Andros Townsend has completed his move to Newcastle from Tottenham after signing and five-and-a-half-year deal, the club has confirmed. “The 24-year-old arrives at St James’ Park for an undisclosed fee and has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Magpies. He will wear the number 25 shirt.” Townsend put pen to paper on Wednesday evening after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms, in the process ending a 16-year stay at Tottenham which had soured in recent months. His first opportunity to play for his new club will come at Everton next Wednesday evening, and he could make his home debut in what will be a crucial clash with West Brom three days later. Townsend said: “I’m delighted to be here. Newcastle United is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition. “As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go so I can’t wait to get started.” Townsend’s arrival represents another boost for under-pressure McClaren, who has been desperate to add proven Barclays Premier League quality to his squad to assist in the fight for top-flight survival. The winger, who joined Spurs as an eight-year-old, joins former Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in fulfilling that brief, and now faces the task of reviving his career on Tyneside, no doubt with one eye on the Euro 2016 finals. McClaren said: “Bringing Andros to the club is a great signing. He is a very good talent who is a current England international and should be one for years to come, too. The 24-year-old England international has joined the Magpies for an undisclosed fee, understood to be £12million, and becomes head coach Steve McClaren’s third capture this month, taking the club’s total January investment to in the region of £29million. His arrival at St James’ Park was confirmed in a club statement which said: “Newcastle United have completed the signing of England international winger Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur. “Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball. “He feels he has a lot to prove and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.” Newcastle currently sit inside the bottom three, two points from safety with just 15 games to play and facing a battle to preserve their top-flight status. McClaren will hope his latest acquisition can help to add both supply and goals to his team, but the hunt for striking reinforcement is ongoing with Saido Berahino, Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis among the men in the Magpies’ sights, although time is running out fast. Meanwhile, a Newcastle XI is understood to have been beaten 6-0 by a Sunderland XI on Wednesday in a behind-closed-doors friendly organised to give fringe players, and those returning from injury at both clubs, a chance to get some game-time. Press Association
Bayern beats Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to win 6th European Cup The European Cup joins the Bundesliga trophy — won for an eighth successive season and the German Cup.Bayern joins deposed champion Liverpool as six-time champions of Europe, only behind AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (13).___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports August 23, 2020 As the costly front three were frustrated in front of goal, it was instead a winger who grew up in Paris and started his career at PSG who inflicted the blow.The 24-year-old Coman ghosted in at the far post unchecked by the PSG defense and was ready to meet a cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 59th minute. The singing PSG contingent around the directors’ box was silenced in a stadium that was largely empty due to coronavirus restrictions.It completed an incredible transformation this season under Hansi Flick, who took charge in November with Bayern fourth in the Bundesliga. The season is now over — three months later than planned due to the coronavirus pandemic pause in play — with Bayern treble winners. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Kingsley Coman headed Bayern Munich to a sixth Champions League title on Sunday, scoring against boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain to seal a 1-0 victory in the first final to be played without fans.While Bayern won its first final since 2013, PSG has yet to lift the European Cup despite more than $1 billion being spent on players in nine years.More than $500 million was spent on Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria but PSG looked far from formidable or threatening against the Bavarian giants who felt more assured on European club football’s biggest stage.
However Football Chairman Joe Hannigan insists Liam Kearns will take charge of the senior team while Munster under 21 winning coach Tommy Toomey will remain in charge of the under 21s as well as forming part of the senior backroom team.The remainder of the senior management set up is yet to be finalised while position of Minor manager remains vacant after Charlie McGeever stepped down.Joe Hannigan says it will all be finalised within the next fortnight
Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak dominated in his homecoming, allowing three hits in six innings as the streaking Twins topped the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday night.Dobnak, who grew up a half-hour south of PNC Park in the Pittsburgh suburb of South Park, didn’t walk a batter and struck out just one. The 25-year-old relied on a heavy fastball the Pirates pounded into the ground. Pittsburgh managed just four balls out of the infield against Dobnak, who dropped his ERA to 0.60.Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Twins. Max Kepler gave Minnesota some breathing room in the ninth with a three-run home run off Pirates’ reliever Dovydas Neverauskas.Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams (0-3) became the first Pirate this season to pitch seven innings. Williams allowed just one run, a flare to left field by Gonzalez in the second that scored Jake Cave. The ball was initially ruled foul, but that was overturned by replay, with Cave being awarded home because he was well past third by the time the ball fell in.Williams struck out five against one walk and three hits, but Pittsburgh’s overworked bullpen faltered in the ninth. The Pirates have dropped seven consecutive games, and their 2-10 record is the worst in baseball.Minnesota improved to 10-2 following its sixth straight win, matching the best start in franchise history set by the 1930 Washington Senators.A year after blasting their way to 101 wins and the AL Central title behind a staggering 307 home runs, the Twins are relying just as heavily on pitching and defense to get by in 2020. The work of Dobnak and three relievers dropped Minnesota’s team ERA to 2.69, second-lowest in the American League behind Cleveland.Facing the worst-hitting team in the National League helped. Seven of Pittsburgh’s nine starters Wednesday entered the game hitting under .200 and the team’s batting average dipped to a paltry .189.Josh Bell went 3 for 4 and hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth, but the rest of the Pirates lineup went a combined 1 for 26.TATTERED BULLPENThe long list of Pittsburgh relievers who are dealing with an injury now includes Nick Burdi. The reliever’s season is over after he reported right elbow problems after taking the loss in extra innings on Monday. Burdi — who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017 and missed most of 2019 while dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome — was filling in as closer while Keone Kela recovers from COVID-19. … Right-hander Michael Feliz (right forearm strain) is also out for the year while Clay Holmes (forearm) and Kyle Crick (right shoulder strain) are out indefinitely.UP NEXTTwins: Kenta Maeda (2-0, 1.64 ERA) will try to remain unbeaten since being acquired by Minnesota in the offseason. Maeda went 2-1 with a 4.42 ERA in three career appearances against the Pirates while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Pirates: Rookie JT Brubaker will make his first major league start. Brubaker has thrown five scoreless innings in relief this season.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US LIVE TV Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 07:38 IST Dobnak Shines In Homecoming, Twins Top Reeling Pirates 5-2 Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak dominated in his homecoming, allowing three hits in six innings as the streaking Twins topped the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday night Written By COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 6th August, 2020 07:38 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US