Balotelli says goodbye to Manchester City before flying out to Milan

first_imgMario Balotelli is poised to fly to Italy as early as Monday evening ahead of a proposed medical as Manchester City and AC Milan near the final hours of negotiations over a transfer for the striker.The 22-year-old said his goodbyes to team-mates and club staff after completing training at Carrington on Monday morning, and could travel to Milan over the next 24 hours.Super-agent Mino Raiola was in Milan last week in an attempt to resolve the Italy international’s future and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani suggested on Sunday evening that there had been new developments in the saga.On Wednesday, Goal.com revealed that City had lowered their asking price to €23m having dismissed Milan’s proposal of €29m to be paid over six years, preferring a lesser fee spread over a shorter period of time.BYE BYE BALOTELLI?PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD THIS SEASONGAMES PLAYED 14GOALS 1ASSISTS 0BOOKINGS 2 The Premier League champions are also demanding a 15 per cent sell-on clause as an agreement with Milan appears increasingly likely before the transfer window closes on Thursday night.The Italian giants are willing to sell defender Philippe Mexes in order to free up around €4.5m-a-year on their wage bill and fund a move for Balotelli, with the 22-year-old willing to take a wage cut on his current €129,000-a-week salary.The former Inter Milan star has scored only one league goal for City this season and his relationship with manager Roberto Mancini took another turn for the worse after a very public training ground bust-up earlier in January.That has led to the decision by director of football Txiki Begiristain to sanction Balotelli’s departure, two-and-a-half years after he arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Inter in a €29m move.Balotelli has already given notice on his rented house in Cheshire and has flown a number of his belongings back to Italy. He also held an apparent farewell meal with friends at a Chinese restaurant in Manchester after growing homesick in the north west and expressing his desire to return to Italy following the birth of his first child.Representatives from all three parties involved in the transfer have continually played down the prospect of a January move in public, yet they have been in almost daily contact as they look to resolve Balotelli’s future.Galliani, however, suggested over the weekend that progress had been made in negotiations with City.“Yesterday was 99.9% no, today is 99.5% no,” he told reporters. “It is a situation different from that of yesterday, but the bag is closed until tomorrow morning.”last_img read more

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Stanley Cup Final 2019: Inspirational Blues fan Laila Anderson to attend Game 7 in Boston

first_imgAnderson’s mother, Heather, told her Tuesday that the Blues will be bringing her to Beantown.MORE: Blues fans ready for first Cup in franchise history Guess who we’re bringing to Boston. #stlblues #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/qsvjyQ7BcL— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 12, 2019Anderson suffers from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH. As reported by STLToday.com, she met St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko during a team event on Halloween, and the two kept in touch. Other Blues players became aware of the girl’s health struggles and also befriended her.Anderson received a bone marrow transplant in Jaunuary; by May her condition had improved enough for her to attend the Western Conference finals. Her story quickly went national. In one of the latest developments, it was announced last week (per STLToday.com) that a special-edition Laila bobblehead had been produced. A portion of the proceeds will go to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.On Wednesday, Laila will be in the building for the most important game of the season, ready to inspire again. The Blues will have an extra source of inspiration with them in Boston when they play Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.In the stands at TD Garden will be Laila Anderson, the 11-year-old St. Louis girl with a rare, life-threatening disease who has become one of the faces of the team’s playoff run.last_img read more

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Raiders draft picks 2020: Who did Las Vegas take? Full list of NFL Draft selections

