Sports Digest: Joaquin Niemann to travel to Boston for next LIV Golf event

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GOLF

Chilean Joaquin Niemann was traveling to Boston on Monday for the next LIV Golf event, which would give the Saudi-funded league its youngest PGA Tour winner as it completes its roster for the remainder of the inaugural season.

“I’m going but I haven’t signed him yet,” Carlos Rodriguez, his manager at GSE Worldwide, said in a message to The Associated Press.

Niemann, 23, who is No. 19 in the world rankings, was the most high-profile name mentioned in various reports over the weekend to quit the PGA Tour. Most notable was British Open champion Cameron Smith, reported by the Daily Telegraph three weeks ago.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy led a private meeting between top players on August 17 at the BMW Championship where they discussed a new tournament model for the PGA Tour. Niemann took part in this meeting, and he would be the only one of the 23 players present to defect.

The move wouldn’t come as a surprise, primarily because Niemann’s closest friends in golf have already joined LIV Golf. Sergio Garcia is a mentor. Carlos Ortiz from Mexico is his best friend in golf and they often stay in the same house and bring their own.

Niemann had been considering an offer since the start of the year. But the rival league’s early plans stalled in February with Phil Mickelson’s disparaging comments about the Saudis and the PGA Tour, even claiming his endgame was to gain leverage for change.

Harold Varner, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri are also leaving for LIV.

SOCCER

WESTERN HAM: Brazil international Lucas Paqueta has joined West Ham for a club-record €61.6 million ($61.6 million), ending his two-year stint with France’s Lyon side.

Lyon said the fee included €18.7million in bonuses split over the player’s five-year contract.

The signing of Paqueta, a silky attacking midfielder who can play anywhere down the front line or deeper in central midfield, is another statement of intent from West Ham, who have also bought the striker Italian Gianluca Scamacca for 30 million pounds ($36 million) from Sassuolo. in this transfer window.

MIDDLE-DIVISION: USA keeper Zack Steffen missed Middlesbrough’s 2-1 win over Swansea with a knee injury but could return for Tuesday night’s game at Watford.

Steffen has been loaned out to the Second Division side by Manchester City in hopes of getting regular playing time ahead of the World Cup. Steffen, 27, started the first five games of the League Championship season and was replaced by Liam Roberts against Swansea on Saturday.

TRANSFERS IN ENGLAND: Big-spending Nottingham Forest are still not done in this transfer window.

The promoted club have announced the signing of Brazilian left-back Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan, taking the number of players signed since returning to the Premier League to 18.

Lodi, 24, has played 15 times for Brazil and is on course to make their World Cup squad. He made 118 appearances in three seasons with Atletico.

BARCELONA: A group of masked men broke into the home of Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and attacked and robbed him early on Monday, the club said.

Barcelona have confirmed the incident and say the player and his wife are fine.

Authorities told Spanish daily El Pais that Aubameyang was beaten and forced to open a safe where the couple kept jewelry. The attackers allegedly threatened him and his wife with guns and iron bars.

Authorities said at least four men entered the player’s home and then escaped in a car.


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