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Sports News Review – Joe Hart loaned to Torino, Barca bought Paco Alcacer

Summer transfer window is nearing its end in Europe so we’ll start our sports news review with today’s notable transfers – the loan of Joe Hart to Torino and Barca’s purchase of Paco Alcacer. The England international goalkeeper will complete a season-long loan to the Serie A side Torino, after falling out of favor with new manager Pep Guardiola in Manchester City while Barcelona decided to splash 30 million euros on the Valencia’s Paco Alcacer who’ll serve as a backup for attacking trio Neymar-Messi-Suarez.

Also today Mario Balotelli arrived to Nice to finalize his deal with French Ligue 1 side but it is still unclear whether his transfer from Liverpool will be a loan or a permanent move. In England, London giants Arsenal and Chelsea were active today after Arsene Wenger confirmed the signing of forward Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi today while long-tenured midfielder Tomas Rosicky left Emirates and returned to Sparta Prague after 15 years. On the other side, Chelsea sent striker Loic Remy on a season-long to Crystal Palace and finalized a 27-million Euros move of Fiorentina’s left back Marcos Alonso.

Torino’s centre-back Nikola Maksimovic became most expensive Serbian player ever after he completed his move to Napoli tonight for 29 million Euros. Maksimovic was mentioned in potential move to Manchester City but ended in Napoli as the last season’s Serie A runner-up expecting their centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to move to Premier League.

The final ATP Grand Slam of the season, the US Open started yesterday in New York and today’s first round scores are: Ryan Harrison – Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6, 6-3; James Duckworth – Robin Haase 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Jiri Vesely – Saketh Myneni 7-6, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5; Roberto Bautista – Guillermo Garcia 7-5, 6-1, 6-7, 7-6; Milos Raonic – Dustin Brown 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; Novak Djokovic – Jerzy Janowicz 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1; Alexander Zverev – Daniel Brands 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6; Daniel Evans – Rajeev Ram 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1;  Grigor Dimitrov – Inigo Cervantes 6-2, 6-4, 7-6; Karen Khachanov – Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Kei Nishikori – Benjamin Becker 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Jeremy Chardy – Michael Mmoh 6-4, 6-4, 6-1; Pablo Carreno – Ilya Ivashka 6-0, 7-5, 6-2; Nicolas Mahut – Philipp Kohlschreiber (inj.) 6-3, 7-5, 1-0; David Ferrer – Alexandr Dolgopolov (inj.) 6-5; Stan Wawrinka – Fernando Verdasco 7-6, 6-4, 6-4; Alessandro Giannessi – Denis Kudla 0-6, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-0; Jared Donaldson – David Goffin 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-0; Paul-Henri Mathieu – Christian Harrison 6-0, 6-2, 6-1; Joao Sousa – Victor Estrella 6-0, 6-1, 6-1; Viktor Troicki – Radu Albot 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6.

Ladies were also on the court today at WTA tournament at US Open and first round scores are: Lauren Davis – Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Kateryna Bondarenko – Su-Wei Hsieh 6-0, 7-5; Monica Niculescu – Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-7, 6-1; Elina Svitolina – Mandy Minella 6-7, 6-0, 6-2; Kayla Day – Madison Brengle (inj.) 6-2, 4-2; Johanna Konta – Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-3; Madison Keys – Alison Riske 4-6, 7-6, 6-2; Denisa Allertova – Ana Ivanovic 7-6, 6-1; Qiang Wang – Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; Richel Hogenkamp – Heather Watson 6-2, 7-5; Lucie Safarova – Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-4; Ana Konjuh – Kiki Bertens 6-3, 2-6, 6-4; Yaroslava Shvedova – Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-3; Caroline Garcia – Pauline Parmentier 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Timea Babos – Barbara Haas 5-7, 6-3, 7-5; Simona Halep – Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-2; Samantha Stosur – Camila Giorgi 7-5, 6-7, 6-1; Nicole Gibbs – Aleksandra Krunic 6-1, 6-0; Shuai Zhang – Ellen Perez 6-1, 6-1; Timea Bacsinszky – Vitalia Diatchenko 6-1, 6-1; Annika Beck – Nadia Podoroska 7-6, 6-3; Johanna Larsson – Karin Knapp 6-4, 6-2; Kurumi Nara – Stefanie Voegele 6-0, 7-5; Elena Vesnina – Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 4-6, 6-3; Carla Suarez Navarro – Teliana Pereira 6-0, 6-0.

Spanish international Jose Manuel Calderon, who recently played at the basketball tournament at Olympic Games in Rio where he helped his country to the bronze medal has announced his retirement from national team. Calderon was the member of Spain’s golden generation as he started his senior team career at the 2002 FIBA Basketball World Cup and went on to win eight international medals with biggest success coming with the gold medal at 2006 FIBA World Cup.

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