Arsenal make late approach for Fiorentina midfielder and Napoli target Jordan Veretout Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 9 Jun 2019 10:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Advertisement Veretout was loaned to Saint-Etienne after flopping at Villa (Picture: Getty)He has a contract until 2021 and Fiorentina are hoping to get a sizeable fee for the midfielder, especially with Roma and Sevilla also interested.One thing that could work against Arsenal is their failure to qualify for the Champions League, with Veretout keen to test himself at the highest possible level.Arsenal boss Emery is in need of a new midfielder this summer and has also been linked with Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet – who partnered Lucas Torreira before he moved to the Emirates – while a new centre-back, full-backs and a winger are also on the agenda.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 Veretout could slot straight in and replace the departing Ramsey (Picture: Getty)Emery is keen to sign a box-to-box midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey – who is joining Juventus on a free transfer – and Veretout has emerged as an ideal candidate.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 26-year-old, who had a brief and rather unsuccessful spell at Aston Villa, has thrived since moving to Fiorentina and was one of the side’s stand-out players last season, scoring five times and laying on three assists from midfield.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 CityHe had been expected to join Napoli, who have been in talks for some time, but Arsenal have made a late move of their own for the Frenchman.While Veretout has been getting excited about the prospect of playing for Napoli, he would equally welcome a return to the Premier League and the chance to prove himself after a disappointing spell at Villa. The in-demand Frenchman looks certain to leave Florence this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have approached Serie A side Fiorentina over a potential deal for midfielder Jordan Veretout, despite the Frenchman being on the verge of a move to Napoli.Unai Emery is looking to make significant changes to his squad this summer though the team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League means they will have a reduced transfer budget believed to be around £35million.That means the Gunners will need to be more creative in the market, and, according to L’Equipe, they have made a play for Veretout. Advertisement
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RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Rennes want Fikayo Tomori, £25m for Mendy Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Kai Havertz has reportedly taken the No29 jersey previously worn by Fikayo Tomori following his £72 million arrival at Chelsea.According to The Athletic, Havertz asked to take the No29 shirt upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge and Tomori was happy to oblige. It is a favoured number of the Germany international, who also wore the No29 at Bayer Leverkusen before completing his switch to Stamford Bridge.Tomori will vacate the No29 shirt, but the defender is now understood to be in line for another season away on loan, this time with Everton.The 22-year-old fell out of favour under Frank Lampard last season and Thiago Silva’s arrival has bumped him further down the pecking order.Everton have already bought James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure for a combined of more than £50 million and are now only thought to be shopping in the loan market.Meanwhile, Christian Pulisic is in line to take the No10 shirt, which is available following Willian’s move across London to Arsenal. Tags: Bayer LeverkusenFikayo TomoriKai HavertzThe Athletic
August 13, 2020 The Latest: 5 lower-level tennis tournaments in US canceled Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Five lower-level tennis tournaments in the United States in September have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State noted it had four games left on its schedule, plus the state of New Mexico has a 14-day quarantine for those traveling into and out of the state.New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring.“Rival New Mexico has postponed its season as part of the Mountain West’s decision to attempt to play in the spring.New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year. Associated Press The U.S. Tennis Association — which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 — announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas.The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped.___New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions. ___Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month.The region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds.There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around. The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year. Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria.