Brighton have completed the signing of Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from Argentinos Juniors.The 20-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Seagulls but will stay in the Superliga for the rest of the season.Argentinos confirmed in a statement Brighton have paid $9 million (£6.9m) for their 90 per cent share of Mac Allister’s economic rights. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Brighton boss Chris Hughton feels Mac Allister, who has made nine league appearances for Argentinos this term, will be a good addition to his squad for the 2019-20 campaign and beyond.”Alexis is an exciting young player that we have brought in for the future, and he has already made a big impact playing in Argentina,” Hughton told Brighton’s website.”It is in the best interests of all three parties to allow him to return to Juniors, as he will be able to continue playing regular first-team football in a very competitive league.”We will keep a close eye on his development over the coming months, and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the football club.”Who’s that man fromIt’s not Leo – but Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Alexis Mac Allister from @AAAJoficial. Breaking news brought to you by @eToro.#BHAFC — Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 24, 2019Mac Allister is glad of the chance to see out the season in Argentina before trying to prove himself in the Premier League.He said: “The main reason I signed was because they came to Argentina looking for me, and they seemed very convinced about me.”They made a big effort, told me about their project and their ideas to keep growing in this league, and I liked their ideas. I liked what they said. We kept in contact with [head of recruitment and analysis] Paul [Winstanley] and I was eventually able to come and sign everything.”I watch a lot of football and for me the English league is the best in the world. It is above all the other leagues. That’s the challenge for me, to be able to perform in that league and to bring my contribution to this team. I feel I am a player who really likes to get on the ball, that is my style.”I am really pleased I can go back for six months and help Argentinos, and these six months will help me a lot. I will keep progressing with my team and be calm in my head. I’ll be able to enjoy playing for the club which has given me everything.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson shine as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in only T20Doug Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Lockie Ferguson grabbed three wickets to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats.advertisement Associated Press AucklandJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 16:18 IST Doug Bracewell blasted 44 off 26 balls and picked up a wicket vs Sri Lanka (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in the one-off T20IDoug Bracewell made 44 off just 26 balls while Lockie Ferguson took 3 for 31New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-Test series and 3-0 in ODI seriesAll-rounders Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn joined forces to lead New Zealand to a 35-run win over Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 on Friday and a clean sweep of the tourists across all formats. Bracewell made 44 from 26 balls and Kuggeleijn, on debut, hit an unbeaten 35 from 15 as New Zealand rallied from 55 for 5 after 10 overs to make 179 for 7 batting first. Kuggeleijn then took 1 for 26, Bracewell 1 for 19, and both held two catches as New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 144 in 16.5 overs.Paceman Lockie Ferguson took 3 for 31 and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi 3 for 30 as New Zealand pulled back Sri Lanka which was well ahead of the run rate for much of its chase. New Zealand previously beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-Test series and 3-0 in a three-match one-day international series.Kuggeleijn, who followed his father Chris as a New Zealand player, and Bracewell, also the son of a former international – fast bowler Brendon – both emerged as genuine all-rounders in limited-overs cricket with their performances on Friday.I’ve been working hard on my batting. Just trying to stay still and watch the ball hard. – Doug Bracewell talking to Laura McGoldrick on @skysportnz #NZvSL pic.twitter.com/D5c9kjwuZ5BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019New Zealand made a poor start after losing the toss and being sent in, losing Martin Guptill (1) in the first over, Tim Seifert (2) in the second, Henry Nicholls (4) in the third and Colin Munro (16) in the fourth to be 27-4.Veteran Lasith Malinga, in possibly his last match in New Zealand, and youngster Kasun Rajitha both took two wickets in their opening spells. When Mitchell Santner was out for 13 in the 10th over, New Zealand was 55-5 at the midpoint of their innings.advertisementA competitive total seemed unlikely as the New Zealand batsmen struggled on a drop-in pitch which offered good bounce and on which the slower ball was often effective. But Ross Taylor (33) put on 47 with Bracewell in a sixth-wicket stand, which helped to repair the innings, then Bracewell took charge with a bright innings which included one four and five sixes in his first match for New Zealand in a year.”I got going with (Taylor) and managed to get a few away, and then (Kuggeleijn) on debut was outstanding,” Bracewell said.”The boys all sort of chipped in with a few wickets there.”VICTORY! Just like that the BLACKCAPS wrap up the Sri Lanka tail. Ish Sodhi impressive with a couple late ones and finishing with 3-30!win by 35 runs.#NZvSL @PhotosportNZ pic.twitter.com/BCptQWAffBBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 11, 2019Kuggeleijn joined Bracewell and hit 35, which included one four and four sixes, in a partnership of 41. He added a further 36 with Tim Southee (13) to lift New Zealand to a total which was close to par on Eden Park.Sri Lanka made a blazing start to their reply with Niroshan Dickwella hitting a four and six from the first two balls of their innings. He blasted Sri Lanka to 29 for 1 after only two overs.The tourists remained well ahead of New Zealand’s run curve, reaching 52 for 3 after five overs and 95-4 after 10.Big-hitting Thisara Perera looked likely to lead Sri Lanka to victory as he raced to 43 from 24 balls with two fours and three sixes. He worked well in partnerships with Kusal Mendis and Dhanajaya de Silva.Victory @BLACKCAPS!!! #NeverInDoubt pic.twitter.com/ETLhFxdt8WThe ACC (@TheACCnz) January 11, 2019But Ferguson returned to dismiss Perera and de Silva in one over and Sri Lanka’s effort petered out.”I thought we did really well in the bowling part, but in the last overs we gave away a few too many runs,” Malinga said. “I still feel that in the batting part we didn’t understand how to win the game.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Lockie FergusonFollow Ish SodhiFollow Doug BracewellFollow Scott Kuggeleijn