Unai Emery hints Laurent Koscielny is no longer in his plans after Arsenal captain’s pre-season snub

first_img Comment Laurent Koscielny is desperate to leave Arsenal to return to France this summer (Picture: Getty)Nevertheless, Emery is preparing for the new season without the Frenchman, saying after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Real Madrid: ‘I tried to continue working and finding one solution between the club, between him and us.‘When he decided not to come here with us on tour, the solution is now only for the club and him. He decided to be out.‘I respect him but I have a responsibility, he has a responsibility, and the club have their responsibility. Now it’s an issue only for the club and him.‘My idea is to continue with the players we are working with, and the players that want to be here.’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 CityKoscielny had been an extremely popular figure at Arsenal both amongst staff and supporters but it now looks certain that his nine-year spell with the club will end in acrimonious circumstances.Arsenal made clear their displeasure at Koscielny’s refusal to travel on tour, saying in a statement: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’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 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 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 link267Shares Unai Emery hints Laurent Koscielny is no longer in his plans after Arsenal captain’s pre-season snub Advertisement Unai Emery is looking to move on from the Laurent Koscielny saga (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has dropped a hint that Arsenal’s wantaway captain Laurent Koscielny could get his wish to leave the club by stating he only wants to work with players that ‘want to be here’.The 33-year-old dropped a bombshell on the eve of Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States a fortnight ago by stating that he would not travel with the squad due to his desire to leave the club.Koscielny, who has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract, is desperate to seal a return to France and has reportedly already agreed personal terms with Rennes, whom the Gunners met in last season’s Europa League.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arsenal are adamant that Koscielny will only be allowed to move on should their price tag of around £9m be met, a figure that has so far proven problematic in negotiations with other clubs.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Quarantine slows down illegal drug trade

first_img“Quarantine control points(checkpoints) are very strict. Travelers are required to presenthome quarantine passes. These discourage drug traffickers from operating,”said Tanaleon. Further contributing to the slowdownon drug trafficking was the drop in the demand for illegal drugs. Tanaleon saidmany drug users may be hurting financially from economic displacement due towork suspensions, retrenchments or closure of workplaces. Seaports and provincial borders arealso being tightly watched by policemen and soldiers, Taleon added. Despite the slowdown in drugtrafficking, however, PDEA -6 remains on alert, Tanaleon assured the public. The quarantine restricted the movementof drug users, pushers and the transport of illegal drugs, Tanaleon explained.center_img “Indimaayo sa aton ang COVID-19 but itslowed down drug trafficking,” said Tanaleon./PN ILOILO City – The enhanced communityquarantine being observed in all provinces of Western Visayas to contain thespread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has also slowed down thetrafficking of illegal drugs, according to the Philippine Drug EnforcementAgency (PDEA). Drug trading dropped by approximately40 percent, said PDEA Region 6 spokesperson Shey Tanaleon.last_img read more

Alberta Ann (Drew) Brameier, 73

first_imgAlberta Ann Brameier, 73, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at The Waters of Rising Sun. Alberta was born in Dearborn County, IN on February 4, 1946, a daughter of the late Ella Gertrude Browning and Charles Drew. She attended school in Manchester, IN. Alberta worked in food service most of her life. She was a well known face in Rising Sun where she managed the Dairy Queen for 16 years. Alberta enjoyed going to Rising Star Casino and was a huge George Jones fan. She was a loving mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt and friend to many. Alberta is survived by two daughters, Jackie Drew Anderson, of Lawrenceburg, IN and Sherri Drew McCracken (Kevin), of Rising Sun, IN; by a son, David Drew, of Rising Sun, IN; by grandchildren: Atlanta Young, Dylan Drew, Tristin Anderson, Gunnar Anderson, Hope Drew, Faith Drew & Bryson McCracken and by great grandchildren: Hunter, Easton, Elilah & Devon; by two sisters, Kissy Steelman, of Lawrenceburg, IN and Kay Edwards-Hansen, of Rising Sun, IN; by four brothers, Charles Drew, of Rising Sun, IN; Roger Drew, of Aurora, IN; Delbert Drew, of Aurora, IN and Jim Drew, of Versailles, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, by a brother, Donald Drew, by sisters, Jeane Lovelace, Maxine McKinney & Sally Riffel and by a granddaughter, Irelyn McCracken. Funeral services will be 1 PM, Tuesday, November 26th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN with Pastor Corey Potts officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday 10 AM – 1 PM at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the family or charity of choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.marklandfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Bravo falls cheaply, Hodge hits fifty as India dominate

