Chelsea sits Costa amid rift, Chi­nese in­ter­est

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS -

Diego Costa’s Chelsea ca­reer could be com­ing to an abrupt end, a set­back to the English Premier League lead­ers’ pur­suit of the ti­tle.

The league’s top scorer has not trav­eled with Chelsea to Le­ices­ter af­ter a dis­pute with the coach­ing staff and re­port­edly won’t be play­ing in Satur­day’s game against last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons.

The Daily Tele­graph re­ported that Costa is aware of a Chi­nese club will­ing to pay him more than $30 mil­lion a year, but Chelsea is de­ter­mined to hold onto its most in­flu­en­tial player. The Spain in­ter­na­tional, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014, has 14 goals in the league this sea­son and is un­der con­tract un­til 2019.

The Earth­quakes se­lected UCLA All-Pac-12 mid­fielder Jack­son Yueill as the sixth pick in the MLS Su­perDraft.

Yueill set an NCAA record with three as­sists in 32 sec­onds on Sept. 5 against Akron.

The Quakes also picked Univer­sity of South Florida mid­fielder Lindo Mfeka with the No. 28 over­all se­lec­tion.

Ex­pan­sion fran­chises were granted the first two picks, with Min­nesota United choos­ing UCLA for­ward Abu Dan­ladi with the first pick and At­lanta United se­lect­ing Syra­cuse de­fender Miles Robin­son with the se­cond and adding Prov­i­dence mid­fielder Ju­lian Gres­sel with the eighth pick.

Jur­gen Klins­mann is proud of his half-decade in charge of the U.S. na­tional team, and he be­lieves he left suc­ces­sor Bruce Arena in a po­si­tion to make the Amer­i­cans even bet­ter.

Klins­mann made his first pub­lic re­marks since his fir­ing when he spoke at a con­ven­tion of the Na­tional Soc­cer Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica in Los Angeles.

“We achieved a lot within the sys­tem of U.S. Soc­cer,” Klins­mann said, in­clud­ing the 2013 CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup ti­tle and a spot in the se­cond round of the 2014 World Cup. Klins­mann was fired by the U.S. Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion on Nov. 21 af­ter 5½ years. This week, Arena opened the first train­ing camp of his se­cond stint in charge. Col­lege foot­ball: West­ern Michi­gan is turn­ing to an­other coach in his 30s, hir­ing Tim Lester as the re­place­ment for P.J. Fleck, who went to Min­nesota. The 39-year-old Lester is a for­mer WMU player and was Pur­due’s quar­ter­backs coach this past sea­son. Ten­nis: Fourth-seeded Amer­i­can Jack Sock made amends for the dis­ap­point­ment of a year ago when he beat Joao Sousa of Por­tu­gal 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in Satur­day’s fi­nal to win the ASB Ten­nis Clas­sic in Auck­land, New Zealand.

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