Man United target Bellingham set to join Dortmund – sources

Borussia Dortmund have won the race to sign Manchester United target Jude Bellingham, sources have told ESPN, with the club expected to announce the Birmingham City midfielder’s arrival in the coming days for a fee believed to be around £20 million.

Bellingham, 16, has also been linked with Chelsea but has his heart set on a transfer to the Bundesliga to follow in the footsteps of England international Jadon nike jerseys for cheap

Dortmund are set to pay a training compensation in the £20m region, in a similar agreement BVB reached with Manchester City over Sancho in 2018 when the winger joined for a reported compensation fee of €7m.3

United were hopeful of landing the youngster especially after a visit to the Carrington training ground prior to the coronavirus pandemic disrupting the world of sport. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoped to sign the midfielder in January but the club did not manage to seal a deal in the transfer nfl nike jerseys china

Bellingham has been on Dortmund’s radar since the 2018-19 season and they were able to convince him with their reputation for introducing future stars to the Champions League and giving them regular Bundesliga experience.

Gio Reyna, 17, became the latest teenager to start for Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The German club signed Christian Pulisic at the age of 16 and the United States international left to join Chelsea last summer.

Dortmund also beat United to Erling Haaland in January. The 19-year-old has been one of the standout performers this season, scoring 13 goals in his first 14 league appearances.

At 16, Bellingham has made 33 league appearances for Birmingham and featured for 70 minutes in the 0-0 draw at West Brom on Saturday. The midfielder has scored four goals and set up a further three.

He has also represented England at youth level and captained the under-17s in the matches against Austria and Poland last autumn.

LeBron James’ former coach calls Luke Walton ‘perfect guy’ for Lakers

When Erik Spoelstra looks back on his first season with LeBron James, the Miami Heat coach remembers trying his best to not get in the way.

“I was just trying to not screw it up,” Spoelstra said of the 2010-11 season when James and Chris Bosh teamed up with Dwyane Wade in what was then Spoelstra’s third season as head coach. “And I was in survival mode. I didn’t want to get in the way and I found a way to get in the way. And we lost [to the Dallas Mavericks, 4-2, in the NBA Finals] our first year.”

Now, Luke Walton finds himself in a similar situation as Spoelstra did: coaching James in the star’s first season with a new team while Walton enters only his third season as a head coach. Spoelstra, though, gave Walton an emphatic endorsement as “the perfect guy to coach” the Los Angeles Lakers and James.1

“I told [Walton] the same thing I’ll tell everybody else,” Spoelstra said before James scored 51 points against his former club and the Lakers beat Miami 113-97 on Sunday night. “He’s the perfect guy to coach that team. He has purple and gold bleeding from him. He is a Laker. He did a tremendous job with Golden State when he had to take over for Steve [Kerr].

“And if you look at his whole professional career, all of [it] he has been involved with are teams like this with great expectations, with a lot of pressure and a lot of noise,” Spoelstra continued. “He doesn’t know any different. I don’t think you can find a better fit to coach that team.“cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Shortly after the Lakers signed James in free agency, Walton reached out to some of James’ former coaches, including Ty Lue and Spoelstra.

Walton and Spoelstra not only were entering their third seasons as head coach when they first coached James, but both got off to bumpy starts with the star. In Miami, James and Spoelstra started off 9-8 before winning 12 straight and eventually going to the NBA Finals.

Coincidentally, in James’ first season in Miami (2010-11), his first season back with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2014-15) and now his first year in Los Angeles, the All-Star’s teams started all three seasons 8-7.

There was plenty of tension during that start in Miami as James famously bumped into Spoelstra during a timeout. The Lakers have had their share of drama early as Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, chided Walton during a meeting after the team opened nike jerseys cheap china

Diogo Dalot plays for Manchester United U23s, inches closer to senior debut

Diogo Dalot moved a step closer to making his Manchester United debut with a run out in the under-23s’ 1-0 win over Stoke at Old Trafford on Friday.

The 19-year-old, signed for £19 million from Porto in the summer, played 78 minutes at right-back in front of Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff, who were watching from the stands in a crowd of nfl jerseys china nike

It was Dalot’s first appearance in a United shirt after recovering from a knee injury suffered playing for Porto in March.1

The trip to Burnley on Sunday will come too soon for the teenager, who only has eight senior appearances to his name after making his first-team debut in February, but he is in line to make his full debut after the international break.

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero was also in the team against Stoke after recovering from the knee problem which ruled him out of the World Cup.

