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Sanchez and Ozil could both still quit Arsenal this month
- August 15, 2017

The Telegraph claim that City are ready to test Arsenal's resolve with a £60m offer and plan to tempt Sanchez with a lucrative deal worth £400,000-a-week, including bonuses and image rights. THE Premier League returns this Friday - here's how Paul Merson reckons the final 2017/18 table will look. Arsenal would also be left with limited time to find a replacement if they did cash-in on Sanchez, while there are also few options available with a move for Thomas Lemar of Monaco having come to ... (more...)
Southampton announce 'partnership' with Chinese investor Gao Jisheng and his family Southampton announce 'partnership' with Chinese investor Gao Jisheng and his family
- August 15, 2017

This deal, though, is a similarly structured to the one completed by the late Swiss businessman, Markus Liebherr, when he rescued Saints from administration in 2009 , when he personally bought the club for around £13m, and not via his Mali group of engineering companies. (more...)
Southampton enter partnership with Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao Southampton enter partnership with Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao
- August 15, 2017

It was confirmed by the club on Monday that Gao and his family had concluded talks with Saints owner Katharina Liebherr to become partners in the Premier League outfit. "As a team, we will strive to build upon the strong foundation that is in place towards sustainable long-term success". "But for now it is business as usual at Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to focus on the first few weeks of the new season". (more...)
Barcelona's friendly against Chapecoense was an incredibly emotional occasion Barcelona's friendly against Chapecoense was an incredibly emotional occasion
- August 15, 2017

The Brazilian team - popularly referred to as "Chape" - was newly formed after the crash and is currently placed 16th in the country's first league. "I went to the game against Deportivo La Coruna". "Every player is free to decide upon their own destiny and he has decided his", he told reporters. And Valverde added: "It's an honour to welcome Chapecoense ". (more...)
Kenyan Drake leaves practice early Kenyan Drake leaves practice early
- August 15, 2017

Gase said Cutler actually might have been too amped up for practice Saturday because it was his first extended workout since signing with the Dolphins - only basic plays were called for Cutler in his first practice last Tuesday. In 16 games, Drake rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. The Georgia native is a big-time threat when he gets outside the tackles, and he has proven to be a quality pass-catcher, which takes pressure off quarterback Jay Cutler when nothing ... (more...)
Bennett explains why he will keep sitting during anthem Bennett explains why he will keep sitting during anthem
- August 15, 2017

Bennett , Seahawks teammate Richard Sherman and several other players and analysts have publicly stated they believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for his National Anthem protest and his candor in discussing social justice issues. (more...)
Seahawks' Bennett to sit during national anthem for entire NFL season Seahawks' Bennett to sit during national anthem for entire NFL season
- August 15, 2017

Kaepernick's decision to not stand for the national anthem before a preseason game last season drew ire and praise but also made him a lightning rod for controversy, which still resounds loudly. "I said, 'Just so you understand how I feel - I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem , but I'm going to respect you as a man, you do your thing, OK, and we'll do ours.' So, it's a nonissue for me". (more...)
Inquiry into ticket touting criticises International Olympic Committee and Pat Hickey Inquiry into ticket touting criticises International Olympic Committee and Pat Hickey
- August 15, 2017

Sponsorship is the life blood of sport and more particularly successful Olympic participation. Mr Hickey also said he would be cleared of all charges in Brazil. OCI president Sarah Keane said a contract was signed by Mr Hickey in January 2016, between the organisation and THG, guaranteeing it ticket reselling rights up until the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. (more...)
Football fans react after Manchester United's win over West Ham Football fans react after Manchester United's win over West Ham
- August 15, 2017

Jose Mourinho praised the role his new signings had in a 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday night, but remained modest in regard to Manchester United's title chances in 2017-18. "We are very happy...because he's a player that our team needs and now with these kind of qualities we have Nemanja and Michael Carrick..." Lukaku led from the front as he shrugged off the pressure of his price tag to deliver what his team need most . (more...)
Chelsea reiterate order for Costa to return to training
- August 15, 2017

