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USA curling legend Shuster looking to title defense at Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- American curler John Shuster has revealed that he and his teammates aim to defend their Olympic title at Beijing 2022.。
Shuster, who is 39, led the U.S. men's curling team to win his first Olympic gold at PyeongChang 2018. Now, he is back for more.。
"We are training very hard and doing everything we can to get back and win the Olympic trials so we can represent the United States again at the upcoming Olympics and hopefully get a chance to go there and try to defend our gold medal," Shuster said during the Olympic qualification, which takes place from November 12 to 21.。
Shuster told World Curling that he lost 25 pounds during the pandemic, and was able to spend time with his family and go fishing ahead of his push for an Olympic spot and the right to defend his Olympic title.。
Shuster missed out on his attempt for qualification in the mixed doubles curling event at Beijing 2022, but the qualification for his men's team started on November 12. The final is scheduled for November 21. Enditem。
Steve Bruce considers retirement after being sacked by Newcastle******
LONDON, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Newcastle United has sacked Steve Bruce from his position as manager following just over two seasons in charge of the club form the north-east of England.
Bruce had expected to be sacked almost immediately in the wake of the Saudi takeover of the club on October 7th, but clung on for a few days more and was in charge for Sunday's 3-2 defeat at home to Tottenham which leaves them second from bottom of the Premier League without a win in its first eight games of the season.
The 60-year-old's first two seasons in charge saw Newcastle finish 13th and 12th in the table without being drawn into a battle to avoid relegation.
The club has confirmed it has already begun to search for a replacement with former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca thought to be the early favorite, although Graeme Jones will be in temporary charge for Saturday's game away to Crystal Palace.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper after his leave had been confirmed, Bruce commented that he was considering retiring from management after a coaching career dating back to 1998.
"I think this might be my last job. It's not just about me; it's taken its toll on my whole family because they are all Geordies (from Newcastle) and I can't ignore that."
Despite being a boyhood Newcastle fan, Bruce was never accepted by the club's fans, partly because he spent most of his playing days with Manchester United and also because he had a spell coaching bitter local rivals Sunderland.
"It has been very, very tough. To never really be wanted, to feel that people wanted me to fail and saying I would fail, that I was useless, a fat waste of space, a tactically inept cabbage head," he commented, adding that his family, his wife especially "have been worried about me."
"I'm 60 years old and I don't know if I want to put her through it again. We've got a good life so, yeah, this will probably be me done as a manager," added Bruce. Enditem
Barca confirms Xavi as new first team coach******
MADRID, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona confirmed former player Xavi Hernandez as the long-term replacement to Ronald Koeman as first team coach in the early hours of Saturday morning.。
The 41-year-old, considered to be one of the architects of Barcelona's trademark passing game, returns to the Camp Nou after Barca agreed terms with Qatari club Al-Saad, where he had coaching since 2019.。
Xavi has agreed a two and a half year contract until the end of June 2024 and will make his debut in the Barca dugout on November 20th in the Barcelona derby against local rivals Espanyol, just three days before Barca play Benfica in a Champions League game they need to win if they are to qualify for the last 16 of the competition. Enditem。