Premier League clubs net transfer profit for first time

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Premier League clubs have made a transfer window profit for the first time, despite near-record spending in January, thanks largely to two big-money moves to China and France playmaker Dimitri Payet’s return home.Analysis by consultants Deloitte showed the clubs in English soccer’s top flight splashed out an estimated £215 million ($271.09 million) in the transfer window that closed on Tuesday but brought in £40 million more than they paid out.That took the clubs’ total spending for 2016/17 to almost £1.4 billion, breaking last season’s record of a combined one billion for the summer and January windows and confirming the Premier League as Europe’s biggest spenders.French Ligue 1 clubs spent a total of about £130 million in January, ahead of the Bundesliga on £85 million and Italy’s Serie A on £80 million.Spanish La Liga clubs spent about £20 million, although Real Madrid were banned from signing players.Deloitte said four players accounted for much of the Premier League’s net receipts.Chelsea sold Brazil midfielder Oscar to Shanghai SIPG for a reported 60 million euros ($64.74 million) while Watford’s Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo signed for Changchun Yatai for a reported £20 million on Tuesday.West Ham United also made a tidy profit on selling France forward Payet to Olympique de Marseille for £25 million after signing him from the same club in 2015 for a reported £10.7 million.Manchester United, meanwhile, sold Netherlands winger Memphis Depay to French side Olympique Lyonnais for 16 million euros.SURVIVAL SPENDINGPremier League clubs’ total spending in the January window was the second highest after January 2011’s £225 million.“As was the case last year, it is clubs in the bottom half of the table who have driven expenditure this January, investing in their squads in an attempt to secure survival,” said Deloitte partner Dan Jones.“This is no surprise given clubs’ reliance on the revenues generated from the Premier League’s broadcast deals.”The bottom six teams accounted for half of the total spent while none of the top six saw a need to dip into their pockets beyond Arsenal handing over £40 000 for left-back Cohen Bramall from non-league Hednesford Town.Crystal Palace, in the drop zone under ex-England manager Sam Allardyce, had a late flurry on Tuesday with Mamadou Sakho arriving on loan from Liverpool and Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic joining from Olympiakos Piraeus for an undisclosed fee.Bottom-side Hull City signed three players on deadline day, including Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia and Poland winger Kamil Grosicki.English Championship (second-tier) clubs spent a total of £80 million, up more than 125 percent on last year and a January record for the division.last_img read more

Cricket News Shakib Al Hasan enters elite list after five-wicket haul in second Twenty20 against West Indies

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Shakib Al Hasan enhanced his reputation as one of the best all-rounders in cricket after he picked up his first five-wicket haul during the second Twenty20 International against West Indies in Mirpur. Liton Das’ aggressive 60, backed by Shakib’s 42 and a magnificent, unbeaten cameo of 43 off 21 balls from Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh reach 211/4, their second-highest total in Twenty20 Internationals. Shakib’s 5/20 helped Bangladesh beat the two-time World T20 champions by 36 runs to level the three-match series 1-1. The star Bangladesh all-rounder’s exploits with the ball put him in an elite list of players who have achieved a unique feat.Shakib became only the third bowler to have picked up a five-wicket haul in Twenty20 Internationals. Elias Sunny was the first Bangladesh bowler to take a five-wicket haul when he picked up 5/13 against Ireland in Belfast in 2012. Sunny’s haul remains the best by a Bangladesh bowler in this format. Mustafizur Rahman became the first Bangladesh bowler to take a five-wicket haul in the World T20 in 2016 when he took 5/22 against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens. Shakib’s haul of 5/20 is the second-best for a Bangladesh bowler.Read More | Steve Smith barred from participating in Bangladesh Premier LeagueHowever, with his five-wicket haul, the 31-year-old entered a unique list of bowlers who have taken a five-wicket haul in all three formats. Shakib has 20 five-wicket hauls in cricket, which is 18 in Tests and one each in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals. He picked up his only ODI five-wicket haul in 2015 when he took 5/47 against Zimbabwe in Mirpur. Shakib leads the charts for Bangladesh bowlers in Tests, having taken a five-wicket haul against nine Test playing nations.Read More | What must Virat Kohli’s India do to win the Melbourne Test?Shakib joins Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umar Gul, Imran Tahir and Kuldeep Yadav as the other bowlers to have taken a five-wicket haul in all three formats. Southee was the first bowler to achieve this feat while Kuldeep became the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in all formats in the same calendar year. Tahir, on the other hand, is the oldest player to have achieved this feat. Bhuvneshwar became the first Indian player to achieve this feat while Mendis became the first spinner to achieve this feat.The final match of the series will be played on December 22 in Dhaka and Bangladesh would be aiming to achieve a series win in all three formats against the West Indies. last_img read more

