Man United, Real Madrid, Man City will all have eyes on Ferran Torres – and so should you

The stage is, finally, set.

A sense of anticipation about what is to come, and mournful regret about what has been suffered in the interim because of coronavirus’ cruel ravages, will be palpable when La Liga’s stars return to the field after more than three months away.

This truncated sprint to the finish should be defined, for many, by a stuttering title race between imperfect rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Interest in this rich division, however, can be derived from numerous sources. An emerging starlet from outside the inexorable ‘El Clasico’ duopoly is poised to go supernova in the 11-game dash towards July 19’s final day.

Joyously gifted Valencia winger Ferran Torres will provide essential viewing for a phalanx of scouts from Europe’s giants. Regular punters should follow their lead, beginning – if passed fit after a minor knee problem – with this weekend’s derby against Levante.

The uncapped 20-year-old has been presented as a moveable part in the great dance between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United about Jadon Sancho. Real Madrid, Napoli, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have also been serially linked to his coveted signature.

A feeding frenzy, in short, is expected when the summer transfer market belatedly opens. Especially when an unsigned contract extension offer continues to linger over the Mestalla.

Such growing hype is a boon for La Liga watchers. Evidence continues to mount that Torres will justify it in vivid fashion.

A bountiful return of eight assists and six goals from 35 appearances, in all competitions, points to purpose in his play. His 18 key passes, according to Wyscout, is the joint-fourth most in La Liga, while 102 dribbles is the 21st-best.

The Spain Under-21 international skips past full-backs with impunity, be that through technical flashes or a sharp turn of

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Casimero needs to be in ‘best condition ever’ vs Inoue, says coach

FILE – John Riel Casimero works the mitts with Cuban trainer Pedro Roque. Photo from Team Casimero

MANILA, Philippines—John Riel Casimero, the WBO World bantamweight champion, has proven himself as a capable knockout artist, but strength and conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia wants to see more explosive power from his fighter.

Casimero showed his devastating strength when he stopped Zolani Tete in November 2019 to became WBO’s full bantamweight champion but Heredia warned that his pupil will need more power if he plans to take down IBF and WBA champion Naoya Inoue.

Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) has scored a knockout in his past five fights but Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters and is the no.3 fighter in The Ring’s rankings.

“He needs to be, obviously, in his best condition ever. He needs to be strong and fast. He needs to be explosive, and not only in the first round but also for the entire 12 rounds. So, hopefully, we will be in very good shape — probably much better [than] when it was against [Zolani] Tete,” said Heredia in a report from BoxingScene.com.

“Every time you hit, you will be affected. And if you’re not in condition, you’ll be wasted. So, I want to sustain his mobility and [muscle] reaction [for a] longer time.”

The two were originally slated to fight in April in Las Vegas but the fight was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s been no word yet on when the bout will ultimately come to fruition.

Casimero was already in Las Vegas nearly a month before their original schedule but Inoue was still in Japan and was unable to fly to the United States.

ith the fight still in limbo, Heredia said he doesn’t want to keep Casimero

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Anne Curtis, Erwan Heussaff celebrate 10 years as a couple

Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff. Image: Instagram/@annecurtissmith

From new lovers to newlyweds and now new parents, actress Anne Curtis reminisced on the decade that has gone by since she and chef vlogger Erwan Heussaff started their relationship.

On their 10th anniversary, Curtis said she “wouldn’t change a thing,” as per her Instagram post yesterday, June 10. The actress walked down memory lane and showed several photos of her and Heussaff from their earlier years together, up to taking care now of their baby Dahlia.

“Happy 10th Anniversary Mon amour,” Curtis said. “A decade’s gone by just like that. Who would’ve thought that the pair in the last photo would end up where we are today – with a mini version of you and [me.]”

The actress stated that she and Heussaff agreed to stop celebrating their “original” anniversary since they got married. Curtis added that she could not help marking the occasion because “this one is still special.” Afterward, she promised her husband that from here on out, they will only be celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Curtis and Heussaff got married in New Zealand in November 2017. They have been together for six years when Heussaff proposed to the actress. The couple welcomed their baby daughter, Dahlia Amélie, on March 2, 2020.

Heussaff’s sister, actress Solenn and her husband Nico Bolzico also recently celebrated their 4th year as a married couple. Solenn and Bolzico had their first baby, Thylane Katana, in January this year. JB

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