Ibrahimovic to join Barca
Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks to be headed to Barcelona after Inter president Massimo Moratti admitted he was in talks with the Spaniards about the Swede. Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o could be heading in the opposite direction, while Brazil fullback Maxwell and Belarus winger Alexander Hleb could also switch between the two. “We’ve finalized a transfer for Maxwell and now we’re trying to do likewise for Hleb,” Moratti told Sky Sport 24. “Obviously, we spoke about other things because they were interested in knowing something about Ibrahimovic and talking about Eto’o — two players of the same level — to see if it would be possible to do something with these two players.” Spanish dailies AS and Marca, as well as Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, said the deal would be worth 40 million euros (US$56.5 million) to Inter.
Harmison takes six wickets
Discarded England fast bowler Stephen Harmison gave the selectors another indication of his Ashes credentials as he bowled county champions Durham to the brink of victory over Nottinghamshire on Friday. Harmison, released from England’s squad before the start of the ongoing second Test at Lord’s, had dramatic figures of six wickets for 20 runs at Trent Bridge. Earlier this season, bowling for the England Lions, he took six wickets against Australia, having been dropped from the Test side during England’s tour of the Caribbean earlier this year.
Ferguson joins Birmingham
Barry Ferguson joined Birmingham City from Scottish Premier League side Rangers on Friday after an acrimonious end to his second spell. Ferguson’s time at Rangers soured last season when he was stripped of the captaincy following a breach of discipline while on international duty with Scotland. Ferguson was filmed making obscene gestures during Scotland’s match against Iceland, days after being dropped for a late-night drinking session. He was subsequently banned from representing Scotland again. The 31-year-old will be reunited with manager Alex McLeish, who managed him at Rangers.
Chalmers leads at halfway
Australian Greg Chalmers grabbed a two-stroke lead midway through the Milwaukee Championship by posting a three-under 67 in Friday’s second round at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee. Chalmers, a 35-year-old lefthander looking for his first US PGA Tour victory, had four birdies against a lone bogey to register a total of nine-under 131 after two rounds. Tied for second on seven-under were Americans Chris Riley (66), overnight joint-leader Jeff Klauk (69) and Kris Blanks, who fired a seven-under 63.
Japan’s Kashima Antlers have rebuked Brazilian forward Marquinhos for baring his underwear after putting his shorts on back-to-front before a game. The club president failed to see the funny side after the player had to re-dress himself in full view of a packed stadium at a J-League Cup match in midweek. “He must be careful,” Antlers chief Kazumi Ohigashi told Japanese media yesterday. “He will be properly informed about the matter.” A 15-game unbeaten run for the runaway J-League leaders failed to lighten the president’s mood, despite the relatively mundane nature of the incident. “They need to tighten up [on discipline],” he said. “Not only Marquinhos, but the lot of them.”