first_imgRaiders draft picks 2020: Who did Las Vegas pick?Round 1, Pick No. 12: Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaRound 1, Pick No. 19: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio StateRound 3, Pick No. 80: Lynn Bowden Jr., RB/WR, KentuckyRound 3, Pick No. 81: Bryan Edwards, WR, South CarolinaRound 3, Pick No. 100: Tanner Muse, S, ClemsonRound 4, Pick No. 109: John Simpson, G, ClemsonRound 4, Pick No. 139: Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana TechWhen do the Raiders pick next?The Raiders are done in the 2020 NFL Draft, barring any trades to move back in on Saturday.RoundPick112119 (from Bears)380381 (from Bears)310041095139MORE: Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQRaiders NFL Draft needsWide Receiver: Even with the signing of Nelson Agholar and the hopefully healthy return of Tyrell Williams, those two are better suited as complementary pieces than true No. 1 targets. The Raiders need to take advantage of their two first-round picks and find someone who can be a long-term option, whether that’s CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs III.Cornerback: The Raiders tried to get a true No. 1 corner to pair with Trayvon Mullen, but they missed out on Byron Jones, Chris Harris Jr. and Darius Slay and instead wound up with Eli Apple on a one-year deal. Apple’s still a young player who’s shown promising talent, but he’s also shown a concerning lack of discipline. Las Vegas may be better off biting on a high-potential corner in the first round to compete for a starting job.Defensive Line: Las Vegas did well to bring in a pair of solid interior pass rushers with Maliek Collins and Carl Nassib, but the front four could still use a little bit of versatility coming off the bench.Running Back: Josh Jacobs could use a little help as he had to carry a big load for the Raiders last season. Adding a younger big back would complement the group well and give Jon Gruden more to work with on offense.Offensive Line: Las Vegas is pretty solid up front as far as starters go, but there isn’t a lot of depth at tackle. Plus, there have been rumors that they might trade right guard Gabe Jackson, and left guard Richie Incognito is entering his age 37 season, so it wouldn’t hurt to start planning for the future and maintaining the quality they’ve established.Raiders mock draft 2020Here are the latest 2020 NFL Draft projections for the Raiders, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool112CeeDee LambWROklahoma119Kristian FultonCBLSU380Jalen HurtsQBOklahoma381Netane MutiGFresno State391Darrell TaylorEDGETennessee4121A.J. DillonRBBoston College5159Markus BaileyLBPurdue The Raiders also filled a big need at cornerback in the first round, taking Damon Arnette out of Ohio State. SN’s Vinnie Iyer had that pick as a stretch with some other corners rated ahead of Arnette, but he’s a big physical corner who is quick in the short area.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Full results | Team-by-team grades | Winners & losersLas Vegas continued to add receivers in the third round using back-to-back picks to take Lynn Bowden Jr. (Kentucky) and Bryan Edwards (South Carolina). Iyer wasn’t as high on Bowden Jr., who played QB, WR and RB in college and will likely figure to be a gadget player in the Raiders’ offense, but he gave Las Vegas an A for taking Edwards, a big, physicial possession receiver to complement Ruggs.The Raiders wrapped up their draft with a couple Clemson prospects in Tanner Muse (S/LB) and John Simpson (G) and another corner in Amik Robertson out of Louisiana Tech.The Raiders were able to get a lot of production out of their 2019 draft class, which included running back Josh Jacobs (242 carries, 1,150 yards and seven TDs), defensive end Maxx Crosby (10 sacks), cornerback Trayvon Mullen (one interception, 10 passes defended) and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (49 catches, 605 yards, four TDs). And while No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell had a slow start to the year, he started producing towards the end of the season and the Raiders still have high hopes for him.Here’s a look at where the Raiders’ picks in the 2020 NFL Draft: The Raiders took some steps forward in 2019, going from 4-12 the previous season to 7-9 in Jon Gruden’s second year as head coach thanks to a productive 2019 rookie class. After bringing in 11 new players via free agency and retaining five of their own free agents, they added seven players through the 2020 NFL Draft — all in the first four runs.Las Vegas made a splash in the first round by becoming the first team to take a receiver in the draft, selecting Henry Ruggs III out of Alabama. Ruggs’ selection was somewhat surprising; almost every mock draft had him among the top three receivers, but most had either his teammate Jerry Jeudy or Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb going first. Still, Ruggs fills a big need as a speedy receiver who can stretch the field and serve as the Raiders’ No. 1 target.last_img read more

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