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As the Celtics reportedly plan to field Malcolm Brogdon

Boston's trade for the combo guard had people wondering if he would become the team's starting point guard. Read more at Boston.com. (Author: Gardener)

CelticsThe Celtics' reported trade for Malcolm Brogdon helped them fill a pair of their biggest offseason needs. Brogdon has started every game as a point guard since the Pacers took him on in 2019, leaving Friday's trade to wonder if the Celtics would use him in the same role, replacing Marcus Smart, or if they could do something else had him in mind. It appears Smart will still start at point guard for the Celtics. Smart's role as the Celtics' starting point guard was questioned by several analysts after the NBA Finals, in which Boston failed to score 100 points in their last three games. Smart, who only became the team's full-time launch point guard last season, responded to those who doubt he's effective enough to be the team's launch point guard in an interview with The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. "I think I've proved a little bit of everything," Smart told Himmelsbach on Tuesday. "You need a star point guard." "We had star point guards, and yet this so-called non-point guard is the only one who got them to the finals. With Smart still holding his place as the team's starting point guard, Brogdon seems aware of the role he will play once he arrives in Boston. I'm going to Boston and I'm not worried about [stats].” However, Brogdon did mention in his interview with Weiss that he can help the Celtics as a playmaker. "If I got in there I could give them a stable presence and calm as a ball handler and facilitator and give guys like [Jaylen] Brown and [Jayson] Tatum easy shots," Brogdon said. "Just slowing down the game in the moments when we need to get a good shot." Brogdon is bringing in veteran playmaker and marksman from Celtics president Brad Stevens and head coach Ime Udoka said they wanted to enter the offseason. He averaged 18.9 points and 6.3 assists in 146 games with the Pacers over three seasons as the team's starting point guard. Brogdon didn't shoot as well as he did in Milwaukee in Indiana, where he was the main initiate for the first time in his career. Brogdon shot 48.4 percent from field and 40.8 percent from 3-point range in his three seasons with the Bucks, joining the famous 50/40/90 club in his final season there. At the Pacers, Brogdon shot 44.7 percent from field and 35.2 percent from 3-point range. Boston could be hoping Brogdon's shooting ratings increase as he could play a similar off-ball role with the Celtics as he did with the Bucks. The Celtics' reported decision to bring Brogdon off the bench means they will keep their starting five together, which was arguably the best in the NBA last season. Boston's lineup of Smart, Brown, Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams had a net rating of 24.6, which is the best net rating of any starting lineup that played at least 20 games together. That group didn't net as well in the playoffs, earning a 3.5 net rating as Williams, Horford, and Smart each missed time in the postseason.

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Gemma and Luca "are not compatible," while Andrew and Tasha have the most chemistry

EXCLUSIVE: This year's Love Island contestants have been bringing the drama and a body language expert shares why she thinks some favorites won't last in the long run (Author: Gardener)

LucaIt's hard to believe Love Island has been back on TV for less than a month, and yet it has brought with it so much drama, suspense and potential romance that it has already become such a big part of our daily lives . Just this week, the islanders were rocked with a reunion that saw Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti reunite again and again, and a sexy heart race challenge that left a sour taste in some contestants. With Casa Amor set to return on July 4 and many heads turning, body language expert Inbaal Honigman of Reboot SEO Company's Love Island stats site spoke to OK! about which couples have the best chemistry. Inbaal thinks Andrew Le Page and Tasha Ghouri have the best chemistry of any couple and the look on his face shows how he feels for the model. She said: "As soon as he gets up to speak his nerves are obvious. “For a man who likes to appear confident, this is an expression of his honest truth. She looks straight at him, which shows she knows he's after her, and his nerves give her confidence." Inbaal added, "While they kiss, her hand lingers on his shoulders longer than necessary. It's a reassuring gesture - she feels moved to calm his nerves and show him that she's there for him. “As they settle into their seats, their fingers interlock completely. Although she believes Andrew is insecure, it was evident during the Heartrace challenge: “Andrew is trying his best, completely overwhelmed and a little nervous. “He's trying out different dance moves and playing with his props with original ideas, but he doesn't seem comfortable in the situation. He takes one look at the girls and tries to see if they like him.” One couple that's been on everyone's lips lately has been Luca Bish and Gemma Owen, especially after Gemma's heart went out to ex-Jacques O'Neill the most – and he for her. So it's no wonder that Inbaal thinks the two are only 50 percent compatible: "They only hug with one arm each, which shows that they are both careful - his other hand is all the way behind his back! But those hugging arms are stretched out. Slightly apart, they position themselves side by side, and his face is a delight. During the dance, Luca only felt confident until he had seen Gemma, as Inbaal explains: "Insecure in himself and confused about his job there, Luca ends up telling his challenge and chatting to the girls instead of concentrating on his dancing . He stands awkwardly, whip in hand, to show that this doesn't come naturally to him. "Reluctantly, he drags his feet through the dance until he finally gets to one thing he feels comfortable doing, which is hugging Gemma." While this body language expert believes Gemma was also overwhelmed even during the dance: "The The adorable way Gemma waves her high ponytail from side to side doesn't remotely resemble an exotic performance, but rather a little girl trying to copy her big sister. Her smile is shy and sweet, and her only seduction move — face licking — shows that this is definitely her first rodeo. She is doing her best, her constant smile shows she wants to be liked, but her steps are small and hesitant, her looks are questioning, she's not sure if she's doing it right.”

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Celtics Supplement Championship Formula; Hawks, Blazers prioritize defense

Also, the Timberwolves haven't had this much positive momentum in years (Author: Gardener)

