Man Utd, Arsenal on alert as Barcelona propose loan of €500m man

first_img Loading… Barcelona are ready to send Samuel Umtiti out on loan for the 2020-21 season, as they step up their bid to sign a new world-class centre-back, according to a report. Spanish outlet Sport have the story on their front page on Tuesday with the words ‘Umtiti exit’. The report claims Barca have decided to offload the 26-year-old centre-back on loan and Serie A clubs Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Torino are all interested in the defender. There is no mention of a permanent sale for Umtiti, who has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United previously. The same paper in April claimed Arsenal, Inter Milan and Napoli had all been in touch with Barca over a potential deal for Umtiti. read also:Suarez admits Barcelona are focusing on Champions League glory However, all had been pout off by the prices involved. Barca’s asking price off €50m had put off all three suitors and none were prepared to spend such a sum on a defender who has featured just 33 times over the past two seasons.Advertisement Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceledcenter_img The defender was also said to be asking for wages worth €8m a season, which equates to around £132,000 a week. Sport has also previously claimed that Manchester United were interested and would be willing to make a big bid for the defender as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire. What is clear is that Barca have been trying to offload the France World Cup winner for some time. Umtiti’s inconsistent form and constant knee problems – and he is currently sidelined “until further notice” due to yet another knee injury – have placed him at the top of their transfer list. read also:Suarez admits Barcelona are focusing on Champions League glory He is tied to Barca until June 2023 and has a mammoth €500m release clause in his deal. He is believed to have refused to leave Barca in the past two transfer windows. However, he may fancy a temporary spell away to get some games ahead of the European Championships next summer and United and Arsenal may well be monitoring his situation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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D’AMATO’S SHEER PLEASURE LOOMS HORSE TO BEAT IN COMPETITIVE $125,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES AT MILE ON TURF SATURDAY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–Fresh off a second place finish to three-time Eclipse Champion Beholder, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure heads a competitive field of eight California-bred or sired older fillies and mares in Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes at one mile on turf.Named for the late Earl Scheib’s homebred multiple graded stakes winning millionaire filly, the Fran’s Valentine was originally run at Hollywood Park in 1995 and will be run for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. VELVET MESQUITE: Although all six of her lifetime wins have come over Santa Anita’s 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course, this classy 6-year-old mare by In Excess was a game day scratch out of Saturday’s downhill Mizdirection Stakes, enabling her to face state-breds in her first-ever attempt around two turns on grass. Trained by Blake Heap, she’s owned by her breeder, Harris Farms, Inc., and is out of the Huddle Up mare, Mesquite. With Tyler Baze taking the riding assignment, it’s expected Velvet Mesquite will show plenty of speed on the stretch out. With an overall mark of 21-6-5-2, she has earnings of $459,446.                SINGING KITTY: Fourth, beaten just three quarters of a length by Sheer Pleasure in the one mile (main track) Dream of Summer Stakes here on March 27, trainer Matt Chew’s Singing Kitty has two wins, a second and at third from five tries at one mile on turf and rates a big chance on Saturday with a stalking trip. A three-time stakes winner since being claimed for $32,000 in December, 2014, Singing Kitty has two one mile turf stakes wins to her credit. Owned by Aulds or Jeong, Singing Kitty, a 4-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, is 16-5-1-1 overall with earnings of $339,488.                 SHEER PLEASURE: Second, beaten 2 ½ lengths by three-time Eclipse Award Champion Beholder in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Adoration Stakes here May 8, this 4-year-old Birdonthewire filly takes what by any accounting, is a massive drop in class as she faces state-breds and transitions to turf. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure pressed the early pace in the Adoration and made the lead midway, but was no match for Beholder in the final quarter mile. A two-time stakes winner versus state-breds last year, Sheer Pleasure has tried turf just once–as she ran a close fourth in the one mile California Oaks here in January, 2015. She is 12-4-3-0 overall with earnings of $403,030 and will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Martin Garcia. BERT’S MELODY: Trained by Sean McCarthy, this consistent 5-year-old mare by Bertrando was a solid first condition allowance winner going a mile on turf here Feb. 27, and she came back to run a big second in a second condition allowance at 1 1/8 miles on turf May 5. A perfect two for two going a mile on turf at Santa Anita, Bert’s Melody, who is owned by her breeder, Oakcrest Stable, should appreciate the cutback in distance. With three wins from 11 overall starts, she has earnings of $156,893. FRAN’S VALENTINE ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH STAKES FOR HORSES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA THE $125,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 10 (of 11)                           Approximate post time 6:30 p.m. PDT                 NITE DELITE: Trained by Art Sherman, this speedy 4-year-old daughter of War Chant opened up early and finished a tiring second in a one mile allowance at Los Alamitos on April 24, which was her first attempt at a route of ground. Owned by F. Jack Liebau, Nite Delite has three wins from 12 starts, with two of her victories coming on turf. With Stewart Elliott engaged to ride her back, it’s expected she’ll show the way early. Smoove It–Mario Gutierrez–120Nite Delite–Steward Elliott–120Sheer Pleasure–Martin Garcia–122Madame Mousse–Santiago Gonzalez–120Lily Kai–Drayden Van Dyke–120Bert’s Melody–Brice Blanc–120Velvet Mesquite–Tyler Baze–120Singing Kitty–Rafael Bejarano–120First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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A’s reliever Yusmeiro Petit will honor his father in appropriate way