first_imgCMC –Left-hander Darren Bravo’s form remained a worry after he failed against India here Sunday, as West Indies A suffered a batting collapse on the penultimate day of their three-day match at Coolidge Cricket Ground.In desperate need of confidence ahead of next week’s start of the opening Test against India, Bravo lasted 45 minutes and 21 balls for his 11 before edging a drive at seamer Umesh Yadav to second slip.The 30-year-old has been named in the Test squad but is in the middle of a wretched run of form. He scraped 36 runs from five innings in the Ireland Tri-Nations Series back in May before scoring 19 and 0 in his only two innings at the ICC World Cup.In his first Test series in 28 months following a public falling out with Cricket West Indies, Bravo managed only 59 runs from five innings against England earlier this year.While Bravo failed, opener Kavem Hodge stepped up to top-score with 51 as West Indies A, responding to India’s 297 for six declared overnight, were dismissed for 181 in their first innings.Captain Jahmar Hamilton struck 33 while veteran left-hander Jonathan Carter chipped in with 26, but the remainder of the Windies A line up struggled.The hosts failed to muster any significant partnerships and the best was a 26-run stand for the fourth wicket between Hodge and Jason Mohammed (6).All told, Hodge faced 100 balls in 141 minutes, hitting eight fours before he was fifth out with the score on 94, lbw to seamer Ishant Sharma in the fifth over after lunch, playing around a full length delivery.Hamilton got a start, striking four fours in a 72-ball knock before he was last out while Carter also got in, lashing two fours and a six in a 35-ball innings before falling to a catch at silly point off left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav.Umesh Yadav (3-19), fellow fast bowler Ishant (3-21) and left-arm spinner Kuldeep (3-35) all picked up three wickets each.Batting a second time, India got an unbeaten 48 from Hanuma Vihari as they reached 84 for one at the close.ScoreboardINDIA 1st Innings 297 for six decl.WEST INDIES “A” 1st InningsJ Solozano c Rahul b Ishant Sharma 9K Hodge lbw b Ishant Sharma 51B King c wkpr Pant b Ishant Sharma 4DM Bravo c Rahul b Umesh Yadav 11J Mohammed run out 6J Carter c Agarwal b Kuldeep Yadav 26*+J Hamilton c Umesh Yadav b Kuldeep Yadav 33R Powell c Pujara b Umesh Yadav 16R Shepherd c Rahane b Umesh Yadav 1K Pierre b Kuldeep Yadav 17K Harding not out 4Extras (w1, nb2) 3TOTAL (all out, 56.1 overs) 181Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-30, 3-51, 4-77, 5-94, 6-115, 7-136, 8-140, 9-164, 10-181.Bowling: Ishant Sharma 8-1-21-3 (w1), Bumrah 11-0-45-0 (nb2); Umesh Yadav 10-4-19-3; Saini 6-0-20-0; Jadeja 12-2-41-0; Kuldeep Yadav 9.1-1-35-3INDIA 2nd InningsM Agarwal c wkpr Hamilton b Shepherd 13*A Rahane not out 20H Vihari not out 48Extras (lb2, nb1) 3TOTAL (1 wkt, 35 overs) 84Fall of wickets: 1-22Bowling: Mindley 4-2-8-0, Harding 5-0-15-0 (nb1), Shepherd 9-6-22-0, Carter 5-2-3-1, Pierre 7-1-26-0, Hodge 4-1-7-0, Mohammed 1-0-1-0.Position: India lead by 200 runs with nine second innings wickets standinglast_img read more

