Arsenal deliver fitness update on Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka ahead of Napoli clash

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Apr 2019 10:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal deliver fitness update on Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka ahead of Napoli clashcenter_img Arsenal are hoping to have Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka available for Thursday’s game against Napoli (Getty Images)Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Granit Xhaka are both being assessed by the club ahead of the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Napoli on Thursday.Koscielny has endured a stop-start campaign having missed the first three months of the season after rupturing his Achilles in May and has been absent since last month’s win against Rennes due to a foot problem.Xhaka, meanwhile, had been a mainstay of Unai Emery’s side until suffering a groin strain at the end of January and aggravating the problem last month. Neither player was available for Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter that game, Emery said: “Maybe Laurent could’ve come back to play today but yesterday we knew it wasn’t possible. I want to be positive for Thursday but it depends how he’s progressing. Xhaka is the same. They are doubts for Thursday.’ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery will be hoping to have both players available for the visit of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side in order to maximise Arsenal’s chances of getting a positive result at the Emirates prior to the return leg in Naples next week. Arsenal have lost both of their away knockout games in the Europa League this term.Should Xhaka be deemed fit enough to be involved on Thursday night, he is one of three Arsenal players at risk of suspension for the second leg having picked up three yellow cards during the competition. He along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sokratis Papastathopolous are all one booking away from a suspension.Emery has virtually a full squad to pick from otherwise although Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding all remain long-term absentees.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool and Manchester United monitoring Bukayo Saka’s contract talks with Arsenal

first_img Coral BarryWednesday 12 Feb 2020 5:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Comment Saka is now a regular in Arsenal’s senior squad (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery was the original coach to promote Saka to the first-team squad and Arteta is expected to give the youngster even more game time in the final half of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementSaka has played at left-back for Arsenal this season due to injuries to Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac, but is naturally a left-sided attacker.Arteta has already singled out Saka for praise since taking charge at Arsenal and the player has been impressed with his new coach.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Mikel’s trying to bring back the philosophy, the Arsenal passing way,’ Saka said.‘Arteta said it would be better to score using fewer. If we can score in two passes, it’s better.‘We don’t need that many but obviously we need to move the ball and find the right spaces to attack and they’ve done it really well. I think the two goals were really nice.’MORE: Arsenal set date for Matteo Guendouzi contract talks to secure midfielder’s futureMORE: Maurizio Sarri makes Aaron Ramsey admission amid speculation Juve are willing to sell former Arsenal star Advertisement Advertisement Saka is improving quickly at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are fearful Manchester United or Liverpool will make a move to poach Bukayo Saka, reports say.Saka, 18, is a rising star in Mikel Arteta’s squad, but has entered the final 18 months of his current deal.The Daily Mail claim United and Liverpool are monitoring Saka and his ongoing contract talks with Arsenal.As a result, Arsenal will try and tie Saka down to a new long-term deal as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENTSaka is on a £3000-a-week contract and could be in line for a healthy wage boost in a new deal.Bayern Munich are also tracking Saka, who has made 15 appearances in the Premier League this season. Liverpool and Manchester United monitoring Bukayo Saka’s contract talks with Arsenallast_img read more

Cardinals Basketball Results

first_imgThe SLS 5th Graders defeated  St. Lawrence 30-16.Cardinals Scoring: Conner Miles – 14 pts – 2 Assists – 2 Rebounds; Evan Flaspoher – 5 pts – 3 Rebounds – 4 Steals; Hank Ritter – 1 pts – 4 Rebounds – 5 Steals; Thomas Lohmueller – 4 pts; Preston Conway – 1 pts – 3 Rebounds; Eli Weiler – 2 pts; Carson Meyer – 3 pts – 4 Rebounds; Marco Canessa – 3 Rebounds.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jerry Roell.The St. Louis 6th grade Cardinals played at home against St. Lawrence from Lawrenceburg this evening and came away with a 34-27 win.The Cardinals continued to play good team defense which was key to the win.  Leading the defensive effort again were Jack Hollins, Aidan Geers and Luke Meyer.  Offensively, the Cardinals were led by Noah Tuveson (13), Benjamin Harmeyer (10), Cy Muckerheide (4), Nate Vankirk (4) and Abe Hollins (3).The next game will be at St. Nicholas on Tuesday, November 22nd.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach John Harmeyer.The St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team’s perpetual road trip continued at Benjamin Rush Middle School Monday evening but the winning streak did not, losing to the home team Cubs 37-31.The well coached home team had a good combination of size, ball handling and aggressive defense that despite a strong team effort from the Cardinals was the recipe needed to have St. Louis trailing when the clock ran out.Thomas Raver was leading scorer followed by Cody Mohr. Four points each from Abe Streator and Adam Vogelsang. Streator had a good rebounding night fighting off double teams most of the game. CJ Grote, Joseph Suttman and Cayden Pohlman scored bringing the count to 7 Cardinals working on offense and putting points on the board. Kyle Salatin had some good defense stops and valuable rebounds in a game that was a dog fight from the opening tip.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.last_img read more

