Kolarov extends Roma until 2021

first_imgRelatedPosts Pedro pens three-year Roma deal US billionaire completes takeover of AS Roma Sevilla, Leverkusen cruise into Europa League quarter-finals Aleksandar Kolarov has agreed a contract extension with Roma that ties the defender to the club until the end of the 2020-21 campaign. The experienced Serbia international had been due to become a free agent in June, but now looks set to spend a fourth season at Stadio Olimpico. Kolarov, 34, moved to Roma from Manchester City for €5 million (£4m/$6m) in July 2017, having won two Premier League titles, two League Cup crowns and the FA Cup during his time at the Etihad. He has made 113 appearances for the Giallorossi in all competitions, racking up an impressive 17 goals and further 18 assists throughout that period, while he has also started all 18 matches in Serie A this term. “I want to thank the club for this contract extension, it means a great deal to me,” Kolarov said on Tuesday after the club announced fresh terms had been agreed. “Even now I see it as another starting point. I intend to keep on improving and developing in order to contribute to the growth of this club. “I want to keep improving – physically, technically, my shooting… everything. At my age fitness is key, and I feel good. I’m convinced I can still improve a bit every day. “I’ve worked with a lot of coaches and I’m not just saying this because he’s here now: [Paulo] Fonseca is a coach that can do really well here, and I hope to win something here with him.” “We are delighted to be able to announce this renewal,” club chief executive Guido Fienga added of retaining the services of a no-nonsense veteran. “Aleksandar has always been the consummate professional, both on and off the pitch. With this renewal, we can continue to count on that contribution.” Free-kick specialist Kolarov scored eight league goals last season and has added another five in 2019-20. The left-back played 90 minutes as Roma lost 2-0 at home to Torino on Sunday, the result leaving Fonseca’s side in fourth place.Tags: Alexander KolarovAS RomaRomaStadio Olimpicolast_img read more

Anna Shkudun and Syracuse take down St. John’s to improve to 6-0

first_imgAnna Shkudun knelt slightly, released the ball from her grasp and loaded before the match’s final point. Another powerful serve. Another ace. Another victory.Shkudun met St. John’s junior Natallia Vavulina at the net and shook hands. But then they embraced one another, smiling, hugging and kissing. Shkudun, a native of Ukraine, and Vavulina, from Belarus, had met “a lot of times,” before International Tennis Federation tournaments, Shkudun said.But despite being happy to see Vavulina again, Shkudun said she had to stay focused.“When you’re on the court, you’re just fighting,” Shkudun said. “Doesn’t matter who’s your opponent, you’re on the court, you have tennis to play.”Shkudun, SU’s No. 1 singles player, defeated Vavulina, 7-5, 6-4, and helped lead Syracuse to a 5-0 win over St. John’s on Sunday at Drumlins Country Club in a match it controlled from the start. Just 27 minutes in, the Orange captured its first doubles win. Four singles victories later, SU sealed the win. Syracuse’s 6-0 start to the season is its best since 2009.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter what Shkudun called a “disappointing” loss in doubles play, she brought more vigor to her match with Vavulina. During one stretch in the second set, Shkudun turned in one vicious serve after another, forcing Vavulina to frenetically run from side to side, just to keep up. In the same set, Vavulina responded to a trio of Shkudun aces with a laugh, as if there was nothing she could do.“You cannot stop and just wait for the mistakes,” Shkudun said. “You have to do more and more to close the match and to feel more and more confidence.”Entering Sunday’s match, the Red Storm had won three of its last four matches. Less than 10 months ago, St. John’s advanced to the Big East final and, with much of last year’s team back this time around, brought an experienced team.But after helping Syracuse to its doubles victory, Valeria Salazar defeated Anna Morozova in her singles match, 6-2, 6-4, to put the Orange up 2-0. Libi Mesh followed with a 7-6 tiebreak win and 6-4 win to make it 3-0.Nicole Mitchell, normally a doubles-only player, was told she’d be playing for Gabriela Knutson because Knutson was sick. Unexpectedly called upon to fill a gap, Mitchell delivered a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 win.“I felt like I just wanted to go win for her because she wasn’t able to play,” Mitchell said. “It felt great out there.”Syracuse was able to pull away from St. John’s on Sunday. But it all started with Shkudun, whose dominant serve overpowered Vavulina, a player she was already familiar with.“It was funny to see her,” she said. Comments Published on February 14, 2016 at 8:28 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more