The Latest: Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu hospitalized

first_imgThe Latest: Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu hospitalized He will remain hospitalized for at least 48 hours.Petrescu currently coaches Romanian club CFR Cluj. Fourteen staff members and players at the club have tested positive in recent days. Three of those have since tested negative but will remain under observation.Clubs are considering suspending the Romanian league as the country registers a growing number of virus infections. There were 1,030 new cases in the last 24 hours. That is the highest amount since the pandemic reached Romania in February.Petrescu played at Chelsea for five years from 1995-2000.___ The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players.That includes telling participants they shouldn’t travel to tournaments if they tested positive for the virus within seven days or were exposed to anyone with the virus or its symptoms within 14 days.___The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020. Associated Press July 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been taken to the hospital. Basel will finish its season and then resume in the Europa League on Aug. 6. The club will then play in the Swiss Cup semifinals.___The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin.All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says it has not decided on return dates for the senior or wheelchair tours but neither will have tournaments take place before Aug. 31. Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers with 84 RBIs and tying for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland.Dozier said in a statement that he had been feeling “a couple of symptoms that go with the virus” and is now following the medical team’s direction by quarantining. He will need to test negative twice before returning to the club.The Royals still have catcher Cam Gallagher, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, catching prospect Nick Dini and relief pitcher Daniel Tillo on the injured list with COVID-19. All-Star catcher Salvador Pérez, starters Brad Keller and Jakob Junis, and third baseman Matt Reynolds tested positive but have been cleared to return.___ Greg Carlson says “staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.”The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim.Players who earned membership following the 2019 season will maintain their PGA Tour Series-China status in 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “I’m not a doctor nor a specialist, but I do know that it’s definitely something to take very seriously,” he said. “To understand that wearing a mask can be between life or death honestly … there are people dying from this virus each and every day and it’s something that we all need to take very, very seriously.”___Swiss soccer club Basel says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus but its league game against St. Gallen will go ahead.Basel says the unidentified player has been in isolation on the advice of public health officials. The rest of the squad tested negative and will not go into quarantine.Basel is the third of the 10 Swiss clubs to have at least one player test positive since the league restarted last month. Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus.Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday.Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice on Wednesday.He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose and that he’s feeling great now and ready to get to work with the Rockets, who open the season July 31 against Dallas.Westbrook, who wore a mask as he spoke to the media despite being inside the NBA bubble, urged people not take the coronavirus lightly and to wear a mask.last_img read more

