Mancini sees a case for the defence

first_imgManchester City boss Roberto Mancini regrets not signing an extra defender during the January transfer window. Press Association He added: “Also, last year he had this problem, for one month he didn’t play. This is a big problem. For me we did a mistake in this case. “We had a chance because we had one good defender but we didn’t think that Vinny would stay out for 40-45 days.” City have also been without two other defenders in Micah Richards and Maicon through injury but their only major transfer activity in January saw striker Mario Balotelli leave the club. Kompany’s prolonged absence has raised fears he may require surgery or miss the rest of the season but Mancini continues to play down the seriousness. He said: “He starts to run and we hope that he will be ready for Newcastle. “He started with us three or four days ago but he was tired because he worked a lot. His calf was tired but he didn’t have any problems. “But we don’t want to take a risk at this moment because we have one game and after it is the international break. It is better we wait.” center_img Mancini wishes he had moved to bolster his rearguard after captain Vincent Kompany was injured in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke on January 26. At the time City did not expect the 26-year-old’s calf problem to require a lengthy lay-off but he has not played since and Mancini feels his absence has been a “big problem”. Mancini said: “Probably we made a mistake because when we knew (of) this problem we were four days to (the) close (of) the market. Probably then we should maybe have bought another defender.” last_img read more

Nadal overcomes Zverev in gripping contest

first_imgFORMER champion Rafael Nadal overcame rising star Alexander Zverev a gripping contest to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.The Spaniard, who won the title in 2009, came through 4-6 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-2 in four hours and six minutes.Zverev, 19, had recovered a break early in the final set before requiring treatment for cramp.Nadal, 30, goes on to face France’s Gael Monfils, who beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.Canadian third seed Milos Raonic made it through to the last 16 with a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-3 win over Frenchman Gilles Simon.Zverev has long been touted as a future world number one and it appeared as though he would make his Grand Slam breakthrough against Nadal.The teenager’s big serve and brilliant backhand earned him a 2-1 lead after three sets, only for ninth seed Nadal to battle his way back in characteristic fashion.It is almost three years since Nadal won his 14th major title at the 2014 French Open, and that was the last time he got past the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam.Injuries have taken their toll, but it was Zverev whose fitness failed him in the closing stages on Rod Laver Arena.The German won a gruelling 37-shot early in the final set but the damage was done as he could not recover fully, despite treatment from the trainer.“I won by fighting and running a lot,” said Nadal. “I think everybody knows how good Alexander is. He’s the future of our sport and the present too.“It’s been a very tough match for me. I didn’t start playing my best and I was not feeling very well because I was losing too much court. When I felt I was feeling better I had more time to control from the baseline.“It was a close one but he deserved to play a little more aggressive than me. I had to fight for every point.”Denis Istomin, the qualifier from Uzbekistan who stunned Novak Djokovic in round two, produced another superb effort to beat Spanish 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-2.He will next play 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov after the Bulgarian produced a stunning performance to beat French 18th seed Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-2 6-4.Belgian 11th seed David Goffin impressed with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic, setting up a clash with Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem, who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-4.Thirteenth seed Roberto Bautista won the all-Spanish battle with 21st seed David Ferrer 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 and next faces Raonic.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Sarkisian introduces new staff

