Veloso joins Genoa
Sporting on Tuesday confirmed an agreement to sell highly rated defensive midfielder Miguel Veloso to Serie A side Genoa for 9 million euros (US$11.9 million). The Portuguese giants, however, have made sure they are paid well for releasing the Portuguese international by including several stipulations in the contract, according to a club statement published on the Portuguese stock exchange. Sporting will receive a further 500,000 euros from Genoa if the Italians qualify for a group phase of a UEFA-affiliated competition, such as the Champions League or the Europa League. And if the 24-year-old Veloso is sold on for a fee of 10 million euros or more, Sporting “have the right to receive 20 percent of the profits.” Sporting had agreed to selling Veloso on Friday, when the club also announced the arrival of Spaniard Alberto Zapater, a midfielder who played for Genoa last season.
FIFA set deadline
FIFA has given Sudan an Aug. 15 deadline to rerun their Football Association presidential election or face suspension from international soccer. FIFA said it did not recognize the Sudanese Football Association (SFA) vote on July 26 which elected Mutasim Jaafar as the new president because the government barred the former SFA chief from standing. World soccer’s governing body, which requires governments to refrain from meddling in national soccer federations, said earlier that other candidates had also been barred. “FIFA’s Emergency Committee decided not to recognize the results of the elections and to set a deadline of 15 August 2010 to hold new elections in compliance with the SFA Statutes and without any influence of third parties,” FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday.
Santos stars say sorry
Santos’ players have apologized after a confrontation with the club’s fans in a live online chat video. The players argued with fans throughout last Wednesday’s session, and the incident was widely reported by several Web sites and TV sports shows in Brazil. After a fan wrote that goalkeeper Felipe has “lettuce hands,” the player replied by saying: “What I spend on food for my dog is what you make in a month.” Felipe said on Tuesday that “it was a joke that got misinterpreted. I apologize if anybody was offended by it.”
FIFA fines finalists
Spain have been fined 10,000 Swiss francs (US$9,363) and the Netherlands SF15,000 for the behavior of their players in last month’s World Cup final, FIFA said on Tuesday. Winners Spain had five players booked and the Dutch received eight yellow cards while defender John Heitinga was sent off. A spokesman said the teams were fined under article 52 of the FIFA disciplinary code, under which “disciplinary measures may be imposed on associations and clubs where a team fails to conduct itself properly.”
Zenit snap up Bruno Alves
Zenit Saint-Petersburg signed experienced Portuguese international defender Bruno Alves for 22 million euros (US$29 million) from Portuguese champions FC Porto on Tuesday. The 28-year-old — capped 35 times and an ever present at the World Cup finals where Portugal exited in the second round — is yet to sign his contract as he has to undergo a medical. Alves won four successive league titles with Porto and was named Portuguese player of the year in the 2008-2009 season.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,