Toronto face competition for Defoe

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first_img The Major League Soccer outfit are reportedly poised to sign the 31-year-old from Tottenham on Monday with the Toronto Sun claiming Defoe “will be unveiled as TFC’s newest Designated Player”. Former Spurs defender Nelsen has coached the franchise since last February and, as a former team-mate of Defoe’s, he knows exactly what the prolific striker could bring to his ambitious team. The New Zealander is, however, concerned a leading Premier League club could swoop for the England international before any deal is ratified. He told Sky Sports News: “I think if you ask any Premier League club then they would take Jermain right now. “I know Tottenham are getting offers from everywhere for his services at the moment, from top-four clubs in England as well.” “There’s a lot of things in the air, there’s nothing been done yet, he’s not our player at the moment.” Should Defoe head to Major League Soccer, he will do so following 15 and a half years in English football and nine with Tottenham, split across two spells which have yielded 142 goals. That tally leaves him fifth among the club’s all-time leading goalscorers. “I know Jermain, I know his character and if we could get a player like Jermain then it would be absolutely incredible,” Nelsen added. “Obviously we’re working really hard and all I can say is that if a player of the quality of Jermain Defoe ever graced the MLS it would be an amazing coup for the league.” Defoe has scored nine goals for Spurs this season, two in September 24’s Premier League win over Aston Villa with the rest coming in the Europa League. He has struggled to break into the starting line-up under coaches Andre Villas-Boas and his replacement Tim Sherwood, though, with Roberto Soldado and most recently Emmanuel Adebayor preferred. Press Associationcenter_img Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen claims his club face competition from “top-four” Barclays Premier League clubs in the battle to sign England striker Jermain Defoe.last_img read more

Premier League gets Friday feeling

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first_img Up to 10 games will be shown live on Friday evenings under the terms of the new broadcasting rights agreement. The Premier League has issued invitations to tender (ITT) for the broadcast rights for three seasons starting in August 2016 with 168 live matches available in total – 14 more than are currently shown and which means that 44 per cent of all Premier League games will be available live. The auction is expected to herald another bumper pay-day for top-flight clubs. Premier League matches will be screened live on Friday nights from the start of the 2016-17 season, it can be revealed. There will be seven packages available, as under the current system, but it is understood the Monday night package will include up to 10 games to be played on Friday night. No broadcaster will be able to show more than five packages or 126 matches in total, guaranteeing at least two packages and 42 games to a second broadcaster. The announcement will fire the starting gun on the contest to secure the live rights, with current rights holders BSkyB and BT Sport set to bid again. One unknown factor is whether Qatar-based beIN Sports enters the bidding war – but even if it does not the stakes are likely to be raised even higher than the current £3.018billion and ensure another record domestic rights deal for the Premier League clubs. The ITT will also include bids for a free-to-air highlights package, and ITV is expected to challenge the BBC which has held the rights since 2004. The bidding process for the highlights and the live rights is expected to be completed within the next four months with a decision announced in March. The ITT also comes despite the media regulator Ofcom opening an investigation into how the Premier League sells its broadcast rights, following a complaint by Virgin Media. League chiefs have taken the decision not to delay the ITT – not least because the Ofcom investigation could take up to two years. Increasing the number of games made available live however could be seen as a move towards trying to satisfy Ofcom. Press Association The Premier League has insisted however that the Saturday 3pm kick-off time remains sacrosanct, and that matches played at that time will not be shown live. It said in a statement announcing the details of the ITT: “This creates an attractive offering for broadcasters and fans; whilst allowing the continued protection of the Saturday 3pm ‘closed period’ – the purpose of which is to encourage attendances and participation at all levels of the sport at the traditional time at which English football takes place across the country.” After the sale of the live rights is completed, a separate sales process will take place for two other packages – a “near-live” package of 212 matches for on-demand exploitation – and an internet-based clips package for all matches. Once the domestic rights sale is completed, league chiefs will then turn their attention to selling the overseas broadcast rights, which for the current three-year package brought in another £2.5billion. Friday night games may coincide with live rugby league and rugby union matches, which are commonly played on that day. Virgin Media said the changes to the auction did not address its complaint. Brigitte Trafford, Virgin Media’s chief corporate affairs officer, said: “This slightly restructured auction simply highlights how few of the Premier League’s games will be available on live TV. It doesn’t change the fact that UK fans will continue to pay the most for the least amount of football in Europe.” last_img read more

