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Source: Oblak wants Atleti exit, favours United

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak wants to leave in the summer following broken promises over his future — and the boyhood Manchester United fan favours a move to Old Trafford over Paris Saint-Germain, a source has told ESPN FC.

Last week, Oblak voiced concerns about Atletico’s competitiveness, with star forward Antoine Griezmann set to leave and Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Juanfran also departing.

Oblak wants Atleti to match his ambition and is considering his options, with PSG also in the running after announcing that Gianluigi Buffon would leave in the summer.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

However, a source told ESPN FC that United are in the chase for Oblak, despite the fact that they will not be playing in the Champions League next season.8

The source said the 26-year-old wants to play in the Premier League.

David De Gea’s United future is in considerable doubt — the Spain international is also a PSG target — and sources told ESPN FC in April that United were considering triggering Oblak’s €120 million buyout clause in the event De Gea leaves.

Earlier this year, Oblak signed a new deal until 2023 and was told the Atletico squad would be strengthened to compete for La Liga and the Champions League.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Brazilian centre-back Felipe has joined from Porto and striker Nicolas Ibanez has come in from Atleti’s Mexican franchise Atletico de San Luis, but the source said Oblak did not feel the list of possible Griezmann replacements was good enough.

Regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world, Oblak won his fourth Zamora Award as La Liga’s best goalkeeper after helping Atletico finish second in the table last season.

The Slovenia international kept 27 clean sheets in 50 matches in 2018 — more than any other goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues including Liverpool’s Alisson and United’s De Gea — and conceded just 36 goals.

Manchester United declined to comment when asked by ESPN FC about interest in Oblak.

Red Sox, fans rally around Ortiz after shooting

David Ortiz helped his adopted city recover from the Boston Marathon bombings. Now the Boston Red Sox are calling on their fans to reciprocate for their beloved Big Papi.

“We all remember in 2013 when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us,” team president Sam Kennedy said Monday, a day after the longtime slugger was wounded in a nightclub shooting in his native Dominican Republic. “So it’s appropriate and expected that his community would rally behind David when he needs us most.”nike nfl jerseys for cheap

Ortiz, 43, was shot at a club in Santo Domingo. A team of surgeons operated on Ortiz for six hours and repaired damage done by the bullet to both intestines and his liver. They also had to remove Ortiz’s gallbladder to work on the liver, though the gallbladder itself was not damaged.

“I didn’t sleep very well last night,” said Red Sox special assistant Jason Varitek, who was Ortiz’s teammate for nearly a decade. “I don’t think anybody did.”7

The shooting occurred during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and stole the city’s attention from the Bruins’ victory, as fans and former teammates stayed up into the morning hoping for information on Ortiz’s condition. Longtime rivals turned to social media to offer their best wishes, and former Dominican president Leonel Fernandez visited Ortiz in the hospital.

“It shocked us to the core,” Kennedy said. “It was jarring, stunning and, frankly, terrifying. It was a horrific incident. Our focus right now is exclusively to focus on his health and well-being [and] to get David back here in Boston.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china

The Red Sox sent an air ambulance to the Dominican Republic to transport Ortiz to Boston, where he will continue his treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. Kennedy said he hoped Ortiz would be arriving in the city sometime Monday night.

The team asked fans to observe a moment of reflection shortly before Monday night’s game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park and posted on the videoboard: “We send our love to David Ortiz.”

“I just hope when he gets here that everything is fine, and we can see the big man here again with us and filling our room with joy,” manager Alex Cora said. “He’s bigger than life.” In the sixth inning, fans broke out into cheers of “Papi!” and cheered when pictures of fans in his No. 34 jersey were shown on the scoreboard.

Astros prospect Alvarez hits HR in first game

Houston Astros prospect Yordan Alvarez, the minor league home run leader, homered in the second at-bat of his major league debut on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

“That’s an incredible performance for him when all everybody ever wanted today was a homer from him,” manager AJ Hinch said. “That’s what everybody expected, and he did it.”

Alvarez, who was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock, served as Houston’s designated hitter and batted fifth in Sunday’s game against Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy. His first major league home run was a two-run shot to center field in the bottom of the fourth that traveled 413 feet.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

He finished 1-for-3 with the home run and a walk in the Astros’ 4-0 victory.5

“That first at-bat, obviously, I felt a little bit nervous,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “But then I started thinking about all the players here and how much advice they’ve given me and how they made me feel comfortable, [and] I felt great.”

Hinch said before the game that Alvarez will see some time in left field, but he wants him to get a feel for Minute Maid Park first.

Alvarez, who turns 22 later this month, has dominated the Pacific Coast League this season, batting .343 with 23 homers — the most in the minors — and a league-leading 71 RBIs in 56 games. He has split time at first base and left field throughout his minor league career.

