The president and CEO of Minor League Baseball, Pat O’Conner, told reporters Tuesday that more than half the teams affiliated with MLB could be forced to sell or go out of business without additional financial assistance. He used the phrase “dire straits” to describe the situation.MORE: An insider’s view of the MLB-MiLB dispute”This is the perfect storm. There are many teams that are not liquid, not solvent,” O’Conner said, per Baseball America executive editor JJ Cooper.”I could see this lingering into 2022, 2023, easily. In some cases, possibly a little longer,” O’Conner added, per Cooper. Individual minor league clubs have received federal COVID-19 small-business loans since the shutdown, but the industry as a whole is running short of cash without games to host. MiLB teams’ primary revenue sources are ticket sales, concessions, merchandise and sponsorships. That money covers operating expenses that MLB clubs don’t pick up in an affiliation arrangement. MiLB clubs are holding non-baseball events to reduce the shortfall. Professional baseball — the major and minor leagues — was shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The minors will not crank back up in 2020; their season was canceled Tuesday.The effects of the shutdown could be felt for years, in the view of minor league leadership. Costs have been at the heart of ongoing negotiations between MLB and MiLB on a new Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA). The current pact is set to expire in September. MLB has threatened to reduce the number of its affiliations with MiLB teams from 160 to about 120 beginning in 2021. The cuts would come mostly from the lowest rungs of the industry: short-season Single-A and rookie-level ball.MLB has floated a so-called “dream league” of clubs that lose their affiliations, but O’Conner has been fighting to maintain the status quo. He said Tuesday that negotiations had slowed to almost a halt because of the pandemic and MLB’s need to focus on starting its own season, but he expects some type of contraction being agreed to, reports Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Group.
MORE: Highlights from Indianapolis raceTire wear once more was a major problem at Indy: Multiple right fronts fell apart, leading to crashes for Ryan Newman, William Byron, Erik Jones, Alex Bowman and, most importantly, Denny Hamlin, who was trying to secure his first Brickyard triumph when he wrecked from the lead after a blowout.A dream run in the #Brickyard400 ends in a hard crash for @dennyhamlin.He was able to climb from his car under his own power. pic.twitter.com/VhCyxsQsWB— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 6, 2020Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing, issued a statement after the race:Goodyear racing director Greg Stucker on tire issues seen today: pic.twitter.com/blnUgmyuWy— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 6, 2020Below are the complete results from Sunday’s race at Indianapolis:Who won the NASCAR race at Indianapolis?Hamlin’s wreck gave Kevin Harvick an opening to score his fourth victory of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, his third consecutive top-two finish following a win and a second (with Hamlin on the opposite end of both) last weekend at Pocono Raceway, his second consecutive win at Indy and his third Brickyard triumph overall.That’s going to be one big celebration. 🍻Retweet to congratulate @KevinHarvick on his fourth win of 2020! pic.twitter.com/2mUG2JOk9I— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 6, 2020Harvick said his team had an idea that Hamlin’s tires were wearing down.”We knew he [Hamlin] was going to be really close on tires and [crew chief] Rodney [Childers} told me on the radio, he said, ‘Just make sure you keep the pressure on him,'” Harvick said. “That was all the pressure I could give.”MORE: Updated NASCAR schedule for 2020NASCAR at Indianapolis resultsHarvick, the series’ points leader, led a race-high 68 of the 161 laps on the 2.5-mile IMS oval. He also won Stage 2 and banked another playoff point.Matt Kenseth finished second, his best result since coming out of retirement this year. Harvick teammate Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski and rookie Cole Custer completed the top five.Below are the complete results from Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records — better known as the Brickyard 400 — at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:Finish(Start)DriverCarLaps1(11)Kevin HarvickFord1612(21)Matt KensethChevrolet1613(5)Aric AlmirolaFord1614(9)Brad KeselowskiFord1615(30)Cole Custer #Ford1616(7)Kyle BuschToyota1617(27)Michael McDowellFord1618(13)Tyler Reddick #Chevrolet1619(17)Bubba WallaceChevrolet16110(1)Joey LoganoFord16111(10)Chase ElliottChevrolet16112(35)Christopher Bell #Toyota16113(2)Kurt BuschChevrolet16114(29)Ty DillonChevrolet16115(19)John Hunter Nemechek #Ford16116(22)Clint BowyerFord16117(32)Ross Chastain(i)Chevrolet16118(16)Austin DillonChevrolet16119(15)Matt DiBenedettoFord16120(37)Daniel SuarezToyota16021(34)JJ Yeley(i)Ford16022(40)BJ McLeod(i)Chevrolet16023(33)Quin Houff #Chevrolet15924(28)Garrett Smithley(i)Chevrolet15925(39)Josh Bilicki(i)Chevrolet15826(25)Joey Gase(i)Ford15727(18)William ByronChevrolet15628(6)Denny HamlinToyota15329(38)Timmy Hill(i)Toyota15330(3)Alex BowmanChevrolet13231(20)Chris BuescherFord9932(12)Ryan BlaneyFord9633(23)Erik JonesToyota7334(14)Ryan NewmanFord6035(26)Brennan Poole #Chevrolet2436(24)Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Chevrolet2037(4)Justin Allgaier(i)Chevrolet1738(8)Martin Truex Jr.Toyota1639(31)Corey LaJoieFord1540(36)Ryan PreeceChevrolet14# Rookie. (i) Ineligible for series points.Average speed of race winner: 123.162 mph.Time of race: 3 hours, 16 minutes, 5 seconds. Margin of victory: 0.743 seconds.Caution flags: 9 for 43 laps.Lead changes: 11 among 9 drivers.Lap leaders: J. Logano 1-14; R. Chastain(i) 15; G. Smithley(i) 16; K. Harvick 17-41; W. Byron 42-51; C. Elliott 52-77; W. Byron 78-82; A. Dillon 83-87; K. Harvick 88-122; M. Kenseth 123-134; D. Hamlin 135-153; K. Harvick 154-161. Leaders summary (Driver, times led, laps led): Kevin Harvick 3 times for 68 laps; Chase Elliott 1 time for 26 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 19 laps; William Byron 2 times for 15 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 14 laps; Matt Kenseth 1 time for 12 laps; Austin Dillon 1 time for 5 laps; Garrett Smithley(i) 1 time for 1 lap; Ross Chastain(i) 1 time for 1 lap.Stage 1 Top 10: 24,20,3,9,4,11,21,18,2,14Stage 2 Top 10: 4,9,11,21,3,42,18,1,95,14 NASCAR raced against the clock Sunday after lightning delayed the start of the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records — better known as the Brickyard 400 — at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race went the scheduled distance plus an overtime period before darkness hit the track.The extra lap was needed after the race leader blew a tire and crashed with seven to go.
IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team continues a home stand this weekend by opening a three game Big Ten series against Rutgers tonight. Injuries have left the pitching staff thin and that was a factor in Wednesday night’s 11-6 loss to Illinois State.That’s Iowa coach Rick Heller who says the starting pitching has picked up the slack in a 3-3 start to Big Ten play.Rutgers has struggled to a 9-17 record but Heller says the Scarlet Knights have a solid pitching staff.First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:05. Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 2:05 start. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 12:05, but with rain in the forecast, a decision could be made to move Sunday’s game to make a doubleheader on Saturday. IOWA CITY — After being considered a weakness a year ago, a young but experienced linebacking corps will be a strength heading into next season at Iowa. Hawkeye linebacker coach Seth Wallace says a standout defensive line made the transition smooth.Wallace says the expectations for the linebackers are much higher for next season.Linebacker Amani Jones has moved to defensive end this spring. Wallace says the move provides much needed depth on the edge and also tweaks the Hawkeyes’ traditional 4-3 look.Wallace says the linebackers need to help a young defensive line develop.Iowa started spring practice last week and will have their final practice on April 26th. AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State sophomore Lindell Wigginton is declaring for the NBA draft for the second year in a row “with the full intent of staying in.”Wigginton, who withdrew from last year’s draft at the last minute after a spectacular freshman season, announced his plans Thursday on Twitter.Wigginton’s numbers dipped a bit last season after a foot injury cost him 10 non-conference games. But Wigginton still averaged 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game off the bench while shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers.He joins freshman Talen Horton-Tucker as Cyclones who have declared for the draft. Wigginton’s decision will likely push Tyrese Haliburton into the starting role at point guard — and it could also put Iowa State in the market for a graduate transfer backcourt player. THIS WEEKEND ON AM-1300 KGLO:=== Friday– 5:30 pre-game, 6:05 first pitch — Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia=== Saturday– 12:30 pre-game, 1:05 first pitch — Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia– After Twins baseball — NCAA Final Four=== Sunday– 11:30 pre-game, 12:05 first pitch — Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 47th of his career, and the short-handed Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0. Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak and Zach Senyshyn scored for Boston. Halak, who has split time with Tuukka Rask in goal for the Bruins this season, was rarely challenged by a Minnesota team that was shut out for the 10th time this season and seventh at home. Boston, locked into second place in the Atlantic Division, rested several regulars. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Iowa senior Megan Gustafson is The Associated Press women’s college basketball player of the year.She led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive year and is the first player from the school and the Big Ten to win the award.The 6-foot-3 star received 15 votes Thursday from the 28-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP rankings. Balloting was done before the NCAA Tournament.Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon received seven votes while Napheesa Collier of UConn three. Asia Durr of Louisville had two votes and Teaira McCowan of Mississippi State one.Gustafson averaged 27.9 points and helped the Hawkeyes reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993. She became only the fourth Division I player to score more than 1,000 points in a season. She tied the NCAA record for double-doubles in a season with 33. MASON CITY — Halle Espinosa had a career-best four goals to lead the Mason City High girls soccer team to an 11-1 season-opening victory over Webster City last night at home. Valerie Nelson and Gwen Sewell both added two goals. The Mohawks will travel to Iowa Falls-Alden next Tuesday.
MASON CITY — A plea change hearing has been scheduled for a Mason City teen facing gang and terrorism-related charges.16-year-old Justin Gilmore was arrested in March after an investigation that started last November where authorities believed there was a credible threat toward specific locations in Mason City. Court documents stated that Gilmore allegedly participated in or was a member of a criminal street gang and willfully aided and abetted any criminal act committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.Gilmore was charged with criminal gang participation, gang recruitment, providing material support for terrorism, and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. His trial was scheduled to start on June 18th, but online court records show that District Judge James Drew late last week approved the setting of a plea change hearing on July 15th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.
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Paris, France | AFP | Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp on Sunday.The Brazilian world record signing was handed a start by coach Unai Emery for the game in Brittany, two days after international clearance came through for his 222 million-euro ($261 million) switch from Barcelona.The 25-year-old, at home in PSG’s all yellow change kit, played a part in the own goal scored by Jordan Ikoko that gave the away side the lead early in the second half.He then set up the second goal for Edinson Cavani with a superb pass in behind the Guingamp defence before completing a comfortable victory with his team’s third goal eight minutes from the end as PSG made it two wins from two to start the French season.“I’m very happy. The main thing was to win. The team played well and I played well,” Neymar, speaking in Spanish, told Canal Plus.“We are trying to improve all the time and we’ll get to know each other better yet, but it is easy to play with players of such quality.“It is always very important to score, not just in the first game. I am very calm. This is a very big challenge for me as a person, but we have a great team and the season has just started.”Despite the many distractions of the last couple of weeks, including trips to China, Portugal and the French Riviera and glitzy presentations to the media and PSG fans, Neymar lasted the full 90 minutes. He had taken the place of Javier Pastore in the Paris side in the only change from last week’s 2-0 win over Amiens, completing a 350 million-euro front three with fellow South Americans Cavani and Angel Di Maria. Share on: WhatsApp Neymar was one of four Brazilians in the PSG line-up, not including Brazil-born Italy midfielder Thiago Motta, for the game played before a sell-out crowd at the 18,000-capacity Stade du Roudourou.– Falcao hat-trick –Guingamp, a sleepy little town 500 kilometres west of Paris with a population of barely 7,000, may have been a slightly incongruous setting for such an occasion but the match was broadcast live in more than 180 countries according to his new club.That was a sign of the interest generated worldwide by Neymar’s transfer, which Qatar-owned PSG hope will help them conquer Europe after so far coming up short in the Champions League in recent seasons.Emery’s side are also desperate to regain the French crown after losing out to Monaco last season.Neymar, playing mainly as an inside left, threatened sporadically in the opening stages before his cross in the 35th minute found compatriot Marquinhos, who headed against the woodwork.He then watched as a Cavani free-kick was tipped over by Karl-Johan Johnsson as the first half ended goalless.But PSG needed just seven minutes of the second half to get the breakthrough with Neymar involved in the build-up as Ikoko — a former PSG player — tried to play the ball back to