Now aged 33, Messi starred under Guardiola when the latter was in charge at the Blaugrana between 2008 and 2012, with the two maintaining a personal relationship since. The report claims that whilst City’s stance is that they will not attempt to sign the player, that will change if he becomes available as a free agent and Guardiola has already initiated the talks. Inter are said to be a background option but their sporting project does not overly entice Messi, while Paris Saint-Germain is a more attractive option but they are unlikely to be able to justify his salary due to their spend on Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever CreatedReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth The report adds that the options of Manchester United and Newell’s Old Boys – Messi’s boyhood club in Argentina – have been ruled out. This follows multiple reports across Spanish and Argentinean media which state that Messi intends to leave Barcelona and will attempt to activate a clause in his deal which allows him to break his contract. Loading… Manchester City have tabled a three-year contract to Lionel Messi after his decision to leave Barcelona. That is according to a report in Marca, who outline the news on the front page of the Thursday edition. It is claimed that City are the club best placed to land the Argentine due to his personal relationship with boss Pep Guardiola, while he also shares a close bond with Argentina international teammate Sergio Aguero. Read Also: Messi speaks out amid Barcelona exit talks Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards during his spell at the Camp Nou, where he has spent the entirety of his professional career and firmly established himself as one of the greatest footballers ever to play the sport. Messi has scored a scarcely believable 634 goals in 731 official appearances for Barcelona, but his time at the club now appears to be up and he is hopeful of becoming a free agent. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
The protocols are being done in accordance with all federal, state, medical and university guidelines to begin voluntary workouts.Regardless of home state, all athletes will be required to self-quarantine upon arriving on campus for a maximum of 14 days. Quarantine time may vary based on additional guidance from the state and the phase of reopening in Massachusetts.All athletes will be tested for COVID-19 on or about Day 8 of quarantine. Protocols are also in place for the quarantine and treatment of positive COVID-19 cases should they occur.___Two Rutgers football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus. ___Croatian tennis player Borna Coric says he has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition event.The 33rd-ranked Coric posted the news on Twitter.He says “I want to inform you that I am positive for Covid-19. Please everyone who has been in contact with me for the last few days gets tested!”He says he is feeling well and has no symptoms. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Iowa’s athletic department says nine athletes, coaches or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. Coric was among about 1,000 people who were tested for the virus after Grigor Dimitrov announced that he tested positive. That led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play in the final.Coric played a match against Dimitrov in Zadar on Saturday in the second leg of the exhibition series.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Incoming freshmen players also were allowed on campus on Monday and they were tested and put in a separate dormitory. They will not be integrated with the rest of the team until they pass a second COVID-19 test.The workouts are voluntary and Schiano said some players have elected to skip them.___The ATP men’s tennis tour says it is continuing to “plan and adjust” its precautions and protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic with an eye to its planned Aug. 14 resumption of competition.The tour issued a statement Monday following word that two top-35 players tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in unsanctioned exhibition matches organized by No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia. June 22, 2020 The Blue Jackets were informed Monday that Columbus will not be one of the NHL’s hub cities. Columbus was one of 10 finalists, including seven in the U.S.Las Vegas is now considered the U.S. favorite to host NHL playoff games, unless two Canadian cities are selected. Canada’s federal government last week said it would allow the league to quarantine internally, making Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton realistic possibilities — if not the front-runners.The NHL has said it will select two hub cities — one for the Eastern Conference playoffs and one for the Western Conference. The Stanley Cup Final or “final four” would likely be in one of the two cities.___Wisconsin officials say that two Badgers’ athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. Those positive results came from the 117 athletes who participated in the school’s initial campus screening. The Wisconsin athletic department’s infection response team is monitoring the recovery of the athletes but didn’t specify which teams the two play for. Wisconsin plans to release the aggregate number of positive tests at regular intervals during the initial phase of athletes’ return to campus.