I’m in Man City: Aguero
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero claimed on Wednesday that he had completed his ￡38 million (US$62 million) transfer to Manchester City, although the English Premier League club had yet to confirm the deal. “I am now a City player. Happy to be in this club and this city. Thanks to all for the welcome and the reception,” Aguero wrote on his Twitter account. The 23-year-old Atletico Madrid star, who is the son-in-law of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, earlier underwent a medical in the city. He is seen as the answer to City’s problems in attack, where Carlos Tevez has reiterated his desire to leave the club.
Marseille win Trophy
Marseille picked up the first silverware of the French season after an incredible finale to their Champions Trophy game with Lille saw them prevail 5-4 through a 95th-minute penalty. League and French Cup winners last year after a 56-year trophy drought, Lille led 3-1 with five minutes remaining, but saw Marseille draw level through goals from Jeremy Morel and Loic Remy. Andre Ayew put Marseille ahead for the first time in the match with a penalty on the stroke of full-time, but Lille hit back immediately with a header from new signing Marko Basa. The match in the Moroccan city of Tangiers looked set for penalties, but Jordan Ayew won another penalty after tumbling theatrically in the Lille box and his elder brother Andre kept his cool to give Marseille victory and complete his hat-trick.
Barcelona win Audi Cup
Highly rated midfielder Thiago Alcantara scored both goals as European champions Barcelona defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 on Wednesday to win the pre-season Audi Cup. Barcelona, playing without the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Carles Puyol, were rarely threatened by a Bayern side who kick off their league campaign next weekend. “We deserved this victory because we made the most of our chances,” said 20-year-old Thiago, who found the net in the 42nd and 75th minutes.
Holmes, Williams retained
Two of the most coveted free agents were locked up by their own teams on Wednesday as the Jets reached agreement with wide receiver Santonio Holmes and the Panthers moved to keep running back DeAngelo Williams. Holmes, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player while with Pittsburgh, agreed to a five-year deal worth nearly US$50 million with US$24 million guaranteed, the NFL Network reported, citing a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Acquired last offseason from Pittsburgh, the 27-year-old Holmes had 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns. The Panthers, who announced on Tuesday they were retaining defensive end Charles Johnson with a six-year deal worth up to US$72 million, opened their purse again on Wednesday in agreeing on a five-year, US$43 million deal for Williams, the network said.
Palu has knee surgery
Australia backrower Wycliff Palu has undergone knee surgery to repair cartilage damage, continuing a race to regain fitness for this year’s World Cup. Palu is not expected to play for the Wallabies in the current Tri-Nations tournament because of a cracked shoulder blade and the knee problem flared during a recent camp with the Australian squad. A Wallabies spokesman said the surgery was minor and would not extend Palu’s time on the sidelines.
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The Braves were dealt a double blow as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 7-2 victory on Monday, and as Atlanta top pitcher Mike Soroka went down with a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. “There’s no sugarcoating this night,” Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman said. “It stinks. It really does.” Soroka crumpled to the ground on a seemingly routine play, breaking toward first to cover the bag on a grounder to Freeman’s right. “When you lose, in my mind, one of the top pitching arms in this entire