I want the fans to know I still care deeply about them but I'm not going back to be separated like that. I said, 'If the manager doesn't want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid .' I have rejected other offers. Despite bagging 22 goals in all competitions last season , including 20 in the Premier League, Spanish global Costa has been constantly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge . (more...)
Broad: England need to adapt on the fly Broad: England need to adapt on the fly
- August 15, 2017

England are coming off the back of a 3-1 series victory over South Africa , whereas the West Indies side have lost six consecutive Test series, their last win coming against Bangladesh in 2014. "The exciting thing is we are going in with a clear mind and learning on the job, almost". "You look at Australia and I think both teams look similar". (more...)
Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem at Oakland Raiders preseason game Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem at Oakland Raiders preseason game
- August 15, 2017

As this writer for MSN.com notes of Del Rio's comments: "The flag may represent one thing for Del Rio (patriotism, freedom, the military, etc.) and another for Lynch (systematic racism, police brutality, oppression, etc.)". "I said, 'So you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm gonna respect you as a man". The 31-year-old Lynch has enamored himself to fans with his relaxed attitude, so not standing for the national anthem might be an ... (more...)
No. 1 player Marvin Bagley III picks Duke, will reclassify to 2017 No. 1 player Marvin Bagley III picks Duke, will reclassify to 2017
- August 15, 2017

Bagley's decision is a legitimate game-changing event for the college basketball landscape and it will likely vault the Blue Devils to the top of many preseason polls. ET edition of SportsCenter . Every time Bagley stepped on the court, gyms were packed to capacity by fans - including Durant - and coaches alike with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski flanked by assistants Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer. (more...)
Joey Barton urges Liverpool, Everton to move for Chelsea star Diego Costa Joey Barton urges Liverpool, Everton to move for Chelsea star Diego Costa
- August 15, 2017

Speaking with Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail , Costa talked about receiving the news that his Chelsea days were over via text, as well as the possibility of moving back to Atlético Madrid. "They want me to be there training with the reserves", the 28-year-old said. I want the deal with Atletico resolved this month. My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup. (more...)
Five talking points from the opening weekend of the Premier League Five talking points from the opening weekend of the Premier League
- August 15, 2017

It was indicative of the increased competition at the top of the table this season . Whether or not Abramovich will pay Conte a visit at Cobham this week remains to be seen. A heroic performance against Harry Kane and co. will strengthen the case for his services being retained. Immediately after the game Arsenal shortened to [13.0] to win the title (though that shortened ever further after Chelsea's shock defeat), but perhaps a more realistic target is a Top 4 Finish , for which ... (more...)
Azpilicueta calls for Chelsea signings, with 'top players' required by Conte Azpilicueta calls for Chelsea signings, with 'top players' required by Conte
- August 15, 2017

Antonio Conte has reportedly expressed his reservations in regards to the depth at his disposal, and Azpilicueta shares his concerns as the Blues prepare to face Tottenham with a patched-up squad. After the elation of winning of the Premier League at the first time of trying-and his fourth consecutive league title at club level-it's been a hard summer for Antonio Conte . (more...)
Antonio Conte impressed with Alvaro Morata's performance during Burnley match
- August 15, 2017

Here Press Association Sport asks some of the most pressing questions about the situation. Leicester City lost 2-1 at Hull City on the first day last season, but given the unexpected nature of their title win, this was the biggest opening-day shock since Aston Villas 3-1 win over Manchester United in 1995. (more...)
Ruthless India complete 3-0 series sweep against Sri Lanka
- August 15, 2017

Pandya not only brought up his first century in First-Class cricket, but also managed to create a few records. "You know, a guy who can get a fifty and a hundred in his first three games batting at number eight has to have something special in him", Kohli told reporters after the match. (more...)
Michael Bennett Sits On The Bench During National Anthem Michael Bennett Sits On The Bench During National Anthem
- August 15, 2017

He said, "This is something I've done for 11 years, it's not a form of anything other than me being myself". For me, being from Charlottesville , nobody wants you to sit idly by and not say anything. In Seattle on August 13, opposing groups of protesters clashed at rallies in response to events in Virginia the day before. He was photographed sitting on a cooler and holding a banana, prompting memories of last season when then-49ers quarterback Kaepernick sparked a national debate over his ... (more...)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan surprised Chelsea chose to sell Nemanja Matic to United Henrikh Mkhitaryan surprised Chelsea chose to sell Nemanja Matic to United
- August 15, 2017

His colleague James Ducker agrees . It really was only looking a matter of time until Lukaku inflicted further damage on the West Ham rearguard and, sure enough, on 32 minutes, Obiang lost possession in midfield allowing the ball to be fed out to Marcus Rashford on the left-flank. (more...)
Antonio Conte isn't going to last the season at Chelsea
- August 15, 2017

But do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don't have enough players? Chelsea are set to splash more cash before the end of the summer transfer window, amid rumours that manager Antonio Conte is unhappy at the club following their current recruitment activity. (more...)
Federer stunned by Zverev in Montreal final Federer stunned by Zverev in Montreal final
- August 15, 2017

Zverev blasted six aces and won 80 percent of first serve points as he needed just 68 minutes to dominate the 19-time Grand Slam victor and reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion. That was I think the thing that I struggled the most with today. Federer had considered skipping the event. "It was a good decision for me. We'll have to wait and see now how I feel in the next couple of days". (more...)
Chelsea fine wantaway striker Diego Costa
- August 15, 2017

I'm not a criminal and did nothing wrong. "I think it's affecting Conte , the way he's behaving, the way he's responding and reacting", said former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. It was 7 June, in the aftermath of Spain's 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia, when Costa revealed to reporters that he had received word from Conte that his manager "does not count on me for the next season ". (more...)
Diego Costa : 'I'm no criminal!' Striker blasts Chelsea Diego Costa : 'I'm no criminal!' Striker blasts Chelsea
- August 15, 2017

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso shoots at goal against Burnley during their Premier League in London, August 14, 2017. The striker is seeking a move back to Spain in the transfer window and has not played for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May, following which he claims manager Antonio Conte sent him a text, telling him he was not in his plans for the new season . (more...)
Xi to Trump: Tone down rhetoric on war Xi to Trump: Tone down rhetoric on war
- August 15, 2017

North Korea has shown less and less interest in dealing with China diplomatically over its weapons programme or listening to Beijing's pleas. He cited not just the theft of intellectual property such as computer software, but also Beijing's requirement that US companies turn over proprietary technology as a condition of entering China's markets. (more...)
Conte rages at Chelsea's lack of composure in shock defeat
- August 15, 2017

Chelsea will open their league campaign with a home game at Stamford Bridge against Burnley on Saturday. Instead, many look like hugely expensive punts. That meant the Saints have not scored at home in their last six games. The 18-year-old right back made his senior debut for Liverpool in October and has only started two Premier League games. (more...)
Premier League moves to close transfer window before season
- August 15, 2017

The Premier League are expected to approve a revolutionary change that will see the transfer window close before the start of the season, from the 2018/19 campaign. The Premier League kicked off on Friday night and all clubs have been told to warn crowds of extra security measures in place - including increased checks and restrictions on what can be brought into the stadium. (more...)
Antonio Rudiger demands quick response from troubled Chelsea
- August 15, 2017

Conte himself meanwhile merely commented that "the club is trying to do their best in the transfer market.the club is doing the work". "Whether you agree with the sending off (of Cahill) or not, they behaved like the Chelsea of two years ago under Mourinho and basically threw in the towel". (more...)
Premier League clubs aiming to shorten transfer window Premier League clubs aiming to shorten transfer window
- August 15, 2017

Representatives from the 20 top-flight clubs are due to attend a shareholders meeting on September 7 with the majority pushing for a new, earlier, transfer deadline to be introduced. His Swansea counterpart Paul Clement , who faces losing Sigurdsson to Everton , has also indicated that Premier League bosses broadly back the change. (more...)
Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton named NL Player of the Week Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton named NL Player of the Week
- August 15, 2017

Stanton crushed a 91-mph fastball from Giants starter Ty Blach 382 feet (according to Statcast) over the left field wall, following a leadoff single by Dee Gordon to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the first. First, Miami Marlins slugger #Giancarlo Stanton is continuing his home run filled hot streak, making history along the way. The next three spots on the list are also occupied by Stanton, who hit 37 homers twice and 34 once. (more...)