___Boston College says its football players began returning to the school Monday as part of its COVID-19 operational plan to bring all its student-athletes back to campus.The school says its new protocols include limiting personnel at facilities, mandating face coverings be worn in common areas, as well as daily temperature checks for staff and athletes. Increased cleaning measures will also be in effect at all facilities. The club says the players are feeling fine and remain in isolation.Four of the players have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 while one has shown no symptoms at all.The club says the five players did not attend the match against Proleter on Saturday when the Serbian league champions completed their season.About 20,000 fans attended a Serbian Cup semifinal match against Partizan Belgrade this month as the country lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions.The match against Proleter was also attend by about 20,000 fans. Both gatherings have drawn criticism from the public as Serbia records dozens of new coronavirus cases each day. Coach Greg Schiano discussed the test results Monday during a conference call. It was his first media availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.Schiano said players and coaches were tested before the team returned on June 15, either with mail-in tests or after being tested locally. One of the positive tests came from those samples and the player was not allowed to return to campus and is being isolated at home.The second positive test came from a sample taken when the players reported. That player was isolated and three players who had contact with him were placed in quarantine.The university has a protocol for allowing players who test positive to eventually return, which includes a non-positive test, Schiano said.Schiano said players and coaches underwent a third screening on Monday. Associated Press That accounts for nearly one-quarter of the 40 tests conducted in that time frame. Since the beginning of the return-to-campus protocol May 29, there have been 12 positives among 386 tests.The athletic department said contact tracing has begun. Individuals who test positive are being isolated, and a quarantine is in place for individuals who might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.“While we have experienced an increase in positive tests, almost all are related to individuals who had been in quarantine due to our contact tracing and developed symptoms,” stated Dr. Andrew Peterson, head team physician. “Our overall process, including testing and daily health screening, is working as expected.”___Players of Brazilian soccer giant Corinthians visited the club on Monday to pick up personal protection equipment against COVID-19 after tests showed 21 out of its 27 players had contracted the disease. The São Paulo-based club said Sunday that 13 players are fully recovered, but eight will not be allowed to start training on July 1 because of the disease. Corinthians tested 190 people, including players, staffers and their families. The club did not name the players who tested positive. Brazil is Latin America’s hardest hit country by the new coronavirus, with more than 50,000 deaths and 1 million confirmed cases.___The National Hockey League has begun winnowing its possible locations to resume the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Latest: There were no social distancing measures observed at the Adria Tour exhibitions.Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, who is currently No. 19, and his opponent in Croatia on Saturday, No. 33 Borna Coric, both said they have COVID-19.The ATP said it “continues to urge strict adherence to responsible social distancing and health and safety guidelines to contain the spread of the virus.”Exhibition events have been staged in various places around the world while the ATP and WTA tours have been suspended since March because of the pandemic. The tours announced last week they plan to return in August.___ Louisville football’s season opener against North Carolina State has been moved up a day to Wednesday, Sept. 2 to avoid conflicting with the rescheduled Kentucky Derby weekend at neighboring Churchill Downs.The Kentucky Oaks and Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The preceding and highly attended Thursday race card known as “Thurby” was set for the same day as the Cardinals’ Atlantic Coast Conference matchup against the Wolfpack, but the schools announced Monday that they had agreed to the switch to avert logistical conflicts with parking and traffic.“We appreciate the NCAA, ACC and N.C. State honoring our request for a date change for the opening game,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a news release. “We are trying to be thoughtful about the shared city resources needed to host a football game and Thurby at the same time.”___Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade says five players have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Head coach of Ghanaian top flight side Hearts of Oak David Duncan has revealed that he is not happy at the club and says it is possible he might leave at the end of the season.Speculations of his resignation at the end of the season are rife in the local media and speaking to Asempa FM’s Kofi Asare Brako on the ultimate sports show, the former Ghana national U-23 coach did not rule that out.“I am at the apex of my coaching career domestically and coaching Accra Hearts of Oak is the highest point,” Duncan said.“I am having some challenges but I am not the type of person who suffers in silence. I let it out and to anybody who has the right to know and the people who have the right to know are not only my employers.“I let anyone who asks me about my job know the truth. I am not a hypocrite to say I am happy if I am not.“I express my frustrations, my challenges and if things continue this way, we might not meet the target we have set for ourselves and I don’t want to be held responsible for it and if push comes to shove, I will do the honorable thing.” Duncan’s performance has earned rave reviews after taking the club from a relegation position to compete for a top four finish.