Championship FormulaIt's our third day of the NBA Free Agency period and a lot has happened. Many large contracts were awarded and many smaller ones that could pay large dividends. We'll slowly consider the draft results as we flesh out the winners and losers of the 2022 off-season. After two wins from an NBA championship, the Celtics walked out and landed Danilo Gallinari, who cleared waivers after being fired from San Antonio, and Malcolm Brogdon in a trade with the Pacers that took back Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas , Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan, and a 2023 first-round pick from Boston. All of those parts are highly expendable to Boston, essentially putting Brogdon in a first-round pick likely to end up in the mid-to-late 20s. Brogdon is really good. He contributed to Boston's ridiculously stacked defense and is another ball handler and goalscorer who thrives on Boston's egalitarian offense. Trading Kevin Huerter, a good player, for a draft pick that may not carry over until 2027 is questionable to me. Well, if that pick eventually hangs on, say, Clint Capela or John Collins and the Hawks flip for another all-star-ish player (to go with the Dejounte Murray move), then we'll reevaluate. But right now it's difficult to lose Huerter just because you're stuck in position. The Hawks almost certainly would have preferred to keep Huerter over Bogdan Bogdanovic, but the latter doesn't have the commercial value to bring back a first-round pick, protected or otherwise. Getting Murray off the Spurs, however, makes this offseason a win for Atlanta. It can only get better, but Murray alone is a really nice addition. Young is a more natural option when playing off the ball, but he needs to commit, and by commit I don't mean just standing on the floor somewhere while Murray picks and rolls. Become a Steph Curry-like pest to track down. I have my doubts about his desire to do so. I'm more imagining him moving once off a screen, not getting the ball, then standing around or at best running towards the handler to give a dribble. But even in this environment, the Hawks are a better team. Murray is a second guy who can get two feet in the paint and he's really improved his mid-range shooting. Defensively, Murray is a long, athletic monster. You play with fire and even try to start a DHO with him. The Hawks now have two senior fullbacks in Murray and De'Andre Hunter. Onyeka Okongwu can get pretty big on defense. If they trade Collins or Capela, it'll have to be for another two-way player to keep Young in the starting lineup as the only real target. This is how a Trae Young team can defend itself. Atlanta is taking steps to create that reality. The man has played 85 career games in three seasons, one of which he didn't play a second, and he just got a five-year contract extension that could be worth up to $231 million. I'm not sure if this is a victory for the pelicans yet. Of course, if Zion plays and stays healthy for the majority of this contract, that's a win. New Orleans has a damn good team structure. But if Williamson is in and out of the lineup and the Pelicans never really gain ground in a loaded Western Conference and Zion's trade value plummets because he can't stay healthy, it could end badly for the Pels. But for Zion, no matter what the outcome, he'll walk out filthy rich. The wolves gave up enough capital to smother a hippopotamus, but they got Rudy Gobert. After signing Karl-Anthony Towns on a four-year, $224 million extension that will keep him in Minnesota for the next six years, it's time for the Minnesota twin towers who have signed Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler and sent Leandro Bolmaro back to Utah , Jarred Vanderbilt, and multiple first-round picks: unprotected first-rounders in 2023, 2025 and 2027, and a top-five protected pick in 2029. Gobert is a one-man defense and believes he losing defensive viability in the playoffs have been greatly exaggerated. Suddenly this looks like a really good side given Wolves' ability to get the ball up the ball with Towns, Anthony Edwards and D'Angelo Russell. It's been ages since Wolves were really a team that took this seriously, and I don't subscribe to the theory that teams need to win a championship to justify this kind of gamble. In fact, Wolves won't win the title next year. It's probably a good bet they won't win one during the Gobert era, no matter how long that lasts. Because only one team wins everything. For the Wolves, this is a big boost in franchise energy, building on the momentum they already created with the drafting of Anthony Edwards and last year's playoff appearance. Same as the Hawks trading for Dejounte Murray. You probably won't win everything. There's no way not to be excited for Wolves going into next season and when was the last time you could honestly say that? The Gobert/Donovan Mitchell tandem had reached its ceiling. They cut bait with Gobert and brought with them a gargantuan amount of assets that they will now use to build around Mitchell. Utah can have plenty of conversations with four additional first-round picks and some nice salarymen who can float in trade talks. Minnesota needed to make waves with a big step, and Utah needed a fresh start. Dallas has lost Jalen Brunson and so far shows no signs of replacing him. He was the second-best player on a team to reach the Conference Finals, and at times served as more than a capable contact when Luka Doncic was away. I think Brunson was worth more money with the Mavericks alongside Luka than he will be worth in New York. I would have loved to have seen the Mavericks go after Brogdon after losing Brunson. But hey, at least the Mavs got JaVale McGee for $20 million. Cleveland locked up Darius Garland for a maximum rookie extension (but wins for Garland after five years and a possible $231 million) and also brought back Ricky Rubio, who was a key piece for the Cavs when he got surprisingly red-hot last season start. Rubio was the classic backup for a young team averaging 13-6-4 before tearing his ACL last December. Getting Rubio back for $18 million over three years is a good deal for both the player and the team. Brunson was paid. The Knicks reportedly gave him a four-year, $104 million contract. For a man who was picked to the second round in 2018, it's a stroke of luck. good for him We'll see how Brunson fares without Luka Doncic to get all the defensive attention. Brunson is set for life, and the icing on the cake is that he gets to play for his father, Rick Brunson, who recently accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Knicks. Listen, good for Brunson, but I just don't think he's a good enough player to invest that kind of money for the next four years. In my view, unless the Knicks, who gave Mitchell Robinson $60 million, somehow manage to swing the trade for a star player they've been targeting for a decade or so, they've pretty much signed themselves for Mediocrity. Having $164 million tied up in Jalen Brunson and Mitchell Robinson is just too much. Brunson, who instantly becomes New York's best player (yes, he's better than RJ Barrett and Julius Randle), really can't be more than the third best player on a real championship team. The Knicks also signed Isaiah Hartenstein for $16 million over two years, which is fine. At the end of the day, it's a loss to go out and move all the pieces that the Knicks moved to clear the space they did to end up with a non-All-Star as the $104 million prize . The guy signed the biggest contract in NBA history. Five years, $264 million. He will make a staggering $60 million in the final year of the deal. Technically, that was a bit of Brooklyn, but on Thursday, Kevin Durant made a trade request. Once Durant leaves, Kyrie Irving will likely follow. The nets that were set to fight for championships for the foreseeable future have just been blown up. They'll get a royal ransom for Durant, which will include at least a few players ready to win alongside future draft capital, since the Nets have no incentive to tank because they owe them a boatful of future picks from the Rockets for the James Harden deal. If they somehow get Devin Booker, it'll be home game time. But I doubt that. If the Nets persuade the Lakers to give up a few first-round picks, or even one if Russell Westbrook returns to Brooklyn for Irving, that will be even more capital they could pack up and switch to another All-Star. But for now, the Nets are about to lose Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden in a span of six months. James Harden hasn't signed his new contract yet, but he has apparently agreed to give up enough annual salary for the Sixers to be able to afford P.J. Tucker, whom they signed for just over $33 million over three years. Tucker will seriously improve Philly's defense and will be a perfect fit as a corner shooter for Tyrese Maxey and Harden's drive-and-kicks. Throw in De'Anthony Melton, who the Sixers landed on draft night from Memphis for the #23 pick and Danny Green, and the Sixers are having a very nice offseason. Beal also signed a massive five-year, $251 million extension with the Wizards. I'm still betting he'll trade before that deal expires, but by signing with Washington, who owns his Bird rights, he secured a fifth guaranteed year, which translates to about $57 million more in his bench. This applies to him even if he is traded. I'd bet good money that Beal ends up getting his cake and eating it too, eventually ending up on a contender while signing the biggest deal possible at the same time. You should have acted on Beal a long time ago. There's no way this team is fighting for anything but a bottom playoff spot when Beal is making that much money. He's just not a 1A championship guy. He honestly might not even be an adequate No. 2 considering how deep the talent is right now across the league. Washington should now have a bundle of assets for Beal. They tried to win with DeMar DeRozan - a pretty good beal comp - as their best player rather than committing to a rebuild. They finally conceded reality and recently traded Dejounte Murray to the Hawks for a couple of first-round picks, signaling a fresh start. Perhaps Washington will eventually come to the same conclusion with Beal. But until then, they'll pay Beal and Kristaps Porzingis close to $80 million next season. Good luck with it. I'm not sure I like Anfernee Simons more than Jalen Brunson. I think right now I would pick Brunson because he's a playoff defenseman. So why do I think that the $100 million that Portland has given to Simons over four years is a win, but consider the $104 million that the Knicks has given to Brunson over the same period as a loss? It's simple: Simons doesn't have to be the best player in the Blazers. For that he has Damian Lillard. Honestly, Simons doesn't have to be the Blazers' second-best player either. You just traded for Jerami Grant. Simons is a potential future star, but he doesn't have to shoulder that burden right away. Then late Thursday night or early Friday morning in the East, the Blazers stole Gary Payton II from the Warriors for $28 million over three years. Payton is great. Portland fans will fall in love with him. Portland has had to deal with its defense, and Grant and Payton are two big newcomers in that regard. Kevin Hurter is a good player. The Kings did well to essentially win him to a first-round pick (no offense to Justin Holiday or Mo Harkless, but the pick was the value). And the pick is lottery protected in 2024, the top-12 in 2025, and the top-10 in 2026. In other words, if the Kings are still stinking up and missing the playoffs in 2024, they're still getting these Selection. Meanwhile, Sacramento continues to quietly piece together a pretty nice five with De'Aaron Fox, Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes and Domantas Sabonis. Fox is 24, Huerter and Davion Mitchell are 23. Sacramento just drafted 21-year-old Keegan Murray 4th overall. You can remain patient while they continue to bring a competitive product to the ground. I daresay there are some really good feelings about the Kings right now. They didn't even move in there. He had to fight his way into the league on two-way contracts. Now he just signed with the Thunder for $87.5 million over five years. By morphing into a defender while greatly improving as a shooter, Dort never has to worry about money or his place in the NBA ever again. Also credit to the thunder for rewarding them with that money a year before they had to. They could have exercised the $1.9 million team option they had for Dort that season. Instead, they let him sign off on a much larger deal that can go into effect immediately. Instead of $1.9 million, Dort is set to make over $15 million next season, with many more to come over the next half decade. As there, Payton had not moved in. He hopped through the G-League playing on two-way contracts and was released from NBA rosters six times. He finally found a proper role with the Warriors last season. He now has a $28 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. $224 million secured over four years. I don't think Booker will end up in a Kevin Durant trade. If he does, going to a Nets team that's still going to be pretty good this year with everything they get back for Durant with a ton of tips to be even better in the years to come wouldn't be the worst thing to become bookers to build on. Life is good. Golden State lost Gary Payton II to the Blazers. Payton was so great in his role for the Warriors, who were already skinny in defense even when they had Payton. Golden State is deep in the repeat tax. It simply decided that it couldn't justify paying Payton that much money given the massive tax implications for every dollar spent. Golden State decided they couldn't afford Kevon Looney and Payton. They settled on Looney, whom they brought back for $25.5 million over three years. Looney is fantastic for the Warriors. There's no way they'll win the title without him. But they designed James Wiseman. Looney is more replaceable than Payton on the list of warriors through this lens. I could have tracked myself down for Payton and counted on Wiseman to start earning his keep. Reasonable minds may disagree with that stance, but either way, everyone agrees that the loss of Payton is a huge loss for Golden State, who also lost Otto Porter Jr. to the Raptors. That's two rotation pieces from a championship team that's gone. The signing of Donte DiVincenzo who I really like eases the pain of losing Porter but not Payton who is just a different breed of player who has a unique impact that is so hard to find in this league. I think the Warriors are a worse team today than they were a few days ago. Morant signed a five-year Max rookie extension with Memphis, guaranteeing $193 million. Morant has the potential to earn up to $231 million over the life of this contract based on incentives. Towns received a four-year, $224 million extension beginning in 2024, meaning Wolves have him jailed for the next six years. LaVine stays with Chicago for five years and renews for $215 million. I think the Lakers skipped the gun on some of their Thursday commitments. They used their MLE on Lonnie Walker, who isn't as good as Malik Monk, who they lost to Sacramento. I like Juan Toscano Anderson. Damian Jones is a nice signing. I just think the Lakers could have waited to see if Donte Divincenzo, who remains unsigned after the Kings decided not to make him a qualifying offer, or an MLE-level TJ Warren would have become available. The Lakers didn't do badly on day one. I wouldn't call it victory or defeat. What matters is whether the Lakers can find a way to land Kyrie Irving. If they do, the offseason is a win. If they don't do that and go into next year with Russell Westbrook as their starting point guard, no one two will know about Lonnie Walker or Damian Jones. This off-season will have been a loss.

