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It’s one down, two to go at City where boss Manuel Pellegrini’s further strengthening of the champions is in full swing.Having landed Bacary Sagna on a free from Arsenal, the Blues are confident Porto midfielder Fernando will be Adidas AdiPure 11Pro TRX TF next in followed by a centre-half.Pellegrini is determined to have two top players for EVERY position as City look to make a bigger impact on the Champions League next season despite the UEFA Fair Play sanctions.

City announced the signing of the 31-year-old Arsenal defender, as was expected, on Friday as their summer recruitment got under way.

Sagna, currently at the World Cup with France, has agreed a three-year deal reputed to be worth £120,000 a week, having rejected an improved contract from the Gunners.

Sagna will contest the right-back slot with established first-choice Pablo adidas adipure 11pro Zabaleta, widely considered to be the most consistent Premier League performer in that position for the last two years

But the Frenchman’s arrival signals the end of Micah Richards’ adipure 11pro trx fg career at the club.

City now have considerable strength in the full-back positions with Zabaleta and Sagna on the right and Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, who signed a new three-year contract last week, on the left. However, Pellegrini knows he has to bring in greater strength in the centre of defence to support captain Vincent Kompany.

The oft-criticised Martin Demichelis, who turns 33 in December, was the preferred centre-back partner of the Belgium international but City looked short of cover when Kompany was injured and need greater depth in that position.

Joleon Lescott has left the club after his contract expired and while City have Matija Nastasic, at 21 he still lacks the big game experience. Pellegrini has been linked with Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala for some time and he is also keen to bring in the defender’s team-mate Fernando, who will provide cover as a defensive midfielder.

Sagna’s arrival at least gives City greater strength down the flanks.

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Despite the circumstances of his departure from Arsenal, the Gunners sent their best wishes to the player, who made 284 appearances for the club after signing from Auxerre in the summer of 2007.

“Bacary Sagna has agreed to join Manchester City after his contract with Arsenal expires on June 30,” said an Arsenal statement.

“An integral part of Arsenal’s defence over the past seven seasons, the France international brought his time with the Gunners to a fitting close last month when he helped the team win the FA Cup in his final match.

“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to thank Bacary for his fantastic contribution, and wish him all the best for the future.” Fernando, 26, is reported to have cut short his holiday to sort out a deal with City, who would pay in the region of £16m for his services.

The defensive midfielder, who has also attracted interest from Everton, would compete with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure. Indications are that the Brazil-born player, who now has Portuguese citizenship, will be signed up by the end of the month.

As well as Lescott leaving, there are question marks over the futures at the Etihad of England World Cup squad player James Milner and Richards.

coco Jun 15

Tom Smith believes Lancashire are showing the title-winning spirit of 2011 in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast.And the in-form all-rounder feels it can lead Lightning to their first ever T20 trophy.Smith was again impressive with a third half-century in the competition this season as Lancashire notched up a tense nine-run win over Leicestershire Foxes at Emirates Old Trafford.

He smashed 50 off 36 balls, while Paul Horton added a run-a-ball 40 as Lightning posted 166-7 in their 20 overs despite an impressive five-wicket haul from Richard Jones, who only joined the Foxes on loan from Warwickshire yesterday morning.

Matthew Boyce’s 47 off 35 deliveries and a quick-fire 27 for Josh Cobb and 28 for Tom Wells meant Leicestershire were always in with a shout.

And when they smashed 16 off Junaid Khan in the 19th over – a rarity in itself against the Pakistan Test bowler – including two sixes, they needed 17 off the last to win.

But Kabir Ali kept them to just eight, bowling Rob Taylor with the last ball to leave the Foxes on 157-7.

It isn’t the first time Lancashire have gone down to the wire in the competition this season and – apart from last week’s final over defeat by rivals Yorkshire Vikings at Emirates Old Trafford – they have always come out on top.

And for Smith, it reminds him of 2011  when Lancashire regul-arly produced dramatic victories on their way to winning the LV= County Championship.

“You get into a habit of winning these tight games,” said Smith, who is the third leading T20 runscorer in the country this year.

“You think back to 2011, the number of tight games we won then was remarkable. We got into a habit of doing it and it carried on.

“We are showing signs of doing it again this year and it can only lead one way – up.

“We can definitely win this competition. We have already shown we can defend low Adidas Copa Mundial White targets, we can set high targets. We have world-class death Adidas F50 adizero TRX TF bowlers and some great strikers of the cricket ball.

