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  • Barca insist on Pogba

    Barca insist on Pogba



    Barcelona president Josep  Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, after saying the club could still do business before the Spanish transfer window closes, Sky sports reports.

    Despite being handed the captain’s armband for the opening 2-1 win against Leicester City, Pogba’s comments after the game hinted at tensions at Old Trafford.

    Asked about Pogba after Barcelona’s 2-1 Super Cup win against Sevilla, Bartomeu said: “I won’t speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days left.

    “We’ll see which players come out. We’re focused on the league, so it’s best to ask (Eric) Abidal,(Ramon) Planes or Pep Segura about players.

    “There’s still time to do business.”

    Andres Iniesta, Paulinho and Andre Gomes have left Barcelona this summer and the Catalan club may have to wait if they are to further strengthen their midfield following the arrivals of Arturo Vidal and Arthur, with Manchester United unlikely to want to part with Pogba during this window.

    “We are never going to find another Andres Iniesta, that’s impossible because there is only one and he is in Japan,” said Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.

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  • David de Gea: Manchester United confident goalkeeper will sign new deal

    David de Gea: Manchester United confident goalkeeper will sign new deal



    Manchester United are confident David de Gea will sign a new long-term contract to stay at Old Trafford.

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  • Ronaldo sprinkles star dust on Juventus in intimate opener

    Ronaldo sprinkles star dust on Juventus in intimate opener



    Ronaldo sprinkles star dust on Juventus in intimate opener

    Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday gave a display of pure star power in his debut for Italian champions Juventus, showing his class on and off the pitch at the club’s traditional alpine curtain raiser.

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  • Tennis: Murray falls to Pouille in Cincinnati first round

    Tennis: Murray falls to Pouille in Cincinnati first round



    Andy Murray’s comeback was sidetracked on Monday as the three-time Grand Slam champion lost 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to Lucas Pouille in his opening match at the Cincinnati Masters.

    Murray, returning from January hip surgery, was unable to get past the French 16th seed, hampering his preparations for the US Open starting on August 27.

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    Murray last played 11 days ago in a Washington third-round match which took him three hours to win and ended at 3 a.m.

    The 31-year-old two-time Wimbledon winner is working his way back slowly and felt he could not subject his body to a quarter-final just over 12 hours later, prompting him to withdraw from that event.

    Pouille had lost his previous three matches to Murray, the last at Dubai in 2017.

    Murray, playing as a wildcard at an event he won in 2008 and 2011, saved a match point in the penultimate game on his serve and another moments later when Pouille was serving for the win.

    But the Frenchman, who produced 40 winners to just 15 from Murray, closed it out at the third attempt.

    Spanish 13th seed Pablo Carreno Busta started his week with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 defeat of France’s Richard Gasquet, while Japan’s Kei Nishikori put out Russian Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 6-3.

    Peter Gojowczyk of Germany defeated Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

    (AFP)

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  • Man City's Silva retires from playing for Spain

    Man City's Silva retires from playing for Spain



    Manchester City’s Spain midfielder David Silva announces his retirement from international football.

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  • West Ham’s Edimilson joins Fiorentina on loan

    West Ham’s Edimilson joins Fiorentina on loan



    West Ham’s Edimilson joins Fiorentina on loan

    West Ham midfielder Edimilson Fernandes joined Italian side Fiorentina on a season-long loan on Monday.

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  • Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati Masters

    Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati Masters



    World number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday withdrew from next week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters event as he prepares for this month’s US Open.

    The 32-year-old scooped the 80th title of his career earlier Sunday with victory at the Toronto Masters.

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    However the Spaniard said in a statement following the win that he had decided to adjust his schedule in order to preserve his fitness.

    “I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year,” Nadal said.

    “No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now.

    “I am very thankful to my friend Andre Silva, Tournament Director of the Cincinnati tournament, who after speaking to him on the phone understood what I said to him and understands the situation.

    “I am sure the tournament will be a success and I wish him and his team all the best.”

    The withdrawal leaves Roger Federer as the tournament’s highest seed in second. The Swiss did not play Toronto in order to conserve his resources, an example being followed by his main rival.

    Nadal will be replaced in the draw by a lucky loser.

    Nadal had signalled he was planning on withdrawing following his 6-2, 7-6(4) win over over Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier Sunday.

    “I need to make a decision about what is going on in the next week and the next couple of weeks,” he said. “We also have the Davis Cup semi-finals after the US Open.

    “We need to think about the things that we can do or the things that about we can’t do, no? So it’s all about the decisions.

    “I only want to play, I want to be everywhere. I love this sport. I don’t like to miss events. But at some point if I don’t stop for myself, my body stop me. So that’s the experience that I have.”

