Messi has been linked to Inter since ex-president Massimo Moratti said the six-time Ballon d’Or winner joining the Serie A club was not a “forbidden dream”. Barca captain Messi is contracted to the La Liga champions until 2021 but his future is far from certain at Camp Nou, where he has clashed with board members this season. “Of course Inter can sign Lionel Messi, there are no doubts that they could,” Cauet, who won the UEFA Super Cup with Inter in 1997-98, said in an Instagram Live interview. “President Steven Zhang has the financial capabilities and the potential ambition. He is a president who thinks big.” Messi – who moved to Barca from boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in 2001 – had scored 24 goals across all competitions before the 2019-20 season was postponed due to coronavirus. The 32-year-old attacker tops the La Liga scoring charts with 19 goals through 27 rounds. La Liga chief executive Javier Tebas believes the potential loss of Messi to his competition “would not be a drama”. Promoted ContentDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular Movies8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different Actors Loading… Former Inter midfielder, Benoit Cauet, insisted the Nerazzurri can sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. He says La Liga will always be strong, pointing to Cristiano Ronaldo’s switch from Real Madrid to Juventus as proof, while he claimed Italian football would not be fixed purely by Messi’s arrival. “I do not think that the arrival of Messi can solve the problems of Serie A, which are linked to the bad relationship between debts, high and insufficient collections,” Tebas said. “Serie A’s figures are stressed, and these economic problems certainly are not solved by Leo Messi. I would like Messi to stay here, but if he leaves it would not be a drama. “It was said that without Cristiano Ronaldo the league would have lost money, and instead we would have earned it, even in Portugal. Players help but are not essential to a championship.” Former Inter supremo Moratti started the Messi rumours during an interview with Radio Rai, when revealing he felt it was possible for the Nerazzurri to sign the Argentine legend. “I don’t think it’s a forbidden dream at all. Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune [the coronavirus lockdown],” Moratti said. read also:Former Barca winger: Messi’s accomplishments are unique “Messi is at the end of his contract and it would certainly be attempted to bring him home. I don’t know if this situation will change anything, but I think we will see strange things at the end of the year.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Brookville, In. — Brookville Main Street invites the public to participate in the Military Hometown Heroes Program.The program offers banners to commemorate deceased or living veterans along Main Street on newly installed light posts. The 38 banners will be installed by Memorial Day 2018 and will remain in place until November 11, 2018-Veteran’s Day.The cost is $125 per banner. Orders can be placed online here or call 765-647-5171. Orders can also be dropped off at Ritzi Jewelers in downtown Brookville. The deadline to place an order is Friday, April 27. All applications should include a picture.
The former France Under-21 international, who scored 13 goals in 36 appearances last season for Monaco, has signed a long-term deal and is looking forward to testing himself in England. “My dream was always to play in the Premier League and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to realise that,” he added. His signature continues a successful summer for Pardew, who has already secured the services of Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez ahead of the 2014-15 season. “This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve,” Pardew said. “We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us. “He is quick, hungry for success and will love having 50,000 Geordies cheering him on and singing his name. “I am really looking forward to integrating Emmanuel in the group and cannot wait to see him in action for us.” The Magpies are also waiting for Daryl Janmaat to formally complete his switch from Feyenoord after his proposed unveiling was postponed on Tuesday, although the delay was purely administrative. The 24-year-old will replace Mathieu Debuchy, whose proposed move to Arsenal has been on hold while Newcastle complete their deal for Janmaat. Press Association The 24-year-old becomes Alan Pardew’s fifth signing of the summer and offers much-needed support up front after the departures of loan signings Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi. “I’m very happy to be here at Newcastle,” Riviere told the club’s official website. “When the club spoke to me I said yes immediately. It was an easy decision because Newcastle is a big club with great fans and a good stadium.” Newcastle have completed the signing of French striker Emmanuel Riviere from Monaco for an undisclosed fee.
