SportsNet - June 2013
According to SportsDirectNews, Manchester United have agreed a £17 million fee with FC Barcelona for the transfer of Spain international Thiago Alcantara.
"United manager David Moyes wants to add quality to his midfielder this summer and can offer the Spaniard the regular starting XI berth he craves and SportsDirect News now understands the two clubs have agreed a fee of £17 million for the player."
The Red Devils had already agreed personal terms with the player in the past week but Barcelona were reluctant to accept their European rivals' transfer bid as they wanted to persuade Thiago to change his mind on leaving the Nou Camp.
However, the latest developments indicate that the Catalans have now given up hope of keeping hold of their prized asset and are willing to delve into the player's demands.
Thiago is keen to secure a place in Spain's 2014 World Cup squad. At Barcelona, he was only afforded limited playing time and the 22-year-old is not fully convinced whether the situation will change next term.
The UCLA Bruins Execute A Path To An 2013 NCAA “College World Series” Championship, It Is All In The Details Of Team
The UCLA Baseball team is the NCAA “College World Series”, (CWS), national champions. To the Bruin Nation, the sound of national champion is sometimes taken for granted. It has been a long time coming as the UCLA Bruins sweep a very tough Mississippi State team, two games to none in the three game CWS. UCLA’s 108 national championship count just increased to 109 as their baseball team adds their first championship to the heritage.
UCLA started the regular season with a chip on their shoulder. Under Head Coach John Savage, the Bruins had made it to the CWS two of the last three years, but were only able to smell a championship, but not taste one. One the Bruins top hitters Eric Filia told the coaches when he first arrived at UCLA that he was coming to win a national championship. The scent of a championship was not enough for Filia and his Bruin teammates. The 2013 Bruins were on a mission to do what no other UCLA Baseball teams have been able to do.
Only a couple of days ago, the media was awash with reports that Manchester United had belatedly joined the race to sign the Napoli striker, Edison Cavani. In what looks likely to be the transfer saga of this summer, the plot has more twists than an Agatha Christie novel!
In the first place, it was assumed that clubs with billionaire owners would be the likely destination for the gifted striker, however, one by one they have been dropping out like flies. Firstly the usual culprits like PSG and Monaco had already spent vast sums on players, so they were ruled out, especially after a tap on the shoulder from M. Platini and his FFP squad.
This last week, we have heard that Manchester City have officially pulled out from dealings because they are unwilling to pay the buyout clause of £53m. That left Chelsea in the driving seat, but yesterday they too announced that they will not pay over £40m for the player; not surprising really, given the number of costly flops they have bought in the striker department. Real Madrid seems to have their attention elsewhere, with new manager Ancelotti looking at Luis Suarez as a cheaper option.
The Miami Heat have now won two consecutive NBA Championships and will be looking for the elusive 'three-peat', something that hasn't been achieved since the Shaq and Kobe Bryant-led Lakers in 2002. It is the Holy Grail in the pursuit of a dynasty, which is what LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh predicted when they controversially joined forces in the summer of 2010.
If they thought back-to-back titles was hard, then the 'three-peat' will be a monumental task. There are so many challengers to the Heat's throne that are set for improvement next season, making their quest fraught with danger.
Here are the main obstacles standing between them and immortality:
1. Chicago Bulls:
The Bulls did remarkably well last season when you consider their talisman, Derrick Rose, missed the entire season with an ACL injury. There was talk that Rose would return for the Playoffs, but the Bulls decided not to risk him and they were defeated in the conference semi-finals by the Heat in five games.
Carlos Tevez`s time at Manchester City is finally coming to a close after the club accepted a £10m bid from Juventus today. The player will travel to Italy to finalise a medical and sing contracts. This may appear to have been done very quickly, but it looks like it was always the intention of Tevez to force a move nearer to the end of his contract which finishes in 2014. Tevez had made clear that he would not sign a further contract as long ago as 2011-12 season when he fell out with the then manager Roberto Mancini and went back to his home in Argentina for weeks until the club enticed him back with various promises. One of those promises was that they would let him leave last season.