- San Diego Chargers withdraw contract offer to first-round pick Joey Bosa
- Vuelta a España: Gianni Meersman claims stage five but Atapuma hangs on
- Kumar Sangakkara in Surrey quartet to miss centuries but Lancashire toil
- Greg Clarke ratified as FA chairman in succession to Greg Dyke
- Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest: Champions League play-off – live!
- Anthony Crolla v Jorge Linares: Manchester fighter wants to create legacy
- Salford City: Class of 92 are Still Out Of Their League
- Gary Lineker on meeting Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for The Premier League Show
- Froome avoids late crash in Vuelta
- Record scorer Keane to retire from Republic of Ireland duty
- Defensive end only 2016 first-rounder to remain unsigned
- Negotiations have stalled over bonus and wording of contract
The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.
The Chargers’ statement Wednesday said they believe “The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond. Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his team-mates,” the team said in the statement. “Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.Continue reading...
• Chris Froome remains third overall, 32 seconds behind leader
Gianni Meersman avoided a massive pileup to win a tense sprint finish and claim his second stage victory of the Vuelta a España on day five of the race.
The Belgian (Etixx-Quick Step), who also won stage two on Sunday, edged away from the pack – which was reduced to around 20 riders following a crash in the final kilometre – to finish the 171.3km flat route from Viveiro to Lugo in 4hr 16min. The 30-year-old beat Italy’s Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) on the line, with France’s Kevin Reza (FDJ) finishing third.Continue reading...
• Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Kumar Sangakkara and Steven Davies all pass 50
It was 2.06pm before Lancashire uttered an appeal in anger but as the afternoon wore on, they chipped away and prised out six Surrey wickets. Still, in flicking, driving and late-cutting their way to elegant half-centuries before contriving to get themselves out, Surrey’s series of stylish southpaws collectively carved out a lead of 67, and the dominant position their bowlers’ efforts of the first day deserved.Continue reading...
• Adds he will leave England matters up to manager Sam Allardyce
The Football Association has confirmed the appointment of Greg Clarke as its chairman, in succession to Greg Dyke, at a specially convened council meeting at Wembley, with the new man to take up the post just before England’s World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on 4 September.
Clarke, who was chairman of the Football League for six years, had been approved by the FA’s board last month but was ratified in the role only on Wednesday. Clarke, who said he is “delighted”, will travel next weekend with Sam Allardyce’s senior squad to Slovakia, where the national team begin their Group F campaign at the Antona Malatinskeho stadium in Trnava.Continue reading...
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- Manchester City’s Bony ‘an option’ for West Ham, says Bilic
Right, whoever the Romanian equivalent of Don Quixote is, it’s not Laurentjiu Reghecampf. Because the Steaua manager has decided to field a weakened team, leaving their two best players (Nita and Stanciu) on the bench. No tilting at impossible dream for him, it seems. Under these circumstances, anything less than a double-digit aggregate victory for City will be a disgrace. Pep demands to be judged by the highest standards, after all.
Hello and welcome to coverage of the most sensational comeback in the history of European football. Or not. Steaua Bucharest are hoping to pull off something unprecedented, as no team has ever won a tie after losing the first leg 5-0 (or even 4-0), so the Romanian champions are out to defy the course of history as well as of financial tyranny. It can’t be ruled out completely because City, despite Chelsea’s attempt last season, remain the only English champions to be relegated the year after winning the title (in 1938, when they managed to go down despite being top scorers in the league). Cititis is a very real ailment and still lurks somewhere in the club’s DNA. Still and all, tonight’s underdogs look exceptionally scrawny in comparison to a City side that Pep Guardiola is striving to transform into a properly mean beast. They have already hinted at newfound ruthlessness under the Catalan even if they let Steaua off somewhat in the first leg, missing two penalties and a bevy of other chances en route to their 5-0 victory. Back in 1980 Ajax lost 4-0 to Omonia Nicosia after winning the first leg 10-0 (gifting commentators a long-awaited opportunity to declare “that’s a big 10-4 good buddy”) but Guardiola is unlikely to stand for any such carelessness tonight. He’ll be demanding blood from what should be a dead rubber.
