Alderweireld joins Spurs for £11.5m
LONDON • Tottenham signed Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld on a five-year contract yesterday.
The 26-year-old spent last season on loan with Southampton, making 26 English Premier League appearances.
The Belgium international will join countrymen Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli at White Hart Lane after joining Spurs for a reported fee of around £11.5 million (S$24.1 million).
Brazil didn't want to hire Guardiola: Alves
BARCELONA • Barcelona full-back Dani Alves claims that Pep Guardiola wanted to coach Brazil at their home World Cup last year.
Alves, who played under Guardiola for the Spanish champions, was a member of the Brazil squad humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.
He said the Spaniard, who is now coach of German champions Bayern Munich, was willing to take over the Selecao but Brazilian soccer officials were afraid of hiring a foreigner. THE GUARDIAN
US beat Honduras with Dempsey double
FRISCO (Texas) • Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States men's national football team began their Gold Cup title defence on Tuesday by holding on to beat Honduras 2-1.
Dempsey scored on either side of half-time for the favoured Americans who came into the tournament riding a four-match friendly win streak and now lead the Group A standings with three points.
Stallings banned 3 months for substance
PONTE VEDRA BEACH (Florida) • The US PGA Tour hit Scott Stallings with a three-month doping suspension, after the two-time Tour winner told officials he had inadvertently taken a supplement that was on the banned list.
The 20-year-old American became only the third golfer punished since the Tour adopted the anti-doping policy in 2008 and first tournament winner to receive a suspension.
Lotus court hearing put back to July 20
LONDON • A winding-up petition brought by creditors against the Lotus Formula One racing team has been adjourned for two weeks.
A spokesman for the Companies Court in London said the claim against the financially-troubled Enstone-based team, title winners in a previous existence as Benetton and Renault, would be heard on July 20.
United pay £13m for Italian Darmian
LONDON • English Premier League team Manchester United have sealed a deal to sign Torino full-back Matteo Darmian for a fee of around £13 million (S$27.2 million).
It is believed the Italy international has agreed a four-year contract worth around £30,000 a week with the player set to be officially presented during a news conference tomorrow.
United manager Louis van Gaal has been looking for a right-back since missing out on Barcelona's Dani Alves and has decided that Darmian fits the bill.
The 25-year-old started all of Italy's group matches at last years's World Cup in Brazil and has 13 caps for his country.