Kolo Toure moves to City
Kolo Toure became Manchester City’s latest big-money signing on Wednesday as the Ivory Coast defender completed his move from Arsenal. The 28-year-old passed a medical before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract worth an estimated £100,000 (US$164,000) a week. “Manchester City are delighted to announce that Kolo Toure has joined from Arsenal,” a statement on City’s Web site confirmed. The central defender, who spent seven years with the Gunners, has signed a four-year contract and becomes the sixth summer signing.
NHL nixes Balsillie bid
The National Hockey League (NHL) on Wednesday rejected Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s application for ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team, but gave its approval to two groups vying to buy the bankrupt club. The North American sports league said owners unanimously approved the application of sports tycoon Jerry Reinsdorf and ruled incomplete the filing by a group of investors under the name Ice Edge Holdings. But the league said Ice Edge could continue its efforts to buy the team. The NHL, which does not want Basillie moving the Coyotes to Canada, said in a terse statement owners voted unanimously not to approve the application from the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd.
Stepmother sues Mayfield
Jeremy Mayfield’s stepmother sued the suspended NASCAR driver on Wednesday, claiming he made slanderous, false and defamatory statements. In civil court papers filed in Iredell County civil court in North Caolina, Lisa Mayfield argues her stepson falsely accused her of killing his father and taking money from NASCAR. She’s seeking compensatory and punitive damages of more than US$10,000 each and “further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.” Jeremy Mayfield’s comments in several interviews came after his stepmother signed an affidavit claiming she witnessed him taking methamphetamine at least 30 times over seven years.
Bayern humiliate AC Milan
Bayern Munich humiliated Italian giants AC Milan 4-1 in Berlin on Wednesday as they set up an Audi Cup final date with English champions Manchester United. A double from promising youngster Thomas Muller and a goal apiece from German international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Frenchman Saer Sene saw Bayern to an ultimately easy victory over Milan. Earlier Manchester United had disposed of Argentinian side Boca Juniors 2-1.
Everton beat MLS All-Stars
English Premier League club Everton wrapped up its North American preseason tour in Sandy, Utah, by becoming the first international side to beat the Major League Soccer All-Stars on Wednesday, prevailing in a penalty shootout. After the game ended 1-1, all penalties were converted until former Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg tried to outwit Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard with a soft chip shot up the middle, but it was blocked. Ljungberg, now of the Seattle Sounders, was carried off the field after the shootout due to a severe headache. He was taken to hospital for evaluation, according to the MLS. The All-Stars had won all five previous matches against visiting teams, four from the Premier League.