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Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal scheduled Martinez meetings; Raphinha to Chelsea; Ronaldo last; Spurs gossip, rumours

Transfer News LIVE! Arsenal scheduled Martinez meetings; Raphinha to Chelsea; Ronaldo last; Spurs Gossip Rumors - Follow the latest transfer news, rumors and gossip during the summer window! (Author: Gardener)

RonaldoTottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea remain key players in the summer transfer window. A new era is dawning in west London and owner Todd Boehly is planning a mega triple deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who has asked to leave Manchester United, Raheem Sterling and Matthijs de Ligt. Arsenal continue to struggle against United for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez and could turn to left-back Alex Grimaldo, who lost to Brentford for Aaron Hickey. Confirmation of the £45million signing of Gabriel Jesus is expected any day now. Tottenham have signed Richarlison and are hoping to finalize two more deals in the coming days. Clement Lenglet flies in to undergo a medical before being loaned out by Barcelona while talks continue with Middlesbrough over defender Djed Spence. Arsenal and Ajax meet via Martinez 21:58 , Alex Young Arsenal new signing Gabriel Jesus will score more goals than new Tottenham striker Richarlison. So says Tony Cascarino, who believes the Gunners have beaten rivals Spurs in the transfer market. 21:27 , Alex Young Arsenal have set up another meeting with Ajax next week in a bid to beat Manchester United by signing Lisandro Martinez. That's according to The Athletic, who report that both clubs are confident of signing the defender - Mikel - Arteta has set his top defensive target this summer. Martinez is only interested in moving to the Premier League otherwise he stays there. Martinez has to decide between Arsenal and United 21:13 Alex Young Lisandro Martinez has told Ajax he wants to move to a Premier League club this summer. The Mail reports the defender's desire to sign for either Arsenal or Manchester United, both of whom have bids for his services. Ajax want £43m on bids of £38m, with the 24-year-old happy to sign for either club but keen to work with Erik ten Hag again after reportedly talking to the new United manager about the move spoke. 20:48 , Alex Young Rowett has spent three seasons at the club and the new contract term has not yet been confirmed. "It's great that the club want me to build on what we've been doing and continue our development," he told the club's official website. 20:38 , Alex Young Fulham close a 17m Pound deal for Sporting star Joao Palhinha off. According to The Sun, the 26-year-old will sign a five-year deal after undergoing a medical on Sunday. Fulham boss Marco Silva has already spoken to Palhinha on the phone ahead of the signing. 20: 18 , Alex Young Yet another blow to Manchester United as Barcelona president Joan Laporte says the club have no intention of selling Frenkie de Jong It has been reported that United wanted to sign the midfielder but clubs apparently did not who want him, not just United," Laporte told reporters. "We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay" Frenkie is considered by all pundits to be one of the best midfielders in the world. 20:02 , Alex Young The Athletic claim Napoli have expressed an interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo. That would be one step. 19:40 , Alex Young Chelsea are among favorites to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer as the superstar decides to leave Manchester United. New club owner Todd Boehly, who will be in charge of Chelsea's transfer business this summer, is keen to make a headline signing to kick off the new era. Ronaldo could be that man as he seeks to return to the Champions League - reportedly has no interest in playing in the Europa League for the first time, which would seemingly rule out a move to Jose Mourinho for Roma.Bayern Munich are also linked, as they face the loss of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, ​​while a sensational move to Real Madrid has also been touted by bookies. 19:08, Alex Young Earlier reports from The Times that Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to leave Manchester United were blocked by the BBC. The 37-year-old wants to move in the summer should a suitable offer come in for him. Ronaldo is not "enjoying" the idea of ​​playing in the Europa League for the first time and wants to explore potential options elsewhere. 18:55 , Alex Young That's what Paddy Kenny, who backed the England international, says to leave Borussia Dortmund despite a reported £103m price tag. 6:31pm, Alex Young Raphinha has turned down a move to Chelsea, according to reports in Spain. Leeds have accepted a £60m offer from Chelsea but Sport claim Raphinha only has eyes for Barcelona. The Spanish giants are working on a deal but Leeds are unlikely to get as much back as Chelsea's offer. 18:11, Alex Young Manchester United are nearing their first signing of the summer. Tyrell Malacia will fly in for his medical on Sunday before completing his £13m move from Feyenoord. The official confirmation should come on Monday or Tuesday. 17:48 , Alex Young Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of former Iceland international Gretar Steinsson as the club's new performance director. The 40-year-old former defender was in the Premier League with Bolton and also played for Dutch club AZ Alkmaar. After retiring, Steinsson took on the role of technical director at Fleetwood and later joined Everton as head of recruitment and development Iceland Football Association to Spurs, where he served as a technical advisor. 17:31 Alex Young Tottenham has been backed to make a bid for Youri Tielemans late in the transfer window. Standard Sport understand Spurs are not interested in the Leicester midfielder at this time. However, Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge suggests there could be a change. "Don't be surprised if they might be able to watch it again later," Bridge told Spurs Fan Channel host Chris Cowlin. "There were always people at the club who admired him, even in the Poch era "He's an attacking midfielder that Tottenham would like to see... Arsenal lose to Brentford for Hickey 17-07, Alex Young Arsenal miss Raphinha, Lisandro Martinex and now Aaron Hickey. The left-back was touted as a target for the Gunners but a £14million deal has been agreed between Brentford and Bologna. The Scotland international will have his bees medicated next week, according to Italian outlet Il Resto del Carlino. 16:46 , Alex Young Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet travels to London for a medical at Tottenham. That comes according to reports from Spain, which add that Barca have given the centre-back permission not to attend the start of the pre-season training session on Monday. Spurs are expected to pay around 60 per cent of Lenglet's wages and have the option to sign Lenglet permanently for around £5m. 16:33 , Alex Young Chelsea and Bayern are the two leading candidates to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, The Times reports. Ronaldo, who earns around £500,000 a week, has one year left on his contract at Manchester United, although the club hold the option to extend for another season. Both Bayern and Chelsea have discussed signing the player and new Blues owner Todd Boehly raised an issue with the superstar with Ronaldo's representatives Gestifute last month. 16:23 , Alex Young Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to be traded by Manchester United this summer, The Times reports. The 37-year-old has no interest in playing Europa League football and would like to join a Champions League club after playing there for the last 19 seasons in Europe's premier club competition. It remains to be seen whether a club would step in for him. 15:57 , Alex Young What a rollercoaster ride that was. The end, it seems, could be in sight with news that Barcelona have upped their offer to £51m, according to journalist Gerard Romero. It's still just short of Chelsea's £60m bid but with both Raphinha and his agent Deco - yes he used to be at Barca and Chelsea! 15:39 , Alex Young Birmingham has parted ways with manager Lee Bowyer amid uncertainty over a proposed takeover at St Andrew's. Bowyer was in charge for 16 months, guiding the club to safety after his appointment in March 2020 and then guiding them to 20th place in the Sky Bet Championship last season. But at a time when the club's owners are looking to sell, Bowyer's contract has been terminated /23 campaign," read a club statement. 15:11 , Alex Young Richarlison wastes no time endearing himself to Tottenham fans Take a look at his latest Instagram story 14:50, Marc Mayo Arsenal are chasing a player dubbed the 'Turkish Messi' or, less appealingly, the 'new Özil' Last season's team It will claims talks have started for the player 14:14 , Marc Mayo Manchester United fans are hoping Frenkie de Jong, who likes an Instagram post from the club, is a sign he's set to join them soon one Have agreed fee for De Jong worth around £56m although he reportedly prefers to stay at Barcelona Chelsea are also interested in a deal 13:51 , Marc Mayo First signing of the summer: ✅ pic.twitter.com/Zy3Jg2jG q2 – Everton (@Everton) Jul 2 2022 13:44 , Marc Mayo Tottenham are looking to sign Jesse Lingard this summer. The Mail reports that the midfielder feels overwhelmed by West Ham's latest contract offer after leaving Manchester United. Antonio Conte is said to want Lingard as a squad option, taking a native spot in his Spurs squad. 