Ryan Norman joins Dale Coyne for IndyCar debut at Mid-Ohio

Ryan Norman‘s ascent through the Road to Indy ladder seemed to hit a snag after 2019, but he will finally get his shot in the NTT IndyCar Series. On Thursday, Dale Coyne Racing announced Norman will make his IndyCar début in the #52 Honda at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on 4 July.

The 2016 Atlantic Championship winner, Norman spent three years in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport. After finishing eleventh in the standings as a rookie, he improved to a pair of fourth-place points finishes with wins at Gateway (2018) and Road America (2019). 2019 also saw him nearly win the series’ famed Freedom 100 at Indianapolis, where he was edged out by Oliver Askew by .0067 seconds.

Norman switched to sports cars in 2020 when he joined the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Driving a Hyundai Veloster N TCR for Bryan Herta Autosport, he and … Read the rest

Egypt expect Mo Salah to fight Liverpool over Olympics decision

Liverpool have reportedly blocked Mo Salah from potentially joining Egypt’s squad for the Olympic Games this summer.

That’s according to the president of the nation’s FA, Ahmed Megahed, who claims the forward has communicated that he’ll speak to the Reds’ technical staff to reconsider their call.

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Speaking to Egyptian broadcaster ONTimeSport, as per the Daily Mirror, the Egypt chief claims Salah has already verbally agreed to join the Olympic team.

I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult,” Megahed said.

Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team. We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff.

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(Video) Edinson Cavani Discusses breaking his five-match goal drought with Uruguay following win over Bolivia

Despite missing various scoring chances, Uruguay came away with a 2-0 victory, and one of the players who scored for La Celeste is Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani.

The 34-year-old spoke postgame, where TUDN relayed his comments. Cavani explained that having scored gives him confidence for what is coming and hopes that the team will maintain a positive rhythm.

“For the attackers, it is always important (to score goals); it gives you confidence, peace of mind,” Cavani said. “But here what counts is to give … Read the rest

Marseille president confirms transfer of Barcelona winger

Pablo Longoria, the president of Ligue 1 outfit Olympique de Marseille, has confirmed that the club are set to sign Barcelona winger Konrad de la Fuente.

Konrad is a product of the La Masia youth academy. The 19-year-old has been on the club’s books since 2014 and has been a regular for Barcelona’s B team over the past year or so.

The young winger even made his first-team debut for the Catalans in November last year, featuring as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League game against Dynamo Kyiv and racked up a couple more appearances as well.

However, Konrad, who has been capped one time by the United States Men’s National Team, is now set to bid adieu to Barcelona, as a transfer to French outfit Marseille looms. Indeed, the Ligue 1 club president Pablo Longoria, as quoted by SPORT, has confirmed that the deal is imminent.

“Konrad? Everything Read the rest

Jeff Gordon steps away from Fox booth, becoming Hendrick Vice Chairman

After six seasons, Jeff Gordon is stepping down from his colour commentator role at Fox Sports as he takes an elevated role at Hendrick Motorsports. On Wednesday, HMS announced the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and team co-owner will assume the position of Vice Chairman, effectively making him the second-in-command to owner Rick Hendrick. His new duties begin on 1 January 2022.

“I cannot put into words what Hendrick Motorsports means to me,” said Gordon. “In many ways, it’s my home and the people here are my family. I’ve never lost my passion for the organization, for our sport, and for the sheer challenge of racing and winning at the highest level. Being part of the competition is where I’m happiest and feel I can make the biggest contribution to the continued, long-term success of the team. Rick and I have a shared vision, which is based on Read the rest

Liverpool could be forced to reconsider pre-season plans due to COVID-19; tossing up playing one of two PL sides

Liverpool could be set to add Newcastle United to their pre-season fixture schedule in August due to the pressing demands of COVID-19 regulations.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo (via The Shields Gazette), who claim that the Reds are considering facing either one of the Magpies or Aston Villa in August to avoid restrictions accompanying the prospect of facing overseas sides.

The Newcastle upon Tyne-based outfit would be ideal opposition prior the start of the season proper considering that the two sides won’t meet until just before the winter break.

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With infections still occurring throughout the European Championship, it makes a great deal of sense for the club to pursue potential opponents at home and reduce the risk of contamination prior to the start of the 2021/22 campaign.

Given how contracting the … Read the rest

Former Uruguayan national team player doesn’t believe Man United’s Edinson Cavani will end his career in South America

The Boca Juniors-Edinson Cavani saga went on for nearly a year, and the rumor had some legs. The 34-year-old has stated that he would like to join the South American giant down the road. 

Former Uruguayan national team member Diego Lugano spoke to TNT Sports over this rumor surfacing in the future. Cavani signed a one-year extension with Manchester United and could depart next summer, and there could be interest from Cavani.

However, Lugano doesn’t see the Manchester United striker finishing his career in South America. He doesn’t state where Cavani will go after the Premier League side, but it definitely won’t be in his home continent.

Sergio Busquets speaks following Slovakia 0-5 Spain

Following a difficult start to the UEFA Euro 2020, Spain finally found their groove on Wednesday as they defeated Slovakia 5-0 in their final Group E encounter to seal passage through to the knockout stages.

After back-to-back draws against Sweden and Poland, the last clash versus Slovakia was a do-or-die one for La Roja. And, they looked in fine rhythm from the get-go as a Martin Dubravka own goal put them in front in the first half before Aymeric Laporte equalised on the cusp of half-time.

Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres added to Spain’s tally in the second period before another own goal, this time from Juraj Kucka, added more gloss to the scoreline.

It was a commanding display from the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners, with the whole team, barring Alvaro Morata, rising to the occasion. However, one man who played a crucial role in the victory for … Read the rest

Sebastian Vettel: “Maybe we could have finished a bit higher up if things had been perfect”

Sebastian Vettel said the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team needed to try something different during the French Grand Prix on Sunday, and they were rewarded with both cars finishing inside the top ten.

The German made a mistake in his first stint that saw him lose a little time to his rivals, and without that, he believes he could have caught those ahead of him quicker and given him a chance of bettering his ninth-place finish.

Ultimately, Vettel finished just four seconds behind sixth-placed Daniel Ricciardo, with Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso also involved in the battle.  But the German was pleased with the strong performance put in by Aston Martin after struggling in Qualifying on Saturday.

“I think we had to do something different with the strategy today [by pitting late] and it worked out for us quite nicely with both cars inside the points,” said Vettel. … Read the rest

Spurs to hijack Liverpool’s move for 6’3″ striker, Paratici tables bid – report

Spurs have reportedly made a move for Liverpool-linked striker Dusan Vlahovic.

That’s according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, who claim the London club’s new sporting director Fabio Paratici has tabled a bid for the Fiorentina star.

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The above report states the Serie A side are demanding around £51 million for Vlahovic, which has already proven to be an obstacle for interested parties. It’s unclear if Spurs have made an offer in the region to what La Viola want.

Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) have previously reported Liverpool are keen on the 21-year-old, which Empire of the Kop understands is accurate.

Dusan Vlahovic has reportedly attracted attention from clubs all over Europe with some stellar performances in the 2020/21 season

Fiorentina endured a stuttering season last term, but Vlahovic turned out top drawer performances on a … Read the rest