Loading… Victor Osimhen’s former agent, Jean-Gerard Benoit Czajka, has revealed how Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, convinced the Nigerian forward, who initially ‘refused’ a move to Italy. The Lille forward is reportedly only formalities away from being confirmed as Napoli’s next signing and his former agent Benoit Czajka has revealed the 21-year-old needed some convincing. “To be honest, Victor didn’t want to go to Italy,” Benoit Czajka told France Football. “From the beginning he refused to play in Serie A, fearing the problems of racism. “Even in March or April he told me: ‘I don’t want to play in Italy, even if it’s at Juve for €10m a year’.”Advertisement But the reports in Italy have claimed the Nigerian was convinced after a trip to Naples and his former agent confirms. read also:Why Osimhen will succeed at Napoli – Pundit “I told him that before having such strong ideas, he had to travel and see for himself. We did it in early July, we met with the coach, the sporting director and President [Aurelio] De Laurentiis, a man with values and experience. “Victor also spoke a lot with Koulibaly, who was decisive for his choice.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content12 Countries With Higest Technology In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With
RelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Nigeria Football Federation has relocated to its new secretariat, six years after the office was completed. The new secretariat, named: “Sunday Dankaro House,” is located in the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the office, constructed at the cost of N337 million, was inaugurated in July 2013 by former Vice President Namadi Sambo, but had remained abandoned until recent moves by the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, to get it fully utilised. Dare had visited the Sunday Dankaro House in January to assess the renovation work and mandated the NFF to fast track relocation there. NAN observed the presence of members of staff and NFF officials at the Dankaro House, which now wears a new look. The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, had confirmed the federation’s gradual relocation from its popular “Glass House” in Zone 7 to the Sunday Dankaro House. The Sunday Dankaro House comprises of 27 offices with six board rooms, a penthouse and a 120-car parking space.Tags: Moshood Abiola National StadiumNFFSunday Dankaro HouseSunday Dare
Chamakh has joined the Barclays Premier League newcomers after competing a medical, and will wear the number 29 shirt. The 29-year-old France-born Morocco international has signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. Chamakh, who joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010 and scored 14 goals during his time at the Emirates Stadium, had a spell on loan at West Ham at the end of last season. He is the third striker to join the Selhurst Park ranks this summer, following the arrivals of Kevin Phillips and Dwight Gayle. Palace start their campaign at home to Tottenham on Sunday. Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. Press Association
Spurs were held 1-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run in the top flight to 14 games, their best spell in 30 years. James McClean’s first Albion goal cancelled out Dele Alli’s opener and Spurs had to rely on a splendid Hugo Lloris save, when the keeper denied Jonas Olsson, to earn a point. The visitors relinquished control of the game after the opener and Pochettino rued the missed chance to break into the top four for the first time this season. He said: “I am more disappointed because we dropped two points. At the same time we are proud it is 14 games unbeaten. “The conditions were difficult to play, it didn’t help us against a very good side. I feel very proud of the players, the effort was amazing but we feel a little bit disappointed because we dropped two points.” Lloris’ reactions denied Olsson in the second half when he turned the defender’s poked volley over from point blank range. “I think it was a great save, I can say he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We are lucky he is at Tottenham with us,” said Pochettino. “There are always rumours about the players but we want to keep him for the future, not only for the present. We want to build the next squad and the future with him. He is very happy with us.” And Pochettino admitted past Spurs sides could have crumbled after conceding and praised their character. “I think the group we have is very strong. It’s a good test and opportunity to show us we can compete.” he added. Press Association “Arsenal dropped three points here and for us it’s a great test to show we can fight. The performance we showed can help us for the future.” West Brom assistant head coach Dave Kemp filled in for Tony Pulis who has flu and, with the Baggies unbeaten in their last three games, Kemp believes they deserved to win. He said: “We came off disappointed we had not won. It was not part of the plan to go a goal down but we have to be pleased with the way we came back. We have that ability to take the game to good teams and to have the character and confidence to do that is very pleasing. “Some weeks it is brilliant, some weeks not so good and some weeks poor. We play some terrific stuff and hopefully they will show that goal for what it is, a quality team goal.” Kemp also reserved praise for scorer McClean who netted his first goal for the club since a summer move from Wigan. He added: “I don’t think anyone was doing somersaults when we signed him. Nobody thought he would be a big influence but he has come in and set the tone for the rest of the team with his energy.” Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham dropped two points at West Brom – despite setting a club record in the Barclays Premier League.
