Manchester City and baseball giants the New York Yankees have formed an agreement to purchase an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, it has been announced. New York City Football Club will become the 20th club in MLS in 2015 after a deal worth around 100million US dollars (£66million) was concluded. The two clubs and MLS announced the partnership after a meeting at the league’s headquarters in central New York. Press Association City hope the arrangement will help to expand their profile in the United States, while it is also a potential extra source of income and players. City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fanbase. “We are thrilled to contribute to the energy and growth of New York City soccer. “In the Yankees, we have found the absolute best partner for developing a world-class sports organisation and a winning team that will carry the New York City Football Club name with pride.” City will be the majority owner of the new venture, with the Yankees, who previously had a commercial agreement with Manchester United, being an active member of the ownership group. The new club does not presently have a home but discussions are under way over the construction of a new stadium at Flushing Meadows in the Queens borough of the city. They will play at a temporary location until a development is completed. MLS commissioner Don Garber said: “We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious global sports organisations to Major League Soccer. This is a transformational development that will elevate the league to new heights in this country.”
Authorities in the Florida Keys are reporting that they have arrested a woman who reportedly bit and stabbed her boyfriend after she became angry about him asking her to have sex.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported that they were called to Fishermen’s Hospital around 6:45 a.m after a man came in requesting treatment for a stab wound.The victim identified as Michael Lozano Flores, told authorities that he suffers from insomnia and after being unable to sleep that night, he asked his girlfriend if she would have sex with him because it helps him sleep.Flores says the request turned into an argument in which his girlfriend Vanessa Nicholson began hitting him and biting him before she ultimately grabbed a 12-inch kitchen knife and stabbed him in the shoulder.“Vanessa became upset when he asked for sex and told him all he cared about was sex,” Flores said in the police report.When authorities questioned Nicholson about the incident, she told them that Flores attacked her and she was forced to stab him in self defense.Authorities eventually made the decision arrest Nicholson because of the inconsistencies in her story.
–NSC promises $2M at launch of National School Basketball FestivalCO-DIRECTOR of Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG), Chris Bowman, promised to continue pushing youth development through sport at the launch of the 14th edition of the National School Basketball Festival yesterday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Bowman hailed the commitment of his team of organisers (who run the festival), sponsors and the National Sports Commission, but bemoaned the lack of support from some sections of corporate Guyana.The hardworking administrator told the youngsters, which included the teams that are competing in the U-18 tournament, that they need to seize the opportunities that the festival offers.“…The NSBF is the only platform for you (student athletes) to test, measure and showcase your ability at a national level. In other words, this comes before being seen as a prospective national player. What this means is that you have to seize the moment.”High in praise for the YBG was Director of Sports Christopher Jones, who indicated that the NSBF has helped to develop and unearth numerous talents over the years. Although he admitted that government can do more, he also promised a contribution of $2M from the National Sports Commission to the festival.Jones, like Bowman, also applauded the sponsors at this year’s tournament, especially Beharry LTD, who has been sponsoring the event consistently for 11 years, the last six of which have been as headline sponsors.Other long-serving sponsors include Banks DIH, Bounty Farm, John Fernandes and the NSC.Joining the group this year was Exxon Mobil.Although the festival tipped off yesterday, regional competitions have been ongoing since March over several locations in the country.The U-18 competition was expected to move into the quarter-final stage from this afternoon while from Tuesday, the Boys’ U-14 group format and the Girls round-robin competition will commence.The tournament continues daily up to Sunday (when the semi-finals will be played), while the three finals are scheduled for the following Sunday (July 13).
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoJason Bohannon is not your typical college freshman. For starters, he plays for the No. 4 basketball team in the country. Second, rather than riding the bench, Bohannon actually gets a significant amount of playing time. Finally, when he does see playing time, he plays nothing like a freshman.Through Saturday’s win over Northwestern, Bohannon is averaging 4.3 points in 14 minutes per game. Additionally, he is shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc, 42 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.Although his numbers are not spectacular, Bohannon has earned much praise from teammates and head coach Bo Ryan for his consistency, as evident by his assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3.”He really takes care of the ball well; he isn’t out there forcing things and throwing the ball around,” starting senior guard Kammron Taylor said.Bohannon’s journey to Madison is certainly an intriguing one. A native of Iowa, Bohannon grew up watching his father, Gordy, play quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeyes. But unlike other athletes who followed in their father’s footsteps, Bohannon chose to play on the hard court instead of the gridiron.”It’s cool to be the son of the Iowa quarterback, but I’ve just got to make a name for myself,” Bohannon said.Bohannon did just that in high school as the star of the Linn-Mar basketball team. As a sophomore, he led his team to a Class 4-A state championship and was named both Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa and Mr. Basketball in Iowa his senior year. These high accolades led to Bohannon being recruited heavily by Wisconsin, Iowa and Stanford.In the end, after much consideration, Bohannon felt Wisconsin was simply the right place for him over his father’s alma mater of Iowa.”I visited them both, but a lot of things about Wisconsin — the fans, the coaches, the players — convinced me that this is where I wanted to be,” Bohannon said.As a freshman this season, Bohannon has had quite a number of things to get used to, the toughest being time management.”It’s been a tough transition, but I’ve gotten used to it now, and Joe [Krabbenhoft] has helped me out a lot with my priorities,” Bohannon said.But Bohannon has adjusted quickly, and his teammates have taken notice. While he has been extremely efficient in the minutes he’s received off the bench, Bohannon’s strongest aspect of his game has obviously been his shooting.”Jason’s strength is shooting,” junior guard Michael Flowers said. “I think he should shoot every time he touches the ball.”Yet, perhaps the most impressive thing about Bohannon has been his poise as a freshman.”He has so much confidence,” Flowers said. “Even though he is in and out of games and gets different amounts of playing time from week to week, he still maintains his confidence.”And Taylor thinks Bohannon is further along in his first year than the senior guard was three years ago.”He’s stronger than I was as a freshman and he was more ready to play sooner than I was,” Taylor said.Bohannon’s poise was on display in the Badgers’ 57-46 win over his dad’s Hawkeyes two weeks ago. While it was a homecoming for him, it didn’t seem as if everyone was happy to see him.Even with many friends and family members looking on at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Bohannon was booed loudly upon entering the game, and despite playing only three minutes, he was heckled every time he touched the ball. Nevertheless, he appeared unfazed and relaxed as he drained a deep 3-pointer the first time he touched the ball.”That had to have been one of Jason’s best feelings ever,” Flowers said of Bohannon’s 3-pointer. “Everyone on the team was happy for him.”With Bohannon and fellow freshman guard Trevon Hughes, the Badgers’ future in the backcourt looks very bright. “Jason and Trevon are going to be real good,” Taylor said. “That backcourt is going to be scary.”