Bengaluru, June 11: Delhi medium pacer Navdeep Saini on Monday earned a call-up to the national side as replacement for Mohammed Shami, who according to a BCCI statement has failed to clear the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy here. Shami, however, had participated in a three-hour net session on Monday. “The all-India senior selection committee has named Navdeep Saini as Mohammed Shami’s replacement in the Indian Test team for the upcoming Test against Afghanistan. The announcement came after Mohd. Shami failed to clear the fitness test at NCA,” the BCCI said.The BCCI said the Indian team management has requested the services of India A pacers Mohammed Siraj and Rajneesh Gurbani to prepare for the Afghan match.”The Indian team management has requested that India A fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Rajneesh Gurbani attend the training sessions of the Indian team and bowl at the Indian batsmen in the nets. A request was also made for Ankit Rajpoot, but the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler is unwell,” the board said. IANS
New Delhi: Punam Raut smashed 77 and shared vital partnerships with Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur as India defeated the West Indies by 53 runs to win the second ODI and square the series 1-1 at Sir Viv Richards stadium in Antigua on Sunday. Raut shared a partnership of 66 with the skipper Mithali and 93 with Harmanpreet as India recovered from a poor start after they chose to bat. Jemimah Rodrigues and Priya Punia were dismissed cheaply but Raut and Mithali steadied the innings with some solid batting.It was difficult going on a sluggish pitch in Antigua as both players struggled. Raut and Mithali capitalised on the rare loose deliveries but Mithali missed her fifty when she dismissed by Shenta Grimmond for 40. Harmanpreet showed her urgency and maintained a healthy scoring rate as she neared a fifty. At the other end, Raut calmly went past her fifty and she looked good for a century. However, in the death overs, West Indies fought back and got the wickets of Raut and Harmanpreet in quick succession as India ended on 191/6.West Indies lost Stacy Ann-King and were dealt a blow when Natasha McLean retired out due to an injury. Shemaine Campbelle and Stafanie Taylor shared a 68-run stand but the Indian spinners simply built pressure by drying up the runs. Taylor was trapped LBW by Poonam Yadav while Campbelle fell for 39 to Rajeshwari Gayakwad. Deepti Sharma and Gayakwad ran through the lower middle order and India won the match by 53 runs. The two teams will face off again in the third ODI on Wednesday. Brief scores: India 191/6 in 50 overs (Punam Raut 77, Harmanpreet Kaur 46; Afy Fletcher 2/32) beat West Indies 138 all out in 47.2 overs (Shemaine Campbelle 39, Stafanie Taylor 20; Deepti Sharma 2/25) by 53 runs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
In other NFL news:— A person familiar with the deal says veteran tight end Jason Witten has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders. Witten ended a one-year retirement to return to the Dallas Cowboys past season, grabbing 63 passes for 529 yards and four TDs. Witten has 1,215 receptions for 12,977 yards and 72 TDs in 16 seasons with the Cowboys.— The Bears have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with former All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn. Quinn recorded 11 1/2 sacks with Dallas last year despite a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The Bears also released outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, parting with a former first-round draft pick who never boosted their pass rush the way they envisioned.— The Buccaneers are retaining a key piece of an improved defense by agreeing to re-sign linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year, $27 million contract. Pierre-Paul has 21 sacks since being acquired in a trade from the Giants two years ago.— The Eagles released safety standout Malcolm Jenkins, who led their secondary for the last six years and helped them win the 2017 NFL title. He will cost the team $6 million under the cap, but the Eagles also save nearly $5 million by cutting Jenkins. The Houston Astros ace has undergone surgery on his right groin and is expected to be out about six weeks. The timing gives Verlander time to heal before opening day, which has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus.Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 because of discomfort in his right groin. He recorded a 3.86 in 4 2/3 innings over two spring starts.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-YANKEESSecond Yankees minor-leaguer tests positiveTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the diagnosis tells The Associated Press a second New York Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Update on the latest in sports: The French tennis federation says the clay-court tournament will be played from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The main draw was originally scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.The next major tennis championship currently on the calendar is Wimbledon, which is to start in late June in England. Last week, the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours began announcing cancellations of various tournaments in response to the viral outbreak.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR says it will reschedule canceled eventsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has vowed to reschedule the seven Cup Series events already postponed due to the the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNFL-NEWSBrady is leaving PatriotsUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady says he’s thrown his final pass for the New England Patriots. — The Panthers are parting ways with 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton and quickly working to find his replacement. