PSG won’t be signing Di Maria, says Blanc

By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has said the French champions have no plans to signal Actual Madrid winger Angel di Maria.

Argentina worldwide Di Maria, 25, may feature towards PSG in a pleasant between the 2 clubs in Doha on Thursday.

Though Di Maria has been tipped to move from the Bernabeu, the place he made eleven La Liga starts within the first half of the season, Blanc stated he would not be heading to the French capital.

"All good gamers are welcome at PSG. However we're talking a few participant who's at Actual Madrid, among the finest golf equipment in Europe,” he mentioned.

“I will be pleased to see him play, just like all the Real Madrid gamers. But signing him just isn't on the agenda."

Di Maria has been strongly linked with a transfer to PSG's Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.

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Sporting keen on Ilori loan

Tiago Ilori: Linked with January loan move

Tiago Ilori: Linked with January loan shift

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Sporting Lisbon sources have verified that they would be serious in signing Tiago Ilori on loan, if Liverpool produced him accessible.

Brendan Rodgers has already been quoted in the Portuguese press suggesting that he will be willing to let his summer signing move on loan.

The London-born Portugal Under-21 global joined the Reds in a £7million deal over the summertime, but he is however to create a Premier League look.

Clubs in Portugal, Spain and Italy possess been linked and one of those can be his former employers.

A club source informed Sky Sports activities: "We have made the decision to study this subject but it depends on the Reds and formally we possess not received any communication."

Another Liverpool summer season signing who could become loaned out will be Iago Aspas.

Actual Betis have verified their curiosity in signing him – with various other clubs from Spain, Italy and France also keen on the former Celta Vigo striker who provides failed to create an impact at Anfield since his summer season change.

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Serie A: Arturo Vidal close to signing an improved deal with Juventus

Arturo Vidal: Close to extending his contract with Juventus

Arturo Vidal: Close to extending his contract with Juventus


Arturo Vidal is close to signing an improved cope with Juventus, in accordance with club normal director Giuseppe Marotta.

The Chile midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Actual Madrid this summer time after his spectacular performances helped Juve win again-to-back Serie A titles.

"Vidal's contract extension is imminent," Marotta stated to

Vidal is expected to put pen to paper on a contract that can preserve him with the Turin giants until June 2018.

The 26-yr-old scored 15 targets and arrange an additional 11 in all competitions last season.

Vidal joined Juve in 2011 from Bayer Leverkusen in a nine million euros switch deal.

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GM defends Peralta signing; Cards are not ‘police’

John Mozeliak has defended the Cardinals signing of Jhonny Peralta.
John Mozeliak has defended the Cardinals signing of Jhonny Peralta. (USATSI)

Peralta indicators 4-yr, $52 million take care of St. Louis | Tipping level?

The Cardinals have been met with some criticism from gamers, fans and media after inking shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a 4-yr, $fifty two million contract this past season. The problem in the minds of the dissenters is that Peralta was seemingly “rewarded” for a season in which he served a 50-sport suspension for his ties to PED through the Biogenesis clinic.

As for his facet of the story, Cardinals normal supervisor John Mozeliak replied with the following in a press convention Monday morning: “I don’t think it is the Cardinals duty essentially to be the moral police on probably future employment.”

More from Mozeliak:

“The shortstop market was one that was not deep in free brokers. For us it was actually focusing on someone who might hit from the right facet, somebody who was a steady defensive participant, someone who had expertise and could fit proper in.”


Character and make-up are one thing we weigh into our determination-making. In his case, he admitted what he did, he took duty for it. I feel like he has paid for his errors, and obviously if he have been to make another one, then it might be a huge disappointment.

Mozeliak also stated that he actually agrees with the sentiment that apparently a 50-sport suspension for a first offense doesn’t seem to be sufficient of a deterrent, but apparently he doesn’t have a problem playing legally throughout the guidelines. That’s certainly his proper.

He does, nevertheless, believe the sport is cleaner these days than it was prior to now.

“I believe Major League Baseball has carried out an incredible job making an attempt to clean up this sport, and I really feel like they’ve taken great steps,” he stated.

The current MLB collective bargaining agreement is signed by Dec. 1, 2016, so it is doable any modifications to the Joint Drug Agreement must wait till then, but you by no means know. Modifications to the JDA could be made with out amending the CBA, as one might recall that this previous January MLB added random, in-season testing for human progress hormone (HGH).

