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Arsenal sign Uruguay s Lucas Torreira

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal signed Uruguay defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Torreira is the fourth acquisition by Arsenal since Unai Emery was appointed as coach in May. The cost and length of his contract were not disclosed. Torreira played a part in all of Uruguay's World Cup matches and started their quarterfinal defeat to France last Friday. "A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup," Emery said. Torreira follows Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos this offseason to the north London club......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 11th, 2018

Sanchez to Man United likely to happen, Wenger says

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a deal sending Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is "likely to happen" and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move to Emirates Stadium in exchange. Manchester City ended its interest in Sanchez this week, leaving United most likely to sign the Chile forward. Asked if Sanchez's move to Old Trafford was close, Wenger replied: "I've worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down." On Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction, Wenger said "if it's a possibility, it's because I like the player." Wenger said it would be "an exchange of players, and I think one would replace the other.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Here s what you can get for Messi s 700 million euro buyout clause

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — If a rival soccer team were to pay Lionel Messi's 700 million euro ($834 million) buyout clause, Barcelona could potentially buy nine of the 20 most expensive teams in the world. Or it would have enough to buy every player in Major League Soccer at the same time. It could even pay for 5 million Barcelona jerseys. The likelihood of anyone triggering the clause seems remote, especially considering that it wouldn't guarantee that the goal-scoring great would go anyway. But after Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona a record 222 million euros ($264 million) for Neymar, the team is clearly trying to scare off any potential candidates. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said the club decided to more than double Messi's original clause of 300 million euros ($358 million) because of what happened with Neymar. Buyout clauses are not used in every country, but they are often put into effect to help protect clubs and give players the right to leave for a fee if they are not satisfied or want better deals. Here's a look at how far 700 million euros go in the world of soccer: ___ TOP CLUBS Nine of the world's most valuable soccer teams are worth less than the new clause on Messi's contract, according to Forbes. In its most recent rankings, only 11 of the top 20 clubs are valued higher than 700 million euros. Among the teams with a lower value are Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund. ___ MANCHESTER UNITED'S REVENUES The amount spent to trigger Messi's buyout clause would be almost the equivalent of what Manchester United generates in revenues in a year. The English club topped a recent ranking of soccer's biggest moneymakers released by accountancy firm Deloitte. It generated 515.3 million pounds (689 million euros) for the 2015-16 season. ___ ALL MLS PLAYERS The players in the 22 teams in Major League Soccer have a market value of 407 million euros ($485 million), according to specialized German site Transfermarkt.com, which analyzes transfers worldwide. ___ FIVE MLS EXPANSION TEAMS The current expansion fee being charged by MLS is $150 million (125 million euros), meaning that owners could start five expansion teams with the money they spend to acquire Messi. ___ BARCELONA'S SQUAD All other players in Barcelona's squad this season have a combined market value of 586 million euros ($698 million), according to Transfermarkt. Teams hypothetically could forget about Messi and just try to sign the rest of Barcelona's players for significantly less than they would have to spend on the Argentina forward. ___ HALF OF SPAIN'S PLAYERS The market value for players in half of the Spanish league's teams is worth 622 million euros ($741 million), Transfermarkt said, and that includes those in some traditional clubs such as Real Betis and Deportivo La Coruna. Messi's clause is 17 times bigger than the current market value for the entire squad of southern Madrid club Getafe. ___ STADIUMS Instead of signing Messi, teams could build state-of-the-art venues such as Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, which cost nearly 600 million euros ($715 million) and is one of the most expensive stadiums owned by a club in Europe. Barcelona rival Real Madrid is expected to spend 400 million euros ($476 million) to add a retractable roof and renovate its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. ___ SPONSORSHIP DEALS With the 700 million euros, Barcelona could afford to forfeit its current jersey sponsorship deal for more than 12 years. The club is receiving about 55 million euros ($65 million) a year from Japanese company Rakuten in an agreement valid until 2021. Manchester United is getting about 60 million euros ($71 million) a year for its record jersey sponsorship deal with Chevrolet. ___ JUST THE SHIRT The 700 million euros would be just enough for 5 million Barcelona jerseys at a cost of 140 euros ($167) each. The official replica costs 85 euros ($101), which would allow for a total of more than 8.2 million jerseys......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Coutinho is back but problems run deeper at Liverpool