13:17 , Marc Mayo Brentford and Bologna have agreed a £14m deal to sign Aaron Hickey . A medical is scheduled for next week. 12:52 , Marc Mayo Barcelona are hoping to convince Chelsea to sell Marcos Alonso for just £8m. Talks are scheduled for next week as the Blues, who are open to the sale of the left-back, consider what price they are willing to let him go for.Sport details the Blaugrana's plans to sign Alonso alongside Cesar Azpilicueta above which Chelsea has a contract extension option of 12 months. 12:24pm, Marc Mayo Richarlison has sent Tottenham fans his first message since signing on the dotted line of a £60million transfer. Antonio Conte's Spurs have sealed the move from Everton forward to their previous summer signings of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma. After his medical treatment in Brazil, Richarlison has yet to travel to the capital to pose with his new jersey or visit the training complex. That's why he sent a social media message on Friday night to announce the biggest step of his career. 🤙 Looking forward to seeing you soon, @richarlison97! pic.twitter.com/3ssS6n3Djx - Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) Jul 1, 2022 11:53am , Marc Mayo Lisandro Martinez has told Ajax he wants to move to a Premier League club this summer. The Mail reports the defender's desire to sign for either Arsenal or Manchester United, both of whom have bid for his services. Ajax want £43m on bids of £38m, with the 24-year-old keen to sign for either club but keen on rejoining Erik ten Hag is said to have discussed the move with the new United manager. 11:48 , Marc Mayo Barcelona have agreed to pay £51million for Raphinha, according to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero. Leeds are said to be close to accepting the Catalans' offer after the winger made his desire to join the Camp Nou club clear. Chelsea had offered around £60m for the player, with other reports suggesting Barcelona aren't quite that far on the deal. Both clubs are said to have agreed personal terms as the La Liga giants look to find the money to afford Raphinha's fee. 11:41 , Marc Mayo Barcelona have given Clement Lenglet permission not to attend Monday's pre-season training session has not been sighted at any airport so far... Tottenham will pay £4million for Lenglet's loan spell with an unspecified purchase option included in the deal was inserted. 11:23 , Marc Mayo We are delighted to announce the loan of Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson. ✍️— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) Jul 2 2022 11:14am , Marc Mayo Juventus await Chelsea's decision on a potential £95m move for Matthijs de Ligt. The Blues have been informed of the Dutch defender's price tag, according to Tuttosport as Juve see alternative options to replace De Ligt. Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, also linked with Chelsea, is the preferred option. 10:48 , Marc Mayo Amadou Onana has held talks with Arsenal over a summer move. Journalist Sacha Tavolieri has claimed that the Gunners are one of a number of teams pursuing the Lille midfielder, with other capital clubs interested. The 20-year-old Belgian made a breakthrough start for Lille last season, making 41 appearances. 10:21 , Marc Mayo Arsenal's battle for Lisandro Martinez has escalated with a new offer from Manchester United for the Ajax defender. After the Gunners saw a second £34m offer rejected, the Red Devils have bid £39.6m, according to the Mirror, which consists of around £35m up front and the rest from add-ons. 10:02am, Marc Mayo Raheem Sterling is close to a £45million move from Manchester City to Chelsea. The Mail reports on the winger, who has agreed a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge with the transfer potentially finalized by the end of next week. Positive talks between Sterling and manager Thomas Tuchel are described as key to his decision, with Chelsea also including Nathan Ake and has Oleksandr Zinchenko in mind. 09:45 Marc Mayo Barcelona can only bid around £45m for Raphinha as they battle Chelsea for the Brazilian winger. Sport report of the player and his agent Deco informing Leeds of their desire to sign for the Spanish giants despite a £60m bid from Chelsea amid claims they have agreed personal terms with Raphinha. Barcelona are reportedly fearful that unless they can raise more funds soon, Leeds will end the bidding war at any moment and hand Chelsea the win. 09:39 , Marc Mayo Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo could become Mikel Arteta's new left-back after Arsenal considered an offer for the Spaniard. Aaron Hickey was a target for the Gunners, who are reportedly open to selling Nuno Tavares and now Portuguese outlet Record has cited Grimaldo as a budget option. A row with Benfica has seen the 26-year-old become available for just £7million, with his contract also expiring next year. Grimaldo is also said to share an agency with Arteta... 09:27 , Marc Mayo Clement Lenglet flies to London this morning to undergo a medical ahead of a loan move to Tottenham, according to Radio Catalanuya. Barcelona have agreed to let the defender join Antonio Conte's team. The loan fee is set at around £4million, with Spurs reportedly having a purchase clause to make the Frenchman permanent too. Friday, July 1, 2022 10:40 PM , Marc Mayo Marco Asensio can be Arsenal's for just £25m. The Gunners and AC Milan target has been informed by Real Madrid that he can leave on cheap this summer as Los Blancos don't plan to offer him a new contract. Asensio's contract expires next June and he's ready for a move from the Bernabeu. Friday, July 1, 2022 9:46 PM , Marc Mayo Wolves' goal should have landed in Molineux before a late intervention from Marco Silva. And The Sun claims the deal will be sealed after disputes over agent commissions between Jorge Mendes and Hernan Reguera are settled. Friday 1 July 2022 9:09pm Marc Mayo Spezia have emerged as the latest club to be interested in Pablo Mari. Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are struggling to change the Spanish defender after he was loaned to Udinese last season. La Gazzetta dello Sport call Spezia keen to start talks after beating relegation from Serie A. Friday 1 July 2022 8:41pm Marc Mayo Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of Lille's Sven Botman on a five-year deal! – Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 1, 2022 Friday, July 1, 2022 8:26 PM , Marc Mayo £95m fee is required for Chelsea to sign Matthijs de Ligt. So says Tuttosport, who say Juventus are open to selling The Dutchman ahead of starting talks over a new contract. The Old Lady will turn to Kalidou Koulibaly and Gleison Bremer to replace De Ligt should he leave, with Arsenal's Gabriel also on her radar. Matt Turner is settling in at Arsenal Friday, July 01, 2022 8:01 PM , Marc Mayo You don't need to look, basically every reply to this tweet was about the announcement of Gabriel Jesus! Check out all the action from Matty Turner's first session 👇— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 1, 2022 Friday, July 1, 2022 7:38 PM , Marc Mayo Manchester United optimistic about beating Arsenal vs Lisandro Martinez. Goal report of positive talks between the two parties as the Ajax defender considers following Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford .Martinez is said to like the idea despite Arsenal recently making a second offer for his services worth £35m. Friday 1 July 2022 19:13 Marc Mayo Jesse Lingard's status as a homegrown player has made him a tempting option for Tottenham. Antonio Conte is looking to build his squad to be ready on multiple fronts and the Telegraph name Lingard as a potential squad option. Everton are also keen with a likely ability to offer more first-team football. Friday 1 July 2022, 18:38 Marc Mayo Chelsea are considering a move for Frenkie de Jong despite Manchester United approaching the Dutch midfielder. A fee of £56m has been agreed between the Red Devils and Barcelona but the Blues are longtime fans of De Jong, according to The Guardian. The offer of Champions League football could influence the opinion of a player who is reluctant to leave the Camp Nou. However, a new midfielder is not a major priority for Chelsea and no official offer has been received. More on Lenglet's loan deal to Spurs Friday, July 01 2022 18:12 , Alex Young Tottenham are close to making their FIFTH summer signing. Clement Lenglet is on a one-season loan from Barcelona with an option to buy. Tottenham have now reached a full agreement on personal terms with Clément Lenglet. He's happy to join Spurs as Antonio Conte is pushing to have him. pic.twitter.com/CEGCXfltUd - Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 1, 2022 Friday July 1, 2022 18:06 , Alex Young Chelsea finalize £55m deal to sign Raheem Sterling, the Mirror reports . The Blues had hoped to agree a fee of almost £40million for a player with just a year left on his contract, but City will more than recoup the fee they paid Sterling seven years ago. Sterling's arrival casts further doubts over the futures of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic. Chelsea also want to sign Nathan Ake from City. Friday 01 July 2022 5:42 PM , Alex Young West Ham say they are 'disappointed' with academy striker Sonny Perkins' representatives after confirming the teenager's departure and said they 'strongly believe' that an approach by a rival club had prompted him to push for an exit. Perkins made his Europa League group stage debut against Rapid Vienna last season and has made a total of three appearances for David Moyes' first-team at another club, leading to him asking to be released from his stipend at West Ham United will," it said in a statement. Friday, July 1, 2022 5:24 PM , Alex Young Tottenham are finalizing details to join Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona this season, Marca report. Antonio Conte has spoken with the player and Lenglet is expected to join