The players on the two sides have compared it to their version of the Stanley Cup, the best of seven series in the National Hockey League that crowns the league champion. But to fit the comparison means that the excitement, controversy and the eventual sheer joy on one side and the bitter throes of defeat on the other of the seven-game Stanley Cup would have to be smashed into one 60-minute game. Despite that tall task, the United States-Canada matchup in the women’s hockey gold medal game in the Olympics to the Stanley Cup has lived up to its billing in the past. Don’t expect anything different this time around.Barring a huge upset in the semifinals by either Sweden or Switzerland, who are matched with the Americans and Canadians, respectively, the border rivals will meet once again in the gold medal game Thursday morning at 11 a.m. central time.Back in 2006, the United States was shocked by Sweden in the semifinals, marking the first time the United States had lost to someone other than Canada since women’s ice hockey was approved as an Olympic sport for the 1998 Nagano Games. Although you can never predict what will happen in the world of sports, that near gravity-defying upset by the Swedes in 2006 will most likely not be replicated, at least not this time around.On the other side of things, the Canadians are basically shoo-ins for the gold medal game, considering they already dispatched Switzerland, their opponents for the semifinal, 5-0 earlier in the tournament.The fact is the United States and Canada are simply head and shoulders above any other team in international competition. Between the two, they’ve won every single gold medal and all but one silver since women’s Olympic play began in 1998.In a way, the intense rivalry and dominance at the international level in women’s hockey by the U.S. and Canada resembles the rivalry between Wisconsin and Minnesota at the collegiate level in the women’s game. Between the two schools, they’ve won eight of the 13 National Championships since the NCAA began sponsoring a championship for the sport. Minnesota-Duluth has won five championships of its own, but since 2004 Minnesota and Wisconsin have combined to win eight of the last 10 championships.To put it in a direct comparison, Minnesota plays the likeness of hockey Goliath Canada, as it is the state of hockey, while Wisconsin falls into a role similar to the United States, trying to best their neighbors to the north (and west in Wisconsin’s case).Lately though, Minnesota has had Wisconsin’s number, and with their sweep of the Badgers this past weekend, the Gophers have now won 10 straight games dating back to 2011. Minnesota has also won the last two National Championships, including one over the Badgers in 2012, and look well on their way to another this year.Admittedly, as someone who grew up in the Madison area and watched these two teams compete many times, it’s difficult to watch the Gophers win. I stood idly by this weekend and watched Wisconsin get swept, while the Gophers basked in their 4-0 thrashing of the Badgers in front of the largest crowd in college women’s hockey history. It was tough to stomach, to the point where going home Saturday night I felt utterably disheartened that Minnesota had come into the Kohl Center and dismantled Wisconsin. After the game, Wisconsin goaltender Alex Rigsby said what was probably on most people’s minds, at least those associated with the Wisconsin women’s hockey program. She was sick of seeing the Gophers win.Just as Rigsby and the Badgers tired of having the Gophers come out victorious, I would have to imagine that many of the players on the Team USA echo the sentiments of Rigsby just on another level. They’re sick of seeing the Canadians win. The United States hasn’t won a gold medal in women’s hockey since the inaugural gold in Nagano. Canada has gone on to secure the last four gold medals, and has a three-game Olympic winning streak against the Americans, which includes a 3-2 triumph last Wednesday during pool play.The good news for Team USA is that the new Olympic format pits the top four teams in the world against one another in the same pool, allowing the United States and Canada to potentially play twice in the same tournament. Although one loss to Canada in the past would have cost the U.S. a gold medal, this time the Americans will have a chance at revenge in the same tournament.But for that to happen, the rivals of Wisconsin and Minnesota that once despised each other on the ice will have to work together to dethrone the greater evil, Team Canada. Of the 21 players on the United States roster, nine are either former or current stars of the Badgers or Gophers. One of those players includes Amanda Kessel, the reigning Patty Kazmaier award winner — the women’s hockey equivalent of the Heisman — who is from Wisconsin but chose to attend Minnesota instead. She may represent the all too real face of betrayal when she returns to the Gophers next season, but her colors of maroon and gold pale in comparison to the red and white, and of course blue.Whether or not the United States can finally quench the 16-years of gold drought remains to be seen. But even if Canada comes out on top again, just like when Minnesota triumphs over Wisconsin, you can still appreciate the fact that these are two of the best teams going head-to-head and the time when hockey is at its absolute pinnacle.