first_imgAfter a tumultuous 2013 football season, the Trojans finally have some calm and stability in the offseason, just in time to prepare for recruiting season and spring practices. There have been many positive signs since Steve Sarkisian was announced as the Trojans’ new head coach both from a recruiting and from a coaching staff standpoint. On Tuesday, Sarkisian introduced his almost-complete coaching staff for the 2014 season.Fresh faces · Steve Sarkisian brought five assistants with him from Washington. The Huskies were 0-12 the year before Sarkisian arrived. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFrom last year’s staff, Sarkisian retained wide receivers coach Tee Martin and offensive coordinator Clay Helton — who led the Trojans to a 45-20 romp over Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl after recruiting coordinator and former interim head coach Ed Orgeron resigned.In addition to these two tenured Trojan coaches, Sarkisian added six former assistant coaches from University of Washington to the coaching staff: associate offensive head coach and tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, running backs coach and special teams coordinator Johnny Nansen, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon, defensive backs coach Keith Heyward, and strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis.Sarkisian also inked a deal with former San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Tim Drevno to become the Trojans’ offensive line coach and running game coordinator.“I wanted to make a staff that’s cohesive and that works well together,” Sarkisian said.Heyward agreed with Sarkisian.“I think we have good chemistry amongst our staff,” Heyward said. “We’re all really close in age and we all get along.”The coaching staff is going to have to hit the ground running as recruiting season begins.“The focus starts in Southern California, but we will reach across the country,” Sarkisian said of his recruiting strategy. “We’ve got a brand that can reach from the West Coast to the East Coast and everything in between.”So far, five Trojans have already bought into the USC brand. Sarkisian says four players have already joined the Trojan family for the spring semester and are taking classes.Sarkisian also mentioned that the Trojans are waiting for junior college transfer Claude Pelon to round out the spring additions to the Trojans’ roster.Despite these mid-year additions, the entire coaching staff could not reiterate enough who the number one recruit for the 2014 class was: Hayes Pullard, who announced his return along with cornerback Josh Shaw.“It’s huge,” Sirmon said of Hayes’ return. “Anytime you have transition you need somebody in the locker room who understands what’s best for the program and to help with the transition process, and on defense he’s going to be that guy.”Sirmon knows he has big shoes to fill in replacing the beloved Orgeron, who served as the Trojans’ interim head coach following the dismissal of Lane Kiffin. Sirmon seems to have a grasp of what it will take to recruit the most elite players to the program.“What I talk about is recruiting with humility,” Sirmon said. “Right now it’s a relationship business and we have to do a great job to foster it and to build it because there are guys out there that are tireless.”Former NFL quarterback Tuiasosopo joins the Trojans’ coaching staff as the associate offensive head coach and tight ends coach. Tuiasosopo left the University of Washington after leading the team to win the Fight Hunger Bowl over BYU as the interim head coach.Tuiasosopo brings his expertise as both a successful player and coach. In 2000, he was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and Rose Bowl MVP in his senior season at Washington. He then went on to play quarterback in the NFL. Tuiasosopo passed on an offer by Washington’s new head coach, Chris Petersen, to remain the tight ends coach at Washington to rejoin Sarkisian at USC.Drevno, the current San Francisco 49ers assistant coach, will also be joining Sarkisian after succeeding at both the collegiate and professional levels. Drevno has been a part of head coach Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff from the University of San Diego to Stanford and now the 49ers.“Tim Drevno is the one common factor in all three of those stops,” Sarkisian said. “He’s been the architect behind that offensive line and their physicality — their ability to run the football — and that’s something that this program will be built upon has well.”Sarkisian added that he wanted to make sure Drevno’s professional experience was an impact hire for both current players and recruits to be coached by an NFL offensive coach.Once the 49ers’ season concludes, Drevno will assume the role of offensive line and running game coordinator. With veteran offensive linemen in junior Max Tuerk and redshirt sophomore Chad Wheeler along with talented running backs such as redshirt junior Buck Allen returning, Drevno should have a seamless transition in his new position.Offensive coordinator Clay Helton and wide receivers coach Tee Martin are the only two coaches who remain from the old coaching staff. Helton will retain his title as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after coaching the Trojans to the Las Vegas Bowl victory as the second interim head coach this past season.As for Martin, he says he’s convinced the Trojans will be in good shape at the wide receiver position despite star wideout Marqise Lee entering the draft much to the dismay of fans and coaches alike.“You can’t replace a Marqise Lee, that just doesn’t happen,” Martin said. “But I will say I’m excited about Nelson Agholor, his leadership skills and how much better he’s gotten.”Lee’s injury also allowed freshman Darreus Rogers to get his feet wet. The Trojans are also expecting redshirt freshman Steven Mitchell and senior wide receiver George Farmer, who were both sidelined by ACL injuries, to see some action come spring practice.With players set to leave home, one new coach is returning home. Nansen, a native of Long Beach, Calif., jumped at the opportunity to return home. He will coach the running backs and special teams.On the other side of the field, the defensive coordinator will be Wilcox, who plans to adjust the defensive scheme a bit while leaving a great amount of what is already in place untouched.“Our job is to kind of find out what we’re best at and also to find out what we need from a schematic standpoint to play and be successful,” Wilcox said.The only position to be determined is the defensive line coach.“We’re going to do our best to hire another great defensive line coach for this football team,” Sarkisian said.Bo Davis was originally set to assume the role and after beginning to settle in, he had a change of heart leading to his departure for Alabama under head coach Nick Saban.“We all agreed it was probably the best thing for Bo to head back closer to home to be near his family,” Sarkisian said.The Trojans look ahead with a roller coaster ride of a season behind them. The current focus is for the players to be a “fresh, healthy, and well-conditioned football team by the start of spring practice,” Sarkisian said. “Every guy in this program’s getting a clean slate.” The coaching staff and players alike have the opportunity to make something special of this upcoming season.last_img read more

