Villarreal slaps N23b on Chukwueze

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Osimhen, Chukwueze begin 14-day Isolation in Lagos Chukwueze gets new coach at Villarreal Liverpool and its eternal rival, Manchester City, will have to cough out €60 million (N23 billion) for the services of Nigerian whizkid Samuel Chukwueze.Reports from Spain had it that Villarreal had increased the release clause of a reported Liverpool and Manchester City target.Chukwueze was one of the breakout stars of La Liga last season, with the winger scoring eight goals in 38 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the top level.At the start of the summer, the 20-year-old was linked with the likes of Liverpool and Man City, having made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League after missing out on a move to Arsenal as a teenager.However, no genuine offers materialised, meaning the winger would continue his development in Spain.His tenure in La Liga looked set to increase further, with reports that Chukwueze – described as the “next Arjen Robben” – is in line for a new contract that will see his exit clause rise from €60m.It will represent a blow for any Premier League club keeping tabs on him with a view to a future bid – with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also said to be hovering – although it was claimed that the winger will not rush into accepting the deal if other clubs are interested. Tags: Samuel ChukwuezeVillareallast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgNew tennis tournament in France aiming for younger audiencePARIS (AP) — With discussions ongoing over whether the U.S. Open or the French Open can even take place later this year, a new digitally friendly tennis tournament starts Saturday in southern France with four Top 10-ranked players involved.Co-founder Patrick Mouratoglou hopes the Ultimate Tennis Showdown can change the way tennis is viewed by allowing a younger audience to access the raw feelings of players.The UTS features ATP Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and U.S. Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. There will be 10 players with matches every weekend for five weeks in a round robin format.Matches will be streamed live with organizers saying every sight and sound will be captured.  FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Dixon was the fast driver for most of the all-in-one-day delayed opener for IndyCar.Five-time champion Dixon took the checkered flag at dusk Saturday for his fourth win at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked oval in Texas. He had been the fastest in practice earlier in the day and qualified second.The 39-year-old New Zealander raced to his 47th career victory and matched A.J. Foyt’s record of 18 seasons with a win.After a restart with three laps left, Dixon sped away in the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Honda.TENNIS-NEW TOURNAMENT UFC-MCGREGOR RETIRES AGAINConor McGregor again says he’s doneUNDATED (AP) — Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from fighting for the third time in four years.McGregor abruptly made his latest dubious declaration on his Twitter account, where the former two-division UFC champion also announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019.The 31-year-old McGregor revitalized his combat sports career in January with an impressive first-round stoppage of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. McGregor remains the UFC’s biggest star and biggest financial draw. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFOOTBALL-OBIT-KEN RILEYFormer Bengals star Ken Riley dead at 72ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Former Cincinnati Bengals standout Ken Riley, who was also a coach and athletic director at his alma mater Florida A&M, has died. The university made the announcement Sunday. June 7, 2020 Riley was 72. He played 15 seasons for the Bengals as a defensive back, with 65 career interceptions for 596 yards, and five touchdowns. The interceptions rank fifth in NFL history. He also recovered 18 fumbles.Before his NFL career, Riley was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Rattlers. Later, he returned to become Florida A&M’s head football coach and then athletic director.The university did not reveal a cause of death.INDYCAR-TEXASDixon takes checkered flag Update on the latest in sports: UFC 250Nunes defends beltLAS VEGAS (AP) — Amanda Nunes earned a dominant unanimous decision victory over featherweight contender Felicia Spencer at UFC 250.Nunes became the first UFC fighter to defend a championship belt while holding titles in two divisions with her one-sided win. Nunes also is the UFC’s long-reigning bantamweight champion.Cody Garbrandt also knocked out Raphael Assunção an instant before the second-round bell in the co-main event at a fan-free gym on the UFC’s corporate campus in Las Vegas.last_img read more

