Liverpool have made their second signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. “We wanted to keep Emre at Leverkusen but the release clause is part of his contract. “So we wish him all the best and lots of success in his time in the Premier League.” Rodgers is trying to get most of his transfer business done early – a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £25million for Lambert’s team-mate Adam Lallana remains on the table – but Liverpool are looking at alternatives should Southampton refuse to lower their £30million asking price, compounded by the 25 per cent sell-on clause agreed with Bournemouth. The club are also trying to push through a deal for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno but are wary the Spanish club are trying to create an auction for the 21-year-old to inflate the asking price, which Liverpool currently believe is about £16million. Away from team affairs Liverpool have taken another step towards the redevelopment of Anfield by submitting a formal planning application. The club have sent extensive details of how they want to expand the Main and Anfield Road Stands to Liverpool City Council and a planning committee will consider the proposals later this year. Residents, businesses and fans overwhelmingly backed the plans during a public consultation earlier this year and should they be approved it would see the capacity of a new Main Stand rise by 8,500 to nearly 21,000 and the Anfield Road end by 4,800, taking the total stadium capacity to 58,800. The club has also appointed Tom Doyle, an experienced project director who worked on the London 2012 Olympic programme and more recently the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, to manage the project. “Over the past 18 months and as part of this approach, we have worked closely with the community, local residents, Liverpool City Council and Your Housing Group and we are delighted to be able to bring forward a planning application at this stage,” Ian Ayre, who has been promoted to a more wide-ranging role as chief executive by owners Fenway Sports Group, told liverpoolfc.com. “A lot of good work has been done and we still have more work to achieve certainty; however, the planning application is another step in the right direction.” If planning consent is granted construction will begin on the Main Stand early next year and will be completed in time for the 2016-17 season. Can had a 12 million euro (£9.75million) release clause effective for foreign clubs and it is reported Bayern will receive £1.2million as compensation for waiving their buy-back option. The 20-year-old follows Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, who completed his £4million move on Monday, to Anfield as manager Brendan Rodgers’ summer strengthening continues ahead of a Champions League return next season. A deal for the German progressed significantly on Wednesday when Leverkusen confirmed Liverpool had made an official bid and it was concluded late on Wednesday night. “Until Tuesday, it was a rumour,” Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade told German newspaper Bild on Wednesday. “Now I can confirm that an official offer from Liverpool is received by mail.” In a short statement Liverpool said: “Liverpool have today agreed a deal in principle with Bayer Leverkusen to sign 20-year-old Emre Can, subject to documentation being completed.” Schade, in confirming Can’s depature, said the club were powerless to keep the player once his release clause was met. “Emre Can has developed very quickly at Bayer 04 Leverkusen over the past 12 months,” he told the club’s website. The Reds have been chasing the Germany Under-21 international for some time but the process was held up by complications associated with a buy-back clause Bayern Munich inserted into the deal which took the 20-year-old to Leverkusen for £4.4million 12 months ago. Press Association Sport understands Can will officially join Liverpool on July 1 when all the relevant paperwork can be completed but the player has already signed a contract with the club. Press Association
Captain William Porterfield scored an unbeaten half-century to lead Ireland to a seven-wicket victory in their ICC World Twenty20 qualifier against Namibia at Stormont on Friday. Jason Davidson was responsible for opener Paul Stirling’s early dismissal and Kevin O’Brien also fell cheaply to Bernard Scholtz but Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie (18 no) saw Ireland to victory. Earlier on, after Ireland won the toss and chose to field, t he visitors made 124 for eight with JJ Smit top-scoring at the tail end with 21 that included two sixes while number four Jean-Pierre Kotze a close second with 18 runs. John Mooney claimed figures of three for 23 off his four overs for Ireland, with Alex Cusack and George Dockrell picking up two wickets apiece. The total proved little challenge to Ireland, with the winners of the the 2012 and 2013 edition sprinting over the line in the 18th over. Press Association The 30-year-old left-handed batsman finished a dominant innings with successive fours as the hosts successfully chased down a victory target of 125 with 16 balls to spare in the third Group A match in Belfast. Porterfield struck a 44-ball 56 not out which included seven fours and one maximum and shared in a second-wicket stand of 71 with Niall O’Brien, who fell five runs short of his half-century having struck with three fours and a six.
