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Riyad Mahrez has been given permission to leave the Algeria squad and return to Europe to “formalise his transfer to his new club”, the Algerian Football Federation has announced.

Leicester winger Mahrez has expressed a desire to leave the King Power Stadium and has been linked with a host of clubs over the summer, with Roma having already had three bids rejected for the 26-year-old, the third being £32 million.

The likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are also reported to be interested in Mahrez, who was PFA Player of the Year in 2016 after playing a key role in Leicester’s shock Premier League title win that season.

Mahrez has been with the Algeria squad preparing for their upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header with Zambia, but the FAF has given him the green light to resolve his club future before the transfer deadline.

A statement on www.faf.dz read: “Leicester City’s Algerian international Riyad Mahrez, who is currently with the national team in Sidi Moussa to prepare for the double confrontation against Zambia for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, was authorised by the national coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalise on Thursday his transfer to his new club.

“The national team will fly without him on Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday.”

Mahrez has played all three of Leicester’s Premier League fixtures this season.

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Kevin Durant isn’t running from the “cupcake” moniker backhandedly given to him by former teammate Russell Westbrook.

Instead, he’s embracing it.

Nike announced the newest colorway of Durant’s signature KD 10 shoe on Tuesday, a red and black flyknit shoe with a frosty white sole, dubbed the “KDX Red Velvet.” And in the picture of the announcement, the shoe is surrounded by red velvet cupcakes.

“With a style of play as smooth as velvet, KD is known for having the most fluid game in the game today,” Nike said in a news release. “Effortlessly making defenders look helpless, always ready to cook his next victim. He dominates the game with unrivaled versatility, forever motivated by the sweet taste of victory. At the end of the day, winning is all that matters and anything else is just icing on the cake. The KDX ‘Red Velvet’ celebrates the smoothest player in the game and his undying quest for the sweet taste of victory.”

Nike’s description aside, the messaging is pretty clear to anyone paying attention to Durant and Westbrook’s cold war the last year. After Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors in July 2016, Westbrook posted a single Instagram picture, a plate full of cupcakes, wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July.

What appeared to be an innocuous holiday well-wishing apparently had petty undertones, with the cupcakes being a jab directed at Durant. Kendrick Perkins used to refer to teammates as “cupcakes” when he perceived them being soft, an inside joke that carried on between Westbrook, Durant and Perkins while they were teammates, with them routinely calling one another cupcake on social media.

“Cupcake” became the rallying cry for Thunder fans in Durant’s return to Oklahoma City last season, with fans chanting it while Durant shot free throws, cupcake shirts scattered all over the arena and one fan even dressing up in a full cupcake costume.

The new colorway isn’t Durant’s first move at turning the cupcake narrative on its head. After the Warriors’ emphatic win in Durant’s return to OKC, he and his teammates celebrated by nabbing some of the cupcake shirts and wearing them postgame. Durant was spotted this offseason wearing a hat with a cupcake (topped with a ring). Now he has custom cupcake shoes and the ultimate kicker: He’s even making money off it.

The new Red Velvet colorway is available Friday.

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United States manager Bruce Arena has named a 26-man roster for a pair of critical World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras.

The U.S. will face the Ticos at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sept. 1, and then travel to San Pedro Sula to take on Los Catrachos four days later.

The U.S. currently finds itself on eight points in the final round of World Cup qualifying, occupying the third and final automatic qualification spot. But they are just one point ahead of fourth-placed Panama, leaving them with little room for error.

“I think we’re bringing in a good roster, one that has depth in every position and in which all 26 players have been with the national team in 2017,” Arena said. “I think we have the right understanding as a group as to what needs to be done, and hopefully we can be successful in these next two games.”

The three extra bodies are reflective of the fact that the U.S. has six players that are one yellow card away from suspension, as well as the uncertainty facing the fitness of several players.

Midfielder Fabian Johnson just returned to the field last weekend after missing the start of the Bundesliga season due to a back injury. He came on for the final 10 minutes of Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-2 draw with Augsburg.

The news is even better for Pachuca defender Omar Gonzalez, who made his first start since Aug. 9 in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Club Tijuana.