Johnsson and succeeded only in passing it into his own net.Neymar then released Cavani with a delightful pass as the Uruguayan slotted home the second goal just after the hour mark.All that was missing was a goal of his own and that arrived eight minutes from the end as Neymar finished from close range following a Cavani cutback.PSG are second in the fledgling table, behind Lyon on goal difference. They are one of five teams to have maximum points after two games.Defending champions Monaco have also won both matches so far after Radamel Falcao netted a hat-trick in their 4-1 victory at Dijon earlier.Jemerson also scored for Monaco as Kylian Mbappe was left on the bench amid speculation linking him with a 180 million-euro move to either Real Madrid or PSG.Sunday’s other game in France saw Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille finish with 10 men in a 3-0 defeat at Strasbourg.
New signing Abdou Diallo and midfielder Suat Serdar scored second-half goals as Mainz earned a 3-1 comeback win at home to Bayer Leverkusen.Wolfsburg drew 1-1 with Hanover 96 after Daniel Didavi’s first-half free-kick gave the hosts the lead before Martin Harnik levelled for Hanover.History will be made on Sunday when Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the first female to referee in Germany’s top flight when Hertha Berlin host Werder Bremen.The 38-year-old will become the first female referee in one of Europe’s top leagues and Hertha are offering half-price tickets to women to see the historic moment at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.Share on: WhatsApp Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels cleared the ball, which had bounced out of play, but Andrej Kramaric took a quick throw-in and the defence was slow to react as Uth fired home past Neuer on 27 minutes.Bayern were furious as two balls were on the pitch for Uth’s goal, but the referee dismissed their protests as the ball Hummels had cleared was in the other half of the pitch — nowhere near play.Hoffenheim doubled the lead when Swiss defender Steven Zuber fired in a cross and Uth was unmarked to drill home on 51 minutes.Ancelotti threw on Ribery and James Rodriguez, the Colombian making his Bayern debut following his move from Real Madrid, for the final quarter of an hour but to no avail.Having failed to beat Bayern in their first 17 attempts, Hoffenheim now have back-to-back wins after April’s 1-0 home victory.– Dortmund’s double blow –Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund could be without injury victims Marcel Schmelzer and Marc Bartra for Wednesday’s opening Champions League group match at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur.The pair picked up ankle and groin injuries respectively in Dortmund’s frustrating stalemate at 10-man Freiburg. Freiburg’s Yoric Ravet was sent off on 30 minutes for his tackle on Schmelzer after the video assistant referee spotted the midfielder had gone in studs up.Schmelzer was stretchered off and taken to hospital.“It looks worse for Marcel, we will have to wait to see how it looks on Sunday,” said Dortmund coach Peter Bosz.It was the first time Dortmund dropped league points under Bosz.“I’m disappointed, we had the numerical advantage for an hour, so a draw isn’t enough,” said Bosz.It was the first time the VAR, which is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season, prompted a red card in Germany’s top flight. Dortmund’s new signing Andriy Yarmolenko made his debut for the final 11 minutes after joining from Dynamo Kiev.– Historic Steinhaus –Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal in Germany’s top flight for three years as Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach before going off concussed.Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason hit a hat-trick in Augsburg’s 3-0 win at home to struggling Cologne, who are are bottom after three defeats. Berlin, Germany | AFP | Striker Mark Uth netted twice as defending champions Bayern Munich slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti paid the price for rotating his squad, having started with both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the bench, ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match at home to Anderlecht.Thomas Mueller started on the right wing but played poorly despite creating two goals in Germany’s 6-0 mauling of Norway in World Cup qualifying on Monday.Bayern stumbled to defeat despite 72 percent possession and 23 shots on goal, while Hoffenheim scored twice from just six efforts.“We didn’t behave well after going 1-0 down,” fumed Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.“We had Hoffenheim completely under control, but we didn’t take the lead, that is the problem.”After three games, Bayern are in the unusual position of fifth in the table — for the first time since August 2014.Hoffenheim are second behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who were held to a 0-0 draw at Freiburg.Hoffenheim took the lead in Sinsheim after catching out the Bayern defence.
