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Premier League Roundup: Deadline Day sees Arsenal sign Kieran Tierney, David Luiz

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Premier League Roundup: Deadline Day sees Arsenal sign Kieran Tierney, David Luiz

The Premier League summer transfer window closed in dramatic fashion Thursday afternoon, and in less than 24 hours, Liverpool and Norwich City will kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season. 

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

Team/Player News

Arsenal: It was a busy few days before the deadline for the Gunners, who sold veteran defender Laurent Koscielny to French side Bourdeaux, sent Carl Jenkinson to Championship club Nottingham Forrest, and then announced the signings of left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic and center-back David Luiz from rivals Chelsea as the window closed Thursday. Arsenal also sent young striker Eddie Nketiah out on loan to Leeds United and sold Alex Iwobi to Everton on Thursday, concluding a summer of big change at the Emirates. 

Tottenham Hotspur: Arsenal's arch-rival was also quite busy Thursday, signing English phenom Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham and Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis on a season-long loan. 22-year-old midfielder Josh Onomah will join Fulham as part of the Sessegnon deal.  

AFC Bournemouth: The Cherries brought in young Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on a season-long loan. Wilson impressed while on loan at Championship side Derby County last campaign, bagging 16 goals. 

Watford: English striker Danny Welbeck signed with the Hornets after Arsenal released him at the expiration of his contract. The 28-year-old broke his ankle last November and hasn't played since.

Crystal Palace: While the long-anticipated departure of Wilfried Zaha never materialized, Crystal Palace was still busy as the transfer window closed, signing midfielders James McCarthy from Everton and Victor Camarasa from Cardiff City, respectively. Camarasa is coming off a strong 2018-19 season, recording five goals and four assists for the relegated Bluebirds and was named Cardiff City Player of the Year. 

Manchester City: The reigning Premier League champions and Italian giants Juventus agreed on a swap deal that saw right-back Joao Cancelo join Manchester City with Danilo and nearly £30 million heading to Italy. Cancelo will face tough competition for playing time with England international Kyle Walker the incumbent on the right side of City's defense. 

Everton: Along with prying the talented Iwobi away from Arsenal, the Toffees also signed Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe on a loan deal with an option to buy. Sidibe brings big-match experience to Everton, having reached the Champions League semifinals with Monaco and won the 2018 World Cup with France. 

Newcastle United: In a shocking move, English striker Andy Carroll has returned to Tyneside after the Magpies bought him from West Ham. Carroll scored 33 goals during his original stint with Newcastle United before his high-profile move to Liverpool in 2011. "Coming back is something that only dreams are made of," Carroll told reporters. 

Manchester United: The Romelu Lukaku era is over in Manchester, as the Belgian striker joined Italian side Inter Milan Thursday for a reported fee of £73 million. Lukaku scored 42 goals in 96 matches with Manchester United since joining from Everton in 2017. 

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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11.8.19 Rick Horrow interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan

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In the latest edition of Rick Horrow's Sports Business Podcast, Rick interviews Canadian Premier League Commissioner David Clanachan and takes you through the biggest sports business stories of the week.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST HERE

1. Kansas City, here we come. Our “Power of Sports” program heads to Kansas City this month, highlighting community outreach programs, culturally significant sites, and people who have made a difference through sports. This month, host Rick Horrow visits the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to speak with President Bob Kendrick about the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Negro Leagues coming up next year and the museum’s role in the celebration and in the community. He also checks in on two of the Kansas City Royals’ youth outreach programs: Royalty Fields grants and a recurring Special Olympics clinic, and hears from James McGinnis, a high school football player from the KC Metro, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and used the Chiefs’ success last season to motivate his recovery. Our Game Changer segment features an interview with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue filmed in early October at a Sport Business Handbook contributor symposium hosted by EVERFI at their Washington, DC headquarters.

 

2. The Orlando Magic have "filed an updated master plan” for their downtown Orlando Sports + Entertainment District that is “expected to more than double” the original $200 million project budget. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the mixed-use district will be built “starting next year on 8.4 acres across from Amway Center.” Magic Chief Communications Officer Joel Glass said the project will now cost “well over” $500 million. The district will “contain nearly 110,000 square feet of retail space, a conference center hotel with 80,000 square feet of event space, offices, apartments and a 2,500-space parking garage.” The updated plan maintains the original concept from 2018 but “increases the number of hotel rooms by 50 and more than doubles the amount of office space from the original 200,000 square feet to 420,000 square feet.” District Director Pat Gallagher said that the office tower “would now rise to 18 stories, which includes the ground-floor retail, multilevel parking structure and commercial office space.” The Sentinel notes the Magic’s new headquarters “would occupy 40,000 square feet in the office tower,” or close to 10%.

 

3. Unsung World Series winner this year:  Palm Beach County, FL.  The most publicized “first” this year involves the visiting team winning every World Series game.  However, maybe one of the most important economic “firsts” is the first time the World Series finalists shared a Spring Training facility:  the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The 7,700-seat stadium also features six practice fields each for the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.  The 160-acre site also includes a 1.8-mile public walk trail and other facilities.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission touts the facility as a major economic generator for the county, as it also hosts over 1,400 youth and tournament baseball games each year.  Look for a series of major announcements by the county and sports commission over the next two months.

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.

NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.

Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.

The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.

SPIRIT-COURAGE GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage

Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington 

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