Clark, Belangel, Sotto lift Team Hustle in NBTC All-Star

first_img76ers rout Magic for fifth straight win Clark, who represented Filam Sports USA, was all over the game with 13 points, seven boards, six assists, and three steals to be adjudged as the All-Star MVP.Belangel topscored for Cherifer Hustle with 16 markers, while Sotto put up 15 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s really an honor for me. Just like what I told my players, we always honor the people that open the doors for us,” said Robinson. “We leave a legacy for the kids that are gonna follow them. It’s exciting to see them and be a part of their careers.”Cherifer Hustle was holding on to a close 84-80 lead in the last four minutes before NU Bullpup Terrence Fortea’s triple triggered the decisive run capped off by another three from Belangel to make it an 11-point lead, 93-82 with 2:18 remaining. Also joining the trio in Cherifer Hustle were Will Gozum, Miguel Oczon, RJ Abarrientos, Matthew Daves, Mac Guadana, Rhayyan Amsali, CJ Cansino, Alex Visser, Cooper McLaughlin, Joem Sabandal, and Harvey Pagsanjan.“Everybody really wanted to contribute, that’s how we honor the game, by giving our best, playing the right way,” said Robinson.Dave Ildefonso paced Cherifer Heart with 15 points and four rebounds, while Green wound up with 11.They were joined by John Galinato, L-Jay Gonzales, Brandon Wilson, Joel Cagulangan, Warren Bonifacio, Joshua Yerro, Aaron Fermin, Raven Cortez, Maui Cruz, Clint Escamis, Beirn Laurente, Inand Fornillos, and Taine Davis.Meanwhile, Raphael Dimayuga of La Salle-Lipa came up big in the clutch for the Kiefer Ravena-coached Team Cherifer Dedication as it slipped past the Jeron Teng-mentored Team Cherifer Passion, 91-89, in the 2018 Darlington Division 2 All-Star Game.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Division 2 All-Star Game:CHERIFER DEDICATION 91 — Dimayuga 20, Algire 14, Famaranco 14, Barrera 10, Del Rosario 7, Cruz 6, Gomez 6, Untalan 5, Tolentino 4, Ong 2, Pagcu 2, Lazarte 1, Garcia 0, Javier 0, Liu 0.CHERIFER PASSION 89 — Angcap 16, Barranco 13, Alarcon 8, Doromal 8, Janao 8, Abila 6, Pinero 6, Platon 6, Castisimo 4, Ocancas 4, Santos 4, Pepito 3, Sablaon 3, Halasan 0, Itao 0.Quarters: 18-20, 34-40, 63-68, 91-89.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Dimayuga drilled the huge triple with 1:21 remaining, before Ryan Cruz of Bacolod Tay Tung High School followed up with the go-ahead bucket to swing the lead in favor of Cherifer Dedication, 90-89, with 29 seconds remaining.James Barrera could only settle for a split with 1.4 seconds remaining to give his side the two-point lead, keeping the door alive for Cherifer Passion, but Harold Alarcon muffed his potential game-winning triple at the buzzer.Dimayuga paced Cherifer Dedication with 20 points and three rebounds to be named as the All-Star MVP.Shawn Algire of St. Benilde International School Calamba poured 14 markers and five boards, Janwell Famaranco of Hercor College of Roxas got 14 points and six rebounds, and Barrera, also of Bacolod Tay Tung, tallied 10 markers and 14 boards in the win.Marc Angcap of University of Luzon-Dagupan led Cherifer Passion with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Kevin Barranco of St. Robert’s International School Ilo-ilo got 13 markers.The Scores:Division 1 All-Star Game:CHERIFER HUSTLE 99 — Belangel 16, Sotto 15, Clark 13, Gozum 13, Fortea 10, Oczon 4, Abarrientos 4, Amsali 4, Davis 4, Guadaña 4, Cansino 3, McLaughlin 2, Pagsanjan 2, Sabandal 2, Visser 2.CHERIFER HEART 91 — Galinato 15, Ildefonso 15, Gonzales 12, Green 11, Wilson 9, Cagulangan 7, Bonifacio 6, Fermin 6, Yerro 6, Cortez 2, Cruz 2, Davis 0, Escamis 0, Fornilos 0, Laurente 0.Quarters: 18-18, 38-40, 67-63, 99-91. 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Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFil-Am guard Kihei Clark, Ateneo playmaker SJ Belangel, and teen prodigy Kai Sotto lifted Team Cherifer Hustle in a thrilling 99-91 win over Team Cherifer Heart in the 2018 Darlington NBTC Division 1 All-Star Game Friday at Mall of Arena.The trio were sensational for the Topex Robinson-mentored crew as they toppled the Chris Gavina-coached squad bannered by Fil-Am high-flyer Jalen Green.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Cases cannot be “wished away” by the spin doctor – Teixeira