The Latest: No fans for junior hockey worlds in Edmonton

first_imgThe event was originally scheduled for Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, from Dec. 26, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021. No dates have been confirmed for the revamped 2021 event.Organizers now say the event will return to those two cities — with the hope of having fans — in 2022.Gothenburg, Sweden, which was to host the tournament in 2022, will now do so in 2024. Novosibirsk, Russia, will host the 2023 event.___The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener Sunday against Jacksonville. That will change in October and increase with each of their next three home games. September 17, 2020 Associated Press UNC and Charlotte announced Aug. 8 that they would meet six weeks later. That came after the Atlantic Coast Conference revamped its scheduling model when it decided to go forward with football, allowing for 10 league games and one nonconference matchup played in the home state of the member school.The Tar Heels opened last weekend with a win against Syracuse, but now has two straight open weekends on the schedule for now. North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said the school will look for a replacement game on Sept. 26 while coach Mack Brown said the Tar Heels “completely understand and appreciate Charlotte’s transparency” in the decision. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The 2021 world junior hockey championship will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, with no fans because of the pandemic.center_img The Latest: No fans for junior hockey worlds in Edmonton ___Saturday’s game between No. 12 North Carolina and Charlotte has been canceled after the 49ers announced contact tracing had depleted the offensive line.Charlotte announced the decision Thursday, two days before the Conference USA program was to visit Chapel Hill for the first meeting between the schools.The school said in a statement there had been three positive coronavirus cases among football players discovered through regular testing during the past two weeks. The school didn’t specify how many offensive linemen were affected by contract tracing, saying only it was “several.”“We’re extremely disappointed to have to cancel our game at North Carolina,” athletic director Mike Hill said. “While I know our team is heartbroken, due to the number of players in quarantine, we could not safely play. We very much appreciate the University of North Carolina working with us to schedule this game.” Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Thursday the Titans will be able to have up to 10% of capacity at Nissan Stadium, or about 7,000 fans, on Oct. 4 against Pittsburgh. Barring setbacks, that will jump to 12.5% or 8,500 on Oct. 11 for a home game against Buffalo and up to 15% (10,000) on Oct. 18 for a game against the Houston Texans.That’s part of a plan to reach a fixed capacity of 21% for the Titans’ final four home games in November and December.Burke Nihil, Titans president and CEO, said they are thrilled to welcome fans back to Nissan Stadium and thanked Cooper and the local health department. Nihil says they feel confident in the team’s plan to keep everyone safe and comfortable.That plan includes socially distant seating pods of groups up to six, mobile ticketing and parking, mandatory face coverings except when eating and drinking. No tailgating or pre-game activities will be allowed outside the stadium.The Titans will have a handful of fans Sunday. A sweepstakes winner and guest along with two season-ticket members with two passes each and another pair of passes for a frontline worker. last_img read more

To Be Blunt: Cannabis culture prides itself on LGBTQ activism

first_imgOne such activist was the late Dennis Peron, who is now widely regarded as the father of the medical marijuana movement. Peron’s weed activism began in the 1970s but was greatly amplified amid the AIDS epidemic in the ’80s and ’90s. As a resident of the Castro District in San Francisco, a historically gay neighborhood, the crisis unfolded around him; when his former partner Jonathan West was dying of AIDS, he found that cannabis eased West’s nausea, depression, anxiety, pain and cachexia — or wasting syndrome.  Cannabis has long been emblematic of la résistance. For many generations, the government has racialized and criminalized weed, and the substance’s deliberate use in many political upheavals, such as counterculture, is not a coincidence. Even as legalization seems poised to sweep the country in the next few years, the issue of weed is inseparable from socioeconomic justice issues.  OK, let me backtrack a little.  Aside from this link, the two movements both gained ground around the same time and advocated for disenfranchised, outcast populations, working to radically shift what society perceived as deviant and delinquent. Without the intensive, dangerous labor of queer activists, weed would not be as (relatively) accessible as it is today.  With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that the cannabis movement and the gay rights movement were and are heavily intertwined. The most direct connection is cannabis’ use as treatment for AIDS, which disproportionately affected the LGBTQ community. Given federal and local governments’ unwillingness to acknowledge the virus’ existence and effect on a community it deemed expendable, patients with AIDS turned to cannabis for relief — both from the disease itself and the drugs they were prescribed, which were often just as harmful.  Peron’s work was aided by fellow cannabis rights activist Mary Jane Rathbun, an ally to the LGBTQ community. Rathbun, who quickly became known as Brownie Mary, secretly distributed pot brownies to patients as a hospital volunteer for the Shanti Project, the first organization to offer medical services to AIDS patients. At the height of the epidemic, Rathbun baked nearly 600 brownies a day and was arrested multiple times, forcing her nonprofit business underground. After one of Rathbun’s testimonies following an arrest in the early 1990s, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to make medical cannabis possession the lowest priority offense.  Paul Scott, another activist who formed an integral part of the gay community advocating for cannabis in San Francisco, created the first medical marijuana facility in Inglewood, helping terminally ill patients cope through cannabis and support groups. Scott also helped found Los Angeles’ Black Gay Pride organization and continues to advocate for queer people of color in the industry today. Natalie Oganesyan is a rising senior writing about weed culture and politics. She is also the editor-in-chief of  Summer Trojan. Her column,“To Be Blunt,” runs every other Wednesday. After West’s death, Peron threw himself into cannabis activism. He founded the Cannabis Buyers’ Club, a medical dispensary that became a hub for AIDS and terminally ill patients alike, and he co-authored and secured the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 in California, the first successful medical marijuana referendum measure in the United States.center_img Weed is for gays and girls only. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. While activists such as Peron, Rathbun and Scott paved the way for greater cannabis rights, weed remains a dominant LGBTQ issue. Although queer people advocate for and use cannabis at higher rates than straight people — coexisting with queer individuals’ higher rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of oppression — LGBTQ leadership in the cannabis industry remains lacking. As cannabis becomes increasingly recognized as a legitimate business endeavor, corporations dominated by wealthy white cisgender men actively push queer individuals and people of color out of entrepeneurship — an insult to the communities that paved the way for cannabis accessibility. (Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan) So, to my queer friends, especially my fellow bisexual women (because, apparently, we smoke the most weed out of all demographics), keep getting smoked out by straight men for free. We deserve it. There’s no reason we should be begging the industry for a seat at a table when we created its infrastructure in the first place. Before weed was co-opted and whitewashed by the bigoted cishet male stoner persona, it was ours. With a purchasing power of $5.4 trillion, LGBTQ folks can and should buy their cannabis from queer-owned shops and inclusive companies where they see themselves represented. While queer people make up the historical backbone of the industry, we are routinely exploited, pandered to through pinkwashing or straight-up ignored. With Pride Month in full swing, we have to face yet another onslaught of tacky rainbow packaging and technicolor edibles that serve as nothing more than distractions for employers’ abysmal hiring records among the LGBTQ community.  The intersection of LGBTQ and cannabis rights is particularly relevant in southern states, where more than 60% of all Black queer men diagnosed with HIV nationally reside, according to 2014 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and where recreational cannabis use remains largely illegal and medical use is legal in roughly half the region. And, of course, it is well known that backwards legislation and restricted liberties affect disenfranchised communities, whether queer, poor or disabled, at higher rates than privileged ones — a reality that does not skip the cannabis industry.  last_img read more