But Arena will have to assess Gonzalez’s overall sharpness as it relates to the roster’s other center-backs, a group that includes Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron, Sporting Kansas City’s Matt Besler, FC Dallas’ Matt Hedges, and Fulham’s Tim Ream.

“We have to be smart,” said Arena as it relates to those players who have been dealing with injuries.

As expected, Wolfsburg defender John Brooks, Newcastle United outside back DeAndre Yedlin, and Club Tijuana defender Michael Orozco were all left off the roster due to injury. Brooks is recovering from a torn thigh tendon that will keep out for several months. Yedlin misses out due to a hamstring injury that has just recently seen him return to training.

Otherwise, there were few surprises, as Arena brings in his big names for the two matches, including mainstays, Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Cameron and Tim Howard.

Altidore, Paul Arriola, Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Bradley and Cameron are the players sitting on yellow cards.

All told, there are 12 players on the roster with 10 or more appearances in World Cup qualifying. Eighteen players on the current roster earned a winner’s medal at the 2017 Gold Cup.

Here’s the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.

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MONACO — Paul Pogba has told ESPN FC of his hope that Russia 2018 will not be tarnished by racism towards players and supporters, and urged all fans to focus solely on a footballer’s ability rather than his ethnicity.

The Manchester United midfielder, in Monaco to help launch UEFA’s new Respect campaign #EqualGame to promote greater inclusion, diversity and accessibility in football, is expected to lead France’s attempt to win the World Cup for a second time next summer in Russia.

But the tournament will take place amid fears of discriminatory behaviour from supporters due to a series of incidents in Russia’s domestic game in recent years.

This summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia passed off without incident, however, and Pogba believes that the World Cup can also be free of racist chanting and discrimination.

“When it comes to the World Cup, all those sports teams from all over the world coming [to Russia], I think we won’t hear a lot of racism,” he said.

“I enjoy football and the people who do this, I just want them to understand it’s just a game. Against your team yes, but it’s about respect as well.

“At the end of the day, when you finish a game, you go back home and you’re a normal person, so just respect that.

“You are a sportsman, you are a football player and the colour doesn’t do anything. It is the skill that you do, not the colour.

“Personally, when I look at the footballers like Ronaldinho, [Lionel] Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo whoever I just admire them for what they are doing on the pitch.

“That’s what our eyes should look for.”

Pogba admits that his advice to any player subjected to taunts is simply to respond with skill and talent on the pitch.

“Just by doing great on the pitch — the best answer is on the pitch, with racism and stuff like that,” he said. “If you can play well, score a goal, just for yourself, you know?

“Just keep cool, just enjoy life because you are lucky and blessed to be able to [do] things that a lot of people can’t do.

“Think about the chance we have and enjoy life.

“I hope we can help a lot in football and outside football too. If a young guy, and I am still young, can help the world by showing an example, I will be very happy.”

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Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano is going on the 10-day disabled list with what the team called a stress reaction in his left shin.

Sano fouled a ball off his shin Friday night, the same night he hit two home runs in a 10-3 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Sano had to leave Saturday’s game in the seventh inning because of soreness in the shin.

He is hitting .267 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs but also leads the major leagues with 170 strikeouts.

The Twins are five games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central but percentage points ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild-card spot.

LeBron James flew to New York for star-studded pickups.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James took a private jet from Akron, Ohio, to New York on Tuesday morning to participate in high-profile pickup games that featured Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, among others.

The games took place at Life Time Athletic at Sky, where Anthony spends the bulk of his offseason training.

James played for approximately two hours, a source said. Then he flew back to Ohio to attend his annual LeBron James Family Foundation function at Cedar Point amusement park.

“He just has a love for basketball,” a source close to James said, adding that the Cavs star plans to partake in some pickup games in Los Angeles in the near future.

Another source said Durant traveled from the Washington, D.C., area to take part in Tuesday’s games.

Kyle and his teammates battle to the locker room.

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Chicago Bears sent left guard Kyle Long back to the locker room early Monday after he was involved in multiple skirmishes with both offensive and defensive players.

“There’s a certain standard we have and it’s something we weren’t very pleased with,” Bears coach John Fox said. “I haven’t had a chance to visit with him yet, but it’s something that we’ll handle it internally.”

