Liverpool confirmed the signing of Roberto Firmino on Wednesday, with the Brazil international set to join from Hoffenheim.Firmino will move to the Merseyside club subject to a medical, although the Premier League side have yet to reveal the length of his deal at Anfield, simply describing it as “a long-term contract”.The 23-year-old attacker played 33 matches for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last term, scoring seven goals.Firmino will undergo his medical after Brazil’s participation in the Copa America.It has been reported that Firmino could cost anything from £25million to £30million, which would make him Liverpool’s second most expensive player behind Andy Carroll. Firmino, who was also linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Zenit, has nine caps for his country and was on target in a 2-1 Copa victory over Venezuela on Sunday.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has also brought in James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez since the end of a disappointing 2014/15 season.Firmino joined Hoffenheim from Figueirense in December 2010 and enhanced his reputation in the 2013/14 campaign, scoring 22 goals in all competitions.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd it has more sudden impact than Shaquille O’Neal’s commitment to the Lakers in 1996.James is 33 and getting better. In the 2017-18 season he led the NBA in minutes played for the second consecutive season and notched career highs in rebound average and assist average. He averaged 34 points in the Cavaliers’ 22-game postseason and got to the free-throw line nearly 10 times per game.He has played 10,049 minutes in the playoffs. No other active player is at 8,000 and, of course, young Lakers such as Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball have played zero. He has been destined for supremacy since he was in high school in Akron, Ohio. And yet there never has been a New Kid In Town to eclipse him.“I don’t know when Father Time is going to start to make a difference for him,” said Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach, in March.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.But the Kings did not win a Stanley Cup with Gretzky, and the Angels have made one playoff appearance with the aging Pujols, and the Lakers did not get to the NBA Finals or win one with O’Neal until 2000, his fourth season in town. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Leonard and the Spurs are barely speaking these days. The two sides dispute the way Leonard handled his recovery from a quadriceps injury. Leonard played only seven regular-season games and was nowhere on the scene when the Spurs lost their first-round playoff series.The Lakers would like to get Leonard sooner instead of later. They realize they whiffed on George, who was the type of team-carrying player James wants alongside him.But San Antonio has no obligation to deal Leonard and can wait until next February’s trade deadline if it wishes. It also could demand Kuzma and/or Ingram and/or Ball and a host of draft picks from the Lakers.If the Lakers could somehow sign Cousins they wouldn’t have to deplete their lineup and could wait to sign Leonard next summer.These are rather cushy problems, but so are the expectations. The Royal Wedding is all over but the vows. The parade is still unscheduled. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The Golden State Warriors, winners of three of the past four NBA titles, return largely intact and in their prime. The Boston Celtics reached Game 7 of the Eastern finals last year without All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, both of whom will play in 2018-19.With Cleveland and Miami, James has played in a ridiculously monumental eight consecutive NBA Finals. His teams have won three titles in nine Finals trips. In the two years when he had the least help, 2007 and 2018 with Cleveland, he suffered a Finals sweep.And help is on the way, assuredly. When, and from whom, are the questions, and those questions got trickier last weekend before James committed to Los Angeles.Paul George of Oklahoma City was supposedly ticketed for the Lakers as a free agent but he re-signed with the Thunder on Saturday.Another potential free agent target would be Demarcus Cousins, the lavishly talented center from New Orleans.Two problems, at least, with Cousins: He is recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture and he needs to fit into a maximum-salary shot on the Lakers’ payroll, or else the club would be subject to a punitive luxury tax.There were reports Sunday that the Lakers were going to re-sign guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $12 million, add Lance Stephenson for $4.5 million and JaVale McGee for $2.4 million. That, according to salary cap experts, would prohibit Cousins from fitting in.Caldwell-Pope would seem to be a spare part for the Lakers, although he shot 39.3 percent from the 3-point line last season and averaged 13.4 points. He cost them $17.7 million last season after he played out his option in Detroit. This made sense after people realized Caldwell-Pope’s agent is Rich Paul, who is also the agent for James.Then there is Kawhi Leonard. He is the San Antonio Spurs’ All-Star who is from Riverside, is known as the best young 94-foot player in the game, and has made it clear he wants to be a Laker after his contract expires in 2019.Related Articles Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? The King is coming. The Court will be named later.LeBron James announced his utterly predictable move to the Lakers on Sunday, a four-year, $153.3 million deal that will end the club’s five-year exile from the NBA playoffs and might even bring the Lakers their first league championship since 2010.There is little question that James is an NBA colossus. No perimeter player in basketball history has dared to dream of being that big, quick, visionary, levitational or indestructible.His arrival is the most celebrated of any of the great pro athletes who have come to this area since Edmonton traded Wayne Gretzky to the Kings in 1988. It is more consequential than Albert Pujols’ decision to sign with the Angels after the 2011 season, when the three-time National League MVP had led St. Louis to a World Series championship.