first_imgRacial, political discrimination… Nagamootoo, Ramjattan also victims – NandlallNo amount of distortion and denial by the “spin doctor”, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, can change thePPP/C Executive Member Anil Nandlallfact that racial and political discrimination is being actively practiced by his administration. So says Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who came out in defence of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, after he was accused by the Government of promoting racism.She was at the time speaking at a press conference co-chaired by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Executive Member Anil Nandlall, on Wednesday at Freedom House.Teixeira strongly supported the assertion that there is an assault on the Indo-Guyanese population and believes that the backlash against the Opposition Leader for making those statements was merely an attempt by the Government to embarrass him after learning of his prestigious appointment by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as a Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment.In fact, the veteran politician opined that speaking about an observation can in no way be considered race baiting and in this vein, she berated the coalition Government for trampling on one’s freedom of expression.Sometime after telling a gathering in New York that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration is guilty of political and racial discrimination, the Ministry of the Presidency released a statement condemning the comments, accusing Jagdeo of sowing seeds of division, discord and race hate.But as previously highlighted by Jagdeo himself, Teixeira validated her contention that the criticisms were only an attempt to cast embarrassment upon the Opposition Leader by pointing out that the comments made in New York are no different from what is being said in Guyana.“The release of the Government’s statement 72 hours after the event in New York, but only 10 hours after the announcement that the leader of the Opposition had been appointed by the FAO as Special Ambassador on Forest and the Environment is more than a mere coincidence and meant to embarrass him. Whether the Government admits it or not, the numerable cases of ethnic and political discrimination are public knowledge and cannot be wished away by the official spin doctor, ie, Prime Minister and First Vice President of the APNU/AFC Government. No spin can remove the facts,” she explained.ProofPresenting the evidence to prove that cries of discrimination are not just a figment of one’s imagination, Nandlall outlined incidents which can be categorised as discrimination against Indo-Guyanese people and persons perceived to be affiliated with the PPP/C.He said the widespread dismissal of hundreds of Indo-Guyanese in the public sector without a hearing and compensation, the repossession and attempts thereof of Core Homes and house lots from predominantly Indo-Guyanese, continuous attempts to expropriate private properties owned mostly by Indo-Guyanese who possess their Transport and Certificate of Titles, the targeting of mainly Indo-Guyanese by the Special Organised Crime Unit and the State Assets Recovery Unit, as well as the confiscation of large sums of money and jewellery, the wanton dismissal of senior management staff at the Guyana Sugar Corporation, the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate affecting hundreds of Indo-Guyanese, the refusal to offer assistance to the rice industry which is predominated by Indo-Guyanese, and the removal of street lamps from Indo-Guyanese villages, while installing street lights in Afro-Guyanese communities are only a few instances of the discrimination being executed by the Government.Nagamootoo, Ramjattan are victimsNandlall went on to highlight that even Indo-Guyanese members of the coalition Government, including the Prime Minister and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, are also victims of discrimination.“Ironically, many commentators have publicly pointed out that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister Khemraj Ramjattan are themselves victims of discrimination within the coalition Government. It is public knowledge that the Prime Minister has not been given the type of functional responsibilities contemplated by the Cummingsburg Accord. Similarly, a host of important powers and functions were deliberately removed from the Home Affairs Ministry and transferred to the Ministry of the Presidency upon the appointment of Mr Khemraj Ramjattan,” he contended.State boardsMeanwhile presenting some evidence, Teixeira revealed that a number of State boards comprise mainly Afro-Guyanese.She said only one of nine persons on the National Commission on the Elderly is Indian, two of eight on the Adoption Board, three of 13 on the Women’s Leadership Institute, three of 15 on the Central Board of Health, one of 11 on the National Sports Commission, eight (Indian and Amerindian) of 20 on the University of Guyana Board, none on the National Accreditation Council, two (Indian and Portuguese) of 11 on the National Shipping Corporation, five of 11 on the Central Housing and Planning Authority, four (three Indian and one Portuguese) of nine on the National Broadcasting Authority, one of five on the Bureau of Statistics, one of six on the Privatisation Board, and one of four on the Guyana Gaming Authority.Teixeira contested this as ridiculous justification that Indo-Guyanese or Guyanese of other ethnicities are not qualified to sit on those boards.Moreover, the PPP/C dismissed suggestions that they too were guilty of ethnic discrimination when they were in Government.Both Executive Members outlined that the Public Sector remained dominated by Afro-Guyanese and that many key positions in Government including the Army, Police Force, and the Judiciary were held by persons of African descent.last_img read more