Long got into it with teammates in team and individual drills before the Bears instructed him to leave. Monday’s practice — Chicago’s final one in Bourbonnais — was closed to the public but open to the media and select season-ticket holders.

Fox didn’t want to speculate about Long’s motives behind the outbursts.

“I really can’t answer that at this point, I’m sure obviously there was some frustration, again that’s not how we operate,” Fox said. “I didn’t really see everything, just know that there was a disturbance and we don’t need that. That’s why he left the field.”

The Bears have slowly increased Long’s team reps in practice as the three-time Pro Bowler works back from a right ankle injury suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last November. Long underwent surgery to repair the ligament damage to the ankle, but opted not to surgically fix a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Chicago is in the process of moving Long from right to left guard — the third position change of his five-year career. Long lined up at right tackle during the 2015 season.

Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. share criticism and support each other

 

Friends for some time, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) exchange jerseys after a game at Pittsburgh on December 4, 2016.

Friends for some time, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) exchange jerseys after a game at Pittsburgh on December 4, 2016.

LATROBE, Pa. — Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. might sit out Friday’s Steelers-Giants preseason game at MetLife

Stadium, but Brown expects Beckham to push him in the NFL receiver hierarchy this season.

Brown, 29, who’s close with Beckham, 24, knows both players are up to the challenge.
“Everybody’s coming …That’s what makes the game competitive and amazing,” Brown told ESPN. “A guy like Odell Beckham is a

game-changing guy, trying to unlock the codes. One of my close friends. I always tell him, keep coming.”

Brown says he and Beckham are constantly critiquing each other’s games, including sharing personal videos of their

offseason receiving work — “little stuff, sending clips so we can see each other,” he said.

Brown has a personal videographer who often films his workouts, which usually make their way onto social media platforms.

Beckham, Julio Jones and Brown are widely considered the game’s three best receivers. Brown is aiming for a fifth

consecutive 100-catch season, which hasn’t been done in NFL history.
“If you want to be the best, you have to strive to be the best and sponge off everything,” said Brown of the learning

process with Beckham.

Brown added he can’t detail the notes he shares with Beckham, but that “we share information” on how receivers best get

open.

Both players understand that criticism comes with the job of a high-profile star, Brown said. Beckham has faced scrutiny

for his impatience during games, while Brown navigated an ill-advised Facebook Live locker-room post after a playoff win in

Kansas City.

Brown calls Beckham a “mature guy” who doesn’t need advice on how to handle himself. For now, Brown is busy working on

route combinations with Ben Roethlisberger, whom Brown calls “a general.”

“You’ve got to stay tuned. We’re working on some good stuff,” said Brown of his work with Roethlisberger. “He’s a warrior,

he’s a general. Grateful to play with him.”

Cowboys Tyrone Crawford is in practice by ankle injury

OXNARD, California — Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford was carted off the field Tuesday night with a right ankle injury suffered in practice.

Crawford was injured while chasing down Ezekiel Elliott on a run, when their legs became tangled and Elliott inadvertently stepped on the defensive lineman’s right ankle. Crawford grabbed for his lower leg and was tended to immediately.

He was in obvious pain as he left the field. A source said the hope is the ankle is not broken, but Crawford was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. After practice, teammates said a quick prayer for Crawford.

“When you have a guy like that — not only is he a great football player, but he’s a leader and there’s a void there and you are going to need somebody to step up,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “The sense of urgency for everybody has to go through the roof right now. … If there’s a way to come back, he’ll find a way.”

Defensive line is among the Cowboys’ biggest questions entering the season and the team can ill afford to lose Crawford, who has been a starter at different spots along the line since 2015. The Cowboys already will be without David Irving and Damontre Moore to start the season because of suspensions, and do not have a ton of experienced depth to begin with.

Dallas drafted Taco Charlton in the first round in the spring. He has been working at both left and right defensive end throughout camp. If Crawford, who has been bothered the past two years by shoulder injuries that required postseason surgeries, misses extended time, Charlton will need to become a bigger part of the Cowboys’ defensive line rotation.

“Hopefully nothing is bad,” Charlton said. “I’d hate to lose our leader on the defensive line. But at the end of the day, the next man has to step up and do their job.”