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Lampard hopes to stay at Stamford Bridge

Frank Lampard admits he remains hopeful that he will still be at Chelsea next season.

The England international midfielder is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and has yet to be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard has been linked with a move to America, but the 34-year-old hopes to resolve his future at Chelsea and earn a new contract.

"I've always said that I wanted to spend all my career here and I think everyone knows that," Lampard told Sky Sports.

Asked if he could have done any more to earn a new deal, Lampard added: "Maybe I could do more, you can always do more but I've been pretty pleased with his form.

"I just want to contribute and I want to keep doing that for the last three games."

Khan: I knew Brook would defeat Devon

AMIR KHAN has landed a verbal blow on Kell Brook’s jaw by claiming: I knew he’d pull out of facing Devon Alexander.

Brook, 27, was due to slug it out with IBF world welterweight champion Alexander in Atlantic City on May 18.

But the Sheffield fighter, who had already endured the heartache of the clash being rescheduled on two previous occasions, suffered a stress fracture to his right foot — opening the door for Lee Purdy to step in as a late replacement.

And Khan insists he always thought Brook would walk away from the showdown with the 26-year-old southpaw.

The former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champ told SunSport: “He was meant to fight for a world title against Alexander and he pulled out, which I knew all along he would do.

 “I thought it was a tough fight for him to take — and he’s not one of those guys who would take a tough fight.”

Robson on the rise

LAURA ROBSON beat world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the Madrid Open third round.

The shock 6-3 6-1 win was Brit Robson’s first triumph over a top-five player.

And it was all the more impressive when you consider Polish star Radwanska, the fourth seed, was runner-up at Wimbledon just last year.

World No 41 Robson, 19, will now face former French Open champ Ana Ivanovic or qualifier Chanelle Scheepers, who play their second-round game today.

Fernandinho: Looking to get more exposure in the Premier League

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho has openly expressed his desire to become a Manchester City player.

City boss Roberto Mancini has already admitted an interest in the Brazilian and the player himself is also keen to head to the Premier League in search of a higher profile.

"I believe my chances of making the World Cup squad will improve if I join City," said the 28-year-old star, quoted in The Sun.

"My exposure would be better, because Brazil is biased towards the Ukrainian league.

"What we do here is not recognised in my country. Playing in a division, at a club that is considered among the best in the world would help me get back in the Brazilian national team.

"There are a lot of people in England with good football knowledge. Those complement my skills and motivate me to want to play in the Premier League."

Qouja Shines in Pakistan

DAMASCUS,(ST)-Outstanding player Omar Qouja,a member for the national billiards and snooker team, has scored a remarkable result as he came second in the Asia Billiards Championship which was wrapped up in Pakistan.

Super players from 29 countries , internationally classified, took part in the said event.

Qouja's result is the best in the history of the Syrian billiards and snooker where he made it through to the World Championship finals.    

It is worth noting that the international federation has recognized Syria as first in the Arab world and fifth internationally in this sport.

M.D