the club next week pre-season ahead of the pre-season tour of South Korea. Spurs have an option to make the move permanent. Friday, July 1, 2022 4:58 PM , Alex Young Mohamed Salah is now the highest paid player in Liverpool history after inking a £350,000-a-week contract. Negotiations lasted almost a year, but Salah finally accepted the terms for three months. extension by one year. Salah's agent Ramy Abbas Issa sometimes took to Twitter to stoke the flames and talks have reportedly accelerated in recent days to reach an agreement. Friday 1 July 2022 4:34pm Alex Young Leeds United are weighing interest in Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, the Liverpool Echo claim. Winks have been linked with Everton, although interest appears to have waned as the club want a loan deal and Spurs want £20m to sell. Friday July 1, 2022 4:03 p.m. Alex Young It's the opposite of spit - it's an agreement! Mohamed Salah has signed a new three-year deal with Liverpool. "I'm feeling great and looking forward to winning trophies with the club," he said. Friday, July 1, 2022, 3:58 p.m., Alex Young There's something going on. Friday 1 July 2022, 15:48 Alex Young Crystal Palace have confirmed Sam Johnstone's signing on a free transfer. Friday 1 July 2022 15:37 Alex Young A transfer that had been planned for months is finally confirmed as Andre Onana joins Inter Milan on a free transfer. He was once linked with Arsenal. Friday, July 1, 2022 3:21 PM , Alex Young A few whirlwind hours for Marseille and Matteo Guendouzi. The manager, Jorge Sampaoli, quit by surprise this morning, leaving Guendouzi with a new boss to impress. The deal is valued at around £10million, with the midfielder's loanee converted into a permanent transfer, with Marseille avoiding relegation via a clause. Friday, July 1, 2022 3:04 PM , Jonathan Gorrie I wish you all the best, Matteo 🤝— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 1, 2022 Friday, July 1, 2022 2:59 PM , Jonathan Gorrie The Brazilian is one of the most sought-after players in the world Market sharp this summer with Arsenal and Barcelona are also chasing his signature. While the La Liga giants have struggled financially of late, a £179m cash injection could help their cause, with the 25-year-old thought he would prefer the idea of ​​a move to Spain. Raphinha has long been hoping for a move to Barcelona this summer but Chelsea have agreed a deal with Leeds that the Catalan giants are said to be unable to match just yet. Friday 1 July 2022 14:49 Jonathan Gorrie Arsenal are keen to push through a deal for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez but Manchester United could make things difficult on that front. According to Goal, positive talks have been held at Old Trafford over a move for the Argentina international. Friday 1 July 2022 2:33pm Jonathan Gorrie Tottenham has had a busy Friday with three confirmed signings. Defender Tyrell Ashcroft and goalkeeper Josh Keeley joined the youth ranks after confirming the arrival of Richarlison, who could reach £60m graduated for the club. Friday, July 1, 2022 2:05 PM , Jonathan Gorrie A return to French football for the former Newcastle, Tottenham and Watford midfielder. Friday 1 July 2022 2:01pm Jonathan Gorrie It really doesn't stop at Tottenham this summer, does it? Middlesbrough's Djed Spence is now set to undergo a medical at Spurs ahead of his move from the Championship side, according to The Daily Mirror. Friday 1 July 2022 13:46 Jonathan Gorrie Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis is among Everton's list of targets trying to replace Richarlison .However, the club are aware they need to replace the Brazilian striker and are currently creating a list of goals. Watford striker Dennis is under consideration and the Hornets could be tempted to sell him if an offer of around £20million comes into play £3million Despite Watford being relegated from the Premier League last season, the 24-year-old impressed, scoring 10 goals in his debut year in England. This caught the eye of Villarreal who scouted him but now Everton are also in the running for the Nigerian. Friday 1 July 2022 13:31 Jonathan Gorrie Matthijs de Ligt is excited about the idea of ​​working under Thomas Tuchel while Chelsea continue to pursue the Juventus defender. Standard Sport understand the Stamford Bridge giants have made an approach for the 22-year-old, who has two years left on his contract at Turin. The Blues have emerged as the favorites to sign De Ligt should the 22-year-old leave Juventus this summer and the old lady hierarchy accepts his desire for a new challenge. Jesus, Nketiah, Vieira: How Arsenal could line up next season Friday 1 July 2022 13:23 , Jonathan Gorrie Arsenal embark on another summer of serious spending while Mikel Arteta continues to build a squad capable of challenging near the top of the table Gunners spent just under £150m last summer and have already parted ways with three new faces through the door in Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Veiria, for almost £50m. The latter is Porto's first choice so far in a £34million deal. However, the arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City for around £45m is imminent as Arteta reshapes their forward line following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , in January, and Alexandre Lacazette, last month. Friday 1 July 2022 13:04 Jonathan Gorrie Richarlison has sent an emotional message to Everton fans after he sealed a £60m move to Tottenham on Friday. Annual contract in North London, followed by Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic at the club. While Spurs already have one of the most successful frontlines in Europe, the addition of a Brazil international striker speaks to the ambitions on display this summer. A hugely popular figure on Merseyside, Richarlison moved from Watford to Goodison Park in the summer of 2018 in a deal worth £50million. Friday 1 July 2022 12:49pm Jonathan Gorrie The PA claims Arsenal are now actively trying to sell Nicolas Pepe. Signing for £72million in 2019, the Ivorian's time in north London has not worked out and the imminent arrival of Gabriel Jesus will only push him further down the pecking order. West Ham close in on another signing Friday 01 July 2022 12:42 , Jonathan Gorrie David Moyes is wanting more competition for Aaron Creswell after a difficult season for the defender, who has been sent off twice during the club's Europa League campaign create. Weitere Berichte aus Italien deuten darauf hin, dass die Gebühr für den ehemaligen Roma-Star, der Berichten zufolge 2019 West Ham abgelehnt hatte, rund 10 Millionen Pfund betragen könnte und Chelsea-Mittelfeldspieler Deco - dass er lieber nach Spanien wechseln würde. Es wird angenommen, dass der Brasilianer bereits persönliche Bedingungen mit den spanischen Giganten über einen möglichen Wechsel vereinbart hat und Deco aufgefordert hat, die Blues darüber zu informieren, dass sie nur seine zweite Wahl sind. Freitag, 1. Juli 2022, 12:24 Uhr, Jonathan Gorrie Richarlison hat am Freitag einen 60-Millionen-Pfund-Wechsel zu Tottenham abgeschlossen und wurde vom ehemaligen Mittelfeldspieler Michael Brown auf Erfolg getippt. Ich bin ein bisschen überrascht, dass Everton ihn zu diesem Preis gehen lässt, aber in Bezug auf Tottenham ist es wirklich aufregend“, sagte er zu Sky Sports. „Harry Kane und Heung-min Son haben nach ein wenig Hilfe an der Spitze des Spielfelds gesucht, damit sie Angriffsspieler in Hülle und Fülle haben.“ Es ist eine wirkliche Verpflichtung, da Antonio Conte zeigt, dass er diese Unterstützung bekommt. Freitag, 1. Juli 2022, 12:16 Uhr, Alex Young Marseille scheint einen Vertrag zur Verpflichtung von Matteo Guendouzi bestätigt zu haben, indem er den Mittelfeldspieler in ein Werbevideo für sein neues Trikot aufgenommen hat, obwohl der Verein oder Arsenal keine offiziellen Informationen über einen Transfer erhalten haben. Der Mittelfeldspieler ist weit verbreitet Es wird erwartet, dass er diesen Sommer nach einer erfolgreichen Leihperiode einen dauerhaften Wechsel in die Ligue 1 besiegeln wird. Standard Sport geht davon aus, dass der Deal einen Wert von rund 10 Millionen Pfund hat, ausgelöst durch eine Reihe von Zielen, darunter Marseille, der den Abstieg aus der Ligue 1 vermeidet Chelsea für die Verpflichtung von Leeds-Flügelspieler Raphinha, schreibt Simon Collings. Chelsea führt derzeit das Rennen um Raphinha an und ist bereit, eine Gebühr von 55 Millionen Pfund für ihn zu zahlen, während er einen Lohn von 115.000 Pfund pro Woche anbietet. Barcelona bleibt jedoch scharf auf den Brasilianer und glaubt, dass er ihr bevorzugtes nächstes Ziel ist, wenn sie können match Chelsea's offer.The Spanish club have struggled financially of late but have now received a cash boost of £179m after selling 10 per cent of their LaLiga TV rights for the next 25 years to global investment firm Sixth Street. Friday 1 July 2022 12:00 , Jonathan Gorrie Could be a bad week for Arsenal. Having seen their attempts to sign Leeds United star Raphinha gazumped by Chelsea (and potentially Barcelona), Manchester United could do something similar in regards to Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez. Standard Sport understands the Gunners are pushing for a quick deal with the Dutch giants, although the Argentine international might have other ideas. Indeed, the Daily Mail claim the idea of linking up with former boss Erik Ten Hag at Old Trafford appeals to Martinez. Friday 1 July 2022 11:57 , Jonathan Gorrie Jesse Lingard had seemed set for a move back to West Ham after his Manchester United contract offically expired on Thursday. The Telegraph, however, claim Tottenham are considering a move for the 29-year-old. A free agent boasting bags of experience and able to play across the frontline, Antonio Conte is reportedly considering him.

