Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City has been put into serious doubt after his agent stated that the midfielder is unhappy with a birthday snub, Daily Mail reports.The now 31-year-old was irritated that no one wished him happy birthday when his birth-date coincided with title celebrations last week.Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk said: “There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer. He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof.“They can say whatever they want, ‘Oh we like him but we forgot’. Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-times Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and League Cup?”“In a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes. But when you win the title and two days later you have a big party to celebrate the title and nobody comes to Yaya to say happy birthday, what more do you want?“If a player like Yaya went to Liverpool and they won the league for the first time in 24 years, Yaya would be a god in Liverpool,” Seluk told The Sun. “But at City, Yaya is no hero. He’s nobody. That’s how the club make him feel. He’s very upset and he started thinking about leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.”In other matters, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak isn’t worried by the limitations of UEFA’s transfer cap, revealing that the side are well on their way in landing their transfer targets.The Sky Blues spent almost £100m on summer transfers last year, and Khaldoon said: “Expect the same – but even earlier. We know exactly what needs to be done.”
MORE: Three round NFL Mock DraftHarbaugh was met with shock and elation from the Baltimore superfan. “It’s going to start this week,” Gaba said of his sports broadcasting career. Gaba will make history by being the first person to ever announce a draft pick off a card in Braille, which will be done during the team’s draft party they are holding in Baltimore. Meet our friend, Mo.Mo will become the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick in Braille. pic.twitter.com/5nMPpifA8t— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 24, 2019Gaba, who is a frequent caller into 98 Rock, the flagship station of the Ravens, was informed of the news during a phone call on the station with Ravens coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens may have the early lead for feel-good story of the NFL Draft. The team announced that 13-year-old blind Ravens fan Mo Gaba will announce their fourth-round selection on Saturday.
Chad Johnson made an interesting reveal on Twitter Tuesday night.The former Bengals Pro Bowl receiver said he would take Viagra before games as a way to boost his performance. After Marshall’s comments, the NFL said Viagra was not on the banned substance list. Around the same time, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was looking into whether Viagra was really beneficial. In its findings, WADA discovered that Sildenafil isn’t going to make a huge impact for athletes.”Sildenafil is unlikely to exert beneficial effects in oxygen delivery or exercise performance at altitudes < 4000 m for the vast majority of the endurance trained men or women," the report reads.Still, it's interesting to know that NFL athletes were willing to take on the potential side effects of taking Viagra simply to gain a potential edge. I took viagra before every game & people thought they’d stop me, if my stat line was bad i wasn’t covered, the pass was just incomplete 💭— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 28, 2020MORE: Ranking the top 25 wide receivers in 2020When someone asked whether he was simply joking, Johnson responded, "No it wasn’t a joke, I really took viagra before games, the increase in blood flow made me unbelievable [sic] explosive in & out of my routes." There's some proof (the safe for work kind) to back up Johnson's claim. There's a moment when he's mic'd up and talking to a coach, saying he took the pill.The former NFL receiver has also discussed this a number of times on Twitter. He made the joke that he took Viagra so he would be "hard to cover." Johnson also admitted on Twitter that he did this as a way to get around drug testing.NFL tests for steroids, how you gone stop me running on 3 legs every Sunday, no hat 🧢 https://t.co/fZ1OIx6DQ9— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 28, 2020Former receiver Brandon Marshall said he'd heard of other players taking Viagra as well. But he also explained why he's hesitant to use it."But some guys, they'll do whatever they can to get an edge," Marshall said in 2012. "I've heard of some crazy stories. I've heard (of) guys using like Viagra, seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy stuff. So, you know, it's kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things, so you have to be careful."But now the real question is: Does this actually work?Johnson isn't alone in his thinking. Some men who train started to take Viagra, or pills similar to it, as a preworkout and claim it made a difference. Men's Health Magazine pointed out that there are a few studies to support it.From Men's Health Magazine:There's a small amount of research to support these claims. A few studies have suggested that taking sildenafil can benefit athletes competing at high altitudes, such as cyclists or long-distance runners, by delivering more oxygen to their muscles. Additionally, a 2013 study in the journal of Clinical and Translational Science suggested that sildenafil could increase muscle protein synthesis and reduce muscle fatigue, concluding that it may “represent a potential pharmacologic strategy to improve skeletal muscle function.”The active ingredient in Viagra, Sildenafil, is intended to increase blood flow by opening up the blood vessels. This allows blood to flow freely to the penis and other surrounding muscles.