City Councillor collapses, dies at business place

first_imgA People’s National Congress (PNC) Councillor on the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), 64-year-old Junior Garrett, collapsed and died on Friday afternoon in the compound of his Urquhart Street, Georgetown business place.Garrett of Campbellville Housing Scheme, Georgetown, who represented Constituency Three, had just returned from a meeting with fellow Councillors atDead: Junior GarrettCity Hall to discuss the city’s budget for 2018.He returned to his business place to meet someone with whom he had an appointment but collapsed as he entered the premises.At Woodlands Hospital, the man’s daughter, Levina Garrett, told <<>> that she was contacted by her younger brother, who informed her that their father had a heart attack and was rushed to the medical facility.The young lady also noted that doctors at the medical facility attempted to resuscitate her father, but this proved futile. When this publication arrived at the Hospital, several Councillors along with Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green; Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran and Town Clerk Royston King were seen offering their support and condolences to the man’s family.The Deputy Mayor expressed shock at Garrett’s sudden passing, indicating that “he [Garrett] left at midday. He was his normal vociferous self. We sat next to each other up to midday.”Garrett was appointed to the position of City Councillor of the city of Georgetown on March 25, 2002.He was described by colleagues as a passionate community advocate who was especially active in the Campbellville community. He served on several committees, including finance and international relations.On April 10, 2017, full Council appointed him as its representative on the Central Housing and Planning Authority Board.In addition, he was considered an expert in his field and a true professional, with skills and qualifications that strongly complemented a Councillor’s role. He leaves to mourn seven children.last_img read more

