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MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United smashed the clubs transfer record to sign Juan Mata from Chelsea for 37.1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. The Spain midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea after losing his place in the team since Jose Mourinhos return as manager last summer. The move, which is the most high-profile yet in Europes January transfer window, will guarantee Mata is back playing regular football ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. It is also a statement of intent from United amid a tough period for new manager David Moyes, whose team is seventh in the Premier League and struggling to qualify for the lucrative Champions League. "United is the perfect place for me and I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the clubs history," said the 25-year-old Mata, who was flown to Manchester by helicopter on Saturday so he could undergo his medical examination and agree on personal terms. "Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United." Mata was Chelseas player of the year for the last two seasons but has spent most of the 2013-14 campaign on the substitutes bench, with Mourinho deciding to make Brazil international Oscar his No. 1 playmaker. Mourinho granted Matas request to leave Stamford Bridge in light of Uniteds interest and having already found a virtual replacement in Egypt winger Mohamed Salah, who is close to joining from Swiss team Basel. "I and everyone at Chelsea have massive respect for Juan and his big talent, and when he told us of his wish to move on because he wanted to play more, we did not want to deny him this opportunity," Mourinho said. "We want him to be successful in his career and as well as that, this transfer makes huge financial sense to us at Chelsea." Moyes has made a decisive move in the transfer market after being criticized for his sluggish dealings in the off-season, when United missed out on the clubs primary targets and brought in only one player -- Marouane Fellaini -- in the final minutes of deadline day. Fellaini has so far been a major disappointment and is out injured. Matas arrival will create a buzz around Old Trafford and excite fans who have seen United slip 14 points behind leader Arsenal in the Premier League, be eliminated from the FA Cup at the first hurdle and, most recently, lose to Sunderland in the League Cup semifinals. Last season, United romped to the league title by 11 points under Alex Ferguson. Once Moyes gets strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney back fit, their combination with Mata and talented young winger Adnan Januzaj should ensure they seriously challenge Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton for the fourth and final Champions League spot. United is six points behind fourth-place Liverpool. "Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and its a real pleasure to have secured his signature," Moyes said. Moyes confirmed Mata will make his debut in the league game against Cardiff at Old Trafford on Tuesday, although he may take time to return to top form after being underused at Chelsea in recent months. Mata played 135 times for Chelsea following his move from Spanish team Valencia in 2011. "I have enjoyed some very happy years at Chelsea," Mata said, "but the time has come for a new challenge." 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John Albert Elway, 24, was booked into jail early Saturday morning after an incident near a college campus in downtown Denver, according to jail records.St. Andrews, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Oliver Wilson carded a third- round, 7-under 65 on Saturday and he took the lead once again heading into the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Wilson, who held the first-round lead after tying the course record on the Championship Course at Carnoustie Golf Club on Thursday, finished 54 holes at 15-under-par 201 and he holds a 3-shot advantage. Wilson played on the Old Course at St. Andrews Saturday. Theres 18 holes, long holes, and its going to be a long day tomorrow, but it would mean a lot, said Wilson, who does not have a win on tour. I love this tournament and Ive done well here before. I love coming to the Old Course, all the courses, but that walk up 18 is pretty cool. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, coming off a win as a member of the European team at last weeks Ryder Cup, vaulted into a tie for second after an 8-under 64 at St. Andrews. McIlroy was joined at 12-under 204 by second-round leader Raphael Jacquelin (69), Tommy Fleetwood (62) and Alexander Levy (68), all of whom also played at St. Andrews. Chris Wood (66), Ryan Palmer (68) and Richie Ramsay (68) are all four shots back at 11-under. Wood played at Kingsbarns Golf Links, while Palmer and Ramsay were at St. Andrews. Wilson started off on the right foot at St. Andrews and he never faltered during his third round. After a birdie at the first, Wilson poured in three straight pars. An eagle on the par-5 fifth preceded another birdie on the sixth, putting Wilson at minus-4 through six. After making the turn with three straight pars from No. 7, Wilson drained another birdie on No. 10. He added two more gains on 13 and 14 to spread the gap to three shots. Wilson closed out his bogey-free round with four straight pars to end at 15-under through 54 holes. I played good today, Wilson said. Left a lot out there, as well, which is a bit frustrating but obviously Im pleased with how I played, especially coming down the stretch, hit a lot of good shots. McIlroy, who is notorious for pplaying well at St.dddddddddddd Andrews, came storming out of the gate, which saw him tied for the lead multiple times. After starting off with a pair of pars, McIlroy rattled off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch from No. 3, with the lone par coming on No. 8. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland kept things going with three more birdies in four holes from No. 11. McIlroys one mistake came at No. 16, where he tripped to a bogey, dropping him back to minus-8 for the day. He finished off with a pair of pars to end there. I got off to a really fast start and was trying to keep it going, and I sort of did through the turn, McIlroy said. The last four holes werent really what I wanted. But any time you shoot a score like that around St. Andrews, you have to be happy. Fleetwood used a string of birdies in the middle of his round on his way to tying the best round of the day. After making a birdie at the first, Fleetwood poured in three straight pars from No. 2. A run of seven birdies in eight holes from No. 5 vaulted Fleetwood up the leaderboard, putting him in contention. The 23-year-old finished off his day with birdies on 15 and 18, completing a bogey-free round a day after making just one birdie and two bogeys at Kingsbarns on Friday. Levy also had a bogey-free round, which featured three birdies, while Jacquelin held steady, but could not hang on to his lead after making four birdies and one bogey. NOTES: Wilson has nine runner-up finishes in his career, but he has yet to win on the European Tour ... Like Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen also shot a 10-under 62 at St. Andrews. He is tied for ninth at 10-under 206 ... In his last nine rounds at St. Andrews, Oosthuizen has shot in the 60s eight times ... With a 64 Saturday, McIlroy missed out on tying his career best round on the European Tour, which is a 63, by one shot ... The start of the third round was delayed an hour due to overnight rain ... With the cut falling at 4-under 212, 72 players advanced to Sunday. ' ' '

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