___French golfer Alex Levy has been withdrawn from the Celtic Classic, which started on Thursday.Levy came into contact with a friend who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the European Tour said in a statement. The contact happened while Levy was at home in France last weekend. When he arrived at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on Tuesday, he tested negative. He is showing no symptoms, the tour said, but he has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution and must self-isolate for 14 days.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – With the T20 World Cup the only piece of major silverware missing in Australia’s bursting trophy cabinet, Aaron Finch’s team will look to make a statement in the series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan a year before hosting the global tournament.Australia kick off their home summer at Adelaide Oval on Sunday with the first of three Twenty20 internationals against 2014 world champions Sri Lanka, with matches to follow in Brisbane (October 30) and Melbourne (November 1).The hosts then turn their attention to the 2009 champions Pakistan in another three-match series starting in Sydney on November 3.The series will give the teams a preview of playing conditions ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia and a chance for new players to push their credentials. Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson will be among the fringe players looking to impress in front of his home-town crowd in Adelaide on Sunday.“I don’t think there has been so much T20 in a calendar year with a lead-up to the (one-day) World Cup and another one close by,” 28-year-old Richardson told reporters in Adelaide yesterday.“I am ready to go.” Richardson, who played the last of his nine T20Is against England over a year ago, is competing against Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye for one of the fast bowling slots. The series will give locals the first glimpse of former captain Steve Smith and David Warner playing a full international on home pitches since their ball-tampering bans.Smith, fresh from a brilliant Ashes with the bat in England, is set for his first T20I in three-and-a-half years, while the hard-hitting Warner will pad up for his first since February, 2018, a month before the Newlands scandal erupted. The world’s top-ranked batsman in Tests, Smith shelved T20Is in 2016 to ease his load but was busy during his 12-month international ban playing the shortest format in overseas competitions.“Hopefully I can get the tempo of the game straight away and have a good few weeks with the Australian team,” he said earlier this week.Opener Warner will also have something to prove in the wake of a miserable Ashes where he averaged 9.50 with the bat in the drawn series. However, his Ashes struggles came after his stellar form in T20 cricket at the Indian Premier League (IPL) and during Australia’s semi-finals run at the 50-over World Cup in England.He will look to build confidence with runs in the T20Is before next month’s two-match Test series against Pakistan starts in Brisbane.“Obviously it’s the first time in my career I have been under a bit of pressure and I hadn’t scored runs,” Warner told broadcaster Fox Sports’ season launch yesterday. “I play all three formats and I have to put my best foot forward to what I do.”
TAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Joshua DaSilva’s second half-century in as many games held up leaders Barbados Pride after the season’s leading scorer Kyle Mayers traded his bat for the ball to hurt Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.On a rain-hit opening day at the Brian Lara Stadium where only 63 overs were possible, Red Force recovered from a dodgy position of 60 for three to close the seventh round contest on 192 for five.DaSilva, already with a hundred and two half-centuries this season, top-scored with 67 while opener Kyle Hope struck an attractive 40 in his first appearance since Red Force’s season opener in January.Isaiah Rajah chipped in with 33 and all-rounder Imran Khan was unbeaten on 21 at the close, but Red Force lost wickets in clusters to hurt their progress.Mayers, the only batsman to pass 500 runs this season with 579, used his medium pace to good effect to claim three for 39 while fast bowler Chemar Holder snatched two for 40 to move his tally for the campaign to 31 wickets.Red Force started well with Hope and debutant Cephas Cooper (16) posting 59 for the first wicket to keep Pride without any early success.The right-handed Hope struck seven fours in a breezy 56-ball knock before becoming Mayers’ first wicket, plumb lbw after failing to keep out one that was angled in.Mayers then rocked Red Force in his next over – the second one after lunch – bowling both 20-year-old Cooper and Jason Mohammed (0) in successive deliveries to leave the hosts stumbling on 60 for three.Cooper, like Hope, missed one angled in and had his stumps shattered while Mohammed dragged on the first ball he faced.DaSilva and Rajah combined to prop up the innings in an 84-run fourth wicket partnership, interrupted by rain delays.The 21-year-old DaSilva punched 11 fours off 139 balls in 2-¾ hours while Rajah, a left-hander, faced 75 balls in just over two hours and struck five fours.When Rajah was bowled by Holder with the first ball of a new spell, Red Force stumbled again when Jyd Goolie fell shortly afterwards for seven, also bowled by Holder, trying to defend.DaSilva and Imran Khan were involved in a 36-run, sixth wicket stand when rain ended play prematurely.
