Nikita Mazepin jumps to rally raid, expected to run Silk Way Rally

According to a report from the First Place Telegram group, Nikita Mazepin is expected to make the jump from Formula One to rally raiding beginning with the Silk Way Rally on 6–16 July. Although not yet confirmed, a source close to race organisers revealed the likelihood of his entry is “close to 100 percent.” Should things work out, he will likely race in the T4 SSV category for Snag Racing Team.

Mazepin lost his Haas F1 ride after just one season following his country’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Penalties from the FIA have limited his racing plans for at least 2022; while he could compete internationally under a neutral flag, Russian nationals have faced a multitude of sanctions (Mazepin and his father have been sanctioned by the European Union) to the point where he could feasibly only race within Russia or ally Belarus.

With no other options, he … Read the rest

Jordan Henderson on the ‘different qualities’ he brings to the ‘Fabinho role’ when filling in for him in the Liverpool team

Fabinho looks set to return to the Liverpool team for the Champions League final but Jordan Henderson is confident he can fill in for the Brazilian.

Speaking with Sky Sports, the 31-year-old said: “It’s a different role altogether, but I’ve played that role for a number of years now. I’ve played it a lot this season and also over the past four or five years really. I’ve played in big games in that role.

“Yes, you do have to adapt, but that is because of the position and the role that it is.

READ MORE: (Video) Joel Matip on how Liverpool’s ‘concentration is on Wolves’ ahead of the final Premier League game of the season

“But I feel like I’m experienced in that position and can do a job, if needed, when Fabinho is out or when the gaffer has rotated and tried to keep people fresh.

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“All that could go wrong has gone wrong” – Arsenal legend bemoans “abysmal” Gunners collapse

Arsenal legend Michael Thomas has bemoaned the Gunners’ collapse as they now look set to miss out on the top four.

Back-to-back defeats for Mikel Arteta’s side against Tottenham and Newcastle United have all but ended the club’s hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

It now requires a massive stroke of luck for Arsenal on the final day of the season, with Arteta’s side needing to beat Everton, who are fighting for their lives just above the relegation zone, whilst also hoping for an unlikely win for Norwich City over Spurs.

Arsenal hero Thomas is certainly disappointed with how it’s played out, describing the performance at Newcastle in particular as “abysmal”.

“All that could go wrong has gone wrong,” Thomas told CaughtOffside. “The decisions didn’t go the way we needed against Tottenham and the performance was well below par. Spurs didn’t have to be great to win the … Read the rest

Napoli have expressed their interest in loaning 32-year-old Barcelona midfielder

A recent report from Diario SPORT has offered an update on the future of Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian midfielder is set to return from his loan spell at Besiktas later this summer, but he is not involved in Xavi Hernandez’s plans for next season.

Pjanic had joined the club in 2020 in a swap deal involving Arthur Melo. But the midfielder never really managed to establish himself as a key player at Camp Nou, often lacking game-time.

He featured in just over 600 minutes of league football during his maiden season in La Liga. His lack of prominence in the first team saw Barça sanction a loan deal to Besiktas last summer.

One year later, the Bosnian could once again be on the move, but this time on a permanent deal as Barcelona look to cash in on him in the summer transfer window.

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ERX Motor Park faces local challenges, questions about future

ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, is a popular spot in the region for snowmobile and off-road racing, the latter of which includes annual stops by Championship Off-Road and Nitro Rallycross. However, complaints have hampered hopes of expanding the facility and potentially placed its existence on the line. The Elk River City Council held a meeting on Monday to discuss whether to grant changes to the track’s conditional use permit (CUP), though debate has delayed a decision until the COR race weekend on 15/16 July.