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday on Twitter the team is working with Newton and his agent to find a trade partner. The quarterback responded on social media by saying he never requested a trade, telling the organization to “stop the word play” because they’re trying to manipulate the narrative and act like he requested a trade. A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers are in negotiations with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the Saints.Meanwhile, the Saints are keeping their record-setting quarterback, giving Drew Brees (breez) a two-year, $50 million contract.A person familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the deal has not been announced.Brees has said repeatedly that he is taking career decisions one year at a time. His new contract gives the 41-year-old, 19-year veteran the leverage to decide after this season whether he wants to continue playing.Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in completions with 6,867, yards passing with 77,416, and touchdowns with 547. A person involved in the discussions tells The Associated Press the PGA Championship will not be held in San Francisco during the third weekend of May. San Francisco now is among six counties in the Bay Area where residents are ordered to venture outside only when necessary for the next three weeks.There was no indication when the PGA Championship would be played, or if it would remain in San Francisco.MLB-ASTROS-VERLANDERVerlander has surgeryHOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is using the interruption to the Major League season to recover from surgery. — The Steelers have placed the inside linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserved/retired list. But the team says the move doesn’t rule out the possibility of Shazier playing again. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal injury suffered in December 2017. Shazier has made remarkable progress since the injury and has continued working out in hopes of one day being cleared to play again.— A person familiar with the deal says the Raiders have agreed with free agent linebacker Cory Littleton on a three-year contract. NFL Network reported the contract is worth up to $36 million.NBA-NETS-VIRUSFour Nets test positiveNEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets say four of their players have tested positive for the new coronavirus. That brings the total to seven known positive tests in the NBA. New York had announced a first positive test on Sunday and general manager Brian Cashman said the player had been isolated and the Florida Department of Health notified.The two Yankees minor leaguers are the only baseball players known to have tested positive.VIRUS OUTBREAK-FRENCH OPENFrench Open postponedPARIS (AP) — The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. — The Titans have agreed to terms with defensive end Vic Beasley, who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 for the Falcons. Atlanta declined to re-sign the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft after he managed only 18 sacks combined over the past three seasons.— The Ravens have fortified their defensive front by obtaining free agent Michael Brockers. He agreed to terms on a three-year contract after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Rams.— Free agent linebacker Joe Schobert is joining the Jaguars after four seasons with the Browns. He led Cleveland in tackles twice and made a Pro Bowl.— The Rams have declined their contract option on cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who had been the team’s nickel cornerback and their top defender on slot receivers since the team signed him in 2017. The USC product had three interceptions and 122 tackles for Los Angeles.— A person familiar with the move says defensive tackle Jordan Phillips has agreed to sign with the Cardinals. Phillips just finished a breakout season for the Bills, where he started nine of his 16 games and finished with a career-high 9 1/2 sacks. March 17, 2020 The Gamecocks received 26 first-place votes and No. 2 Oregon got the other four. Baylor, Maryland and UConn round out the top five. The AP has always released its final poll of the season before the start of the NCAA Tournament, which has been canceled because of the virus pandemic. Louisville, Stanford, N.C. State, Mississippi State and UCLA round out the top 10. The 42-year-old quarterback has posted on social media “my football journey will take place elsewhere.” The comments were the first to indicate he would leave the franchise he’s led to six Super Bowl titles, and the only professional football home he has had.Brady becomes a free agent Wednesday afternoon and could still work out a deal with the Patriots, but his Instagram post and comments from owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick suggest that won’t happen.Kraft told ESPN, “It’s not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest.”Brady isn’t the only decorated quarterback to leave the only NFL team for which he’s played:— Longtime Chargers star Philip Rivers has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Colts, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Rivers spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers and has set almost every major team record for quarterbacks since being taken first overall in the 2004 NFL draft. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection joins a team that went 7-9 with Jacoby Brissett under center and faded badly during the second half last season. Figuring out how to cram the events and the All-Star race into the crowded 36-race schedule is potentially difficult. NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the series has no specifics on how it is moving forward. He says he wants the postponed races rescheduled before the playoffs begin in September.Phelps also isn’t sure how NASCAR can prevent huge financial losses to teams during the layoff. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FINAL POLLSouth Carolina finishes on top for first timeUNDATED (AP) — South Carolina is No. 1 in the final Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the season for the first time in school history. The team announced Tuesday that one player is exhibiting symptoms while the other three are asymptomatic. All four players have been isolated and are under the care of team physicians.Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood are the other players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.VIRUS OUTBREAK-PGA CHAMPIONSHIPPGA Championship postponedSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A second men’s golf major has been postponed, four days after Augusta National officials decided to push back the Masters.
