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Premier League Roundup: Origi inks long-term deal to stay at Liverpool

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Premier League Roundup: Origi inks long-term deal to stay at Liverpool

It's hard to believe, but the opening fixtures for the 2019-2020 Premier League season are just over a month away.

Here is the latest news from the Premier League:

Player News:

Liverpool: The hero during the Reds Champions League run, Divock Origi has signed a long-term deal to keep him in Anfield. Starting in place of Mohamed Salah, Origi scored two goals in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final epic comeback against Barcelona, helping Liverpool erase a 3-0 deficit and advance to the final. His knack for finding the back of the net continued in the final, as he scored late to seal a 2-0 victory over Tottenham. He is expected to be the primary back-up striker in 2019-20.

Aston Villa: Left-back Matt Targett has signed with the club on an €11 million fee, filling a massive void for Aston Villa. Targett comes over from Southhampton, where he had the highest cross percentage rate (minimum 70 attempts) of any Premier League defender a season ago. He's the club's fifth signing this summer.

Wolverhampton: Defender Matt Doherty has been left off the squad for Wolves pre-season Far East tour to China due to an undisclosed injury. The right-back played in all 38 Premier League contests a season ago, so it's worth monitoring his health as the season's opening fixtures are quickly approaching.

Manchester United: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is playing down concerns that forward Alexis Sanchez was injured during Chile's third-place game against Argentina in the Copa America last week. Sanchez has been a large disappointment since arriving at Old Trafford, unable to find any rhythm as he's suffered multiple injuries and performed very inconsistently when on the pitch. The setback is not expected to be serious, and Sanchez should be fit to play when Manchester United returns from their pre-season trip in three weeks.

Burnley: Forward Jay Rodriguez has signed with Burnley, his former club, after West Bromwich Albion agreed to a move of €10 million. Rodriguez was a member of Burnley's youth academy and made his professional debut for the team in 2007. He returns to Burnley seven years later after leaving the club in 2012.

Liverpool: After losing playing time over the past few seasons to the likes of James Milner and Andy Robertson, defender Alberto Moreno has agreed to a five-year deal with Villareal of Spain's La Liga. Moreno had been one of nine players released from the club following the 2018-19 campaign.

Liverpool: Forward Xherdan Shaqiri's health for the start of the 2019-20 season is in question after the Swiss international was injured in at Nations League contest against England in June. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp announced that Shaqiri has a tear in his calf, and "will not be involved for a while."

Source: Rotoworld

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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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