Day’s Den: Despite losses, Chargers remain in decent shape

first_imgDuncan Day | Daily TrojanThanksgiving was especially joyous for the Los Angeles Chargers, beating the Ezekiel Elliott-less Dallas Cowboys, 28-6, as the Bolts once again proved they won’t quit on the playoff race with some help from their lackluster division.Two weeks ago, I noted that the team will probably lose against the Washington Redskins or Kansas City Chiefs. This week, the Chargers play the Cleveland Browns, whose head coach, Hue Jackson, is glad to have 2013 All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon back into the fold after serving suspensions since 2014.Plain and simple, I don’t think the Browns will win this game. They have a chance if their defense can manage to hold Phillip Rivers and Co. under 25 points, but after the Chargers demonstrated great complimentary football against the Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills, I’m putting my money on Anthony Lynn’s team.Part of the reason why I believe the Chargers are one of the most underrated teams in the NFL is that they’ve been very competitive against some of the league’s strongest squads. Lynn watched his side barely fall to the Eagles, who also defeated Dallas handily, 37-9. And despite being the only team to lose one game this season, Philly managed a mere 2-point victory over Los Angeles. In a narrow 21-13 win, the New England Patriots also found the Chargers were a tough outfit to trounce.Injuries notwithstanding, it’s difficult to ignore the weak AFC West division when it comes to the Chargers still being alive in the postseason hunt. Whereas a 5-6 team typically has little likelihood of winning the division, the Chargers find themselves within reach of doing so. The Chiefs, once among the hottest teams in the NFL holding a 5-0 record, have gone 1-5 since then. The Denver Broncos have struggled all year, and the 5-6 Oakland Raiders haven’t lived up to expectations.Two more in-division games are left for the Bolts: one against the Chiefs on Dec. 16 and the other against the Raiders on Dec. 31. Lynn has these matchups highlighted and will try to convince his players that both games are very winnable, harping on the determined attitude needed to overcome their early-season adversity.“Even when we were 0-4, no one abandoned ship,” Lynn said, via “Everyone knew what their responsibilities were and how we were going to get there. Guys just stayed the course.”Duncan Day is a senior studying print and digital journalism. His column, “Day’s Den,” ran on Wednesdays.last_img read more

