London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League leaders Manchester City have more financial muscle than any other club in world football, according to a study that sees English clubs dominate the top 10.The Soccerex Football Finance 100, which ranks the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt, was published on Wednesday.City, who have dropped just four points in the league this season, lead the way ahead of Arsenal. Tottenham are fifth on the list ahead of seventh-placed Manchester United, with Chelsea in ninth.According to the study, Arsenal have £766 million ($1 billion) worth of fixed assets — following their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium — more than any other club in world football, while only Manchester United have more money in the bank (£307 million) than Arsenal’s £300 million.The annual report by event organiser Soccerex suggests that Arsenal have the monetary muscle to “invest significantly” in the transfer market.Manchester City, for so long under-achievers in English football, have seen their fortunes transformed since a 2008 takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group. They have won two Premier League titles in the past decade and Pep Guardiola’s team look certain to win it again this year as they are already 15 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United.“Manchester City, one of the most famous cases of significant foreign investment changing a club’s status and potential, top the rankings,” the study says.“Arsenal’s second place in the rankings, ahead of PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), will surprise many and is certainly a talking point in light of criticism the club receives from some quarters for its perceived lack of spending in the transfer market,” it adds.“Their ranking is a reflection of the club’s professionalism and a sound business model. The position of financial strength means Arsenal could invest significantly should the hierarchy of the club choose to change their business strategy.”Liverpool are 16th on the list, while 2016 Premier League champions Leicester are 20th. French giants PSG, who broke the transfer record to sign Neymar last summer, are third ahead of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. Real Madrid are sixth with their La Liga rivals Barcelona only 13th.Share on: WhatsApp
1 Jun 2017 England trio aim for St Rule team win England’s Gemma Clews, India Clyburn and Sophie Lamb will team up for the Nations Cup event at this weekend’s St Rule trophy at St Andrews. Their best two scores will count in each of the three rounds of the championship. Competitors will play 36 holes on the New Course on Saturday and 18 holes on the Old Course on Sunday. All three players have just been selected for the GB&I team to take on the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy in Italy on 30 June and 1 July. The players Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), is the Welsh women’s stroke play champion and was joint runner-up in the Irish stroke play. She has twice helped England beat Spain in the biennial international and holds an unbeaten record in the match. India Clyburn, 20, (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) has won the English girls’ and Scottish U21 championships among other titles. She has won on the US women’s college circuit and tied 11th in the 2017 South American Amateur. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the British women’s stroke play champion, won the 2016 England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and was England’s top scorer in the mixed international against Spain, winning all her games. She was joint runner up in the Irish women’s stroke play. The team reserve is Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall).
SAMONE RAINEY (10) Obama Academy’s drives by Tiara Travis (3) of Allderdice in the City League Championship game , Rainey scored 12 points for the Eagles. MICHAELA PORTER (20) of Obama Academy pulls in a rebound in front of Allderdice’s Erin Yapsuga (Left) and Lexxus Charles (1) in the City League Championship game. Obama Girls 2014 City Champs (Courier Photo/William McBride)The Obama girls captured the City League girls basketball championship with a 49-40 victory over Allderdice on Friday night.Obama girls hoist the City League Championship trophy after defeating Allderdice 49-40 in the City League Championship game. (Courier Photo/William McBride) KAYLA PAYNE of Obama Academy pulls up to shoot a three, Payne scored 16 points to lead the Eagles to a 49-40 win over Allderdice in the City League Championship game.