Share on: WhatsApp The rumour mill says Nagelsmann, who is under contract until 2021, will go to Bayern in 2019 for around five million euros ($5.9m).However, his agent Marc Kosicke says there is no release clause in his contract.“I usually don’t comment on the details of a contract, but in this case I’ll make an exception, because I am not aware there is a release clause in his contract,” Kosicke revealed to Germany daily Bild.“Julian will definitely stay in Hoffenheim for the next two years.”Keita sees redLiverpool-bound Naby Keita brushed off a groin injury to play in Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moechengladbach, but was sent off for kicking Christoph Kramer in the face.Keita challenged Kramer for the ball, but his out-stretched leg made contact with the Germany international’s face.“I didn’t expect the foot to come in so high,” said Kramer. “It looked worse that it was, the lip was hit, but no teeth.”Keita is now suspended for Tuesday’s match away to Augsburg.Ultras walk out at HanoverHanover’s victory over Hamburg put them top of the table for 48 hours — the first time since September 1969 – but few of their hardcore ‘Ultra’ fans saw the final whistle.Hanover’s Ultras are annoyed that president Martin Kind wants a controlling interest in the club.Cries of “Kind out!” were heard throughout Friday’s win and the Ultras block was virtually empty on 90 minutes.“What I found really stupid is that the Ultras left the stadium while the boys were celebrating in front of our fans,” fumed Hanover coach Andre Breitenreiter.“That is a clear signal against the team.” Robben’s post-match comments were a clear message in Ancelotti’s direction: Ribery and Mueller must play and not left on the bench.“I am proud to played alongside Franck for eight years,” explained Robben. “He does the club a lot of good and we need him to win titles.“Thomas was the key to our success, when he is on, we have a lot more movement in our game.”Nagelsmann rumoursThere are rumours that Bayern’s next manager will be Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann. Bayern players celebrating after scoring against MainzBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich silenced their critics with a 4-0 hammering of Mainz and goal-scorer Arjen Robben had a clear message for Carlo Ancelotti.Only quick-thinking from VfB Stuttgart’s team doctor saved the life of captain Christian Genter in their 1-0 win over Wolfsburg.Liverpool-bound Naby Keita earned a red card in RB Leipzig’s 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach while newly-promoted Hanover 96 went top of the league for 48 hours, but most hardcore fans left early.Here are five things we learned from the fourth round of German Bundesliga matches:Gentner’s horror injuryStuttgart captain Christian Gentner is unlikely to play again this year after fracturing his eye-socket, nose and upper jaw in a horror collision which could have ended in tragedy after he swallowed his tongue.Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels smashed his knee into Gentner’s face while challenging for the ball on 85 minutes.The ex-Germany midfielder swallowed his tongue, which was pulled out of his throat by Stuttgart’s quick-thinking team doctor.“I came out (of the goal), looking at the ball,” said Casteels. “Unfortunately these things happen. My left knee came up when I jumped for the ball and 99 percent of goalkeepers do the same.”Robben’s clear messageBayern looked impressive in their 4-0 home romp against Mainz, but tensions are still bubbling.Thomas Mueller scored their early first goal before Arjen Robben tucked away their second on 23 minutes.But Robben chose to celebrate with substitute Franck Ribery, ignoring coach Carlo Ancelotti, who benched Mueller in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Anderlecht.
