Arsenal sign Lacazette
LONDON, England (AP):
Arsenal signalled their intention to make an immediate return to the Premier League's elite by paying a club record €60 million (US$68 million) to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, one of Europe's most prolific players in recent years.
Arsenal said on its website yesterday that the 26-year-old Lacazette "has agreed to join us on a long-term contract, for an undisclosed fee."
However, Lyon confirmed the figure of €60 million in a statement, with the amount exceeding the estimated €50 million that Arsenal paid to Real Madrid for playmaker Mesut Ozil in 2013.
Arsenal said Lacazette is expected to travel with the tour party to Sydney this weekend and will likely make his home debut in the Emirates Cup on July 29 or July 30.
Thomas back home for new four-day season
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Former captain Devon Thomas will make a return to Leeward Islands Hurricanes for the Regional four-day championship set for this November.
The wicketkeeper/batsman, who spent last season with Jamaica Scorpions, was announced this week as one of Hurricanes' 10 contracted players along with the likes of West Indies A stars Rahkeem Cornwall and Jahmar Hamilton.
"The protected 10 for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes is Rahkeem Cornwall, Montcin Hodge, Jahmar Hamilton, Terrance Warde, Nkrumah Bonner, Chesney Hughes, Jeremiah Louis, Gavin Tonge, Keacy Carty and Devon Thomas is returning back to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes," Leeward Islands Cricket Board operations manager, Vernon Springer, told the Observer newspaper in St John's.
"And just to elaborate, he (Thomas) has done his medical for the Hurricanes, and he did that on Saturday."
There was some doubt over Thomas's eligibility to represent Hurricanes after he pulled out of the Antigua and Barbuda squad for the LICB tournament earlier this year.
Messi extends contract at Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):
Lionel Messi will play out the best remaining years of his trophy-rich career at Barcelona.
The Spanish club said yesterday that Messi had agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club through the 2020-21 season. By then, Barcelona's all-time leading scorer will be 34 years old and will be finishing his 17th season with the club.
Barcelona announced that Messi would be signing a new deal "in the coming weeks" that will run through June 30, 2021.
The contract extension comes as no surprise. Messi has repeatedly said he wanted to play the best years of his career at Barcelona, before perhaps making a return to his native Argentina that he left at 13 years old to come to Barcelona's famed La Masia training academy.