Toure to stay at City: agent
Yaya Toure’s agent performed a U-turn on Monday by declaring that the Ivory Coast midfielder would remain at Manchester City for next season. Dimitri Seluk had previously said that Toure, 32, was “90 percent certain” to leave the Etihad Stadium amid reports of interest from Inter and Paris Saint-Germain. However, in an interview with Sky Sports News, Seluk said that Toure would stay at City after the club informed him that he was “too important to let go.” Toure, whose contract expires in 2017, joined City from Barcelona in 2010 and has helped the previously success-starved club to two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the FA Cup. A four-time African Footballer of the Year, he scored 20 goals as City surged to the league title last year, but endured a mixed campaign this season as Manuel Pellegrini’s charges finished runners-up behind Chelsea. Toure, who reportedly earns ￡220,000 (US$340,310) a week, refused to answer questions about his future at the launch of FIFA’s new anti-discrimination monitoring system in London earlier this month. He is currently in North America on City’s post-season tour.
Drogba to leave England
Didier Drogba will not play for another English team when he leaves Chelsea and may follow Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard by ending his career in the US. The 37-year-old former Ivory Coast forward played his final game for Chelsea when the Premier League champions beat Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. “There are some really fantastic teams in the Premier League, but my love for this club... I can’t share it with another English team,” he told the Daily Telegraph on Monday. “Since I put the news I am leaving Chelsea on social media, I was in the dressing-room and I was receiving some calls from teams which is really unusual. It showed that maybe I can still bring something to a team. Of course I’m interested in the USA,” Drogba added. “Now I’m going to have a few days and weeks to think about what is good for me next, but all I want is to play.” His former Chelsea teammate Lampard, who was on loan with Manchester City this season, is about to start a new career with New York City FC. Gerrard, who used to patrol England’s midfield alongside Lampard, played his last game for Liverpool on Sunday before joining the Los Angeles Galaxy. Drogba re-signed for Chelsea last year after leaving in 2012 following a highly successful eight-year spell with the London club. The Ivorian has won four Premier League titles with Chelsea, three League Cups, four FA Cups and the Champions League. Drogba was voted the club’s greatest-ever player by supporters in 2012.
Coach Luxemburgo fired
Flamengo have fired coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo just three matches into the Brazilian league. The popular club made the announcement late on Monday, a day after they lost 2-1 at recently promoted Avai to remain winless in Brazil’s most important competition. Luxemburgo, a former Brazil and Real Madrid coach, had been under pressure since Flamengo was eliminated from the Rio de Janeiro state championship earlier this year. The club opened the Brazilian league with a 2-1 loss at Sao Paulo and a 2-2 home draw against Sport, when they scored the equalizer in injury time. Luxemburgo was hired by Flamengo 10 months ago and helped the team escape relegation in last year’s Brazilian league. He won 34 matches, lost 14 and drew 11.
‘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
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
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