Manchester United could be close to signing Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. . ESPN FC reports that sources from both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge claim that David Moyess struggling side is hopeful of securing the Spanish international by the weekend. Reports suggest that a transfer fee for Mata could reach upwards of 40 million pounds. Mata, voted Chelseas player of the year for the past two seasons, has found his playing time greatly limited this year under new manager Jose Mourinho and is believed to welcome the opportunity for first team football ahead of this summers World Cup in Brazil. Mata has only made 13 league appearances for Chelsea this season, registering two assists. Last season, the 25-year-old tallied 12 goals and 17 assists in 35 appearances. He has played in two of Chelseas Champions League group stage match-ups this season, meaning that he is cup-tied and, therefore, would be unavilable for selection for Uniteds Champions League knockout encounter with Olympiacos next month if he were to move. Chelsea actively pursued United striker Wayne Rooney this past summer, but their pursuit was rebuffed and Mourinho admitted defeat in his chase. Rooney is not believed to be involved at all in these current Mata negotiations, even though Matas name came up as a makeweight in a potential deal in August. .com) - Robert Upshaw made a putback jumper to put 17th-ranked Washington ahead with 1:27 remaining in the game and the Huskies held on to beat Eastern Washington 81-77 on Sunday. . Four years after winning gold on home ice in Vancouver, the Canadians will get a chance to make it two in a row Sunday against Sweden after beating the United States 1-0 in the Olympic semifinals Friday at Bolshoy Ice Dome.(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs will try to put a disappointing loss behind them Friday night when they face the Portland Trail Blazers at AT&T Center. On Wednesday, the Spurs dropped a heartbreaker at home to the Memphis Grizzlies, 117-116 in three overtimes. It was great all around. There were some good shots made and some big shots missed, said Tim Duncan. We put ourselves in a tough position to start the game because we were down so much. It was just the little things. We really fought back into it though and gave it all we had, but we came up short. The Grizzlies marched out to a 34-19 lead in the first quarter. San Antonio made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes throughout the contest, then couldnt stop Zach Randolph, who had all six of Memphis points in the third extra session. Danny Green went 7-of-13 from beyond the arc and finished with 25 points and seven boards for the Spurs, who have lost two in a row. Duncan had 23 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Manu Ginobili had 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. San Antonio was without Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring). Both are listed as out for Fridays contest as the Spurs try to avenge the first loss during this skid. On Monday, the Blazers bested the Spurs, 108-95, at the Moda Center. . Portland has won three in a row, but begins a brutal road slate Friday that will have the Blazers visit the New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets and surging Oklahoma City Thunder. On Wednesday, the Trail Blazers secured one more victory before hitting the road thanks to a 104-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blazers. Thomas Robinson, who is starting in place of the injured Robin Lopez, matched a career-high with 15 points and pulled down 16 boards for the Trail Blazers, who enjoyed a 52-32 edge on the glass on their way to victory. Thats him. We see him do that every day in practice, bring that energy, said Portland guard Damian Lillard. He was the biggest difference. Lillard led all scorers with 29 points and added seven assists for Portland. Wesley Matthews chipped in 11. The Blazers have won four of their last five against the Spurs in the regular season. San Antonio dispatched Portland in five games in the second round of last seasons playoffs en route to a fifth NBA title. Including the postseason, the Spurs have won four straight as the host in this series, but Portland is 2-1 in its last three stops in Alamo City during the regular season. ' ' '