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Man City will sign Kompany’s replacement in summer – Lescott

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Pep Guardiola has been tipped to enter the transfer market in the summer for a central defender, with manchester City having failed to bring in a like-for-like replacement for Vincent Kompany after his departure at the end of last season.

And former centre-back, Joleon Lescott, is sure that the club will have a list of targets in mind and that they’ll make sure they’re getting the right player, having been linked with the likes of Milan Skriniar, Mykola Matviyenko, Nathan Ake and Caglar Soyuncu.

“It’s hard to think who a good fit at centre-back as initially we hadn’t heard much of Laporte, and he’s been incredible,” he added.

“I’m sure Man City have someone in their vision that is ready and primed to come in this summer. I know how they work with regards to the due diligence done on each player.

“They’ve got a list of players that they see are perfect. It was always going to be a massive loss when you lose Vinnie [Kompany] not just on the field, but around the place as well.

“It’s such a big loss, not just the ability he had, but the presence as well. Any top player with any team, if suddenly they’re not there, the players genuinely miss them.

“When you play in the biggest games against the best teams and he’s in your starting line-ups, the team play better because he has that belief and it’s a shame he’s left now, but it just goes on and football moves on.”

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Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix despite puncture on final lap

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Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix for the seventh time in his career but endured a nervy end to the race at Silverstone after his car suffered a puncture on the final lap.

Hamilton’s Mercedes limped across the finish line with a puncture to the front left tyre, while Max Verstappen, who finished second and was forced to pit for the fastest lap of the race, did not have enough time to close the gap.

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Hamilton had been having a smooth race despite two other Mercedes drivers experiencing punctured tyres, until he too suffered a puncture, this time heading down the back straight towards Brooklands.

Then it was a question of whether he could finish the remainder of the lap – more than half of it – before Verstappen caught him.

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Hamilton speaking to reporters after the win said in relief: “That was close.”

“Up until the last lap, everything was relatively smooth sailing.

“The tyres felt great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard and I was doing some management of that tyre and he looked like he wasn’t doing any.

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Australia’s Kyrgios withdraws from U.S. Open

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the U.S. Open and again criticised some of his fellow professionals for their decisions to ignore health advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kyrgios follows compatriot and women’s world number one Ash Barty, who withdrew from the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 tournament earlier this week.

“I will not be playing this year at the U.S. Open,” Kyrgios said in a video on social media on Sunday.

“It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport’s greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans that have lost their lives, for all of you. It’s my decision.”

Kyrgios had no problems with the USTA scheduling the tournament or players competing if they chose, “so long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely”.

The 25-year-old said he recognised that lower-wage employees at the event, such as restaurant staff, cleaners and locker room attendants, needed the tournament to take place.

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The world number 40, however, also took another shot at some of his fellow players, with whom he has been involved in a running battle over the last two months after they chose to play in a Novak Djokovic-organised exhibition event in Europe.

Djokovic, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Victor Troicki all tested positive for COVID-19 during the event, which was hastily cancelled.

“Tennis players, you have to act in the interest of each other and work together,” Kyrgios added.

“You can’t be dancing on tables, money grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition. That’s just so selfish.

“Think of the other people for once, that is what this virus is about.”

 

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Aribo wins Glasgow Rangers’ Young POTY

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Nigeria national-teamer Joe Aribo has been recognized for his outstanding performances last season, winning two of the six prizes at Glasgow Rangers End of Season Awards for the 2019-2020 campaign.

Rangers’ official website has informed that the Super Eagles midfielder won the Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards.

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To win the Young POTY accolade, Aribo saw off competition from Niko Katic, Ryan Kent, George Edmundson, and Ianis Hagi.

Signed from Charlton Athletic last summer, the Nigerian had an impressive debut season, scoring 9 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions while assisting eight others.

Three of Aribo’s strikes were in the running for the Goal of the Season, against FC Midtjylland, Hbernian FC, and Sporting Braga, but his goal against the Portuguese set up was picked as the best goal scored by a Rangers player the last term.

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Liverpool-owned winger Sheyi Ojo, who spent the whole of last season on loan at The Light Blues, was nominated for the Goal of the Season for his strike against Feyenoord in the Europa League.

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