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Remember Brittney Griner this Independence Day. We're not free until she is

Between hot dogs or tofu sticks and a sip of beer, let's contemplate the illusion of our freedom, because we're not free until Brittney Griner is free. (Author: Gardener)

this Independence DayThe WNBA is slowly approaching the halfway point of the 2022 season, set by the July 9-10 All-Star Weekend in Chicago. But the festivities celebrating the league's best will be missing one of its biggest stars: Brittney Griner, who has been jailed in Russia since February 17. Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport. The latest extension added another six months to the time she is expected to spend in a cell as her case moves into the trial phase, which began in Moscow on Friday - three days before the July 4 holiday in the US celebrating the nation's independence. As Americans enjoy the long summer weekend with loved ones, Griner will find herself wading through a legal system she's unfamiliar with in a country where she doesn't speak the language. Americans will drive an arrow into the dystopian quality of these events and fry burgers on the grill while Griner awaits her fate in a possible 10-year sentence. It's a dark juxtaposition, but not just because of Brittney. Too many of us avert our eyes from the violation of liberties when it happens to others and only chisel our own indifference when it happens to us. This attitude of apathy towards the injustices and betrayals inflicted on others keeps our democracy and the freedoms that come with it on the dangerous edge. There is a crushing boredom among those who enjoy their constitutional guarantees to the fullest in terms of race, gender and socioeconomic boundaries, while so many others are left with only a theoretical approach to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. So as long as Griner remains locked in a cell or paraded handcuffed in front of the media, we should consider ourselves free from her unique bondage—but similarly bound. Griner set out to play basketball on the other side of the world because the salaries for women basketball players in the US were black women in the US to them. Systemically excluded groups continue to bear the brunt of freedom-denying politics and social hierarchies more often than other groups and with greater force. That's why I've started a petition to ensure Brittney's safe and speedy return to the United States. Sign to get us over 300,000 and share with #WeAreBG on social media? #WeAreBG is more than a hashtag; It is an admission that the freedoms we have been granted in this constitutional democracy have never been guaranteed and appear to be in jeopardy and in need of protection. Because deprivation of liberty only happens to others until it happens to you. It behooves us this Independence Day to embrace the idea that we are all Brittney Griners and reflect on how we are not free, yet passively convince ourselves otherwise. Between hot dogs or tofu sticks and a sip of beer, let's contemplate the illusion of our freedom, because we're not free until Brittney Griner is free. Tamryn Spruill covers women's basketball from an intersectional perspective. Spruill started the Change.org viral petition to bring Brittney Griner home in March 2022. The views expressed in this article are those of the author. Related Articles US hasn't contacted reports of captured Americans, Russia says

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Adele looks glamorous on the second night at the BST Hyde Park Festival