The story: The Trojans rebound from two consecutive last-second losses with a 48-14 romp of California at the Coliseum.The Golden Bears’ defense entered the game as one of the best in the nation and the best in the Pac-10, but it didn’t look the part on Saturday.Early impact · Freshman wide receiver Robert Woods had yet another standout game, catching seven passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. The first-year starter has been a consistent threat for the Trojans. – TIm Tran | Daily Trojan The Trojans exploded for 602 yards and 42 first-half points, continuing their stellar offensive play. USC gained 391 of those yards in the air against Cal’s sixth-ranked pass defense that was allowing only 148.8 yards a game.Meanwhile, USC dominated on defense for the first time this year. It was a statement game after two straight weeks where the defense gave up late drives that ended in losses. Cal gained 245 total yards, the majority coming against the Trojan backups.Player of the game: Matt Barkley. The sophomore quarterback logged his second five-touchdown pass performance of the season (the first was against Hawai’i). Barkley was 25-of-37 for 352 yards with no interceptions.“As a team, from offense to defense, I think we played our most complete game,” Barkley said. “It was really good to see everyone in each phase of the game on point.”Freshman wide receiver Robert Woods hauled in two Barkley touchdowns, as did senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson. Senior wide receiver David Ausberry caught one.For the second time this season, Barkley tied the single-game USC record for touchdown passes in a game.He had a chance to break it on USC’s second drive of the third quarter. Barkley completed a pass to Woods near the goal line and Woods extended for the pylon but came up just short. After a delay of game penalty, Barkley took three shots to the end zone but came up empty.USC coach Lane Kiffin said there was a concerted effort to get Barkley the record.“Yeah, I was just tired of it being tied,” Kiffin said. “One of these days we’re going to break it.”You knew it was over when: With USC already up 35-0 late in the first half, redshirt junior defensive tackle DaJohn Harris intercepted a pass from Cal quarterback Kevin Riley and returned it to the Cal 26-yard line. With 26 seconds remaining, the Trojans could have sat on their comfortable lead.Instead, they kept their foot on the accelerator and completed their dominant half with yet another touchdown, an 11-yard pass from Barkley to Johnson.Play of the game: Harris’ interception. Not only did the defensive tackle confirm the thrashing, but he also showed he has decent hands.Riley tried to sneak a screen past Harris, but the 6-foot-4, 305-pound former high school tight end reached out and caught the ball like a receiver.“I’ve still got good hands,” Harris said. “I haven’t caught a ball since high school.”Getting defensive (finally): USC’s defense has been heavily criticized for its play this season. It gave up huge chunks of yards against Hawai’i, Washington and Stanford, and it was helpless to stop late drives the last two weeks that set up two heartbreaking endings.This week, it came full circle. The defense was nearly perfect in the first half, shutting out the Bears while giving up just 64 yards.The Trojans forced two turnovers (sophomore safety T.J. McDonald got the other interception) and sacked Riley twice.The defense was fed up with their critics.“We take that personal,” McDonald said.So what changed? Nothing scheme-wise, according to McDonald. The Trojans were just in better position.“We just were able to get lined up and play,” he said.The what-ifs: After such an emphatic performance, it’s worth mentioning that the Trojans could easily have been undefeated heading into their bye week and then their home showdown with No. 1 Oregon.If a few plays had gone differently in the previous two weeks, USC could be sitting pretty at 6-0. The Trojans showed how good they can be when their defense plays well.“I think all three games [Washington, Stanford and Cal] are exactly the same except for one thing: We played really good defense in one of the three,” Kiffin said.The downside: Reserve senior running back C.J. Gable left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. Kiffin said Gable probably blew out his knee and would likely be out for the season.