first_imgOAKLAND — Yusmeiro Petit, the A’s most dependable relief pitcher this season, is honoring his late father with a display of work ethic above and beyond what anyone should expect.Alberto Petit, 65, died of a heart attack on Thursday in Venezuela, prompting Yusmeiro to spend two days away from the team while sorting out his next move.He ultimately decided to remain with the A’s rather than return home, partly because travel logistics were going to be difficult, but mostly because he believes …last_img read more

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Final: Packers 42, Raiders 24, studs and duds

first_imgQuarterback Derek Carr had a stellar first half come undone with a bad decision while scrambling and then Aaron Rodgers took over as the Raiders fell 42-24 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.Carr, as he did against the Dallas Cowboys two seasons ago, lost the ball out of bounds while reaching for the pylon, resulting in a touchback for the Packers instead of a score for the Raiders.The Packers made it hurt even worse when Rodgers hit Jake Kumerow over Daryl Worley for a 37-yard …last_img read more

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Nagaland police told to stock rations

first_imgThe Nagaland government on Thursday directed all unit commanders of its police force to stock rations and fuel for at least two months in view of the “fluid situation” in the State.This is believed to be in reference to the possible breakdown of 22 years of talks between the Centre and the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) over the issue of ‘Naga national flag’ and ‘Naga Yezhabo (constitution)’.The instruction from the State’s Inspector-General of Police (Armed and Indian Reserve Battalions) to the commandants of the Nagaland Armed Police and IR Battalions was issued three days after the State government cancelled the leave of all administrative and police personnel.On October 21, Chief Secretary Temjen Toy also warned government employees of “disciplinary action” if they criticise the polices and actions of the government in the press, social media or public meetings.“All unit comdrs are hereby directed to keep atleast two months stock of rations/pol in view of the fluid situation in the State. Confirm a/taken (sic),” the wireless transmission message to the unit heads read.Nagaland-based dailies on Friday said the series of messages to the police and government officials have triggered panic buying among a section of the people fearing a “Kashmir-like total shutdown” in case the Naga talks fail.last_img read more

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Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