Paris: FIFA has appointed Qatar as the host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020 to function as test events for the next FIFA World Cup in 2022.Qatar will host the 2019 and 2020 editions in its existing seven-team format, with a revamped edition of the tournament featuring 24 teams to be played from 2021 onwards, reports Xinhua news agency.For FIFA, the 2019 and 2020 editions of the competition will serve as “valuable test events in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022”.The world football governing body added that the timing of the tournament, usually around early December, corresponds with that of the next FIFA World Cup, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions.“There is no doubt that the Club World Cup will be a very important test event for us,” Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar, told reporters following the meeting.The FIFA administration will analyze and approach potential hosts of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021 before making recommendations at the next FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai in October.The FIFA Council also approved amendments to the organisation’s code of ethics, disciplinary code and regulations on the status and transfer of players. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
World No 3 Rory McIlroy admits it would be “huge” if he could improve on his poor record on home soil and win this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.The tournament host has recorded just two top-10 finishes in nine tournament appearances and has missed the cut in his home event three years running. McIlroy heads to the K Club off the back of a tied-fourth finish at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tied-12th showing at last week’s Players Championship, where the Northern Irishman missed a chance to break the TPC Sawgrass course record.The 27-year-old is the only player in the world’s top five yet to register a worldwide win in 2016, but McIlroy feels his game is in good shape to challenge for victory this week.“My performances in this event, obviously over the past three years, but going beyond that, haven’t been what I would want,” McIlroy said.“I want to really change that this week with a good performance and I feel like my game is in good enough shape to do that.“I’m coming off a couple of decent weeks in the States where I felt like I played better than what the results suggested, so I’m looking forward to the week.“The K Club here is a golf course where I feel like I can do well on. It sets up well for me. It would be huge (to win). I think anyone that plays professional golf, they dream of winning their home open.“You don’t get very many opportunities to do it, so it would be very special. It’s definitely one tournament that is missing from my CV that I would love to add.”McIlroy tees off alongside Andy Sullivan and defending champion Soren Kjeldsen for the opening two rounds in Kildare, while Masters winner Danny Willett has been grouped with Lee Westwood and Rafa Cabrera Bello.The four-time major champion posted an opening round 80 and missed the cut at Royal County Down 12 months ago, but feels he has learnt from last year’s first stint at tournament host.“I think there was times where I spread myself a little bit too thin last year with a lot of commitments and we’ve tried to scale that back a little bit this year,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
I admire the Wisconsin basketball program, I really do.Each year, few outside of Madison give the Badgers the respect they deserve, and every season they prove just how good they actually are.Head coach Bo Ryan has built an exceptional basketball program, and he has built it on a foundation of defensive principles and sheer toughness. The Badgers outwork teams and come March, you can expect to see UW near the top of the Big Ten and in the field of 64.5.I expect the Badgers to compete for the Big Ten title year after year, and Ryan’s astounding conference winning percentage speaks volumes. But to be honest, I don’t expect much from UW come tournament time — not with the players currently on the roster.But Wisconsin doesn’t need to scrap its identity to see increased tournament success. And by no means does Ryan need to change his coaching philosophy. He does, however, need to find a player who can take the Wisconsin program to the next level.He almost had one.If Badger fans want to see this team reach new heights, UW will need more than just the gritty, hardnosed players. To make a run in the tournament or dare I say a Final Four, they need a player like Vander Blue.Blue — the five-star point guard from Madison Memorial High School who has been just about the most talked about athlete in the state of Wisconsin — committed to UW early in the recruiting process, and for a short while it looked like UW had found a prospect with the potential to be that go-to scorer.But, as we all know, Blue changed his mind, de-committed from UW and gave his most recent pledge to Marquette.Now as Golden Eagle fans celebrate the arrival of a premier recruit, many Badger fans have tried to find excuses for Blue’s decision to play for Marquette and head coach Buzz Williams.