Messi €700m buyout clause at Barcelona still active – La Liga

first_img Loading… Lionel Messi’s €700million release clause in Barcelona contract remains valid and must be paid for his deal to be terminated unilaterally, LaLiga has revealed. Messi has informed Barca he wants to leave the club and he is thought to have not attended pre-season medical tests with the rest of the first team on Sunday. According to reports, the Argentina star believes the clause in his contract that allows him to terminate it at the end of each season – and thereby become a free agent – still applies because 2019-20 was extended to August due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Barcelona appear adamant this clause has long since expired and that the player’s €700m buyout option must be paid if he is to be released. In a statement issued on Sunday, LaLiga insisted Messi’s contract can only be terminated by the player if the release clause is paid in full. The LaLiga statement said: “The contract is currently in force and contains a ‘termination clause’ applicable in the event that Lionel Andres Messi decides to urge the early unilateral termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of royal decree 1006/1985, of June 26, by which the special employment relationship of professional athletes is regulated.Advertisement “In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following corresponding procedure in these cases, LaLiga will not carry out the process for a player to be de-registered from the federation unless they have previously paid the amount of said clause.” Messi is reportedly determined to leave Barca, the club he joined as a 13-year-old, but any move would be complicated by the need for a suitor to pay a transfer fee. Promoted Content8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FuturePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 Disney Male Role Models20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe Read Also: VIDEO: Lyon beats Wolfsburg for fifth straight Women’s UCL Manchester City, Inter, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are said to be the most likely to sign him, but his substantial wages present a major obstacle in negotiations even before a transfer fee is considered. Although Barca would be unlikely to hold out for €700m, they are likely to demand at least a nine-figure fee, even though Messi’s contract expires in under a year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Salina Speedway set for opening night this Friday

first_imgBy John Lowery SALINA, Kan. – It’s been a long off season for many tracks. Salina Speedway is one of those tracks that spent the off-season working hard to make racing experience better for both the racers and the fans. This Friday night, April 25, all of the hard work in the off season will pay off as the first of 24 dates kicks off just after 7:15 p.m. Salina Speedway hosts the best of the best when it comes to dirt track racing on a weekly basis. There are seven classes that comprise the weekly show:BMS IMCA Modifieds, M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks BSB Manufacturing Late Models, sanctioned by the Nesmith Crate Late Model Series in 2014, Coors Light Street Stocks, AutoHouse Towing Mod Lites and the T&R Dirt Construction Mini Stocks. Each division will battle it out every week to see who can end up in the Xtreme Motorsports Victory Lane.The class of race cars aren’t the only attractions at Salina Speedway, as the drivers add just as much character. All 2013 champions will be back to defend their titles this season. Delbert Smith will be ready to take on any and all comers in the Late Model division, Joe Cleveland, the two-time defending champion, is ready to defend his hard-fought IMCA Modified championship, one of the toughest competitors around is Tyler Frye in the Northern SportMods and Mike Trasowsky will see plenty of competition as he tries to repeat in the IMCA Hobby Stock class. Duane Toyne, Justin Kinderknecht and Brian Dunsworth are other returning champions that will look for another title. Each champion will find the going tough in 2014 as the competition has gotten stronger since a year ago. Salina Speedway has made a lot of track improvements in the off season that will be evident on opening night, but the fans might be hoping for a new promotion to be put into effect every single race night.Beginning in 2014 if there are 1,500 fans in attendance on a given race night the following week fans will be given half priced admission. That means $5 will get you into see the greatest show on dirt. In this tough economy, promoter Tommy Hendrickson and his staff wanted to go above and beyond to help the fans out. This promotion should get everyone fired up about saving money and getting to see great racing. This is only the first promotion of the year, fans will have to wait and see what will follow this one. Hendrickson didn’t forget the racers this season either as he put together the Scoggin-Dickey Chevrolet Crate Challenge for drivers competing in the three IMCA divisions. A driver who races the entire season minus one race for 2014 season will be eligible to win a free 604 crate motor (Modifieds) or a free 602 crate motor (Northern SportMods/Hobby Stocks) to be given away at the year end banquet. The drivers who win the crate motors will also have to be at the banquet but that is a small price to pay for taking home a brand new power plant!Racing action gets started Fridays with hot laps at 7:15 p.m. and the racing action goes green shortly after the completion of hot laps.Ticket prices are $10 for adults and seniors 55 and over are just $5. All active and retired military personnel get into the grandstand free as do kids 15 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Fans wanting to get the 411 on Salina Speedway just need to stay logged in t0 As fans visit the site take a look at the 2014 schedule to see what classes are running, great stories and results and sign up for the text a email blasts. You can also like the Facebook page at or follow on Twitter @SalinaSpeedway1. Salina Speedway is located at 2841 South Burma Road, Salina, Kan., 67401. If you more questions or would like to see about becoming more involved at Salina Speedway call 785 292-9220.last_img read more

