Dani Osvaldo’s ill-fated five-month stay at Southampton is over, with the club-record signing joining Juventus on loan with a view to a permanent move. “Juventus Football Club can today confirm that terms have been agreed with Southampton Football Club on a free loan deal for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo,” the club said on their official website, www.juventus.com. “The agreement also includes the option, to be exercised before May 13 2014, for the purchase of the player’s full registration rights at a price of 19 million euros, to be paid over the course of three years.” That deal would be worth £15.6million to Southampton and Press Association Sport understands the reigning Serie A champions will pay his wages in full during the loan. Osvaldo’s departure will be a relief to Southampton, with manager Mauricio Pochettino admitting on Thursday that it would be hard for him to play for the club again. The Saints boss worked with the Argentina-born striker for just over a season at Espanyol and, when he signed, was quick to reassure fans that the controversies that had dogged his career were over. However, Osvaldo attacked popular defender Fonte during a session at the club’s Staplewood training ground and was handed a two-week suspension by the club. The incident saw his relationship with many in the dressing room become irreparable and made a January exit inevitable. Juventus were the favourites for his signature from the outset and, having completed the move, Osvaldo wants to stay at in Turin for many years. Much had been expected of the 28-year-old after he swapped Roma for the south coast in August in a deal worth up to £14.6million. The Italy international penned a four-year deal but has managed just 166 days at St Mary’s, with Saints cutting their losses after an altercation with team-mate Jose Fonte last week. “I’m very happy,” Osvaldo told the club’s official website. “It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind and I still can’t quite believe it but I’m happy. “It was pleasing when I first heard of Juventus’ interest in me. “When everything was completed last night I sat down and I couldn’t believe it. “As I said before, it’s been a pretty hectic three or four days but I’m happy.” Osvaldo’s departure is the last bit of transfer activity expected at St Mary’s before the deadline, with Jason Puncheon’s loan move to Crystal Palace made permanent earlier. Pochettino had spoken about bringing a new face in earlier in the week, only for teenager Sam Gallagher’s impressive senior debut in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal to change his mind. Despite failing to score, the 18-year-old led the line with aplomb against Arsenal and will be vying with the returning Rickie Lambert for a place in the side at Fulham on Saturday. Press Association
REV, among the league favorites, improved to 11-4 overall, 1-0 in conference. Yucaipa had its three-game winning streak stopped in dropping to 6-7, 0-1. “We did a good job with the press,” Berich said. “And we hit some threes, too.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Yucaipa turned the ball over 22 times, including 14 in the first half. Brandon Dowdy scored 27 points, making seven three-pointers, and Darnell Ferguson added 20 points despite being limited in the second half with foul trouble. “Darnell does a lot for us,” Berich said. “He’s got a cool head and does everything well. He might get in some foul trouble if we press a lot.” Plenty of teams will have trouble handling Yucaipa’s big man, 6-foot-10 senior Jared Anthony. Anthony finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, but he was limited to no points (on 0-of-4 shooting) in the first quarter and two points in the first quarter and a half. YUCAIPA – Redlands East Valley boys basketball coach Bill Berich didn’t hide his game plan against Yucaipa. He aimed to press the bigger Yucaipa team, and the plan was effective as the Wildcats got off to a quick start en route to a 71-45 rout of Yucaipa in the Citrus Belt League opener for both schools at Yucaipa High School. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?fk=bRolOyFR&cid=8121&sound=off&format=json&offsetx=0&offsety=0&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right&float=on “We knew what they were going to do,” Yucaipa coach Yon Okorodudu said. “It wasn’t a surprise. They’re so talented and so well-coached. We had to do a better job against the press. And we missed some open looks.” REV jumped out to a quick lead, and a 19-4 run late in the first quarter and early in the second gave the Wildcats a 32-12 lead. Yucaipa never got closer than 18 points thereafter. “We needed to shut down two of their big three players to have a chance in the game,” Okorodudu said of REV’s Ferguson, Dowdy and Lance Evbuomwan. Evbuomwan scored only two points but grabbed eight rebounds. Dowdy, who had four three-pointers and 16 points in the first half, and Ferguson, who added 10 rebounds, weren’t shut down at all. There’s no rest for CBL teams this week as there are also league contests Thursday and Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!