“He won’t fit in our offense,” “He’s not a team player” and “He isn’t the type of player UW is looking for” are all common Wisconsin fan criticisms of the newest Golden Eagle, but that is all meaningless. The truth is only one man’s opinion matters, and that man is Ryan.Ryan knows what he wants, and he understands what type of player will work for his program. It was Ryan and his staff that recruited Blue from the beginning and it was UW who enlisted the services of the great Devin Harris to aid the recruiting efforts.Now Blue’s academics and his ability to meet UW standards have been a touchy topic that is rumored to be a reason as to why Blue is not a Badger. But I don’t know a thing about his grades and I won’t pretend to. All I know is that Ryan wanted Blue and at one point Blue was sold on becoming a Badger.The legendary coach believed the elite prospect could thrive at UW, even with the tough academics, but the recruiting battle was lost in the end.As unsatisfying as it may be, I follow UW recruiting and I follow it closely. I accept that UW will not land the nation’s top recruits, and I know that the state of Wisconsin is not exactly the most fertile recruiting ground.But when a high caliber player comes out of a Wisconsin high school, the state university must take advantage. Elite in-state prospects don’t appear very often, but when they do, UW finally has a chance to land a top prospect.That’s what makes Blue’s commitment to Marquette hurt so much.The five-star player from our own backyard was within UW’s grasp and he got away.Blue said he was drawn to the Big East and the level of competition it provides, but it’s not like he just recently discovered the Big East Conference. Blue has known all along how explosive and competitive the Big East is, but that didn’t stop him from committing to UW and its swing offense in the first place.Even after exploring options like UCLA and Arizona, where he received the star treatment at some of the nation’s proudest programs, Blue narrowed it down to UW and Marquette. It truly became a recruiting battle for the in-state superstar.There are just some recruiting opportunities you have got to win — some instances where you need to spend the house, throw everything you’ve got to secure a commitment from your state’s top player.Williams’ effort paid off, and now UW is scrambling to locate plan B.Like it or not, in college basketball one player can take a program to the next level. I’m confident UW will remain a solid program without Blue (though the future guard depth now looks pretty scary), but think of what could have been. With a guy like Blue, the Badgers can still play solid defense, they can still maintain sound fundamentals — one player won’t change all that.What a player of Blue’s caliber can change is the capabilities of a Wisconsin offense that needs someone who can create a shot every now and then. Wisconsin has accomplished so much in the past two years without a player on offense they could rely on — adding that go-to guy to mix would make this team that much better.We saw how dynamic the Badgers were when Harris ran Ryan’s offense, and it was that combination of team defense and a dynamic scorer that made that squad so dangerous.Look, I enjoy watching the Badgers compete for Big Ten titles, but after winning multiple conference championships, it’s time to bring in some top talent and take that next step to legitimately compete with the best of the best in college basketball.It’s all about the NCAA Tournament, and without the talents of Blue, a trip to a Final Four looks an almost insurmountable hill to climb.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers will be fine without Vander Blue? Do they need players like him to take the next step as a program? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on October 6, 2017 at 9:56 pm Contact Max: email@example.com Syracuse (12-6, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) walloped Clemson (5-12, 0-5), 3-0, on Friday night in the Women’s Building. As a team, SU hit .231, its second-best percentage since sweeping Binghamton on Sept. 16. The Orange has already nearly doubled its win total from last season (seven). Below, see our best shots from the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
British boxer Anthony Joshua has retained his WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles after he stopped challenger Carlos Takam in the 10th round in controversial fashion at a raucous Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.The 28-year old didn’t have things all his own way as he suffered a broken nose after a heavy head collision in the second round before dropping Takam and damaging his eye in the fourth round.Ringside medics inspected Carlos Takam on two separate occasions but he battle on before being overwhelmed in the tenth round prompting referee Phil Edwards to stop the fight much to the frustration of the Cameroonian boxer.The referee’s decision to end the contest was booed by a section of the fans at the match venue.Speaking after his win, Anthony Joshua reacted to the decision to stop the bout by revealing that he was not part of the decision-making.AJ as he is popularly called said: “I come to fight, I don’t sit on the edge and make decisions.”“It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam.“I have no interest in what is going on with the officials, that’s not my job. I think people want to see Takam unconscious on the floor, and that’s what I was trying to get to.” he added.On the broken nose he suffered, he said: “I had to keep my cool.”“I’ve got a few months to heal it up. I’ll go and see some good doctors to crack it back in place.“If I showed any signs of weakness, the ref could have jumped in. That’s what he (Takam) tried to do, but the ref stopped it.” he concluded. The aggrieved Takam has immediately asked for a rematch while giving his take on the boxing match.he said: “I want a rematch, I made my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want to box him again. I want him, he is a great champion.” Related
