Happy to be in semis BEIJING, China: Omar McLeod arrived in Beijing as quite a big deal, being the fastest man in China entered in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships. It almost came undone for the in-form Jamaica champion, who survived an eventful heat yesterday to book his spot in today’s semi-final (6:05 a.m.) and keep alive his dream of becoming Jamaica’s first World champion in the event. In fact, no Jamaican has ever won a medal in this event at the World Championships, with Maurice Wignall’s fifth-place finish in Berlin in 2009 being the best placing by a Jamaican at these championships. McLeod, whose 12.97 seconds at the National Senior Championships leads all competitors here, saw hurdles crashing around him, hit four of them himself and also got hit on the arm by Trinidad and Tobago’s Mikel Thomas – who later crashed out of the race. The Jamaican, however, still kept his composure to finish second in 13.43 behind Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite, 13.28, with China’s Wenjun Xie, 13.44, taking third. McLeod is certainly not hiding from suggestions that he is the man to beat in Beijing, underlining that he is fine with being considered a favourite to win and declaring his psychological readiness for a shot a history. “I’m tough all round. I really wanted to make the semi-finals. When everything happened, I thought I was a bit behind, but I told myself, ‘top four, play it safe, no pressure, just have fun and make the semi-final,’ and I’m happy I was able to do that,” said McLeod. “It probably was my worst race, but this is hurdles, and you have to go in mentally tough, if stuff like this happens, you have to know how to deal with it. “I have the fastest time here, so, obviously, I am the man to beat, but I try not to think about it too much. All I want to do is to try and run the same race I’ve been running all season,” McLeod added. “I’m not here to think about anybody else. Everybody wants it and it’s going to boil down to who has the most perfect race on the day. I’m ready to go and I’m feeling good. “I really just wanted to come out here and get this first run under the belt. Obviously there were a lot of flaws in the race as you saw. This is really going to test my strength going forward and I’m looking forward to it,” added the 2015 NCAA indoor and outdoor champion, who a couple months ago announced his decision to turn professional. “It’s of course my first World Championships and I was excited. I was really nervous and wanted to get going, feel the stadium and the atmosphere, and I’m happy I did,” he shared. McLeod will run out of lane six in semi-final two, where he will come up against world record holder Aries Merritt and French medal hopeful Pascal Martinot-Lagarde.
Weather: Fine; Track: Good’LUCKY5′ DASH TROPHYRace 1 1400 M (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)*1. FLYING MIRACLE AMartin 54.52. CHANGE HIM NAME OWalker 54.0 2L3. PLAY STATION ABudhu 52.0 2 1/2L4. AQUILO JErwin 54.0 1 1/4LLate scratch : #7 MERUWIN: 119.00Final Time : 1:28.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.2Winner : 5yo b horse – MIRACLE MAN – MORNING LILYTrainer : ENOS BROWN Owner : GARY S. AINSWORTHBred by ROBERT LEEQuinella: $204.00 Exacta : (2-4) $349.00Trifecta: $588.00SUPREME VENTURES “SUPER CHALLENGE” TROPHYRace 2 1100 M (Purse $950,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. SORRENTINOS LEGACY PFrancis 50.52. PROUD PRESIDENT OEdwards3 50.5 3/4L3. PATCH DaneNelson 53.0 2/1 3 1/4L4. ZEPHYR SMuir 52.0 6/1 3LWIN: $112.00PLACE: $56.00, $53.00, $58.