LA Rams TE Cory Harkey wins truck in Lakers halftime contest

first_imgCory Harkey’s multi-sport background paid off in a big way on Wednesday night.The Los Angeles Rams tight end won a new Toyota Tacoma truck during halftime of the Lakers’ 91-81 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center, earning his prize through a skills challenge. Obviously, the 25-year-old had a bit of an edge over the rest of the field.In addition to his 27 career receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns, Harkey once starred at Chino Hills High in both football and basketball, averaging 16.8 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior. He focused on one sport at UCLA, where he started 37 games as a blocking tight end.The 6-foot-4, 259-pound Harkey is also the son of former major league pitcher Mike Harkey, who is currently the bullpen coach for the New York Yankees. The younger Harkey joined the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but signed a three-year contract last month worth up to $5.7 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

SN Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, more

first_imgMORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day trial)We were curious to hear Johnson’s thoughts on these topics and more, like the idea of midweek NASCAR races and Cup Series events on dirt tracks. Who knows better than the winningest active Cup driver (83 wins; tied for sixth all-time) who’s almost halfway through his 19th season in the series? Below is our conversation with Johnson; it has been edited for length and clarity.Sporting News: Is “Seven-Time” the closest thing to a nickname you’ve had in racing that’s actually sticking?Jimmie Johnson: Yeah, I’d say through my championships I’ve developed (it.) The first time it hit was “Five-Time” when we won the five in a row. And then with the six and the seven.In my entire career, I’ve never had a nickname. Certainly wish I did. I’ve seen some really cool things done with nicknames — T-shirts, other things that have come along for guys like Tony Stewart with “Smoke.” He took smoke and made a barbecue sauce line out of it.There’s different, unique opportunities that come with that. I’ve never had a nickname throughout my entire career of racing. Until “Five-Time,” and then six and now seven.SN: Do you like it?JJ: I think nicknames are cool. I think they’re something you earn, something that someone else comes up with. So I’m good with where mine is. I’m sure there’s maybe a nickname or two out there that someone doesn’t like that was bestowed upon them.For me, I’m totally good with it. It is what it is.SN: Ty Dillon recently expressed some interesting ideas for NASCAR to appeal to the next generation of fans. What do you think NASCAR can do (in that area)?JJ: I feel like we could go at it and list probably 20 things. I think the good news is NASCAR, more than ever — track operators, teams, sponsors — everyone is like, “Hey, what can we do?” So I think everyone is in the right place to bring along the right change. I think all parties have shown that they are listening and trying. And we’re seeing some things succeed. We’ve seen visor cams, more sun decks; we’re seeing those things happen. So I think we have a ways to go moving in the right direction.One of the things on my list would be just the environment that’s created at a race track. And I think that environment at a short track is much more impactful and powerful. The energy you feel from everything being closer together — it leads to more competitive racing on the track.I think the smaller venue just as a general statement; I think we put on a better show, and the fans have a better experience. At the end of the day, we’re trying to get people to come through the turnstiles to come in, and that experience they have is everything.And then you have the piece on TV. I don’t know — I feel like we put on a pretty darn good TV show. I think stage racing has helped. I think we’ve done a lot of things right; I really do. We need to keep tweaking I think maybe the ask of the time commitment to watch a race. It’s pretty big. It’s hard for people to tune in the whole