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Saudi-led consortium end Mike Ashley’s 14-year Newcastle ownership

Saudi-led consortium end Mike Ashley’s 14-year Newcastle ownership

The £300m takeover of Newcastle United has officially been completed, with a Saudi-led consortium ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the club. The Premier League confirmed the takeover in a statement on Thursday, saying it had received “legally binding assurances” that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle…

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Messi dreams of Champions League win at Paris St-Germain

Messi dreams of Champions League win at Paris St-Germain

Lionel Messi said he dreams of winning the Champions League once more after joining Paris St-Germain, adding: “I think we have the team to do it here.” The Argentina captain, 34, won four Champions League titles with Barcelona, the last of which came in 2015. PSG are still searching for…

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IOC removes two Belarus coaches, sprinter says order came from ‘high up’

IOC removes two Belarus coaches, sprinter says order came from ‘high up’

Two Belarus coaches who cut short sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya’s Tokyo Games have had their accreditation revoked and were removed from the athletes village, the IOC said on Friday. Athletics head coach Yuri Moisevich and team official Artur Shumak were asked to leave the Olympic village, the International Olympic Committee said, days after…

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Messi to leave Barcelona due to ‘financial obstacles’ – club statement

Messi to leave Barcelona due to ‘financial obstacles’ – club statement

Barcelona despite both parties having reached an agreement over a new contract, the La Liga club said on Thursday, citing economic and structural obstacles to the renewal of the deal. Messi, who joined Barca’s youth set-up aged 13, is the club’s all-time top scorer and appearance maker with 672 goals…

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Messi officially becomes a free agent as superstar’s Barcelona contract expires

Messi officially becomes a free agent as superstar’s Barcelona contract expires

Lionel Messi has become a free agent after the Barcelona star’s contract expired at the end of June. Although Barcelona were hopeful of signing Messi to a renewal before the June 30 deadline, the 34-year-old is now officially unattached. Barcelona still believe that Messi will eventually sign a new deal,…

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Tokyo 2020: Serena Williams confirms she is not playing in delayed Olympics

Tokyo 2020: Serena Williams confirms she is not playing in delayed Olympics

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Serena Williams has confirmed she will not play in this summer’s delayed Tokyo Games. The 39-year-old American, who made her Games debut at Sydney in 2000, made the announcement in her pre-Wimbledon media conference on Sunday. “I’m actually not on the Olympic list – not that…

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Hearts thrash Kotoko at Accra Sports Stadium

Hearts thrash Kotoko at Accra Sports Stadium

Hearts of Oak edged Asante Kotoko in a crucial Ghana Premier League game to extend their lead at the top, to three points. Backed by a fervent and almost exclusively Phobians crowd at the Accra Sports stadium, Hearts took the lead through an in-form Daniel Afriyie Barnieh. The forward benefited…

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Apply punitive measures to violence in football – Ellen Daaku

Apply punitive measures to violence in football – Ellen Daaku

A communications team member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ellen Ama Daaku, has called on the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Football Association to strengthen security at football arenas within the country and apply punitive measures to fans that perpetuate violence at games centers. She said all…

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Tokyo Olympics: Ugandan tests positive for Covid in Japan

Tokyo Olympics: Ugandan tests positive for Covid in Japan

A member of Uganda’s Olympic squad has become the first to test positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Japan for the competition due to start on 23 July. The event was postponed last year, but is now going ahead despite a fresh wave of Covid-19 cases in Japan. Uganda is…

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Jurgen Klinsmann ‘absolutely’ keen on Spurs job

Jurgen Klinsmann ‘absolutely’ keen on Spurs job

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann says he has called chairman Daniel Levy about the vacant manager’s job and would “absolutely” take it. Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho on 19 April but have endured a chaotic search for a replacement. Talks with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca ended on Thursday and Gennaro…

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