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0Winner : 2yo b filly – SORRENTINO – RAVINGTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : PARKLAND STABLESBred by ROBERT S. DABDOUBQuinella: $174.00 Exacta: $387.00D/E: $590.00Superfecta: $344.00SUPREME VENTURES ‘JUST BET DASH’ TROPHYRace 3 1200 M (Purse $880,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. DIFERENTGENERATION OWhite 50.02. RED FLAG PFrancis 52.0 1 1/2L*3. BORDER LINE JErwin 54.0 3L4. RUM PUNCH SMuir 52.5 NeckWIN: $273.00PLACE: $82.00, $76.00, $77.00Final Time : 1:13.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 6yo b horse – CONGAREE – COTTA’S JEWELTrainer: PHILLIP LEE Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella: $992.00 Exacta: $1,675.00D/E: $1,978.00Superfecta: $8,516.00Rolling Triple: $3,491.00SUPREME VENTURES “MILLIONAIRE DREAM” TROPHYRace 4 1400 M (Purse $868,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. I HAVE A DREAM SMuir 53.0 12/1 651.00 200.002. MINY LEE JErwin 55.0 5/1 1/2 135.003. DEMOLITION BOY CChow 53.0 8/1 1 1/4 140.004. PRINCESS STATISTIC RMitchell 54.0 7/1 3/4Late scratch : #9 ABOGADOWIN: $651.00PLACE: $200.00, $135.00, $140.00Final Time : 1:31.0 Splits : 24.2, 48.1, 1:15.1Winner : 3yo b filly – HOMING INSTINCT – DARE TO DREAMTrainer : DEON FACEY Owner : BYRON MCKEN & DEON FACEYBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Quinella: $2,128.00 Exacta: $4,572.00D/E: $6,022.00Superfecta: $24,245.00Rolling Triple: $25,713.00SUPREME VENTURES “GAMES PEOPLE LOVE TO PLAY” TROPHYRace 5 1820 M (Purse $660,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. SUPER HERITAGE RMitchell 54.0*2. NO MONEY FRIEND WHenry 55.0 3 1/2L3. NATASHADONTPLAY AndrePowell4 52.5 2L4. NO PAIN NO GAIN PFrancis 52.0 2LWIN: $592.00PLACE: $80.00, $59.00, $70.00Final Time : 2:01.1 Splits : 27.4, 53.0, 1:18.1, 1:45.2Winner : 4yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL – AKIODATrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : ZELMUNABred by DION JACKSONQuinella: $946.00 Exacta: $1,806.00D/E: $8,498.00Superfecta: $12,880.00Rolling Triple: $66,046.00DOLLAZ ‘CASH BONANZA’ TROPHYRace 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $630,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. FIFTYONESTORM AMartin 55.02. GOLD SCREW BebHarvey3 51.5 Sh.Head3. EL NUMERO UNO DaneNelson 54.0 1L4. WINESHA RHalledeen 53.0 5/1 3/4Late scratch : #9 STORMONTHESEAWIN: $289.00PLACE: $137.00, $401.00, $208.00Final Time : 0:59.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.2Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – SHE’S A GEMTrainer : O’NEIL MARKLAND Owner : JANET NAJAIRBred by ALLAN L. FLOWERSQuinella: $3,429.00 Exacta: $5,123.00D/E: $3,361.00Trifecta: $21,529.00Hit-6: $48,110.00Rolling Triple: $58,185.00Super-6: $2,075,944.00HARRY JACKSON MEMORIAL CUPRace 7 2400 M (Purse $1,250,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OFoster 53.02. LONG RUNNING TRAIN AChatrie 51.5 2L3. TYPEWRITER DaneNelson 57.0 6L4. HOVER CRAFT AndrePowell4 50.0 1LWIN: $94.00Final Time : 2:35.3 Splits : 25.3, 49.4, 1:15.2, 1:39.3, 2:06.0Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION – DESPERATEHOUSEWIFETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella: $355.00 Exacta : $374.00D/E : $630.00Trifecta: $192.00Rolling Triple: $10,320.00Pick-4 : $143,720.00SUPER LOTTO “BECOME A SUPER MILLIONAIRE” TROPHYRace 8 1500 M (Purse $868,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO-RESTRICTED STAKES1. BRAWN AChatrie 56.0*2. ORIGINAL TRAIN DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/2L3. DWAYNE STAR WHenry 51.0 Neck4. TARANIS BebHarvey3 51.0 1LLate scratch : #4 KIRIWIN: $152.00PLACE: $73.00, $74.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:32.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.0, 1:11.3Winner : 3yo colt – SARAVA – LA FAYETrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by SCF, INC DBA SOUTHERN CROSS FARMQuinella: $182.00 Exacta: $483.00D/E: $383.00Superfecta: $1,084.00Rolling Triple: $3,018.00TOP DRAW ‘MILLION JACKPOT EVERY DAY’ TROPHYRace 9 1700 M (Purse $918,000) NB3YO(NW2)IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. ABBEY ROAD OEdwards3 49.02. TURBO MACHINE CAT RMitchell 53.5 Neck3. SHINE RMairs 54.5 8L4. TARANTINO OWhite 50.0 7L5. SNEAK PEEK JAnderson 51.5 1 3/4LLate scratch : #10 SWEET DIMENSIONWIN: $121.00PLACE: $57.00, $59.00, $65.00Final Time : 1:47.1 Splits : 23.4, 47.1, 1:12.3, 1:39.