Much of the resistance concerns noise or upgraded facilities encroaching on private property, both of which are not uncommon reasons for race tracks in populated residential areas failing to see much further development and/or the arrival of larger racing championships, a concept that is commonly dubbed NIMBYism (“Not In My Back Yard”). Perhaps the most notable example in recent American motorsport comes at … Read the rest

‘Definitely not’ – Jurgen Klopp provides fitness update on Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk ahead of final three games of the season

Jurgen Klopp was able to provide Liverpool supporters with an update on the fitness of Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Speaking with the media ahead of the Southampton game, the 54-year-old provided news on both men: “No. Virg definitely not [ready for Southampton] but that was pretty much clear before the [Chelsea] game already that I thought, ‘OK, this is the game now.’ He played really a lot and then Saturday-Tuesday again. It was clear.

“They are both OK. So, the target would be for both that they can be involved again on the weekend. Properly involved, bench or whatever and a few minutes or start, I don’t know, we will see that, because that would then be perfect for the game [Champions League final].

READ MORE: (Video) Some Liverpool fans worry as Alisson Becker is seen hobbling after FA Cup final victory over Chelsea

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Ex-Red Devil names four most disappointing Manchester United players this season

Former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick has picked out four of the club’s most disappointing performers this season.

It’s been a miserable campaign at Old Trafford with the club missing out on a place in the top four and once again failing to win any trophies.

This saw Man Utd sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the season, but interim manager Ralf Rangnick hasn’t done much better since coming in.

Speaking exclusively to CaughtOffside, Chadwick made it clear he felt that the whole squad has to take responsibility for this poor season, with a few names in particular standing out as disappointing.

“It’s unfair to single out any individual. The squad as a whole really needs to take responsibility. It doesn’t seem right to say someone’s been worse than the rest, if results aren’t going well it’s a collective responsibility. I don’t think any of the players have performed … Read the rest

Barcelona will try to include Dutchman in the operation to sign Bayern Munich forward

Buoyed by Robert Lewandowski’s confirmation of his rejection of a potential renewal at Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona have kickstarted their operation to sign the revered frontman.

Reports coming out of Germany suggest Bayern Munich are softening their stance on Lewandowski and could entertain a sale if Barça come up with a bid of around €40 million.

A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered a status update, claiming Barcelona are set to begin negotiations in the coming days and are weighing up a bid of up to €35 million.

A crucial piece of the puzzle could be Memphis Depay. Since Barcelona are ideally not in a position to shell out anything over €30 million over an individual, they are open to sacrificing a few of their own stars in an attempt to lower the valuation.

Depay has emerged as one such candidate for Barça. The report indicates the Catalans are … Read the rest

Kurt Busch wins Kansas in 23XI banner day

As many drivers suffered tyre failures, Toyota thrived in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. All six Toyota cars finished in the top ten, with Kurt Busch leading the way as he held off Kyle Larson to win his first race as a member of 23XI Racing.

Entering Kansas, 23XI Racing had been slugging through a challenging season as Busch and team-mate Bubba Wallace were outside the top twenty in points. Both broke through on Sunday as Busch led 116 of 267 laps, more than any other driver, while Wallace consistently ran in the top five-to-ten range and ultimately finished tenth, despite suffering an uncontrolled tyre penalty on a late pit stop.

“[W]e have to clean up our messes on pit lane and at least keep the 23 where it runs when they pit,” team president Steve Lauletta tweeted about Wallace’s woes on pit road. “Working Read the rest

(Video) Bobby Firmino joins the rest of the Liverpool squad singing ‘Si Señor’ following our FA Cup final victory

Liverpool fans have created some amazing chants for our players and it’s amazing when you get to see Bobby Firmino singing along to his own.

It’s not something that is considered too much and you forget the players must know the words to all the songs too, which is shown in moments like a cup win.

After clinching our eighth FA Cup, all the players returned to the dressing room to celebrate with the trophy and each other.

READ MORE: (Image) Red smoke seen for miles in London as Liverpool fans celebrate winning the FA Cup for the eighth time

One of them was our No.9, who scored a penalty in the shoot-out, with all the players circling him and singing his much loved ‘Si Señor’ chant.

The Brazilian then entered the centre of the circle and showed off some of his trademark dancing, whilst singing along with his teammates.… Read the rest