Angel Gomes, on his 18th birthday, scored the only goal in the first half after a smart finish from the left side of the penalty area following a neat one-two with Nishan Burkart.

Dalot was never really tested defensively but was positive going forward, whipping one dangerous cross into the box in the build-up to Gomes’ nike jerseys cheap china

Romero made a good save from Stoke striker Tyrese Campbell in the second half as United moved up to second in Premier League Two Division Two.

After relegation from Division One last term, Ricky Sbragia’s side remain unbeaten this season, winning two and drawing two of their opening four games.

Midseason awards, bad All-Star positions and MLB’s next big thing

The first half of the season has gone as expected and has been completely surprising. It’s been thrilling, and it’s been staid. It’s been heartening and disappointing. It’s been just another season — unlike any before it, but somehow very much familiar.

It feels like there has been more chatter than usual about the state of baseball, with attendance down and debates over tweaks to the game popping up almost daily. The drop in attendance is real, though the theories about it are not. The fact is, we don’t know why attendance is down. We suspect the likely factors — the weather, the stratification of the leagues, the lack of action generated from balls in play — but we don’t really know what is behind the slowly clicking turnstiles. We also don’t know if it’s a trend or a nfl jerseys china

It’s always good to take these wide-lens surveys of the game, whether you’re a writer, a fan or the commissioner. We should always be open to discussion about baseball’s place in the culture and its bid for your disposable dollars. Baseball has always been subject to evolutionary forces, is evolving right now as these words sink into your left cerebral hemisphere, and will evolve in the future even after we’ve all tapped into the universal subconscious. You can’t stop it.

While we’ve been preoccupied with the possible directions of this evolution, it feels like a couple of key parts have been overlooked.14

One: The game is still really fun and compelling. Sure, you run into contests where the strikeouts and pitching changes seem interminable. There are a few markets where there are currently too many low-stakes games, an unfortunate by-product of too many teams rebuilding at the same time. But in a few years, those same teams will be all-in trying to win.

And two: There are legions of people all over the world who still totally dig it.official nfl jerseys cheap

With that lullaby out of the way, let’s run through some first-half awards. All of them are made up. There will be no ceremony and no cash prizes. Recognition is its own reward.

Bucs’ message to Jameis Winston: Stop trying so hard

The big message that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching staff gave to quarterback Jameis Winston when he returned to the facility this offseason had nothing to do with cutting down on turnovers or throwing more touchdowns in the red zone.

Those are unquestionably areas where he has to improve,nfl jerseys free shipping  but the real message the coaches wanted to impart entering his fourth year, as offensive coordinator Todd Monken put it: “Stop trying so hard.”

They could see it in his performance on the field, but they could also really see it in the locker room with how he tried to lead his teammates.

“I think the best way to put it is, in our league, there’s so much pressure put on coaches and [on] that [quarterback] position,” said Monken, now in his third year with the Bucs. “Nobody gets the credit either way, winning or losing, [more] than the quarterback or the coaches. That’s fine. That’s the way it is.241

“No one is going to blame [wideout] Mike Evans for why we haven’t made the playoffs; they’ve got the quarterback in there, and that’s part of it. We get that. That doesn’t mean we don’t all own it. But I think the biggest thing is, ‘OK, Jameis, it’s OK to be yourself. You don’t have to try so hard. The guys know you are naturally our leader.’

“But at times, it’s hard. It’s hard when you’re hurt. It’s hard when you’re not winning the way you want and you’re trying so hard to get the guys because [you] want to win so bad — we all do. I try too hard sometimes, because I want it so bad.”

Winston suffered a sprained acromioclavicular joint (AC joint) in the throwing shoulder of his right arm in Week 3 last season against the Minnesota Vikings. He didn’t appear on the injury report until Week 7, after he left a game against the Arizona Cardinals with the injury, but sources close to him have said the injury initially occurred against the Vikings. It forced him to miss three games, and in the games he did try to play, it impacted his velocity and accuracy downfield.

Dealing with the injury during the first of two five-game losing streaks, cheap nfl jerseys authentic Winston was still trying to give some of his “rah-rah” pregame speeches, like the one in Week 9 before the Bucs played the New Orleans Saints about “eating W’s.” Winston stuck his fingers in his mouth to form the shape of a W and asked teammates, “How many of you want to eat a W tonight? How many of you want to eat a W?”

After having lost four games in a row, the response from teammates caught on camera was less than enthusiastic — as it appeared Winston was acting more like the Bucs were riding a four-game win streak — and the quarterback was widely criticized in the media for appearing out of touch. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson empathized with Winston.