Advertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Apr 2019 9:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link316Shares Adebayor feels one of Lacazette or Aubameyang could leave (Picture: Getty)Talking about his final years at Arsenal when Arsene Wenger repeatedly sold his star players, Adebayor told the Daily Mail: ‘It reached a time where you would go on holiday and be checking the Daily Mail website to see who is close to leaving for Barcelona or Milan.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Dropping one by one until Arsenal are what they are today. I would not be surprised if Lacazette or Aubameyang leave in the summer. Nothing surprises me anymore with that club.’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 ArsenalAubameyang became Arsenal’s record signing when he completed a £56million move from Dortmund in 2018, breaking the £47m Arsenal paid for Alexandre Lacazette a year earlier.Aaron Ramsey joins Juventus at the end of the season on a free transfer, while there’s persistent speculation about Mesut Ozil’s future at the club.MORE: Jurgen Klopp aims fresh dig at Manchester United and reveals reaction to horror Jesse Lingard miss Emmanuel Adebayor spent three seasons at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has tipped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette to leave the club this summer.Adebayor spent three seasons with the Gunners before joining Manchester City in 2009 and angered supporters even further when he joined rivals Tottenham in 2011.The Togo forward, now with Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir, ran the length of the field to celebrate in front of the travelling Arsenal fans when he scored against the Gunners shortly after his move to the Etihad.And the 35-year-old has done little to improve his reputation with Arsenal fans by suggesting star duo Aubameyang and Lacazette could leave the club this summer.ADVERTISEMENT Emmanuel Adebayor tips Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette to leave Arsenal this summer
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sets deadline for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talks Comment Arteta maintained it’s vital to keep Aubameyang at the club (Picture: Getty Images)‘For me, it’s very easy, I want to keep him in any circumstances.’Spanish boss Arteta also admitted that the Gabon international was ‘down’ after missing a sitter in his side’s loss to Olympiacos last week.The Gunners crashed out of the Europa League, losing the tie on away goals, following a calamitous 2-1 defeat. 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 ArsenalHowever, the 37-year-old coach maintains the race for the Champions League places is still alive, and could go down to the wire. He added: ‘Beat West Ham on Saturday and we are closer, that’s all I’m thinking because a few weeks ago it looked impossible.‘We go game by game, that’s the only aim, start grabbing three points and we will have a chance in the last few games of the season.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal Invincible Ray Parlour admits he celebrated Watford ending Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League runMORE: Chelsea transfer target Josh Maja admits he dreams of playing for Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Mar 2020 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from Arsenal in the summer (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta says Arsenal must sit down with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and discuss his future before the end of the season.The Gunners’ top scorer is stalling over a contract extension, with his current deal due to expire in 2021. Aubameyang reportedly wants Champions League football if he is to stay in north London, with the likes of Barcelona interested in bringing him to Spain.Speaking before Arsenal’s game against West Ham on Saturday, Arteta said: ‘We will have to do that [contract talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure.ADVERTISEMENT‘We will see the intentions that we have, his intentions, and where we are sitting at that moment.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think it’s difficult to predict that context right now.
RelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission says it is currently interrogating a former Secretary-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Amaechi Akawo, for allegedly misappropriating $130,000.Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC’s spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.Okoduwa said the money in question belonged to the International Association of Athletics Federation.She said: “ICPC had received a petition alleging that Akawo had failed to account for $130,000 mistakenly paid into the account of AFN in 2017 by IAAF.“IAAF had in a letter to AFN in March 2017 volunteered to grant $20,000 to the federation towards the successful hosting of the CAA Grand Prix Competition in Delta State, popularly known as 2017 Warri Relay Competition.“However, the international body for athletics while fulfilling the pledge, mistakenly paid $150,000 to AFN in May 2017, a sum which was far in excess of the $20,000 grant it had earlier pledged.”The ICPC explained that the IAAF wrote to its Nigerian affiliate two months after the payment admitting the mistake, and promptly requested that the $130,000 excess be returned forthwith.The statement added: “AFN is yet to refund the excess fund with Akawo as the Secretary-General, claiming that the entire $130,000 was spent on hosting the competition held in July 2017.“Details available to the Commission have revealed several transactions on the account, which were originated by the Secretary-General moments after the payment of the money.“ICPC found out that Akawo, acting without the AFN Board, which was non-existent at that moment, got several approvals for the release of the money through a series of letters to the then Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung.“On different occasions, he requested for and got approval for the release of N30.4 million, N4.9 million and $20,000 all in the month of July 2017 as expenses for the competition.“He also requested for N9.5 million in the same period, but N5 million was approved by the then Permanent Secretary.”The ICPC said the suspect had yet to furnish it with proof of the expenditure, telling investigators that he had submitted all documents on how the $130,000 was spent by AFN to the minister.It stated that Akawo was detained on Tuesday following his arrest and was released on administrative bail the next day.His release was to enable him submit some vital documents that were requested by investigators handling the case, according to the statement.Tags: Athletics Federation SecretaryIAAF
Serena Williams overcame an erratic performance at the Australian Open on Wednesday to beat Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 6-2 6-3 and advance to the third round. The 38-year-old American, who is bidding for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, was hardly troubled in the first set as she broke Zidansek twice to wrap up the opener in just over half an hour.But the 70th-ranked Zidansek put up an impressive defense in the second set, saving seven break points as an increasingly frustrated Williams racked up more than a dozen unforced errors.Zidansek, however, could not keep up the resistance and Williams clinched the victory with a cross-court forehand winner to set up a meeting with China’s Wang Qiang.Also Read: WTA rankings Serena Williams moves to 9th, Karolina Pliskova closes gap to topAlso Watch: Minister of State for Education Smt. Vibhavariben Dave addresses Academia in Guwahati.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team lost seven key players from last year’s national championship team, head coach Mike Eaves knew there would be a period of adjustment, especially on offense.The Badgers no longer have the speed of Robbie Earl, the scoring of Joe Pavelski or the on-ice leadership of Adam Burish. But what Wisconsin does have is eight freshmen who possess a variety of talent, even without the knack for scoring of their predecessors.Eaves’ goal for this year was to see the Badgers play “patiently persistent,” instead of trying to do too much. With the season winding down and the Badgers remaining in sixth place in the WCHA standings, they are still searching for that balance — culminating in Friday’s 3-1 loss.”[Not having balance is] part of the reason that we played as poorly as we did Friday night in the second period,” Eaves said. “We came out and everybody tried to do everybody else’s job, and as a result … we got worse. We played ourselves into a hole and we couldn’t get out the rest of the night.”Another area where the Badgers are searching for balance is scoring on their power play.After going 0-for-11 on the man advantage against Minnesota State last weekend, Wisconsin ranks seventh in the conference on power-play conversions (17.6 percent). But despite not scoring a power-play goal, Eaves looks at the weekend as a step in the right direction with the production not far behind.”We out-chanced Mankato on Saturday actually 26-to-13, and we had six power plays,” Eaves said. “You see the goose egg and in our book — the first goal that we scored on Saturday was [like] a power-play goal.”While the forwards are looking to improve their power-play production and offensive balance, the Badgers as a team are looking to find ways to have their blue-liners get more shots on goal. Among the seven defenders UW suits up, Jeff Likens is the last to score a goal. He netted one five games ago at Denver. As a unit, the Badgers have scored five goals in 26 games.”[Scoring has] been a point of emphasis to have our defensemen jump up and to play a lot more in the second half,” Eaves said. “In one scoring sequence in the second period, Davis Drewiske made a great shot on the goal [and the goalie] made a great save on it. So it’s an emphasis … that secondary support from your defense to create scoring chances like that.”A change in net?Following up one of the best seasons by a goaltender in NCAA Division I history, where he posted a 27-5-3 record, a 1.55 goals against average and a .938 save percentage, Brian Elliott has struggled a bit in 2006-07.In 22 games this season, Elliott has an 8-13-1 record, a 2.26 GAA and .920 save percentage.It may be the case that Elliott’s struggles have been a result of the team’s inexperience, but sophomore Shane Connelly doesn’t appear to be having a problem. Connelly, who is 5-0-1 in his last six starts, allowed just one goal in his third win of the season Saturday.For the season, Elliott’s backup has given up less than one goal per 60 minutes (.98) and saves 95 percent of his opponent’s shots. It’s safe to say Connelly has been a force in the net this season despite playing sparingly.Eaves and his coaching staff have pre-planned games for Connelly to play in the past, but now that the former Chicago Steel net-minder has established himself as an extremely reliable option, the Badgers might be looking to utilize Connelly more in the near future. Yet, for the time being, the net still belongs to Elliott.”What we’ve said all along is that we’ll go night by night,” Eaves said. “Young Mr. Elliott will play Friday night, and we’ll see how we feel. If we feel that playing Shane would be the best thing for the team on Saturday, then we’ll look at doing that.”