Fantastic Fairy bows out

first_img Press Association The six-times Group One winner, who landed last year’s Irish Champion Stakes and the 2010 Irish Oaks, suffered a tendon injury during a workout on Tuesday morning. Dunlop said: “It is with much sadness that a decision was made this morning to retire Snow Fairy. Unfortunately, after a routine piece of fast work, she was found to have re-injured her near fore tendon, which has caused her problems in the last two years. Snow Fairy will head to the breeding sheds in Ireland after Ed Dunlop called time on the brilliant mare’s career.center_img “I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Mrs (Cristina) Patino for all she has done, she has been the most wonderful owner of a truly amazing horse. “Most owners would have retired her a lot sooner than she did and if this had been the case she would not have won the Irish Champion Stakes last year, which was without doubt her greatest performance. “I would also like to thank all of my staff who have looked after her, ridden her and travelled her around the world. She remains the only international horse to have won two Group Ones in Japan. “Snow Fairy will return to Ireland, where I hope she will have a fantastic life as a broodmare.” Patino’s racing manager Patrick Cooper said: “We’ve had an unbelievable roll. It’s come to an end, but that’s the way it happens. We’ve had some fun along the way. “She will go to Elusive Pimpernel. He is Mrs Patino’s horse and was a very good two-year-old a few seasons back. She will visit him. That will be next year. “She will just be let down. She will stay with Ed for a little while then she will come down to Islanmore Stud in Limerick.” last_img read more

Platini Could Contest Ban at Euro Court

first_imgThe three-time Ballon d’Or winner said he was resigning to continue his fight to clear his name over a suspect $2 million payment in Swiss courts.Under the terms of his ban from the sport, Platini is unable to attend football matches in any official capacity, nor work as a television analyst or write a newspaper column during Euro 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Michel Platini is considering contesting his four-year ban from all football-related activity at the European Court of Human Rights, his entourage confirmed to AFP on Tuesday.The former France captain “is seriously studying, among his options, that of referring his case to the ECHR to protest against the fact he is prevented from working”, the source indicated.Platini, 60, resigned as UEFA president on Monday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his final appeal, although his suspension was reduced from six years to four.last_img read more


first_imgFreshman attack Jennifer Chen practices with the women’s lacrosse club team Tuesday night on Cromwell Field. The team is currently preparing for its upcoming away games against UC Irvine on Jan. 28 and Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 29.Ani Kolangian | Daily Trojanlast_img

Kelsey adds 6-foot-3 forward to 2012-13 roster

first_imgHead coach Bobbie Kelsey has been aggressive in addressing the UW’s lack of height heading into 2012-13. Daria Kryuchkova stands at 6-foot-3 while fellow recruit Malayna Johnson is 6-foot-4.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin women’s basketball program has already benefited from the competitive drive of head coach Bobbie Kelsey on and off the court. And Kelsey once again turned that approach over to the recruiting trail, as junior college transfer Daria Kryuchkova signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Wisconsin Monday.Originally hailing from Moscow, Russia, Kryuchkova (pronounced CRY-ooch-kova) played the last two seasons at Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Tex., where the 6-foot-3 forward averaged 4.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in her sophomore campaign. Kryuchkova originally gave Kelsey a verbal commitment this past December and comes to Wisconsin with two years of eligibility remaining.“We’re extremely pleased to sign Daria for the 2012 recruiting class,” Kelsey said in a statement. “She’ll add size, strength and, most importantly, collegiate experience to our young roster. Having already played on the collegiate level, Daria will have a unique perspective in all facets of the game.”The signing addresses the major needs of the Badgers in the frontcourt, as the team graduates both starting forwards Anya Covington and Ashley Thomas this offseason. This past year Covington averaged 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds a contest while Thomas chipped in 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds a game, respectively.With Covington and Thomas both measuring in at 6-foot-2 each, the Badgers roster for 2012-13 only contained one player taller than 6-foot-1 – the 6-foot-4 Cassie Rochel – before Kryuchkova’s signing. The Russian post player is just one player Kelsey had set her sights on during the past recruiting period, as the Wisconsin head coach also nabbed a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4 Malayna Johnson of Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill., the first commit of the 2013 recruiting class.Kryuchkova fills just one of Kelsey’s needs as she attempts to revive an underachieving Wisconsin program. Just a season ago, the Badgers ranked dead last in the Big Ten in rebounding offense, pulling in just 33 a game. On the other end of the spectrum, the Badgers limited opponents to only 34.9 rebounds a game, second best in the conference. With Rochel the only big left on Kelsey’s roster – the sophomore logged 4.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 15.8 minutes per game last season – the transfer adds several new options to Kelsey’s game plan.While the 2012 recruiting class – Kelsey’s first at Wisconsin – brings in plenty of talent and depth at the guard position, only one incoming recruit besides Kryuchkova in 6-foot-1 forward Shannon Malone from Flower Mound, Tex., will be added to the names in the team’s frontcourt options.The Badgers will need Kryuchkova to be able to run the floor on offense, as Kelsey runs a fast-paced transition game. But they will also need her to develop into a steady scoring threat, as the Badgers often relied on the three-pointer in games last year.Defensively, Kryuchkova will have to be active on weak side help for the team if the Badgers hope to improve their conference worst field goal percentage defense – giving up a .441 percentage from the floor to opponents – as the team often allowed easy drives through the lane.Besides adding depth to the Badger roster, the Russian forward will also be prepared for the academic demands of playing at Wisconsin. Kryuchkova brings in a perfect 4.0 grade point average from her time at Jacksonville, where she was a member of the President’s List and the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.“She is also a very intelligent player having recently been named a NJCAA Academic All-American,” Kelsey said in her statement. “As her coach, I could not have asked for a more prepared player to join our program.”last_img read more

