Blues complete Moses deal
Chelsea finally completed their swoop for Wigan forward Victor Moses on Friday after the Nigeria international passed a medical and agreed personal terms with the European champions. The Blues had seen four bids for Moses rejected by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan during the course of a fractious transfer saga that had lasted since the end of last season. Whelan had infuriated Chelsea by speaking publicly about the negotiations in a bid to drive up the price, but Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo got his man at the fifth attempt after Wigan confirmed on Thursday that they had accepted an improved offer, believed to be around ￡9 million (US$14.2 million), for the 21-year-old. Chelsea did not announce the length of the contract for Moses.
Coach Heynckes to quit
Coach Jupp Heynckes will quit Bayern Munich at the end of the season when his contract expires, according to a report that was to appear in yesterday’s edition of Munich’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung. According to the report, the 67-year-old has already told Bayern president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge he is not prepared to extend his contract, which expires in June next year. “The club has already said, in December, in January, or in spring we will sit down and talk again. But I am not 37 anymore. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether the trainer is young or old. The only important thing is to bring success to Bayern Munich,” Heynckes told the newspaper.
Ki costs reported ￡6m
Ki Sung-yueng joined Swansea on Friday after the Premier League club agreed to pay Scottish champions Celtic an undisclosed club-record fee for the South Korea midfielder. Ki has agreed a three-year contract and will now wait for a work permit and international clearance before officially joining up with his new teammates at the Liberty Stadium. The 23-year-old, reported to have cost ￡6 million, admitted he cannot wait to eventually get his first taste of Premier League action after watching the English top-flight as a young boy.
Rennes sign over Tettey
Premier League club Norwich City signed Norway midfielder Alexander Tettey from French side Rennes for an undisclosed fee on Friday. Tettey agreed a two-year contract with an option for a further year and will complete his move to England subject to international clearance. The 26-year-old, who spent three years in Ligue 1 with Rennes, became Norwich manager Chris Hughton’s seventh signing.
Mackems snap up Johnson
Sunderland signed England winger Adam Johnson from champions Manchester City for an undisclosed fee on Friday. Johnson agreed a four-year contract with the Black Cats and became manager Martin O’Neill’s second signing in the space of a few hours after he swooped for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher earlier on Friday. O’Neill had been tracking Johnson for several weeks and it is reported Sunderland paid around ￡10 million to beat Tottenham and Everton in the race to secure the former Middlesbrough winger’s signature. The Johnson deal takes O’Neill’s Friday spending spree to almost ￡25 million after he paid a reported ￡15 million for Fletcher.
‘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,