Paul Pogba's future is understood to be a key factor in determining how many more signings Manchester United are able to make this summer - although they are keen to bring in another midfielder. United have been active in the market ahead of the new Premier League season, with the £73m capture of Jadon Sancho set to be followed by a £41m deal for Raphael Varane . But their heavy spending may not continue, with the club believed to consider the bulk of their business to have already been completed. Man Utd fixtures 2021/22: Leeds on opening day Man Utd confirm deal with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane Is Raphael Varane the missing piece in Man Utd's jigsaw? However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still keen to add another midfielder to his squad, with a number of players under consideration. The Europa League finalists have scouted Rennes' Eduardo Camavinga and Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka. Trending More Man Utd deals depend on . . .
Manchester United will look to extend defender Axel Tuanzebe's contract before potentially allowing him to leave on loan this summer. Tuanzebe's contract is up next summer - though United have the option to extend the 23-year-old centre-back's deal by an additional 12 months. The imminent arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid is likely to limit Tuanzebe's game time further, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order. Man Utd agree £41m fee with Real Madrid for Varane Paul Pogba 'unlikely' to sign new contract Man Utd fixtures 2021/22: Leeds on opening day Tuanzebe has started six Premier League games for United in the last two seasons under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United want to maintain Tuanzebe's value if he goes on loan, with reports claiming Newcastle want to bring him on board ahead of the new season. Trending More Man Utd deals depend on Pogba | Club still . . .
It was the sort of day when almost everything unfolded as it was expected to for India in the Olympics. So, badminton ace P V Sindhu and seasoned archer Deepika Kumari marched into the last-16 of their respective events, debutant boxer Pooja Rani (75kg) won her easy opening bout without a fuss to enter the last-eight stage and the women's hockey team stared at early elimination after failing to upstage defending champions Great Britain. It was, in a nutshell, another mixed day for the country which is waiting for its second medal after the spectacular silver by weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on the opening day of competitions. Things started on a disappointing note with Rani Rampal's women's hockey team taking a 1-4 hammering from Britain, thoroughly punished for not grabbing its chances in the crucial match, which has now severely dented the side's quarterfinal prospects. There was some cheer in archery before things went haywire to an extent. Three-time Olympian Tarundeep Rai . . .
USATSI With two days remaining until Major League Baseball's trade deadline, talks involving Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer are intensifying, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi . Morosi notes that a trade could be reached before Thursday. That Scherzer is an in-demand player is no surprise. In his first 18 starts this season, he's accumulated a 2.83 ERA (135 ERA+) and a 5.68 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Factor in his track record, including his past success in the postseason, and it's only right that teams are lining up to acquire his services for the stretch run. Scherzer's suitors are said to include the three top teams in the National League West: the surprising San Francisco Giants , the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers , and the San Diego Padres . ( SportsLine's oddsmakers deem those three teams to be the favored landing spots .) Scherzer, whose 10-5 rights allow him to veto any trade, has also indicated that his preference is to play on the West . . .
USATSI All throughout this offseason, Aaron Rodgers was unafraid to make his unhappiness with the Green Bay Packers organization known in various ways. Whether it was doing interviews at golf tournaments or going on conspicuously-timed vacations, Rodgers made clear that he was not happy with the way the organization handled its succession plan, nor with how relatively uninvolved he was in the decision-making process when it came to adding talent around him. There was plenty of trade speculation surrounding Rodgers, and in recent weeks, even speculation that he would sit out the season rather than play another year in Green Bay. Of course, none of that happened. The Packers and Rodgers came to an agreement on a reworked contract earlier this week and he agreed to show up to training camp. On Wednesday, Rodgers had his first media availability of camp, and he began with a long, winding series of answers that detailed exactly why he was so frustrated with Green Bay's front . . .
USATSI Boys and girls, the time has come. Training camp is officially underway, and the news is coming in faster than an Aaron Rodgers bullet pass. Speaking of Rodgers, we've got plenty of Packers talk on the way, as well as check-ins with countless other camp items. I'm Cody Benjamin, John Breech's trusty Wednesday fill-in, and I'm here to bring you the Pick Six Newsletter. Now let's get to it. (And please, do yourself a favor and make sure you're signed up to receive this newsletter every day ! You don't want to miss our daily offerings of everything you need to know around the NFL .) We've got updates on key QB situations, Rodgers predictions, new training camp events and much more: Today's show: What does the future hold for Deshaun Watson ? With camp underway, all eyes are on two drama-filled quarterback situations -- one in Green Bay (plenty more on that shortly), and another in Houston. The Texans saw Deshaun Watson report to camp this week to avoid . . .
Getty Images The NBA announced Tuesday that former United States President Barack Obama is joining NBA Africa as a strategic partner. The league has been steadily growing its presence across Africa, most recently helping establish the Basketball Africa League (BAL), which kicked off its inaugural season in May. Per the league's press release : "President Obama will help advance the league's social responsibility efforts across the continent, including programs and partnerships that support greater gender equality and economic inclusion. In this capacity, President Obama will have a minority equity stake in the new venture, which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa." This is a significant announcement for the NBA , which just recently established NBA Africa in May to oversee the league's business in Africa. When NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement of the creation of NBA Africa, he spoke about . . .
Getty Images The NBA on Monday announced the creation of a new entity called NBA Africa. It will be in charge of the league's business in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL), which is in the midst of its first season after getting postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league has partnered with several high-profile investors to form NBA Africa, including former players Dikembe Mutombo, Junior Bridgeman, Luol Deng, Grant Hill and Joakim Noah. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said during the introductory announcement that NBA Africa is already valued at " nearly $1 billion ," and hopes to build it into one of the "top brands" in Africa. "Today's announcement is the result of many years of investment and on-the-ground work to grow the game of basketball in Africa and a recognition of the enormous opportunities ahead for the NBA on the continent," Silver said in a press release. "We believe that basketball can become a top sport across Africa over . . .
USA TODAY Sports Aaron Rodgers has returned to the Packers. At some level, the Packers may be wishing he hadn’t. Rodgers has swapped months of (mostly) silence for complete and unvarnished candor about his concerns. In his first press conference of 2021 training camp, Rodgers reviewed his issues with the organization. At the core, and as widely believed, Rodgers thinks he should not be treated like a mere employee. “The organization looks at me and my job as just to play,” Rodgers said. He explained that, given his unique circumstances, he should have “a little more input.” He expressed frustration with the team’s failure to seek his opinion on matters such as players who will or won’t stay with the team. “At least to be in the conversation makes it feel like you’re important, you’re respected,” Rodgers said. Rodgers said that his overriding goal was and is “trying to be a resource for the organization.” He said he was offered more money, but that it wasn’t about . . .
The Los Angeles Rams recently suffered a massive blow ahead of training camp, losing second-year running back and presumed starter Cam Akers to a torn Achilles . Although Rams head coach Sean McVay has stated the team isn’t immediately in search of a replacement, a number of big-name veterans have been speculated as possible additions. With the likes of Le'Veon Bell , Frank Gore , and Adrian Peterson still available, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson sees his former team going with a more familair option. Dickerson recently told TMZ Sports he believes Todd Gurley would be the best fit in L.A. “That’s a no-brainer,” Dickerson said on Gurley re-signing with the Rams. “I mean, he knows the offense, he knows this offense. He doesn’t have to come in and try to learn it. He knows [Sean] McVay, he knows the guys on the team -- that would be an easy fit.” The Rams selected Gurley with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. In . . .