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – BROADWAY BELLETrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by IAN PARSARDQuinella: $149.00 Exacta: $314.00D/E: $469.00Trifecta: $150.00Hi-5: $1,932.00Rolling Triple: $1,218.00PlacePot 8: $17,747.00(SUPREME VENTURES) JAMAICA 2-Y-O STAKESRace 10 1600 M (Purse $4,000,000) NB2-Y-O FUTURITY1. FUTURE KING RHalledeen 57.02. NUCLEAR AFFAIR AChatrie 55.0 Neck3. BIGDADDYKOOL SEllis 57.0 2L4. DREAMLINER OWalker 57.0 3/4L*5. SORRENTINO’S STAR DaneNelson 55.0 1 1/4LWIN: $319.00PLACE: $94.00, $107.00, $123.00Final Time : 1:38.4 Splits : 23.1, 45.3, 1:11.3Winner : 2yo b colt – NATURAL SELECTION – MILLENIUM PRINCESSTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella: $1,456.00 Exacta: $2,985.00D/E: $901.00Trifecta: $4,497.00Hi-5: $13,613.00Rolling Triple: $3,751.00MONEY TIME “WIN EVERY 5 MINUTES” TROPHYRace 11 1300 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. TECHNOCAT ADancel 55.02. REIGN OVER ALL OWalker 54.0 5L*3. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 53.0 Sh.Head4. BURNING MEDIC RMitchell 54.0 Head5. SERIOUS BUSINESS DDawkins4 52.0 2 1/4 LWIN: $883.00PLACE: $226.00, $87.00, $81.00Final Time : 1:22.1 Splits : 23.4, 47.4, 1:14.4Winner : 5yo ch horse – TWILIGHT TIME – SECRET CATTrainer : RAY PHILLIPS Owner : MORRIS M MYRIEBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella: $2,910.00 Exacta: $10,145.00D/E: $7,145.00Trifecta: $7,179.00Hi-5 carry-over : $99,898.50Rolling Triple: $29,078.00Pick-4: $96,012.00Super-6: $266,491.30Pick-9: $10,365.50; $139.50Carry-over : $399,071.40
Woodleigh’s 2016 Fast & Furious Pistol Championship will be a blazing affair tomorrow when the island’s top shooters clash in a test of speed and accuracy at the May Pen, Clarendon, range over 12 stages, shooting more than 200 rounds.United States-based Lesgar ‘Speedy’ Murdock could lead the charge in Open Division alongside Lennie ‘Aggressive’ Moulton, Kevin ‘Fastfoot’ Cheung, Bernard Lawrence and resident shooter, Howie Brown.Cheung warmed up by recently beating Moulton at The Jamaica Rifle Association and is hoping that the winning trend will continue at Woodleigh, which will feature open targets, set at from five to 10 yards with no penalty or steel plates to slow shooters.The championship will be the first Level-Three match being held by an affiliate club in Jamaica and sanctioned by the International Practical Shooting Confederation, match director Harry Chin Hing told The Gleaner.STANDARD DIVISIONRonald Brown Jr is fresh off a recent win at the Aruba Open Championship two weeks ago and will be going all out to take the Standard Division, which will also be keenly contested by JRA’s Andy Yapp and Mandeville Rifle and Pistol Club’s Orville ‘Reds’ Henriques.Meanwhile, the ever-improving Greg Henry, David Lazarus and recent Monster Match winner, Patrick Evelyn, will ensure the favourites are extended.”Either way you take it, it will be a fast one because I am boosted and will be hosing all the way through,” said Henry.PRODUCTION DIVISIONThe biggest group of shooters should come from Production Division in which senior veteran, Anthony ‘TJ’ Johnson will be gunning to stamp his class and take the President’s Medal. However, Master Class Ryan Bramwell may very well be the fly in the ointment.Chris Hart, Darin Richards, Ryan Grala, Chris Nunez and Paul Shoucair have all been putting in trigger time and must be aiming for a top podium spot. Michael Bradshaw has been figuring prominently lately on the score sheets and has to be watched.