Tipperary County Board vice chairman John Devane has doubts about the Club Players Assosciation’s proposals to restructure the GAA season.The CPA called upon the GAA authorities to discuss the matters at Special Congress.By ring-fencing April as an exclusive club only month, and by leaving December free of fixtures, the group say it would benefit club players. They also wish to complete club competitions in a calendar year – where the season currently run up to St Patrick’s Day.Co board vice chair John Devane says he’s not sure the CPA’s proposals are feasible…[CLIP]0730JohnDevane
When they confirmed the transfer, Juventus said the “economic effect” to their club was “about 72.6m euros”.A book published in Germany this week – The Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football – and reproduced in media reports, includes what it says is a breakdown of the Pogba fee and alleges his agent Mino Raiola earned Â£41m from the deal.When contacted by the BBC, Raiola declined to comment and said the matter was in the hands of his lawyers.According to reports taken from information in The Football Leaks:Â§ Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another Raiola client, earns Â£367,640 a week – Â£19m a year – at Manchester United, making him the best-paid player in the Premier League.Â§ Pogba’s basic salary is Â£165,000 a week – Â£8.61m a year – but he has substantial incentives in a 41-page contract.Â§ Raiola took a Â£23m slice of the transfer fee and will be paid five instalments totalling Â£16.39m from United over the course of Pogba’s contracShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paul Pogba’s world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United last year is the subject of a FIFA inquiry.Football’s world governing body has written to the Premier League club “to seek clarification on the deal”.It is believed to concern who was involved in the Â£89.3m transfer, and how much money was paid to them.A United spokesman said: “We do not comment on individual contracts. FIFA has had the documents since the transfer was concluded in August.”Pogba, 24, is in his second spell at Old Trafford, having left the club for Juventus for Â£1.5m in 2012.The France midfielder first joined United from French side Le Havre in acrimonious circumstances in 2009.He returned to the club last summer for a world-record fee of 105m euros.United also agreed to pay Juventus 5m euros (Â£4.5m) in performance-related bonuses plus other costs, including 5m euros if Pogba signs a new contract.
