Ney­mar to leave Barcelona for Paris in mas­sive deal

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - Wire re­ports

Ney­mar is ready to leave Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Ger­main is ready to put up a record $262 mil­lion to make it hap­pen.

The 25-year-old Brazil striker, widely con­sid­ered to be among the best soc­cer play­ers in the world along­side Lionel Messi and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, broke weeks of si­lence Wed­nes­day when he told his Barcelona team­mates he wants to move on af­ter four tro­phy-laden sea­sons with the Span­ish team.

The cost of the player’s buy­out clause is 222 mil­lion eu­ros ($262 mil­lion). BBC Sports re­ported that Ney­mar will earn about 45 mil­lion eu­ros ($53 mil­lion) a year.

“Af­ter Ney­mar gave me the green light on Aug. 1, I went to Paris and to­day I brought back PSG’s offer to pay the [buy­out] clause, which will be done in the next hours,” Ney­mar’s agent, Wag­ner Ribeiro, said Wed­nes­day at the air­port in Barcelona. He said Ney­mar would be with the French team by this week­end.

Messi, who has led a dy­namic strik­ing trio at Barcelona with Ney­mar and Luis Suarez, wished the Brazil­ian well, writ­ing in an In­sta­gram post, “I wish you the best of luck in the next stage of your life.”

In Chicago, Real Madrid beat the MLS All-Star team in a penalty shootout af­ter a 1-1 tie to end reg­u­la­tion. The visi­tors shook free from a de­ter­mined MLS team, 4-2, in the shootout when Marcelo’s kick skid­ded low right and past goal­keeper Ste­fan Frei. Real made all four of its tries in the round. Dom Dwyer and the Galaxy’s Gio­vani dos San­tos, the first two shoot­ers sent out by MLS, were stopped by Real goal­keeper Luca Zi­dane and the cross­bar, re­spec­tively.

Madrid took a 1-0 lead just in­side the hour mark on a goal by Borja May­oral. Dwyer headed in the the ty­ing score in the 89th minute.

Ga­tors QB great Reaves dead at 67

For­mer Florida and NFL quar­ter­back John Reaves, who fin­ished his col­lege ca­reer as the NCAA’s all-time lead­ing passer and later strug­gled with drug and alcohol ad­dic­tion, died at 67. Reaves was found dead at his home in Tampa, Fla., on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the Hills­bor­ough County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice.

Reaves dealt with de­pen­dency for most of his 11-year ca­reer as an NFL jour­ney­man, a run that be­gan as a first-round pick of the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in 1972. The Min­nesota Vik­ings put him in the Hazelden Clinic in 1980, and for the next two decades Reaves lived a life of so­bri­ety while be­com­ing the No. 2 all-time pass­ing leader in the USFL and then coach­ing eight years in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence at Florida (1990-94) and South Carolina (1995-97).

His col­lege ca­reer was much more ac­claimed. Reaves threw for a school-record 342 yards and five touch­downs in his first game with the Ga­tors, break­ing the mark of 1966 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Steve Spurrier. He left school as the NCAA’s all-time lead­ing passer, throw­ing for 7,581 yards and an SEC-record 54 touch­downs.

Leg­endary Notre Dame foot­ball coach Ara Parseghian died Wed­nes­day at 94. Obituary, B5.

Hous­ton Tex­ans wide re­ceiver Will Fuller broke his col­lar­bone dur­ing prac­tice Wed­nes­day. He will have surgery and is ex­pected to sit out two to three months . ... Mi­ami Dol­phins run­ning back Jay Ajayi has been di­ag­nosed with a con­cus­sion and will miss sev­eral prac­tices.

Maria Shara­pova with­drew from the Bank of the West Clas­sic in Stan­ford be­cause of sore­ness in her left arm. Her sched­uled op­po­nent, Le­sia Tsurenko of Ukraine, ad­vanced. In other matches Madison Keys de­feated Caro­line Dole­hide 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in an all-U.S. match, and top-seeded Gar­bine Mugu­ruza of Spain beat Kayla Day of the U.S. 6-2, 6-0.

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