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Costa and Cahill fit to face Arsenal
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed that striker Diego Costa and centre-back Gary Cahill will be fit to face Arsenal in this weekend's Community Shield. The pair were injured in Tuesday's friendly against Barcelona in Washington DC, when Costa was forced out of the game with a hamstring problem and Cahill suffered a suspected broken nose. But speaking ahead of the traditional Wembley curtain-raiser between the Premier League champions and the FA Cup holders on Sunday, Mourinho confirmed the two players were available to face Arsene Wenger's side.
Blanc hopeful over Ibrahimovic injury
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is hopeful Zlatan Ibrahimovic's knee injury is nothing serious. First-half goals from Serge Aurier and Edinson Cavani saw the Ligue 1 champions to a 2-0 win over Lyon in Montreal on Saturday. But a knee injury to Ibrahimovic threatened to sour the victory, with the Sweden international in discomfort late in the game. Blanc said the 33-year-old was battling with the injury, but hopes his recovery is quick.
Juventus lost Sami Khedira to injury as the Italian champions went down 2-0 to Marseille in a friendly on Saturday night. German international midfielder joined Juve from Real Madrid in the close season after seeing the latter part of his time at the Santiago Bernabeu marred by injury problems. And the 28-year-old was forced off just past the midway point in the first half of the game in France, grimacing in pain as he departed holding his right hamstring.
Italian media reports indicated that Khedira will be out for a month, which would rule him out of next week's Italian Supercup against Lazio and the start of the new Serie A season on 23 August.
Norwich City confirm Jake Kean deal
Norwich have signed Jake Kean on a free transfer after the goalkeeper's release from Blackburn Rovers. The 24-year-old, who has penned a two-year deal at Carrow Road, made 44 appearances for Rovers having been handed his Premier League debut against Chelsea in 2012.
Norwich's manager Alex Neil said: "Jake is a good, up-and-coming goalkeeper. We obviously have Declan Rudd here as our No2 goalkeeper [behind first-choice John Ruddy] and we've sent Remi Matthews out on loan to get match experience, which I think is important for him. We needed to make sure we had cover for the goalkeeping position and we wanted to bring in someone who could push Declan."
Oshaniwa to complete Hearts move
Hearts should finally complete the signing of the Nigerian international defender Juwon Oshaniwa today. He was undergoing a medical last night and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, should sign a long-term contract this morning. Oshaniwa was Nigeria's first-choice left-back at last summer's World Cup in Brazil and is viewed as a genuine coup by Hearts.
The 24-year-old's capture will end a protracted transfer saga lasting more than two months. The left-back waited several weeks for a work permit, which was granted at the start of July, and then had to wait more than a fortnight for a visa. He finally collected the necessary paperwork in his country's capital, Abuja, earlier this week and flew to Edinburgh yesterday.
Gestede and Veretout sign for Villa
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Rudy Gestede from Blackburn Rovers for €8.5m. The Benin international striker scored 22 goals for the Ewood Park club last term, including 20 in the Championship. Gestede, 26, signed a five-year deal at Villa Park on Friday, becoming Villa's second signing of the day after the EPL side brought in France midfielder Jordan Veretout for €11.4m from Nantes. Veretout, 22, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract.
Lambert seals West Brom move
Rickie Lambert has ended his short stay at Liverpool after signing a two-year deal with West Brom in a €4.2m deal. The 33-year-old striker achieved a lifelong ambition when he signed for Liverpool, the club he supported as a boy, from Southampton in June 2014. But he made only 12 starts last season, and acknowledged the need to move in order to play regular football. He becomes West Brom's third summer signing, following the acquisitions of James Chester and James McClean.
City striker Jovetic joins Inter on loan
Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic has completed his loan move to Inter Milan, bringing to an end his injury-hit two-year spell with Manchester City. The Premier League club have confirmed the 25-year-old has joined Inter on a year-and-a-half loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer. Jovetic joined City from Fiorentina in the summer of 2013, but has not been a regular in Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Walcott and Cazorla sign new Arsenal contracts
Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have handed Arsenal a pre-season boost by signing contract extensions with the club. England forward Walcott, 26, is Arsenal's longest serving player with over 300 appearances and has penned a four-year deal. Spanish playmaker Cazorla has also finalised fresh terms with the Gunners, and though the length of his new deal has not been disclosed by the club, it is reported the 30-year-old has signed a three-year extension.
Arda Turan suffers ankle sprain
Barcelona have revealed that new summer signing Arda Turan has sprained his ankle and faces a spell on the sidelines. Turkey international midfielder has picked up a knock in training and will undergo further examination to determine the extent of the injury. However, Turan is unable to make his debut for Luis Enrique's side until January due to a FIFA ban preventing the Liga champions from registering new players in 2015.
Kante completes Leicester move
Caen midfielder N'Golo Kante has completed a move to Leicester City for a fee of €8m. Leicester reportedly agreed a fee with Caen at the beginning of the month, but have had to wait patiently due to interest elsewhere, with both Arsenal and Marseille both pondering moves for the defensive midfielder. Kante, who agreed a four-year deal, becomes manager Claudio Ranieri's first signing since replacing Nigel Pearson at the helm.
Enes Unal sent to Genk on loan
Enes Unal, the highly rated 18-year-old signed this month by Manchester City from Bursaspor, has joined Belgian side Genk on a season-long loan. The Turkish forward was part of City's touring squad in Australia, playing against Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Roma. But Unal, who has won one cap for his country, will play no part in Manuel Pellegrini's squad in the coming campaign.
White Sox place Shuck on DL
The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder J.B. Shuck on the 15-day disabled list Saturday for a strained left hamstring. Shuck was hitting .278 with 11 RBIs in 54 games. He was injured Friday when he scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning of Chicago's 13-6 loss to the New York Yankees.
Cardinals get Broxton
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, supplementing their bullpen with another veteran. The NL Central-leading Cardinals sent minor league outfielder Malik Collymore to their division rivals. St. Louis also received cash in the deal, announced hours before the non-waiver trade deadline.
The 31-year-old Broxton has struggled this season in Milwaukee. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA, but he had not allowed a run his last seven appearances.
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WNBA suspends Danielle Adams
The WNBA suspended Danielle Adams of the San Antonio Stars for three games without pay for an unspecified violation of the league's anti-drug program. The move was announced several hours before Wednesday night's home game against Atlanta. She has started only two of the team's 17 games this season and is averaging 8.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 16.6 minutes per game, all career lows.
football: latest transfers
|Aug 15||Jordan Veretout to Aston Villa||€ 9.9m|
|Aug 15||Rudy Gestede to Aston Villa||€ 8.5m|
|Aug 15||Rickie Lambert to West Brom||€ 4.2m|
|Aug 15||Lukas Hradecky to Frankfurt||€ 2m|
|Aug 15||Jake Kean to Norwich City|
|Aug 15||Federico Cartabia to Deportivo La Coruna|
|Aug 15||Enzo Roco to Espanyol|
|Aug 15||Rafael Borre to Rayo|
|Aug 15||Borja Baston to Eibar|
|Aug 15||Andre-Frank Zambo to Marseille|
|Aug 15||Franck Etoundi to Bastia|
|Aug 15||Jimmy Briand to Guingamp|
|Aug 15||Allan Saint-Maximin to Hannover 96|
|Aug 15||Stevan Jovetic to Inter|
|Jul 15||James Chester to West Brom||€ 11.3m|
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