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Philippe Coutinho's belated return to the Liverpool team adds an extra layer of ingenuity to a forward line that promises to be one of the most thrilling in European soccer this season. Entertainment is unlikely to be in short supply at Anfield now that the front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will be prompted from midfield by Coutinho, who has been reintegrated after his unsettling offseason when he was wooed by Barcelona. However many goals they score, though, Liverpool seems destined to be debilitated by its frailty at the back. Whether it's a collective problem — as manager Juergen Klopp is suggesting — or individuals simply making bad decisions or mistakes, Liverpool doesn't have the defense to make a realistic challenge for major honors this season. This past week, Liverpool has lost 5-0 at Manchester City, albeit after being down to 10 men for more than half the game, and then ruined a dominant performance against Sevilla in the Champions League by giving away two sloppy goals in a 2-2 draw. There are legitimate concerns starting with the goalkeepers and going right across the defensive line, and they have been there from the moment Klopp took over in October 2015. It was odd, then, that he chose to sign only one defender during the transfer window, left back Andrew Robertson from relegated Premier League team Hull for 8 million pounds ($10.7 million). Robertson has played only one game so far this season. Would things have been different had Liverpool managed to sign Southampton center back Virgil van Dijk, its much-publicized top defensive target? Klopp doubts it. 'I know here you're always looking for this thing about the defense ... that these problems will have been sorted with one player — it was mentioned we put all our money together and do this,' Klopp said after the Sevilla game. 'It's not about this. It's about being dominant and losing a little bit of concentration, the grip of the game that you do not have in all defensive moments.' The issues are clear to see. Klopp has rotated his two goalkeepers, Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, in the last four matches, continuing the long-held uncertainty in that position. At center back, Joel Matip is good on the ball but not a commanding presence at set pieces or under the high ball, while Dejan Lovren can be clumsy and error-prone, as shown against Sevilla when he completely missed an attempted clearance to allow a tap-in goal in the fifth minute. At left back, Alberto Moreno can be an attacking threat but a defensive liability, and Robertson is inexperienced on this stage. At right back, youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold (18) and Joe Gomez (20) have bright futures but can be caught out in behind them. Of the so-called 'Big 6' in the Premier League in Klopp's time in England, Liverpool had the leakiest defense in the 2015-16 season and only Arsenal conceded more goals last season. The neutral will want Klopp to keep things as they are, starting with the home match against Burnley in the league on Saturday. Liverpool is arguably the most exciting team to watch in the Premier League, with opportunities popping up regularly at both ends. The team's first-half performance in the Sevilla game was so exhilarating that Liverpool's fans gave the players a standing ovation as they went off for halftime. Throw the returning Coutinho into the mix, and Adam Lallana when he is back from a thigh injury maybe next month, and Liverpool's attacking options are seemingly limitless. It's what happens at the other end, however, that could decide the Reds' fate this season. Here's what else to watch out for this weekend in the Premier League: ___ strong>ROONEY'S RETURN /strong> On Sunday, Wayne Rooney makes his first return to Old Trafford since leaving Manchester United to rejoin boyhood club Everton. Rooney spent 13 trophy-filled years at United and is the club's record scorer with 253 goals, yet seemingly isn't held in the same regard as United's great names of the past like Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs. United midfielder Jesse Lingard predicted Rooney will receive a good reception, saying: 'He's a legend at the club and we will always welcome him back.' United leads on goal difference after collecting 10 points from a possible 12. Everton has scored only two goals in four games this season, Rooney grabbing both of them. ___ strong>HODGSON'S FIRST GAME /strong> Fifteen months after leaving the England job, Roy Hodgson is back in management after taking over at Crystal Palace. Palace fired Frank de Boer after only four league games, with the team in last place and yet to score a goal in four straight losses. Hodgson's first game in charge is at home to Southampton on Saturday.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Arsenal signs Perez, Mustafi, as Hart set for Man City exit

LONDON — Arsenal strengthened its squad by signing striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia on the ne.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2016

UFC star Cody Garbrandt wants to fight Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao, who turns 40 in December, on the other hand, showed he still has it after scoring a TKO win over Lucas Matthysse of Argentina in July, his first stoppage since 2009.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News21 hr. 41 min. ago

Still top draw

The planned January fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is being lined up for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and could air as a pay-per-view event, according to US-based sports network ESPN. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO) will be defending his World Boxing Association world welterweight title, and making his return to the United States for the first time since his November 2016 win over Jessie Vargas. In his last two outings, the Filipino lawmaker fought in Australia and Malaysia, losing a controversial decision to Jeff Horn and thrashing Lucas Matthysse for his first stoppage win since 2009. Those fights aired on ESPN and ESPN+, and Pacquiao-Broner may be worth enough money to ...Keep on reading: Still top draw.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Massacre of sugarcane workers met with condemnation

The killing of nine sugarcane workers in Sagay City Negros Occidental has been met with the outrage of those who fight for peasants and farmers’ rights. The victims, identified as Eglicerio Villegas, Angelife Arsenal, a certain alias Pater, Dodong Laurencio, Morena Mendoza, Necnec Dumaguit, Bing Bing Bantigue, and minors Joemarie Ughayon and Marchtel Sumicad, are believed […] The post Massacre of sugarcane workers met with condemnation appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi s killing

In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey said it will announce details of its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday and U.S. congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom — in particular its crown prince — should face severe consequences for the death of the writer in the Saudi… link: Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi's killing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Former WBO champ Paulus Ambunda signs with Ringstar Boxing