WrestleMania rumor roundup: 10 biggest WWE rumors for WrestleMania 35

first_imgRumors have been flying about the status of the former UFC champion. The Wrestling Observer reported back in January that Rousey would be leaving after WrestleMania, and Pro Wrestling Sheet added that she told WWE around Survivor Series that she would be taking a hiatus to start a family. WWE told TMZ that Rousey’s contract doesn’t expire until April 10, 2021, so she even if she doesn’t wrestle for the foreseeable future, “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” isn’t leaving. WRESTLEMANIA 35Match card | Schedule | Buy PPV & tickets2. What would Rousey’s rumored hiatus mean to the main event’s results? Currently, the former 15-time WWE champion isn’t scheduled to be on the show. The Wrestling Observer  claims Cena does have some type of role. What he will do is anyone’s guess as WWE is allegedly keeping it top secret with only a few select knowing. It seemed Cena would be involved in the Baron Corbin and Kurt Angle feud. While people have been cheering for Cena any time Corbin is on Monday Night Raw, that isn’t likely to occur unless McMahon changes his tune. WWE hasn’t even brought up Cena’s name on any of their programming. Elias could be someone Cena meets up with on the show. The former mentioned in an interview on Sirius XM’s Busted Open that he would like for Cena to come down and interrupt his musical performance.It’s hard to see Cena in a match that hasn’t been promoted. He’s one of their biggest stars, and you would want to give it ample promotional time even though the Observer threw out Lars Sullivan’s name as a possibility. They were rumored for the show early this year until Sullivan took a leave of absence.SN Q&A: Rob Van Dam talks return to Impact Wrestling, Vince McMahon, more4. Kofi Kingston not Daniel Bryan’s original foe Even though Asuka wasn’t featured as much after retaining the Smackdown women’s championship over Lynch at the Royal Rumble in January, a title defense at WrestleMania looked to be a sure thing. The Wrestling Observer noted she was scheduled to either face Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in a three-way match or a one-on-one bout with Rose.However, as The Observer also reported, on the March 26 of Smackdown, McMahon decided to take the belt off of Asuka and put on Flair to add that title to match which now is “Winner Take All.”Instead of having a proper role at WrestleMania, the Japanese star now gets her role reduced and is in the Women’s Battle Royal to likely occur on the pre-show. But will she make her presence felt in the main event anyway? Hmm …7. What’s up with The Rock? WWE Ever since All Elite Wrestling became an official promotion, The Usos were rumored to be a candidate to join the upstart promotion and have a potential feud with The Young Bucks.  PWInsider stated their contracts were set to expire at the end of April. But the current SmackDown tag team champions aren’t going anywhere. PWInsider reported on Wednesday that the brothers signed new deals “several weeks back.” Jimmy and Jey defended their belts at WrestleMania against Black, Ricochet, The Bar and Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura.10. Is Dean Ambrose really leaving? Right now, Kingston is the most popular male in the WWE leading into the bout with WWE champion Daniel Bryan due to the booking of being in the underdog role much like Bryan was when he won the WWE belt at WrestleMania 30. Kingston’s had quite the journey to get to this point, but The New Day member wasn’t earmarked for the spot.WrestleVotes reported in February that Kevin Owens was going to return from double-knee surgery and take on Bryan. After the fan reaction to Kingston’s performance at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view where it came down to him and Bryan followed by the subsequent performance two days later on Smackdown Live, Post Wrestling says McMahon switched gears to Kingston.SN Q&A: Charlotte Flair talks all-women WrestleMania 35 main event5. No Undertaker? Since WrestleMania VII in 1991, The Undertaker has only missed one WrestleMania. That was WrestleMania 16 in 2000 because of injury. When you think of “The Showcase of the Immortals,” one of the first names to roll off the tongue is “The Deadman.” As of this writing, no role has been set with him.However,  PWInsider reports multiple sources have told them The Undertaker would be in the state of New Jersey where WrestleMania takes place, while The Wrestling Observer says higher-ups in WWE have them saying he won’t be on the show. While The Undertaker had below-level matches the last two years with Roman Reigns and John Cena, it would be weird not to have him be in a segment in an event he helped put on the map.6. Asuka’s role change Around this time of year, The Rock showing up WrestleMania is a hot topic of conversation. The will he or won’t he game is played until WrestleMania ends. The former WWE champion hasn’t appeared since WrestleMania 32 when he beat Erick Rowan in six seconds and then did a segment with Cena, where the superstars beat up The Wyatt Family.On a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio , Dave Meltzer said The Rock is one of the names who has been discussed to be in the segment with Elias, who has called The Rock out in the past.Will it happen? Who knows, but it’s always good to talk about The Rock.8. The Revivial’s tag team title plans Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAs big of an event as Wrestlemania has become, a ton of speculation comes along with it. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has been known to change to his mind on a whim, evidenced by Asuka losing the Smackdown women’s belt to Charlotte last Tuesday in what was reportedly a last-second decision.Lots of rumors have been floating around. Here are the Top 10 rumors heading into Wrestlemania 35. 1. Ronda Rousey’s future WrestleMania 35 takes place on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. At this time, 17 matches are on the docket, headlined by a Triple Threat match for the Raw and Smackdown Live women’s titles, when Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch square off in the main event. For the last month, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have been in a program with Ricochet and Aleister Black. Everything pointed to the feud ending with them at WrestleMania considering they went to a double count out on Raw this past Monday. But in a strange turn of events, WWE released a video of a backstage segment between the champs and Zach Ryder and Curt Hawkins. The Wrestling Observer reported plans were being shifted to that match happening and Ricochet and Black were shifted to the SmackDown tag team title bout.The Observer also states Ryder and Hawkins were set to break their losing streak and get the win at WrestleMania, but that remains to be seen if it happens.9. The Usos staying in WWE (WWE) If Rousey’s planned hiatus pans out being true, it should directly affect the WrestleMania 35 main event. Will WWE decide to put the belts on Flair or Lynch as a direct result?MORE: How WaleMania became WrestleMania weekend’s most anticipated event3. Is John Cena wrestling? The wrestling world received a major surprise at the end of the January when PWTorch reported, and WWE confirmed in a statement that the former WWE champion would be leaving the company when his contract expires this month. Fans instantly couldn’t believe a top WWE star would choose to leave the premiere wrestling organization. Ambrose doesn’t play to the beat of everybody else’s drum, though. Since the announcement, he was in the main event of March’s Fastline PPV when The Shield reunited to beat Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre. Except for getting destroyed in two matches with McIntyre on Raw, Ambrose’s appeared in house shows and in spots after Raw ends. He isn’t scheduled to be on WrestleMania, which gives further credence to him possibly leaving the company and not wrestling Sunday night.last_img read more