• NBC Sports

    Report: Liverpool to escape punishment over Van Dijk pursuit

    The Times states that Liverpool will not be punished further for pursuing Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk. Earlier this month the Reds issued a public apology to Southampton and stated they had ended their interest in the 25-year-old Dutch defender following allegations that Van Dijk was flown to Blackpool (just north of Liverpool) to meet with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and their manager messaged VVD “regularly” as they chased the Dutch international. Southampton, as you would expect, were far from happy about this so-called “tapping up” from Liverpool and reported the Reds to the Premier League by making an official complaint.

  • Chicharito trains separately ahead of Confed Cup semifinals
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    Chicharito trains separately ahead of Confed Cup semifinals

    Mexico star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez trained separately from his teammates on Monday because of muscle fatigue, the latest concern for a Mexican team that has been struck by injuries at the Confederations Cup. Defender Diego Reyes also didn't practice with the team in its final training session before traveling to Sochi for Thursday's semifinal against Germany. Mexico had already lost defender Carlos Salcedo because of a shoulder injury, while defender Hector Moreno has been a concern with a muscle ailment. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio is already certain to be without midfielder Andres Guardado because of a yellow card suspension. Chicharito warmed up with the rest of the group in Monday's practice

  • Reuters

    Tennis-Britain hopes Konta's cosmopolitan journey could end in glory

    Johanna Konta heads to Wimbledon as the best hope Britain has had of a women’s champion in years but while a triumph would be treated as a national success, she is in many ways the epitome of the modern cosmopolitan tennis player. The WTA rankings are filled with players whose backgrounds do not fit easily into the national identities that Fed Cup team competition demands. Caroline Wozniacki is a Dane of Polish extraction, Kristina Mladenovic is French but with Serbian parents and Andrea Petkovic a German born in Bosnia.