Adriano: Barcelona full-back has signed a new contract to 2017 Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Barcelona full-back Adriano Correia has signed a new four-year contract to stay with the Spanish champions until 2017.
Adriano joined Barcelona in 2010 from Sevilla in a ‘ 9.5million ( 8.1m) deal and has added to an already impressive trophy haul.
During five seasons with Sevilla he won six trophies, but has since helped the Catalan giants to eight more, including two league titles and the Champions League.
The Brazilian utility player is seen as a vital squad player by Barcelona and has been rewarded as such with a new long-term contract.
“FC Barcelona have agreed to terms with Adriano Correia to renew the player’s contract for four additional seasons, through June 30 of 2017,” a statement on the Barca official website read.
“The player’s buyout clause is set at 90million euros ( 77m).”
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Frank Arnesen failed to get Hamburg back into Europe Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Hamburg have parted company with sports director Frank Arnesen by mutual consent, the club has confirmed.
The Dane has spent two years with Hamburg, including a spell as interim manager, but has failed to secure European football for a second successive season.
Arnesen was under contract at the imtech Arena until June 2014 but agreed to terminate that deal after a majority of the club’s board failed to support an extension to his contract at a meeting on Tuesday evening.
A statement from the Hamburg board cited a “difference in opinions concerning the long-term direction of the club” for the decision to part with the 56-year-old.
The statement continued: “This season’s performance is an indicator of his successful time here.
We would like to wish him all the best for the future both personally and professionally.” Arnesen joined the German side in 2011 from Chelsea.
Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Thanasis Papazoglou’s agent has told Sky Sports that the Greek striker is prepared to consider a move to England amid reports Charlton Athletic have shown an interest.
The 25-year-old former Greece Under 21 international is being tracked by several clubs in England after his eight goals this season helped OFI Crete escape relegation.
Papazoglou’s performances saw him named in the Greek Super League’s Team of the Season and he is now believed to be keen on moving to England.
His agent Paschalis Tountouris refused to confirm that Charlton are among the teams to have scouted him over the last few months but he does expect Papazoglou to leave Crete this summer.
“There are English clubs who are interested but we can’t say which ones at this moment,” he told Sky Sports.
“He’s had a great season and now would be the right time to consider a move to a stronger league.
We will have to see what offers are on the table over the next few weeks.” Papazoglou, who stands at 6ft 4in, has been compared to England striker Andy Carroll in his homeland.
He was part of the Greece side which lost to Spain in the final of the European Under 19 Championship back in 2007.
Charlton are in the market for a new striker after releasing Ricardo Fuller earlier this month, while Bradley Wright-Phillips and Danny Haynes are also tipped to move on.
LeBron James: Reacted angrily to quotes attributed to Frank Vogel The Eastern Conference finals commence live on Sky Sports as the Miami Heat host the Indiana Pacers at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat are the overwhelming favourites to claim a third straight Eastern Conference title as they take on a relatively unheralded Indiana outfit over a seven-game series.
Defending NBA champions Miami finished the regular season with the best record in the league and have lost just one game in the play-offs so far.
As ever league MVP LeBron James has led the way, posting averages of 24 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game and 7.3 assists per game in the post-season.
With Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh also on form the Heat look a formidable prospect for anyone to take on, which made supposed comments from Pacers head coach Frank Vogel that Miami were “just another team” all the more controversial.
The words provoked an angry response from James but Vogel has cooled any talk of a grudge match by claiming that the quotes were taken out of context.
“They’re better this year than last year.
They’re not just another team,” Vogel told Miami radio station 790 The Ticket .
He added: “We have a great deal of respect for them.
It was a quote taken out of context.” The Pacers sprung a surprise by eliminating the New York Knicks in the Conference semi-finals, the same stage at which they were knocked out by Miami last year.
But with star small forward Paul George a year further into his development as a professional and centre Roy Hibbert stepping up as an explosive defensive presence in the paint, Indiana look to be an improved team in 2013.
Wade, Hibbert and Pacers forward David West are all dealing with minor injury worries but should be able to play.
NBA live: Indian Pacers @ Miami Heat, Eastern Conference Finals Game One, 1.30am Thursday morning, Sky Sports 1 HD
Worcestershire’s veteran seamer Alan Richardson claimed a career-best 8-37 against Gloucestershire on the opening day at New Road.
Gloucestershire were all out for 234 in 70.3 overs and, at the close, the Worcestershire had reached 65-0 in reply with skipper Daryl Mitchell unbeaten on 46.
Richardson, 38, quickly carried on where he left off in Worcestershire’s previous game when he bagged match figures of 12-63 in a two-day, 10-wicket demolition of Kent at Canterbury last week.
He ensured it was an unproductive return to New Road for Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger, who played in six Championship games for Worcestershire when he deputised as the club’s overseas player before Phil Hughes’ arrival last season.
The Australian scored just five before he pushed forward and was trapped leg before by Richardson, who soon went on to capture Dan Housego during an opening spell which yielded figures of 7-0-12-2.
