Barcelona register signings
Barcelona on Friday registered new signings Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha in time for their opener against Rayo Vallecano, which was to be played after press time last night. However, French defender Jules Kounde remains unregistered with La Liga. Barcelona have spent 153 million euros (US$157 million) on transfer fees alone to bolster their squad, with Lewandowski the most notable new arrival from Bayern Munich. Faced with severe limits on spending to comply with La Liga’s financial controls, Barcelona needed to raise money quickly to be able to invest in signings and, crucially, to register new players. Earlier on Friday, Barcelona sold another part of their media production unit, Barca Studios, for 100 million euros to Orpheus Media. Spanish daily Marca reported that Kounde can only be registered if the club reduces its payroll. “So in the next few days, players in the squad will have to leave,” the newspaper said. On the field, CA Osasuna beat Sevilla 2-1 at home in the first game of the new season, with Chimy Avila scoring the first goal of the 2022-2023 season in the ninth minute when he smashed a powerhouse header off goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and into the net.
Teens help Dortmund
Two teenagers on Friday helped Borussia Dortmund come from behind with late goals to beat host SC Freiburg 3-1. Dortmund coach Edin Terzic’s substitutions all paid off as 18-year-old Jamie Bynoe-Gittens equalized in the 77th minute and 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko made it 2-1, four minutes before he set up Marius Wolf — yet another substitute — to seal the result in the 88th minute. Michael Gregoritsch had given the home team a 35th-minute lead.
Ismaily scores on debut
Brazilian defender Ismaily on Friday scored on his debut for OSC Lille in a 1-1 draw against Nantes. The 32-year-old Ismaily, who joined Lille from Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk last week, scored in the 77th minute to maintain his new team’s unbeaten start to the league. Ismaily came on as a halftime substitute, where Moses Simon had given the home team a 28th-minute lead.
Players’ cars burned
Vehicles owned by players from Argentine first-division team Aldosivi were set on fire on Thursday after a 2-0 defeat against rival Godoy Cruz in Mar del Plata, 400km south of Buenos Aires. The vehicles were in the club’s training ground parking lot. Aldosivi players, who face growing risk of relegation in Argentina’s top-flight division, had left their vehicles at the parking lot before they traveled to regional Mendoza for the match. Aldosivi are 27th and second-from-bottom in the championship with eight points after 13 rounds. “I never experienced anything like this,” Uruguayan striker Santiago Silva said at the Jorge Newbery airport in Buenos Aires, where players landed before taking their bus to Mar del Plata. “We can’t get used to things like this.” Five vehicles that belonged to players and coaching staffer Leandro Somoza were set ablaze, the city’s fire department said.
‘ON A MISSION’: A’ja Wilson was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player title after scoring 19 points to help her team earn the biggest win in a gold-medal game A’ja Wilson scored 19 points, Kelsey Plum added 17 and the US beat China 83-61 yesterday to win their fourth consecutive gold medal at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. This is one of the most dominant teams in the US’ storied history in the World Cup, at which the Americans have won 11 gold medals. They have now won four straight gold medals for the first time ever. This was also the biggest win in a gold-medal game, surpassing the 20-point wins that the US had twice accomplished. “It feels great,” said Wilson, who was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable
Ninad Malwade backed up his innings of 47 not out with two late wickets, helping Taipei-based PCCT defeat Formosa in the final of the T10 Annual Taiwan Cricket tournament at Taipei’s Yingfeng Cricket Ground yesterday. Formosa’s Anthony Liu hit 50 in the reply, but rued a lack of runs at the start of their innings that left his side seven runs shy of the win. In the fifth over, Liu turned the game around after the first four overs had yielded only 26 runs. He hit a lookaway hook shot into the square-leg fence on his first ball from Usman Javed and
CRICKET Malwade blazes in Taipei Ninad Malwade blazed a 21-ball 47 as the Taipei-based PCCT hammered the Hsinchu Titans by 43 runs at the T10 Annual Taiwan Cricket tournament at Taipei’s Yingfeng Cricket Ground yesterday. PCCT had already qualified for today’s semi-finals, but were not to be denied an undefeated run through their four matches in Group B. Today they are to play the Taipei Indians, who yesterday beat Super 11 to deny the Taipei-based side that semi-final spot. In the first match yesterday, the Raging Bulls beat the Titans by 35 runs to seal second place in Group B and a
A famed extreme skier from the US who was killed after falling from one of the world’s tallest mountains was yesterday given a traditional funeral at a Sherpa cremation ground as Buddhist monks officiated over a ceremony attended by family, friends and government officials. Hilaree Nelson, 49, fell off the 8,163m summit of the world’s eighth-highest mountain, Mount Manaslu, last week while skiing down with her partner, Jim Morrison. Nelson’s body was taken to the Sherpa cremation grounds in Kathmandu from a hospital morgue on the back of a open truck, which was decorated a poster of her and bedecked with garlands