Chelsea ‘offer Batshuayi, Barkley as part of £80m for Rice swap deal

first_imgChelsea reportedly offered Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley to West Ham in an £80million deal for Declan Rice. But The Times reports the Hammers rejected the swap deal and are holding out for £80m in cash. David Moyes’ side are not interested in taking on the rarely used pair. Both Barkley and Batshuayi have had peripheral roles in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea set-up. But the club were hoping to bring down the massive price tag on Rice’s name by offering some of their unwanted stars as a makeweight. Chelsea were hopeful as West Ham previously tried to sign Batshuayi and Moyes coached Barkley at Everton, but it appears to have done them no favours. Blues boss Lampard is desperate to bring in reinforcements to fix his leaky defence. Chelsea conceded more goals than any other side in the Premier League’s top ten last season and has identified Rice as a potential solution.Advertisement The 21-year-old was released by the Blues as a teenager before joining West Ham aged 14. Rice played every minute of every league game last term, but mainly in his usual position of central midfield. However, Lampard is keen to use his versatility and convert him into a talismanic centre-back. And fans were convinced Rice would return to Chelsea after being spotted with “agent” John Terry. read also:Former Chelsea star brings ‘Rice’ to Stamford Bridge Rice posed with the former Stamford Bridge hero in a post shared to Instagram by Aston Villa’s assistant manager. And Lampard is hopeful he could have a similar impact to Terry if he can lure the England international back to West London. Rice is currently on holiday with best mate and Chelsea star Mason Mount. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Magath ignoring Mitroglou price tag

first_img One point separates them from safety in what has developed into a fraught relegation battle, with every team from Hull, in 13th, downwards still in danger of the drop. Magath, who insists he will be reading German crime fiction to help calm his nerves over the coming days, has never been relegated in his 19-year managerial career. “I’m afraid for the club, not for my personal record. I have nothing to prove in my career,” he said. “I knew it was a difficult situation when I came here. I’m confident I can manage it. “I worry a little bit about the last matches but I’m confident. We can make it better on Saturday.” With Fulham’s Premier League survival hanging by a thread, Magath is wary of using the Greece striker at this stage of the season and will not be influenced by his price tag. “Kostas is part of our team now and he can play again this season,” Magath said. “I feel pressure to pick the best 11. It is not just black and white when you consider a player, you must think about how to get the best from him. “He’s a player who is very dangerous in the box. At the beginning, as we played, we weren’t coming into the box. “It was not the right situation for him. Now we are creating some chances and coming into the box. In the box he is very good. “Kostas wants to play and will help us. You never know if he has not played how he will realise his abilities in a game. “You can try in training sessions but it is not the same situations in training sessions as in games.” Magath accepts that only victories against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage eight days later will give Fulham a chance of staying in the top flight. Mitroglou is finally available to join the squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Stoke after almost two months out with a persistent knee problem. The £12milllion accusation on transfer deadline day has made just two appearances since his arrival in January. Felix Magath feels no pressure to pick Fulham’s record signing Kostas Mitroglou for the last two matches of the season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cherries pick up second striker by grabbing Grabban

