By Tim Stannard
Hot topic of Karius concussion refuses to cool
What is wrong with you people!? Seriously!
There is a World Cup starting in just over a week’s time! Lionel Messi! Cristiano Ronaldo! Lionel Messi! Cristiano Ronaldo!
Real Madrid can’t find a new manager! Cristiano Ronaldo!
What will Ipswich Town do in the transfer market! Lionel Messi!
And yet all anyone seems to be interested in is whether Liverpool keeper Loris Karius was concussed during the second half of a Champions League final in what feels like a good 500 years ago.
Sergio Ramos did not help the matter on Tuesday by suggesting that maybe Mohamed Salah could have continued in the final rather than weeping off clutching his shoulder. Egypt boss, Hector Cuper, has responded by pointedly asking if Sergio Ramos is medically trained - "I don't have any doubt that if he could keep playing he would do it, because a Champions League final is extraordinary." The Pharaohs boss was speaking ahead of a tasty friendly clash against Belgium on Wednesday.
Also piping in for no good reason was the rival goalkeeper in that clash, Thibaut Courtois, who finds the whole notion of his Liverpool counterpart playing with a head injury as peculiar - "I feel sorry for what happened with him, but to blame it on concussion that he made those mistakes - he also made two amazing saves. So that was luck then?”
Lionel Messi v Middle East peace process
Argentina’s World Cup preparations have taken a bit of a dent with official confirmation that a friendly lined up on Saturday against Israel has been cancelled over security and safety concerns.
The Albiceleste had been walking into quite the controversy with those opposing the game saying that Lionel Messi and co should not be giving backing to Israel due to treatment over Palestinians. However, Israel's defence minister Avigdor Lieberman noted that it was a shame that Argentina was not able to "withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters."
Gonzalo Higuain – not normally one to be dragged into Middle Eastern politics – said that they had "finally done the right thing." Isn’t Jared Kushner supposed to fixing this kind of thing? No word yet on if Argentina has been able to find a replacement in what was set to be a final tune-up ahead of the World Cup.
The good news is that Panama’s game against Norway is still going ahead and it is live today on beIN SPORTS! Hooray! Tune in at 12:50PM ET / 9:50AM PT for that, preceded by the semifinal clash at the Toulon tournament where Mexico’s finest young talent go up against Turkey.
TRANSFER TRACKER TIME!
Unai Emery could be in the Arsenal good books by landing the deal of the summer through picking up the $75 million Sporting CP winger, Gelson Martins for free.
The footballer might well be able to leave Portuguese outfit for free after the possibility arose of his contract being annulled after fans recently attacked the training ground and concerns over safety. Arsenal has already signed Stephan Lichtsteiner and is close to Borussia Dortmund defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Napoli and Italy midfielder, Jorginho, looks set to be the next Premier League bound footballer with Manchester reportedly upping their bid for the player to upwards of $60m. “Something will happen this week,” promises the player’s agent.
Finally, Atletico Madrid might well be bringing Spanish playmaker, Suso, back to his homeland with Diego Simeone making the AC Milan a transfer target for the summer. $50m might be enough to reel in a footballer from a club in financial turmoil to say the least.
Tune into the XTRA at 7PM ET / 4PM PT for the daily transfer tracker.
LeBron needed to save the day for the Cavs
King James is being removed from his cryogenic recovery pod, having his mind wiped from the concept of J.R. Smith to get him up and running for the third and really crucial play-off clash against the Golden State Warriors. The Cleveland Cavaliers are back on home territory and looking to pull the series back to a more manageable 2-1.
Over at the French Open and the women’s quarterfinals are wrapping up with the monumental battle between Angelique Kerber and world number one, Simona Halep, leading the way. Maria Sharapova faces Garbine Muguruza in the day’s second clash. Both are in action at time of writing.
Rafa Nadal is action in the men’s bracket and looking for a spot in the final four against Diego Schwartzman.
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