La Liga drop transfer blow on Messi, demand Man City pay £630m release clause

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In Hollywood7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Laliga have dropped a summer transfer blow on Lionel Messi, after siding with Barcelona in their bitter contract dispute. The Argentine star believes that he should be eligible to walk out of Camp Nou for nothing, as part of a clause in his contract. But LaLiga themselves have ruled that his claim is invalid – meaning that potential suitors such as Manchester City will have to pay his £630million release clause in full. Reported by Reuters’ Richard Martin, LaLiga’s statement read: “”In compliance with the applicable rule, LaLiga will not approve a request to be de-registered as a player with the Spanish football federation, unless the amount in the release clause has been paid.” Messi, 33, sent a fax to the club on Tuesday informing them of his decision to exercise the clause in his deal to walk out of the club for free. But Barcelona have maintained throughout that it expired on June 10. Messi’s representatives, however, argue that due to the season being extended following the coronavirus lockdown, that an extension should be granted. LaLiga’s statement, however, vehemently denies such a right.Advertisement Loading… center_img The situation could be set to rumble on and on – as Messi snubbed the club’s Covid-19 testing this morning. Barcelona’s first-team squad, including fellow angered star Luis Suarez, arrived for testing ahead of pre-season. But Messi was not among them. This means that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will not be eligible to take part in Ronald Koeman’s first training session tomorrow. Fans have taken to Camp Nou to protest against the club’s ownership in the wake of Messi’s decision to leave. read also:Revealed! Messi’s £629m Barca buyout clause does not exist But it would appear that the man himself wants to reunite with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. According to L’Equipe, PSG director Leonardo contacted Messi’s father, Jorge, to try and sort out a deal – only to be told that he has chosen City. And Mundo Deportivo’s Francesc Aguilar reported earlier this week that City supremo Ferran Soriano has reassured the Messi camp that they CAN afford a deal – even if the clause was rejected, as has been the case. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

2019 IMCA point season ends on Sunday, Sept. 29

first_imgQuestions about IMCA point totals and standings should be directed to Virginia Lindsey, director of membership and points, at or by calling 319 472-2201, ext. 215. Bonus points will be figured and national and regional champi­ons and rook­ies of the year announced as soon as possi­ble. Local track officials have until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 28 to notify IMCA of corrections that affect their top 15 point stand­ings before all standings for those divisions become official. Final points races will be held that day for sanctioned Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Southern SportMods and Sport Com­pacts. VINTON, Iowa – The 2019 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season will end on Sun­day, Sept. 29.last_img read more

Matthew 25 Ministries brings relief to tornado-ravaged south

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — Matthew 25 Ministries is making the trip tornado-ravaged Alabama this week. In a post on Facebook the group said:Matthew 25: Ministries is responding to the deadly tornadoes that swept through Alabama and Georgia on Sunday.Our Disaster Response Team will depart tomorrow morning to provide aid to people impacted by these storms. Matthew 25 is also shipping a semi of aid to partners within the affected areas this week. The shipment will be filled with products such as personal care items, paper products, and batteries.Visit for more information on our response and to learn how you can help. We are keeping all those affected by these storms in our thoughts and prayers.This story will be updated.last_img

Sammon provides aerial threat – O’Shea

O’Shea said: “Strength-wise, Kevin and Jon are fantastic, but I’d have to agree with you, height-wise Conor would have that advantage – and I’d think he would probably be a little bit more nimble than two fantastic players in Cascarino and Quinn. “I have played against Conor once or twice, and he’s going to offer us a good physical presence up front and a threat in behind as well. He’s a big man who is quite agile and can get about pitch quite well. “The Polish defence, especially with Shane and Conor starting up front tomorrow, hopefully will have a very tough start to the game because from what they have shown in training, they won’t let their defenders rest on the ball, the massive pressure they put on the defenders. “Hopefully that will give us a chance to get up pitch and squeeze the game a bit more and we can take the game to Poland.” Trapattoni is hoping the pace and power of both Sammon and Long will help his team stretch the Polish defence and allow wide men Robbie Brady and James McClean to prosper. He said: “They give us depth, they can open up the game. We have two possibilities, one to open up and develop the game, and they will also hold the ball up. “When defenders are under pressure, they need that support. This is one of the characteristics they have.” Skipper John O’Shea is backing debutant Conor Sammon to give Ireland the aerial threat they have been missing since the days of Tony Cascarino and Niall Quinn. The Derby frontman will make his senior international debut in Wednesday night’s friendly against Poland at the Aviva Stadium as manager Giovanni Trapattoni takes a look some of the newer members of his squad. Sammon, who stands at 6’2″, will partner West Brom’s Shane Long in attack with the likes of Kevin Doyle and Jonathan Walters held in reserve. Press Association read more