first_imgBournemouth made it two strikers in as many days as they snapped up Lewis Grabban from Norwich. Former Rotherham player Grabban, 27, helped Norwich earn promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season. “I think we’ll be getting a better Lewis Grabban, but he’ll realise that we’ve got better as well and he will have to adapt too. But we’re in no doubt we’re getting a good player back,” manager Eddie Howe told his club’s official website. “He’s also someone who was popular in the dressing room behind the scenes he’s a strong motivator and we’re delighted to be bringing him back.” Earlier, Howe had spoken of his excitement at the potential of Afobe but is determined not to place any pressure on the young striker to make an immediate impact. Afobe, 22, joined the Cherries from Sky Bet Championship side Wolves for an undisclosed fee on Sunday and has signed a four-and-half-year deal. The former Arsenal player has been a regular goalscorer in the lower leagues, including a prolific stint with MK Dons last season, and Howe believes he has ability to do well in the top flight as well. “He is entering a new league and that is going to be a big experience for him but we believe he can make the step up,” Howe told a press conference. “He is strong, you just look at him and know he is going to be a handful, but he has good technique. “I am excited by that because I think there is a lot of potential in him and he is a really good age, and I think there are a lot of good years ahead of him.” It remains to be seen when Afobe will make his Bournemouth debut, with the striker waiting for clearance to see if he will be available to face West Ham on Tuesday, but whatever happens Howe does not want to put too many demands on his new player straight away. Howe added: “He may need a little bit of time to settle as most new players do for us because of the way we play, so we are not placing huge expectation on his shoulders. “He is someone who can play the role the way we like it to be played and I think he will be a success, but we are going to need to work on him like we do all other players.” Although he has already made two early swoops in the transfer market, Howe is still confident of attracting more players to Bournemouth before the window closes. “We are still looking, no guarantees but we are hoping to add to the squad,” the 38-year-old said. “Like any transfer window it is an important window, we want to try and bring the right players to the club with the right attitudes. “I have been excited by the signings we have had so far, if we can add a bit more quality then I think we will be in a really healthy position.” The Cherries have paid an undisclosed fee for Grabban, who returns to the south coast for a second spell. Grabban – who scored 35 goals during his first two-year stay – joins on a three-and-a-half-year deal and his arrival comes a day after the capture of Benik Afobe from Wolves. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSyracuse University appoints diversity director for sportsSYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has added an athletic director of diversity, culture and climate in a new position within the department of athletics. Salatha Willis is charged with developing and implementing new ways to create an equitable culture for the university’s student-athletes, administrators, coaches and staff in the athletic department. The move is a response to the racial tension that has wracked the country, including a period of social unrest on campus last fall. There were more than a dozen reports last November of racist graffiti and vandalism targeting Blacks, Jews, Asians and Native Americans. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWIMBLEDON-PRIZE MONEYWimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellationWIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament’s cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday. Associated Press In a letter posted Thursday on their respective Twitter accounts, they said: “Speaking out is something we’ve both felt we really needed to do for a long time now, but in truth, we’ve been afraid to do so.”Both women represented Britain in the 2016 Olympic Games but they say their success has come at a high price.Twenty-eight-year-old Becky said she was called “mentally weak” for questioning her training regimen in 2018. She then injured her ankle in “a direct consequence of the unsafe training.” Her 20-year-old sister said a nutritionist required her to send daily pictures of herself wearing just underwear to prove she wasn’t gaining weight. She was 14 years old at that time.British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen this week announced an independent review of claims of mistreatment. She said the British Gymnastics Integrity Unit already exists to investigate allegations and that there are welfare officers around the country.SYRACUSE-DIVERSITY DIRECTOR TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too.After playing in empty stadiums to get started, Japan began allowing up to 5,000 fans into the games on Friday, or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Officials hope to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1.Japan’s soccer J-League is also allowing fans to return, beginning on Friday, under the same guidelines.Fans are required to use hand disinfectant and have their temperatures taken when they entered the stadium. Shops were open and food and drinks were for sale, but alcohol was not allowed.Restrictions were also put on the amount of cheering permitted, a staple at games in Japan. Update on the latest sports After consulting with its insurance provider, club officials said 256 players who would have competed in the main draw will each receive 25,000 pounds ($31,000), while 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive 12,500 pounds ($15,600).In addition, 120 players who would have competed in doubles will each receive 6,250 pounds ($7,800); 16 players who would have competed in the wheelchair events will each receive 6,000 pounds ($7,500); and four players who would have competed in the quad wheelchair events will each receive 5,000 pounds ($6,200).All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said “we are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognize the impact of the cancellation on the players.”JAPAN-FANS RETURNBaseball is back in Japan, and so are fans in the stadiums Japan has been largely successful controlling COVID-19 with about 1,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. The United States, with a population about 2 1/2 times larger, has recorded more than 130,000 deaths. However, Tokyo has reported more than 200 new cases in each of the last several days. That is the highest number in the Japanese capital since April.GYMNASTICS-BRITAIN-ABUSE COMPLAINTSBritish Olympic gymnasts decry ‘abusive behavior’LONDON (AP) — British Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie say they’ve suffered from abusive behavior in gymnastics training for many years, adding their voices to a growing number of gymnasts coming forward with similar complaints.The sisters said coaches pressured them to lose weight and overtrain, which took mental and physical tolls. They were inspired to tell their story after former teammates did the same. July 10, 2020last_img read more

