Lee Johnson chats to BCTV ahead of Hull City’s visit to Ashton Gate.
German club Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea.His transfer was rubber-stamped on Saturday morning after he signed a five-year contract. The 22-year-old Belgian, who spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen, made only three league appearances for the Blues after being signed in 2012.AdChoices广告All three came before he angered Jose Mourinho with his performance in a Capital One Cup tie at Swindon in September, since which De Bruyne’s future at Stamford Bridge has been in doubt.He cost around £6.5m when he was bought from Genk and Chelsea made a significant profit on that deal, with Wolfsburg believed to have paid around £16m.Boss Mourinho recently explained that the hefty transfer fee involved, coupled with De Bruyne’s desire to leave, meant Chelsea were prepared to let him go.He said: “We know Kevin is a fantastic young player with fantastic potential. I still say I would be happy to keep him.“But you also have to analyse the player’s pride and personality, and he probably wants to go so much it’s maybe a good option to let him go and it’s a very good deal for the club from a financial point of view.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Suzuki rider Rins held off a ferocious challenge from Italy’s Valentino Rossi over the closing stages to take the chequered flag at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas in Texas.Australia’s Jack Miller on a Ducati finished third.Rins’ maiden win brought Honda rider Marquez’s long reign of dominance in Austin to an end.Marquez, who started on pole, had scored six consecutive victories in the Texan city heading into this weekend’s event, the third leg of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship.But his challenge ended when he crashed on turn 12 of the ninth lap while leading. Rins meanwhile was left to celebrate after becoming the first man to win in Texas in all three categories. He won the Moto3 race in Austin in 2013 and the Moto2 event at the circuit in 2016.“I am so happy I don’t have words to describe how I feel. When I crossed the finish line my emotions exploded,” the 23-year-old said afterwards.“Suzuki has done a great job, and created a wonderful motorbike. And to beat Valentino, who was my idol when I was a kid, is incredible for me,” he added.Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso, who finished fourth on Sunday, moved to the top of the overall standings with 54 points, followed by Rossi (51), Rins (49) and Marquez (45).“I’m sorry I couldn’t get the win,” Rossi said afterwards. “When I saw that Marquez had fallen, I thought it was possible. But in the end Rins was just too good.“It’s a shame because I have not won in a long time but we will keep trying,” added Rossi. Earlier, Marquez had looked to be surging towards a seventh straight win in Austin after rapidly opening up a decent gap from his pursuers.But with Marquez three seconds clear after completing eight laps, disaster struck when he fell, leaving Rossi in the lead.Rins meanwhile gradually closed on Rossi and overtook the Italian with four laps to go.That set the stage for a thrilling duel over the closing stages, before Rins held on to cross first.Earlier, Switzerland’s Thomas Luthi of the Kalex team won the Moto2 race, finishing ahead of Germany’s Marcel Schrotter in second and Spain’s Jorge Navarro in third.In the Moto3 event, Aron Canet took the line honours after taking advantage of a late crash from Japan’s Tatsuki Suzuki.Suzuki had looked poised to claim first but crashed with five laps to go to allow KTM rider Canet to take the honours.Canet completed the 17-lap race in 39min 6.761sec, with compatriot Jaume Masia finishing second and Italy’s Andrea Migno third.
Activision’s plans for a subscription-based premium service/content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has drawn its fair share of fire. It’s one thing to offer maps and other content as purchasable DLC, but the Call of Duty: Elite (CODE) plan will have players pay a subscription fee for additional features above and beyond what has come before.Activision says that they need to be closer to the launch of the game to discuss what specific features will be included with CODE, but they did mention that there will be a host of services available to members for free. The service will have multiple payment plans based on which features you want to access, and some of those features will be open to all players. It’s widely expected that at least some one of the features will be early access to maps and other DLC.The idea of paying a subscription to access additional content and services doesn’t sit well with all gamers. It also doesn’t sit well with game developers, like Blacklight: Retribution lead designer Jared Gerritzen of Zombie Games. He labeled Activision’s move an example of “milking” the franchise’s fans for a regular revenue stream.Gerritzen conceded that the games are amazing, but he questioned whether or not Activision has really done anything innovative with their past few Call of Duty titles. He said that it was “sad,” and “really weird,” and expressed that Activision was doing its fans a disservice by raking in the cash without really improving or re-investing the money into making the games better.For their part, Activision says they’re not taking anything away from the Call of Duty experience by making CODE a subscription service, and in fact gamers will get new features they wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed by paying for them on a regular basis. Core features like solo campaigns and multi-player competitive play will still be included with the game. However, Gerritzen’s sentiment has been echoed by a number of gamers, who feel Activision is essentially charging for a social network and the promise of future game content, instead of charging for map packs and stand-alone DLC when it’s ready.Read more at CVG