DENVER — Kenneth Faried scored a season-high 29 points and had 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 27 points, as the Denver Nuggets beat the L.A. Lakers, 119-101.Ty Lawson had 16 points for the Nuggets in the matchup of teams headed for the lottery for the second straight year. Denver has the seventh-worst record in the NBA and the Lakers the fourth worst.Rookie Jordan Clarkson had 21 points, and Ryan Kelly added 17 for the Lakers. They have lost four in a row and 17 of 21. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
FRISCO, Texas – Vanderbilt’s Kristin Quah is the Southland Conference’s Bowler of the Month for November, the league announced Thursday. All Southland monthly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Quah capped a November outing where she appeared in a pair of tournaments while helping the Commodores to a first-place team finish at the UMES Hawk Classic Nov. 16-18. The senior ranks first in individual scoring average among the Southland Bowling League averaging 21.932 over 367 frames played.November 2018 Bowler of the Month: Kristin Quah, Vanderbilt – Sr. – SingaporeThe Singapore native competed at the UMES Hawk Classic where she placed fifth overall with a 215.20 average to be named the tournament’s most valuable player. Quah also placed third individually at the Whitewater Warhawk Open recording a traditional average of 226.40. She currently leads the Southland Bowling League in 17 individual categories including all scoring categories.Honorable Mention: Paige Beeney, Stephen F. Austin; Kaitlyn Eder, Louisiana Tech; Emma Dockery, Youngstown State.Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, begins Jan. 15.“I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships. I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there,” Williams said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Williams struggled with her serve in the 67-minute match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. But, after nearly a year away from the game, she did win a set against the world’s No. 7 player“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”Williams insisted she has a lot more tennis to play.“Knowing that I have won 23 Grand Slam titles and several other titles, I don’t think I have anything more left to prove,” she said. “But I am not done yet.”Williams won her opening game, breaking Ostapenko. But she was nowhere near her best in the first set before fighting back and winning the second.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Serena Williams, of the U.S., reacts in an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, of Latvia, during the final day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Serena Williams lost in her return to tennis after giving birth in September, beaten by French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition Saturday and still unsure if she will defend her Australian Open title.Williams called it a “wonderful” match despite the defeat — she took the second set in a score of 6-2, 3-6 and 10-5 in a super tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson After the initial break, Ostapenko latched onto Williams’ weak serves and capitalized on several unforced errors to go up 4-1 with two breaks.Williams again struggled with her serve in the second set. But she went ahead 3-0 with a couple of early breaks and hit with more confidence, including several crowd-pleasing double-handed passing shots. Another break in the ninth game gave her the set.“In the beginning, it felt a little tough. But as the match moved on, I was less afraid. I knew I was not going to fall over and break,” she said. “The more I played, the more confident I felt that I would be able to go for shots that I was afraid to go for in the first set.”In the super tiebreaker, Ostapenko raced to an 8-2 lead before halting a brief recovery by Williams.“For me, it is all about physical, how I am feeling physically. … I am just proud being out here and playing in Abu Dhabi and to be able to just compete,” Williams said. “I have had a tough few months and I am just excited to be able to play again.”It was the first time a women’s match had been played in the traditionally men’s only exhibition.U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the men’s final. The 14th-ranked Anderson immediately broke Bautista Agut and was never in danger of losing serve in the first set.In the second set, Bautista Agut broke in the second game, but the South African broke back immediately. 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I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding.”The 36-year-old Williams took time off after winning the Australian Open last January while pregnant. She gave birth to her first child, a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on Sept. 1. She married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.