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Ex-Brazil forward Jo signs with Nagoya Grampus from Corinthians

Jo helped Corinthians to the 2017 league title. SAO PAULO — Brazilian striker Jo has confirmed a move from Corinthians to Japanese club Nagoya Grampus. The top goal-scorer of the most recent Brazilian championship said in a news conference on Friday that he had not planned to leave his country, but considered the Japanese offer “irrefutable.” Jo did not announce the length of his contract with the recently promoted team. Corinthians chairman Roberto de Andrade said the value of the transfer for the 30-year-old was “about 10, 11 million euros [$12-13 million].” The former Manchester City and Everton striker returned to the spotlight at his boyhood club in 2017, after a series of behaviour-related incidents affected his career. Jo also said that he hopes Brazil ...

How PSG will punish Cavani and Pastore

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Everton confirm signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun

Sam Allardyce confirms that a deal for Turkish forward Cenk Tosun to join Everton is nearly completed. Everton confirmed the signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun at half-time of their FA Cup game on Friday. The deal had been widely expected, and a day earlier manager Sam Allardyce said a deal — reportedly valued at £27 million — would be done soon. Everton had been hopeful that Tosun would be available to face Liverpool on Friday, but the 26-year-old was not in the squad and the deal was not announced until half-time — with the Toffees trailing 1-0. Tosun signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, with the move coming just hours after Everton confirmed the transfer of Ross Barkley to Chelsea. Tosun moves to Everton after scoring 41 league goals in 96 appearances for Besiktas s...

LIVE: Man Utd vs Derby

Manchester United vs. Derby County – Football Match Summary – January 5, 2018 – ESPN<!– Manchester United vs. Derby County – Football Match Summary – January 5, 2018 –> Manchester United MAN Derby County DER Pen play0:00 Saves 2 Shots 0 0 Shots on Target Fouls Committed 0 0 Fouls Against Assists 0 Discipline 0 Yellow 0 Red Saves 2 Shots 0 0 Shots on Target Fouls Committed 0 0 Fouls Against Assists 0 Discipline 0 Yellow 0 Red VENUE: Old Trafford MAN DER Possession 68% 32% Shots (on Goal) MAN DER 4 Fouls 7 0 Yellow Cards 0 0 Red Cards 0 0 Offsides 0 8 Corner Kicks 4 6 Saves 2 Three-time FA Cup winner Steve Nicol reflects on the glory days of the competition and explains why it has lost importance. Arsene Wenger is happy with the addition of VAR...

Liverpool lead 1-0

Liverpool vs. Everton – Football Match Summary – January 5, 2018 – ESPN<!– Liverpool vs. Everton – Football Match Summary – January 5, 2018 –> Liverpool LIV Everton EVE Pen play0:00 Saves 0 Shots 0 0 Shots on Target Fouls Committed 0 0 Fouls Against Assists 0 Discipline 0 Yellow 0 Red Saves 0 Shots 0 0 Shots on Target Fouls Committed 0 0 Fouls Against Assists 0 Discipline 0 Yellow 0 Red VENUE: Anfield LIV EVE Possession 61% 39% Shots (on Goal) LIV EVE 6 Fouls 13 0 Yellow Cards 2 0 Red Cards 0 1 Offsides 0 2 Corner Kicks 3 2 Saves 0 Three-time FA Cup winner Steve Nicol reflects on the glory days of the competition and explains why it has lost importance. Arsene Wenger is happy with the addition of VAR in the FA Cup, but has concerns that it co...

Menlo, Benchmark, First Round sold Uber stakes worth hundreds of millions

Uber finally got its secondary transaction done with SoftBank buying billions of shares last month. Now we’re learning more about who sold what. It was already known that major shareholder Menlo Ventures was looking to sell shares, but we’re  hearing confirmation that it wagered the majority of its holdings and successfully sold close to half of its stake, which the Information reported was close to 4%. Using this ownership percentage, we calculated that Menlo netted close to $1 billion from the transaction. We’ve also learned that First Round Capital attempted to sell most of its shares and successfully sold close to 40% of them. They were also said to own 4% of the company, which would mean it cashed out $800 million. Benchmark Capital gave up a sizeable stake as well. According to a rep...

