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MARTIN SAMUEL: Why would Sir Jim Ratcliffe get involved in Manchester United?

MARTIN SAMUEL: Elon Musk's takeover wasn't even the biggest joke at Manchester United's expense this week. The richest man on the planet was only teasing when he pretended to be buying the club in a tersely enticing tweet, and that was bad enough. On the same day, however, in an interview with the Financial Times, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said he had studied the club - in an effort to find out why great teams fall apart. Wolff wasn't mocking, merely, as the leader of a Mercedes unit who had dominated F1, seeing Manchester United as a similar sporting enterprise before their recent fall. 'The human gets complacent,' he said. 'You are not energised in the same way you were before. You are maybe not as ambitious.'

LIV Golf players must wait until 2024 for their antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour to

Those who remain (mostly) calm on the fairways will have their forbearance tested in the courtroom as the LIV golfers' antitrust lawsuit was significantly delayed. A tentative date of July 23, 2023 has been set for summary judgement by US District Judge Bath Labson Freeman, in which the PGA Tour will almost certainly look to have the case thrown out. The trial itself is likely to occur on January 8 of 2024.

Gary Neville has furiously hit out at news the Glazer family are considering selling a stake in Manchester United to US investment fund Apollo.

The news will come as a blow to long-suffering fans hoping new investors might inject much-needed funds to revamp Old Trafford and the Carrington training ground.

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British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe has expressed his interest in mounting a takeover, fuelling hopes among United supporters that the club's despised American owners may finally decide to sell up.

When Rapinoe attended the ceremony at the White House on July 7, she wore a blazer with Griner's initials inscribed on the lapel.

I was VAR at Stockley Park and in the days after that 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham, we had meetings as part of our regular camps to discuss what happened in that and other matches.

The 19-year-old Raducanu even, tentatively, drew comparisons to how she felt last year, when she qualified for the US Open and went on to win it.

Harry Kane takes aim at Arsenal as Tottenham forward celebrates Premier League anniversary

The England captain took part in a Q&A on Twitter to mark the 10th anniversary of his Premier League debut for Spurs, which came in a 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle on 18 August 2012. Exactly a decade on Kane now boasts a reputation as one of the most devastating strikers in world football, registering 184 goals in 281 outings and sweeping up three Premier League Golden Boots in the process.

New York has placed front row tickets on sale for the exuberant price of $3,000. Yes, you read that right $3,000 will now get you a seat in the Knicks new 'ultra-premium section'.

Anthony Joshua will become only the FIFTH three-time heavyweight champion if he beats

JEFF POWELL IN JEDDAH: Britain's golden Olympian Anthony Joshua (centre) - having been knocked out by roly-poly Mexican Andy Ruiz Jnr and then comprehensively out-pointed by Oleksandr Usyk (inset left) - hopes to stake his claim by joining the elite band of three-time world heavyweight champions. Namely Muhammad Ali (top left), Lennox Lewis (top right), Vitali Klitschko (bottom right) and Evander Holyfield (bottom left), the last of whom went on to become the only four-time champion. It will be a major achievement if Joshua can join them on that page of the history books by fighting his way to redemption against Usyk. But a place in the pantheon of all-time ring greats demands more, even, than being a triple crown winner. In Joshua's case, he'd need to finally step into the ring with and beat Tyson Fury (inset right).

Manchester United agree £60m deal to sign Casemiro on a four-year contract from Real

SIMON JONES and PETE JENSON: Manchester United are optimistic of reaching agreement over a £60million plus deal for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro after a breakthrough in talks. The clubs are finalising a fee plus bonus payments for the 30-year-old Brazil international after he was informed by Madrid president Florentino Perez that he could choose whether he wished to stay or go. Casemiro told coach Carlo Ancelotti of his decision to join United as the two met for talks on Wednesday evening. Ancelotti values Casemiro highly and is loath to see him go as he has been instrumental to Madrid's tactical set-up, winning 18 titles during his nine seasons there.

Besiktas hope to have a deal for Everton attacking midfielder Dele Alli finalised so that he can be in the stands for their game against Fatih Karagumruk on Sunday.

