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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Brazilian sent home from pre-season tour after social media row

Kenedy
Chelsea have sent Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the Brazilian's social media comments before a match in China.

The club had "solemnly and sincerely" apologised after fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism.

He made the comments in Instagram posts before a 3-0 pre-season win over Arsenal, during which fans booed him.

Kenedy later apologised but will now play no further part in the tour and has returned to the UK.

He put two videos on Instagram, one featuring an expletive about China and another of a sleeping security guard with a phrase which translated as: "Wake up, China. You idiot."

In the wake of the incident, writing on social media, Kenedy said he was sorry if "someone was sad because I used an expression". He added it was "no racism, just an expression".

Bermudians look forward to 'explosively exciting' America's Cup


The battle for the oldest trophy in international sport is coming to a small subtropical archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.

Teams of "superhumans" trained by NFL stars and US Navy SEALs will fight it out over a month of brutal qualifiers and knockout stages. 
 
There can only be one winner. 
 
It's no wonder Bermudians are describing the prospect of staging the 35th edition of the America's Cup as "explosively exciting." 
 
Sailing's most prestigious competition, founded way back in 1851, features state-of-the-art catamarans that rise out of the ocean like spaceships.
 
Hydrofoils, used to reduce friction, enable teams to travel at speeds of more than 50 mph (80 kph) aided only by the elements. 
 
The six vessels that will compete to lift the sterling silver Auld Mug trophy make even Usain Bolt look sluggish. 
 
"This summer is going to be explosively exciting for most Bermudians," says Ed Christopher, a town crier in Hamilton -- one of the smallest capital cities on the planet.
 

West Ham United Top Scorers

 

Michail Antonio---9 Goals scored

Manuel Lanzini---8 Goals scored

Andy Carroll---7 Goals scored

André Ayew---6 Goals scored

Sofiane Feghouli---3 Goals scored

Mark Noble---3 Goals scored

 

 

 

 

West Ham sign striker from Bayer Leverkusen for £16m - Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez
West Ham have completed the £16m signing of striker Javier Hernandez from German club Bayer Leverkusen.

The former Manchester United forward has signed a three-year contract.

In May, Hernandez - widely known by the nickname Chicharito, which means 'little pea' - became Mexico's all-time leading scorer.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club," he said.

Hernandez, 29, scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before joining Leverkusen for £7.3m in August 2015.

He netted 39 times in 76 matches for the Bundesliga club.

Clive Mason fell in love with sailing photography in the early 1980s, covering events while sleeping in his camper van


A veteran of the last four Olympic regattas, the award-winning photographer has followed boats around the world, from the Acropolis of Athens 2004 to the "quintessentially British" setting of London 2012.

His portfolio comprises hundreds of Formula One races, numerous football, rugby and cricket World Cups, as well as coverage of the English Premier League.
 
And among Mason's many awards, the Getty Images photographer was recently awarded the prize for the "Best Olympic Portfolio" at the British Sports Journalists' Association awards, in recognition of his work at Rio 2016.

Chris Froome can go on to win more titles - Dave Brailsford


Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will be a "force" in the race for years to come, says Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford.

Briton Froome, 32, sealed his fourth title and third in succession on Sunday's final stage in Paris.
The record for most Tour titles won is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

"Chris can go on - there's no reason to think that he can't," said Brailsford.

"Physically he's got what it takes and I don't think that's going to diminish in the next year or so."

Brailsford added that Froome's chances of winning more Tour titles were a question of "hunger and mentality" and that the Team Sky rider was "as hungry as ever".

"He's getting better tactically and technically, so as long as that hunger continues and he keeps his health, then he'll be a force in this race for a good couple of seasons to come," Brailsford told ITV4.

Harrie Smolders rules in Chantilly


The Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League could have been temporarily renamed the Harrie Smolders Show, after the Dutch rider's imperious performance during the Chantilly leg of the competition.

Smolders stormed to victory in the LGCT to retain his lead at the top of the overall standings, then guided his team the Hamburg Diamonds to the top of the leaderboard.
 
"I am very happy," Smolders told Global Champions Tour TV. "To win the team competition and the Grand Prix on the same day with the same horse is very special. It was a fantastic weekend."
 
Riding Emerald N.O.P., the 37-year-old left all rivals trailing in his wake to finish 1.19 seconds ahead of Briton Scott Brash and scoop the €99,000 ($113,500) first place prize.
 
The tough course -- which sat in the foreground of the Château de Chantilly -- claimed many victims during the afternoon, most notably Smolders' nearest challenger Alberto Zorzi who now has a daunting 57-point gap to bridge.
 
Home favorite Philippe Rozier completed the podium in Chantilly, while Smolders' compatriot Maikel van der Vleuten makes up the top three in the overall standings.