A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor: African tech in 2017 was about the normalization of market events mostly absent even a decade ago. There were acquisitions, multiple investment rounds, lots of expansion, big strategic partnerships, and some surprise failures. Africa is fast becoming home to a dynamic tech sector. Here’s a snapshot of the news that shaped that transition over the last year. Investment Andela’s $40 million VC raise in October was one of the continent’s most notable. The technology training and job placement firm received Series C funding from CRE Venture Capital, DBL Partners, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Salesforce Ventures, among others. Andela said it wou...

Republic Records Promotes Jim Roppo to EVP, General Manager: Exclusive

Republic Records marketing veteran Jim Roppo has been promoted to executive vice president and general manager at the Universal Music Group label. Most recently evp of marketing and commerce, Roppo will now oversee all label operations for Republic and its various partners. “Jim has served as key architect for many campaigns over the years that not only yielded tremendous results, but also made an impact on pop culture,” said Republic chairman and CEO Monte Lipman. “His drive, determination, and competitive spirit are intoxicating. In his new role, Jim will have even more latitude to help steer the company into uncharted waters.” Prior to joining Republic in 2012, the 20-year UMG veteran spent 13 years at Island Def Jam Music Group, where he rose to senior vp of sal...

Need Some Workout Inspo? Spotify Releases Top Fitness Music Trends

Spotify has revealed the streaming service’s top workout trends to help get you in shape for 2018. What better way to burn calories and get that booty into tiptop shape than to the hottest music? The current fitness favorites include songs by Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and more, while Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” is the most-streamed workout song globally for the second year in a row. The streaming service’s data also revealed that streaming of workout playlists increases just after the new year and peaks right before Valentine’s Day. Looking for versatility in fitness training and exercises? The most popular workout playlists are Beast Mode, Cardio and Run Wild. There’s even a Workout Twerkout playlist. Miami reigns as the top global an...

U.S. On-Demand Streams Passed 618 Billion in 2017, Outpacing Sales Declines Again

For the third straight year, the U.S. music business is not only growing, it’s growing faster, as overall consumption hit 636.7 million equivalent album units in 2017, up 12.5 percent from 566.1 million in 2016, according to Nielsen Music. And once again, streaming is driving that growth: Overall on-demand streams reached 618 billion, up 43 percent, equating to 412 million streaming-equivalent album units, up from 432.2 billion streams, or 288.2 million SEA, the year prior. Audio on-demand streams grew 58.7 percent to 400.4 billion, up from 252.3 billion in 2016, while video on demand grew to 217.7 billion streams, a 20.9 percent increase over the prior year total of 180 billion. With that, the U.S. industry produced its first 1 billion-stream song in a single year, as Luis Fonsi & Dad...

The 10 Best Maroon 5 Remixes

Maroon 5 is a machine going on two decades of power. Since 2002’s Songs About Jane ripped a hole in the space-pop continuum, Maroon 5 has been one of radio’s go-to favorites. The L.A.-based band can bring the guitar back to disco or go full summer anthem. It’ll even flirt with hip-hop if given the room to breath. Singer Adam Levine’s falsetto is candy for your ears, and he’s not hard to look at either. A string of A-list collaborators gives each catchy tune even more pop appeal.  Whether it’s going for a rock vibe or a spot on your poolside playlist, Maroon 5 songs cater to your music-loving life in all its forms. The band also inspires a lot of great remixes from some of the best in the electronic world. Here, we bring you a list of our 10 favorites. Wh...

Republic’s Newly-Promoted EVP/GM Jim Roppo on the Label’s 2017 Success, Getting Arrested at a Justin Bieber Event

The marketing wiz reflects on a year of breakthroughs as he helps position his label for the future. It was supposed to be a ­banner week in fall 2009 for then-Island Def Jam (IDJ) marketing ­executive Jim Roppo: Bon Jovi had just scored its fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with The Circle, and the debut EP from a ­promising young upstart, Justin Bieber, had just been released. Instead, on the night of Nov. 20, with his wife home ­pregnant, Roppo found himself in a Nassau County, New York, jail for failing to send a tweet from Bieber’s account asking fans to ­disperse after a planned meet-and-greet at a Long Island mall turned into a near-riot. “I was perp-walked on camera,” says Roppo with a laugh from his office on the eighth floor of Republic’s Manhattan ­headqu...