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MANCHESTER---Frank Lampard will
carry on playing for Manchester City
throughout the Premier League sea-
son, the English champions
announced Wednesday night.
"Manchester City can confirm that
it has extended Frank Lampard s con-
tract up to the end of Manchester City s
season, enabling his continued partic-
ipation in both domestic and European
campaigns," the club said in a statement
on its Web site.
Lampard will now be available to
face Sunderland in a league match at
the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.
The 36-year-old former England and
Chelsea midfielder was on a short-
term deal which was due to expire on
New Year s Day when he would offi-
cially become a player of MLS team
New York City FC---a sister club of
City manager Manuel Pellegrini had
made no secret of his desire to keep
Lampard, who has scored six goals in
17 appearances for the club, although
he has only started three league match-
es. The most important of Lampard s
goals so far came against former club
Chelsea in a 1-1 draw.
Lampard s stay has added value with
Yaya Toure set to go to the African
Nations Cup, while City is also light
on proven scorers with Sergio Aguero
and Edin Dzeko both out injured.
Lampard joined City in August,
ostensibly to maintain fitness ahead of
the 2015 Major League Soccer season,
which begins in March. Halfway
through the Premier League season,
which ends May 24, City is in second
position---three points behind Jose
Mourinho s Chelsea.
City will also look to gain from Lam-
pard s European experience. The Lon-
doner captained Chelsea when it won
the 2012 Champions League final
against Bayern Munich.
City is through to the knockout stage
of the Champions League for the sec-
ond straight year and plays Barcelona
on February 24 in the home leg. (AP)
Manchester City's Frank Lampard
celebrates after scoring against
Sunderland during the English Premier
League soccer match at the Etihad
Stadium, Manchester, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Lampard to stay at Man
City to end of season
ended the year with a night off
for his sore left knee and an
assurance that he has no plans
to run away from the Cavaliers.
James missed his second
straight NBA match Wednesday,
and said his knee has been both-
ering him since before Christmas.
He also sat out Tuesday s game
in Atlanta on his 30th birthday.
James said tests have been neg-
ative, and he joked that he s got
a lot of wear and tear on his joints
after 11 seasons in the NBA.
"I ve got 41,000 minutes on
me, including the playoffs," he
said, cracking a smile. "You drive
that car in the winter time."
The Cavs, who have lost two
straight games and three of the
last four, also were without start-
ing forward Kevin Love (back
spasms) and forward Shawn Mar-
ion (sprained ankle) for their game
with the Bucks. James injury is
the latest piece of news in a tur-
bulent week which began with a
report that there was concern
within the Cavs organisation that
first-year coach David Blatt was
not connecting with his players.
Both James and Kyrie Irving
dismissed the ESPN report, which
cited unnamed sources, but the
team s struggles haven t helped
Blatt s transition to the NBA.
Then on Wednesday, a video
of James and former teammates
Dwyane Wade following Cleve-
land s match on Christmas Day
began making the rounds.
In it, James appears to tell his
former Miami teammate that "if
things aren t better this year,
we re gonna reunite again and do
some bigger and better things,
Before sitting out against the
Bucks, James called the hubbub
over the video "outlandish" and
made it clear he s not planning
any moves. "I ve seen that video
too," he said. "I don t know exact-
ly what I said, but I know it had
nothing to do about basketball.
I wouldn t say that on Christmas,
in front of cameras.
"That (conversation) had noth-
ing to do with me leaving here.
I didn t go to college, but I m not
stupid," he said. "If I would have
said something, I would have said
it the (previous) night to D-Wade.
"I m here now and I m here to
build something in the future."
James re-signed as a free agent
with Cleveland this summer after
spending four seasons in Miami,
where he won two NBA titles and
went to four straight Finals.
Since his emotional return to
Ohio, James has said several times
that he intends to finish his career
with the Cavaliers.
Blatt believes the four-time
MVP is dedicated long-term to
LeBron misses second NBA
match with sore left knee
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