Spurs dealt blow as No1 target Nubel ‘agrees to join Bayern Munich’

first_imgTOTTENHAM transfer target Alexander Nubel will leave Schalke at the end of the season – but he won’t be heading to North London.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho had reportedly targetted the 23-year-old as the long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris.1 Alexander Nubel has reportedly agreed to join Bayern Munich next summerCredit: Rex FeaturesBut according to Bild, the keeper will join Bayern Munich next summer and sign a five-year contract.He will immediately challenge German veteran Manuel Neuer for the No1 spot.And unsurprisingly, Schalke bosses aren’t too happy that their star man and captain has decided not to extend his deal with them.In a statement on the club website, sporting director Jochen Schneider wrote: “After all the discussions we had with Alexander Nubel and his advisor in the past few months, we are not very surprised at his decision and of course we respect it.”However, we do not have to understand his decision.”Schalke, who sit fifth in the table, offered Nubel a new contract in the summer, but their efforts are set to prove futile.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerEuropean football expert Kevin Hatchard told previously told talkSPORT that Mourinho was interested in bringing him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.He said: “One little whisper that came my way on Spurs in the last few days is that they are keeping an eye on Alexander Nubel.”He is the captain of Schalke and a goalkeeper in his early 20s. He is a very good goalkeeper with a [Manuel] Neuer vibe about him”.Confirmed: Alexander #Nübel will leave FC Schalke 04 at the end of the season.#s04— FC Schalke 04 (🏠) (@s04_en) December 22, 2019last_img read more


Bolt gone, doping back as the main topic in sprint game

first_imgP11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Coleman got a reprieve, but with the vacuum created by Bolt’s departure, the Coleman case placed the specter of doping front and center again in the sprint game — same as it had been for decades before the Jamaican arrived and overtook the conversation with his sheer speed and buoyant personality.Coleman’s case involved a pileup of complicated rules, confusing interpretations and twisted after-the-fact narratives that have allowed critics to cast both main players in this saga — Coleman and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency — into a negative light.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Coleman, who has never failed a drug test, nor ever been suspected of running afoul of the rules, will be running under a cloud of suspicion in the minds of some fans and media who tend to paint all U.S. sprinters with the same broad brush — as cheaters, a stereotype borne out of America’s sordid doping past.Coleman, meanwhile, is assailing USADA for being sloppy and putting him in the crosshairs because of the confusion over the rules. “It’s a shame on USADA, the fact that this was public knowledge, the fact that they didn’t know their own rules, and the fact they expect athletes to know the rules but they can’t follow their own,” Coleman said on a 22-minute video he posted on YouTube last week.At issue are the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules, which call for athletes to provide information on their whereabouts so doping-control officers can find them for out-of-competition tests with no advance notice. If an athlete has a combination of three missed tests over the span of 12 months — either because he isn’t where he said he would be, because he gave the wrong information or because he didn’t update the information — it can be considered an anti-doping violation.Athletes are responsible for submitting their whereabouts information quarterly, then updating it as necessary. In an interpretation of the rule that WADA applied to Coleman, his first missed test, on June 6, 2018, was backdated to the start of the quarter in which he missed the test — April 1 — which put it outside of the 12-month window between that failure and his latest one, on April 26, 2019.It was an interpretation of the rule that USADA did not initially anticipate, and one that will be eliminated when the WADA code is revised for 2021.And though USADA does not discuss ongoing cases in public, because this one got leaked to the media, and because Coleman subsequently commented on it, it freed up USADA to explain its side of the case.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect Lewis Hamilton blames Mercedes strategy for Singapore result “In this case, we applied the rules to Mr. Coleman in the manner that USADA understands should be applied to any other international-level athlete,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart explained.Most fans probably won’t delve into the minutiae of this issue, but will see the words “Doping” and “Track” in the headlines and think “nothing new there.”For the better part of 10 years, Bolt shifted that focus — even deflecting away inevitable questions about his own clean doping record with a smile, or by earnestly taking umbrage at the mere suggestion — and placed it squarely on the track, where his light all but blinded everyone from this sport’s ever-growing laundry list of warts and imperfections (Remember, the Russian doping scandal began as a track and field issue, and barring an unexpected move by track’s governing body this week, Russians will compete as neutral athletes with their track federation still under suspension).Now that Bolt is gone, the top two contenders in Saturday’s 100-meter final are expected to be Coleman and defending champion Justin Gatlin, a 37-year-old who has been suspended twice for doping violations and whose victory at worlds in London in 2017 was greeted with skepticism from the media and boos from the stands.“I know you have to have the black hat and the white hat, but guys, c’mon,” Gatlin said after his victory, in responding to the booing and the harsh questioning that accompanied the win.Can any sprinter — whether declared innocent, or insistent that he’s changed his ways — get a clean start in a sport that demands exactly that?Maybe Coleman’s trip to Doha, with less than a year to go before the 2020 Olympics, will offer some sort of answer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics FILE – In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Christian Coleman celebrates as he wins the men’s 100-meter dash final at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, in Des Moines, Iowa. The world’s fastest man now that Usain Bolt is on the sideline is 100-meter runner Christian Coleman, who almost was forced to miss world championships because he had missed too many drug tests. He got a reprieve, but, as always, the specter of doping lingers over the sport’s biggest event. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)DOHA, Qatar — Usain Bolt is in the rearview mirror, replaced by — what else? — an unfolding doping saga in track and field.The title of “World’s Fastest Man” now that Bolt is on the sideline belongs to American 100-meter sprinter Christian Coleman, who almost was banned from this month’s world championships because he had missed too many drug tests.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’ PLAY LIST 02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’01:57Student activists tell CHED commissioner to resign00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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