Ace Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah missing early morning training sessions

first_imgMumbai: Ace Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah on Thursday said that he is missing his early morning training sessions amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has wreaked havoc across the world. India has been under lockdown for more than two months now with cricketers cooped up inside their homes bereft of any sort of outdoor training. Bumrah would have been playing for reigning champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but with the cash-rich league standing indefinitely postponed due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, he has little to do in terms of cricketing action. “Missing early morning training sessions,” Bumrah said on his official Twitter handle as he shared a throwback photo of him sprinting on a training ground. Recently, former West Indies fast-bowler Ian Bishop heaped praise on Bumrah and referred to him as a ‘generational talent’. IANS Also watch: Flash floods hit Assam! Here are some scenes of the devastationlast_img read more

The Latest: T-Wolves’ Towns donating $100K to Mayo Clinic

first_imgNCAA President Mark Emmert has said postponing the tournament indefinitely was not feasible.___4:45 p.m.Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak.The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments. The Italian soccer federation is planning to ask UEFA to postpone the European Championship.Federation president Gabriele Gravina tells Mediaset TV that Italian officials want Serie A to be completed by June 30.The Stadio Olimpico in Rome is slated to host the opening match of Euro 2020 on June 12, plus three other games of the tournament.Gravina says, “The hope is to finish by June 30. … And we’ll need to insert the Champions League and Europa League also. The deadline is June 30, then we’ll eventually see if we need to exceed that.”He adds, “We’ll propose to UEFA that they postpone the Euros.” When asked what his biggest baseball concern was, Daniels responded: “I don’t really have one to be honest with you, my head’s not even there. It might have been a few days ago, but it’s been pretty solely focused on making sure everyone’s got what they need, and everyone’s family is taken care of, and that we can get everybody home. We’re going to have plenty of time to figure out the baseball piece.”___6:24 p.m.Keeneland announced it will be closed to all non-essential guests starting Monday. Only essential employees, owners, trainers, veterinarians, blacksmiths and stable workers will be allowed into the track in Lexington, Kentucky.The track will set up screening checkpoints to monitor those seeking access and everyone will have their temperature taken. Only people with a temperature less than 100.5 degrees and showing no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus will be admitted. The screening will continue indefinitely. The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action.___2:50 p.m.The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business Sunday. The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department.Mexico previously played soccer matches without fans for several weeks during the 2009 H1N1 influenza health emergency, an outbreak with Mexico as the epicenter.Federal health officials on Saturday night raised the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 41, up from 26 the previous day and 11 the day before that. On Sunday at least two more were announced by state-level authorities.___ The Minnesota-based medical system said it expects the money from Towns will help increase capacity for COVID-19 from 200 tests per day to more than 1,000 per day in the coming weeks. The Mayo Clinic has been working for the past month on developing its own test for the virus to supplement other existing avenues.___9:45 p.m.Hornets owner Michael Jordan and the Hornets players have partnered to establish a fund to provide financial assistance to the team’s part-time employees adversely affected by the loss of games and events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said suspending sports in the country is “hysteria.” He directly mentioned Brazil’s soccer confederation for suspending its tournaments.Bolsonaro took part in protests that gathered thousands in his support on Sunday despite medical recommendations that he stay in isolation due to coronavirus contagion risks. Several people that traveled with him to the United States last week tested positive for the virus. He said Friday he had tested negative.___5:11 p.m.The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. Payments from the fund will assist more than 500 part-time staff.The fund will impact employees who serve in various capacities during games and events, including ushers, ticket takers, box office attendants, entertainers, public safety officers, retail staff, guest services personnel, technical operations and others.The part-time staff for the Hornets will be compensated through the end of the scheduled NBA season on April 13. There also will be assistance for part-time employees working Spectrum Center concerts and Greensboro Swarm part-time staff through the end of March.___10:10 p.m. The team says the staff member worked the club’s match against Columbus on March 7, but did not become ill until four days later. The team said the individual did not have access to the general public and “only had access to the team in controlled areas during the game.”The team said no players or coaches have reported having any symptoms related to the coronavirus.“We remain in constant communication with a number of regional and national health authorities, and based on the information we collectively have at this time, there is not felt to be a risk to any fans that attended our March 7 match at CenturyLink Field,” Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “The individual that tested positive for COVID-19 did not have access to the public on matchday, and fortunately we have no other confirmed cases within the club at this time. Alongside public health authorities, we are actively monitoring this situation, and should new details emerge, we will continue proactively communicating with our community.”