22 OCTOBER 2018 - SINGAPORE: Fresh from his impressive showing, and IBO World Super Bantamweight win last September, at Marina Bay Sands, Namibian boxer Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda, (27-2-0), joins Ringstar Boxing’s impressive roster of boxers, under its management & promotion.  The three-time IBO world champion Ambunda, who was also a former WBO World Bantamweight champion, says, “I am happy to sign with Ringstar Management, and I look forward to my upcoming fights, under the Ringstar banner.”  Scott Farrell, Founder & CEO of Ringstar Boxing, which is now referred to by many as Asia’s number one boxing sports property, says, “I am very excited to welcome Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda, to Ringstar Management. He still has plenty to offer and he proved that on my last show at Marina Bay Sands on September 29th, when he once again claimed the IBO super bantamweight title. I will be taking Paulus to bigger fights and he will once again shock the world, mark my words.”  Ambunda will be joining other world-class boxers managed & promoted by Ringstar, such as IBO World Bantamweight champion Michael Dasmarinas, IBO Intercontinental Featherweight champion Muhamad Ridhwan, Thailand contender (by way of New Zealand) Nort Beauchamp IBO Asia Champion, IBO Oceania Welterweight champion Keng Fai, WBC Asia Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mirage Khan, New Zealand boxing champion Cairo George, among others.  Ringstar’s recent campaign has also been shortlisted for the Best Integrated Marketing Campaign for a Sports Event category, at the prestigious SPIA Asia - Sports Industry Awards, which recognizes the best work in the sports industry, across 47 countries. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi s killing

In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey said it will announce details of its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday and U.S. congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom — in particular its crown prince — should face severe consequences for the death of the writer in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi s killing

In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey said it will announce details of its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday and U.S. congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom — in particular its crown prince — should face severe consequences for the death of the writer in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Hontiveros Optimistic PRRD Will Sign Pet Bills into Law

Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte would sign several bills that she authored and sponsored into law. Hontiveros was referring to the HIV-AIDS Policy Act, the Expanded Maternity Leave Act and the Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CISAC) Act, which were ratified by Congress […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Ara Mina drops plans to run in 2019 elections, supports dad Chuck’s QC mayoral bid

After hemming and hawing for some time whether or not to run for public office, it appears Ara Mina has already made up her mind and come to a conclusion. Mina took to social media on Oct. 18 to tell her fans that although she had a strong desire of become a public servant, running for public office in the 2019 elections would have to take the backseat. In her Instagram post, Mina shared a picture of her with her dad, Chuck Mathay, who is running for Quezon City mayor. As per Mina, she asked for God's sign to guide her in making her decision. "For now, God wants me to be an obedient daughter, taking one step at a time," she said."I gave it a lot of thought and considered man...Keep on reading: Ara Mina drops plans to run in 2019 elections, supports dad Chuck’s QC mayoral bid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Philippines, Israel sign Palawan oil exploration deal

Malacañang yesterday expressed hope the oil exploration deal between the Philippines and an Israeli firm would lessen Manila’s dependence on imports and its vulnerability to price shocks in the global market......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Philippines, Israel sign Palawan oil exploration deal

Malacañang yesterday expressed hope the oil exploration deal between the Philippines and an Israeli firm would lessen Manila’s dependence on imports and its vulnerability to price shocks in the global market......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

NYT: Condo owners vow to strip Trump name from building

NEW YORK --- Another building is stripping Trump off its entrance. The New York Times reported Wednesday that residents of Trump Place on the Upper West Side of Manhattan have joined three other buildings in the neighborhood in stripping the president's brassy five-letter name from their 46-story building in another sign that the brand is losing some of its appeal. The move follows reports of losses at some of President Donald Trump's golf courses, and decisions by several hotels that had licensed the president's name to drop it. After more than a quarter century, Trump Plaza will now be known only by its address, 200 Riverside Boulevard. The name had become controversial...Keep on reading: NYT: Condo owners vow to strip Trump name from building.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Duterte says complexion due to visits to military camps, whitening cream

President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday admitted consulting with a dermatologist in an attempt to dispel notions that the discoloration of his face is a sign of a serious illness.  Source link link: Duterte says complexion due to visits to military camps, 'whitening' cream.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Canada pot industry goes international

MONTREAL — Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada’s biggest marijuana companies, but he isn’t sticking around to savor the country’s historic pot legalization. He’s off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week — a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the global pot industry, and of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Duterte says complexion due to visits to military camps, whitening cream

President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday admitted consulting with a dermatologist in an attempt to dispel notions that the discoloration of his face is a sign of a serious illness. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

New breed of talented performers sign up with GMA Artist Center

GMA Artist Center warmly welcomed its new breed of talented performers in a contract signing held in GMA Network Center last October 11. The Clash ultimate champion Golden Cañedo, finalists Jong Madaliday, Mirriam Manalo, Garrett Bolden, Josh Adornado, Anthony Rosaldo, Kyryll Ugdiman, Mika Gorospe, Danielle Ozaraga, Melbelline Caluag, Esterlina Olmedo, Bryan Chong, Psalms David, Jasmine […] The post New breed of talented performers sign up with GMA Artist Center appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018