UW looks for momentum before Big Ten tournament

first_imgAfter a season that didn’t live up to the preseason hype, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team has one last chance to get a win on the road. Sunday, the Badgers will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play the Ohio State Buckeyes in their last game of the Big Ten season.The Badgers have a 6-7-4 record on the season but are looking for a boosting victory this weekend. Going into the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin is ranked second to last in the conference, only ahead of Ohio State.“I think the last few games, even though we haven’t gotten all the results we’ve wanted, we’ve definitely been practicing better and we’ve definitely been playing better,” freshman midfielder Drew Conner said. “We’re looking for the win. We keep developing and getting ready for the Big Ten Tournament.”Ohio State’s record of 6-9-2 this year is comparable to that of the Badgers, making this game a must-win for both teams if they wish to avoid finishing in the bottom spot of the Big Ten.“OSU is a very tough opponent, especially at home. They beat us 2-0 last year, so it’s a chance for a little bit of payback before the Big Ten Tournament,” head coach John Trask said.In preparing for the upcoming game, goalkeeper Chase Rau said he wants to keep the ball rolling. Rau has been named Defensive Player of the Week twice now this season. Despite the personal accolades, Rau emphasized a shutout is his only goal.“I need to make sure to stay on my guys that are in the midfield and the attack to make sure they pressure up top to make it easier on our defenders so the other team isn’t playing easy balls on us,” Rau said. “Individually I have no goals, just a shutout.”In regard to the goalkeepers of the team, Trask said having two capable goalkeepers throughout the season has helped both of them improve. But as the regular season approaches its end, he said it is time to choose just one goalkeeper heading into the Big Ten tournament. Rau will be Trask’s starting man in front of the net Sunday.Ohio State has been succeeding offensively this season, a factor that could present serious trouble for UW’s defense. Senior Buckeyes forward Chris Hegngi is the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. “He is starting to hit his stride and he’s physical and as a soccer player, he’s a handful to deal with,” Trask said. “They’ve got some good weapons offensively.”In addition to Hegngi, sophomore midfielder Brady Wahl has been standing out in his second year on the team. Though a year younger, Conner said Wahl is his best friend from home, as the duo played together on the Chicago Fire Academy Team. Conner said they catch up regularly, adding another layer of competitiveness to Sunday’s matchup and creating an interesting dynamic on the field. On the Badgers’ end, sophomore midfielder Carl Schneider player has jumped onto the scene in recent weeks and could play a crucial role against the Buckeyes. Trask said he’s experimented with new players at different positions and has been impressed with his team’s ability to adapt to various roles on the team.“We’re real pleased to see the growth in Carl,” Trask said. “You never know when it’s going to happen with him. We felt it’s really come good for him the last couple weeks and we’re trying to get him a bit more experience.”Plenty remains on the line for the Badgers’ in their final regular season game, as a loss to Ohio State would mean a last place Big Ten finish for Wisconsin. The Badgers hope the struggles they have had this season will finally come to an end Sunday.“This is a Big Ten game so it counts,” Conner said. “If we win, it will get us a better seed in the tournament. It’s just like any other game; we are focusing on getting better as a team and regardless of who we’re playing, we still need to get better.”And a win could also help UW earn a higher seed in the all-important Big Ten Tournament, which starts Wednesday. “There is also seeding ramifications,” Trask added. “So we’re going to take the best team we can down to Columbus, and we’re going to go after OSU.”last_img read more

