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BARCELONA : FIFA’s sanction has rocked Real Madrid. Not only is it impossible to sign players in the two transfer windows which follow the current one, but it’s damaged the club’s image. Now, Florentino Perez is looking for a way to strike back. One way he’s thinking of doing so is taking away one of Barcelona’s young stars…

Perez has got to work on one extremely quickly. SPORT have learned that Madrid have been in contact with Xavi Simons, who plays for the Infantil side, to try and sign him. Even though he’s young, Simons is one of the most well-known players in Barça’s academy. And he is not lacking in quality. Last year, for example, he was named the best Alevin player at the prestigious MIC Tournament. Just a few weeks ago, too, he was chosen as the best player at the Liga Promises, a competition which took place in Miami.

For now, the people close to the youngster remain calm. They are aware that at this age - he is not 13 until April - what is most important for Xavi is to continue growing and learning. For that, they are prioritising sporting offers rather than economic ones, but we already know that the second one is often the winner. 

Xavi Simons was born in Amsterdam

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Jason Day spoiled Canadian hopes of a first home-grown winner in 61 years at the Canadian Open with a one-stroke victory on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Australian birdied the last three holes at Glen Abbey to triumph by one over American Bubba Watson and by two over Canadian David Hearn, the 54-hole leader.

Day ended the tournament in style by rolling in a clutch 22-foot putt at the par-five 18th for a closing four-under-par 68 and a winning total of 17-under

GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) - Tiger Woods is too old to ever regain the invincibility he once enjoyed but everybody in golf should be grateful for the contribution the 14-times major champion has made to the game, highly-regarded coach Peter Cowen has told Reuters.

Woods, who will be 40 in December, has been struggling for form heading into next week's British Open at St Andrews, where he won the Claret Jug by eight shots in 2000 and only a slightly less commanding five strokes in 2005.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) will continue to work with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to ensure national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei receives the minimum punishment after failing a doping test, said its minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the ministry would also do its best to assist Chong Wei to avoid a long lay off which would affect his world number one ranking, which the ace has been holding the last few years.

Khairy, who had met up with Chong Wei

The Philippines has agreed to host the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after the two other countries next in line, Brunei and Vietnam, declined, a sports official said Sunday.

This was agreed upon during a SEA Games Federation executive meeting in Singapore in June when Brunei, which was scheduled for the 2019 games, asked to pass due to "organisational reasons," said Joey Romasanta, spokesman of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Vietnam, the 2021 hosts, also declined so the federation