Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Gossip: Chelsea offer Hazard stunning £78m deal.

Chelsea REALLY don’t want Eden Hazard to leave Stamford Bridge.

So much so, that they are apparently going to offer him the sort of long-term contract that would make even Cristiano Ronaldo’s eyes water.

According to The Sun, anyway…

The 27-year-old Belgium playmaker will be confronted with a stunning £300,000 a week five-year deal – which equates to £78m in wages if you like to plan ahead.

However, Hazard will only start to consider the offer if Chelsea secure Champions League football next season as it remains the one club honour he has yet to win.

By Mark Lawford.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Fury-Wilder to be staged in November or December - Warren.

Frank Warren says Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will do battle for the WBC world heavyweight title in November or December.

Wilder was ringside at Windsor Park on Saturday to watch former world champion Fury ease to a points victory over Francesco Pianeta.

The American and Fury squared up after a one-sided bout in Belfast and confirmed they will put their unbeaten records on the line in an eagerly anticipated fight.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Friday, 17 August 2018

ESPN lists Lakers as second-most likely destination for Jimmy Butler next season.

ESPN lists Lakers as second-most likely
destination for Jimmy Butler next season

There have been whispers of Jimmy Butler being unhappy with the Minnesota Timberwolves for months from various members of the media, and with the Los Angeles Lakers having another max salary slot next summer, it was only a matter of time before he was linked to L.A. 

That day has finally come, as a panel of ESPN insiders gave the Lakers the second-best odds (21.2 percent chance) of any team to be Butler’s next destination. 

However, the panel still gave New York (42.4 percent chance) the best odds to land Butler. Here’s why: As with Irving, our panel sees New York as Butler’s most likely destination, though it’s difficult to see at this moment how the Knicks would create the cap space for both

Silver Screen and Roll.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Super Eagles: Nigeria drop one place in FIFA Ranking after 2018 World Cup.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria move from 48th to 49th in the latest World Ranking.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped from 48th to 49th in the latest FIFA Rankingreleased after  the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles dropped by one place in the FIFA rankings released just before the start of the World Cup and continued in the same trend in the last released by the World football governing body on Thursday, August 16.
The Super Eagles drop can be traced to their performance at the football fiesta in Russia.

The Super Eagles lost their first group game 2-0 to Croatia, then won their second group game against Iceland 2-0 thanks to heroics from Ahmed Musa.

By Tosin Abayomi.
Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Bafana Bafana continue to struggle on the latest Fifa rankings.

Bafana South Africa players during the 2018 COSAFA plate semifinals match between Namibia and South Africa at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 05 June 2018. 
Image: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

South Africa remain unchanged in the latest FIFA World Rankings at number 74 in the world after the first release of the list in two months and since the completion of the World Cup in Russia.

Bafana Bafana’s poor ranking has been highlighted in recent weeks following the move of Percy Tau from Mamelodi Sundowns to English Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion and his subsequent inability to get a work permit in that country‚ which has seen him loaned out to the second-tier in Belgium.

Previously players had to have played 75 percent of matches for a country ranked‚ on average‚ in the Top 70 in the world over the previous two years‚ but this has since been changed to the Top 50.

By Nick Said.
Full story at Sowetan Live.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray.

England cricketer Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray following a brawl with two nightclub revellers.

The 27-year-old all-rounder punched Ryan Hale, 27, to the ground and then knocked out Ryan Ali, 28, during the fracas in the early hours of September 25 last year in Bristol city centre.

Stokes said he was acting in self-defence, or in the defence of others, when he punched the two best friends hours after England played the West Indies in a one-day international in the city.

The jury at Bristol Crown Court took under three hours to acquit Stokes and co-accused Ali of affray following a seven-day trial.

By Mark Lawford.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Murray unsure of US Open readiness after Cincinnati exit.

Andy Murray is unsure if he can withstand the demands of best-of-five-set matches ahead of the US Open following his shock exit from the Cincinnati Masters.

Former world number one and three-time grand slam champion Murray fell at the first hurdle on Monday, upstaged by Lucas Pouille 6-1 1-6 6-4.

Murray, who reached the Citi Open quarter-finals before withdrawing in Washington and pulling out from last week's Rogers Cup as he continues his recovery from hip surgery, made a sloppy start and failed to recover.

Playing his fourth tournament after missing almost a year due to an ongoing hip problem, Murray tallied eight double faults and was broken four times in a rusty display.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Brooks Koepka’s nerveless display denies Tiger Woods fairytale victory.

A slam of the driver into turf meant Tiger Woods knew this was the end, even if it may, in fact, be another beginning. He swung said club through the air in a subsequent fit of pique. At the 71st hole of the 100th US PGA Championship, his errant ball buried in foliage, Woods’s frustrations were echoed throughout golf, which was denied the finest tale of all. Although it was epic fun while it lasted, it was over.

Woods did more than enough during this major to suggest he will take delivery of a 15th major. Even if he does not win another of golf’s big four, nobody can now reasonably claim he cannot. A Bellerive total of 266 shots is the lowest of Woods’s major career.

This mattered little to the man himself, whose competitive instinct means falling short will never be acceptable. Woods has returned from personal, physical and professional distress to go so close here. A staggering 3,710 days had passed since he claimed his 14th major, virtually on one leg, at Torrey Pines.

Ewan Murray at Bellerive.
Full story at Yahoo News.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Ahmed Musa: Al-Nassr fans go crazy for Super Eagles forward as he arrives Saudi Arabia.

The 25-year-old arrived in Riyadh on Thursday, August 9 to a huge welcome at the airport.

Super Eagles new forward Ahmed Musa got a huge welcome fro fans as arrived in Saudi Arabia to be unveiled as an Al-Nassr player.

After his impressive showing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup,  Musa, last week signed a four-year deal with Al-Nassr to end his underwhelming two-season stay at Leicester City.

By Steve Dede.
Full story at Pulse NG.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett dies in car crash aged 28.

The Kenyan former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett has died in a car accident at the age of 28.

Bett was involved in an accident in Nandi, north-west Kenya, a day after returning from the Continental Championships in Nigeria.

tweet from Athletics Kenya confirmed the news on Wednesday morning. “We regret to learn of the sudden demise of one of our top athletes, the 2015 400m Hurdles World Champion #NicholasKiplagatBett who represented Kenya in the just concluded Africa Championships. Our condolences to his family and the entire athletics fraternity,” it read.

Bett became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a distance shorter than 800m when he triumphed in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015.

By Guardian sport
Full story at Yahoo News.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Lakers News: LeBron James Specifically Requested Free Agency Meeting With Only Magic Johnson.

After managing to get out from under Jordan Clarkson’s and Larry Nance Jr.’s contracts at the trade deadline this past season, the Los Angeles Lakers officially were in strong position to pursue two max-level free agents.

While they couldn’t publicly comment on the matter, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka were believed to have LeBron James and Paul George, in that order, atop their free agency wish list.

The Lakers were immediately spurned by George as he didn’t so much as take a meeting with his hometown team before re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

By Matthew Moreno.
Full story at Lakers Nation.

Monday, 6 August 2018

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court to stand trial for affray.

England cricketer Ben Stokes has arrived at Bristol Crown Court ahead of his trial.

The all-rounder has been charged with affray, alongside two other men, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27 – they all deny the charge.

Stokes, Ali and Hale have been charged with affray after an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 2017.

By Matt Storey
Full story at Yahoo News.