NASCAR Cup COTA race dubbed Texas Grand Prix, tyre test set for early March with former champs

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas has a new name that breaks away from convention of containing the race distance. On Thursday, Speedway Motorsports (SMI) announced EchoPark Automotive will sponsor the 23 May race and dub it the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. The circuit will also host a Goodyear tyre test on Tuesday, 2 March with former series champions Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and Brad Keselowski.

The term “Grand Prix” is commonly associated with other forms of road racing such as Formula One, which runs the United States Grand Prix at the circuit. In contrast, NASCAR traditionally prefers to use race names that follow the pattern of title sponsor and distance, especially in mileage such as the Daytona 500. Some road course races on the NASCAR schedule instead opt to use kilometres for their distances, such as the Bank of Read the rest

Solskjaer reacts to Shoretire performance, reveals expectations for the season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certainly pleased with Shola Shoretire and spent plenty of time praising him following his European debut.

The academy product broke a nearly 40-year-old record to become the youngest player ever to feature in European competition when he was brought on vs Real Sociedad.

United’s own Norman Whiteside was the one who held the record and fans are hoping it’s a sign of the better things to come.

Shoretire is highly rated by those at Old Trafford and supporters even wanted to see him play the whole 90 minutes.

However, Solskjaer has opted to protect the young winger as much as possible and it’s a decision that should bring long-term benefits.

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Haaland’s reported £68m release clause thrown into doubt amid Liverpool interest

Liverpool are said to be keen on signing Erling Haaland, but doubt has now been thrown over the Dortmund superstar’s reported release clause.

The Reds are credited with interest in the Norway international by the Daily Mirror, but could be put off by a revelation in today’s edition of BILD.

As covered by CaughtOffside, the reliable German outlet sates Haaland’s release clause is actually ‘in excess of €100m’ (£86.5m), contrary to other reports.

TalkSPORT, while not the most reputable source by any means, do have solid links in the industry and previously claimed the striker has a release clause of £68m which activates next year.

MORE: PSG admit they ‘have to make a decision’ over Mbappe’s future amid Liverpool links

It seems the potential transfer fee may not be the only stumbling block either, as the Star report a hots of clubs – including Liverpool – … Read the rest

Argentina media outlet speculates the options River Plate has to replace the potentially departing Santos Borré

River Plate is realizing that their striker Rafael Santos Borré will be departing, more than likely to Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras.

As it seems more evident that the days go by that the 25-year-old will depart, River Plate will need to start making its list for possible replacements. TNT Sports confirms that Los Millonarios have two options to replace the potentially outgoing Colombian striker.

The first target that River Plate has circled is FC Zenit … Read the rest

Juve fans regret the sale of former star in 2019

Joao Cancelo spent only one season in Turin, but it was apparently more than enough to convince the Juventus supporters of his capabilities.

The Portuguese was among the best performers for the Old Lady in the 2018/19 season.

Nonetheless, Manchester City came knocking on the door, and the rich English side ended up sealing a transfer for their man.

The Premier League giants paid 28 millions plus the services of Danilo to finalize the deal.

Whilst Danilo and Cancelo both struggled in their first season with their new clubs, they are currently enjoying a much better campaign.

The Brazilian has turned into a key player for Andrea Pirlo’s defense, serving on both flanks, as well as a center back at times.

Nonetheless, the Portuguese is the one who’s catching the eye of the football fans with some highly impressive performances for the Cityzens.

According to ilBianconero, most of the … Read the rest

Can Alexander Isak be the firepower Barcelona need in their attacking arsenal

With incoming presidential elections and the resulting anticipation of a rebuild, more and more players are being linked to Barcelona. Besides big names like Erling Haaland and David Alaba, Real Sociedad centre-forward Alexander Isak is reportedly on the Catalans’ radar. A new striker is an absolute must for the club and Isak’s €70 million release clause is turning heads. His stock is rising and he has a bright future ahead of him, but should Barcelona pursue him?

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Isak is currently in the midst of his second season for Basque-outfit Real Sociedad. The 21-year old started his career at the Swedish club AIK before moving to Borussia Dortmund’s youth setup in 2017. Lacking first-team opportunities, he was loaned to Dutch club Willem II, where he tallied an impressive 14 goals and 7 assists in 18 appearances. Isak then moved to Sociedad in the summer of 2019 and … Read the rest

Air Force vet Keith McGee making NASCAR Truck debut at Richmond with AF Reserve support

17 April’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway will mark the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series début of Keith McGee, who will drive the #33 for Reaume Brothers Racing. While the plans have been in place since January, the United States Air Force veteran will have backing from the Air Force Reserve, as announced on Wednesday evening.

“All of here at Reaume Brothers Racing are honored that Keith will have the support of the US Air Force Reserve for his upcoming races this season,” said RBR owner Josh Reaume in a team release. “It is really cool to see that the Air Force Reserve is helping back a veteran of their branch pursue his dream in NASCAR now, after he has served for this country.”

McGee served in the Air Force from 2001 to 2009 as a radar specialist. A racing fan since youth, he began driving himself … Read the rest

"Let's see": Solskjaer coy on Man United's links to sensational talent

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a curious response when asked about the club’s interest in Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

The sensational striker is probably Europe’s most sought-after talent for the upcoming transfer window and it remains to be seen if he will be sold.

United came close to signing Haaland before he decided to move to Dortmund instead and it’s believed that interest has remained.

Given Anthony Martial‘s struggles this season, it’s clear a new number nine is needed at Old Trafford to boost their chances of success.

On paper, it’s a match made in heaven but it’s a deal that is extremely complicated to make happen, though the legendary Norwegian has certainly left the door open.

According to the club’s official website, Solskjaer said: “I think when you have had kids and players though as coach, you follow them, of course.

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Liverpool to face competition for Raphinha signing from Manchester United – report

Manchester United are allegedly preparing to battle out with Liverpool in the summer for the signing of Leeds’ Raphinha, as reported by Tutto Mercato (via the Daily Star).

The high-flying Brazilian has been in excellent form since the turn of the new year, registering six goal contributions in his last nine Premier League games.

Jurgen Klopp is thought to be a strong admirer of the former Rennes man, who only joined Marcelo Bielsa’s side last summer.

Any involvement from the Red Devils, or another top four side, could present a dilemma to the German, however, if the Reds fail to gain top four qualification this season.

READ MORE: LFC-linked Ligue 1 star expected to end up at Liverpool – report

As injuries pile up, and Liverpool continue to struggle for domestic form, such an eventuality (inconceivable as it might be, considering the club’s status as incumbent league champions) becomes … Read the rest

River Plate starlet to miss time due to Mononucleosis; status for Argentina’s World Cup qualifying fixtures next month in doubt

River Plate will be without one of their key players for the next few weeks, as their starlet will miss some time due to Mononucleosis.

The club announced that Gonzalo Montiel is out due to Mono, and there’s no timetable for when the 24-year-old will return to the pitch. However, his status with Los Millonarios isn’t the only thing in question.

In March, the Argentina National Team will return to action for two fixtures in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. … Read the rest