Adele, 34, cut a glamorous figure as she took the stage in front of a crowd of 65,000 at the BST Hyde Park Festival in London on Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

the BST Hyde Park FestivalAdele cut a glamorous figure as she took the stage at the BST Hyde Park Festival in London on Saturday in front of a crowd of 65,000. The 34-year-old singer, who took to the stage the night before for her first public show since headlining two Wembley concerts in 2017, wore a glamorous black off-the-shoulder dress with a pleated skirt and sequin detailing. The Hello hitmaker's jeweled ensemble glittered under the bright stage lights, her outfit being fitted at the waist. Adele performed her first track 'Hello' to the huge crowd as well as tracks from her latest album '30' including 'I Drink Wine'. It was the second public show Adele played since she headlined two Wembley concerts in 2017. She postponed her stay in Las Vegas in January. On Friday, the star held back tears as she addressed the audience and told them she was "f**king s****ing" after performing her first song. Before taking the stage, Adele was supported by all the women including Kasey Musgraves, Gabrielle and Self Esteem. Kacey Musgraves looked glamorous in a dazzling tracksuit as an all-female cast took the stage on the Saturday before Adele's second night at BST Hyde Park in London. The country singer, 33, donned the metallic rainbow two-piece, which featured a black geometric pattern, for her performance. Pop star Kacey's crop top gave a slight glimpse of her waist as she gazed out at the crowd with her mic in hand. She would sometimes strum a black guitar while singing to her fans in the audience. Kacey was one of several musicians performing live at the festival ahead of Adele's main show that night. British singer Gabrielle, 52, wore an all-black outfit for her performance this weekend. The hitmaker wore a black semi-sheer trench coat with puff sleeves as she stood behind the mic stand. The piece was tied in the middle to accentuate her waist and she wore a pair of black leggings underneath. The star wore a pair of black ankle boots and accessorised with a pair of matching statement earrings. Meanwhile, the band Self Esteem put on an animated performance as they took the stage. She opted for a corset top and sported a black cropped shrug that matched the rest of her outfit. It comes after Adele - who headlined Friday and Saturday in Hyde Park this week - said she found the thought of letting her fans down during her show on Friday "shameful". The 34-year-old singer feels like she let her fans down when she postponed her stay at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas earlier this year, and Adele addressed the issue during her show. The Grammy winner, who made her first UK gig in five years, told the crowd: "I know a lot has happened with this album and I'm sure many of you feel like you've been left alone Down and such, which really embarrasses and upsets me. Earlier this year, a source told The Sun that Adele will be "doing everything she can" to reschedule her stay in Las Vegas as soon as possible. The singer was forced to reschedule her shows at Caesars Palace after Covid hit her backstage team, but Adele is determined to reschedule the shows as soon as possible, according to the insider.

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Brittney Griner's "sham" trial in Russia is underway. Here's what you should know about their plight.

WNBA superstar Brittney Griner's trial begins in Russia while fellow cast members (and even Congress) fight for her return to the United States. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney Griner'sAfter more than four months in prison, Brittney Griner will face a drug offense in Russia on Friday. The process will lack legitimacy and will resemble more of a "sham," Russian legal expert Jamison Firestone told USA TODAY Sports via email. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States and a seven-time WNBA All-Star, has been in a Russian jail since February 17 when authorities arrested her at an airport near Moscow for allegedly pouring hash oil into vape cartridges carried with it. A guilty verdict – less than 1% of Russian defendants are acquitted, according to the Associated Press – could carry a sentence of 10 years in prison. S.'s government has consistently raised concerns about her safety and called for her immediate release. "Her family and supporters are doing the right thing, keeping her in the headlines and continuing to pressure the US government to get her out," Firestone wrote. Vladimir Putin knows that the Griner case has caused an international stir. Griner might have excellent Russian representation, but that doesn't matter. The facts and specifics don't matter, Firestone said. "It's very frustrating, uncomfortable and numbing," wrote Firestone, a key proponent of the Magnitsky Act, the 2012 law that allows the U. "Then, in the end, prosecutors will ask for either a conviction or a further stay. Then the judge will read the decision, which was likely written before the trial began." WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a hearing in Khimki, just outside Moscow, Russia, on Monday, June 27, 2022. Translating Griner's English is another area where the court could frame her, Firestone said.What's likely, he said, is that prosecutors will ask for a delayed sentencing.Since Griner has already been sentenced to at least another six months, they can Combining suspense and spotlight on Putin. Every decision "was probably written before the trial began," Firestone wrote. "If it's a verdict," he said, "it doesn't matter how long it takes, since their case is ultimately one of politics and not decided by law.” The S. House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for Griner's immediate release was changed. The S. State Department on May 3 classified Griner as "wrongfully detained." Since March, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has claimed he has a duty to bring home imprisoned Americans abroad -- including Paul Whelan, who faces a 16-year sentence on espionage charges -- the department's "top priority." Victoria Kirby York, deputy chief executive of the National Black Justice Coalition, said the six-month extension should buy more time to use her as a political pawn. York met with Blinken in June and said, "I realize they're doing everything they can to bring Brittney home." Much of the substance of the talks with the State Department requires confidentiality given the nature of the situation, Kirby York said. "You can't trust anything the Russian government has to say," she said. More: Brittney Griner's situation is simple; bringing her home from Russia is anything but | Opinion More: Former Russian prisoner Trevor Reed speaks for WNBA star Brittney Griner at Houston rally It comes down to President Joe Biden and Putin, who have the power to bring them home, but both leaders seek their own political cover, Kirby York explained. "And I'm sure Brittney's wife and family would sleep better at night, including all types of Americans who have many reasons for being abroad," Kirby York said. The State Department could not link Griner, who is openly gay, to her wife, Cherelle Griner, during a phone call on June 20, the couple's wedding anniversary. Cherelle Griner communicated with her only via email during her incarceration. "Everything about it is your worst nightmare," Cherelle Griner told Al Sharpton on his radio show Wednesday. Russian media have speculated that a prisoner swap like the one that freed Trevor Reed from Russia in April is still a possibility. "But it's not done because she's not here," Cherelle Griner told Sharpton. "We won't shut up until she gets back. We will never allow them to take their precious time. She is human. She fights. She's scared. She's there, alone.” A Phoenix Mercury fan holds up a “Free Brittney Griner” sign during the team's May 6 season opener. Kirby York believes Griner's support in America would be greater if she weren't part of the LGBTQ community. "If people weren't looking at them through the lens of racial prejudice and prejudice against LGBTQ people, there would be a lot more people upset to fight back and urge President Biden to move quickly and negotiate a deal quickly." said Kirby said York. That level of intellectual curiosity to empathize with another American disappears when the person is black and likes the same sex, says Kirby York. "I know if Tom Brady was being held against his will, those same people would say, 'President Biden is not doing enough. President Biden has to make a deal today.' "Savannah Carrillo sat on the sidelines at the Washington Mystics home game against the Atlanta Dream wearing a 'We Are BG' shirt. Carrillo, the girlfriend of Christyn Williams, the Mystics' first-round pick for 2022, put herself in Cherelle Griner's shoes."It hurts like hell over here," Carrillo told USA TODAY Sports.The overriding emotion she had when thinking about Griner was "fear, to be honest." Players' Association President Nneka Ogwumike and other notable WNBA players have taken to social media to pressure the White House It's been 131 days since our friend Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia It's been 131 days since that our friend Brittney Griner was unjustly detained in Russia. It's time for her to come home. It's time for her to come home. #WeAreBG - Breanna Stewart (@breannastewart) Jun 28 20 22 Anything,” Carrillo replied when asked what kind of action she would like the government to take. "Honestly no," Carrillo said, "but I would hope and pray so." Cherelle Griner said, "There is nothing about it justice." This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Brittney Griner's 'sham' trial in Russia is im underway

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People with COVID-19 can infect cats and dogs and make them sick by cuddling them, a study says

VANCOUVER -- Cat and dog owners who cuddle their pets when they're infected with COVID-19 could be causing the animals to contract the virus, according to a Canadian study. (Author: Gardener)

VANCOUVERVANCOUVER -- Cat and dog owners who cuddle their pets when they're infected with COVID-19 could be causing the animals to contract the virus, according to a Canadian study. The study says that while it was already known that animals such as cats, dogs, ferrets and hamsters appear to be susceptible to COVID-19, transmission may be more common than previously thought. The research, published this month in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, included 69 cats and 49 dogs, including pets and animals from shelters and spay/neuter clinics. Pet owners were also asked to complete an online survey about how they interact with their animals. “These data indicate a relatively common human-to-animal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and that certain human-animal contacts — for example, kissing the pet, pet sleeping on the bed — appear to increase the risk ", says the study. "We concluded that infections in dogs and cats reflect direct transmission from humans to animals, given the pandemic nature of this virus in humans and the limited contact of most pets with other animals." Dogs and cats living in shelters showed im Lower rates of COVID-19 infection compared to those living with humans, said study co-author Prof. "It was quite a substantial difference, as we expected," Weese said. Dorothee Bienzle, of the University of Guelph's pathobiology department, said the results suggest cats have a higher rate of COVID-19 infection than dogs. "It has to do with how well the virus attaches to the receptor in the cat's or dog's respiratory system," Bienzle said. The high prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in cats surprised researchers, she said. "We didn't expect so many," she said. Animals infected with COVID-19 show symptoms similar to people who contract the virus, she said. Weese said cats can transmit the infection to each other and to humans as well. A veterinarian in Thailand was diagnosed with COVID-19 in August 2021 after being sneezed on by an infected cat belonging to a patient who had tested positive for the virus, he said. Genetic analysis showed the virus was passed from cat owner to pet and to vet, Weese said. There is also evidence that mink infected by humans could spread the virus to other humans, he said. Human-to-animal transmission can be minimized by owners keeping their distance, wearing a mask and taking other precautions, just as they would to prevent infecting a person, he said. "Ideally, we want to prevent it from spreading as much as possible so that people can limit contact with animals if they are infected," he said.