In this long-distance year, the bullpens generally are behaving the way they always have. This year’s bullpen WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) throughout baseball is 1.37. That is up only 0.04 from 2018 and 0.08 from 2015. Fifteen years ago it was 1.40. More significantly, relievers have a strikeout rate of 23.5 percent, way up from 18.2 percent in 2014.But if all outs are the same, why do we remember the 25th, 26th and 27th that get away? How many World Series trophies would be resting in Atlanta if Smoltz had been closing all along?And if Jansen has been such a problem, why are the Dodgers 11-4 in walk-offs this year and the Cubs, Astros and Mets a combined 18-21?Until the answers come, the public address system will keep playing “California Love” every time the big man opens the door. It won’t drown out Billy Joel in the ears of the fans, warning of “Pressure.” But fearsome closers like Gagne, John Smoltz, Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner are missed. They enrich the game. In 2002 Smoltz had 55 saves and Gagne had 52 and seven others had at least 40. Kimbrel led the National League in saves three consecutive years when he pitched for Atlanta.The sure-thing closer turns the sixth and seventh innings into the red zone. You either score before he loosens up, or forget it. In 2008 Brad Lidge had 41 saves in 41 chances for the champion Phillies, and Mariano Rivera 39 of 40 for the Yankees. In 2017 Jansen went 41 for 42 for L.A., but then he got torched in Game 2 of the World Series, and nothing has been the same.With a little more than a month left, Yates and Chapman are the only closers with more than 30 saves, although Hand, Osuna and Smith have 29.The defending World Series champion Red Sox, who let Kimbrel go, have converted 51 percent of their save opportunities. Last season, their rate was 70 percent.This is not to diminish the general nervousness about Jansen. He was the most effective one-pitch pony since Rivera. Now the cutter is not as fast and not as elusive. “It’s a transition,” Roberts said.The manager emphasized that Jansen still owns the ninth, but he was not satisfied with Jansen’s “sequencing” on the home run to Tellez. Jansen threw five splitters in his seven pitches. The sixth and seventh were virtually identical, and Tellez whacked the second one when it didn’t cut enough.Any closer who loses his Mongo persona has lost half the battle. His confidence is clearly visible, especially when it cracks. Since June 15 Jansen has either suffered a loss or blown a save four times. The Dodgers do have alternatives, with Joe Kelly in last-October form, but it won’t necessarily help Jansen’s esteem if he pitches earlier.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — So the townspeople no longer scatter when Kenley Jensen stomps his way in from the bullpen.He is not Mongo anymore. He is not The Lone Ranger either.For every Dodgers fan who swallows his cellphone when Jansen gives up a longball, there’s a Nationals fan who closes his eyes in the eighth inning.Or there’s a Brewers fan who has become a Josh Hader hater. Or there’s an Astros fan who wonders why their deluxe roster keeps putting games into the trembling hands of Roberto Osuna. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Dodgers will be 2019 World Series champions if Jansen or Joe Kelly or a reprogrammed Eric Gagne can pitch perfect ninth innings. Nearly every other contender, in both leagues, can say the same thing.When Jansen was taken deep in the ninth inning by Toronto’s Rowdy Tellez on Wednesday, he blew his sixth save of the year. Never mind that Max Muncy won it with a walk-off home run in the 10th. The fact that Jansen has gone from lock to dread has superseded everything.But the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman has blown five saves. Hader, unhittable last season and for half of this one, has blown six. Make it five for Osuna, six for Washington’s Sean Doolittle, five for Minnesota’s Taylor Rogers, five for the Mets’ Edwin Diaz and five for Cleveland’s slumping Brad Hand (four since the All-Star break).Alex Colome of the White Sox has faltered only once, and Felipe Vazquez of the Pirates only twice. It should be noted that their ninth innings are performed to the accompaniment of disappearing taillights.“I don’t know if it’s a trend,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Will Smith (Giants) has been good, Kirby Yates (Padres) has been good. Craig Kimbrel (Cubs) didn’t sign until late. It’s hard to say. The hitters are good these days. If you make a mistake it’s going to get slugged.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO–Five weeks have passed since the Giants dismissed general manager Bobby Evans and the franchise has given no hints that it’s close to hiring his replacement.In fact, even small details about the mechanics of the search are being kept under wraps.The Giants’ search for their next head of baseball operations began in earnest in late September, but CEO Larry Baer insisted the organization’s leaders would not feel pressure to have a quick trigger in the hiring process.At this …
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — The availability of Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final remains in question as Sharks coach Pete DeBoer did not provide injury updates on the three players Monday or divulge whether any of them would travel to St. Louis.The three players did not finish Game 5 against St. Louis, a 5-0 Sharks loss that put them on the brink of elimination, as the Blues …
The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) has embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise awareness about the country in the British capital.The campaign is an extension of last year’s branding exercise, which saw ten taxis branded with the “South Africa: Alive with Possibility” logos and each given mind-opening headlines about South Africa. This time around, the ten additional taxis are more colourful and resplendent in colours of the South African flag.London commuters now have a colourful alternative to the traditional black taxis.The sassy vehicles with lively slogans on the side are bound to catch eyes on the streets of London.On the sides of the vehicles are positive messages about South Africa, including – “South Africa: gateway to 800 million opportunities”One of the objectives of the campaign is to redress international perceptions by communicating South African achievements in a compelling manner. Another aim is to persuade people of the world to perceive South Africans as ingenious – always finding new ways of doing things and that they develop new, fresh and practical solutions to their challenges. The messaging on the taxi highlights South African gains in the fields of infrastructure, government stability, economic development, business efficiency and tourism.This campaign is part of a global outreach campaign by the IMC to raise awareness on South Africa’s status as place to do business with. It comes on the back of a successful Branding and Investment Mission to Europe, including London, in June where leading business minds were engaged with South African business leaders on various investment and business initiatives.IMC Marketing Director Kheepe Moremi says: “There has been unprecedented praise for the Alive with Possibility initiative in London. In line with our new corporate identity we have boldly incorporated the beautiful colours of the South African flag, ensuring that we drive the message home in a compelling manner.”IMC Country Manager for the UK John Battersby says: “London is the financial capital of the world. Without a doubt, South Africa is being noticed in London for all the work that is going into sustaining our economic growth and the taxis will enhance our overall efforts into the global thrust.”This is part of the IMC’s initiative of engaging with thought leaders and influencers in different touch points, be it at home — through global television and print campaigns –, or out of home, using taxis, airport advertising and branding missions.Currently, the IMC has campaigns running in The Economist Magazine (advertising), CNBC Europe (vignette) and Heathrow Airport (on the Heathrow Express and the respective platforms).
