Carlos Bacca joins Villarreal, Boateng leaves Las Palmas

MADRID — Colombia striker Carlos Bacca joined Spanish club Villarreal on loan from AC Milan on Wednesday.

Villarreal said the one-season loan agreement includes the option to buy the player at the end of the season.

Bacca returns to a Spanish league where the 30-year-old forward flourished in two seasons at Sevilla before joining Milan in 2015

Bacca has made 39 appearances for Colombia, scoring 13 goals. According to Villarreal, he has scored 165 career goals in 336 matches. He scored 14 goals for Milan last season.

Elsewhere in Spain, Las Palmas announced that Kevin-Prince Boateng was leaving the club after both sides agreed to end his contract two days before its season opener.

Las Palmas said that Boateng was leaving due to “personal reasons of an irreversible nature.” The club thanked the former AC Milan standout for his “professionalism” that he displayed during his single season on the Canary Islands.

Las Palmas opens the Spanish league season on Friday at Valencia.

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Avalanche sign Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level deal

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year entry level deal.

The 23-year-old just finished a four-year college career with the Minnesota Duluth, where he served as team captain for his senior season.

We have signed Dominic Toninato to an entry-level contract. pic.twitter.com/TLByimaHKF

— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) August 16, 2017

Last year the centre finished with 29 points (16g/13a) in 42 games and had a team high plus-25 rating.

Toninato was a fifth-round selection by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2012 NHL draft. He became a college free agent on August 15th.

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You Can’t Cover Christian McCaffrey With a Linebacker

The Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans were practicing together. That meant that first round pick Christian McCaffrey had an opportunity to embarrass someone other than his own teammates.

So this just happened. pic.twitter.com/pyaGLxzUoI

— The Riot Report (@RRiotReport) August 16, 2017

The victim in the above video is Wesley Woodyard, a 10-year veteran who started 10 games a season ago for the Titans. He won’t be the only one made to look foolish in a split second this year by McCaffrey. Covering him with a linebacker is going to be a difficult task.

Earlier in camp, video emerged of him turning all-pro linebacker Luke Kuechly around a few times.

McCaffrey is going to be a better version of what guys like Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead have brought to offenses coming out of the backfield, and he’s going to put some guys in some highlight reels they don’t want to be a part of when the season starts.

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Source:: The Big Lead