“We scrap for every run in the field. We have every base covered.”

A blistering final over which saw Arron Lilley and Jordan Clark smash 20 off Anthony Ireland, in f50 adizero messi the end made the difference for Lancashire.

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“It is a great win, especially after losing last week to Yorkshire. We wanted to bounce back with a solid victory,” added Smith.

“We are pushing for a home quarter-final so we want to be in the top two. We just have to keep on winning.”

Lancashire decided not to play new overseas signing Usman Khawaja, but the Australian is expected to make his Red Rose debut on Sunday when they begin their Championship match at Durham.

Ashwell Prince, who didn’t field last night after being hit in the leg by a pile-driver of a shot from Smith while batting, is expected to be fit as Lancashire begin a three-match run which could be crucial to their hopes of avoiding relegation.

"Ashwell is fine," said Smith. "But he cost me four runs! I couldn't have Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX FG hit that shot any sweeter!

“As a unit we probably played the best cricket we have all year in the  Championship against Warwickshire last week,” added Smith of the draw at Edgbaston.

“We can take a massive amount from that game.

“We go to Durham and then face Northants and Somerset.

coco Jun 15

Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong has demanded his team-mates do not to get lost in the "euphoria" created by their 5-1 win over Spain.Louis van Gaal's men made everyone sit up and take notice as they took the reigning world champions apart in their opening match of the FIFA World Cup on Friday.Two goals each from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, plus a Stefan de Vrij header gave Netherlands a resounding Group B win in Salvador, despite Xabi Alonso initially putting the Spaniards ahead.

However, De Jong has demanded that his team-mates do not get carried away, despite recording such an impressive victory, reminding them that it will all count for nothing if they fail to live up to expectations against Chile and Australia, the latter of whom they play on Wednesday.

The Milan man said: "I understand that the euphoria is very large after the 5-1 against Spain. But we have to give everything against Australia. Today was actually a recovery training session because the 48 hours after a game is often the hardest.

"In the first five minutes of the second half we started well. In the back we were compact, we won the duels and everyone worked hard. We looked at each other and were like, this is going to happen today.

"Of course it was a fantastic victory. But it is only a group match. We have achieved nothing yet. As of yesterday, we are going to focus on the game against Australia."

Australia put in a decent performance in their opener against Chile, Adidas F50 Adizero TRX AG but they ultimately slumped to Adidas F50 Adizero TRX FG a 3-1 defeat.

Tim Cahill proved to be a particularly dangerous threat for the Australians and De Jong says the Netherlands will be looking to keep him in check.

"I have often played against him in England," he added. "He is a player who plays with his heart. He is a good header, and often gets into the right places from crosses.

"Of course we should keep a close eye on him."

Meanwhile, left-back Adidas f50 Adizero TRX FG Leather Daley Blind - who contributed two assists against Spain - missed some of the team’s training session on Sunday with a knee injury, but he allayed any fears about whether he will be fit to feature on Wednesday.

"As a precaution I stayed inside. I had slight problems with my knee. (But) I don't expect any problems for the match against Australia," he said

coco Jun 15

Lionel Messi began the 2014 World Cup in style with a majestic goal to put Argentina 2-0 up against Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the famed Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Messi marked the occasion with a brilliant, trademark run past two Bosnia defenders on the edge of the box before placing a perfect shot past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The goal was just Messi’s second at a World Cup and comes amid much scrutiny as to whether the forward Adidas F50 Messi can reproduce the type of brilliance he has displayed with such regularity with Barcelona to mark him out as the best player of F50 Messi his generation. The pressure is on to match the achievements of compatriot Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup trophy.

Before his goal, it had been far from F50 Adizero Trx FG a standout performance from Messi as Argentina struggled in the first half of their opening Group F match. But the arrival Adidas F50 Adizero TRX AG off the bench of Fernando Gago and Gonzalo Higuain at half-time gave Messi the support to flourish.

