Durant buys small piece of MLS’s Philadelphia team

FILE – Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts during the second half of their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center on October 23, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Two-time NBA finals MVP Kevin Durant has purchased a minority stake in Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, the US media reported on Thursday night.

The Brooklyn Nets player bought a piece of the team worth between one percent and five percent, according to Charlotte, North Carolina-based Sports Business Daily.

This is not the first time Durant, who has won two NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, has tried to buy a piece of an MLS club. Two years ago, he looked at a stake in DC United in his Washington, DC hometown.

There were no details on whether Durant’s investment is a personal one or made through his company Thirty Five Ventures.

He is the latest in a long list of celebrities taking minority share ownership of MLS teams. Others teams include Los Angeles FC (Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm, Nomar Garciaparra), the Seattle Sounders (Russell Wilson, Drew Carey), the Houston Dynamo (James Harden), the Vancouver Whitecaps (Steve Nash) and Austin FC (Matthew McConaughey).

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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao could be next PH president

FILE – Boxing promoter Bob Arum gives Manny Pacquiao a playful jab on the cheek following his weigh-in Floyd Mayweather on May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada one day before their “Fight of the Century” on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

MANILA, Philippines — Bob Arum won’t be surprised if Manny Pacquiao goes for the presidency in 2022.

In fact, Arum, the Filipino ring legend’s former promoter, thinks Pacquiao could be the first fighter ever to become president of a country.

“The first president I think we’ll get, as a fighter, is Manny Pacquiao,” the Top Rank chief said in a video conversation with WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman posted on talksport.com.

“I did a Zoom telephone call with him, ‘Bob, I’m gonna run in 2022 and, when I win, I want you there at my inauguration.’”

Pacquiao is currently a senator after being elected in 2016. He is also a former representative in Sarangani.

But for now, Pacquiao remains active in his boxing career with no intention of hanging up his gloves just yet especially after coming off a vintage performance in a win over Keith Thurman to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title.

The 41-year-old Pacquiao also has big plans ahead for his next fight with the likes of Terence Crawford and Errol Spence—the other two champions in the 147-pound division among his potential foes.

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Carlos Eduardo fate sealed at Saudi Professional League giants Al Hilal – reports

Carlos Eduardo (EPA).

Carlos Eduardo’s glorious five-year Al Hilal stint is set to imminently end after the continued failure to agree a contract extension forced coach Razvan Lucescu to demand a new foreign addition, according to reports.

Eduardo, 30, has become a legend at King Saud University Stadium since a July 2015 switch from Porto. A tally of 53 goals in 90 Saudi Professional League appearances helped the attacking midfielder become the club’s all-time foreign top scorer and seven major trophies have been lifted during his stint.

Arriyadiyah newspaper, however, have stated that the Brazilian’s financial demands have scuppered hopes of a renewal to a deal that is set to expire this month. Club management have aimed to limit changes to their seven-player non-Saudi quota because of coronavirus’ impact, but this impasse is influencing Lucescu to desire a direct replacement.

iG Esporte reported last month that a quartet of major Brazilian clubs (Corinthians, Jorge Jesus’ Flamengo, Gremio and Athletico Paranaense) had expressed interest.

Arriyadiyah have also published consistent links to 2020 ACL group-stage opponents Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club. The player himself was non-committal when quizzed by the same publication earlier this month.

“I have two months left in my contract with Al Hilal, and I will wait until the last day, then I will make a decision regarding my future in respect of the club and my contract that applies to him,” he said.

Overtures from Al Ahli Jeddah have been discussed, while outfits from the Qatar Stars League and Turkey’s Super Lig linger.

The 2019/20 top flight was postponed on March 14 in a bid to curb the pandemic’s spread. A resumption date of August 20 has been proposed.

Hilal hold a six-point lead over champions Al Nassr with eight fixtures in arrears.

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