Pac-12 basketball thrives sans USC

first_imgNick Selbe is a senior majoring  in communication. His column, “Inside the 20s,” runs  Tuesdays. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Nick at nselbe@usc.edu. The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books, and for the third season in a row, USC was not a part of the action. The most exciting weekend on the sports calendar has been Trojan-less for my entire USC career, but that doesn’t mean that I’m always tuned out of college basketball during March. I’ve watched the tournament since I was a kid and still love getting caught up in all the buzzer-beating madness, even if it means watching in my living room with dozens of crumpled up brackets covering the floor.Over my many years of watching the tournament, I’ve realized that the event is much more entertaining and engaging when 1) there are upsets, and 2) you know at least a little bit about the teams who are playing in the later rounds. Wichita State’s Final Four run last season was exciting, but if the Shockers and, say, Florida Gulf Coast made it all the way to the championship game, it wouldn’t necessarily have been must-watch television.With those two principles in mind, I’ve found myself consistently rooting for Pac-12 schools (except for UCLA, of course) when USC doesn’t make the field. Pac-12 fans should root for other Pac-12 schools, while still acknowledging rivalry borders, because it makes the tournament more fun when you’re watching familiar players. It also boosts the conference’s national perception, which will pay off the next time your school is on the perilous “bubble” come Selection Sunday.This season, the Pac-12 had six teams earn a bid in the tournament, and three of them — Arizona, UCLA and Stanford — are still alive heading into the Sweet 16. This level of success in March is something that the conference hasn’t experienced in more than a half-decade, during a time when the then-Pac-10 was considered by many to be among the best basketball conferences in the nation.The Pac-10 had six teams in the tournament each season from 2007-2009, a stretch that was highlighted by two straight trips to the Final Four by UCLA in 2007 and 2008. Of the 12 Pac-10 teams that made the tournament in those two seasons, nine of them earned a No. 8 seed or better, and six of them made it to the Sweet 16. USC made the tournament each season from 2007-2009 and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2007, where it lost to North Carolina.The conference also boasted an impressive list of future NBA talent during these glory years. Seventeen Pac-10 players were taken in the first round of the NBA Draft from 2007-2009, including four former Trojans — Nick Young (drafted No. 16 in 2007), O.J. Mayo (No. 3 in 2008), DeMar DeRozan (No. 9 in 2009) and Taj Gibson (No. 26 in 2009). The 2008 draft was particularly heavy on Pac-10 players, with seven taken in the first round, three of whom were picked in the top five and six in the top 15.Following the 2009 season, the Pac-10 entered a bit of a slump. With the previous two drafts robbing the conference of 12 underclassmen drafted in the first round, such a drop-off should have been expected but perhaps not to this degree. Only two Pac-10 schools made the tournament in 2010, with just one, Washington, advancing to the Sweet 16. Only one Pac-10 player, Washington’s Quincy Pondexter, was taken in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, and he wasn’t even selected until pick No. 26.The 2011 tournament saw a rebound for the conference, and after a one-year postseason ban, a return trip for USC. The Pac-10 earned four bids that year, highlighted by a surprise run from Arizona. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight, where they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut. USC lost in the first round to Virginia Commonwealth, who made it all the way to the Final Four.Despite adding two teams to the conference in Utah and Colorado, the newly formed Pac-12 saw its number of bids cut in half from the previous season. Colorado lost in the Round of 32, and Cal, despite winning the regular season conference championship, earned a No. 12 seed and lost to South Florida in a First Four play-in game.Last season was somewhat respectable for the Pac-12, with two teams, Arizona and Oregon, advancing to the Sweet 16. No team was seeded better than No. 6, and no team had a particularly impressive win.This is not the case this season. Arizona enters the Sweet 16 as one of the favorites, with legitimate national championship goals and a relatively easy path to the Final Four. UCLA is as talented as any team left in the field and is on a roll after winning the Pac-12 Tournament. And Stanford surprised nearly everyone this past weekend, first by beating Mountain West champion New Mexico, then by knocking off a top-10 team in Kansas, which was led by this year’s potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins.Stanford’s success should be encouraging for USC fans itching to return to the tournament. Both schools are prestigious academically, and neither have had a top-25 recruiting class in the past three years. Historically, the programs have been fairly similar as well. This is Stanford’s 17th NCAA tournament appearance, one more than USC’s 16. Each school has made two appearances in the Final Four, though USC’s most recent came in 1954 while Stanford’s was in 1998. The last time either team advanced to the Elite Eight was in 2001, and neither team has won a national championship since World War II (Stanford won in 1942, while USC has never won).Yet here Stanford sits, in the Sweet 16 representing the now-reputable Pac-12, while USC has finished in last place twice in the last three years. With the Trojans still breaking in a new coaching staff, and with a top-25 recruiting class on the way, maybe the tide will turn in their favor quicker than most expect. Things can’t really get worse, right?One thing is for certain: Should the Trojans be left out of the field next season, it won’t be a result of playing in a weak conference, because this season the Pac-12 has shown that it’s among the nation’s elite.last_img read more

Talkin’ Troy S5E2: Turning of the Tide: 50 Years Later

first_imgFifty years after the 1970 ‘Turning of the Tide’ game in Alabama between the integrated Trojans and the all-white Crimson Tide, associate managing editor Nathan Ackerman, sports editor Taylor Mills and sports writer Lachelle Smith speak to Sam Cunningham and John Papadakis, USC alumni who took part in that historic 1970 Trojan victory. They talk about that game, which many consider to have facilitated the integration of college football at Alabama and in the South, and also speak on the impact of the game 50 years later and how it connects to recent college athlete activism.last_img read more

