One-time Derby contender Texas Red returns in Dwyer Stakes (The Associated Press)

Texas Red is set for his first race in more than five months in Saturday’s $500,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park, one of six stakes races at the track’s Stars & Stripes day. Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, Texas Red injured a foot after finishing second in the San Vicente on Feb. 1. The 3-year-old is trained by Keith Desormeaux and will be ridden by his brother, Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux.

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski closes in on permanent switch to Galatasaray

• Galatasaray confirm talks are ongoing with German international
• Turkish club have tried to sign Podolski’s on three previous occasions
• Podolski’s agent says Arsène Wenger willing to sanction the transfer

Lukas Podolski is on the brink of a permanent transfer to Galatasaray with the Turkish club confirming talks are underway to negotiate a deal at the fourth time of asking. .

Galatasaray tried to sign Podolski in the summer of 2012 only for him to join Arsenal from FC Köln for £11m and they have been unsuccessful on two subsequent attempts to recruit him . An official statement from the Turkish club, released on Friday night, suggests that further talks, followed by a medical, will take place on Saturday.

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England’s Laura Bassett was ‘heartbroken’ following World Cup own-goal

• Notts County defender yet to speak to parents about Japan semi-final
• England head coach will ‘definitely’ start 31-year-old against Germany
Mark Sampson’s Lionesses out to spoil Silvia Neid’s party

Laura Bassett has spoken about the anguish of scoring the stoppage-time own-goal which ended England’s hopes of reaching the Women’s World Cup final.

“I couldn’t breathe, my heart was out of my chest and I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me,” she told the BBC, reflecting on that unfortunate intervention against Japan.

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Mavs reportedly lure DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan, 26, led the NBA in rebounding the last two seasons and in field-goal percentage the last three seasonsThe Dallas Mavericks have landed center DeAndre Jordan, one of the most coveted NBA free agents of 2015, the Dallas Morning News reported on Friday. The deal, which can't be sealed until the free agent signing period begins on July 9, is reportedly worth four years at the maximum allowed under the salary cap of more than $81 million. The move to Dallas, where superstar Dirk Nowitzki is in the twilight of his career, will allow Jordan to take a lead role on a team.

Spurs make Hammon first woman Summer League coach

The Spurs named Becky Hammon as the head coach for the team that will play in Las Vegas, beginning on July 11 with a game against a New York Knicks summer league squadBecky Hammon will coach the San Antonio Spurs' Las Vegas summer league team, becoming the first female head coach in the NBA developmental programme. The Spurs named Hammon on Friday as the head coach for the team that will play in Las Vegas, beginning on July 11 with a game against a New York Knicks summer league squad.

Golfer Watson to paint over Confederate flag on ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car (Reuters)

Jun 19, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Bubba Watson gestures after an errant tee shot on the 12th hole in the second round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – Golfer Bubba Watson says he will paint a U.S. flag over the contentious Confederate battle banner on his “General Lee” Dodge Charger from the hit 1980s TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard”. Watson, a two-time Masters champion who is ranked third in the world, made the announcement on Thursday on Twitter. “I believe that, so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA.” “Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979 to 1985 on the CBS network in the United States and centered on the fictional Duke family, who lived in rural Georgia.

Fiorentina threatening legal action against Mohamed Salah

• Chelsea player was expected to spend another season on loan at club
• But Egyptian’s representatives tell Italians he is not returning

Fiorentina have threatened to take legal action against Mohamed Salah after the player informed them he did not wish to extend his loan from Chelsea for the forthcoming season, with Internazionale having indicated a desire to bring the Egypt winger to San Siro.

Salah, an £11m recruit from Basel in 2014, moved to Florence in January on a six-month temporary deal and duly revived his career in Serie A, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances. The Italian club, who had paid an initial loan fee to Chelsea, had an option in writing to extend the agreement for a further season ahead of a potential permanent transfer next summer, and duly exercised that clause by paying a further agreed fee.

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Fiorentina threatening legal action against Mohamed Salah

• Chelsea player was expected to spend another season on loan at club
• But Egyptian’s representatives tell Italians he is not returning

Fiorentina have threatened to take legal action against Mohamed Salah after the player informed them he did not wish to extend his loan from Chelsea for the forthcoming season, with Internazionale having indicated a desire to bring the Egypt winger to San Siro.

Salah, an £11m recruit from Basel in 2014, moved to Florence in January on a six-month temporary deal and duly revived his career in Serie A, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances. The Italian club, who had paid an initial loan fee to Chelsea, had an option in writing to extend the agreement for a further season ahead of a potential permanent transfer next summer, and duly exercised that clause by paying a further agreed fee.

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Fiorentina threatening legal action against Mohamed Salah

• Chelsea player was expected to spend another season on loan at club
• But Egyptian’s representatives tell Italians he is not returning

Fiorentina have threatened to take legal action against Mohamed Salah after the player informed them he did not wish to extend his loan from Chelsea for the forthcoming season, with Internazionale having indicated a desire to bring the Egypt winger to San Siro.

Salah, an £11m recruit from Basel in 2014, moved to Florence in January on a six-month temporary deal and duly revived his career in Serie A, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances. The Italian club, who had paid an initial loan fee to Chelsea, had an option in writing to extend the agreement for a further season ahead of a potential permanent transfer next summer, and duly exercised that clause by paying a further agreed fee.

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Which Premier League matches are live on TV in August and September?

• Sky and BT Sport release their schedules for televised matches
• First game to be shown is Manchester United v Tottenham on 8 August

The first live television fixtures of the 2015-15 Premier League season have been chosen, with both Sky Sports and BT Sport confirming which matches they will show through the months of August and September.

The first match of the season, Manchester United v Tottenham, will be shown on BT Sport on Saturday 8 August in a lunchtime kick-off. Indeed all of the seven matches that BT Sport will show throughout August and September will be Saturday lunchtime kick-offs. Sky will show 23 matches over that period, with only five fixtures featuring two teams that didn’t feature in the top six last season.

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Which Falcao have Chelsea signed?

Radamel Falcao has joined Chelsea on a year-long loan but will the Premier League champions get the former Ballon d'Or nominee or the player who scored just four goals in 29 games at Manchester United? John Brewin &#187

Kukla’s Korner- Hockey :: The Los Angeles Kings Should Say No To Slava Voynov

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Those who say it’s punishment enough that Voynov was suspended most of last season and must serve jail time and probation, perform community service and go through a domestic violence prevention program should focus on the nature of the incident. If the Kings give him another chance, they would be making it a "gimme" and diminish its magnitude.

Varlamova told Redondo Beach police Voynov punched her in the jaw, choked her three times, pushed her to…

Kukla’s Korner- Hockey :: The Los Angeles Kings Should Say No To Slava Voynov

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Those who say it’s punishment enough that Voynov was suspended most of last season and must serve jail time and probation, perform community service and go through a domestic violence prevention program should focus on the nature of the incident. If the Kings give him another chance, they would be making it a "gimme" and diminish its magnitude.

Varlamova told Redondo Beach police Voynov punched her in the jaw, choked her three times, pushed her to…

Kukla’s Korner- Hockey :: The Los Angeles Kings Should Say No To Slava Voynov

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Those who say it’s punishment enough that Voynov was suspended most of last season and must serve jail time and probation, perform community service and go through a domestic violence prevention program should focus on the nature of the incident. If the Kings give him another chance, they would be making it a "gimme" and diminish its magnitude.

Varlamova told Redondo Beach police Voynov punched her in the jaw, choked her three times, pushed her to…