BHA approves of plans for Chelmsford turf track

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first_imgShare StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Related Articles Share UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 Submit Subject to certain conditions, The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Board has confirmed it has approved Chelmsford City Racecourse’s application to install a turf course for flat racing. The deal comes after the original plans had been shelved, when the BHA’s March meeting concluded in an application from Chelmsford City Racecourse not being approved. However, the Board of the BHA later requested more information about the proposals, so they could reconsider the application at a future Board meeting.Following further discussions between the BHA’s racecourse inspectorate team, PJA safety officers and racecourse representatives, and the provision of further information by the racecourse, the BHA Board has now approved the plans. The BHA detailed the conditions of which the turf track can be built, outlining that: “Due to the track design and restricted number of race starts, other than in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the BHA, no more than three turf races will be programmed on any BHA fixture allocated to the racecourse, with all other races on the card to take place on the All Weather track.“Chelmsford City is strongly encouraged to adopt the same limit on the number of turf races at racecourse fixtures. The limit of three races could be reduced further in the event that, ultimately, the safety factor at any of their planned race starts is less than 10.“At this stage, no turf races will be approved to take place in 2019 and all Chelmsford City Racecourse fixtures will be allocated to take place on the All Weather. This will be revisited once further progress has been made on the construction of the turf track, with a decision on the timing of the first turf races not required until the details of the races at each fixture are published in the programme book.”last_img read more

Albert Pujols makes emotional return to St. Louis

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first_imgFriday was an emotional night for Albert Pujols as he returned to Busch Stadium for the first time in nearly eight years after leaving the Cardinals to sign with the Angels.During his first at-bat, Pujols received a long standing ovation that lasted about 1 minute and 20 seconds. The cheers might have lasted even longer had Michael Wacha waited to throw his first pitch to Pujols. “He probably deserved about five minutes more of that (first) ovation,” Wacha said.He also had a special moment as he hugged catcher Yadier Molina — one of just two remaining teammates from when he played for St. Louis. Related News “I was pretty close from dropping a couple tears there, I think, especially when I hugged Yadi,” Pujols said (per ESPN). “We had that little moment to ourselves right there.”What a moment.Albert Pujols returns to St. Louis for the first time 👏(via @MLB)pic.twitter.com/vRmPm3Cb8B— ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2019Pujols also received standing ovations for his other two at-bats during the game. Fans finally had a chance to pay tribute to the 39-year-old player, who led the Cardinals to a World Series championship during his final season with St. Louis in 2011.”It’s just amazing. Started my career here, 11 years, the success that I had here, nine playoffs, two World Series, the best fans in baseball,” Pujols said. “I use the (saying) that I came here as little boy and I left as a really strong and grown man.” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said he wasn’t surprised to see the reaction from Cardinals fans as 48,423 — the second-largest crowd in Busch Stadium history — packed the stands.”I expected it. Having played here many times, I’ve seen how Cardinal fans react to even visiting players,” Ausmus said.The only downside to the night for Pujols was the Cardinals ended up winning, 5-1.center_img Rangers’ Nomar Mazara launches 505-foot home run to tie longest in Statcast era MLB wrap: Dallas Keuchel pegged with loss in Braves debutlast_img read more

Đedović Will Miss Three Weeks of Action Due to an Ankle Injury

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first_imgBayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesić informed yesterday that Nihad Đedović will miss three weeks of action due to an ankle injury.Due to a ligament injury, Nihad Đedovic will not take part in the German All-Star game that will take place on 18 January in Bonn.(Source: fcb-basketball.de)last_img