Jose Mourinho’s big European gamble takes center stage on Wednesday in Sweden, when Manchester United attempts to topple young Ajax in the UEFA Europa League Final. United’s chances for UEFA Champions League qualification, a magnificent opportunity, are overshadowed by the pall cast over Manchester by sinister terrorist attacks at a pop concert that killed and injured many on Monday night. Alas, there’s soccer to be played, and Mourinho is looking to make it a trio of shiny items in his first year on the job.
MADRID (AP) Athletic Bilbao says Ernesto Valverde will not remain as the team’s coach next season, clearing the way for his expected move to Barcelona. Athletic said Tuesday that the coach will give more details about his departure in a news conference on Wednesday. The Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported that Valverde has already reached a deal with Barcelona to replace Luis Enrique, who announced earlier this year that he would not continue with the Catalan club. Barcelona ends its season after the Copa del Rey final against Alaves on Saturday. The 53-year-old Valverde reportedly will sign a two-year contract with Barcelona, with an option for a third season. The announcement is expected next
“3 – 2 – 1 GO!” shouts the announcer and the crowd all hold up coloured cards that have been carefully placed under their seats. Mass coordinated displays like this at sporting occasions – such as Leicester City’s Premier League win celebration, above – are always an impressive sight. But displays like this also require a surprising amount of planning, with everything from mapping the message to seat numbers, to distributing coloured cards. A new app from IBM is replacing all of that with a click of a button. “This could be fans conveying a message to their team, or a group protesting outside a government building,” says Inseok Hwang at IBM. Advertisement Members of the group need only their