The 2013 campaign for the USC men’s volleyball team was disappointing, to say the least.Hampered by injury and inexperience, the Trojans did not enjoy the same level of success they had become accustomed to in past years, especially after reaching the NCAA championship match last season. Instead, they had to settle for a 6-18 record and an early end to the season as they failed to reach the playoffs.But though the season came to a disappointing end, one Trojan received special recognition for his play: Sophomore setter Micah Christenson was named on Wednesday as a finalist for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Server of the Year Award.The Trojan co-captain is among elite company, as the other finalists boast impressive resumes. Gonzalo Quiroga, a junior from UCLA, and Joseph Smalzer, a junior from Loyola, join Christenson as nominees, and both have accumulated over 50 aces this season.Christenson grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was named to the 2011 Volleyball Magazine All-American team while at Kamehameha-Kapalama High School. He also served as captain of the 2012 U.S. junior national team that won a gold medal in the NORCECA Junior Continental Championship.In his first year with the Trojans, Micah excelled as the team’s starting setter. He led the team in assists and was in the top three in a number of other categories, including digs, blocks and aces. For his efforts, he was named the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation freshman of the year.This year, however, Christenson has taken his leadership to the next level. The sophomore led the team with 867 assists and 179 digs and was second on the team with 59 blocks.But what Christenson excelled in — and is now being recognized for — is his unbelievable play from the service line. With 41 aces on the season, the young phenom was among the top servers in the nation and was recognized with the Off the Block nomination by a committee of more than 20 colleges.More impressive than the statistics, however, is his ability to lead a young Trojan team. Amid a five-game losing streak, Christenson took control of the team against No. 3 Pepperdine. The All-American collected five aces on the night and helped USC capture its first victory in more than two weeks.This season may not have gone as expected, but the award nomination is a sign of hope. By serving as a leader both on the court and off, Christenson is helping to steer this young team in the right direction. The winner of the award will be announced on Monday, April 22.
DeRozan spoke on this phenomenon in an interview with ESPN in March 2018. As it turns out, it’s much more complicated than that. DeRozan’s openness about his struggles with mental health and depression can offer some perspective, especially considering the kinds of challenges the USC community has faced in recent months. For those who do not follow the NBA, San Antonio Spurs forward and USC basketball alumnus DeMar DeRozan is one of the best players in the league. He has received All-Star distinction in four of his 11 seasons thus far and is currently under contract with the Spurs for a hefty $27.7 million per season — one of the league’s largest annual salaries. It turns out that the superficial possessions that some tend to associate with “success” do not always result in a sense of fulfillment. In fact, they may even lead to the opposite if people make their happiness contingent upon them, acquire them and then discover their superficial nature. This is made worse if, after making this discovery, people force themselves to convey to others a false sense of fulfillment in the hopes of finding it, rather than living in accordance with how they actually feel. The purpose of this week’s column is to give DeRozan the credit he deserves for his willingness to be open about the challenges he has faced in the past and to convey his message to the USC community at large. After the tragic events which have taken place within our community recently, DeRozan can hopefully serve as a North Star to people who may be experiencing some of the same struggles that he once did. “I know a lot of people are ashamed to talk about [their struggles with mental health],” DeRozan said. “Even myself for a long time … But you get to a certain age where you feel like it’s all about helping others. It’s not about you … Other people are going through stuff as well … and I just got to that point where it was finally time for me to say something.” The beauty of hearing a statement like this from someone like DeRozan is that his words carry tremendous weight. He is a supremely talented and well-respected athlete who thousands — if not millions — of people see as a role model. In a world that can sometimes appear to be prone to juvenile, ego-driven impulsiveness, it is encouraging to see him use his influence in this way. Joe Skinner is a sophomore writing about USC alumni in sports. His column, “Skin’s Spin,” runs every other Tuesday. With all of his accolades, wealth and fame, it is not unusual to suspect that he must be one of the happiest men in the world. As arguably the most established Trojan in the NBA today, what could he have to complain or worry about? To DeRozan, the only positive solution to this crisis was to confront it critically, emerge with a positive outlook and share that message with others in the hopes that they win the battle too. What’s especially inspiring is the obvious truth in his words: As he notes, this kind of truth is not always easy to come out and say. It takes courage to be open about emotional and mental health, knowing full well that some may judge or resent you for it. In DeRozan’s case, however, his courage appears to be fueled by a sense of obligation to help others through the same sort of mental obstacles that he faced and eventually overcame. The effect of his words is nothing but good and he deserves to be praised for the courage he displayed.