Carragher alarmed at Suarez stance

first_img Suarez claims the club agreed to let him leave Anfield if Liverpool failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League. The club refute that, and while Carragher claims the Uruguayan is “too good” for both Liverpool and Arsenal, and better suited to the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he expects greater loyalty from the striker. While Carragher spent his entire career with Liverpool, before retiring in May, Michael Owen moved away to join Real Madrid in 2004. And Owen, who also retired at the end of last season, can understand why Suarez, at the age of 26, would want to leave to join a club playing at the highest level in Europe. Owen told the Daily Telegraph: “People have this stereotypical view of a footballer that he’s just greedy, no loyalty, but you can bet your bottom dollar that if Suarez wasn’t as good as he was then Liverpool wouldn’t have stood by him [during his misdemeanours]. Of course, you have to bear in mind the things people have done for you along the way, and have some gratitude, but you have one shot. “Luis has not come through the ranks. He doesn’t have a huge affinity with Liverpool but the fans have a huge affinity with him and expect that to be reciprocated. But he wants to go and be at the best club he can. “This is where I can’t quite understand it. If it’s Arsenal [that is] the only option for him, I can’t really understand why he would want to leave given the way the Liverpool fans feel about him and the team is virtually built about him. If Real Madrid came in for him, I could certainly understand that.” Jamie Carragher believes it is “laughable” for his old Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez to be complaining about the club’s reluctance to sell him. Press Association Carragher said in his Daily Mail column: “It didn’t surprise me that Brendan Rodgers has made him train on his own. I never thought Luis would down tools in the way Fernando Torres did when he wanted to leave Liverpool – his attitude over the final 18 months became progressively worse – but now Suarez has given me reason to think again. “To see it come to this is very dispiriting. A lot of good people have stood by Luis since he joined the club. Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish could not have done more for him. In the darkest times, we wore T-shirts to show we were standing alongside him, even if it was ill-advised. “So it is laughable to hear he is unhappy with Liverpool for not letting him join Arsenal.” Suarez was banned by the Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and again towards the end of last season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Despite those offences, Liverpool still want him at the club, however Carragher claims he has seen at close quarters a change in Suarez’s attitude to life at Liverpool. He said: “I took part in a training session at Melwood before Steven Gerrard’s testimonial last Saturday and I was alarmed by the Luis Suarez with whom I was sharing a pitch. “From his first day at Liverpool, I had been used to seeing a warrior who loved his football and charged around with great enthusiasm. “On this occasion, however, his attitude was completely different. He didn’t want the ball and had no interest in getting involved. He stood on the periphery, with shoulders slumped.” last_img read more

Ex-Real Madrid president links Jose Mourinho with potential return to Bernabeu

first_img Mourinho was in charge at Real Madrid from May 2010 until June 2013, winning the league title in 2011/12. Speaking to TalkSPORT, Calderon, who was in his role at Real Madrid from 2006 to 2009, said: “It is not a secret that the current Real Madrid president has backed Mourinho many times. He likes him a lot and you can’t rule out seeing him again on the bench at the Bernabeu. “I know it seems strange, but if Benitez doesn’t have a good season and Mourinho gets sacked by Chelsea, I insist you can’t rule out seeing him here again. “I know that the president tried to have him here instead of Benitez, but Mourinho said he didn’t want it and that it wasn’t the right time to come back. “But after two or three years I can see him here again – it happened the same with Chelsea, they sacked him but then he came back. In football that is normal. “The current president has a lot of interest in Mourinho, he backed him a lot during his time at Madrid and Mourinho is his favourite coach.” Real Madrid could be open to bringing Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu should the Portuguese coach leave Chelsea, according to former president of the Spanish club Ramon Calderon. Mourinho remains determined to turn the fortunes of the Barclays Premier League champions around, but has seen his position come under scrutiny following a poor run of results which sees Chelsea in 16th place following the 1-0 defeat at Stoke before the international break. Calderon believes should the Spaniards decide to dispense with the services of current boss Rafael Benitez – whose side are second in the Primera Division table but remains to win over some sections of the supporters – then a move for Mourinho might be an option, especially given his relationship with current president Florentino Perez. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Alelchi Inois takes honours in Clonmel Oil Chase