Chris Dent went on to complete a half-century partnership with Alex Gidman before he pushed forward on the back foot off Richardson and was caught behind by Michael Johnson.
Dent departed soon after lunch when undone by a Richardson delivery which cut in and knocked back his off stump for 41, which contained eight fours.
Stability At 99-4, Gloucestershire needed stability which was provided by Hamish Marshall and Benny Howell who steadily constructed a half-century stand in 14 overs.
Their partnership spanned 20 overs and produced 74 runs before Mitchell’s first ball accounted for Howell for 36.
Mitchell then highlighted his fielding abilities in the next over by holding on to a low, one handed reflex catch at second slip to remove Marshall for 45 off paceman Chris Russell.
Jack Taylor, accompanied by Gareth Roderick, pushed Gloucestershire past the 200 mark in the 61st over by striking Russell for fours in a row and at tea Gloucestershire were 219 for six off 64 overs.
Richardson struck with the third ball after break by ousting Taylor to complete his third successive five-wicket return and then went on to dismiss James Fuller, Craig Miles and Roderick to complete a spell of four wickets for eight runs in 3.3 overs.
Bristol City boss Sean O’Driscoll is building for League One Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Bristol City boss Sean O’Driscoll has made his first signing of the summer with the capture of Arsenal youngster Jordan Wynter.
The 19-year-old signed professional terms with the Gunners last season but did not make a senior appearance for the north Londoners.
The combative midfielder was offered the chance to stay on at the Emirates but opted instead to sign a two-year deal with the Robins as they bid to regain their Championship status following their relegation.
O’Driscoll told the club’s official website: “Jordan is a versatile player schooled at Arsenal Football Club.
“He is comfortable in possession, strong physically and a welcome addition to the club as we try to change the dynamic of the squad.
“He is a young player we feel we can develop, and one that has all the desire and hunger to succeed.”
Giovanni Visconti rode solo to his second victory of the race Giovanni Visconti claimed his second win in three stages and the Movistar team’s third victory in a row at the Giro d’Italia with another superb solo ride on stage 17.
The 30-year-old Italian, who won stage 15 on the Col du Galibier on Sunday, repeated the feat by attacking on the day’s only climb and then holding down the the remaining 16km to the finish line in Vicenza.
The chasing peloton failed organise a serious chase as riders instead attacked each other, leaving Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp) to sprint to second place ahead of Luka Mezgec (Argos-Shimano) in third.
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) crossed the line safely in the chase group to remain 1min 26sec ahead of Cadel Evans (BMC) and 2min 46sec in front of Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) in the general classification.
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Drawing a sports logo from memory is harder than it sounds. See how well we did and try it for yourself.
Even if you don’t like sports, there are many sports logos with which you may be familiar. But here’s the thing: even if you DO like sports — even if you instantly recognize a myriad of logos and create the semiotic link in your head to the team they represent on a daily basis — they’re insanely hard to recreate from memory alone.
This is our ongoing series where we attempt to recreate these logos using only a drawing implement and our own all-too-fallible human memories.
Please enjoy our horrible attempt at the logo and accompanying anecdote, then give it a shot for yourself in the comments below. Have fun!
I sure couldn’t!
If you want to try for bonus points, please attempt to draw the Athletics’ alternate logo of an elephant standing on top of an enormous baseball (or is it a normal-sized baseball and a tiny elephant?), wielding a clutch of bats in its fearsome trunk as it threatens to lay waste to us all. You think they call him “Stomper” because he gives hugs? No, man.
Get the hell away from that murderous elephant, quickly.
Noble Mission: Returns to Goodwood on Saturday Noble Mission is on course to return to Goodwood for Saturday’s Tapster Stakes.
Frankel’s full-brother beat subsequent Ladbrokes St Leger Hero Encke in the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at the Glorious meeting last year and finished third in the John Porter Stakes on his Newbury reappearance.
He was then fourth in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on his only subsequent start.
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “As far as I know, Noble Mission is likely to run at Goodwood on Saturday.
“He has been in good form and did very well physically from three to four so we had good expectations for him this year.
“The way the race was run at Newmarket didn’t really suit him, but he has got to step up to the mark better than he has so far this season.” Stipulate is also likely to represent the same connections in the opening 40,000 Listed 32Red Festival Stakes.
Sir Henry Cecil’s charge has not scored since trouncing his rivals in the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket in April, 2012, but has been running well in defeat and continued in good form when third in a mile Listed contest at Ascot on May 1.
Lord Grimthorpe continued: “Stipulate has been in good form and working well but we would like to see him step up just a little bit and win one of these nice races.
“I don’t think it is a mental thing with him.
He is genuine and consistent but frustratingly consistent.
On his rating, he should be well up to winning one of these contests.
If he settles well, I think the step up in trip might be the answer.” The going at Goodwood remains good and clerk of the course Seamus Buckley said on Wednesday: “There was some light drizzle around earlier this morning and the going is still good.
“The forecast is for some showers tomorrow and on Friday, which will eradicate the necessity for any watering.”