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Report says Denver Broncos will try to take back $1.25 million of Von Miller’s signing bonus

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ESPN’s report that the Denver Broncos will try and recoup $1.25 million of linebacker Von Miller’s signing bonus is more fascinating for the battle about to be waged than the money itself.

Teams often attempt to recoup signing bonus money from gamers who have gotten into bother, as Miller has together with his six-recreation suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. But most teams most likely would not need to agitate considered one of their superstars over a relatively small sum.

ESPN reported the information that the Broncos will take back $1.25 million from Miller’s bonus money. The report said the Broncos will automatically withhold the money from Miller’s paychecks when he returns. The ESPN report mentioned NFL executives declare the Broncos “had no choice” because of how the league needs to function. That will make sense, considering the crew has to know Miller will probably be upset with the group contemplating his complete loss from his suspension will rise to more than $2 million with the signing bonus loss.

Not surprisingly, Miller’s representatives appear ready to battle it.

ESPN reported that Miller’s lawyers do not assume returning part of his signing bonus was a part of the settlement reached with the NFL.

It’s setting up a little bit of a showdown between a workforce with Tremendous Bowl aspirations and a player who’s instrumental in these hopes, to not mention the acrimony it could trigger when Miller is ready to signal his second contract.


Dustin Penner returns to Ducks after signing 1-year, $2 million deal

Getty Images Dustin Penner’s departure from the Anaheim Ducks almost caused Brian Burke and Kevin Lowe to fight inside of a barn. He only spent two seasons there, capping off the 2006-07 campaign with 29 goals and a Stanley Cup title.

Six years later, Penner is going back to the Ducks after signing a one-year, $2 million deal on Tuesday, according to Eric Stephens of the OC Register. The 30-year old had spent the past two and a half seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, with such notable highlights like getting injured while eating pancakes; causing Kings general manager Dean Lombardi to drop some golden quotes; and turning in a solid playoff beard.

Lombardi filled his roster enough that there was no more room for Penner, who despite 11 goals in 112 regular season games with LA, turned on the offensive switch come playoff time.

Two questions now come to mind with this signing: Will Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau reunite the “Kid Line” of Penner, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf that was so successful in 2007? And is Boudreau familiar with the El Cid Lounge should Penner go into one of his famous offensive funks next season?


Nets ‘moving on’ from signing Bojan Bogdanovic; 2011 draft pick to stay in Turkey this season

Bojan Bogdanovic drives on Jeff Green during a 2012 exhibition game. (David Dow/NBAE/Getty Images)

UPDATE:’s Ken Berger shares a report from Turkish site TrendBasket suggesting Bogdanovic is close to a new three-year deal with Fenerbahçe, which would seem to cast even more doubt on the future prospects for his arrival in Brooklyn.

Just when the Brooklyn Nets appeared to be finished retooling their bench for the 2013-14 season, the July 10 end of the NBA’s moratorium on trades and free-agent signings presented a bit of a snag.

General manager Billy King told reporters at the NBA’s Orlando Summer League on Wednesday morning that he was “concerned” about being able to successfully import 2011 second-round draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic, with whom Brooklyn had agreed to terms on a three-year contract last week. Completing that agreement, though, would mean reaching a deal with Fenerbahçe Ülker, the Turkish team for whom the 24-year-old small forward has played the past two seasons, on a buyout of the final season of Bogdanovic’s European contract.

The most the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement would allow the Nets to contribute to such a buyout would be $575,000, according to Larry Coon’s NBA Salary Cap FAQ; Fenerbahçe had reportedly been seeking $2 million in exchange for letting Bogdanovic walk, and the balance would have to come out of his NBA salary (which reportedly would have started at around $2.5 million this season). That, obviously, is quite a gulf, and a bit of a problem for Bogdanovic, which turned into a bit of a problem for Brooklyn.

Shortly after King aired his concerns, NetsDaily reported that the Nets had “decided to ‘move on’ without [Bogdanovic] and will pursue ‘Plan B,'” with a league source terming the decision “final and definite.” Multiple sources soon confirmed as much to Howard Beck of the New York Times before King himself shared the news with Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. So — for right now, at least — it appears that there’ll be no Bojan in Brooklyn.

“For right now” is key. The Nets will reportedly still retain the NBA rights to the Croatian forward — who’s reportedly a legitimate long-range threat who hit 40.5 percent of his 3-pointers in Euroleague play and 38 percent in Turkish League games for Fenerbahçe this season, and who can also make some things happen off the dribble — and will have another opportunity to sign him and bring him over to the States next summer. However, waiting another year opens up the opportunity that Fenerbahçe or another European club could present the 6-foot-7 (or 6-foot-8, depending on who you talk to) shooter with a lucrative long-term offer that keeps him across the sea for even longer.

