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Soccer Football – Pre Season Friendly – Girona v Tottenham Hotspur – Montilivi, Girona, Spain – August 4, 2018 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

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Fulham signalled its determination to stay in the Premier League by becoming the first promoted team to spend over 100 million pounds ($128 million) in the summer transfer window.

In an abbreviated trading period when English top-flight clubs collectively spent more than 1.2 billion pounds, there was one anomaly by the close of business on Thursday. For the first time since the summer transfer window was introduced 15 years ago, one team spent nothing: Tottenham.

The only addition to the north London club in the new season is a new stadium and even that won’t be ready for the first month — at least.

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“It’s not about adding because it’s fashionable to sign players,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday.

Pochettino decided keeping players was the priority after a third successive top-three finish. Harry Kane committed his future to Tottenham before heading to the World Cup and finishing as the top-scorer as England reached the semifinals.

Tottenham did provide the most players to the World Cup semifinalists. But strong performances in Russia weren’t a necessity when it came to Premier League clubs deciding whether to spend the fruits of soccer’s biggest television contracts.

Kepa Arrizabalaga never made it on the pitch for Spain in Russia but Chelsea broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper by meeting an 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid was already pursuing the Belgium goalkeeper before striking the 35 million euro fee with Chelsea. The west London club did snap up a player from Madrid on loan for the season: Midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who helped Croatia reach the World Cup final where it lost to France.

Last season’s top-two teams spent nothing on Thursday. Champion Manchester City had already signed winger Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds from Leicester. Manchester United signed midfielder Fred, defender Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant last month, but manager Jose Mourinho was left frustrated in his efforts to further strengthen.

FULHAM

Preparing for its first Premier League campaign in four years, Fulham added five players on Thursday, including signing midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa from Marseille, goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla and forward Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid. American owner Shahid Khan has funded the recruitment of 12 players for the west London club.

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EVERTON

Everton completed the treble-signing of Brazil winger Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk, along with Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. The 23-year-old Mina, a Colombia defender, cost 31 million euros ($36 million), while 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Gomes moved to Goodison Park on a season-long loan. Everton has already broken its transfer record in the off-season by paying Watford 40 million pounds for Richarlison, a forward who didn’t even make Brazil’s World Cup squad.

BRIGHTON

Brighton engaged in a flurry of deadline-day activity, including signing Martin Montoya from Valencia. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan right back has committed to a four-year contract with Brighton, with the move subject to international clearance.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace will be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself after signing Ghana striker Jordan Ayew on a season-long loan from Swansea. The 26-year-old Ayew has been relegated from the Premier League twice in the last three seasons — with Aston Villa in 2015-16 and Swansea last season. Ayew, who has 11 goals in 49 appearances for Ghana, scored 11 times for Swansea last season as he impressed in a struggling side.

LEICESTER

Leicester has signed three central defenders in the transfer window, with Jonny Evans, Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu giving Claude Puel a number of options in the position. Preventing England World Cup star defender Harry Maguire joining Manchester United was a triumph for Leicester. It also secured another England international, striker Jamie Vardy, to a new contract through 2022 on Thursday.

NEWCASTLE

Newcastle signed Argentine defender Federico Fernandez from Swansea, reuniting with manager Rafa Benitez after playing for him at Napoli.

WOLVERHAMPTON

The promoted team signed Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht on an initial season-long loan. The central midfielder has made six appearances for Belgium, including in the group-stage win over England at the World Cup.

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CARDIFF

Back in the Premier League after a four-year absence, Cardiff signed midfielder Victor Camarasa on a season-long loan from Real Betis before the opening weekend.

WEST HAM

Lucas Perez joined West Ham after the striker struggled to make an impact at Arsenal.

SOUTHAMPTON

Liverpool striker Danny Ings secured a return to hometown club Southampton, initially on loan ahead of an 18 million pound permanent transfer next year.

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Robert Wickens sustains pulmonary contusion in scary crash at IndyCar Pocono race

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Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was airlifted to a hospital and was being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following an accident early in the race. IndyCar said Wickens sustained a pulmonary contusion and will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown.

The driver from Guelph, Ont., was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond when the two cars slightly touched. That caused Hunter-Reay's car to careen into the wall, and Wickens's car was pulled along for the ride.

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Guelph, Ontario's Robert Wickens was taken to hospital after a violent crash at the IndyCar ABC Supply 500. Teammate and fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe was also involved in the crash. 1:35

Wickens launched over Hunter-Reay's car and sailed into the catchfence, where the tub of his IndyCar spun several times before crashing back onto the track.

Medical workers at the Pocono Raceway calmly attended to Wickens, who was taken to an ambulance before he was transported to a helicopter. The impact of the wreck tore out a large section of fencing.

Curt Cavin, the vice-president of communications for IndyCar, said on the TV broadcast that Wickens was "awake and alert" and transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Canadian James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato were among the other drivers involved in the wreck.

'That's the worst thing you can see'

Hinchcliffe, of Oakville, Ont., seemed to be in pain, grabbing his wrists as he slowly left his car. Hinchcliffe was cleared and released from the medical centre. He declined to comment to reporters out of respect for Wickens.

"That's the worst thing you can see. He's hurt. He's awake and alert and at least he's alive," driver Sebastien Bourdais said.

The race was delayed nearly two hours and only eight laps in the 500-mile (about 805-kilometre) race had been completed because of Wickens's crash and another accident right before green.

Pocono Raceway president Ben May said about 24 metres of fence and a few posts were damaged in the wreck.

The Pocono staff needed about two hours to repair the track and make it safe for the rest of the race.

