Real Sociedad have secured the services of Carlos Vela until 2018 after Arsenal opted not to take up their option to re-sign the Mexico striker, with the Gunners set to receive up to 15million euros from the deal. The 25-year-old Mexico international initially joined Sociedad on loan from Arsenal in 2011 before making the switch permanent in 2012, with the Gunners retaining the option to buy the player back. Arsenal have now decided against bringing Vela back to London and have agreed a deal with the Spanish club understood to be worth up to 15million euros (£12million) for Vela to become Sociedad’s player exclusively. A statement on www.realsociedad.com read: “Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal for Carlos Vela to continue at the txuri urdin club. “Real Sociedad have also reached an agreement with Carlos Vela to renew his contract for the next four seasons. The previous agreement finished in 2016. The Mexican striker has already signed his new contract.” Vela has scored 47 goals in 126 matches for Sociedad, helping them finish fourth in La Liga in 2013 and seventh last term. Vela said: “I’ve also said that this is my home, I’m very well in San Sebastian, which is what I told the president when he asked my about my intentions. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but fortunately things have turned out well and all parties are happy. “This club, this team, have the ambition to carry on improving and I’m convinced we’re going to have an exciting year. Now I’m going to enjoy the last few days of holiday with my family and then be able to prepare for the season in the best fashion.” Press Association
The 40-year-old Pacquiao came out firing from the outset and knocked down Thurman in the first round. He never looked back in winning by split decision (114-113 Thurman, 115-112, 115-112) and capturing Thurman’s belt. Boxing fans were looking forward to an exciting fight between two of the best in the world, with WBA (Regular) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA (Super) welterweight champion Keith Thurman battling at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHere is how Twitter reacted to Pacquiao’s victory:😏🤞🏾— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) July 21, 2019Manny Pacquiao continues his career resurrection!Pacquiao dropped Keith Thurman in the first and went on to win a classic by split decision.#PacquiaoThurman pic.twitter.com/hUSxlOc6j0— Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 21, 2019#AndTheNew WBA Welterweight Super Champion Manny Pacquiao#Respect Keith Thurman 🥊 #PacquiaoThurman #WBAboxing #PacThurman pic.twitter.com/xmkVUgbRYL— WBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) July 21, 2019Congratulations @MannyPacquiaoThank you for always being our hero💙❤️💛🇵🇭#PacquiaoThurman pic.twitter.com/KxxMf93dSN— 🇺🇸 TJ Perkins 🇵🇭 (@MegaTJP) July 21, 2019Congratulations Manny Pacquiao what a Champion. “Senator Pac-Man”— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) July 21, 2019Keith Thurman on his first career loss.“Thank you, Manny Pacquiao.”Classy.#PacquiaoThurman— TJ Monterde (@tjmusicmonterde) July 21, 2019I scored Thurman Vs Pacquiao 111-116 #ThurmanPacquiao #Boxing pic.twitter.com/Xc3clPMkZq— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxCNBCcom) July 21, 2019LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER!Boxing’s only eight-division World Champion @MannyPacquiao def. Keith Thurman via SD! pic.twitter.com/DdYcnYlF7c— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) July 21, 2019114-113 Thurman. 115-112 Pacquiao and 115-112 for the winner…Manny Pacquiao!!!— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) July 21, 2019Split decision. Manny. I didn’t think it was that close. Not sure anyone except one judge did.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) July 21, 2019Congratulation to my good friend and Champion Manny Pacquiao!!! An amazing display of Guts and Skill!!! https://t.co/OrFKVdq9JX— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) July 21, 2019SPLIT DECISION.. PLS THAT IS DISGUSTING. @MannyPacquiao won easy. #PacquiaovsThurman— Billy The Kid (@BillyDib) July 21, 2019Pac beats Thurman by Split Decision. #PacquiaovsThurman— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) July 21, 2019I can’t wait til I turn 40 😂😂😂— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) July 21, 2019Manny Pacquiao is a bad bad man #THURminated— Chris Eubank Jr (@ChrisEubankJr) July 21, 2019Should not have even been a split decision. @MannyPacquiao outclassed him most of the fight, period. Wasn’t even close. At least the final decision was the right now. But if Pacman knows what’s good for him, he’ll stay away from @terencecrawford and @ErrolSpenceJr. I know THAT!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2019That fight was so much damn fun. #PacmanThurman— Todd Grisham (@Grishamfight) July 21, 2019
ONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.