22 Sep
2020

Napoli to splash N27b on Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Napoli have agreed an initial €60 million (N27 billion) fee with Lille for Victor Osimhen.The Nigeria striker, according to reports, is set to sign a five-year contract and join the Serie A side in the most expensive transfer deal of the summer so far. The 21-year-old scored 18 goals in all competitions for Lille before the French season ended prematurely owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been linked with several English clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool.But Osimhen, who changed agent last week, looks set to move to Napoli after negotiations between the clubs were completed on Thursday.It is understood the fee could rise to €81 million after a number of performance-related add-ons – €1 million more than the African record transfer fee Arsenal paid Lille for the Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pépé last summer.There is also an option to extend Osimhen’s contract by a further year.Lille are expected to step up their efforts to sign Jonathan David having seen a €25 million bid for the Canada striker rejected by Gent this month. The French club have signed 35-year-old Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz in preparation for Osimhen’s departure and have been told they must pay a Belgian record fee of €30 million to secure David.Tags: COVID-19NapoliSerie AVicotr Osimhenlast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Clippers celebrate Doc Rivers’ birthday by fending off Australian team in preseason game

first_imgPreviousMelbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., left, and Shawn Long defend Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless goes for a dunk between Melbourne United’s Shawn Long, left, and Mitchell McCarron during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerkman before a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Shea Ili, left, drives against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Melo Trimble shoots as the Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, steals the ball from Melbourne United’s Quincy Miller during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Amir Coffey drives past Melbourne United’s Anthony Brown during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Derrick Walton, Jr. (10) looks to pass as Melbourne United’s Shea Ili defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots against Melbourne United during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell powers to the basket against Melbourne United during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, left, spins around Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless while shooting during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Shea Ili, left, and Shawn Long defend againstLos Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson (1) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., of Sudan, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers forward Johnathan Motley following a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerkman leaves the court after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Mitchell McCarron (10) leads Melbourne United off the court after losing 118-100 to the Los Angeles Clippers during a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United guard Melo Trimble, center, loses the ball while driving between Los Angeles Clippers Landry Shamet, left, and Patrick Beverley during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers JaMychal Green, left, defends Melbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson (1) and Melbourne United’ Shawn Long reach for a rebound during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., left, and Shawn Long defend Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 19Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES — No, really, that was what Doc Rivers wanted for his 58th birthday: For his Clippers get tested by Melbourne United.The Australian National Basketball League team proved accommodating Sunday afternoon, building leads as large as 11 points and holding a halftime advantage of 4 in a preseason game against one of the NBA’s prospective title contenders.“I love playing Australia,” Rivers insisted after the 118-100 victory, echoing what he’d said before his team began a freezing first-half slog in Staples Center, which was being prepped for an evening Kings ice hockey game. “I tell Lawrence (Frank) to schedule them every year because of the way they play. They make you communicate. They run their sets so hard, Golden State does it a little bit like that, but not even at that pace…“It was a great lesson for our guys, they were getting everything they wanted in the first half, and (they) though we were going to come in and make some kind of adjustment, but I said, ‘No.’ ” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Said Beverley: “Oh, (it’s) really good. Just didn’t want to push it too much today… I get banged up every day, just another day in the office.”Shamet: “Just kind of, fell on it. It’s nothing that (serious). It’s preseason, just being smart.”Rivers called off practice Monday on account of so many players dealing with injuries, however slight or serious. He said he expects Kawhi Leonard, who rested Sunday, to play in the Clippers’ preseason finale Thursday in Vancouver, where Paul George (shoulder rehab) and Rodney McGruder (right ankle) still will be sidelined.HIGHLIGHTSNewcomers Patrick Patterson and Derrick Walton Jr. get credit for helping the Clippers get “back at equilibrium,” as Walton put it.Patterson, a 6-foot-9 forward, didn’t play in the first half, but finished with 10 points in 17 minutes. And Walton, a 24-year-old point guard who is on an Exhibit 10 contract, scored seven of his 14 points in the third quarter.Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers in scoring, with 22 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Guard Landry Shamet said the Clippers didn’t need to hear much from Rivers at intermission.“We knew our adjustment: The only adjustment was that they were playing harder than us, and you know, we had said that coming into the half, before Doc even got in here,” Shamet said. “And Doc’s good about it. That just goes to show how good of a coach he is, he knows us, he knows his team, he knew we were already on it. It wasn’t long-winded at halftime, he comes in and says what he needs to say and we go out and have to be pros and handle it.”Rivers’ version of what happened at halftime was similar, except to mention that he added one thing as he was leaving: “‘By the way, who is their best player?’ And the whole team said, ‘43.’ I said, ‘OK, I was just checking because it didn’t seem like you guys knew that.’ And that’s all I said.”The Clippers handed the birthday coach a 43-point third quarter and limited Chris Goulding (No. 43, and a member of the World Cup team that in August snapped the United States’ 78-game international winning streak) to just one second-half point (for 16 total).There was also a rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung by the rookies (including second-year guard Jerome Robinson and Shamet, who will continue to be considered rookies until the regular-season opener on Oct. 22) and plans for dinner later on Patrick Beverley. BANGED UPRivers could have done without seeing more of his players get banged up. Beverley sat for most of the second half after his calf was hurt, as was Amir Coffey’s late in the game. Shamet didn’t play in the second half, limited by a sore left wrist, the result of a fall in practice.Coffey was limping badly in the locker room after the game, but Shamet and Beverley said they’re merely being precautious with their injuries.Related Articleslast_img read more

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