And in the Adidas Adizero F50 65th minute he did so in spectacular fashion. He has now already eclipsed his total from a relatively disappointing World Cup in South Africa four years ago

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The Winnipeg Jets host the Dallas Stars in a 7:00ct face off tonight at MTS Centre. Patrick Willis Jersey . The Jets (30-29-9) have 69 points and trail the Stars (32-23-11) by six points for a Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot.  Dallas has two games in hand on Winnipeg. Due to a lower-body injury sustained by Ondrej Pavelec Friday night vs the Rangers, Al Montoya will start in goal.  Its Montoya 17th start of the season.  Michael Hutchinson, who was recalled from AHL St. Johns will be the back up goalie.  This is the second NHL regular season game Hutchinson will dress for.  His first was March 4, 2012 when he backed up current Stars starting goalie Tim Thomas with the Boston Bruins against the New York Rangers. Patrice Cormier is also up from the IceCaps.  He has played three games with the Jets this season. 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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The two finalists met at the net to shake hands, Maria Sharapova standing a head taller, even with her shoulders slumped in disappointment. She finished second again on Saturday. Sharapova lost serve in the last game of each set and fell short in the latest bid for her first Sony Ericsson Open title, losing in the final to Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-4. Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is winless in four Key Biscayne finals. She was also the runner-up in 2005, 2006 and last year. The pattern extends beyond South Florida. Ranked No. 2, she was runner-up at both the Australian Open and Indian Wells to Victoria Azarenka, which makes her 0-3 this year in finals. "Its always tough, because you do a really good job to get there," Sharapova said. "Its obviously always the toughest round." She hasnt won a tournament since August. Radwanska, ranked a career-best No. 4, earned her ninth career title and fourth since last summer. 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Alvarez is now 0-2 against the Rays, also losing to them last Aug. 26 when he allowed four earned runs and three homers in that game over six innings. "I just happened to have two bad games and both games have been against Tampa Bay," Alvarez said through an interpreter. Ben Zobrist singled in the first and scored the first run on Longorias single. The Blue Jays (6-6) answered with a run in the home first. Yunel Escobar followed up Wednesdays four-hit game with a leadoff single, took secondd on a wild pitch, and scored on Adam Linds two-out double. Dustin Brown Jersey. The Rays (7-6) took a 3-1 lead with in the second. The inning started when Matt Joyce was hit by a pitch. He scored from second on a two-out single to right by Sean Rodriguez, who went all the way to third on a throwing error charged to Jose Bautista on the throw home. The ball skipped past catcher J.P. Arencibia and hit Alvarez, who was backing up home plate, on the left shoulder. Alvarez was able to continue after receiving attention. "It didnt affect me after I was hit," Alvarez said. "I was hit in the left shoulder right on the bone, but it didnt affect me when I was pitching." The Blue Jays tied the game 3-3 in the fourth. Colby Rasmus out down a bunt single with one out. Arencibia who entered the game batting .063 (2-for-32), got his second hit of the night with a double to right field over the head of Zobrist. Rodriguez was charged with a throwing error on Escobars grounder to short and Arencibia slid home with the tying run. After Alvarez retired eight batters in a row, Jennings homered to left to restore Tampa Bays lead. Zobrist walked with one out and Longoria hit a long blast to centre for his second homer of the season to put Tampa Bay into a 6-3 lead. Despite the rough outing, Alvarez drew praise from the opposing dugout. "Im a big fan," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Hes a good young pitcher. Hes 22 years of age, hes got a bowling ball sinker pitch, hes going to get a ton of ground balls. As he really understands and learns what he wants to do as a major league pitcher, hes going to be really good. We got to him today a little bit but I do like him a lot." Arencibia hit another ball hard in the sixth but Joyce made a superb catch at the left-field wall. It turned out to be a big play as the Jays loaded the bases, but Lind lined out to first against J.P. Howell to end the inning. Notes: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 18,976. ...After the game the Blue Jays called up right-hander Drew Hutchison from double-A New Hampshire and he will start Saturday against in Kansas City. Left-hander Evan Crawford was sent on option to New Hampshire while right-hander Jesse Litsch was moved from the 15-day to the 60 day disabled list to make room for Hutchison on the 40-man roster. ...The roof was open for the first time this season. ...Kyle Drabek (2-0, 1.42 earned-run average) goes for his third consecutive win on Friday at Kansas City when he faces Luke Hochevar (1-1, 7.84 ERA). ...The Rays claimed first baseman-outfielder Brandon Allen off waivers from Oakland. ...Rays centre-fielder B.J. Upton was scheduled to come off the disabled list on Friday. He had a sore back after an outfield collision in spring training. ... Corresponding moves were to be made Friday. cheap jerseys ' ' '
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