Syracuse commits 27 total fouls, has 3 starters foul out in loss at Villanova

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Jim Boeheim wasn’t about to let the elephant in the room define Syracuse’s 82-77 loss to No. 7 Villanova on Saturday.The Orange finished the game with 27 total fouls and three of its starters — Rakeem Christmas, Chris McCullough and Michael Gbinije — on the bench. Villanova totaled 17, and Wildcats starting forward Daniel Ochefu didn’t commit any in 25 minutes.Yet Boeheim, despite chatting with the referees throughout the afternoon, was quick to dismiss the foul discrepancy in his postgame press conference.“If they fouled they must have fouled them,” Boeheim said. “… I’m not talking about fouls.”SU’s foul total played a large part in the Wildcats win at the Wells Fargo Center, as Villanova went 26-of-32 from the line while Syracuse shot 13-for-18. It also led to the disqualification of all of the Orange’s starting forwards, which made it easier for forward JayVaughn Pinkston to collect a game-high 25 points to lead the Wildcats second-half comeback and exclamatory finish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Honestly, the refs called a lot of fouls on us. Little touch fouls that wasn’t on us, really,” said freshman forward Chris McCullough, who fouled out in 25 minutes with just three points. “It really hurt because we need (Gbinije), (Christmas) and me in the game. That really hurt us.”Villanova head coach Jay Wright said that his team shot 14 more free throws than the visitors by continually pounding the ball inside. He thought the Wildcats got away from that approach in the first half, but went back to it when McCullough and Gbinije entered the second half with three fouls each.McCullough picked up his fourth foul 12 seconds into the half and Gbinije was tagged with his third four seconds later. Tyler Roberson checked into the game and the Orange was tentative defending the paint for the rest of the afternoon.“Second half we just said, ‘Hey, that’s how we gotta go, we gotta go inside and we gotta attack them,’” Wright said. “And we did, continuously.”With all three forwards out of the game in overtime, the Wildcats keyed its defensive efforts on guards Trevor Cooney and Kaleb Joseph and left Roberson, B.J. Johnson and Chinonso Obokoh in one-on-one matchups.That made the SU offense too predictable on one end and too small on the other, and Villanova clawed away with three parts of the Orange’s nucleus looking on.“A lot of people fouled out and they didn’t have that or foul trouble,” Roberson said. “It played a big factor in the game.” Comments Published on December 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Michael, Huff earn weekly MPSF honors

first_imgAfter a strong 2-0 weekend for USC women’s lacrosse, the MPSF awarded senior attacker Michaela Michael and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff Player of the Week honors on Monday.Michael earned her eighth career Offensive Player of the Week nod, while Huff received her first Rookie of the Week honor. Michael, a 2014 Rookie of the Week recipient, earned Offensive Player of the Week honors this week for her offensive explosions in the Trojans’ wins over Fresno State and Cal this past weekend. USC outscored the two teams by a combined score of 42-9 en route to raising its record to 9-3 on the season.This week’s award marks Michael’s third straight week being named the Offensive Player of the Week after winning the honor four times in 2016. Michael netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover to help the Trojans maintain an undefeated 5-0 record at home in 2017.Against Cal, Michael took fewer than 20 minutes to score six goals, while against Fresno State, Michael took just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance. Her 33rd and 34th career three-goal games moved Michael into third place in MPSF history with 196 career goals, and she currently sits in fifth all-time with 258 career points. As for first-year midfielder Huff, her Rookie of the Week honor means she joins fellow freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller as the only USC freshmen to earn the award. In her first year out ofEastport-South Manor High School, the two-time High School Academic All-American exploded with afive-goal performance, which included three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win. Thanks to her five goals against the Bulldogs, Huff now ranks eighth on the team in points (14) and sixth in goals (13).Since USC debuted its varsity women’s lacrosse program in 2013, the Trojans have won 30 MPSF weekly honors (12 offensive, 10 defensive and eight rookie).USC also boasts numerous players vying for recognition in annual awards. After winning in 2015, Michael is making a strong case for yet another MSPF Player of the Year title with her team-leading 40 goals, 52 points and 76 draws controlled. Miller, a potential MPSF Rookie of the Year candidate, is giving Huff a run for her money with 29 points, 22 goals, 26 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and 19 draws controlled.But with five games left in the regular season, USC still has a long way until postseason awards are doled out. Next up, theninth-ranked Trojans (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) will travel to Oregon to battle the Ducks (7-5, 3-1) on Friday. Then they will head down to San Diego State to take on the Lady Aztecs (8-3, 2-1) on Saturday.last_img read more

Loughmore change approach this year

first_imgTomorrow afternoon in Boherlahan West champions Arravale and Killenaule meet at 3. On Sunday a double header in Cashel sees Moyle Rovers and Galtee Rovers meet at 1.30 while Loughmore Castleiney and Clonmel Commercials meet in the big game at 3pm.Dual club Loughmore Castleiney are going for three in a row of senior titles but this year is differant in that they were also involved in the latter stages of the senior hurling championship the last two years. Loughmore manager Declan Laffan told Tipp FM sport some rejigging is needed this yearIn the intermediate championship, the venue for the quarter final clash between Newport and Golden Kilfeackle has been changed, its now taking place in Kilcommon instead of Drombane.last_img

