Lopetegui spoke about being fired as Spain’s head coach in his unveiling at Real Madrid on Thursday. “Yesterday was the saddest day of my life since the death of my mother,” an emotional Lopetegui said.

CRICKET

India crossed the 400-run mark on the second day of their Test with Afghanistan before finishing with a score of 474. Follow along to the live score with Afghanistan in the midst of their chase.

Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana is set to make history as the first Indian to play in England’s Kia Super League after being picked up by defending champions Western Storm. “To be the first Indian player to appear in the tournament is a real honour and I hope that I can help Western Storm to more success,” Mandhana said.

GOLF

It was a windy first day at the US Open, which resulted in high scores for many of the big names. Ian Poulter, however, managed the conditions to card a one-under-par 69 for a share of the clubhouse lead.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

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With a heavyweight match-up between Spain and Portugal taking centre stage at the World Cup on Friday, our man Chris Bailey looked at the most interesting talking points for the clash between the nations.

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WHAT’S ON TODAY

Cricket: India v Afghanistan Test (second day)

World Cup: Egypt v Uruguay (16:00)

Morocco v Iran (19:00)

Spain v Portugal (22:00)

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Where to watch the World Cup: Harvesters Bar, Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Party time: All the football is on at Harvesters Bar

There are some cracking deals on offer for football fans this month. Eight screens and a giant projector ensure you won’t miss a kick of the action in Russia in the Crowne Plaza.

Harvesters bar are running daily World Cup food and beverage promotions throughout the tournament, which are ideal for those making a day of it. The offers run from 12pm – 2am and include Match Day Buckets for AED110 and a Dress for Discount offer, which gets you 20% off your bill if you’re wearing a football shirt. What’s more, if you fancy yourself as a World Cup pundit, correctly predict scores before the game and you’ll be rewarded with some prizes for those you get right.

The Crowne Plaza hotel, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite the Dubai World Trade Center has 568 rooms for guests and state-of-the-art facilities including an outdoor pool and spa, ideal for those looking to relax after the World Cup hype. Offers begin in time for when hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the tournament curtain raiser on June 14th.

What: FIFA World Cup @ Harvesters

Where: Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
When: Daily from June 14th to July 15th
Contact: For further information visit www.fundining.ae. For reservations contact [email protected] or phone 800 276963.

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Swansea seal Graham Potter arrival from Ostersunds on a three-year deal

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Swansea have named Graham Potter as their new manager.

Potter, 43, has signed a three-year contract after leaving Swedish club Ostersunds and will bid to guide the recently-relegated Welsh club back to the Premier League.

“Swansea City are delighted to announce that Graham Potter has been appointed as the club’s new manager,” read a club statement on their official website.

“Potter has (on Monday) signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium after leaving Swedish club Ostersunds to take charge of the Swans.”

Swansea’s seven-year stay in the Premier League came to an end last month after three seasons of turmoil at the club. Portugal’s Carlos Carvalhal was in charge when they went down.

Ostersunds boss Potter is set to become Swansea’s sixth manager in four years amid a backdrop of fans’ unrest with the board.

Potter, who played for Stoke and West Brom, took over at Ostersunds in December 2010 and has guided them from the fourth to the top tier in Sweden.

Ostersunds won the Swedish Cup in 2017 to qualify for this season’s Europa League, reaching the last 32 before losing 4-2 on aggregate to Arsenal.

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