___5:34 p.m. The Latest: T-Wolves’ Towns donating $100K to Mayo Clinic Associated Press Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.___6:45 p.m.Soccer players at Brazilian club Gremio have staged a protest of their own by wearing face masks on the field before the start of their game against São José on Sunday. 4:05 p.m.NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Gavit says he made the decision and it was supported by basketball committees.“There is not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating,” Gavitt said Sunday, the day the men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced. “And, that isn’t fair to the teams that would be positively or negatively impacted by manufacturing March Madness. More importantly, in light of this global health crisis, I believe we need to keep college basketball in perspective.”College basketball’s showcase was canceled on Thursday, leading to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year.“Players and coaches want to see their school name on the bracket,” Gavitt acknowledges. “Members of the media want to dissect matchups. Bracketologists want to compare the work of the committees versus what they’ve predicted. Fans are curious for those same reasons. All of us want something to fill the void we’re feeling. However, anything less than a credible process is inconsistent with the tradition of the NCAA basketball championships. … There will always be an asterisk next to the 2020 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships regardless if brackets are released.”center_img ___4:49 p.m.The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus.The Circuit of the Americas was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled. The track is also home to the USL soccer team Austin Bold and the league season has been suspended.The facility also has a concert amphitheater and hosts large concerts and other events. Austin city officials have banned gatherings of 250 people or more at least until May 1. March 15, 2020 The F1 US Grand Prix remains scheduled for Oct. 25 if the season resumes. Formula One has postponed all races until at least May. MotoGP has tentatively rescheduled its Texas race for Nov. 15.“The joy of creating memorable occasions has been replaced with the disappointing reality of a worldwide crisis,” track officials said in a statement. “We hope everyone stays healthy, heeds the caution advises by leaders and experts, and comes back to COTA when good times return.”__5 p.m.Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday. Gremio players and coaching staff arrived at the Rio Grande do Sul state championship game wearing the masks. Authorities in Brazil have not ordered the cancellation or postponement of sporting events because of the corona pandemic but recommended that games are held without fans. Grêmio beat tiny São José 3-2 with no fans present.___5:15 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):10:55 p.m.Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has announced he’ll donate $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic for testing for the COVID-19 virus. MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the new coronavirus.The league said Sunday that players should remain in the market of their team and exercise safe social distancing. MLS said it is working with its players’ association and other North American professional leagues on a protocol to allow players at training facilities for rehabilitation or individual training.___2:10 p.m.Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus. One of the prep races for the Kentucky Derby has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The $700,000 Sunland Derby on March 22 in New Mexico was called off Sunday, according to a report in the El Paso Times.Officials at the track across the border from El Paso, Texas, also said it would be the last day of racing to comply with the request of the governor. The meet was scheduled to end April 21.The Sunland Derby winner would have earned 50 points toward qualifying for the 20-horse field in the Kentucky Derby. Track officials had previously said the race would be run without spectators.It’s the second time the Sunland Derby has been canceled. In 2016, an outbreak of an equine herpes virus among the horse population forced it to be called off. ___3:39 p.m.Texas general manager Jon Daniels says the team has “effectively” closed down its training camp in Arizona, with a bulk of players from the big league camp electing to go home. He says 15 to 20 players were headed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where they either have a primary residence or a place where they live during the regular season.A charter plane was scheduled Monday for players to return to Texas, though some still elected to drive their own cars from the Arizona camp that is just more than 1,000 miles from their new ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Daniels said five or six players would be staying in Arizona, along with some staff members who have their offseason homes in the area. Other coaches were returning home to be with their families. Serie A is currently suspended until April 3, along with all other sports in Italy, the European epicenter of the virus outbreak.UEFA has a meeting planned on Tuesday to discuss the calendar. The virus outbreak has also tested the limits of soccer’s World Cup schedule.___1:15 p.m. The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic. Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected. “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.”Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.”On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health. last_img read more