Syracuse drops final regular season game to Robert Morris, 4-2

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It took 100 minutes and 21 seconds for Syracuse to find the back of the net this weekend against Robert Morris. And by the time it did, the Colonials were already cruising to their third blowout victory against the Orange this season.SU (10-21-3, 10-8-2 College Hockey America) conceded three second-period goals to RMU (15-13-6, 13-4-3) and never recovered, falling 4-2 in Colonials Arena on Saturday afternoon in its last regular season game of the season. The Colonials had already clinched the top spot in CHA on Friday, and they handed the Orange their second straight loss heading into the CHA Tournament starting next Wednesday.A scoreless first period saw SU create more chances toward the net. The Orange outshot the Colonials 12-4 in the frame and had 26 total shot attempts to just nine by RMU. In the second, Syracuse again had more shots, but Robert Morris struck thrice.Caitlyn Sadowy opened the scoring 3:20 into the middle frame. Then Leah Marino made it 2-0 just over halfway through the period. With under two minutes before the second intermission, Janey Sandoval added another RMU marker.On Friday, SU head coach Paul Flanagan pulled his starting goalie Ady Cohen after two periods because she gave up four goals on 19 shots. This time, Flanagan kept his starter, Maddi Welch, in for the third period. The senior made just 13 saves on 17 shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse kept hopes of a comeback alive with an early goal in the final frame. A puck from below the goal line came to Savannah Rennie on top of the crease, and she hacked at it. RMU goalie Lauren Bailey made the initial stop, but the rebound looped high in the air and landed behind her in the crease where Kristen Siermachesky jammed it home. The junior defender returned from an upper-body injury this weekend and tallied her first career goal in her 62nd game.The game settled into a lull with chances for both sides before Marino capitalized on a neutral zone turnover. She beat Logan Hicks, who started the season as a forward, for speed and roofed a wrist shot over Welch’s right shoulder, re-establishing RMU’s three-goal lead.Another Syracuse player, Amanda Backebo, earned her first career goal in her 84th game with the Orange. Victoria Klimek’s initial shot was kicked right to Backebo cutting in on the other side, and the goalie dove but couldn’t reach Backebo’s shot. It cut the lead to 4-2, which would remain for the rest of the game.Syracuse heads to the CHA Tournament as the No. 3 seed and is locked in to play against No. 6 seed Lindenwood on Wednesday at the Harborcenter in Buffalo with the time yet to be decided. The first quarterfinal starts at 4:30 p.m., and the second begins at 7:30 p.m. The Orange won’t face RMU again unless both teams make the championship game next Friday. Comments Published on March 2, 2019 at 6:38 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

British Olympic Association angered by athletes’ legal action

first_img COMMENT First Published: 11th December, 2019 10:01 IST WATCH US LIVE The British Olympic Association has said it was dismayed by the decision of a group of athletes to pursue legal action while holding talks regarding the International Olympic Committee’s controversial Rule 40. The regulation restricts the deals athletes can strike for themselves during a specific period in and around the Games, with the aim to protect IOC and national team sponsors from their commercial rivals. British sprinter Adam Gemili, however, has labelled the rule “ridiculous, unjust and unfair” ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.READ | NBA Trade Rumours: Kevin Love On Verge Of Leaving Cleveland Cavaliers For Boston Celtics READ | ‘I Have Questions’: Russian High-jump Star Lasitskene Slams Officials  SUBSCRIBE TO US “The BOA can confirm it has formally responded to the recent legal challenge brought against the BOA’s interpretation of the IOC’s Rule 40 in the UK,” it said in a statement. There are 20 names listed on a legal letter sent to the BOA last month but the governing body on Tuesday said it would contest any action because of its duty to all Olympic sport in Britain.center_img Press Trust Of India Written By READ | Vijender Lauds IOC Decision To Ban Russia From Tokyo Olympics For Dope OffencesThe BOA added it had enjoyed a “positive meeting” last week with representatives of the athletes who had challenged Rule 40 and remained open to a resolution that balanced the need for individual athletes to maximise their income while defending a system that has sold rights collectively on behalf of all of Team GB, including “smaller” sports and “less high-profile athletes”. Officials insisted that despite “encouraging” conversations they had been “dismayed by the ongoing legal tactics being conducted in the background” and would respond robustly in defence of all those served by the BOA, a not-for-profit independent organisation that receives no tax payer or British government funds. READ | Andy Ruiz Jr Blames His Diet For His Loss Against Anthony Joshua At ‘Clash On The Dunes’ Last Updated: 11th December, 2019 10:01 IST British Olympic Association Angered By Athletes’ Legal Action The British Olympic Association has said it was dismayed by the decision of a group of athletes to pursue legal action while holding talks about the IOC’s rule LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Equatorial Guinea Open: Olapade Wary of ‘Tough’ Mongomo