Injury-depleted Juventus continue Turin derby domination

first_imgJuventus have 65 points from 25 games, two points ahead of Napoli who host struggling SPAL later in the day.Massimiliano Allegri’s side — held 2-2 by Tottenham in their Champions League home tie in Turin this week — were without injured Mario Mandzukic, Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado, with Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi starting on the bench.Dybala made his comeback from a hamstring injury in the second half.“Today was not a great answer to 2-2 in the first leg but we will go to London convinced we can do it,” said Allegri.“Juve are a strong side with extraordinary players that for years has been challenging in all fronts and I don’t consider the 2-2 with Tottenham to be a tragedy.“I am proud of the lads and today we saw a good reaction, we enjoyed ourselves even during difficult moments.”With tensions already running high in the traditional “Derby Della Mole” the visitors were reeling after three minutes when Higuain landed awkwardly on his ankle as he rushed to pick up a Miralem Pjanic cross. The Argentine played on from another 12 minutes before being replaced by Bernardeschi.Torino had an early chance with Joel Obi and Andrea Belotti two on one against Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani but Belotti failed to control the ball.Douglas Costa then burst down the right, his cross found Kwadwo Asamoah for a low volley that was cleared off the line by Nicolas N’Koulou of Torino.A Belotti volley from a Iago Falque cross went into the side-netting with Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, replacing rested Gianluigi Buffon, stopping a Lorenzo De Silvestri header mid air.Miralem Pjanic also threatened with a free kick before Juventus broke through when Bernardeschi raced down the right and crossed low for Sandro to tap in.Dybala came on in place of Douglas Costa after 66 minutes and the Argentine almost doubled Juventus’ advantage immediately, picking up a perfect assist from Bernardeschi, but failing to finish off.“Paulo did well for 30 minutes,” said Allegri. “He played very well technically and managing the ball well, even if it’s natural that he’s still lack match fitness.”Juventus held on for their ninth consecutive Serie A win as Torino coach Walter Mazzarri suffered his first defeat in six games since taking over from Sinisa Mihajlovic. The win was an 18th for Juventus in the last 24 Turin derbies, with Torino taking just one point in eight meetings since a 2-1 victory in April 2015.Torino sit ninth, five points off the European places.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ players enjoyed the Turin derby victory that took them back to the top of Serie A © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMilan, Italy, Feb 18 – Alex Sandro put Juventus top of Serie A with a 1-0 derby win at Torino but rivals Napoli could reclaim the summit when they play SPAL later on Sunday.Brazilian Sandro scored after 33 minutes for the six-time defending champions who dominated despite being weakened by injuries and losing top scorer Gonzalo Higuain to an early knock.last_img read more

Harambee Stars shift focus to CHAN qualifiers

first_imgKenya will play the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in the first round of qualification on July 27 in Dar es Salaam before hosing the return leg tie a week later in Nairobi. This will be a re-make of their Africa Cup of Nations tie in Cairo where Stars won 3-2.Head coach Sebastien Migne had already picked out a squad of local based players for the CHAN qualifiers before travelling to Cairo and he is expected to get back to work with them at the beginning of the new week.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gives instructions to the players during a training session in Cairo on June 26, 2019.In his AFCON squad, the players he will need to give maximum rest will be right-back Philemon Otieno and defensive midfielder Dennis Odhiambo who played the most number of minutes at AFCON.Sofapaka forward John Avire and Bernard Ochieng were limited to substitute appearances while Joash Onyango, Paul Were and John Oyemba were unused substitutes.Creative midfielder Francis Kahata and keeper Faruk Shikalo who are both headed to the Tanzanian Premier League with Simba and Yanga respectively might play if their contracts will not have been activated by then.Meanwhile, Migne says the team leaves Cairo proud despite failing to achieve their primary target of reaching the last 16.“It will be interesting for the future, but we can’t sleep. We have to learn immediately. We committed some fault which we can avoid for the future for example the penalties. There is nothing more important than the experience,” Migne said.Harambee Stars utility Eric Ouma vies for the ball with Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr during their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match in Cairo on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/CAF“We played against top teams. Senegal has qualified for every AFCON and were in the last World Cup as well. We played against Sadio Mane who was one of the best players in Europe last season. We cannot reduce the gap in one day. We have to work hard,” Migne said.“I think the players learnt a lot because it was the first time for all of them to be in this kind of tournament and have these kinds of training sessions,” the tactician noted.Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa says he is proud of the players and the kind of investment the Federation made on their participation in Cairo and believes it has laid a foundation for a more frequent appearance at Africa’s elite football competition.“We prepared the team, worked very hard and I can say the team has done well. There are a few things we didn’t like but we are in a good path. We have set up a team, there is a collaboration with government,”“Now we have to go and try qualify for CHAN, we have to qualify for 2021 and I can tell you that we will be back at AFCON,” declared Mwendwa.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Algeria at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019.CAIRO, Egypt, Jul 3 – Harambee Stars jet back home from Cairo early Thursday morning and while most of the foreign based players take off their boots and jerseys for rest and recovery, there will be little time to rest for the local based crew and the technical bench.Stars are scheduled to play Tanzania in the first round of the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers at the end of the month, and the team will only have a few days of rest before resuming training.last_img read more