PRIMARY INFLUENCES NEW ORLEANS (AP): Glenn Robinson III is the NBA’s new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers’ mascot and a Pacers cheerleader. Robinson leaped over all three, snagging the ball from George along the way before finishing with an emphatic, two-hand, reverse jam, giving him a perfect score – and the title – on his final dunk. “I know I’m a jumper. Like I said, I’m a guy that stays out of the way, but when it’s time to shine, that’s my thing,” Robinson said. “I knew all along I had some things planned and I just wanted to show the world.” Robinson edged out Phoenix’s Derrick Jones Jr, who was done in by his failure to complete his difficult first dunk of two in the final round. Jones still managed a perfect score on his second dunk, when he received a bounce-pass in the paint, put it between his legs and threw down a left-handed jam. But Robinson made sure it wasn’t enough. In the three-point contest, Houston’s Eric Gordon dethroned Golden State splash brother Klay Thompson. Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks won the Skills Challenge. Both dunk finalists delighted the crowd with soaring slams over teammates and others that showcased the explosive spring in their vertical leaps. “I thought I would go up against Derrick in the finals,” Robinson said. “I’ve seen the things that he can do. That guy can jump.” Robinson’s first dunk was one of his best. He leap-frogged one man sitting on another’s shoulders, grabbed the ball from the elevated man’s hands and slammed it home. He said 2000 dunk champ Vince Carter was one of his primary influences, along with Michael Jordan, of course. “Vince Carter did one of his best dunks first, and it kind of intimidated people. That’s what I wanted to go out and do,” Robinson said. “Who knows if it worked, but they missed some of their dunks and it gave me a little more room.” DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Aaron Gordon of Orlando were unable to emerge from the first round. Jordan dunked over DJ turn tables and Gordon dunked after receiving a bounce pass from a drone that had flown over the court with the Star Wars theme music playing.
Following a protest by members of the Deaf Association of Guyana in front of the Public Security Ministry requesting that they be given a fair chance to drive on Guyana’s roadways without discrimination, the green light has been given for them to write the drivers’ examination.Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has given the go-ahead to commence a pilot programme in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), which will allow persons who have hearing impediments to participate in the theoretical and practical drivers’ examination on May 24.The commencement of the pilot programme was agreed to when Ramjattan recently met with the National Commission on Disability and the Deaf Association of Guyana.As such, six persons from the deaf community in Guyana will be included in the pilot project at a date to be announced later.A section of the protesters gathered opposite the Public Security Ministry on February 18, 2019The pilot programme is one of the recommendations agreed to by Government to facilitate the issuance of driver’s permit to persons who have hearing impediments. The other recommendations include a rigorous national awareness campaign for the general populace including the beneficiaries and the implementation of issuances of driver’s license to deaf drivers only for private and not commercial vehicles taking into consideration the present infrastructural development and culture of driving on Guyana’s roadways.On February 18 last, a group of persons from the Guyana Society for the Deaf protested the Public Security Ministry calling for drivers’ licences to be issued for them.It was explained that they met with the Government some time ago to discuss the issue when they were assured it would have been discussed.They said that the deaf should be given equal privileges as those who can hear and should not be discriminated against as they held their placards across from the Ministry.Some of them contended that they have been driving for a very long time and was never involved in an accident while others argued that the deaf are treated equally in other countries and are allowed to drive but they are being discriminated against in their own country.In relation to responding to emergency vehicles, those persons noted that they are capable of driving by using their mirrors to see what is happening around them.The protesters said that because of how they are being treated, they are forced to use taxis even though many of them already have their own vehicles.In the region, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Jamaica, Suriname, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru among other countries allow deaf drivers to obtain licences.
