Madrid announced on their website: “Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale, who will be contracted to the club for the next six seasons.” The deal is subject to Bale passing a medical with the nine-time European champions, with all other details resolved. Real say the 24-year-old will be presented as their new player at the Bernabeu on Monday at noon UK time. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, speaking after Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal, confirmed Bale was leaving for the Bernabeu. “He is going to join Real Madrid so we wish him all the best,” said the Portuguese. “The player is an absolutely wonderful player. He has left us with some great memories from last season which every Tottenham fan cherishes, but he has moved on and we will move on as well.” Spurs had initially resisted Real’s advances, but chairman Daniel Levy explained he had no option but to let the Welshman go after the player’s head was turned. “Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling as we look to build for the future,” Levy told Tottenham’s website. Press Association After almost two months of speculation and negotiation, Madrid and Spurs both announced the transfer on Sunday evening. Press Association Sport understands Real have paid 100 million euros (£85.3million) for Bale’s signature. Real Madrid have confirmed the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham. “He is a player whose career we have fostered and developed and he was only a year into his new four-year contract. “Such has been the attention from Real Madrid and so great is Gareth’s desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season. “We have, therefore, with great reluctance, agreed to this sale and do so in the knowledge that we have an exceptionally strong squad to which we have added no fewer than seven top internationals. More importantly, we have an immense team spirit and a dressing room that is hungry for success. “We wish Gareth all the best in the future and he shall always be welcome at (White Hart) Lane.”
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov gave strong efforts in the 100-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay, while junior Alex Lendrum earned a spot in the 200-yard backstroke finals and an All-American honor to lead USC to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the Weyerhasuer Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash.The Trojans ended the tournament with 192 points, giving them a second consecutive seventh-place finish in the NCAA tournament. California repeated as national champions, leading the pack with 535.5 points. Cal was followed by last year’s runner-up Texas (491), Stanford and Arizona (396), Michigan (271), Auburn (254.5), USC, Florida (157), Louisville (156) and Indiana (140).Morozov placed third in the 100-yard freestyle final in 42.44. Texas’ James Feigen won the event in 41.95 seconds, while Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini took second in 42.34. Morozov finished first in preliminaries, looking poised to win USC’s first title in the event since Joe Bottom in 1974.Sophomore Dimitri Colupaev placed 12th in the 100-yard freestyle “B” final in 43.17 after earning a second swim in prelims (43.10). Sophomore Jack Wagner finished 37th in prelims in 44.01, a personal record.Lendrum took sixth place in the 200-yard backstroke finals (1:42.29) after qualifying with a fifth-place finish in prelims (1:42.06). Lendrum earned USC’s first All-American honor in the event since 2000. Juniors Nick Karpov and Chase Bloch also competed in the event, placing 24th (1:44.09) and 29th (1:45.60), respectively.Freshman Cristian Quintero competed in the 1,650-yard freestyle timed final, finishing ninth in 14:45.78. Quintero’s time is the fourth fastest time in USC history, and was 2.05 seconds behind eighth place.The quartet of Morozov, Colupaev, Daniels and Quintero ended the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle. They finished in 2:50.56, less than a second behind Texas’ winning time of 2:49.83.A taped recap of the championship will air on ESPNU April 1 at 9:30 a.m.