The veteran French manager added: “The most important is the intentions are right. The intention of Alexis was certainly not to hide, nor was our intention to hide anything. We have nothing to hide.” Premier League leaders Manchester City had been linked with a transfer window move for Sanchez but baulked at an estimated Arsenal asking price of £35 million, as well as the Chile forward’s wage demands.That opened the door to United completing a swap move, with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal in exchange for Sanchez.Share on: WhatsApp Earlier on Friday, Sanchez, 29, found his name attached to a doping row following reports he had missed a routine drugs test that, coincidentally, was scheduled on the day of his move from the Emirates to Old Trafford.But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted Friday that any blame for a missed test lay with the Gunners and not Sanchez himself, given it appears he was still technically a registered player with the London giants when any possible infraction of anti-doping rules took place.“It is just a bad day for him to be tested,” Wenger said. “Honestly, on the administration side it would still be our responsibility because he had not moved.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Alexis Sanchez will make his Manchester United debut on Friday after being named in the Premier League giants’ starting line-up for their FA Cup fourth-round tie away to lower league Yeovil Town.The team posted on United’s official Twitter feed showed Sanchez in the side just days after he completed a move from Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday that will reportedly make him the highest-paid earner in English football’s top flight, with a weekly wage of some £500,000 ($710,000; 571,000 euros).
The Italy midfielder, 26, instead followed head coach Maurizio Sarri from Naples to Stamford Bridge in July, signing a five-year contract.It has meant that Guardiola has had to continue to rely heavily on Fernandinho in the midfield anchor role, with the Brazil international the only outfield player to have started all 15 of City’s league games to date.– Fernandinho praise –Guardiola was reluctant to discuss the disappointment of failing to sign Jorginho, but was happy to extol the virtues of Fernandinho, who turned 33 in May.“He did not come to compete with Fernandinho to be part of our team — but what Fernandinho has done here, not just this season but all the years we have been together, is incredible,” he said.“I understand completely that most of the good things we have in this moment is thanks to that guy. I am very pleased for him and pretty sure with his personality that he will continue (to perform in) that way.”City are also set to face Eden Hazard, a player Guardiola described as “one of the best in the world”.Hazard joked in an interview with Belgian media during the week that the only way City could improve was by signing him.Guardiola, joining in with the joke, responded: “That is not going to happen.”The City manager, asked how dangerous the Chelsea playmaker is, added: “A lot. He said that he’s so good and I am agreeing with him. Switch on the TV and look at him. You realise his qualities. He is one of the best players in the world.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola is confident that Manchester City will not be banned from the Champions League at the end of an ongoing Financial Fair Play investigation after speaking with the club’s senior figures.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has promised that there will be action “very soon” regarding its assessment of allegations that City broke FFP rules.The German magazine Der Spiegel, using material purportedly obtained from the whistleblowing outlet Football Leaks, reported in November that City had set up sponsorship deals to circumvent regulations limiting how much money owners can put into a club.City responded to that report by saying there had been an “organised and clear” attempt to damage the club’s reputation and that the emails that allegedly informed the accusations had been obtained illegally.A ban from UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, is a potential punishment if City are found guilty of FFP breaches.The club were fined 60 million euros ($68 million) and subjected to squad, wage and spending caps in a 2014 settlement agreed with UEFA following a previous breach of the rules.Guardiola says City would accept a ban but does not believe it is likely after discussions with chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak and chief executive Ferran Soriano.He said: “We will not be banned, no. That’s what I think because I trust in my chairman, with my CEO, what they have explained to me. I trust in them.“If it happens, because UEFA decide that, we will accept it and move forward.”While City are being investigated off the pitch, the team are continuing to enjoy fine form on it, leading the Premier League by two points going into the weekend’s fixtures.Guardiola’s side, unbeaten in their opening 15 league games, visit Chelsea on Saturday, where they are likely to face Jorginho, a player Guardiola tried unsuccessfully to sign from Napoli in the summer.