0Shares0000Sofapaka FC striker Stephen Waruru during a training session at the Gikambura Stadium on October 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Stephen Waruru will be playing his second Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield final on Saturday when he leads out his Sofapaka side against last year’s losing finalists Kariobangi Sharks at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.The pint-sized forward featured for Ulinzi Stars at the 2016 final where they ended up losing by a solitary goal against Tusker FC and looking forward to Saturday, Waruru wants to make amends for the missed chances. “It feels good to get another chance because it is rare to have two chances with one thing. When it comes to the final, I will give my best to ensure that we win because personally, I will have achieved a lot. It is still the only title that I don’t have,” Waruru who won the league title with Ulinzi in 2010 noted.The striker joined Batoto ba Mungu at the start of the 2018 season after leaving Ulinzi following nine-years of service to the military side and he wants to ensure he marks his maiden season with a trophy at the end of the match.Having missed out on the Kenyan Premier League crown with a fifth place finish, this, according to Waruru is the club’s huge opportunity to claim a trophy, ending a drought that stretches back to 2014.Sofapaka FC striker Stephen Waruru leads teammates in a sprint race during a training session at the Gikambura Stadium on October 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We have prepared very well for this game and the team spirit is up. We have to give our best to ensure that we get this title. Teamwork wins you games and that is one thing we need to do very well. We have to trust each other and play with belief,” further stated the striker.The same sentiments are shared by midfielder Dennis Odhiambo who hopes to translate his form from the national team to club level and earn his first ever trophy on Kenyan soil.“The national team is a bit different from club level. In my opinion I think club football is hard because the players know each other very well and it is easier to plan against each other. But as a team we are ready for the game and we want to win,” the defender noted.He added; “As a team, our target has always been to finish the season with a trophy. The KPL title was not successful and now we have a last chance. We have to give our best.”Sofapaka FC midfielder Dennis Odhiambo during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBatoto ba Mungu will be pushed by the allure of playing in next season’s CAF Confederations Cup and seek to emulate Gor Mahia who went all the way to the group stages this year and ended up picking a Sh27mn prize purse.“It is a huge motivation to know that we will play in continental football and that is a trigger for all the players. Everyone wants to play against the biggest clubs in the continent and compete with teams from outside the country,” skipper Waruru noted.Winning the title comes with a Sh2mn cash reward but club owner Elly Kalekwa has promised the team a further Sh1mn while sponors Betika have also landed a promise to reward the efforts with another Sh1mn.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Off a corner, keeper Zamu Adisa raced off his line and defender Mousa Omar beat him to the ball before swinging in a cross from the right.Kassumba dived in to head at the edge of the box and Bethwel Warambo in a bid to defend handled the ball inside the box.The Ugandan stepped up and made no mistake sending Adisa the wrong way for his seventh goal of the season.It was a worthwhile win for Batoto ba Mungu who had seen their erstwhile brilliant run cut over and had lost and drawn over their last two games.The game wasn’t your everyday Sunday afternoon classic with both sets of players struggling to command possession, though KCB had a bit of an edge.In the 12th minute, Crispinus Onyango picked up the ball from distance and went for goal, but his effort went just over Justin Ndikumana’s goal.The bankers came within touching distance of an opening goal eight minutes later when some nervy defending saw Ochieng win the ball inside the box but his shot was blocked off the line bravely by Omar.Sammy Imbuye drafted in at left back for the suspended Titus Achesa raced to clear away before any advancing KCB players pounced on the spills.Sofapaka didn’t trouble the opposition keeper much and had two half chances through Avire, first his side going wide from the edge of the area before sending a stinging freekick just over the bar 10 minutes to halftime.A few minutes later, the 2009 champion registered their first effort on target, Willis Ouma’s strong hit from distance being collected by keeper Adisa.At the start of the second half KCB made changes, Clinton Kisiavuki and Shami Kibwana coming on for Ezekiel Odera and Crispinus.Sofapaka responded by bringing on Ibrahim Kajjuba and Mike Oduor for Stephen Waruru and Sammy Mutiria.The bankers pressed commanding much of possession, but they didn’t have the much needed acumen in the final third.Sofapaka almost scored one 10 minutes from time when Mike Oduor dribbled in from the right, but his belter of a shot from distance was turned behind for a corner by keeper Adisa.The home side pushed in the final 10 minutes and were ultimately rewarded, Kassumba earning them maximum points at the death.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka forward Umaru Kassumba celebrates his late goal against KCBMACHAKOS, Kenya, Mar 3 – Umaru Kassumba stepped up to score a 92nd minute penalty as Sofapaka scaled a spot up to fourth in the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 1-0 win over KCB in a scrappy tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.The game, devoid of many scoring opportunities for both sides had started to liven up in the final 10 minutes and it was Sofapaka who would dance harder at the end.
