Sports News Review start with football, and today has been played six matches of the third qualifying round of the Champions League, and Celtic disappointed the fans once again after they draw against Astana on away with the score of 1:1. The home team led almost the entire match, but the Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths equalized in the 78th minute, so the champion of Scotland will have the opportunity to advance to the playoffs in front of their fans, even though they did not show much tonight. In other matches played tonight, Rosenborg on home ground beat APOEL with 2:1; Astra in front of their fans has drawn against Copenhagen by 1:1; Fenerbahce at home managed to beat Monaco with 2:1; Legia on away defeated Trencin with 1:0; while Olympiakos disappointed its fans and on home ground played the match without goals with Hapoel Beer Sheva. The second leg matches are scheduled for next week.
Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes officially became the new Barcelona player, and signed a five-year contract with the club.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has agreed to strengthen the ranks of Besiktas, said the chairman of the Turkish club. Given that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not count on problematic player, representatives of the Turkish champions believe that he would be an ideal boost.
Inter chairman Erick Thohir said that the club’s captain Mauro Icardi will stay at the club, as well as coach Roberto Mancini. Several weeks are actual speculations that Icardi could leave the club and to strengthen Napoli, as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, which is why Mancini threatened departure from the bench of Milanese club.
Sale of of the football club AC Milan to Chinese investors will probably be postponed until early August. The circumstances are constantly changing, and negotiations are still taking about some of the details, according to Italian media.
Stoke player Marko Arnautovic has signed a new, four-year contract with the club, confirmed the English club. In recent weeks emerged info that Arnautovic could strengthen Everton, but this speculation has been put an end after today’s agreement on the extension of cooperation between the club and the player.
The Spanish club Laboral Kutxa has hired a big reinforcement and the two-year contract with the club has signed Italian Andrea Bargnani, which after ten years returned to Europe. A former first pick on the NBA draft will undoubtedly successfully replace departure of Ioannis Bourousis.
Slovenian basketball player Jaka Lakovic stated that ends his career in his 38th year. Once one of the best point guards of Europe have played his last season in Barcelona B team. Lakovic has with great success played for Panathinaikos and Barcelona, with whom he won the Euroleague in 2010.
After 14 seasons of active playing in the NBA career ended power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. He went into retirement as a player of New York Knicks because he withdrew after he signed a one day contract. However, there is a possibility that Stoudemire change his mind, given that he received an offer from China, and there is a possibility to play for Hapoel Jerusalem, the club he co-owned.
Ambitious Galatasaray hired another boost this summer, and it’s an American point guard Russ Smith, who spent last season in the NBA D-League, where he averaged 28.7 points, 8.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and two steals per game. According to the portal Eurohoops, Smith will earn 850 000 dollars for one season.
Point guard Marcus Williams next season will play for Buducnost, announced the club from Podgorica. Williams has performed with great success for Crvena zvezda, with whom he renewed cooperation at the end of last year, but the contract was terminated after only 19 days.
During the previous night United States and China have played a friendly match in preparation for the Olympic Games, and the players of Mike Krzyzewski outclassed China with the score 107:57.
The best player in the world Novak Djokovic was successful at the start of the Rogers Cup in Montreal and without major problems beat Gilles Muller with 2:0 in sets (7:5, 7:6). During the night were played two duels, and further placement achieved Karlovic, who was better than Fritz with 2:1 and Pospisil, to whom Chardy handed the match at the end of the first set, which Pospisil won with 7:6. Apart from Djokovic, placement in the 1/8 finals of the prestigious tournament also realized Wawrinka, who eliminated Youzhny with 2:0; Harrison, who has prepared a surprise and was better than Isner with 2:1; Nishikori, who defeated Novikov with 2:0; Ram, who surprised Pouille and won with 2:0; Stepanek, who in two sets was better than Polansky; Tomic, who eliminated Diez with 2:0; Goffin, to whom Querrey handed the match at the beginning of the second set, with the lead of Goffin with 1:0 in sets; followed by Anderson, to whom Thiem handed the match during the first set; Karlovic, who eliminated Cilic with 2:0; Sock, who in straight sets was better than Young; and the big surprise has prepared 147. player on the ATP list, Jared Donaldson, who managed to beat Fabio Fognini with 2:1. Late tonight, their match began Gael Monfils and Vasek Pospisil.
During the previous night and today were played duels of the first and second round of the WTA tournament in Montreal, on which were not many surprises. Saisai Zheng was defeated by Francoise Abanda, 272. player in the rankings with a 2:0; Lepchenko beat Broady with 2:1; Halep in straight sets was better than Gavrilova; Cibulkova with the same result eliminated Duque-Marino; Suarez-Navarro was defeated by the 121st player on the WTA list, Kristina Kucova with 2:1; Pavlyuchenkova was better than McHale with 2:0; Radwanska in two sets beat Niculescu; Vinci has eliminated Giorgi with 2:1; Sara Errani due to injury surrendered the match to Karolina Pliskova; Venus Williams beat Strycova with 2:0; Kuznetsova, which eliminated Kudryavtseva with 2:0; while Kasatkina was better than Stosur in straight sets. Late tonight are meeting Madison Keys and Madison Brengle, and Johanna Konta and Vania King.