In the short term stateside, the scuttling of Bogdanovic’s deal presents King and the Nets with the problem of having no real backup to soon-to-be-acquired starting small forward Paul Pierce. The ranks of available and viable three-men are growing thinner by the second in free agency, meaning Brooklyn’s brass could find themselves scrambling for a strong, depth-providing fit on the wing with only the taxpayer’s midlevel exception (which starts at just under $3.2 million this season) at their disposal in making signings. From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

Now the team will have to go in another direction to find depth behind him, with King saying that using the full mid-level on one player, or splitting it to use on multiple players, are both possible scenarios in play for the team if Bogdanovic doesn’t take it.

“There’s one [player worth the full exception], possibly,” King said, “and then there’s some other guys that maybe we’ll split it up and give it to a couple guys to fill the role.”

One possible option is Russian Andrei Kirilenko, who has been linked to the Nets multiple times over the last couple of seasons due to his relationship with owner Mikhail Prokhorov. But Kirilenko turned down a $10 million player option for this upcoming season to stay in Minnesota, and while he isn’t expected to get that much money on his new deal, it remains to be seen if he’d be willing to come to the Nets for the $3.183 million they’d be able to offer him using the full mini-mid level exception.

Kirilenko would figure to be an absolute godsend for Brooklyn, and the market for him appears to be less robust than he anticipated when he declined to pick up his player option with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that contract talks between the Wolves and the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs on a sign-and-trade that would have landed the 32-year-old Russian forward in Texas fell by the wayside, and after myriad agreed-upon signings and trades go through, there might not be a whole lot of teams with significant cap space left.

That said, a three- or four-year deal for the mini-MLE still feels way too light for Kirilenko’s services, making it more likely that the Nets find themselves discount-shopping in search of wing depth behind the about-to-turn-36 Pierce and Joe Johnson, who last season battled plantar fasciitis in his left foot so debilitating that he called himself a “decoy” during Brooklyn’s first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. Reducing regular-season minutes and stress for Brooklyn’s veteran lineup will be key for new Nets coach Jason Kidd if he wants to have a full-strength roster ready to contend come playoff time; it’ll be interesting to see what King can dig up in the free-agent bargain bin in the days ahead.


Shaquille O’Neal rips Dwight Howard for signing with ‘a little town’ like Houston

Dwight Howard lines up with Shaquille O’Neal in 2010 (Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal played in the NBA from 1992 until 2011, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2004, and he’s been acting like a petulant brat when asked about players he doesn’t like from 1992 until ???.

Really, it starts with David Robinson and Alonzo Mourning, it continued with Kobe Bryant and Chris Bosh, it’s kept up with Dwight Howard and will no doubt go on for the next player O’Neal feels uneasy being compared to.

O’Neal commented on Howard’s free-agent departure to the Houston Rockets on Saturday while making an appearance at the Daytona International Speedway. From the Associated Press:

”It was expected,” Shaq said. ”We’ve all been in LA, and not a whole lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.”

It should be noted that O’Neal was at the event to promote the movie “Grown Ups 2,” and apparently the concept of irony.

We should mention that Houston remains the fourth-largest city in the United States, with some five times the population of the city of Miami, a town Shaquille O’Neal forced a trade to in 2004.

It’s true that Howard did not respond well to the pressure in his first year in Los Angeles, he battled a back injury and shared plenty of cross glares in public at Bryant, Steve Nash and the coaching staff. We should also remind that it took Shaquille O’Neal four seasons to win his first ring in Los Angeles upon leaving Orlando in 1996, as Shaq clashed with twice as many teammates and two sets of coaching staffs.

It’s also true that this is the “safe move” for Howard, moving away from an aging, injured, and ill-fitting Laker lineup and a coach that clearly did not know what to do with two potential high- and low-post demons in Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. The Rockets nearly matched Los Angeles’ win total last year without Howard and they’re a much younger team that isn’t finished exchanging assets and building around Dwight. Yeah, safe and smart move, Dwight Howard. The right move.

Dwight Howard handled the overwhelming bulk of this Orlando-to-Los-Angeles-to Houston run terribly. He has much to learn from and a lot of growing to do, and this well-researched and thought-out (and communicated, unlike LeBron James’ last free-agent dalliance) decision is a step in the right direction.

He’ll never be as great as Shaq at one thing, though. Acting like a brat in public.