Are Man City set to sign the successor to Lionel Messi’s throne?The Premier League champions are currently in talks with the representatives of Velez Sarsfield player, Thiago Almada, who has been hailed as a future world-beater.A deal for the player is expected to be completed next week with a loan move to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal being mooted.Almada’s reputation is steadily growing in his home nation of Argentina, where he has been dubbed in some quarters as the new Messi.The 18-year-old attacking midfielder played 16 matches last season for Vélez Sarsfield, scoring three goals and assisting two more.His current contract with the club runs until 2022 and it is believed that he has a buyout clause of about £16m.Almada has not yet featured for Argentina’s senior national team but has earned seven caps for the nation’s U-20 side.Man City have already signed Rodri and Angelino this summer as the two-time champions prepare to defend their title.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said the league’s current hiatus will last at least 30 days as the sports world continues to work through the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sudden suspension of play has left NBA players with a lot of difficult questions.When will they return to the court? How long will the 2019-20 season last if it continues? And how could this stretch potentially impact salaries? Sources told Wojnarowski there have been no discussions yet between the league and NBPA about a “force majeure event” because there is hope the season will resume later this year.There’s been no discussion about the league/owners trying to trigger the Force Majeure should the season be lost because of coronavirus pandemic — but union clearly wants to make sure players understand it exists. https://t.co/aZ3MVIfDUB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 13, 2020During an “NBA on TNT” interview, Silver said it is possible the season will not continue, but there is not enough information available to make that determination at this point.”We wanted to give direction to our players and teams and to our fans that [the suspension of play] is gonna be roughly at least a month,” Silver said. “But then the question becomes, is there a protocol, frankly, with or without fans in which we can resume play?” MORE: Why NBA suspended season and what’s nextThe National Basketball Players Association addressed that last issue in a memo sent out to players Friday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBPA explained there is a “doomsday provision” in the current collective bargaining agreement covering a “force majeure event” that would free owners from paying players a percentage of their salaries if the remainder of the season is canceled.From Article XXXIX, Section 5 of the CBA:”Force Majeure Event” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events or conditions, provided that such event or condition either (i) makes it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement, or (ii) frustrates the underlying purpose of this Agreement, or (iii) makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement: wars or war-like action (whether actual 468 Article XXXIX or threatened and whether conventional or other, including, but not limited to, chemical or biological wars or war-like action); sabotage, terrorism or threats of sabotage or terrorism; explosions; epidemics; weather or natural disasters, including, but not limited to, fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, storms or earthquakes; and any governmental order or action (civil or military); provided, however, that none of the foregoing enumerated events or conditions is within the reasonable control of the NBA or an NBA Team.As Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher notes, players’ salaries would be reduced by 1.08 percent for every canceled game in this scenario. For example, LeBron James would lose about $404,000 per canceled game. (He makes $37.4 million in salary this season.) This obviously wouldn’t crush someone in James’ salary range, but it would be a significant blow for players signed to less lucrative deals.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC- Four West Indies cricketers have been given permission to play in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) T20 scheduled to start tomorrow in the United Arab Emirates. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday that so far No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been granted to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards and Krishmar Santokie. All four players have written to the WICB indicating that they have retired. The MCL is an approved tournament of the International Cricket Council for players who have retired from international cricket. However, the players are still eligible to compete for their respective Franchises in their member countries, regional tournaments and other worldwide leagues. The exception is Barbadian Edwards, who is a Kolpak player, having opted to play for Hampshire in the United Kingdom after giving up his right to play for his member country. West Indies batting legend Brian Lara, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis and Andrew Symonds are also among stars to feature in the MCL. The MCL, which will feature six franchises, is set to run from Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, February 13 in the United Arab Emirates. MCL T20 will showcase 18 matches including the semi final and the final at the Dubai International Stadium.