time. I feel like stage racing has helped keep interest throughout the race. SN: Dillon said he likes how tracks like Pocono Raceway are willing to take on something new, like next season’s doubleheader. When you got out of the car after driving 400 miles at Pocono on Sunday, did the thought of having to do that again the next day cross your mind?JJ: It wouldn’t bother me a bit. Everyone has an open mind and everyone is trying new things. And I think we’re just in a transition state right now, and really a state of growth. And we’re all open. I’m excited to see where the next year or two goes. You have a lot of stuff on the table we’re looking at. I think it’ll be fun.Especially a doubleheader. I’d rather drive my race car five days a week than the other work-related items that come with it. The more time in the race car, the better for me.MORE: Johnson’s title streak among best in sportsSN: From a driver’s perspective, what would be the pros and cons of a midweek Cup race?JJ: I would say the demand on the teams to get ready would be a con. And then the pros: We all know during the week how hard it is to find anything worth watching on TV. We could be that. I think that’s clearly one of the reasons “Monday Night Football” has been so successful. Thursday night? Not so much. Monday night? Yes.So it’s not a layup. We have to get it right. But I feel like there’s a real chance to get it right.SN: Would you be comfortable racing a Cup car on dirt?JJ: Yeah, without a doubt. I grew up on the dirt, so I’m totally fine with it. I just hope they can put some jumps in there for me so it really goes back to my roots.SN: Now that you’ve been to so many different tracks this season, purely from a driving standpoint, which track felt the most different with the 2019 rules package as opposed to years past?JJ: The 550 horsepower package is just so different. All of them have felt that way, but I guess Pocono probably would be (the most different). Because the speed differences on the straight we felt everywhere. The raised corner speed we felt everywhere. But at Pocono we don’t shift any longer the way this rules package works out. That’s the first time in my 18 seasons of racing that I have gone to Pocono and did not shift while completing a lap.That makes it stand out as the most different. When I first went there I was shifting six times a lap. And then it went down to four, and now it’s down to zero. That’s a big difference.SN: Did it feel easier?JJ: You know, at the end of the day, still to find hundredths of a second takes a lot of work. So the work was still there, it was just in different areas. (Getty Images) For Jimmie Johnson, at least two things come with being a seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion. One is a nickname, something the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro welcomes. The other — and it’s our fault — is the request for Johnson’s perspective on both the current state and the future of the sport.These are trendy topics in an era the 43-year-old driver calls “a transition state” for NASCAR. In 2019, race teams each week are battling the rules package that was installed for (and has been tweaked) this season. A new generation of race cars is on the horizon. NASCAR’s recent purchase of International Speedway Corporation only fueled the speculation around more schedule and venue changes. As we take things away, there’s less opportunities for mistakes. That’s my only disappointment in different areas where the rules are going — we take away the opportunity to make a mistake. The cars are becoming very forgiving to drive. We’re not shifting at some tracks.I understand why, but that’s the only thing that I get bummed out about, is that you can chase a guy for 100 miles or a fuel run — whatever it ends up being — and they just don’t make mistakes anymore. You don’t have an opportunity to make a mistake. So in the end you don’t have an opportunity to pass.Going through the corner with this high downforce is pretty easy. And then you take the shifting away from it — the guy never makes a mistake.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Jail bookings report: March 21-28, 2016