Revealed! The top flight’s longest serving clubs

first_img 8 8 8 8 8 6. Man City – 86 seasons in the top flight – Click the arrow to see who is number one – City’s meteoric rise to prominence may have got the backs up of large swathes of English football fans, but few can deny that City have a long-established top-flight pedigree. Over the course of their history, the reigning Premier League champions have spent 86 campaigns in the top flight, having won four titles. 2. Aston Villa – 104 seasons in the top flight – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Following their promotion in 1988, Villa have been in the top flight for 27 consecutive campaigns, and as of this season, 104 in total. One of the founding members of league football in this country, the midlands giants have won seven First Division titles. Football’s history extends way beyond the Premier League era, so which clubs have been among the elite the longest? In joint 9th, it’s Chelsea and Tottenham with a total of 80 seasons in the top flight each – Click the arrow to see which clubs have been in England’s top division even longer! – The London duo have had very differing fortunes in recent years, but when it comes to top flight status, nothing can separate them. As of this season, both Chelsea and Tottenham have played 80 top-flight campaigns each, however Spurs boast the more impressive consecutive run, with the North Londoners having spent 37 unbroken years in the highest tier to date, compared to Chelsea who have been among the elite for 26 running years. 5. Man United – 90 seasons in the top flight – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Red Devils’ dominance throughout the 1990s and early 2000s dictates they must surely feature in this list, but who expected them to only rank in fifth. Despite more recent success, there was a period of yo-yoing between the divisions. Following their last promotion to the top flight in 1975, United have been in the top tier for 40 consecutive seasons and 90 in total. 8 4. Arsenal – 98 seasons in the top flight – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Gunners have spent most of their history as a top flight team – they are on a run of 89 consecutive seasons in the top tier – although, interestingly they remain the only team to be ‘elected’ to the top flight (in 1919), rather than earn their spot through promotion. 8 3. Liverpool – 100 seasons in the top flight – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Of the Reds’ 122-year history, 100 years have been spent in the top flight. While they are rightly considered to be one of the historic heavyweights of the game, they have not always consistently been a English football powerhouse. Following a fallow period that saw the club relegated, Liverpool have been in the top flight for 53 consecutive seasons since. Longevity is rare in English football, with clubs regularly experiencing peaks and troughs.Every club in this country has experienced relegation at some point, but when it comes to top-flight royalty, who has boasts the most years among the elite?Click the arrow to find out…To find out the number one football club in England – ranked by major trophies won in the past decade, click here. =7. Newcastle United and Sunderland – 84 seasons in the top flight – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Another localised tie, Newcastle and Sunderland have both enjoyed 84 seasons playing at the highest level. The North East rivals may have seen their fortunes rise and fall in more recent campaigns, but rightfully earn their spot in this particular table. 8 1. Everton – 112 seasons in the top flight – Top of the tree by some way are Everton who have spent 112 or their 137-year history as a top flight team. Given league football hadn’t been founded for the first 10 years of their existence, that is still a pretty impressive achievement by Everton, who were one of the original members of the Football League. While they have endured some brief periods of turmoil, the Toffees are currently on a run of 61 consecutive seasons in the top flight.last_img read more

‘Man City’s title chase ISN’T over!’ Pellegrini refuses to accept defeat despite Burnley shock

