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Chelsea reportedly seeking deal for Erling Haaland with player joining next summer

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Chelsea reportedly seeking deal for Erling Haaland with player joining next summer

Could Chelsea be the club to pip all the other contenders for the transfer of 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland?

According to a report in England’s The Telegraph, London-based Chelsea is in talks with Dortmund on a transfer deal for Haaland that could see the Norwegian striker join the Blues in the summer of 2022.

Borussia Dortmund’s public stance has been that Haaland will remain with the German club for the upcoming season, although Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has publicly insisted that all options are still on the table. It’s Haaland’s Dortmund teammate, Jadon Sancho, who is expected to make a move this summer with Manchester United as the reported destination.

With the hefty transfer fee involved, the rumored teams in the running for Haaland’s signature have been the usual names: Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona, although the latter two are dealing with balance sheet issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haaland Transfer Scenarios

Next year is when Haaland’s release clause, reported to be in the range of $90-100 million, supposedly kicks in. But The Telegraph is reporting that Chelsea is seeking to do a deal with Borussia Dortmund that exceeds the release clause fee in order to make it attractive enough for the German club to commit this summer, with the player departing for Chelsea next year at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Reports in the English press indicate that Chelsea could include forward Tammy Abraham in the deal to help mitigate their transfer outlay. The Blues already invested heavily in their attack last summer, splashing major transfer dollars to acquire German duo Kai Havertz ($82 million) and Timo Werner ($58.5 million). Just months before that, they spent big dollars for American star Christian Pulisic ($73 million).

Haaland has become the most sought-after forward in global soccer, wowing fans with his goal-scoring exploits. He broke out at Borussia Dortmund in 2019-20 with 44 goals in 40 competitive matches. This year he nearly equalled the feat with an incredible 41 goals in 41 matches across all competitions.

England star Harry Kane is the other big forward on the market this summer after he expressed a desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur to join a club where he can win titles. The belief is that should Manchester City sign Kane, they would move on from Haaland, leaving Chelsea as the only realistic option to shell out the kind of money that will be necessary.

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Padres’ Manny Machado wore the perfect Father’s Day footwear

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Padres' Manny Machado wore the perfect Father's Day footwear

Manny Machado’s got heat on feet. Kind of.

While ostentatious, loud and colorful cleats are all the rage in baseball, the Padres’ star third baseman dialed it down on Father’s Day. Like, a lot down.

Machado took the field wearing a pair of Nike Air Monarch cleats — the preeminent, iconic dad shoe — during San Diego’s Dad Day matchup vs. the Reds.

The Monarchs have fostered a reputation for being an unforgettable dad-worn sneaker, making Machado’s footwear a tremendous salute to fathers (and grillmasters) around the country.

What makes the cleats even better is that they are in the classic white, silver and navy blue colorway, which is the only way to wear those bad boys. While these are Jordan Brand player-exclusive cleats, they’re dad-exclusive away from the field.

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Machado has worn all different makes of cleats throughout his career, usually flashy and gaudy types. The All-Star infielder has worn Jordan 11s, 12s, 4s and a bunch of others on the field.

Still, lacing up a pair of Grillmaster 5s on Father’s Day earned him plenty of praise from fans who understood the tribute:

You’ll probably be able to catch Machado after the game at a BBQ near you, likely cracking some bad puns and calling everyone “big guy.”

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Nets’ Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says

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Nets' Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says

Kevin Durant isn’t going to be taking much time off this summer.

In fact, he appears to be ready for more action despite playing all 53 minutes of the Nets’ Game 7 overtime loss to the Bucks and scoring a game-high 48 points. And he’s joining another super team that has title hopes.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Durant is expected to commit to Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Durant would become the sixth player to commit to Team USA, joining another player with Olympic experience, Draymond Green, and four first-time Olympians: Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.

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Durant competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He averaged 19.5 points at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and 19.4 points at the 2012 London Olympics.

In addition, Durant shot 54.6 percent from the shorter-range international 3-point line at the two tournaments and has compiled a 39-0 record in international play.

Team USA can now turn its attention to its remaining question marks with Durant’s commitment reportedly secured. Anthony Davis and LeBron James won’t be participating in this year’s Olympics, but Stephen Curry was “50-50” about competing in the event.

Either way, Team USA should be considered the top threat at the 2021 Summer Games with Durant in the fold.

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Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record

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Yankees secure win vs. Athletics with another triple play, tie MLB record

If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then what’s a triple play?

The Yankees had already turned two triple plays this season before Sunday, including one that has literally never been seen before in MLB history. Then they pulled off one more, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

With the Yankees teetering on the brink of danger in the ninth inning, closer Aroldis Chapman got A’s catcher Sean Murphy to ground to third baseman Gio Urshela, who stepped on the bag and relayed to DJ LeMahieu, who then threw to Chris Gittens for the 5-4-3 game-ender.

It was a record-tying play by the Yankees: The high-water mark for triple plays turned in a season is three, with the feat most recently accomplished by the White Sox in 2016.

The Yankees’ second triple play of the year — a 1-3-6-2-5-6 triple killing vs. the Blue Jays on June 17 — had never accomplished in baseball history:

The around-the-horn game-ending triple play on Father’s Day secured a 2-1 victory over Oakland and gave New York the series win over a hot A’s team. New York moves to 38-33 and continues to right the ship in an up-and-down season.

But, hey, that’s a pretty cool gift for dads everywhere.

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