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Spanish champions Barcelona report record revenues

Image copyright AFP/Getty Revenues at La Liga winner Barcelona hit a record €914m (£809m) in the 2017-18 season, the club has said. The Spanish football giant also said it was on track to achieve revenues of €1bn by 2021. Barcelona received a world record transfer fee of £200.6m from Paris St Germain for Brazilian Neymar in 2017. Since then the Catalan club has twice broken its transfer record on the signings of Ousmane Dembele (£96.8m) and Philippe Coutinho (£106.4m). Is Messi’s blockchain interest a sign football is changing? European football is worth a record £22bn, says Deloitte Manchester United ‘remains most valuable club in Europe’ Operating profits at the club were €32m, while the net profit was €13m. “The board has valued the final balance of the year posi...

German GP: Will Sebastian Vettel taste home victory on Hockenheim’s return?

Michael Schumacher was worshipped by the Hockenheim faithful, winning four times in front of his home crowd (1995, 2002, 2004 and 2006) Guten tag, Germany… and welcome back. Hockenheim returns to the Formula 1 calendar after a two-year hiatus this weekend, and what better way to get the German fans through the gates than having one of their compatriots sitting atop the drivers’ championship. Come Sunday, Sebastian Vettel will be aiming to do what Lewis Hamilton could not at Silverstone – win on home soil. The headlines were already written for the Mercedes man to claim a record sixth British Grand Prix victory but the prancing horse had other ideas. Instead it was Vettel who held aloft the winner’s trophy to extended his lead this intriguing title race to eight poin...

‘Wilder just has to sign for Joshua bout’ – Hearn

Joshua must negotiate Alexander Povetkin before any bout is signed for 13 April Deontay Wilder just has to “add his signature” to a contract to fight Anthony Joshua on 13 April, says Matchroom Sport chief Barry Hearn. IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion Joshua has agreed to defend his titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on 22 September. Joshua, 28, is contracted to fight at Wembley in April, but no deal has been reached with WBC title-holder Wilder. “Wilder has to ask: ‘Do I really believe I can beat him?'” said Hearn. Hearn, whose son Eddie promotes Joshua, added: “Wilder’s making a few million dollars a fight. “Sooner or later the penny will drop where he says: ‘I’ve been offered $15m, so every other fig...

World Cup final protesters jailed in Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption One of the pitch invaders high-fived France’s Mbappé Four members of the Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot have been jailed for 15 days for disrupting the World Cup final by running onto the pitch. They were accused of violating the rules for spectators at sporting events and wearing police uniforms illegally. They were also banned from attending sports events for three years. Pussy Riot said it was a protest against human rights abuses in Russia. Stewards hauled the four off the pitch. The incident interrupted the second half of the Croatia v France match for about 25 seconds. France went on to win 4-2. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security was tight and it is not clear how the activists managed to get through Pussy Riot has staged...

‘I thought I was going to die’ – British champion Dobbin on seizure that left her unable to walk or talk

‘I thought I was going to die’ “Slowly, the light started to go out. I remember thinking ‘I’m going to die’, so I just wanted to let it happen.” As a teenager, Beth Dobbin suffered an epileptic seizure so severe it left her unable to walk, talk or even recognise her own father. Years of anxiety and “brutal” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) followed – “I just had no control over it,” she says. Yet 11 years on, the 200m sprinter has smashed a 34-year Scottish record and been crowned British champion. Last week she donned a British vest for the first time at the inaugural Athletics World Cup in London, and will do so again in August at the European Championships in Berlin. Here, 24-year-old Dobbin tells BBC Sport abo...

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus newcomer makes ‘The Myth’ become a reality

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus newcomer ready for the challenge It was the day ‘The Myth’ became reality. ‘CR7 Day’. The day Italian football’s most expensive signing – and one of the top four of all time – showed off his new colours. “Historic” was how one journalist described Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus on Monday. He was not wrong. About 200 journalists were at the Allianz Stadium for the unveiling of the five-time world footballer of the year. And, though his signing was announced last week, there was still a sense of disbelief he was a Juventus player; even the club described him as ‘The Myth’. Torrential rain and thunderstorms brought a moody edge to the day as fans – many soaked to the skin –...

Bolt in talks about football trial in Australia

Image copyright EPA Image caption Usain Bolt has played in a number of exhibition matches this year Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is in talks for a trial to play football in Australia, his agent says. The Jamaican former sprinter, 31, is negotiating a six-week stint with the Central Coast Mariners, a team in the country’s A-League competition. Club officials said “if all goes well”, Bolt could be signed for a season. His agent, Tony Rallis, said the trial had been agreed “in principle”. Bolt has previously trained with clubs in Germany, Norway and South Africa. The 100m and 200m world record holder, who retired from athletics last year, has previously spoken about his interest in becoming a professional footballer. Bolt is a fan of Manchester United a...

Serena Williams returns to world’s top 30 after reaching Wimbledon final

Kerber had lost to Williams in the 2016 Wimbledon final Serena Williams has returned to the world’s top 30 after reaching the Wimbledon final. The American, 36, has risen 153 places to 28th despite losing to Angelique Kerber in only her fourth tournament since giving birth 10 months ago. However, Britain’s Johanna Konta has dropped to 50th in the WTA rankings. The 27-year-old reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year and was ranked as high as fourth in the world immediately afterwards. But she came into this year’s tournament ranked 24th after a poor run of form and her second-round loss to former world number four Dominika Cibulkova has seen her tumble further down the standings. The defeat by Germany’s Kerber meant Williams, who returned to the WTA Tour in In...

England legend Davies to play in European Championship

Davies will partner Georgia Hall at the European Golf Team Championships, which will be shown on BBC Sport Newly crowned US Senior Women’s Open champion Laura Davies will play in next month’s inaugural European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles. Davies, who eased to a 10-shot victory at Chicago Golf Club on Sunday, will partner Georgia Hall at the matchplay event, which begins on 8 August. They form one of the six British teams in the event, three apiece in the men’s and women’s competitions. The men’s and women’s teams will also combine for a foursomes team event. “I’ve never played an event where there are medals on offer to the winners, so it would be great to get on the podium for the first time,” said Davies, 54. In all, 15 nat...

Cook hits unbeaten century for England Lions

Alastair Cook is England’s leading Test scorer with 12,145 runs in 156 matches Tour match (day one of four), Blackfinch New Road, Worcester: England Lions 310-2: Cook 154*, Gubbins 73, Malan 59* India A: Yet to bat Scorecard England opener Alastair Cook made an unbeaten century for the Lions as he continued his preparations for next month’s Test series against India. Cook finished day one of the four-day match against India A in Worcester on 154 not out, with Nick Gubbins adding 73 and Dawid Malan unbeaten on 59. Cook and Malan are among six Test players in the Lions team at Worcester. The first Test of the five-match series against India will take place at Edgbaston, starting on 1 August.