Vincent Kompany to leave Manchester City to run his own show at Anderlecht

Vincent Kompany

A pillar behind Manchester City’s rise in English soccer said Sunday he was leaving the club after 11 seasons to be player-manager at his former team, Anderlecht in Belgium. The defender went out on a high, a day after lifting the FA Cup trophy at Wembley Stadium following City’s 6-0 win over Watford in the final to clinch the domestic treble for City. “As overwhelming as it is, the time has come for me to go. And what a season to bow out,” Kompany said on his social-media channels. Kompany, 33, will leave as a winner of four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and two Community Shields.

Darwin Barney

The former infielder aims to join the ranks of Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter as athletes turned sports executives. He has a small ownership stake in a prospective Major League Baseball expansion team in Portland, Ore. A native Portlander, Barney, 33, said, “We all know how to start a baseball team — build a stadium with a roof,” Barney said. “We have 45 acres right on the river in the middle of the city.” MLB has no plans to expand, but the Portland group wants to be ready if it does. In spring training, Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB’s first priority is for the A’s and Rays to get new stadiums.

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