Sunderland snap up trio

first_img Sunderland’s need for reinforcements in defence is long-standing with the full-back positions a particular problem. Danny Rose played on the left for much of last season on loan from Tottenham, although midfielder Jack Colback had to fill in at times, while Craig Gardner spent more time than he would have liked deputising at right-back. While there may still be work to be done on both of those deals, three more were formally completed on Monday when Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite all officially became Sunderland players. Central defenders Roberge and Diakite will reinforce a department which has been depleted by the departures of Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon, while defensive midfielder Cabral could have a key role to play amid speculation that skipper Lee Cattermole’s days could be numbered. All three men have signed three-year deals after allowing their existing contracts to expire at their previous clubs. Frenchman Roberge, 25, joins from Portuguese side Maritimo, for whom he played twice against the Black Cats’ derby rivals Newcastle in last season’s Europa League. Born in Montreuil, he began his career at Guingamp before moving to Paris St Germain. The 6ft 1in defender spent two years in Greece with Aris before sealing his move to Maritimo, where he made 32 appearances last season, in 2010. Diakite has spent the last seven years with Di Canio’s former club Lazio, with whom he won the Coppa Italia in 2009. Cape Verde-born midfielder Cabral, full name Adilson Tavares Varela, is 24 and has four Swiss titles and Champions League football to his name. He started at Lausanne and had a spell on loan in Spain with Sevilla Atletico before heading for Basle. Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is pushing ahead with his plans to rebuild his squad as he chases promising full-backs Gino Peruzzi and Benjamin Mendy. On the day three out-of-contract signings completed their moves to the Stadium of Light, the Black Cats were closing in on the Argentinian and his French counterpart. The Wearsiders have agreed deals with Velez Sarsfield for Peruzzi and Le Havre for Mendy and are now working to put together personal terms to attract the pair to England. Right-back Peruzzi, 21, played his part as Velez won the Argentinian Grand Final with a 1-0 victory over Newell’s Old Boys at the weekend, coming on as a first-half substitute for Ivan Gonzalo Bella. Eighteen-year-old left-back Mendy too is firmly in Di Canio’s sights, although amid interest from a series of other suitors, he is yet to commit himself to a move to the north-east. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

U-23 AFCON: Watch highlights of Ghana’s 1-1 draw with Cameroon [VIDEO]

first_imgGhana and Cameroon played out a 1-1 draw in their opening game at the CAF U-23 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday.The Black Meteors picked up a point after Mohammed Habib’s equaliser, four minutes from time cancelled out a wonderful free-kick from Cameroon’s Franck Evina.The first half had ended goalless with Cameroon the better side for much of the opening 45 minutes.Coach Ibrahim TankoThey took the lead deservedly in the 60th minutes as Evina curled in a brilliant free-kick.The Ghanaians dominated the rest of the game and found an equaliser with four minutes to go as Habib pounced on a ball over the top and poked the ball past the goalkeeper.Ghana will now face hosts Egypt before playing against Mali who lost to the Egyptians in the first game.See the highlights of the game belowSEE ALSO: See great skill by Black Meteors’ Sarpong that sent Cameroon player flying off the pitch [VIDEO]last_img read more

Josh Hart leads Lakers past 76ers in Las Vegas Summer League opener

first_img VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? LAS VEGAS — Second-year guard Josh Hart scored 24 points and rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk added 17 points to lead the Lakers to a 96-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in their Las Vegas Summer League opener on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.With Lakers Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee, Coach Luke Walton and General Manager Rob Pelinka sitting courtside, the summer squad turned in its best performance so far, bouncing back from an 0-3 showing in the inaugural California Classic earlier in the week in Sacramento.Ball and Kuzma were the stars of the show last summer, helping lead the Lakers to the Las Vegas tournament title and picking up tournament MVP and championship game MVP awards, respectively, in the process. But Hart and the rookies got them (and the usual partisan summer league crowd) out of their seats more than once on Saturday.Hart, who is unlikely to play in all the Las Vegas games, was effective on both ends of the court. He scored five quick points and Mykhailiuk drained a pair of jumpers to help the Lakers open a quick 11-4 lead, and Hart held Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz to just four points (1 for 9, 0 for 7 from 3-point range) a night after he made eight shots from beyond the arc in a 40-point effort against the Boston Celtics. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers took control in the second quarter, extending their lead to 45-33 by halftime. They kept the pressure on in the second half, pushing the margin to 23 at one point. The Lakers shot 44.4 percent from the field, but made nearly half of their 3-point attempts (14 for 31).Hart finished 9 for 15 from the field, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range and helped the Lakers build a 23-point second-half lead against a 76ers team that struggled from the field all night (38.3 percent overall, including 3 for 29 from 3-point range). Mykhailiuk finished 6 for 11 overall (4 for 8 from 3-point range) and shared the team lead with nine rebounds.Rookie big man Moe Wagner added 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in 26 minutes, throwing down a crowd-pleasing one-handed dunk off a steal but adding seven more personal fouls to his growing summer collection.Issac Bonga, the 18-year-old second-round pick who just joined the team after signing his contract on Friday, struggled with three points, two steals and seven turnovers in 13 minutes.Nick King added 15 points and five rebounds, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 10 points and three assists for the Lakers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rookie Zhaire Smith led the 76ers (0-2) with 16 points.The Lakers take the court again on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. against the Chicago Bulls.Related Articleslast_img read more