Defense leads Women of Troy in rivalry

first_imgThe Women of Troy endured a furious rally at the end of the first half to win a game that was not decided until the final seconds of regulation.Block party · Freshman guard Ariya Cook looks to avoid a block by the Bruin’s Rebekah Gardner. Both teams shot under 30 percent for the game and played superb defense during the contest. The Trojans did not score a basket in the last four minutes. – Luciano Nunez| Daily TrojanSenior guard Ashley Corral was not phased by the immense pressure. She coolly slipped the ball to Cassie Harberts for a layup in the closing minutes of the first half. That assist, the 414th of her career (she finished at 418), simultaneously tied her with USC legend Cheryl Miller in the record books for sixth in the school’s history and solidified USC’s position enough to take a lead into halftime in their 47-43 win.Once the second half came, the frontcourt and rebounding, along with the aggressive USC defense, took over and propelled USC to a gritty victory over their crosstown rivals.With a near triple-double of 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Corral savored the victory.“On the road, they’re one more step to our season … It’s a rivalry game, so everything’s going to be wild, it’s going to be energy that wins the game. I thought we executed a little bit better than they did and that’s what got us the win,” Corral said after the game. The Bruins had beaten the Women of Troy in their previous four encounters.Corral tallied those eight record-list-climbing assists against only one turnover. Her superb ball handling was especially impressive in this low scoring affair.There was intense defense on both sides as USC shot 29 percent and the Bruins shot 30 percent. Overall, the game was marked by sloppy play and scrappy defense.The Women of Troy managed to out-rebound the Bruins 48-40. Harberts and freshman forward Alexyz Vaioletama both contributed 10 rebounds while Corral and junior forward Christina Marinacci contributed eight and seven.The team’s defense throughout the season is the main reason USC is now 9-6. The defensive effort Saturday held the Bruins to only 18 second-half points.The USC offense never really got into a rhythm in the second half and it struggled to build a lead on the foundation of their rock-solid defense. Its biggest second-half lead was 43-38 with four minutes remaining, showing how close the game remained despite the defensive success. By the end of the game Corral was the only one who managed to break double digits for the Women of Troy with 10 points.The Bruins cut USC’s lead to 44-43 with 23 seconds left, and the game was tense down the stretch. But Harberts coolly drained three crunch-time free throws to seal the win for the Women of Troy.Corral explained the team’s defensive strategy after the game.“We’ve been focusing on our defense week in and week out … We wanted to focus on keeping the ball out of their stars’ hands, and I thought we did a very good job of executing,” Corral said.The team hopes to continue its good run of play this week when they host Oregon on Thursday and Oregon State on Saturday at the Galen Center. If its defense keeps playing like it did against the Bruins, their odds of continuing their winning streak are pretty good.last_img read more