Another sign of Guardiola’s ruthlessness – or of his coherent planning if you want to be less dramatic about it – is his apparent willingness to discard Joe Hart. But the manager is not totally devoid of sentiment and has given the keeper a start and even the captains armband tonight. It’s a chance, perhaps, to make a farewell appearance. At this point only the callous of heart would crack a joke about waving haplessly at crosses. Wonder if Yaya Touré has been included tonight for similar reasons? And who knows what Pablo Maffeo’s role in Guardiola’s plans is: the 19-year-old right-back makes his senior debut tonight for the club he’s been at for a several years. He was on loan in his native Spain last season and it’ll be interesting to see how he takes to Guardiola’s ambitious fullback-cum-playmaker wheeze. Better than Bacary Sagna, quite possibly.Continue reading...
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• Balotelli considering the proposal but has yet to decide
Mario Balotelli is understood to be weighing up a move to FC Sion after the Swiss club’s chairman confirmed they are in talks to sign the striker on loan from Liverpool.Continue reading...
• New Zealand could negotiate fixtures individually
Talks between the major rugby unions about a global season have stalled, raising fears that there will be no international calendar after the 2019 World Cup outside official tournaments, such as the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship.
The major southern hemisphere nations have long argued for a global season which would separate club and international fixtures to synchronise the playing calendar. The New Zealand head coach, Steve Hansen, has described the current schedule as “bordering on the ludicrous” and detrimental to player welfare, but three years of talks have yielded little.Continue reading...
• Initial bid for Morocco forward was rejected by French club
• Boufal has also been tracked by Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford
Southampton are in negotiations with Lille over the transfer of Sofiane Boufal, with the clubs close to agreeing a deal that could be worth up to £21.2m (€25m) for the Morocco forward.
Boufal, who has also been tracked by Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford, has been told he will be allowed to leave Lille this summer after a spectacular breakthrough campaign that saw him score 11 times in his first full top-flight season.Continue reading...
Ahead of UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg match against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday, West Ham manager Slaven Bilić speaks at a press conference on Wednesday and says game is a ‘top priority’ for the team. When asked about reports that West Ham are interested in signing Simone Zaza, Bilić says he can’t discuss details until the current transfer window closes in a few days. Bilić also says signing Manchester City’s forward Wilfried Bony could be ‘an option’Continue reading...
• Moore says he is ‘very happy to be back’ after a 25-day absence
Ryan Moore will return to action after nearly a month on the sidelines when he rides Spatial for Sir Michael Stoute in the opening race at Newmarket on Friday. The three-time champion jockey has not ridden in public since 31 July, but was cut from 33-1 to 10-1 for this year’s title by one bookmaker following news of his imminent return.Continue reading...
• Coleman: ‘They’re only going to take two or three of ours … they’ll cherrypick’
Chris Coleman has dismissed any possibility of the Football Association of Wales supporting Team GB entering football teams at future Olympic Games. The Wales manager said there was no appetite whatsoever within the FAW to embrace a tournament he fears would risk derailing their progress and “mess about” with the pride and identity his players feel when they represent the country.Continue reading...
The US international fought back from a bad start during his loan at Sunderland. But he simply wasn’t being given an opportunity in north London
Head bowed and humiliated, DeAndre Yedlin wandered towards the electronic board displaying his number to accept a very public vote of no confidence.
Yedlin had endured a torturous dissection in the opening stages of a Premier League encounter against Watford, and he was Sunderland’s sacrificial lamb as he was taken out of the firing line just 19 minutes into the game. Months later, the USA international admitted his premature substitution that December afternoon last year was an embarrassing, infuriating experience, which drained him of confidence. “For the next three weeks it was a period of feeling sorry for myself, that sort of thing, pouting about it,” said Yedlin.Continue reading...
• Captain made record 147 appearances and scored 67 goals for his country
Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from international football following Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Oman next Wednesday.
The 36-year-old calls time on his 18-year international career having made a record 145 senior appearances for his country and scored 67 goals, more than three times more than his nearest rival.Continue reading...
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