Former Ghana coach Emmanuel Afranie says the Ghana Football Association will be getting it wrong to task yet-to-be-confirmed Black Stars coach Avram Grant to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations next January. The former Chelsea manager is set to lead Ghana to the AFCON which kicks off in less than 50 days after reaching an agreement with the Ghana FA.This means that the Israeli manager will have less than four weeks to work with his squad for the tournament.Judging by this coach Afranie believes it will be unrealistic for the Ghana FA to task Grant to win the AFCON 2015“Definitely it is not going to be possible because he doesn’t know much about our team, winning the Cup of Nations is not an easy task,” he told Joy sports“You need to be determined and committed players and you need hardworking technical staff. “You know Ghanaians every tournament we think we have to win, not that Avram Grant can’t do the work but with time yes but the period is short so we have to be sincere and don’t burden him.”
The Lakers reportedly cleared enough space to sign a third max player Thursday, but they have a plan if they don’t land one.While Los Angeles has reportedly been looking at stars like Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard and D’Angelo Russell in free agency, it could go off the beaten path to fill out its roster instead. LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis by giving him No. 23, report says Los Angeles was 29th in 3-point shooting (33.3 percent) in the NBA last season.Green and Curry had career shooting years while Ross is coming off his third year of shooting at least 38 percent from beyond the arc.Last season, the Lakers decided to surround James with playmakers like Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley. The team seems to have a different plan this year as it has also been linked to players like JR Smith and Kyle Korver. Lakers trade players, pick to Wizards to create cap space, chase max free agent All of them are good shooters and would allow James to space out the floor better than he did last year in Los Angeles.All of that being said, the team’s No. 1 plan is to go out and get another max player in free agency and, at this point, there’s little reason to believe it won’t get someone. Danny Green, Terrence Ross and Seth Curry are all on the Lakers’ radar, according to ESPN and could give LeBron James pretty good complementary pieces to work with.All three players would give the Lakers much better shooting than they had a year ago as Green (45.5 percent), Curry (45 percent) and Ross (38.3 percent) are all coming off of great shooting seasons. Related News Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Superstar to meet with both Lakers, Clippers
NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams including the Minnesota Lynx will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so that players can get paid starting June 1. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the roster deadline hadn’t been officially announced. The league and the players’ union are still working out details of how often players will get paid and how much. The person said players who are waived over the next week won’t get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30. June 1 was the date players would have gotten paid had the season not been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. IOWA CITY — Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller is concerned about the effects budgetary concerns in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are having on his sport. In the last few days Bowling Green and Furman have announced they are cutting their baseball programs.The loss of the NCAA basketball tournament has affected all athletic departments but especially those outside of the power five conferences.Heller says it is critical for all non-revenue sports that football is played this fall.Heller’s team this spring was 10-5 and was two weeks away from starting Big Ten Conference play before all spring sports were shut down by the NCAA CLEAR LAKE — A couple of high school coaching changes to tell you about today. In Clear Lake, Evan Johnson has been hired to be the new head wrestling coach. He was an assistant for the Lions this past season. Johnson takes over for Doug Munn, who was a longtime assistant coach and was the Clear Lake head coach for the 2019-and-20 season. West Hancock has hired Jay Hiscocks to be the new head boys basketball coach. Hiscocks was an assistant coach for 11 years for the Eagles under Brian Peterson. In April, the West Hancock School Board unanimously approved reopening the head boys basketball position that Peterson had held since 2008, allowing him to reapply for the job, but the board recently approved the appointment of Hiscocks to the position. UNDATED (AP) — The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 lobbying Congress in the first three months of 2020. That’s more than they had previously spent in any full year, according to lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press. The spending is part of a coordinated effort by the conferences to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Power Five have joined the NCAA in pushing for a federal law to avoid multiple state laws on the topic. Records show the Southeastern Conference was the biggest spender.