first_img“It definitely gives you something to aim for, knowing that they have started where you started and they made it all the way to the top,” Austin Bradtke told AFP after a narrow win at a recent basketball carnival in suburban Melbourne.“Experiencing American basketball, and also the crowds and stuff, it looks really enticing for a young player, that is where I am keen to go,” added the 17-year-old, whose father Mark was among the earliest Australians to play in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnce a far-flung dream for young hopefuls, technology is giving scouts greater access to international talent, while an elite junior program is putting promising Australians at the forefront of the game, with courts Down Under proving fertile ground for US recruiters.Australia’s national side “the Boomers” were earlier this month crowned FIBA Asia Cup champions despite fielding a second-string side because their top international stars were unavailable. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “When they have guys that are prepared to sacrifice for their teammates and put their team above the individual… I think that attracts all the NBA teams to look to those characteristics,” said Andrew Gaze, one of the first Australians to play in the US college system.“It is great for our national team and it provides tremendous inspiration for the youngsters coming through, who know that if you play basketball in Australia, there is clearly a pathway you can end up as an NBA player.”The 1990s were a golden era for Australian basketball, with a handful of trailblazers, including Gaze (Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs), Bradtke (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luc Longley, who won three championships with the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan, playing in the NBA.The Boomers reached the Atlanta Olympic semi-finals in 1996 before losing a memorable encounter to the USA “Dream Team” and took fourth-place at Sydney four years later.Standards during this period were also bolstered by US talent looking for game time elsewhere, said Marty Clarke, associate head coach with Saint Mary’s College in California, where Australians Mills and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Matthew Dellavedova graduated.Strong at the grassroots“Partly because of the influence of the USA, with import players going overseas and the coaches going to coach elsewhere, the distance between the USA and the rest of the world certainly shrunk,” said Clarke, also a former Boomers assistant coach.While Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) struggled after the turn of the century as attendances dwindled, grassroots participation remained strong, producing a new generation of talent.“Whereas people (once) played another sport and made a transition to basketball, these kids have been around these big stadiums since they were babies,” Clarke added.Exum, Simmons, and Jonah Bolden, who was recently drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers, are all sons of former NBL imports. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A record eight Aussies (excluding Maker who was listed as South Sudanese) were listed on NBA rosters at the start of last season and hundreds of young men and women are now competing in the US college system, with many progressing to professional careers internationally.While no basketball nation can match the athleticism of the US, coaches say Australians have earned a reputation for selflessness and being team players.“I know that when we take kids to tours in America, the main thing that we struggle with is defending those super-athletic kids.“But then down the other end (Americans) struggle to defend our structure and our skill, and our decision-making,” said Melbourne Tigers coaching director Nick Abdicevic.Australia’s golden eraADVERTISEMENT Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifierscenter_img (FILES) This file picture taken on August 21, 2016 shows Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (2nd L) going to the basket during their men’s bronze medal basketball game against Spain during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC / TO GO WITH Basket-AUS-USA-NBA, FOCUS by Daniel DE CARTERETIf you ask Australian youngsters who their favorite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.But home-grown talent Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz) and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians playing the game.ADVERTISEMENT The elite training program in Australia’s capital Canberra can take much of the credit for producing the country’s top talent.“We have got this hidden gem sitting in Canberra,” said Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore.The academy has been lauded for producing an NBA talent pool whose numbers compare with some of the top US colleges.Recognizing this, the NBA in June teamed up with Basketball Australia to launch the NBA Global Academy there.“(Australian players in the NBA) have all had a touch point at some part with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) basketball program, so that holds us all in really good stead, and that certainly has drawn the NBA to us,” Moore added. 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WOMEN’S BEACH FOOTY TEAM MIXING IT UP ON THE SAND

first_imgThe Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team has performed extremely well on the first day of competition in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy Challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach.The Australian Invitational team featuring some of the hottest young players in Australian Women’s Touch Football, recorded narrow 4-2 defeats in their first two games against a Pacific Island combination and a Queensland Maroons Team top heavy with stars from the National Rugby League.Playing in the purpose built stadium with non-stop music and a fantastic festive atmosphere, the Aussie girls have won a legion of fans with their spirited efforts in attack and defence.Playing to unfamilar rules, which include a marker in defence, and a kicking option, and a liberal interpretation of the late pass rule, the young stars of Australian touch are doing remarkably well against their star studded opposition.The Pacific islander Team featured champion  All Black  Rugby Union superstars Jerry Collins and  Ma’a Nonu, and former Rugby League and Touch International Adrian Lam, showing silky hands and feet in the opening exchanges.The Aussie girls scored two slashing touchdowns to Alyce “the Rat” Hulbert and Dearne “Bangers” Cooper and made some great defensive efforts before going down 4-2 to the fleet of foot Pacific Islanders.The second game of the day at 12.00pm was a real highlight for the players and spectators alike with the girls taking on a stellar Queensland team led by the World’s best Rugby League player and Australian Rugby League Captain Darren Lockyer.Kangaroo Tri-Nations and NRL Premiership winning Broncos Brent Tate, Karmichael Hunt, Justin Hodges, and Shaun Berrigan were among the names that lined up on the half way line against the girls.In the game of the day, the girls began brilliantly and surprised the boys with their exceptional fitness, handling skills and tactical prowess which moved the boys around the field in attack, and deprived them of time and space in defence.Captain Giselle Martin led from the front and after some great lead up work from Alyce Hulbert, scored a great touchdown to put her team in the hunt at 2-1 down at the break.The crowd was sensing an upset and got right behind the girls and shortly after half-time Nicole “Sero” Beck snaffled a dive over touchdown to put the girls in front.The Maroons hit back, to make it two all and the two teams battled hard to gain the decisive edge.That man Lockyer donned the red cape and again proved the difference conjuring a sensational solo touchdown when his team needed it most for a 3-2 lead.The Maroons got a touchdown right on full time to take the game out to a 4-2 scoreline.The Maroons were full of praise for the girls, none more so than the mercurial Lockyer who rated the girls performance highly.“The girls were magnificent, they went really well. They have great fitness, excellent hands, and they dig in in defence – very impressive. No wonder they have such an outstanding International record.” Lockyer enthused.The girls next game is scheduled for 2.00pm this afternoon against a Billy Slater led Young Guns combination.Results will be updated at the close of play today.Competition recommences tomorrow at 11.00am with the Women’s Team taking on the Blues and the Celebrities at 1.25pm to try to qualify for the semi-final series.last_img read more

