Sports news review starts from Serie A where AC Milan president, Silvio Berlusconi confirmed that he has officially sold the club to Chinese group of investors. Berlusconi said that one of the demands was for them to invest €400 million over next two years in the squad. Milan finished each of last three seasons outside of top six in Serie A and missed the European competitions each of those seasons.
First qualification round of UEFA Champions League completed today with second leg matches. Armenian Alashkert beat FC Santa Coloma 3-0 to advance into second round after first leg ended 0-0. Alashkert will face Dinamo Tbilisi in the next round. Faroe Island side B36 Torshavn defeated Valleta 2-1 but Maltese champions advance to the next round on away goals after winning first match 1-0 to face Red Star Belgrade next. Welsh side TNS beat Tre Penne of San Marino 3-1 and 5-1 on aggregate to set up a second round meeting with APOEL of Cyprus.
Several second leg matches of UEFA Europa League first league qualifications were on program today. Birkirikara of Malta eliminated favorited Siroki Brijeg with 3-1 aggregate win after today’s 2-0 victory. Zimbru Chisinau beat Georgian side Chikura 3-2 on the road after losing the first match 1-0. St. Patrick’s of Ireland also progressed on away goals with 2-2 aggregate score after losing today in Luxemburg 2-1 against Jeunesse Esch.
Gerardo Martino has resigned from his position as coach of the Argentina national team, one month before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Martino first decided to continue as national coach after second Copa America final defeat to Chile. However, the retirement of Lionel Messi, and institutional troubles at the Argentine Football Association change his mind.
We have two notable transfers in Spanish Primera Division as Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Sassuolo right back Sime Vrsaljko who played for Croatia at EURO 2016. Valencia have signed Portuguese winger Nani from Fenerbahce on a three-year contract for 8.5 million Euros.
There was only one ATP match at Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon after Thomas Berdych beat compatriot Jiri Vesely 4-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 3-6 in match that was interrupted yesterday.
WTA quarterfinals completed today at Wimbledon as fourth seed Angelique Kerber beat fifth seed Simona Halep 7-5, 7-5 to set up semifinals match against Venus Williams who beat Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6, 6-2. First seed Serena Williams eliminated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4 and will play against Elena Vesnina who beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2.
Basketball qualification tournaments for Olympic Games continued today in Italy, Philippines and Serbia. In Italy in group A Mexico beat Iran 75-70 while in Group B Italy beat Croatia 67-60. In Manila Canada beat Turkey 77-69 in Group A while France defeated hosts 93-84 in Group B. In Belgrade Puerto Rico defeated Angola 91-81 in Group A and Latvia beat Czech Republic 71-59.
We have few news as NBA free agency continues – Charlotte Hornets have signed a one-year, $5 million contract with Roy Hibbert 29-year-old former Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers center. After signing massive deal with Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors will lose both of their centers due to salary cap restrictions. Andrew Bogut was traded to Dallas Mavericks for 2019 second-round draft pick while Festus Ezeli wasn’t offered a new contract. As their replacement, Warriors signed veteran Zaza Pachulia.
Marcel Kittel of Etixx-Quick Step won Stage 4 of Tour de France from Saumur to Limoges. Peter Sagan of Team Tinkoff remained in the yellow jersey as general classification leader with 12 seconds lead ahead of Julian Alaphilippe from Etixx-Quick Step. Sagan also took on green jersey as points leader after he finished third today.