Alvarez, recently ranked baseball’s No. 44 overall prospect by MLB.com, is the latest prospect to be called up to the majors by the injury-plagued Astros, who have All-Stars Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa on the injured list.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Joining Alvarez in Houston’s starting lineup Sunday were fellow rookies Jack Mayfield and Myles Straw.

Bogut: Warriors have ‘been though hell and back’

Toronto, ON – As the entire basketball world is preparing to write the Golden State Warriors’ obituary, centre Andrew Bogut says the series is far from over ahead of a win-or-go home Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

“They’ve got to beat us four times,” Bogut told ESPN. “Obviously they’re playing really good basketball right now, but we know this thing’s not over yet. We’re going in with the mindset of winning Game 5 and going back home and seeing what happens.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

After splitting the first two games in Toronto, no-one gave the Raptors much chance of winning both games at Oracle Arena but behind Kawhi Leonard’s otherworldly play and key contributions from Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol and Kyle Lowry, the Eastern Conference champs have become a frightening opponent. They now have the home crowd and momentum going their way.

Bogut admits there is no room for error for the Warriors now.4

“The odds are against us, no-one’s giving us much of a chance because NBA history says this [coming back from 3-1 down] doesn’t happen very often — it actually happened to us three or four years ago — so we think we can still salvage the series, but we kind of have to play three perfect games to beat these guys who are playing really good basketball,” he said.

In 2016 the Warriors were famously on the wrong end of history when the Cavaliers came back from 3-1 down in the Finals to win their first Championship. What has been forgotten amid the social media jokes about that epic collapse was the Warriors had come back from the same deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. It’s that experience that Steph Curry says the team will lean on.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“We haven’t been in this position before in The Finals, but playing OKC and the whole 2016 run, where we were on both sides of this equation, you can kind of relive those experiences and understand what the emotions were like and how important literally every possession of those potential closeout games were on both ends, and what it took for those comebacks to happen,” he said.

“But for us it’s just a matter of – can you win one basketball game right now? Can you go out, play an amazing 48 minutes, quiet this crowd that’s going to be probably unbelievable, and slow down a team that’s been playing amazing, especially these last two games, and just win one basketball game and take it from there?

“If we focus on that mission, our history kind of speaks for itself in terms of being able to get that done. Just win one basketball game and then we’ll worry about the rest.”

Look closely at the Warriors’ star player’s stats and you’ll see that they’re actually not performing badly: Curry is averaging 32.8 points per game, Klay Thompson, 24.7 on 55 percent shooting from distance. Draymond Green is averaging close to a triple-double – they’re just getting beat by a better team.

Analyzing those numbers and going by previous history, if any team can get hot quickly, Bogut believes it’s the Warriors.

“We’re a team that can also go on a run and start feeling good about ourselves and some of our threes start dropping,” Bogut told ESPN. “I think we’ll be okay if we can just be solid. We had numerous spurts throughout the last couple of games where we just had bad runs – we were fouling and getting Kawhi to the free-throw line pretty much but we have confidence.

“This group has been though hell and back numerous times – dealing with injuries, dealing with guys in-and-out of lineups, all the media attention we’ve had over the last 12 months has been crazy; we’ve seen everything, so this will be just another cog in that chapter hopefully.”

Top pick Devin Bush turning heads ‘really quickly’ with Steelers

“He’s quicker than snot,” linebacker T.J. Watt said. “He’s been flying around and making a lot of good plays.”

The early returns on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first top-10 pick in nearly two decades have been largely positive.

The 2019 draft featured two inside linebackers expected to contribute right away. One was Devin White, who has made an immediate impact with the Tampa Bay Bucs. The other, Bush, the former Michigan inside linebacker acquired via a draft-day trade with the Denver Broncos, has put his 4.43 speed on full display in the three weeks of OTAs.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

To be sure, the Steelers won’t know exactly what they have until they put on the pads for training camp. But a No. 10 overall pick is expected to have a presence from day one, and Bush has.4

“He’s not the biggest guy, but he definitely walks with a presence, walks with a purpose,” Watt said of the 5-foot-11, 234-pound Bush. “He’s taken on a good role in knowing all the plays and being able to call some plays for us.”

Bush has made clear since his introductory news conference that he isn’t looking to replace Ryan Shazier, whose speed made him a two-time Pro Bowler on the inside before a severe spinal injury stalled his career. Bush understands the expectations. The team’s last top-10 pick was Plaxico Burress, No. 8 overall in 2000.

“He showed really quickly he’s going to be able to fit in well with the defense with that group of guys,” tight end Vance McDonald said. “When you look at him, you don’t expect him to be as quick or as agile as he is. There’s a couple of things he needs to work on: being more vocal, because of the role Coach Tomlin wants him to fit into quickly, and the expectation of him doing that. But that’s still such a young thing. You never want to overstep, especially when the pressure is on. I think that will come, especially in Latrobe as he gets the pads on.“nfl nike jerseys for cheap

That’s when McDonald and others expect Bush to really shine with physicality. For now, he’s doing what he was taught to do more than a decade ago: Cover receivers in space.