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Why is Brittney Griner in Russia anyway? Because the NBA isn't doing enough financially to help the WNBA.

Griner and other WNBA players are forced to play overseas to maximize their value. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerBrittney Griner was escorted into a courtroom in Russia on Friday for her drug-related trial. These are just some of the feelings evoked at the thought of WNBA star Brittney Griner's incarceration after seeing pictures of her handcuffed in a Russian courtroom on Friday, early in her trial on spurious drug charges. One of the queens of American women's basketball is a geopolitical pawn in the icy relations between the United States and Russia. Griner could be on a WNBA court rather than the kangaroo of a foreign power if the wage gap between female basketball players and their male counterparts were not as wide as the political divide in America The Polarized. That pay gap is why Griner, a seven-time WNBA All-Star, two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, and two-time WNBA Scoring Champion, took first place in Russia. Griner made $1 million to $1.5 million playing for oligarch-funded UMMC Ekaterinburg, a superpower that has long spent the highest dollar on the world's top female players. The WNBA's meager pay has pushed Griner into the Russian crosshairs. No one expects WNBA players to do the same as their NBA counterparts. However, sports and leagues offer value beyond their balance sheet, especially when they symbolize opportunity and equality. If we say that we value them as a society, then we have to ask more of the NBA compared to the WNBA. The value of each unit cannot be measured only in money. You can't put a price on the dreams of millions of girls or one woman's freedom. While Griner's safety and freedom are paramount, her ordeal has shed light on the plight of professional women basketball players. WNBA players are forced to play overseas to maximize their value. You cannot bet money from the league. The WNBA salary cap is $1.4 million per team. The minimum salary for an NBA player with one year of experience is expected to be $1.637 million. The league minimum is around $60,000, or what an NBA player would leave in the glove box of his Bentley. There are marketing deals, bonuses, and the Commissioner's Cup competition that can increase compensation, but it's not enough to turn down the money great ballerinas can make overseas. There is a money gap between the NBA and the WNBA. Two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokić has just agreed to the most lucrative contract in NBA history, a five-year, $270 million supermax extension that will take his salary to $303 million over the next six seasons. You can't convince me that the league can't afford to spend more money to maintain and subsidize the WNBA given what it stands for 50 years after Title IX? It doesn't take an economist Adam Smith to understand that the leagues are at opposite ends of the economic spectrum from a supply and demand perspective. The WNBA does not make a profit. If profit was the only goal, why did the NBA create the WNBA in the first place? Reigning Connecticut Sun WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones was a teammate of Griner for UMMC Ekaterinburg, which was eliminated from the EuroLeague Women after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Jones told ESPN that she earned what she earned all season in the WNBA in one month. The pay gap is so great that UMMC Ekaterinburg once paid UConn women's basketball legend Diana Taurasi to skip the 2015 WNBA season, which runs in the summer, entirely. Griner's cause was ubiquitous in the WNBA with her initials and jersey number - BG42 - on the courts of all 12 teams and players calling for her release while pressuring President Joe Biden's administration to do more to make that happen . The Associated Press quoted WNBA Players Association President Nneka Ogwumike in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America as saying, WNBA players have complained about things such as being charged for their own upgrades on commercial flights have to pay. Some WNBA owners are willing to raise the bar when it comes to amenities like charter flights, but others have resisted spending more. The New York Liberty was fined $500,000 by the league last season for charter flights. In February, the league conducted a capital increase, raising $75 million from investors who had acquired a stake in the league. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert is focused on raising the league's profile and cash flow, but without greater financial backing from the NBA, she has a difficult task. The most socially committed of the major sports leagues needs to spend more money on gender equality. Next year, the WNBA will penalize players if they miss the start of training camp or show up after May 1, whichever is later. 2024 players may be banned for the season. It is currently routine for players to be late after securing lucrative foreign contracts. Unfortunately, the NBA and WNBA cannot control the outcome of Griner's case. They cannot improve their conditions in Russia. But they can use their ordeal to inspire improved WNBA working conditions and a women's basketball venue worthy of the world-class athletes on the court.

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Marcel Brands reveals Everton's struggles and disputes with owner Farhad Moshiri

The Dutchman has criticized the build-up at Everton and interference from owner Farhad Moshiri. (Author: Gardener)

Farhad MoshiriMarcel Brands has spoken out about the difficulties he faced in fulfilling his role as director of football at Everton Football Club, which he held between May 2018 and December 2021 during a period of disorder at Goodison Park. Brands was one of many members of the club's sporting side - including managers, coaches and technical staff - to have left recently amid a haphazard, ineffective and expensive approach to recruiting players and backroom staff. Although the Dutchman held this role as Director of Football, for much of his time at the club it was felt that he was not able to freely exercise the role and not really 'manage' football, as the job title would suggest. "It was a wonderful experience at a wonderful club," Brands said of his time at Everton. The fans and also the history of the club were great, but it's very difficult to shape a club like that. "You end up not getting the satisfaction you want. So much is possible at the club if you do it right, but you don't have the time to build something up.” Brands is now in a similar role as general manager in his home country at former club PSV Eindhoven. One that is intended to offer a club stability, even when there are changes in coaches, coaching staff or players. The football director's goal is to recruit players who fit a certain style and coaches who can get the best out of them. That means if a high-profile player is sold or a manager moves to another team, as was the case with Carlo Ancelotti's Everton departure to Real Madrid, there is at least some continuity and a plan to replace departing staff. But that was never the case at Everton, who have appointed six managers over the last seven years with little to no continuity. This has resulted in a rebuild each time a new manager has been hired, usually with owner intervention, frivolously and without a long-term plan. "I was struggling to go from a player contract of 50,000 a week to 45,000 a week because that fit the salary structure better and was more in line with the quality of the player," Brands added. “And then the owner called and said he was sitting with another player and he could come for 175,000 a week. He earns three times as much as the others.” “Something like that makes it difficult. You also see the difference with clubs where the structure is good. You don't see crazy transfers anymore." Speaking of the Premier League in general, where there are some big clubs in terms of their global brand, but many who still run their transfer business in a disorganized way, Brands sounded almost taken aback by the way how things are made. "The Premier League is so fantastically well organized and such a strong brand, but there is still so much room for improvement in money management," he said. “To give an example, every time a coach is fired, the whole team has to go. You don't build anything that way. "I tried until my last breath to keep coach Marco Silva in the saddle because I was convinced that he was a top coach," added Brands. "I had to talk like a madman to keep Ancelotti in the saddle but in the end he went to Real Madrid because he felt the owners' support wasn't there." Everton will hope they learn from those mistakes but with current owner Farhad Moshiri at the helm, there could always be the possibility of the unnecessary and damaging interventions that Brand is talking about. Brands also mentioned to ESPN last week that "the owners are very involved, which makes it easy to influence them. That sometimes makes it very difficult. Moshiri has put a lot of money into the club but it hasn't been spent wisely, leading to Everton's current situation where they were on the verge of breaching Financial Fair Play rules while at the same time being on the verge of relegation. They hope their strategic review of football and new director of football Kevin Thelwell, along with manager Frank Lampard, can put the club back on track to qualify for European football.

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