The agent of Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has denied claims that he is engineering a transfer to the Premier League for next monthUnder new coach Niko Kovac, Hummels has struggled for regular game time with only eight starts in Bayern’s 16 Bundesliga games this season.Despite being named in the starting line-up for the second time in a row in Wednesday’s 1-0 win against RB Leipzig, Hummels continues to be linked with a move away from Bayern.Bild previously reported that the Germany international’s dissatisfaction with his role led him to seek a switch to the Premier League in January.The report added that Hummels’ agent, Marc Kosicke, travelled to England to discuss a potential move for his client to either Chelsea or Tottenham.But Kosicke has now publicly denied those claims.“The story is a classic hoax,” Kosicke told Sport1.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…It turns out Kosicke only advises Hummels on marketing matters and not on his footballing career.Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also spoken out on the report by insisting Hummels will not leave the club in January.The German made his 100th appearance for Bayern against Leipzig and is contracted with the Bavarians runs until June 2021.💯 appearances for @fcbayern and a big win last night💪🏻👨🏻 many more to come! pic.twitter.com/W5ubqrjIlF— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) December 20, 2018
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Florida Cabinet on Tuesday voted to purchase almost 10 acres of land in central Florida that hosts a number of DOD tenants primarily focused on simulation.The purchase would allow DOD to reduce its leasing expense for Team Orlando as part of a state-led effort to retain Orlando’s defense simulation cluster in the event of a new BRAC round. DOD pays about $5.4 million annually in rent for 200,000 square feet of commercial space in Orlando.“In this current budget environment, that’s a terrible place to be,” Thomas Baptiste, president of the National Center for Simulation, told News4Jax.Last year, Baptiste told the Central Florida Partnership that he fears DOD could end its leases in Orlando and move to other federal or military sites that have spare capacity.“I’m going to tell you today, there will be another round of BRAC. As the other services get smaller, there are empty federal buildings all over this nation that could house pieces and parts of Team Orlando, and undermine the fabric that drives this $5 billion industry,” Baptiste said at the time.The Florida Defense Support Task Force has made moving DOD tenants into government-rate leases a top priority. The purchase would add 9.58 acres to the Central Florida Research Park, which sits next to the University of Central Florida campus and Naval Support Activity Orlando.Gov. Rick Scott (R) voted against the purchase, based on his opposition to the $13.9 million purchase price and not the effort’s objective, according to the story.
Ambati RayuduIANSIndian batsman Ambati Rayudu announced his retirement from all formats of cricket after being overlooked for selection in the Indian World Cup squad for the third time. Rayudu had expressed his disappointment at being superseded by Vijay Shankar when the original Indian 15-man squad was picked. He vented his anger in a very public and sarcastic manner by tweeting that he would be watching the World Cup “with 3-D glasses’ after chief selector ascribed Shankar all-round abilities as the reason for choosing the latter over Ambati. MSK Prasad had called Shankar a 3-D cricketer, hence the taunt. When Shikhar Dhawan got injured, the selectors decided to pick Rishabh Pant as the replacement despite the Delhi wicketkeeper not having played too many ODIs and not having performed in them either. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the decision of selectors to replace the injured Vijay Shankar with Test opener Mayank Agarwal rather than Rayudu. Starting his international career in 2013, Rayudu ended up playing 55 ODI’s where he scored 1694 runs at an average of 47.05 with 10 half-centuries.
Asian markets trade lower on 18 November (Reuters).Reuters file [Representational Image]Asian shares and U.S. stock futures slipped on Tuesday as pessimism about world growth drove investors away from risky assets, while sterling dithered as the latest plan for Brexit appeared to come and go with no progress.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, drifting away from a recent seven-week top.Losses were led by Chinese shares, with the blue-chip index off 0.6 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was down 0.4 per cent and Australia’s main share index faltered 0.5 per cent.Japan’s Nikkei, which had opened firmer, was flat. US stock futures, which offer an indication of how Wall Street will open, were down about 0.5 per cent.US markets were closed on Monday for a holiday so trading was generally subdued overnight. However, equity prices in Europe and Latin America were hit after data showed a slowdown in growth in China, the world’s second-biggest economy.Adding to the air of caution and uncertainty, the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global growth forecasts and a survey showed increasing pessimism among business chiefs as trade tensions loomed.The gloomy IMF forecasts, released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, highlighted the challenges facing policymakers as they tackle an array of current or potential crises, from the US-China trade war to Brexit.”This is now the second IMF downgrade in a row,” ANZ analysts said in a note.”And while there have been some positive developments in recent weeks, risks remain skewed towards weaker growth, with a ‘no deal’ Brexit and a sharper-than-expected slowdown in China getting special mentions.””Between the ongoing US-China negotiations and the UK’s Brexit impasse, market sentiment will continue to be dominated by geopolitics in the near term,” ANZ added.In a sign of risk aversion, the Australian dollar, often used as a liquid proxy for China investments, nudged down to $0.7155, putting it on track for a third straight session of losses.Sterling traded cautiously around $1.2887 as British Prime Minister Theresa May refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit. There are few signs she can break a deadlock with parliament after her Brexit deal was rejected last week.May offered to tweak her defeated deal by seeking further concessions from the European Union on a backup plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland.”Any upside for sterling in the near term may be limited,” said Capital Economics analyst Liam Peach. “Uncertainty would continue during the extended negotiations and there is no guarantee that it would last for only a short period of time.”Analysts said investors were nervous about building positions in the pound, especially given the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without a deal.The dollar held at 109.62 against the Japanese yen while the euro was near the floor of its recent trading range at $1.1369. Against a basket of currencies, the dollar was flat at 96.324.In commodities, global growth worries pulled oil prices lower early on Tuesday with Brent down 14 cents at $62.60 and US crude futures off 7 cents at $53.73.