BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona forward Neymar signed a three-year contract extension yesterday, tying him to the Spanish champion until 2021. Barcelona announced Neymar’s agreement to the terms of a new deal in July. The new deal includes a buyout clause that increases from €200 million (US$217 million) in its first year, to €220 million in the second year and to €250 million in the third year. The 24-year-old Neymar joined Barcelona from Brazilian club Santos in 2013. He has scored 91 goals in 150 matches, including six goals in nine matches this season. Forming a dominant attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Su·rez, he has helped Barcelona win the Champions League, two Spanish leagues, two Copa del Rey trophies, and the Club World Cup. “This is great news,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “Neymar has grown into one of the best players in the world.”
Golf action will get underway today and continue on Sunday at the Lusignan Golf Club, as many talented golfers will battle for supremacy over two days in the Banks DIH and Citizen’s Bank-sponsored golf tournaments.Today’s tournament will commence at 12:30 hrs under the name “Citizens Bank Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament”, while on Sunday at 08:30 hrs the Banks DIH Invitational Open will commence.PRO LGC Guy Griffith, Mark Lashley, Liquor Executive, LGC President Aleem Hussain, Communications Manager Troy Peters, and Gavin Todd, Engineering ExecutiveDuring the press briefing held at the Conference Room at Thirst Park, LGC president Aleem Hussain thanked the beverage giant for coming on board, and noted that this weekend will be a special weekend, as the golf course is up to standard and it will promise two days of intense action.“Sunday will be a double- header for the Banks Family. The tournament will bring to you more than you can imagine. Especially with Banks being a long time sponsor, this will be a big tournament, as it leads directly to the Guyana Open.We are looking to see how the Banks family will perform this weekend.”Echoing similar sentiments, Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters said, “This weekend will be a warm-up weekend for the Guyana Open as we will be having the Citizen’s Bank and Banks DIH Tournaments. Banks has always been a major sponsor of the LGC…; about four years ago, we decided to team up; that is, Banks DIH and Citizens Bank (are going) to sponsor this tournament. We are very pleased to be associated with this tournament, as I am speaking on behalf of both tournaments. We already have our foreign players in the country so we are gearing up for action to set the stage for the Guyana Open.”The two tournaments will feature at least 60 players. Gavin Todd, Engineering Executive at Banks DIH, noted that players will be aiming to sharpen their techniques and build that confidence heading into the Guyana Open.He added it is his hope to come out on top, since he would be participating in both tournaments.