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a month agoBarcelona crisis; players admit ‘opponents do not respect us anymore’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona crisis; players admit ‘opponents do not respect us anymore’by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi was furious after their shock defeat to Granada.The game marked the Argentine’s first appearance in the LaLiga, but his presence made little difference.After the 2-0 defeat, Messi could be heard in the away locker room raising his voice.Another player was also heard, rapping: “We played less well than at Anfield. Opponents do not respect us anymore. “We have become a team that plays without soul.” last_img read more

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Suncor reports lower net earnings as weather outage cuts into oilsands output

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 fell to $789 million or 48 cents per share, compared to $1.35 billion or 81 cents per share in the same period of 2017.Net earnings included a $329-million non-cash foreign exchange loss and a non-cash gain of $133 million from an exchange of lands with Canbriam Energy Inc.It missed analyst expectations of $1.05 billion or 63 cents as reported by Thomson Reuters.Operating earnings, which strip out one-time and non-cash items, were $985 million or 60 cents per share, beating $812 million or 49 cents posted a year earlier as well as analyst predictions of $952 million or 53 cents per share.Suncor says a “weather-related outage” at the company’s base camp north of Fort McMurray, Alta., resulted in lower production and upgrader utilization in the first quarter, although operations returned to normal by the end of February.Suncor’s total upstream production came in at 689,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the three months ended March 31, compared to 725,100 boe/d in the prior year quarter, as oilsands output fell to 404,800 barrels per day from 448,500 bpd.CEO Steve Williams said the loss of production and ongoing effects of deeper discounts paid for western Canadian heavy crude were offset by higher prices for its offshore production, higher realized profit margins in its refining and marketing arms and lower feedstock costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,409.16, up 32.39 points)Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 10 per cent, to nine cents on 20.77 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 16 cents, or 3.37 per cent, to $4.91 on 11.73 million shares. The company reported adjusted net income of US$87 million or three cents per share, beating analyst expectations of one cent per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon, as its rail division improved.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 10 cents, or 1.46 per cent, to $6.74, on 6.29 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and Gas. Down three cents, or 2.13 per cent, to $1.38 on 4.7 million shares.Gildan Activewear. (TSX:GIL). Manufacturing. Up $7.30, or 21.60 per cent, to $41.10 on 4.35 million shares. The company released second-quarter sales and profits that beat analyst expectations and upwardly revised its profit guidance for the year. The company reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share, beating analysts estimates of 49 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 3.62 per cent, to $3.99 on 4.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Down a penny, or 0.29 per cent, to $3.46 on 1.66 million shares. The company that owns Aeroplan confirmed it was in talks with airline alliance Oneworld on a potential loyalty program partnership. News of the talks with a rival to the Star Alliance airline network that Air Canada belongs to comes as Air Canada’s offer to buy the Aeroplan program is set to expire.last_img read more

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