First time spearfishing tournament will come to the Bay

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Perfect boating weather has finally arrived and anglers will take their skills out of the boat this weekend. One of the fastest growing aquatic sports is coming to the sunrise side.Unlike line fishing, a first of its kind tournament in Alpena will take your spearfishing experience to lower levels underwater.“Spearfishing is basically hunting,” said Nick Myers, owner of Great Lakes Divers. He said murky water is like camouflage. If you can’t see the fish, they won’t notice you taking aim “and searching for dinner.”The Michigan Spearfishing Association is coming to Alpena for the very first time on Saturday, June 29. Myers said, “it’s just like any fishing tournament.”You don’t have to be an experienced diver, but “you do need to be able to swim and be comfortable in the water,” said the shop owner.Spearfishing and free diving are the fastest growing aquatic sports in the world. “I like the peacefulness of being in the water,” said Myers.You can register at the Great Lakes Divers shop next to the National Marine Sanctuary. Fans can head to the Thunder Bay Shores Marina for fish weigh–ins starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Scammers target northern Michigan resident with past due tax debtNext Former Alpena County Undersheriff responds to details surrounding resignationlast_img read more

Chelsea lining up a huge offer for the man that destroyed them

first_imgRoman Abramovich is set to sanction a 45 million pounds deal for Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao.It is believed that the Russian owner is running out of patience with Fernando Torres’ inconsistency in front of goal, and has agreed to move for the Atletico Madrid striker.Chelsea have been left a little light in the strike department after the departure of the talismanic Didier Drogba, and the 50-million-pound Torres has failed to fill in for the Ivorian, scoring just once in his last five games. On the other hand, Falcao has been scoring goals for fun, and also scored a hattrick against the Londoners in the European Super Cup. The Colombian is a player in huge demand, with top clubs in Europe targeting him, after he finished as the third highest scorer in the La Liga, only after Cristiano Ronaldo and the Argentine phenomenon named Messi. However, sources for The Sun say that all efforts were being made to bring the 26 year old to Chelsea.“The groundwork is already being done for Falcao,” said the source. “The owner wants everything in place now so a deal can be done before any other club can make a counter-offer.”last_img read more

Dam Inn Mates keep on winning after outlasting Steamshovel, Our Glass blasts Trail

first_imgThe Dam Inn Mates remain the only undefeated team in the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League.Sparked by Jon Parker’s 80-yard interception for a touchdown, the Mates outlasted Rossland’s Steamshovel Brewers 24-21 in league action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field.The win improves the Mates record to 3-0 and a four-point lead over the rest of the league.In the other game Our Glass Ogs pounded expansion Trail Thundercats 59-6.Dam Inn led 12-7 at the half.Other majors were tossed by Dam Inn quarterback Kelly Voykin to Dylan Appleby and Nate Fedorchuk.Fedorchuk also intercepted a pair of passes from Steamshovel quarterback Steven Doyle.When Doyle was firing on all cylinders he connected with Shon Doyle for a pair of touchdowns.Brewer receiver Jon Francis hauled in the other TD pass from Doyle.In the late game Our Glass snapped a 6-6 tie with 53 consecutive points en route to the pasting of the expansion Thundercats.Trail arrived at the contest with one player over the limit while Our Glass had enough players to field two teams.After Trail tied the contest early in the game, everything went south for the Cats as Our Glass coasted to the victory with quarterback Pat Sturtevant tossing a host of TD passes to Matthew Fuhr (3), Dan Farden, two majors and two extra points and Josh Myers, Mike Balance, Al Krause and Kyle Bouttett.Gord Clark intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown and caught a TD reception from Sturtevant.Burnadino Carpio had three interceptions to lead the defensive stand by Our Glass.After three weeks of play Dam Inn leads the league with a 3-0 record.Trail and Our Glass are tied for second with a 1-1 record followed in fourth by Steamshovel at 1-2.Defending champion Castlegar Vikings occupy the basement at 2-0.The league resumes play Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.In the early 11 a.m. game Trail meets Castlegar before Steamshovel Brewers play Our Glass at 1 p.m.Dam Inn Mates are idle.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more