Long nets winner for Saints

first_imgThe Gortnahoe man scored in the 69th minute against the Welsh side.His team, which have not conceded in six matches, also had an effort from Graziano Pelle disallowed.Swansea had a 90th minuted penalty claim turned down – referee Jon Moss deemed there was nothing wrong with Maya Yoshida’s challenge on Alberto Paloschi.last_img

Betradar’s William Howie: The scale of the opportunity in a regulated, cricket-mad India

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 At last month’s ICE London, Betradar made a commitment to the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), a not-for-profit organisation, to further its understanding of the local market, while exploring all opportunities related to sports betting and gaming in India.We caught up with William Howie, Programme Manager Premium Cricket at Betradar, to discuss the potential legalisation of sports betting in the country, how quickly this might counter the spread of illegal betting activity, and the scale of the opportunity that a regulated, cricket-mad India would represent for Betradar’s Premium Cricket product.SBC: How vast is the potential for legalised and regulated sports betting in India? WH: The financial potential needs little explanation; this is a country of 1.3 billion people, a large proportion of whom are regular users of the internet via their mobiles. It is also probably fairly redundant to underline that a huge and very active betting market exists there already. The more interesting and often overlooked potential is the power of good that regulated betting may bring to the Indian people and to sporting integrity across the country.A regulated market would afford protection to millions of Indians who currently have none, while it would also make it more difficult for match fixers to operate. Sportradar recently spoke at the SBGI event in Goa on this very topic, and is keen to promote these particular benefits of regulation to stakeholders across the country.SBC: What role does Sportradar have to play in setting out the strongest and safest proposition for the Indian market? WH: Sportradar can help by offering its range of industry leading technologies: for example, its Fraud Detection Systems that already works across 17 different sports to combat match fixing, and its Managed Trading Systems that supports over 100 operators worldwide to allow visibility that will enable better customer protection.An important point here is that no one company will be able to make these contributions unless they have products exciting enough to gain a significant share of the market. This is where Sportradar has its biggest advantage – given that it owns the world’s leading cricket betting product.SBC: Given the scale of the existing black market, and the expected level of taxation in the country, how long would it take for legalised betting to lower illegal activity? WH: This is dependent on the regulated companies that choose to operate in India. The quicker they can attract existing underground business to their regulated products, the quicker the illegal market will shrink. This also puts the onus on companies like Sportradar to focus on the strength of their offerings. We need to ensure our products and ideas are exciting and appealing to users, beyond the ones that they currently experience.SBC: Similarly, to the developing situation in the United States, do you expect companies with local knowledge to be at an advantage? WH: To some extent yes, however the experience gained in our own markets is also a huge advantage for anyone wishing to operate in India. The top-notch products and supporting technology currently on show in regulated markets are what will ultimately have the biggest impact in India. As such, those that can partner an understanding of the current Indian status quo with an experience with modern products from elsewhere, will be best placed to succeed.SBC: Do you expect bookmakers to come up with more innovative cricket-based products to meet the passion that Indian fans have for the game? WH: This is a very exciting question for us at Betradar. Whereas the concept of betting is established and slow to progress in our well-developed market, the situation in India allows scope for greater innovation. Given that at some point betting will be officially presented to the Indian public for the first time, companies like ours will have an opportunity to redesign what the betting products of the future will look like.The biggest example is cricket, a sport that has received very little investment or imaginative change during the lifetime of internet betting. Cricket products have been set in their ways and slow to change. The size of the Indian market and its love of cricket will soon reward those who were brave enough to invest in the sport, and they will now be given even more scope for development and innovation.That is why our Premium Cricket is in pole position not only in India but across all the relevant markets to reset expectations on what cricket betting can and should look like. Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri tells Chelsea he wants to leave the club

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has informed Chelsea he wants to leave the club this summer, according to Sky in Italy.In his first season at Stamford Bridge, Sarri secured Chelsea a return to the Champions League by sealing a third-placed Premier League finish, before claiming the first major trophy of his career by lifting the Europa League.However, amid interest from Serie A champions Juventus, Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Friday and she promised to talk to the club’s owner Roman Abramovich about his future.Despite delivering a more than adequate performance in terms of end-of-season results, Sarri endured consistent criticism from a significant portion of the club’s supporters throughout the campaign.Chelsea beat Liverpool and Tottenham to advance to the Carabao Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester City, but fans remained unsatisfied with the possession-based ‘Sarri-ball’ style of play the Italian was attempting to implement.With Massimiliano Allegri having departed Juventus earlier this month, Sky in Italy understand that Sarri is the club’s primary candidate to fill the role, and he now appears keen to take up the position.Ahead of his showdown talks with the Chelsea hierarchy, Sarri met with his agent Fali Ramadani, who prepared his client to engineer a route out of the London club. Source: Skysportslast_img read more