“Startups are often an iterative process,” Newball says. “Even if one dies, the entrepreneur can go on and learn from the process. Life continues, even if the startup doesn’t. That’s the message of Startup Funeral. Not everyone is going to make a Twitter or a Facebook on their first try.”More Funerals ComingThe team behind Startup Funeral is now planning its second event, which will take place early next year. They’re deciding between a marching band and a Viking funeral theme. The hardest part, says Newball – aside from getting a permit for a flaming Norse galleon – is finding startup founders willing to stand onstage and tell an audience what they did wrong.“It takes a brave person to get up in a public forum and say, ‘Hey, I failed.’ But, honestly, we don’t care what you say when you get up to the podium. You can talk about your dog if you want. Or you can talk about the lessons you learned. We won’t judge you one way or another. We’re just happy to have you at the event.”Two people who did not attend the Startup Funeral were Kozmo cofounders Joseph Park and Yong Kang, the guys who blew through $250 million in funding in three short years. Park is now president of BibleGateway.com. Kang went back to his former career, Wall Street investment banking… at Lehman Brothers. Some people never learn. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Addieu, Get-A-Game, Kozmo.comThe dead startups honored were mobile social-networking company Addieu, mobile game and activity locator Get-a-Game and the late, seldom-lamented but often-derided Kozmo.com, which failed way back in 2001 but to this day is held up as the embodiment of dotcom-era foolhardiness. Three ex-execs spoke and 100 or so in the audience listened and commemorated.“These people never got the opportunity to say goodbye properly to the startup they founded or worked for,” Newball says. “So it felt like a real goodbye for them. It was cathartic on a certain level but it was all done tongue in cheek, so there was a spirit of fun and many people just enjoyed the ridiculousness of it. The event was different things to different people.” After Grieving, Starting OverFor Chris Siragusa, former CTO of Kozmo, it was a chance to talk about his new company, Max Delivery, which is a lot like his old company. Kozmo offered one-hour delivery of snacks, coffee, DVDs, magazines, tubes of toothpaste – pretty much whatever you wanted at a moment’s notice. Max Delivery does the same, with one big difference: Kozmo was free and was killed by its high-cost, low-revenue business model. (In 2000 its revenues were $30 million, delivery costs $35 million and net loss $120 million.) Max Delivery charges a fee and makes a profit. Tags:#events#start#StartUp 101 Failure gets a lot of praise in the tech world. It’s a great learning experience, it’s a vital growth opportunity, etc. But nobody celebrates the actual event. Recently several entrepreneurs in New York City got together to do just that, holding the inaugural Startup Funeral to honor the memory of three dead technology companies.“Every startup has a launch party, but what happens when a startup dies?” asks event co-organizer Leo Newball Jr. “No one is around to commemorate the life of that startup. There are launch parties but never any funerals, so we wanted to have an event that celebrates startups that don’t make it and what was learned from that.”Joining Newball to organize the event were four of his colleagues at New Work City, a coworking space in New York’s Chinatown: Kevin Galligan, Jason Kende, Valerie Lisyansky and Jason Nadaf. They had people dressed as priests, mourners, urns full of hard candy, a bagpiper and lots of alcohol, which is almost always a good idea on occasions like this. (The alcohol, not the bagpiper.) They thought about a casket but caskets are expensive, even to rent. tim devaney and tom stein Related Posts How to Get Started in China and Have Success