    (AFP)

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  • Koepka sees off Woods charge to win US PGA Championship

    Koepka sees off Woods charge to win US PGA Championship



    American Brooks Koepka wins his second major of 2018 by holding off a resurgent Tiger Woods to claim the US PGA Championship.

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  • Aina, Bakayoko arrive Italy to complete transfers

    Aina, Bakayoko arrive Italy to complete transfers



    Aina, Bakayoko arrive Italy to complete transfers

    Chelsea players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ola Aina are in Italy to complete transfers to Milan and Torino respectively.

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  • Ronaldo scores first Juventus goal within 10 minutes

    Ronaldo scores first Juventus goal within 10 minutes



    Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday gave a display of pure star power in his debut for Italian champions Juventus, showing his class on and off the pitch at the club’s traditional alpine curtain raiser.

    Nearly 5,000 fans crammed into the compact “Gaetano Scirea” stadium in Villar Perosa at the foot of the Italian Alps, as supporters descended on the small town in order to catch a glimpse of the superstar attacker in his first appearance since signing for 100 million euros ($117 million) a month ago.

    They were rewarded with a goal in the friendly between Juve’s first XI and a youth “B” team from their new hero, who also took the time out to sign autographs and pose for selfies while many of his teammates sloped off to the dressing room.

    Chants of “Ronaldo, bring us the Champions (League)” filled the air as supporters worked their way through a locked-down mountain town in which 600 police officers were called to a place with a population of just over 4,000 and road blocks stopped anyone entering without a match ticket or proof of residence.

    The town’s bars and restaurants were heaving with fans and media hours before the match’s 1700 (1500 GMT kick off), with fans in replica kits wrapped in scarves and flags arriving to see the five-times Ballon d’Or winner take part in one of Italian football’s most curious traditions.

    Fiefdom
    Villar Perosa is the fiefdom of the powerful Agnelli family, the founders of Fiat and the clout behind Juve, who bought their family estate there — nicknamed “The Castle” — in the mid-19th century and established the annual pre-season friendly in the town.

    Such was the dominance of the Agnellis over the town that deceased former club chairman Gianni Agnelli was mayor between 1945 and 1980.

    Cesare Bertoncello, from Turin, who was pointed out to AFP by security as being the first person to arrive in the queue to get into the ground at 0900 (0700 GMT) recalled the dominating presence of the Agnellis in years passed.

    “I’ve been coming here since I was 12 years old back in the 1960s, when (Gianni) Agnelli would arrive here in a helicopter,” he said.

    Massimo Savelli from near Siena, some 450 kilometres to the south east, got up at 0600 to be in Villar Perosa for the first time in decades of supporting his team.

    He was at both the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, when Ronaldo scored a brace as Real Madrid hammered Juve 4-1, and in Madrid last season when the Portuguese slotted the last-gasp penalty that knocked Juve out in the quarter finals.

    It was Ronaldo’s prowess in Europe that caused Juventus to splash a club record fee, as they look to put two lost finals in the last four years behind them and try for European glory for the first time since 1996.

    “With the arrival of Ronaldo our expectations are higher for the Champions League. He’s won the last three,” said Savelli.

    Leading man
    Ronaldo proved good value for the hype, scoring in the 10th minute with a neat finish after breaking a loose offside trap and closing in on goal completely unmarked.

    The chants of “Cristiano, Cristiano” had barely died down when the five-times Ballon d’Or winner provoked Juve’s second by forcing the unfortunate youth team defender Riccardo Cappellini to poke past his own goalkeeper three minutes later.

    The 33-year-old proved too much for Juve’s youth players, laying on winger Douglas Costa for a shot that crashed off the post and creating the first of Paulo Dybala’s brace thanks to a shot that was well saved by young stopper Leonardo Loria.

    Come the half-time whistle, Ronaldo shot off the pitch — followed by one ambitious fan who had to be held off by security after dashing towards and trying to hug his new hero — and towards delirous fans waiting near the dressing rooms, for whom he patiently signed autographs and posed for selfies.

    However he didn’t come out for the second-half of the match, which was eventually won 5-0 by the first XI and came to an end with around 20 minutes left when supporters piled onto the pitch and got a piece of their heroes.

    Fans tried to get whatever autographs and photos they could — even stripping returning centre-back Leonardo Bonucci down to his underwear — before Ronaldo emerged from the changing room surrounded by security guards and fans surged towards the barrier separating them from the players.

    Ronaldo once again stopped and signed more autographs than any of his teammates, while security desperately tried to stop young fans from being crushed in the surge before their leading man left for the team bus, accompanied by wild applause.

    (AFP)

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