first_imgBy Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja From a casual view, the Presidential Golf Course, Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea is captivating and benign, but to the trained eye, it is a very tough and unforgiving layout, capable of denting a professional player’s score card.The over 7,000 metres long course carved from dense and lush vegetation is an enchanting layout revered by golfers and guests. From December 8-11, it will welcome 60 professional golfers (men and ladies) from 24 countries for the fourth edition of 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open.Nigerian professionals like Kingsley Oparaku, Fred Eweka and Austin Akpodiete discovered the other side of Mongomo at the 3rd edition of the tournament last year, when their championship hope was compromised after incurring extra strokes.Sadly, they will not be among the eight Nigerian wild cards that will jostle with the international field of 48 male players for the prize money of $100,000 after failing to make the automatic cut for 30 players.Oche Odoh, who won the 54-hole contest, will lead other Nigerian automatic qualifiers, including Sunday Olapade, Kamalu Bako, Gift Willy, Morgan Atako, Christopher Francis, Michael Ubi and Mohammed Haruna. Uloma Mbuko will compete with 12 players for $50,000 in the lady event.Olapade, who finished in joint seventh with Spain’s Puig Giner, last year, is wary of the demands of Mongomo having also featured in the 2014 edition.The Osun State born player, who is based at Ibori Golf Club, Asaba, declared that he knows what to expect in Mongomo and is setting up his preparations to meet the expectations.“Mongomo is a very tough course but I am doing my best to improve on my Equatorial Guinea record. I wake up by 5am and hit 500 balls every day. It will be a rare feat to accomplish victory on a very demanding and unforgiving course.  It is a course that rewards good shots and in another dimension does not allow mistakes go unpunished. It is a characteristically long, tough and challenging course,’’ Olapade said.The No 4 player on the Nigerian official ranking order, listed the par 4 hole 2, the par three 14th and the long par 5 10th,among the toughest holes on the course, adding that apart from accurate shots into the fairways, players are required to be calm and be fit because of the length of the course.Olapade, who finished in second position at the Celtel Ghana Open, 4th at CMCL Open (Ilara –Mokin), tied for 5th at the Memorial (Otukpo) and 13th at West Africa Golf Tour (Port-Harcourt) added that Nigeria’s domination of Equatorial Guinea Open since 2013 will also boost his chances of winning.All three editions held in Malabo and Mongomo were won by Nigerian players: Willy in 2013 and Odoh in 2014 and 2015.“I bet Nigerian players can beat anybody if supported. Our government should encourage the game to thrive by providing incentives. I can beat Rory Mcllroy if the sponsorship is provided, ‘’ Olapade boasted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

I used to study and take tests on Essien’s performances – Barusso

first_imgFormer Ghana international, Ahmed Apimah Barusso, has opened up on how his former club manager at Italian side Rimini, used to task him to understudy Michael Essien.Barusso spent one season at the then Serie B side, before making a switch to AS Roma in 2007.According to Barusso, Leonardo Acori, the then manager of Rimini was bent on improving him, so much so that he forced him to watch almost every game Essien featured in for Chelsea that season, and tested him on his observations.“I was always arguing with my coach at Rimini. He told me I had to break into the national team setup and be like Michael Essien,” he told CitiSports in an exclusive interview.“Anytime Chelsea was playing that season, he would tell me to stop everything I was doing and watch the game and take notes on Essien’s performance.”Michael Essien was a very great player at the time, and we played in a similar position.”I had no choice but to watch, because if I wasn’t able to answer his questions the following day, I’d be in trouble,” he added.Barusso started his career in Ghana with FC Nania before leaving to Europe, where he’s  spent his playing days with a host of Italian clubs, most notably AS Roma.The 35 year old became famous in Ghana after he missed a last minute free kick in the Black Stars’ semi final defeat against Cameroon in AFCON 2008.last_img read more