“The kid walks by [after the game], can barely walk, and he says, ‘Coach I’m sorry I couldn’t finish today,’” Kiffin said. “That says a lot about him.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – It was all smiles for the Alpena County Road Commission upon hearing the millions that will get poured into rehabilitating the Bagley street bridge.Up to 17–thousand cars, and 450 semi–trucks, pass through the Bagley Bridge on a daily basis. The $3.3 million dollars will go toward replacing and widening the aging overpass. The updated bridge will include a pedestrian lane and it may even allow access for snowmobiles or other non–motorized vehicles.“When the bridge was designed back in the 70’s, they didn’t anticipate the amount of traffic that we’re seeing now,” says road commission managing director Larry Orcutt. “Even though we haven’t had any major safety impacts, there’s been much concern from the residents.”Orcutt says there isn’t enough distance between the existing side walk and the large trucks that pass by. He also says Bagley Street has one of the highest traffic volumes in northeast Michigan, excluding state highways.“Essentially, it’s projected to be a 6.3 million dollar project,” says Orcutt, “that’s why we feel very fortunate we were able to secure 3.3 of that from the bridge fund.”Construction on the bridge project is slated for 2021.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 20 Local Kids ‘Shop With a Hero’Next New medical marijuana rules permit home delivery in Michigan
Coach Avram Grant has handed striker Kwesi Appiah and Ibrahim Moro starting roles in the pre-AFCON friendly against Olhanense today.The duo are amongst three uncapped players who have been included in the 26-man provisional squad for the tournament.Ernest Sowah starts in post while Samuel Inkoom, John Boye, Awal Mohammed and Edwin Gyimah forms the defensive unit for the Black Stars in the game which will be played on Wednesday afternoon at the Algave stadium in Portugal.The central midfield trio includes Ibrahim Moro, Afriyie Acquah and Frank Acheampong.In attack, Kwesi Appiah will lead the triangle which will have Christian Atsu and Mubarak Wakaso on the flanks.Black Stars starting lineup for Olhanense friendly: Ernest Sowah, Samuel Inkoom, John Boye, Awal Mohammed, Edwin Gyimah, Afriyie Acquah, Frank Acheampong, Ibrahim Moro, Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu, Kwesi Appiah
Sergio Aguero’s second-half headed winner got Argentina’s Copa America campaign back on track, giving Tata Martino’s side a narrow – and somewhat nervy – 1-0 win over defending champions Uruguay.Argentina let slip a two goal lead in their opening game against Paraguay, conceding two late goals to eventually draw 2-2.But Martino’s men returned to winning ways against Uruguay, although not in a particularly convincing manner.Both sides struggled to create opportunities in an insipid first half, with Aguero coming closest with a header at the back post. Lionel Messi also impressed, but despite their territorial dominance Argentina couldn’t find the breakthrough.But the tournament favourites found the opener just before the hour mark when Aguero stooped at the near post to head home a cross played into the six-yard box by Manchester City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta.KEY STATS Aguero is the first Argentine to score in two consecutive Copa America tournaments since Gabriel Bastituta.Every match ever played between Argentina and Uruguay played on a neutral ground that was 0-0 at half-time has ended in a 1-0 Argentina win.TALKING POINT – Why isn’t Argentina’s formidable frontline clicking? Heading into this tournament, it was widely expected that Argentina would be the most productive side – in an attacking sense – in Chile this summer.Martino has the best attacking line-up in international football at his disposal and yet they looked disjointed and out of sync in the second half against Paraguay, and against Uruguay took. The former Barca boss must find a way to get his frontline firing before the latter stages.MAN OF THE MATCH – Pablo ZabaletaThe Manchester City sat on the bench for the opening match draw against Paraguay, but made the starting lineup for the win over Uruguay. And Zabaleta was as big a factor in Argentina claiming that win as anyone else, providing the assist for Aguero’s winner. The full-back was a useful outlet down the right-side throughout the match, also performing well defensively.–