first_imgManuel Pellegrini refuses to accept Manchester City’s Premier League title race is over despite suffering a major dent to their hopes with a shock 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday.The Blues appeared to be a shadow of the side which lifted the top flight crown last season, as the relegation-battling Clarets secured a vital three points thanks to George Boyd’s second-half super strike.City remain five points behind table toppers Chelsea, though they now have two games in hand and can increase their lead to eight points with victory over Southampton on Sunday.Pellegrini’s side, whose Champions League hopes also hang by a thread ahead of this week’s last-16 clash with Barcelona, have fallen away alarmingly since pulling level with the London outfit on New Year’s Day and have won just three of their last nine league games.However, the Chilean coach insists his team will ‘continue fighting’.“Every point we drop will be more difficult,” said Pellegrini.“When you have mathematical chances you must try to continue fighting, but the most important thing is to trust in what we are doing, try to win the next game and we will see at the end of the season where you will finish.”With the title looking a long shot, City could now face a battle to hold on to second place – or even their spot in the top four – with Arsenal just one point behind.Pellegrini brushed aside those concerns and instead turned focus to Wednesday’s Champions League battle at Barcelona.The Blues boss said: “We are worried just about our team. We continue in second place, so we are not doing so bad. We have 27 points more we must fight for to try to keep this position.“From tomorrow we must trust in what we are doing and try to win on Wednesday in Barcelona.”City dominated possession and created 21 chances, but only managed to land five on target and generally lacked energy and a cutting edge.Leading stars Yaya Toure – who reacted badly to being substituted – Sergio Aguero, David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany were all way below par, but Pellegrini – who is coming under increasing pressure – refused to criticise his side.He said: “It was a normal performance. I don’t think we played very bad. We had three or four chances. Burnley had just one shot on target and scored one goal, but we need to create more chances.“I don’t think we created the amount of chances we need to score goals.”last_img read more

VIDEO: Coach gives most inspiring team talk ever before team win 6-0

first_imgOn Sunday, Arminia Bielefeld faced third-placed Eintracht Braunschweig with their survival in 2. Bundesliga hanging by a thread.A defeat would have all-but sent them down to the third tier, but assistant coach Carsten Rump gave the most inspiring team talk ever seen before the game.And clearly his words of motivation worked, as Bielefeld recorded a shock 6-0 win to move into 15th place – clear of the relegation play-off places.Check out the video below to watch Rump’s team talk, and prepare to be inspired! Watch Carsten Rump’s team talk below… 1center_img Pacino in Any Given Sunday or @arminia ass. coach Carsten Rump? RT if you’d fight for every single inch for this guy! 🙌🙌#Mondaymotivation pic.twitter.com/mKgyEUVnVN— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) May 15, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jslast_img read more

DEAL CLOSE! Chelsea set to land Germany star for initial £29million fee

first_img1 Chelsea are understood to be closing in on the signing of Roma defender Antonio Rudiger.With captain John Terry having left the club and Nathan Ake sold to Bournemouth, the Premier League champions are in need of a new centre-back.Virgil van Dijk has been heavily linked with the Blues but Southampton are determined to keep the Dutchman and have insisted they will not entertain any offers.Chelsea have now made a move for Rudiger and, according to reports in Italy, they have agreed a fee with Roma to sign the 24-year-old.Roma are understood to have accepted an offer from the Premier League side which is worth an initial €33m [£29m] plus €5m (£4.3m) in potential add-ons.Rudiger, who is currently playing for Germany at the Confederations Cup in Russia, is expected fly to London next week to complete a medical and finalise personal terms.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte also wants to secure deals for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.On Saturday morning it was announced they had completed the signing of Exeter City’s record-breaking teenage defender Ethan Ampadu.There could also be a number of outgoings at Stamford Bridge, with Nemanja Matic wanted by Manchester United and Diego Costa told he can leave. Antonio Rudiger has won 16 caps for Germany last_img read more

No Man City move for Pepe as former Real Madrid star announces new club

first_imgPepe has decided against a move to England in favour of signing a bumper two-year deal with Besiktas.The Turkish champions have confirmed the arrival of the Portugal international, who left Real Madrid this summer following 10 glittering years at the Bernabeu.It was suggested that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had been hoping to add the experienced 34-year-old to his squad but Besiktas have sealed Pepe’s signature.It has been reported that the Super Lig winners will pay Pepe an annual salary of £8.3m plus an extra £3,500 every time he plays.He told the club’s official Twitter feed: “I had a number of offers from England, France and Italy, but I chose #Besiktas.” Pepe 1last_img read more