Eugenie Bouchard is forced to get her credential changed after they used her SWIMSUIT

Eugenie Bouchard got more than she bargained for at the Odlum Brown VanOpen tournament in Vancouver this week. Competing in her hometown event, Bouchard received her player credentials as normal, however this time the photo was a little different to normal. Taking to Instagram, the 28-year-old revealed Wednesday that her pass had a photograph of her in a bikini. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles remains noncommittal on when Tom Brady will

Tampa Bay Buccaneers  head coach Todd Bowles has remained noncommittal on when future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady will return to the team.  On August 11th Bowles announced that Brady would be stepping away from the team to handle some 'personal things.' At the time the only hint given as to when Brady would return was that it would be after the Bucs second preseason game. Well that preseason game against the Tennessee Titians is Saturday night and there has still been no word on Brady will be at practice on Monday Aug 22.

After the catcher drove in a run via a sacrifice fly, he got into it with the fans, with at least one person in a white Nationals jersey being seen escorted out of the stadium in a video of the incident.

James and the Lakers reportedly agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension Wednesday, but last year showed the presence of the four-time MVP does not necessarily guarantee success.

The inside story of the transfer that SHOCKED football: When Newcastle sold Andy Cole to

EXCLUSIVE BY CRAIG HOPE: Twenty-five years ago on Friday, Manchester United signed Andy Cole from Premier League title rivals Newcastle United for a British record $8.3million, with $1.2m makeweight Keith Gillespie heading in the opposite direction. The transfer still ranks as one of the most extraordinary of the Premier League era. Here, we revisit that Tuesday in 1995...

'I was just telling myself, Put 'em to sleep': Steph Curry on his famous 'night night'

Stephen Curry has sports stars the world over mimicking his famous -- or infamous if you're from Boston -- "night night" celebration. The Davidson star first brought it to the fore during a playoff game in Denver last season and continued to utilize the celebration as he anathematized Memphis and Dallas in the West, before adding Boston to the list in the NBA Finals.

UCLA is governed by the Regents of the University of California, who recently had a proposal for new rules limiting campuses from making major athletics decisions on their own.

Alongside fellow outcasts Sergio Reguilon, Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso, Ndombele was banished from first-team training by Conte at the start of the summer.

Manchester United share price takes a sharp rise as Jim Ratcliffe takeover reports swirl

Manchester United's share price has increased sharply as reports of an ownership change heated up this week, with speculation mounting that the Glazers might bring in new investors or sell out completely. British Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe formally expressed an interest in buying the club this week, while Sportsmail revealed the Glazer family are in talks to sell a minority stake to US private equity firm Apollo. United's share price has now increased 15 percent (to $13.77) over where it stood a week ago, The Times said Thursday as the NYSE opened. This would amount to shares being worth $240m more than they were this time last week.

Cancer free, baby! College basketball announcer Dick Vitale gets clean bill of health after lymphoma remission and the 83-year-old hoops icon thanks his fans for their prayers

Dick Vitale is cancer free, baby. The beloved college basketball announcer and former coach revealed the good news on Twitter Wednesday evening. It's the second time he's beaten cancer in the past year, following a melanoma battle last August that involved six months of chemotherapy. Doctors discovered lymphoma in October, causing him to miss most of the 2021-22 season, but he had been in remission since February. He returned briefly for an ESPN broadcast of a highly-anticipated Gonzaga-UCLA game in November, but then took a leave of absence while he received treatment for vocal cord dysplasia.

Utah boy, 12, is 'alert and talking' after suffering brain bleed and a fractured skull falling out of bunk bed ahead of his Little League World Series debut... as his favorite player, Mookie Betts, sends his prayers

A 12-year-old Utah boy is alert and speaking just days after undergoing emergency surgery to repair a skull fracture and brain bleed he suffered falling out of a bunk bed as his baseball team was days away from making its Little League World Series debut. Easton Oliverson (left), a pitcher and outfielder for the Snow Canyon team from Santa Clara, was sleeping in a Pennsylvania dormitory bunk bed early Monday morning when he fell, fracturing his skull. Although he was initially alert, his conditioned soon worsened, according to family members. He was then rushed to a local hospital near Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where doctors found that a piece of skull fragment had punctured an artery, causing bleeding in his brain, the boy's uncle told the Salt Lake Tribune. Now, after what his family described as a 'pretty traumatic surgery,' Oliverson is alert and beginning to speak. Oliverson's family thanked everyone for the 'love, support, and prayers,' including a video from Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts, the Little Leaguer's favorite player. 'Hey Easton, this is Mookie Betts (right),' the two-time World Series winner began. 'I just want you to know that we are praying for you, thinking of you, and I hope to see you soon, my man.'

