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West Ham Could Sign Yerry Mina On Loan As Barcelona Need To Make Way For New Signing Arthur In Summer



WEST HAM will have a second chance to sign Yerry Mina as Barcelona may need to offload their new central defender.

The Nou Camp giants revealed they have reached an agreement with Gremio to sign Arthur at the end of the campaign.

Getty Images Yerry Mina poses with Barcelona shirt after joining in January

EPA Yerry Mina has made just two appearances for Barcelona since joining

And, when the Brazilian it arrives, it will mean they have four registered Non-EU players, along with Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho and Mina.

However, La Liga rules put the limit at three, meaning Ernesto Valverde will need to offload one.

Coutinho and Paulinho are first team starters, while Mina is still adapting to European football and would probably benefit from a spell away from the club.

West Ham were credited with interest in the Colombian before his January move, and will be among the sides interested in signing him.


Ncaa Latest Purdues Haas To Warm Up For Butler Game




The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):

2:20 p.m.

The plot is now thickening for Purdue and star center Isaac Haas.

Coach Matt Painter now says he thinks Haas will dress and go to warmups for Sunday’s game against Butler, but he said he still doesn’t expect the big man to play after breaking his elbow in Friday’s victory over Cal State Fullerton. Shortly before Painter’s news conference Saturday, a CBS reporter tweeted that Haas had practiced.

Purdue announced Friday that he was out for the rest of the NCAA Tournament, but there now appears to be some question about that.

“He ran up and down today, did a few things and worked out,” Painter said. “I don’t see him playing.”

Haas was not available to reporters Saturday.


2:15 p.m.

No second-round flameout for top-seeded Villanova this time.

Mikal Bridges scored 22 of his 23 points in the second half and the Wildcats rolled by ninth-seeded Alabama 81-58 and into the Sweet 16 on Saturday. Bridges poured in 16 points during an 18-1 burst to start the second half as Villanova quickly pulled away.

Donte DiVencenzo added 18 off the bench for Villanova (31-5), helping the Wildcats stay in front in the first half with star guard Jalen Brunson in foul trouble.

The Wildcats had lost during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament four times as a No. 1 or 2 seed, including last season. They overwhelmed the Crimson Tide (20-16) with a barrage of 3-pointers. Villanova finished 17 of 41 from deep.

The Wildcats will play either Marshall or West Virginia in the East Regional semifinals in Boston on Friday.

Alabama freshman star Collin Sexton finished with 17 points but also committed five of the Crimson Tide’s 15 turnovers


1:40 p.m.

No. 1 Villanova has a Sweet 16 berth in sight.

Mikal Bridges hit three straight 3-pointers and the Wildcats opened the second half on an 18-1 run to grab a 50-28 lead. Bridges scored only 1 point in the first half before he exploded in the second.

He finished off a thunderous alley-oop then went on his 3-point spree.

The Wildcats are trying to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since they won the national championship in 2016. Villanova was upset by Wisconsin in the second round a year ago.


1:10 p.m.

No. 1 Villanova is getting a scare from Alabama.

The Wildcats lead the ninth-seeded Crimson Tide 32-27 at halftime. The sport is still buzzing from top-seeded Virginia’s 20-point loss to 16th-seeded UMBC on Friday night.

Alabama would love to make it two No. 1s knocked out.

The Wildcats are upset prone because they live and die by the 3-pointer. When it works, and it usually works, they are clearly one of the best teams in the tournament.

Against Alabama, they missed eight of their first 11 3-point attempts. Donte DiVincenzo steadied the Wildcats when he hit three straight 3s and added one more right before the half to give them a 5-point edge.

DiVincenzo scored 18 points in the half.


12:50 p.m.

The Pac-12 is out. The Big Ten is undefeated. And the SEC has the most teams left in the NCAA Tournament with six still playing after the first round.

The conference scoreboard for the 32 teams left in the NCAA Tournament is an interesting mix with 13 conferences remaining, with most of the one-bid leagues and the Pac-12 bounced in the first round.

The ACC has five teams left in the field after losing four teams in the first round, while the Big Ten, Big East and Big 12 each have four teams chasing a spot in the Sweet 16.

Here’s a look at the tournament records for the basketball’s top conferences at the start of the second round:

SEC: 6-2

ACC: 6-4

Big Ten: 4-0

Big East: 4-2

Big 12: 4-3

Pac-12: 0-3.


12 p.m.

The second round of the NCAA Tournament tips off on Saturday — with many fans still stunned over top-seeded Virginia’s 20-point loss to 16th-seeded UMBC on Friday night.

Fellow No. 1 seed Villanova opens the action against Alabama, as the Wildcats look to avoid a second-round exit for the second year in a row.

Second-seeded Duke will face a dangerous and veteran Rhode Island team, while Kentucky takes on 13th-seeded Buffalo — which blew out Arizona on Thursday.

No. 1 seeded Kansas will play Seton Hall, while Tennessee has Loyola-Chicago in its path to the Sweet 16.

Ohio State and Gonzaga will square off in Boise. Florida and Texas Tech will meet in an AP Top 25 matchup, and Michigan closes out the day against Houston.


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Morocco Bid 16bn For 2026 World Cup Venues Infrastructure




Morocco says it will need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated.

With less than three months until the FIFA vote, the north African nation on Saturday presented details of its proposal to take on the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The North American bid plans to rely on existing infrastructure, including large NFL stadiums already hosting events.

When FIFA insiders score the bids, infrastructure — of which half relates to stadiums — will account for 70 percent of the panel’s mark. The remaining 30 percent is based on projected costs and revenues. A high-risk bid can be disqualified before the FIFA Congress votes on June 13.

Morocco says for $3 billion it can build nine stadiums, refurbish five others and build or renovate 130 training grounds.

That is part of the $12.6 billion in public investment that also requires hospital services being upgraded in 20 cities and transport networks improved for the first 48-team World Cup.

The bid says another $3.2 billion of private investment is required to build hotels.

Morocco’s bid team told The Associated Press that the projections had been “carefully costed” but could not provide a breakdown on how the figures were reached.

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Six Nations 2018 Bonus Points: How Do Rugby Teams Earn An Extra Point?




THE SIX NATIONS is underway as England look to defend their title.

Eddie Jones’ side took their 28th championship with a game to spare, but were denied a Triple Crown and Grand Slam triumph by a determined Ireland.

PA:Press Association England will defend their Six Nations title this year

In a Six Nations first, bonus points were awarded in 2017 in what was designed to be a three-year trial run.

But due to its overwhelming success in encouraging attacking, engaging rugby, that trial has now been scrapped and the system brought in permanently.

PA:Press Association England’s Danny Care scores a try at the Six Nations competition last year

And plenty of teams have already earned bonus points in this year’s competition.

How do you get a bonus point?

THE tournament uses a league system where the six competing nations are ranked in a table.

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They receive four points for a win, two points for a draw and nothing for a defeat.

If a team wins all their games – called a Grand Slam – they are automatically given three extra points to make sure they finish top of the pile.

Six Nations outright winners

England 10/11

Ireland 15/8

Wales 14/1

France 14/1

Scotland 9/1

Italy 1000/1

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PA:Press Association Boss Eddie Jones names his Six Nations squad on Thursday but is short of options at No8

As of last year, bonus points are now awarded depending on performance during any given game.

A team will receive ONE extra point if they score four or more tries in a single match, and ONE extra point if they lose by seven or less.

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Despite the 2017 trial being a success, the bonus points collected by the six teams didn’t have a say on the overall standings.

Six Nations launches in London with interviews from Dylan Hartley, Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland

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