Barcelona agree to offload Firpo in the summer

first_imgRead Also: Barcelona facing €100M loss amid Covid 19 outbreakIt is said that the Blaugrana lead the way in the race for the 22-year-old, whom they had identified as the long-term successor to the ageing Luis Suarez.Roma, Napoli and Torino are also said to be interested in a potential move for Firpo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever Bought5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Firpo has appeared in 16 matches for the Catalan giants this campaign but remains very much the understudy to long-term left back Jordi Alba at the club.The Dominican-born player failed to convince Ernesto Valverde nor his successor Quique Setien – who managed him at Betis – that he was worthy of a regular first-team slot.It is now suggested that he could be offered to Inter as part of an offer to lure striker Martinez to the Camp Nou.Earlier on Monday, El Mundo Deportivo cited a report in Gazzetta dello Sport that the Argentine international would have no issue in having his long-term future at the Milanese giants but could be tempted by a move to Catalonia.center_img Barcelona have made wing-back Junior Firpo available for a transfer and he could be offered to Inter as part of a move for Lautaro Martinez, say Diario Sport.Advertisement The left-sided defender only joined the Blaugrana from Real Betis last summer but the latest report suggests he could be allowed to leave this summer, with the club valuing him at €20m.last_img read more

Men’s tennis set for battle at UCLA

first_imgAfter a commanding 5-2 win over Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend, the Trojans will head to Westwood Tuesday to face UCLA at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.They will try and secure back-to-back road victories against Pac-12 teams in nonconference matches.Both teams look as strong as expected this season, with UCLA posting a ranking of fourth in the nation, while USC sits at 13th and is likely to rise after the win over Stanford.The Trojans faced some adversity to begin the match after losing the doubles point to go down 1-0 early. They then rattled off five consecutive singles match wins to clinch the match before a loss in a third set tiebreaker for the second loss of the day for USC.Junior Nick Crystal tied the match-up with a straight sets win, and freshman Jake Devine continued his stellar debut  season after finishing a third set win, 6-1. Sophomore Thibault Forget clinched the match with the Trojans’ fourth singles win in another three-setter, and senior Max de Vroome pulled off a big upset over Stanford’s Tom Fawcett, the fourth-ranked player in the country. The Trojans hope to ride this momentum into this rivalry match and a difficult schedule against many top teams across the country.The Bruins provide a challenging matchup with their top three players: junior Mackenzie McDonald, sophomore Martin Redlicki and junior Gage Brymer are all top-50 players in the country. McDonald leads the team with experience as a junior ranked 19th in the nation who has not only succeeded at UCLA but has also won some lower-level professional matches. The Bruins also have senior Karue Sell, their fourth nationally ranked player at 94. The Bruins’ talented group has led them to a 9-2 record on the season, which brings an additional challenge in the rivalry match.The Trojans counter with an array of solid players for the difficult challenge the Bruins will bring. De Vroome is coming off his biggest win of the year in the Stanford match and will be playing one of the top singles slots for the Trojans with a ranking of 65th nationally. Crystal is just behind de Vroome at 67th in the country, adding an early Pac-12 Player of the Week award this season to an already strong resume in his first two seasons at USC. Freshman Logan Smith boasts the Trojans’ top ranking with a mark of 56th nationally and will try to add yet another win to his young career. Rounding out the Trojans singles players are the freshman duo of DeVine and Jack Jaede as well as experienced sophomore Forget.USC brings a young team to the table, but so far this season the inexperience has been far overshadowed by the talent of these players as well as the leadership of the veterans on the team. The Trojans hope to repeat the success they had against the Bruins last season, winning both matches on each team’s home court during the regular season and beating them in the Pac-12 tournament for a three-match sweep.Correction: This post originally appeared with the title “Fourth-ranked men’s tennis set for battle at UCLA.” The men’s tennis team is ranked 13th. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Game 1 loss, the morning after

first_imgmark.whicker@langnews.com @MWhickerLANG03 on TwitterMets 3, Dodgers 1, in Game 1 of the N.L. Division Series, the morning after:• The only Dodgers victory came on the videoboard, during the Presidents challenge, in which a fan and a Dodger try to recite how many Presidents they can identify. A.J. Ellis blew away his opponent by naming the chief executives perfectly in order, from Obama backwards all the way to Eisenhower, and then threw in both Adams and both Harrisons for good measure.• PHOTOS: Images from NLDS Game 1 • Ellis did not disagree with the notion that a four-day layoff made deGrom’s fastball even more nuclear. “I don’t know if our timing was off or not, but he had an electric fastball,” said the Dodgers catcher. “He was elevating really well. When the ball gets up there with that velocity, it’s so close to your eyes that it looks good to hit, but it was going to be really hard to catch up with.”• Houston and San Diego set the all-time record for strikeouts in a postseason game in 1998, when Randy Johnson hooked up with Kevin Brown and 28 hitters took the walk of shame to the dugout. Brown struck out 16 in his eight innings and Johnson struck out nine. The Astros won, 2-1, with Greg Vaughn’s homer in the eighth providing the eventual winning margin. Trevor Hoffman got the save. The Mets and Dodgers came within a strikeout of that record Friday night.• deGrom’s 13 strikeouts tied the Mets’ postseason record for a single game. Drum roll, please — Tom Seaver also had 13, against the Reds in 1973.• Zack Greinke handles Game 2 for the Dodgers Saturday night against Noah Syndegaard. Greinke was asked if he minded starting Game 2, since Mattingly’s reasoning was that Kershaw was better equipped to work Game 4 with three days’ rest. “I told them I’d do it, but I’m not very good at it,” Greinke said. He has done it in his career with a 2.00 ERA, although he went only nine innings, total, in those starts. It is quite possible this will be Greinke’s final home start as a Dodger, since he can opt out of his contract at season’s end. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img • Ellis had a better night than Adrian Gonzalez, who struck out three times at the hands of Jacob deGrom. Gonzalez did thrill the crowd with a loud foul home run to right, and then drove in the Dodgers’ only run, off Tyler Clippard, with a single to left.• Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick were the only Dodgers who didn’t strike out. They also had four of the club’s seven hits.• The Mets used closer Jeurys Familia for four outs and presumably won’t hesitate to do that again. The Dodgers went 0 for 4 against him with three grounders. Familia had 45 saves in 50 opportunities and gave up a .207 batting average this year.• Of course, the only Met who didn’t strike out was Curtis Granderson, the former Tiger and Yankee who saw Kershaw better than anyone else in the lineup. He popped a single into left-center field, singled hard in the fifth, lined into an out in the first and got the walk that finished Kershaw in the seventh.• The underrated Daniel Murphy homered off Kershaw in the fourth inning, drilling an inner-half fastball on a 2-0 count and taking it into the Mets’ bullpen. “He ate me up with sliders in the first,” Murphy said, “but then I was able to get my foot down just a little bit earlier. He doesn’t make many mistakes.”last_img read more