Petty GMS Motorsports born from RPM/GMS deal

Petty GMS Motorsports is a rather redundant name as GMS stands for Gallagher Motor Sports, but it is the identity of the NASCAR Cup Series‘ newest team. On Tuesday, Richard Petty Motorsports and GMS Racing completed their marriage by announcing the team name. Erik Jones will remain in the #43 Cherolet Camaro ZL1 that comes over from the RPM side, while Ty Dillon will pilot the #42.

GMS, a Camping World Truck Series team, purchased a majority interest in RPM last Wednesday from Andrew Murstein’s Medallion Financial while Richard Petty maintains his share in the operation. Owned by Maurice Gallagher Jr., GMS announced plans to run the full Cup schedule in June, though with the #94 prior to Tuesday’s announcement. Dillon joined the team in October.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to work with Richard, arguably the greatest driver in NASCAR history, and form Petty GMS Motorsports,”Read the rest

(Video) “Absolutely outstanding” – Jurgen Klopp on a fantastic evening at the San Siro as 100% European record remains intact

Jurgen Klopp was beaming with pride as his side won their sixth successive Champions League game and qualified with maximum points.

We became the first English team to keep a 100% record and when our boss took to the press after the game, it was clear how happy he was with his mighty Reds.

The 54-year-old said: “What the boys did tonight, I couldn’t be more proud to be honest. It was an incredible game and I’m so happy about so many things tonight and of course that we won the game in the end was great.

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“The performance was absolutely outstanding and playing this game tonight, having 21 shots, okay not 21 on target but 21 times we’ve finished a situation off and so many situations Read the rest

Patrick Vieira’s old team-mate reveals team-talk against Man Utd that showed he would one day be a manager

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira showed his potential qualities as a coach during his days as a Manchester City player, according to former team-mate Shay Given.

The Frenchman is most well known in the Premier League for his years as Arsenal captain and one of the Invincibles side of 2003/04, but he also had a stint at City towards the end of his playing career.

Vieira would then also go on to work with City’s academy after retirement from playing, and since then he’s pursued a career in management that led him to the Palace job this summer.

Given, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Newcastle, recalled the moment when he realised Vieira could be a manager – the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United back in 2011.

Yaya Toure went on to score the winner that day in an important victory … Read the rest

Manchester City latest club seeking services of Barcelona forward

Ousmane Dembele’s contract situation at Barcelona has led to a lot of interest in his services from clubs across Europe.

Premier League giants Manchester United, Chelsea have constantly been linked with the Frenchman while Newcastle United have also emerged as shock suitors following their newfound riches. Ligue 1 giants PSG are also keenly monitoring the 24-year-old as they consider a free transfer swoop for him in the summer.

Now, English publication Express (h/t Fichajes) is claiming that reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have also thrown their hat in the ring for the signing of Dembele.

The report states that the Cityzens have been keeping tabs on the development of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner for quite some time now, with manager Pep Guardiola believed to be an admirer of the forward.

They are now considering signing the former Borussia Dortmund star on a Bosman move in the summer … Read the rest

“The potential was there to bring home more points” – Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto

Scuderia Ferrari have all but sealed third place in the Constructors standings, after Charles Leclerc finished seventh and Carlos Sainz Jr eighth at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

It was a solid display by the Prancing Horses, both Leclerc and Sainz performed well to bring home yet more points for the team, with Sainz putting on an impressive attacking display having started fifteenth.

The race could’ve gone very differently for the team however, Leclerc was lucky to finish the race after tangling with Sergio Pérez during the restart after the races first red flag. The collision saw Pérez spin across half the circuit’s width, causing mayhem and further collisions behind, resulting in a second red flag of the race. Leclerc survived, Péred didn’t. Neither were at fault though, there just wasn’t enough room for the drivers at the time.

Had it not been for the red flags Ferrari may have … Read the rest

Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano explains how close Liverpool came to signing two reported targets in the summer window

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that deals for reported summer targets Raphinha and Renato Sanches were never close to completion due to significant pricing obstacles.

The Reds were said to be interesting in bolstering both the forward line and the midfield following Gini Wijnaldum’s summer departure on a free transfer.

“The model of the deal has always been Diogo Jota – right moment, right price, and this kind of negotiation is the one Liverpool wanted,” the journalist told Empire of the Kop.

“It was not possible because, as you mentioned, Raphinha was one of the first players they had on their list but Leeds were asking for a lot of money and so it was impossible to negotiate and sign the player during the summer.

“Same for other potential ideas because, for example, Liverpool always had Renato Sanches in their minds as a potential midfielder to sign to replace Gini Read the rest

Opinion: 5 potential striker transfers for Arsenal to replace misfiring Aubameyang, including PL ace

Arsenal surely need to think seriously about making a change up front after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s total loss of form.

The Gabon international was left on the bench against Everton last night, but still came on late in the game, missing a great chance with one of the last kicks of the match, extending his long goalless streak in the process.

It’s now six games in a row that Aubameyang has failed to find the back of the net, with the 32-year-old on his longest run without scoring since he moved to the Emirates Stadium.

We started to see signs of Aubameyang’s decline last season as well, so could the Gunners now enter the market for a replacement?

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Xavi’s plan to defeat Bayern Munich

Barcelona face a huge challenge on Wednesday as they gear up to take on Bayern Munich in their final Group E fixture of the UEFA Champions League.

The Catalan heavyweights are currently second in the group but need all three points to seal progression through to the next round. However, that will be easier said than done against a Bayern Munich outfit who have a 100% record in Europe this term and have decimated Barca in their last two meetings.

The 0-1 defeat to Real Betis this weekend showed that the Catalans have a long way to go under the new manager, Xavi Hernandez, who only took over the reins at Camp Nou. And, as he gets ready for the biggest test of his managerial career to date, Mundo Deportivo sheds light on the plans that the 41-year-old has devised to get the better of the German champions.

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Tyler Carpenter secures NASCAR Truck ride with Gateway Dirt win

Pending sanctioning body approval, Tyler Carpenter has turned his dirt track success into a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opportunity. By winning Saturday’s Gateway Dirt Nationals Super Late Model race, he will get the chance to drive a truck for Niece Motorsports at Knoxville Raceway on 18 June 2022.

Days before the Nationals, held at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Niece announced the “Win and You’re In” programme in partnership with the event. The premise laid out was simple: win the Late Model race and one could race a NASCAR Truck. Knoxville is one of two dirt tracks on the series schedule along with Bristol Motor Speedway.

Carpenter, who won the most recent edition in 2019, backed it up by scoring the Thursday preliminary victory followed by the feature two nights later. After the preliminary win, he made waves with a very colourful interview in which he … Read the rest

(Video) Exclusive: “His Dad’s a Liverpool fan” – Ex-Red on the potential transfer of Jarrod Bowen from West Ham

Jarrod Bowen has long been linked with a potential move to Liverpool and now a former Red has added his thoughts on the possible transfer of the midfielder.

Speaking exclusively to Empire of the Kop, Stan Collymore has given opinions of the move for the West Ham player.

He said: “His Dad’s a Liverpool fan I believe, that’s something clubs are getting on to as if you have a potential link to a player, use it.

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“I’m still not quite convinced that after a good season and a half … that he’ll go on and take incremental steps up with West Ham or with other clubs.

“Bowen would be one that will be in a basket of targets … but I want to see him see the season out and see him with Read the rest