first_imgThe duo combined to win two other races apart from the feature.Westerner Lady sealed victory in the Grade 3 mares’ chase by producing a fine leap at the last fence and Miss Me Now beat the field to take the honours in the Slan Abhaile Hurdle. The 2/1f – which was ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins – had five lengths to spare over second-placed Clarcam.Monksland was third and Dromnea fourth in the big race at Powerstown Park this afternoon.Overall, it was a very good day for the Mullins-Walsh partnership at Clonmel.last_img read more

Search continues in Bahamas for missing Haitians

first_imgSearch continues in Bahamas for missing Haitians Bahamian Immigration Director William Pratt has issued a warning to Bahamians who may have assisted Haitians who came ashore on the weekend.According to police reports, on Sunday afternoon, a large empty sloop was discovered in Adelaide Village on the Bahamian island of New Providence.No sign of undocumented Haitians However, there were no signs of the Haitian migrants.In an interview with the Tribune, Pratt said he was baffled as to how such a large boat could land so close to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) base and gone undetected.Head of the Department of Immigration’s Enforcement unit, Kirklyn Neely said he believes that between 150 to 250 undocumented migrants were on board the vessel.Meanwhile, as the search continues for the migrants, Neely said immigration officers on Monday apprehended 27 immigrants in an effort to obtain information on persons who landed here. The authorities believe the Haitians had help from people already on New Providence.Pratt, in issuing the warning said anyone found to be hiding them would be jailed, fined or both.Mystery how boat arrived undetected “We do not know how the boat came in undetected. We did a sweep of the main area, but the search was also extended to areas where we know a lot of Haitians are concentrated. So, for the rest of the week, we will be picking up illegal immigrants every day, whether they were on the boat or not, until we get the persons that came on the sloop. Honestly, I do not know how the boat was not seen, with it so close to the base but maybe they need to reevaluate their surveillance – but it’s quite unusual.”The total number of undocumented migrants apprehended by the RBDF for the year is approximately 1,100.The RBDF says half of these apprehensions were made jointly with local immigration and police authorities officers as well as the United States Coast Guard.For more on the missing Haitians, click the link: Search underway for capsized boat with Haitianslast_img read more

Local airport to receive grant funding

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA,Mich.— Airports across the state of Michigan, received grants this week to ensure employees are paid and aircraft travel is supported. Through the CARES Act, Alpena County Airport received almost 18 million dollars in funding to be used during the pandemic.Airports are considered essential and here in Alpena the airport offers more than just commercial service to passengers. Personnel assist in search and rescue projects and cargo shipments such as medical supplies are still needed for transport.An extensive disinfecting program for the Alpena facility and for its airplanes has also been needed during the COVID–19 pandemic. Airport manager Steve Smigelski says, “This grant will help keep travel moving and the facility open.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Taxpayers to be on alert for check scammersNext Alpena Police and Sheriff’s Department assist in birthday surpriselast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capela