Could Sir Jim Ratcliffe really take over Manchester United? What we know so far

The Glazer family has owned Manchester United for more than 17 years, and have been deeply unpopular among supporters ever since. Their highly-leveraged £790million buyout in 2005 remains one of the most controversial ever in English football. For United fans who are desperate for the American family to sell up, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel following news that the Glazers are considering selling a minority stake in the club - perhaps the path to a full sale at some point in the future. It has since emerged that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain's richest man and a lifelong United fan, would be interested in buying the club if the Glazers would be willing to sell.

Unlucky Dodgers reporter ends up in a CAST with 'two arm fractures and six broken ribs' after ride down Milwaukee Brewers' slide goes horribly wrong and results in him slamming into a wall... leaving his colleagues in hysterics

An unlucky Dodgers sports reporter has ended up with two arm fractures and six broken ribs after his thrill-seeking ride down the Milwaukee Brewers slide resulted in an unexpected crash landing at the bottom. Spectrum SportsNet's David Vassegh left his on-air colleagues in hysterics Wednesday while reporting on the Dodgers' trip to the Brewers, and their America Family Ballpark, which has a slide attached to the stadium. Vassegh had been 'talking for three days' about taking a ride on the attraction, but his long-awaited journey saw him slam into the wall at the bottom and writhe around in agony.

Gary Neville implores Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Manchester United through Premier League

Gary Neville(left) has implored Cristiano Ronaldo(right) to assume a leadership role at Manchester United following their disastrous start to the season. United currently sit bottom of the Premier League table following two consecutive defeats, with the ongoing uncertainty of Ronaldo's future at the club appearing the bleed into their performances on the pitch. Appearing on The Diary of a CEO podcast, Neville explained his belief that the 37-year-old striker is the only member of Erik ten Hag's squad that is capable of leading United out of the ongoing struggles.

Rich 'Big Daddy' Salgado on flying pizzas to the Super Bowl, Brady and how he dazzled

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY PATRICK DJORDJEVIC: The man they call 'Big Daddy' was put on this planet to do something. Right now, it's detailing his story layered with anecdotes of pizza, Tom Brady -- Jr. (middle) and Snr. -- Super Bowl parties and snoozing where others would not dare. How Salgado has assembled a rolodex which topples ESPYs invite lists is simply explained. Five people is how he became close friends with Michael Strahan (inset) and an object of intrigue to George Clooney (top right). His wealth of connections has led to interactions with Jimmy Kimmel, John Cena (top left), Sean Hannity, Alice Cooper, John Legend, Tracy Morgan and Josh Allen (bottom right). There are few things in this world which take your eyes away from New York's Empire State Building. Yet here we are.

Is baseball boring you two? Giants announcers take a break from the game... to spend an entire half inning explaining and doing the daily WORDLE puzzle

In the midst of a close 1-1 ballgame, Hall of Fame Giants announcer Jon Miller was introduced to the magic of Wordle, the popular online word guessing game. Miller, 70, and his broadcast partner Dave Flemming, 46, spent the entire bottom half of the fourth inning both explaining and completing the day's Wordle puzzle as the game was going on below them. Highlights included Flemming explaining the game, and the way it works, the meaning behind the colors of each of the letters, and revealing that the name of the game was inspired by its inventor, Josh Wardle.

'Doing a Luis Suarez!': Fans react to Sweden's Jesper Hellstrom BIZARRE triple-jump attempt at the European Athletics Championships, after he slipped and landed on his back in the sand pit

Fans online have reacted to Jesper Hellstrom's unfortunate triple-jump attempt at the European Championships, which ended with him on his back in the sand. The 27-year-old began his run-up to the pit, but after landing off-balance in one of his steps, proceeded to launch himself head first towards the sand - before turning and lying flat on his back. To his credit, the Swede saw the humour in it as he picked himself up and walked back - but that hasn't stopped users on social media from poking fun at the failed attempt.

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USA World Cup jerseys 'are LEAKED' but Weston McKennie is NOT happy

Images leaked of what are supposedly the USMNT's 2022 FIFA World Cup home and away kits and they underwhelm and disappoint at the same time. With crests in the middle of both shirts and Nike swooshes on the sleeves, these designs seem boring, ugly, and uninspired all at once.

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Seven games stand in England's way of lifting the prestigious Jules Rimet trophy in December, with the final taking place the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium on 18 December.

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