Bush has received first-team reps but is sharing time with free-agent acquisition Mark Barron, who figures to play in base or nickel packages. Bush has lined up with tight ends and running backs and looks comfortable in either setting, particularly at the goal line.

“He’s been flying around, especially seeing him in the seven shots period. He’s high intensity, doing a good job covering people,” backup quarterback Mason Rudolph said. “You can see his athleticism, and he’s learning quick.”

Colts took LB knowing about sex assault claim

Colts general manager Chris Ballard says he knew Stanford’s Bobby Okereke had been accused of sexual assault in 2015 when he drafted the linebacker in April.

“When we looked at it and talked about it and talking to the young man, an incident from four years ago, no discipline by the university [and] he was never charged with a crime,” Ballard said Wednesday. “And then you look at his track record from that point to now. Team captain. Lott Trophy quarterfinalist. He graduated with a degree in management and engineering. He’s working on his master’s. From 2015 to 2019, from everything we gathered and high recommendations that we got, it felt appropriate to take him.”

Okereke was forthcoming about what occurred in 2015 when he met with the Colts at the Senior Bowl in January, Ballard said. The general manager said the team investigated the situation, including reviewing the documents from the ensuing Title IX case, and felt comfortable selecting the linebacker in the third round.china nike nfl jerseys cheap7

According to a New York Times story in December 2016, an unnamed Stanford football player was not disciplined by the school or football team after an in-house disciplinary board made up of five panelists did not get the necessary four votes to say they believed he sexually assaulted the accuser. Three of five did believe the accuser, according to the newspaper. Ballard said Okereke told the team that he was the player in the article when he was asked at the Senior Bowl if the Colts should be aware of any issues in his past.

“[These things are] very difficult,” Ballard said. “Not only from our perspective from trying to get the information, but from the university perspective. You have a he-said, she-said incident. I don’t want to sit here and act like we don’t have sensitivity for both sides of it. But as I’ve kind of said, it happened four years ago and because there were no charges or disciplinary actions by the university and then his track record from everything we know to this point has been good.”cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The general manager acknowledged Wednesday that the team did not talk to the accuser or her lawyer due to the fact that there were no charges or discipline handed down by Stanford officials.

Ballard, who has put a premium on character inside the locker room as he continues reshaping the organization, was asked why he did not reveal the information about Okereke sooner.

“I didn’t see it [as] appropriate considering he had never been charged or disciplined by the university. That’s the reason why we did not give you that information,” Ballard said.

Champs of change: Ravens embrace youth and rebuke skepticism

The New England Patriots overhauled their wide receiver position and lost Rob Gronkowski. The Kansas City Chiefs revamped their struggling defense.

But when it comes to the most change on both sides of the ball for a defending division champion, that crown goes to the Baltimore Ravens. After a strong late-season run to an AFC North title, the Ravens parted ways with two starting wide receivers (Michael Crabtree and John Brown), two top pass-rushers (Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith), the quarterback of the secondary (Eric Weddle) and the leading tackler on the league’s top-ranked defense (C.J. Mosley).

The total loss: 17 Pro Bowls, 4,608 snaps and a great measure of respect.

The Cleveland Browns, who haven’t won a division title since 1989, are the trendy team in the AFC North. The Ravens apparently are the forgotten one. They aren’t considered the favorites to repeat or even finish second-best.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

After filling many of its holes with young but unproven talent, Baltimore is projected to finish third, according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas and ESPN’s Pro Football Index.5

“I guess if a guy has never played in the National Football League, he’s a bad player,” coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s the exciting part. It’s really fun to see what the next generation is going to do and who they’re going to be and who’s going to make a name for themselves.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Ravens could have as many as seven new starters, including three rookies (receiver Marquise Brown, outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson and guard Ben Powers) and a first-year starter (either Kenny Young or Chris Board at weak-side linebacker).

Perhaps this is why the FPI gives Baltimore a 29.9 percent chance to capture the AFC North and a 2.1 percent chance to win the Super Bowl.

“[We] kind of just want to block out that noise,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “There’s been a lot of talk going on, but that’s really for the media to take hold on that. We know, in this building, it’s all about us, and we’re working on getting better each and every week — whether it’s a workout, whether it’s being in meetings, anything of that sort. We’re fully confident, we’re loaded, and we expect to be the best in the NFL.”

Sources: City would part ways with Delph for £15m

Manchester City will sell Fabian Delph if they get the right price for the England international, sources have told ESPN FC.

City would expect to receive about £15 million for the former Leeds United and Aston Villa midfielder and won’t stand in his way if he decides to leave.