first_imgThe Celtics could be looking to acquire an impact center.Boston has “checked in recently” with the Rockets about a potential deal for center Clint Capela, according to a report from SNY.  Houston finished 2018-19 with a 53-29 record but fell to the Warriors in six games in the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State has eliminated Houston from the playoffs in two straight seasons.Houston is also reportedly expected to explore dealing Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker while Chris Paul has asked the team to move him because his relationship with Harden is “unsalvageable,” according to an earlier report from Yahoo Sports.Paul, however, does not have much value on the trade market because of the $125 million remaining on his contract, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday during an appearance on CBS Sports Network.”James Harden loves the isolation game….Chris Paul and other members of that team have gone to Coach D’Antoni and said, ‘Listen, we have to include more play sets, we have to include more ball movement.'”- @ShamsCharania joins #T2S to talk Rockets and upcoming NBA free agency.— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) June 18, 2019″I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden, because we are not going to sit here,” Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told reporters last month. “We will go to battle every year. We’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can to be a better team. We are not going to sit on our hands, I can promise you that.” The Celtics, meanwhile, entered the season as the favorites in the East, but they registered a 49-33 record and were topped by the Bucks in five games in the conference semifinals.Kyrie Irving will be a free agent this summer and his chances of re-signing with the Celtics are reportedly low. Al Horford is reportedly planning to leave Boston and sign a long-term contract with a different team, as well. Celtics free agency rumors: Al Horford changes course, expected to sign with different teamcenter_img Something worth noting regarding the Celtics: Boston and Houston had checked in recently about a potential trade involving Clint Capela, per SNY sources. ESPN reported recently that the Rockets had made much of their roster available via trade.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 19, 2019Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has made “all players and picks” available this offseason, according to an earlier report from ESPN. It is highly unlikely the team moves star James Harden, though, that report notes.Capela averaged 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game for the Rockets last season. He signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the team last July. Related News Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Celtics have ‘had little, if any, communication’ with star in recent weekslast_img read more

Tributes flow for STGC captain

first_imgSt George’s College’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football captain Dominic James, whose sudden passing shook the nation, yesterday received larger-than-life tributes from the local football community and beyond.The Holy Trinity Cathedral was packed to capacity, while scores stood outside as the tearful attended the thanksgiving devotion for the life of the fallen St George’s player.James was affectionately called ‘Delly’ by teammates and friends, and ‘Alessandro’, after his middle name, by coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell.He died Tuesday while leading his school against Excelsior High at Stadium East. He would have been 19 next Monday, September 26.According to St George’s Head Boy Odane Lalor: “It shakes the schoolboy population. It is the tragic loss of a football hero.”He was seen as somebody who would have made a difference if he was with us,” he outlined. “Delly’s smile was contagious.”He is always smiling, and happy birthday when it comes, Delly. Keep on smiling,” Lalor told The Gleaner.Acting Principal Dave Soares called the school mood “downcast”, noting that “Dominic will always live in our hearts”.”He was … [an] avid footballer, good leader, so he will live in our hearts. Moving forward, we will have to decide whether we have a memorial scholarship in his name, that’s in conjunction with his parents, of course,” he explained.He was backed by old boy, Opposition spokesperson on education, Ronald Thwaites, who acknowledged the unity that “James’ death had brought”.HONOURING JAMES”It would be a good thing to endow a sports scholarship for the most disciplined student or something in his honour. Doing that would be a considerable remembering,” outlined Thwaites.Education Minister and former Jamaica College principal, Ruel Reid, described James as “a standout student and leader in the classroom during his time at JC”, prior to transferring in 2014.”For me, Dominic died as a hero in his own way. May his soul rest in peace,” Reid said.Newly installed Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Howard Isaacs paid tribute, while an inconsolable goalkeeper, John Wilson, said “captain Dominic is always smiling, very humble and important to our team. I can’t believe he is gone. The team is going to miss him.”Meanwhile, former Red Stripe Premier League champions, Waterhouse Football Club, of which James was a senior player during the 2014-15 season, paid tribute. He also played for the club’s Under-20 team, winning the championship in 2014.”To his parents and immediate family, our hearts go out to you, and our condolences to the entire St George’s College team and wider school body,” said Donovan White, club president.Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and its affiliates extended “sincere condolences to the family, schoolmates and friends of the late Dominic James at his sudden and untimely passing.”Students from St George’s, neighbouring Kingston College and Holy Trinity High, Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha, along with Wolmer’s Boys, Excelsior High, Jamaica College, Calabar High and Bridgeport High School turned out yesterday, along with a number of other high school principals.Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing for Manning Cup sponsor FLOW, was also in attendance.”Our thoughts are with Dominic’s family, friends and the wider St Georges College community at this time, and we express our deepest sympathies to them. We are very saddened by the passing of this promising young Jamaican talent,” a release from FLOW said.There was also social-media outpouring on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including past players Gregory Messam Jr, Chevon Stewart, and others.last_img read more