Beat writers predict 4th-straight win for Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse (5-2) has won three games in a row and will face off with Northeastern (4-4) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Huskies have won back-to-back games, including an 81-67 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. SU eked out a tight win over Cornell on Saturday, winning 63-55.Here’s what our beat writers predict to happen on Tuesday night.Charlie DiSturco (5-2)By the leashSyracuse 72, Northeastern 61This game is an interesting one. Northeastern has a very capable offense led by Jordan Roland, who is shooting lights out of late, but the Huskies are without leader Vasa Pusica due to injury. But Northeastern’s defensive woes will be the difference in Syracuse pulling away at the end versus a tight contest down the wire. The Huskies rank 289th in defensive 3-point percentage and 323rd in 2-point field-goal percentage, per Kenpom.com. If Syracuse uses its athleticism to fight inside the paint, the Orange should have no problem taking down the Huskies.Matthew Gutierrez (4-3)Sweet escapeSyracuse 65, Northeastern 58AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDon’t take Northeastern lightly. The Huskies are 6-6 against Power 5 opponents over the past five seasons. SU head coach Jim Boeheim said he picked the Northeastern game for a challenge, given they’re picked to win their league. The Boston school can ball. It’ll be interesting to see how Frank Howard, Elijah Hughes and Paschal Chukwu respond one game after the trio didn’t produce.Billy Heyen (6-1)Not these HuskiesSyracuse 74, Northeastern 64Syracuse struggled with a Cornell team that isn’t as good as Northeastern, with Tyus Battle saying after that game that the Orange “weren’t ready to play.” He added that if they played like that on Tuesday, they’d lose. The Huskies bring in a top-30 offense in the nation, per Kenpom.com, and four players that average double figures. But the Orange should have Elijah Hughes back on his game after a rough Saturday, and that should make the difference. Published on December 3, 2018 at 11:17 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp Ladies league campaign to aid championship bid

first_imgThat’s according to manager Gerry McGill, whose side open their ‘summer’ campaign against Limerick on Saturday.Tipp were beaten by Waterford in the Division 3 League Final Replay last weekend.Although Gerry recognises the value of playing against top-class opponents he says it’s important for players to get some downtime too…last_img

Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022

first_img Share Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Betfred has strengthened its partnership with the World Snooker Championship after extending its title sponsorship until ‘at least 2022’.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition hereThe renewed deal was confirmed on the final day of the 2020 tournament at The Crucible, and will build on the agreement which was first signed in 2009.Fred Done, the co-owner of Betfred, expressed his appreciation to the competition’s partners for making sure the event ran as smoothly as possible.He said: “I’m delighted to extend my association with the World Snooker Championship and I would like to take this opportunity to thank WST, the Crucible, BBC, Eurosport and especially the players for putting this event on in such challenging times.”Approximately 300 spectators were permitted to attend the event as part of the government’s trial to bring small crowds back to sporting events in a safe manner.WST Chairman Barry Hearn added: “We have worked with Betfred on the World Championship for many years and we are delighted to extend the agreement. Over that time it has developed into a truly global event with a vast audience, and its reach continues to grow. More and more fans in an increasing number of countries tune in each year to watch history in the making.“This year’s Championship has been one of the best. We look forward to working with the fantastic Betfred team for many years to come.”last_img read more