A judge dismissed the case in August, citing insufficient evidence.Instead, Sao Paulo prosecutors said in a statement that investigators had found “indications of slanderous denunciation and extortion” in the woman’s accusation.A final decision on whether to prosecute Trindade will be left to a judge.Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, has always protested his innocence, saying their relations were consensual.The case complicated an already tumultuous year for the 27-year-old Brazil star, who has yet to play for his club Paris Saint-Germain this season following injury and reports of an aborted return to previous club Barcelona.On Friday, Neymar played his first game since suffering an ankle injury in June, grabbing a second-half equalizer for Brazil in a 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A woman who accused Brazilian football star Neymar — seen here celebrating after scoring against Colombia during their international friendly football match in Miami, Florida on September 6, 2019 — of rape is facing extortion and slander charges © AFP/File / RHONA WISESAO PAULO, Brazil, Sep 10 – Police in Sao Paulo said Tuesday they will bring extortion and slander charges against a Brazilian model who accused football star Neymar of rape.Najila Trindade filed a rape complaint with Sao Paulo police upon her return from a trip to Paris in May in which she said she was assaulted by Neymar following a pre-arranged meeting.
Manchester City and Manchester United are keeping tabs on Italy Under-17 youth star Pietro Pellegri, who is also attracting the interest of Juventus.A product of the Genoa academy, the 16-year-old striker is earning rave reviews for his performances in youth football and is being touted for a move to one of Europe’s big names.Italian champions Juventus believe the young forward could strike up the perfect strike partnership with talented youngster Moise Kean and they are working hard behind the scenes to force through a move.However, they are set to face stiff competition for his signature as, according to Tuttosport, Manchester United and Manchester City are also tracking the forward.Scouts from the Premier League giants have sent back glowing reports on Pellegri and the duo are interested in snaring him away from Genoa this summer.Pellegri netted his first senior goal for Genoa on the last day of the season against Roma and he has also earned 13 caps for the Italy under-17s. Italy Under-17 youth star Pietro Pellegri 1
He is currently preparing for Germany’s opening World Cup game – against Mexico on Sunday 3 3 With Spanish hero Iniesta gone, Barca are searching for another maestro to control their midfield.And, according to The Sun, City star Gundogan has emerged as a major target for the LaLiga champions.It is claimed Barca are certain to make a bid for the 27-year-old Germany international before the summer transfer window shuts. Can Ilkay Gundogan replace Andres Iniesta at Barcelona? Gundogan got six goals and seven assists for Man City last season Gundogan joined Man City from Borussia Dortmund for £20million in 2016.He has two years remaining on his Etihad Stadium contract, and is said to be valued at around £50million by the Premier League champions.It is suggested the German star would be keen on a move to the Nou Camp, but also that Man City are keen to keep him and are likely to offer him a new deal to secure his future. 3 Barcelona have set their sights on a summer swoop for Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, according to reports.The Catalan giants are looking to replace club legend Andres Iniesta this summer, who has left after 22 years at the Nou Camp and will join Japanese Club Vissel Kobe on 1 July.