Delph, 29, will be in the final year of his contract next season and has fallen behind Oleksandr Zinchenko in the pecking order with the Ukrainian set to be offered a new deal.

Pep Guardiola converted Delph into a left-back after a cruciate knee ligament injury to Benjamin Mendy and he played a key part in City’s 100-point title-winning season.nike nfl jerseys for cheap6

“It’s frustrating for anybody who doesn’t get as much game time as they want,” Delph said. “I’m quite experienced now and very level-headed so my main focus was to help my teammates.

“I always talk about being a team player. I think I’m a really good team player. I had the lads’ back all the way through. I was pushing them in training. I was there, a big voice in the changing room before games.”

Delph joined up with England early ahead of their Nations League clash with the Netherlands on Thursday to get some fitness and admits he faces a dilemma over his City future.

“It’s a difficult one. When I was at Villa and I was captain there, playing week-in, week-out, and I had the opportunity to go to City it played on my mind that I wouldn’t be as pivotal in terms of playing,” he added.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“Initially I didn’t want to go. Then a lot of things happened behind the scenes and I realised I had to go. But I never thought I’d be playing 60 games a season for City. I knew I’d be playing probably half of that if I was lucky.

“I knew that a club with that much power and that many resources would always be flooding players into the team. When you’re playing for a team in the top four, a team that are challenging for everything, it’s all about the squad it’s not about that one player.

“So for me personally it wasn’t about playing week-in, week-out, it was about being part of a fantastic squad and the aim was to win trophies. In the four seasons I’ve been [here] I think we’ve won seven now, so I definitely think I’ve ticked that box.”

Lakers 2.0: The failed reboot of the NBA’s crown jewel

Before them were Rob Pelinka and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who had been formally introduced in March 2017 as the Lakers’ new front-office leaders — with Johnson, an iconic player from the team’s 1980s “Showtime” era, serving as its president of basketball operations, and Pelinka, who had famously served as Kobe Bryant’s agent, as the general manager.

Neither possessed front-office experience but were chosen by Lakers president and governor Jeanie Buss, who had fired the organization’s longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and, separately, her brother Jim in February 2017.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

This gathering would serve as one of Pelinka and Johnson’s initial attempts to address the basketball operations staff in a more formal setting — and to make an impression regarding their managerial style.4

In his remarks, Johnson expressed excitement about the task ahead, but he also made clear he didn’t accept excuses or mistakes, and that those who weren’t on board with the new management and their mission should leave, according to six staffers who were present.

Pointing upstairs, toward his office, Johnson drove home his point. He had a large stack of resumes sitting on his desk — “a thousand” of them, multiple staffers recall him saying — and he could replace any of them at any time.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“It was shocking,” said one Lakers coaching staff member who was present. “If you’re going to be in this business, you bring enough pressure on yourself. You don’t need more pressure, especially from someone who’s supposed to be an ally.”

The message would set the tone for what many staffers describe as Johnson’s confrontational demeanor over the next two years. “If you questioned him on anything, his response was always a threatening tone,” said a Lakers front office staffer who interacted with Johnson directly. “He used intimidation and bullying as a way of showing authority.”

When Pelinka and Johnson ascended to their posts, there was talk of a new beginning, the start of returning the Lakers to greatness. The era was even given a sleek brand: Lakers 2.0.

But the era was short-lived, culminating in Johnson’s sudden resignation during an impromptu news conference on April 9. He cited “backstabbing and “whispering” as reasons for his abrupt departure. In just over two years, what was deemed a bold front-office experiment had failed.

Sitting Pat standing pat: Gronk still retired

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Sunday morning that he is happy in retirement, while playfully deflecting a question on whether he wanted to end rumors that he would ever consider a comeback.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“Oh man! Whatever I say, it doesn’t matter. It will always be crazy out there, but you can put them to rest,” Gronkowski said with a smile while taking part in the One Mission Buzz Off for Kids at Gillette Stadium. “I’m feeling good. [In a] good place. It’s great to be back here.”

While Gronkowski, 30, didn’t decisively spike the possibility of a comeback — which is something his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in March wouldn’t surprise him — he clearly seems to be content in retirement.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Gronkowski said returning to Gillette Stadium for Sunday’s event, which marked the ninth year in which he’s served as an ambassador by shaving his head in support of kids with cancer, reminded him that “there will always be family here, and it will always be home here.”

Gronkowski didn’t detail specific plans for his retirement, other than saying he plans to be part of more charitable and community events.

“I love the New England community. It’s something special, all the support through many, many years of playing. The support of just not on the field, but off the field as well. New England will always be special, always have a big part in my heart, and always have much love,” he said. “It’s great to continue giving back. Just because I’m not playing any more doesn’t mean you can’t give back. You can do more, actually.”