first_imgKimzey, Robert J22Wellington, KS216 N Woodlawn, Wellington, KSSumner CoPossession of certain stimulant, Possession of paraphernalia, Criminal use of weapon3/24/16 Belle Plaine PD0 Total58 Cowley Co Conway, Jack L28Wichita, KSSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KSSumner CoDisorderly Conduct, Battery x23/21/16 Bippert, Dustin R35Mulvane, KS400 E Bridge St, Mulvane, KSMulvane PDProbation Violation3/26/16 Caldwell PD0 Wellington PD2 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Bodner, Joshua A25Wellington, KSPatterson and Harvey, Wellington, KSWellington PDProbation Violation3/22/16 Kemp, William T54Wichita, KS501 N Washington St, Wellington, KSSumner CoFailure to Appear3/25/16 Burden, Amber E35Wellington, KS501 N Washington St, Wellington, KSSumner CoViolation of condition of bond3/24/16 Sedgwick Co39 KRGC0 Gressel, James R22Wellington, KSPatterson and Harvey, Wellington, KSWellington PDProbation Violation3/22/16 Roberson, Kendall C22Wellington, KS100 E Elm, Oxford, KSOxford PDDriving while license suspended3/24/16 Bookings Beyard, Maranda E D22Peck, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSumner CoProbation Violation3/21/16 McCosh, Eric J43Wichita, KS600 E Main St, Mulvane, KSMulvane PDDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs3/26/16 Ferguson, Felicia L29Wellington, KS121 E Walnut St, Argonia, KSSumner CoBattery3/26/16 Butler Co0 KHP0 Sumner Co14 Byers, Joshua41Wellington, KS623 N C St, Wellington, KSSumner CoFailure to Appear3/22/16 Schwab, Donald E III21Wellington, KS200 N Tyler, Wellington, KSSumner CoTheft3/24/16         Derr, Steven W51Wichita, KSSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KSSumner CoFailure to Appear3/22/16 Conway Springs PD0 Oxford PD1 Hall, Angela S41Mulvane, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSumner CoProbation Violation3/23/16 Mulvane PD2 Bail Bondsman0 Barber Co0 Schoemann, Rebekah L19Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSumner CoProbation Violation3/23/16 Foulk, Donald D34Belle Plaine, KS121 E Walnut St, Argonia, KSSumner CoDomestic Battery3/26/16 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 21 to March 28, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Gratzer, Michael L34Wichita, KS11610 S US 81, Peck, KSSumner CoDriving while license suspended3/28/16 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 3/21/2016 thru 3/28/2016  Johnston, James D65Wichita, KSSedgwick County Jail, Wichita, KSSumner CoProbation Violation3/22/16last_img read more

Portland Timbers win MLS is Back Tournament after edging Orlando City in final

first_imgPortland secured not only its first trophy since 2015 with the win, but also a place in next year’s Concacaf Champions League.Portland took the lead in the 27th minute, Mabiala heading in a lovely set-piece from Diego Valeri.What a ball. Great finish.@TimbersFC open the scoring in the #MLSisBack Tournament Final! 1-0.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 12, 2020But Orlando drew level six minutes before halftime after some nice work by Nani. The former Manchester United star beat his man down the left before crossing, with Pereyra putting away the equaliser.WE”RE LEVEL!Mauricio Pereyra makes it 1-1 for @OrlandoCitySC. #PORvORL— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 12, 2020However, another Portland set-piece led to the Timbers restoring their lead. Valeri’s corner caused problems before Zuparic turned in Jeremy Ebobisse’s effort for what proved to be the decisive goal. ALL HUSTLE! 💪Dario Zuparic gives @TimbersFC the 2-1 lead in the final. #PORvORL— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 12, 2020This is Portland’s second piece of silverware after they also lifted the MLS Cup in 2015.Los Angeles FC striker Diego Rossi finished as top scorer of the tournament, with seven strikes to his name. The Timbers’ Sebastian Blanco contributed a tournament-high five assists.Portland’s win in the final has booked their place in the Concacaf Champions League next year in what will be their third appearance at the competition. The Portland Timbers won the MLS is Back Tournament on Tuesday after a 2-1 victory over Orlando City in the final.Portland’s Larrys Mabiala opened the scoring with a header in the 27th minute, though Orlando City’s Mauricio Pereyra evened the score just before halftime at the Walt Disney World Resort. Portland’s Dario Zuparic scored what proved to be the winner for the Timbers in the 66th minute.last_img read more