Olympian Sumit Sangwan suspended for 1 year for failing dope test

first_imgLast Updated: 26th December, 2019 21:47 IST Olympian Sumit Sangwan Suspended For 1 Year For Failing Dope Test Former Asian silver medallist boxer Sumit Sangwan was on Thursday banned for one year by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for failing a dope test Former Asian silver medallist boxer Sumit Sangwan was on Thursday banned for one year by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for failing a dope test. Sangwan, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics and formerly a 91-kg category boxer, was set to appear for the Olympic qualifier trials. But that will not be possible now as his suspension starts with immediate effect.READ: MLB’s London Series games between Yankees and Red Sox raised around £37m in city’s economyNADA DG confirms Sumit’s ban”Sumit Sangwan banned for 1 year with immediate effect for consuming specified prohibited substance,” NADA DG Navin Agarwal posted on his twitter handle.Read the tweet here: COMMENT WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Written By Sangwan’s sample was collected “out of competition” (OOC) on October 10 and he tested positive for Acetazolamide, which is listed as Diuretics and masking agents under S5 of WADA’s 2019 Prohibited List. However, the boxer had not opted for provisional suspension. His period of suspension starts from Thursday, December 26, 2019.READ: Tom Brady sends out Christmas day greeting after Patriots wrap up 11th AFC East titleWhat does the order state?”The Hearing Panel holds that since Athlete in the present case was negligent in consuming the specified prohibited substance without verifying its composition and elements and elements and without disclosing same in the doping form, he is liable for sanctions under Article 10.5.1 for ineligibility period of 1 year,” the order stated.READ: Yankees star James Paxton welcomes new $324 million superstar Gerrit ColeREAD: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor gift themselves top high-end cars on Christmas Day SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 26th December, 2019 21:47 IST Press Trust Of India FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Top 10 highest paid footballers in the world

first_imgDespite his difficult time at Real Madrid in recent times, Gareth Bale still managed to rack up £35.45m in earnings.Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann rounds up the top five with today earnings of £35.25mThe full top 10 features two players from Real Madrid, two from Barcelona, two from PSG and one each from Juventus, Vissel Kobe, Bayern Munich and Man City.Take a look at the full top 10 below             Player                               Earnings             Salary (per week)Lionel Messi (Barcelona)            – £120m                 – £500,000Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)      – £109m                 – £688,000Neymar (PSG)                        – £87m                  – £600,000Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)          – £35.45m               – £350,000Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – £35.25m               – £290,000Eden Hazard (Real Madrid)          – £32.06m               – £400,000Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe)        – £31.14m               – £425,000Raheem Sterling (Man City)        – £30.96m               – £300,000Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)     – £26.56m               – £346,000Kylian Mbappe (PSG)                 – £24.73m               – £375,000 France Football, organisers of the Ballon d’Or awards have released their list of the highest-paid players in the world in 2019.Unsurprisingly, the top two spots are occupied by the two best players on the planet; Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The Barcelona star edged the Juventus forward out of top spot by ‘just’ £11m.Messi earned a total of £120million from his wages, bonuses, endorsements, commercial revenue and other streams.Cristiano Ronaldo’s total of £109 million, along with a weekly salary of £688,000 is still very impressive and puts him well ahead of third-placed Neymar who finished the year with £87m.More from Citi Sportslast_img read more

Swedish fan banned for murder threat

first_imgBrage supporter who threatened to murder one of his own team’s players during a game has been banned from attending home matches for 2-1/2 years, the Swedish club said in a statement.Brage are rooted to the bottom of Sweden’s second tier with one win and two draws all season and emotions that have been running high among fans boiled over during a recent match.“One of these so-called fans expressed a direct murder threat during the away game at Degerfors to a Brage player, something which in recent days has been confirmed by several independent sources,” the club said on its website ( chairman Per Armund Ruth said: “We obviously cannot accept our players being threatened.“If the player threatened with murder chooses to report it to the police he will do so, something Brage supports. The club has chosen to act with a long ban.” (Reporting by Philip O’Connor; editing by Toby Davis)last_img read more

Manchester United lead race to sign Brazilian starlet

first_imgManchester United are understood to be leading the chase to sign Brazilian youngster Bruno Gomes, despite strong interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Sao Paulo and Udinese, according to the Daily Star. Gomes was widely expected to make a move to Old Trafford once he turned 18, having completed a trial at Old Trafford last summer. However a deal has yet to materialise, and now United face the prospect of losing the talented youngster to another club.Reports in Brazil suggest United is still Gomes’ first choice destination, but Sao Paulo are desperate to tie up a deal that would see the youngster stay in his homeland.United are understood to still hold first refusal on the deal, however that should become void if his club Desportivo Brazil, receive an offer above a certain level.Sir Alex Ferguson was understood to be a huge admirer of Gomes, and his successor David Moyes is likely to continue the club’s interest.Moyes found himself relying on a youngster at the weekend, as 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj scored a brace to give his side a crucial victory over bottom of the table Sunderland. Moyes afterwards expressed his desire to keep the talented Belgian at the club, after speculation a move to a host of top European clubs may be on the cards after failure to agree a new contract at Old Trafford.last_img read more