3 p.m. Varsity girls tennis Wellington Tues., Sept. 15 3 p.m. 9 a.m. Sat., Sept. 19 Tues., Sept. 1 Wellington Thurs. Aug. 27 Mon., Sept. 21 Wellington 9 a.m. Sat., Sept. 12 3 p.m Tues. Sept. 29 Mon., Sept. 28 Thurs., Sept. 10 Sat., Sept. 5 Tues., Sept. 29 Location Conway Springs Tues., Sept. 22 Wellington Kingman Sat. Sept. 26 3 p.m. 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m Tues, Sept. 15 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” 10 things to know about the Wellington High School girls tennis team:1. The essentials: Head coach: Brian Aufdengarten, 16th year. Notable accomplishments last season: Wellington doubles team of sisters Madi and Mekenna Adams placed seventh at the Class 4A State Tournament. Madi Lewellen and Dietra Sober also qualified for state.Â 2.Â No. of returning starters: There are four returning varsity players from a year ago. 3. The varsity roster: Aufty has eight varsity players who will be interchangeable throughout the year. Those girls will be: MeKenna Adams, Madison Lewellen, Abby Lowe, Lexis Saffell, Avery Rusk, Lauryn Snipes, Jacelyn Buck and Kylie Aufdengarten.Â Snipes joins the team as a senior after not playing since her freshman year. Rusk hasnâ€™t played since the eighth grade.4. No. of players on the roster. There are 22 girls out this year, which is the largest number of players Aufdengarten has had in several years.5. Potential starters: â€¢Mekenna Adams, who finished seventh at state in doubles last year went 25-13 last season. She also finished third at regionals with her sister. â€¢Madison Lewellen, who was a state qualifier in doubles with Dietra Sober. Lewellenâ€™s doubles team finished 26-10 last season and took fifth at regionals. â€¢Abby Lowe was 15-15 in singles last year on varsity.Â â€¢Lexi Saffell was 20-8 last season in doubles and singles.Â â€œIâ€™m not sure who the top six will be at this time,â€ Aufdengarten said. 6. Potential starters for Wellington tournament Tuesday: Wellington tennis team opens the season Tuesday at home. This is the tentative starting lineup: Singles: Lewellen and Lowe. Doubles: Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten, No. 1 doubles; Lauryn Snipes and Avery Rusk, No. 2 doubles. 7. Crusader strengths: â€œThe fact we have so many players out this season is a big strength,â€ Aufdengarten said. 8. Crusader weaknesses: Â â€œThe skill levels are really varying this year,â€ Aufdengarten said. â€œWe have a lot of first time players. It is tougher to stretch varsity meets to the top 12 players. We probably arenâ€™t ready for varsity level matches yet.â€ 9. Key stretch for you: There are five tournaments in particular during the regular season: our first tournament, Ark City, Tournament of Champions, Wichita Collegiate, and Pratt. 10. The schedule: 3 p.m Colllegiate Kingman Conway Springs 10 a.m. Circle Wellington 4 p.m. 3 p.m 9 a.m. Mon., Sept. 7 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments J.V. girls tennis Time Winfield Pratt 3 p.m. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Oct. 9 – Oct. 10 3 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 10 3 p.m. 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 Winfield Thurs., Sept. 24 Chaparral Thurs., Oct. 1 AV-CTL at Marion Thurs., Sept. 17 Collegiate 3 p.m AV-CTL at McPherson 9 a.m. Class 4A Regional, TBA. Tues., Sept. 8 Maize South Circle Goddard