Hinchcliffe is a teammate of Wickens on the all-Canadian team. The two raced each other as youngsters in Toronto and Hinchcliffe, runner-up on ABC's Dancing With The Stars in 2017, helped lure Wickens to IndyCar this season after a successful career in Europe.

Grim reminder

The crash was a grim reminder how drivers in open-wheel racing put their lives on the line.

Hinchcliffe survived his own life-threatening injury when a broken part from his car pierced an artery during a 2015 crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe would have bled to death if not for the medical team holding the artery together as it raced him from the track directly to a hospital.

A year earlier, Hinchcliffe suffered a concussion when he was hit in the helmet by a piece of debris on the road course at Indianapolis.

Wickens had reeled off five straight top-five finishes and matched a career-best second in the last race at Mid-Ohio.

Briton Justin Wilson died from a head injury in 2015 when a piece of debris from a crashed car bounced off the track at Pocono Raceway and hit his helmet.

Alexander Rossi won the race, but his thoughts were with Wickens.
 
"It's tough to really celebrate after what happened," Rossi told reporters.

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Barrett has 23 points, 11 assists as Duke routs McGill in Canadian tour finale

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R.J. Barrett didn’t disappoint in his third and final showing on Duke University’s exhibition tour of Canada.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga had 23 points and 11 assists in the Blue Devils’ 103-58 dismantling of McGill University on Sunday.

Zion Williamson shouldered the scoring load for Duke, after Barrett led the way in the first two games, putting up a game-high 36 points along with 13 rebounds.

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Alex Paquin was the only McGill player in double figures with 29 points.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said the Redmen came out like they “thought they were going to win,” but their skill deficit was too much to overcome as Barrett and Williamson were a “cut above everyone who’s on the court.”

“We obviously have more talent, but we’re young. R.J. and Zion are 18. Alex Paquin is 24, he’s really good and he’s a man. That’s one of the things when we get to NCAA play, we have to beat teams that have juniors, seniors, or even graduate transfers. So that balances sometimes the talent aspect,” Krzyzewski said.

“Our guys didn’t fall into that trap, I thought they shared the ball. R.J. had 10 assists. They share it. The first half, we really had to play well. In the second half, we pulled away. I thought we played team ball throughout and really kept up our defence.”

Barrett said McGill was trying to shut him down offensively, so he decided to focus on distributing the ball.

“It’s just the ability to read the game and they were trying to take away from me scoring,” he said.

“I was playing against one of my former coaches who knows what I do, so he was trying to limit me from scoring, which left my teammates wide open and I was able to find them today,” he added, referring to McGill head coach David DeAveiro, who coached Barrett for two years with the Canadian national cadet team.

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Krzyzewski said that it was Barrett’s well-rounded game and good attitude that made him such an appealing prospect, and these traits have become even more apparent since he’s joined Duke.

“He’s great in all aspects. When we recruit a kid, we look for talent, a good student and character. He’s off the charts in all three,” he said.

“He comes from a family that has amazing character. He’s represented your country at different every level and he’s done that with class, dignity and talent. He’s way ahead. I’ve found him to be more of a competitor. He does not like to lose. He’s an outstanding defender and he can lock you up. He’s a leader and a great kid to be around. I love him. I loved him before this trip, but now that we’ve had nine practices and three games, we know our guys a little bit better. He’s a stud in every way.”

Canadian basketball phenom R.J. Barrett says he got to show his Duke teammates “where I’m from” when the team took a Lake Ontario boat cruise. The Blue Devils face Ryerson on Wednesday in the first of three pre-season games in Canada. The Canadian Press

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LEADING OFF: Gregorius hurt, Stanton in Miami, Felix starts

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A look at what’s happening around the majors Monday:

AILING

The Yankees will see how shortstop Didi Gregorius is feeling, a day after he bruised his left heel in a collision while beating out an infield hit. Gregorius was hurt when he tumbled over Toronto first baseman Kendrys Morales.

Gregorius is batting .270 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs, and has 48 extra-base hits this season.

“It’s something that we’ll monitor over the next 24 hours, could potentially be a DL thing,” manager Aaron Boone said.

CHECK HIM

Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish had another setback in his injury-interrupted year, increasing speculation he might be done for the season. Darvish lasted just one inning in his rehab start with Class A South Bend on Sunday.

Darvish has been sidelined by triceps and elbow injuries, and shook his right arm as he left the field. The 32-year-old is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA for Chicago and has made just eight starts since signing a $126 million, six-year contract.

VICTORY LANE

Indians ace Corey Kluber and Boston right-hander Rick Porcello start when Cleveland visits Fenway Park to begin a four-game matchup between AL division leaders. If either Kluber (15-6, 2.68 ERA) or Porcello (15-5, 4.04) get the victory, they would tie Washington’s Max Scherzer and the Yankees’ Luis Severino for the major league wins lead.

REMEMBER ME?

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton plays at Marlins Park for the first time since Miami traded the 2017 NL MVP in December. Stanton played his first eight seasons with the Marlins, and led the majors with 59 home runs last year. Stanton has hit 32 this year for New York, giving him a career total of 299.

“It’s going to be weird for sure walking in, going to the visitors’ side,” Stanton said. “But I am looking forward to it. It’s a big part of my life, my time down there. It will be a cool experience.”

FIT FOR A KING

Felix Hernandez returns to Seattle’s rotation, a week after the only relief appearance of his career. The longtime Mariners ace (8-11, 5.62 ERA) was recently bumped to the bullpen after a series of shaky starts. He threw 5 2/3 innings of relief last Tuesday after James Paxton was forced to leave when he was hit in the pitching arm by a line drive. Hernandez will start in Paxton’s place when the M’s host Gerrit Cole (11-5, 2.71) and the Astros.

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