Cahill urges clarity over Conte’s Chelsea future

first_imgThe former Italy and Juventus manager has been embroiled in a turbulent campaign marred by his feud with the club’s hierarchy over their failure to back his transfer plans.Conte is also said to have infuriated several Chelsea stars with his intense personality and regimented training sessions.Cahill believes a decision must be made one way or the other so Chelsea, whose fifth-placed finish in the Premier League means they miss out on Champions League football next season, can prepare for the new campaign.Asked what it would take for the Blues to move on and make the necessary close-season preparations, Cahill said: “Probably for the uncertainty to be put to bed and for whatever’s going to happen to happen.“It’s out of our hands. We have to try to deliver on the pitch. We fell short in some aspects this season but (on Saturday) we produced. The rest behind the scenes is not down to us.”Conte signed an improved contract last summer, but not an extension, to his three-year deal that expires in June 2019.And after winning the FA Cup the Italian said he “can’t change” and is a “serial winner”, effectively calling for the club, owned by Roman Abramovich, to back him or sack him.“All I can say is it’s been a great finish,” said Cahill. “If the manager stays on next year, he stays on.“If he doesn’t, he’s gone away with a Premier League and FA Cup. I think that’s something everyone at the club can be proud of. We really had to win this game to save the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea captain Gary Cahill celebrates winning the FA Cup at Wembley © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 21 – Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has called for “the uncertainty to be put to bed” over the future of Antonio Conte, with the Italian widely expected to be on his way out of the club.The Blues beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday as Conte won his second trophy in English football after capturing the Premier League title in his first campaign.last_img read more

British sprinter banned after failing drug test

first_img0Shares0000Britain’s Nigel Levine in action in the 4x400m relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio © AFP/File / PEDRO UGARTELONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 20 – British sprinter Nigel Levine has been suspended from all sport for four years after testing positive for banned drug clenbuterol, UK Anti-Doping announced on Tuesday.Levine failed a drugs test on November 24 last year and it emerged in February that he had been provisionally suspended. Announcing the four-year ban on Tuesday, UKAD said the 29-year-old’s ban will be backdated to December 13, 2017 and run until December 12, 2021.Levine was part of Britain’s 4×400 metre relay team that competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is a European indoor and outdoor gold medallist in the event as well as a three-time world indoor medallist.He failed the test having only just returned to training after being involved in a serious motorbike accident with British sprinter James Ellington in January 2017.Clenbuterol is an anabolic agent prohibited at all times under global anti-doping rules.“All athletes must adhere to the principle of strict liability, and are solely responsible for any substances found in their system,” said UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead.“Mr Levine is an elite athlete, who has competed at the Olympic Games, European and World Championships, and has received significant anti-doping education throughout his career.“It is up to role models such as Mr Levine to uphold the highest standards when it comes to anti-doping, ensuring they check all supplements thoroughly and are 100 percent certain they know that what they are consuming is not prohibited.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Newcastle United confirm signing of Marseille striker

first_img Florian Thauvin 1 Newcastle have signed Marseille winger Florian Thauvin on a five-year contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.The 22-year-old Frenchman came through a medical on Wednesday and committed to the club until 2020.As part of the deal to bring Thauvin to St James’ Park, Remy Cabella heads the other way on a season-long loan, which will become a permanent move next summer.“I am delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Thauvin on Newcastle’s website. “I have come from France to a really big club and am very happy to be here.“It is a big honour to know that Newcastle have been after me for such a long time and that they wanted me that much.“They have put their trust in me and I am looking forward to playing for the team.”Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren added: “Florian is a player the Club have been watching for a long time and I am delighted that we have been able to sign him.“He is a perfect signing for this club – someone who is young, with great potential and is one of the best young players in Europe.“He is an exciting, creative talent who can score goals and make assists, and we believe he will have a very bright future at Newcastle.”last_img read more