“It’s a good first step.”The win was the Dodgers’ 11th consecutive over the Mets, the 10th by at least three runs (a franchise first against any opponent).Given that run against the Mets, Kershaw’s own dominance over them (he is 8-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 13 career starts) and the Mets’ ranking against left-handed pitching this season (last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS), the Dodgers chose a soft landing spot for Kershaw when they opted to let him skip a rehab start and jump right back into the majors after missing three weeks with a strained back.“Pitching a rehab game is to make sure you’re healthy, right?” Kershaw said. “I think tonight same thing – proved I’m healthy and now it’s just a matter of performance.”Kershaw wasn’t sharp. He struck out the first two batters he faced on called third strikes and hit 92 mph with his fastball after averaging just 89 mph in his last start before going on the DL for the second time this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But after that, he looked like someone who had pitched just five innings in the previous eight weeks – which he was thanks to biceps tendinitis that sent him to the DL for nearly all of May and the back strain that sent him back after only one start.Six of the 14 batters Kershaw faced reached base – three singles, two doubles and a walk – and the Mets scored runs in the second and third innings.“It wasn’t great obviously,” Kershaw said. “I think there were some things that were encouraging. But a few mistakes. Gave up too many hits. I think I know what I need to work on.”When a 25-pitch third inning Saturday pushed his pitch count to 55, Kershaw’s night was done, right about where the Dodgers had planned. The work in private filled out the fourth inning.“I thought it was positive,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I thought the most important thing is he came out of it feeling good, feeling strong, felt like he could go longer. As far as the stuff, I thought the slider got better. I thought the fastball coming out of his hand was good from the first pitch. And I thought the curveball was pretty good.“Expectations – he’ll probably downplay it. But for us, it was very encouraging.”Ferguson had originally been scheduled to start Saturday but was shunted to the bullpen by Kershaw’s return. Ferguson didn’t get the start but he did get his first major-league win.“I didn’t really have much time to think about it,” Ferguson said. “I was actually scrambling around today asking guys if I should go throw – how do you do things out of the bullpen? But it’s the same game whether I’m starting or pitching out of the bullpen. I tried to stick with my routine as best I could.”The rookie left-hander came on in the fourth and pitched better than either starter (Kershaw or Mets ace Jacob deGrom). He stranded the tying run in scoring position in three of his four innings and struck out six (five with runners on).“I think it’s a good trend that each time he’s been out there the stuff keeps getting better and he’s handling himself considerably better each time out,” Roberts said. “There was some stress out there and he made pitches when he needed to.”Ferguson will stick around, Roberts said, and could pitch in a similar “piggy-back” situation with Kershaw’s pitch count likely to be restricted again in his next start.“Thursday makes a lot of sense,” Roberts said. “Thursday or Friday.”The Dodgers were the first team since April 16 to score more than two earned runs against deGrom. They got one on a solo home run by Max Muncy in the first inning and two on Taylor’s pinch-hit double in the fourth. It was Taylor’s first at-bat since leaving Wednesday’s game in Chicago with a left hamstring injury.That left Ferguson with a one-run sliver of a lead during his four innings until the Dodgers broke the game open with a five-run eighth inning highlighted by Kemp’s pinch-hit grand slam off Mets reliever Robert Gsellman. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger leaps in vain for a home run hit by New York Mets’ Jose Bautista during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. The Dodgers won 8-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a New York Mets batter during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers to a New York Mets batter during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp swings on a grand slam against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) reacts as he crosses the plate after hitting a grand slam against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts as he crosses the plate after hitting solo home run against the New York Mets during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 22, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) celebrates with second baseman Max Muncy (13) after Muncy turned a double play to end the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 22, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) reacts as he approaches home plate after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom (48) heads for home to score from second base on a base hit by Wilmer Flores during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom walks off the field after the top of the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, center, is congratulated by Chase Utley (26) and Enrique Hernandez (14) after hitting a grand slam against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto dives for but can’t make the play on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the New York Mets in a baseball game, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig, from left, celebrate after the Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 8-3 in a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)New York Mets’ Jose Bautista (11) is congratulated by Devin Mesoraco (29) after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger leaps in vain for a home run hit by New York Mets’ Jose Bautista during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. The Dodgers won 8-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a New York Mets batter during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a New York Mets batter during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)ExpandNEW YORK – All day Friday, Clayton Kershaw walked around the Dodgers’ clubhouse with the smile of a young boy who had gotten his way.Kershaw didn’t exactly have his way with the New York Mets on Saturday. But he did pitch three innings in his return from his latest back injury, essentially taking his rehab assignment to the Big Apple.While Kershaw was throwing a fourth simulated inning in the batting cages under the stands and icing his arm, rookie left-hander Caleb Ferguson followed him with four scoreless innings. Pinch-hitters Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp came off the bench to drive in six runs and the Dodgers beat the New York Mets, 8-3.“Good to be back,” Kershaw said after Ferguson had been given a postgame beer bath in celebration of his first major-league win. “Now I can focus on getting better. Health-wise it’s there. Now it’s just a matter of performance.