first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea have signed defender Malang Sarr on a five-year deal after his contract with Nice expired, with the 21-year-old to be loaned out next term, the Premier League club said on Thursday.Sarr joins the London club after four seasons at Ligue 1 Nice, where he made over 100 appearances. Chelsea did not say which club the France youth international will join on loan.“The opportunity to sign Malang was one we could not miss,” director Marina Granovskaia told the club website. “He is a tremendous prospect and we will be monitoring him closely during his loan period, hoping he will soon be back at Chelsea.”On Wednesday, Chelsea signed defender Ben Chilwell from Leicester City on a five-year deal, having earlier brought in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax Amsterdam respectively.Tags: ChelseaLigue 1Malang SarrOGC NicePremier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgCoronavirus Four of this weekend’s five postponed fixtures were due to take place today.Italy has put towns in the north into lockdown after more than 300 people were infected, 12 of whom have died.It follows last weekend’s disruption when four Serie A games in Milan, Bergamo, Verona and Turin were suspended and Serie B side Cremonese drove 300 miles to Ascoli, only to be sent home upon arrival.Then on Thursday, Inter Milan’s Europa League victory over Ludogorets was played behind closed doors at San Siro Stadium.Yesterday, France announced a ban on indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people to prevent the spread of the virus and today’s Paris half-marathon is cancelled – but football matches are not affected.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five Serie A matches this weekend have been postponed because of coronavirus, including Juventus’ game at home to Inter Milan initially scheduled for today. Matches at Udinese, AC Milan, Parma and Sassuolo have also fallen victim to the outbreak of the virus in Italy.The games were initially going to be played behind closed doors, but Serie A took the decision Saturday to call them off. All five fixtures have been rescheduled for Wednesday, 13 May.As a consequence, the Coppa Italia final, which was scheduled for the same day, has been moved to the following week on Wednesday, 20 May – four days before the end of the domestic season.last_img read more

first_imgFreshman driver Orestis Apergi currently has 8 goals over five games so far this season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Following four impressive victories this past weekend at the Aggie RoundUp, the top ranked men’s water polo team looks to continue its dominance in Saturday’s match against No. 6 Pacific at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.The Trojans boast an undefeated record through 11 games, despite facing tough competition from teams such as No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 UC Davis. The Trojan’s success in tournament play has come from the contributions of a variety of players. In last weekend’s game against UC Davis, 10 different players scored to propel the Trojans to a 16-9 victory. Freshman goalie Sam Krutonog has also been a standout for the Trojans. In their 10-3 win against UC Santa Barbara at the Aggie Roundup, Krutonog made a career-high 10 saves, resulting in his selection as MPSF Newcomer of the Week. Krutonog is the second consecutive Trojan to be nominated for this award after freshman driver Hannes Daube’s performance the previous week.Against Pacific, another challenging opponent, the Trojans seek to achieve the same focus, preparation and cooperative effort that propelled them to prior victories.“It’s a lot of mental preparation, watching a lot of game footage,” redshirt junior two-meter Sam Slobodien said. “We prepare every day in and out of the water for two or three hours. I just have to focus every day, watch game film, prepare mentally, physically, emotionally. We’re all there, we’ve trained all summer.”The Tigers, who are 5-3 on the season, are coming off of two back-to-back close losses in the Aggie RoundUp against No. 3 Cal and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. Two of their losses this season have come against the Bears. The Tigers are led offensively by redshirt sophomore utility Luke Pavillard and junior attacker Engin Ege Colak. Ege Colak has remained one of the Tigers’ leading scorers since 2016, when he was selected as the 2016 Golden Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year.Securing a victory against this talented Pacific team is crucial for the Trojans, as they aim to defend their No. 1 spot in the NCAA rankings.“It would be huge,” said Slobodien of the opportunity to beat a top competitor. “It’s the first real matchup of the year. We’re really excited for it, and we just hope to play well. That’s what we do every time we go out there.”With so many talented players on the Trojans’ roster, the team is aiming to play cohesively and  take advantage of their opportunities to put up points.“We just have to be one as a team,” Slobodien said. “We have to play unselfishly and finish our high-percentage opportunities.”Slobodien also plays an important role as a leader of his team. “My goal is to get all of the guys behind us,” he said. “We all have one common goal and that is to win a national championship.”The match begins 1 p.m. Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.last_img read more