Historic and memorable sporting events occur every year and there is no doubt 2016 was a monumental one. From multiple all-time greats retiring to supposed jinxes and curses being wiped away, the past 12 months saw some great achievements made by teams and individuals alike. From Michael Phelps breaking a more than 2,000-year-old Olympic record to Kobe Bryant walking off the court one last time As the end of 2016 quickly approaches and we prepare for another year of magical sporting milestones, here is a look back at some of the events that helped to define the yearMuhammad Ali Leicester City Win the Premier League TitleJust one year removed from earning promotion into the English Premier League, Leicester City went on to win one of the unlikeliest titles in the history of professional sports. After starting the season at 5,000 – 1 odds, fans saw the Foxes take down the best teams in England and Jamie Vardy’s rags to riches rise all the way to the finish. Though Leicester City won its games from across the pond, its unprecedented run made for good theater stateside as well. In a year when the world lost this icon of world sport it seems unfair to knock him off the No 1 spot — a position he has held on many lists of this nature for decades. The measure of Ali’s greatness was the wall-to-wall coverage he was afforded when he died earlier this year. He was remembered as man who not only transformed the sport of boxing, but was a key figure who changed the opinion of a generation. Of course, he was an egotistical loudmouth who spoke first and then spoke again. But it is his exploits in the ring that make him one of the most revered sportsman of all time.Kobe BryantFor 20 years, the Black Mamba symbolised the NBA, transcending the sport to unprecedented levels. Remaining loyal to the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant took the baton from Michael Jordan in becoming basketball’s flagship player. At the age of 37, the five-time champion and 18-time All-Star ended his career against the Utah Jazz in April of this year, having scored 60 points. And to top it all off, Bryant amassed 33,570 career points, the third highest in NBA history. Entering the NBA straight from high school, Bryant was the 13th overall pick during the NBA’s 1996 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who then went on to trade Bryant to the Lakers. The rest is history and April 13 forever lives on as “Mamba Day.”and Ronaldo broke down into his signature tears.Portugal Wins First EURO Championship TitleOn July 10, 2016, Portugal took home their first prestigious title ever when they beat France during the European Championship finals in extra time. Though captain and poster boy Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with an injury just after 25 minutes of play, a late goal from substitute Eder helped A Seleção rewrite history. Portugal fans from all over the world celebrated and Ronaldo broke down into his signature tears.Usain Bolt Gains “Triple-Triple” StatusThe fastest man on Earth brought his spectacular Olympic career to a thrilling close by completing his “Triple-Triple” mission. Bolt brought home nine gold medals in which he swept the 100m, 200m and 4×100-meter sprint relay events in three successive Olympic Games. Stating that this would be his final Olympic appearance, we’ll need to wait awhile before another athlete is able to fill his shoes, going down in history as one of the greatest runners of all time. Michael Phelps Breaks 2,000-Year-old Olympic RecordUsain Bolt may be the fastest on land, but Michael Phelps definitely dominates the water. As the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Phelps’s gold medal count sits at 22. What’s more impressive is his individual victories have broken a more than 2,000-year-old Olympic record, set by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 B.C. After his victory in the 200-meter Individual Medley at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Phelps has claim to an unprecedented 13 individual Olympic victories compared to Leonidas’s 12. Phelps is now also the only swimmer to have won the same event, the 200m medley, in four consecutive Olympic Games. Serena William Ties Steffi Graf’s Record for 22 Major WinsFour years prior, Serena Williams looked further from Steffi Graf’s Open-Era record 22 Grand Slam titles than she had in a decade. At 30 years old, and older than Graf was when she’d won her 22nd major, Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon Final finally winning her long-awaited record-tying Grand Slam.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Nigeria’s first Olympics medallist and a proud son of Lagos, Nojeem Maiyegun was the centre of attention again on Sunday, as he was recognised and rewarded by the Household of God Church at the annual Karis Awards Ceremony, for the feat that put the searchlight of the world on Lagos and Nigeria.In 1964, the then 23-year old Light-Middleweight boxer had broken the glass ceiling, and won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The feat marked the beginning of exploits for Nigerian boxers at that stage, and opened the floodgates for future Nigerian Olympians to dream of standing on the podium at the biggest sporting event in the world.And last Sunday, the glamorous Karis Awards showcased not only the excellence of the ‘golden’ Bronze Medal that ‘Omo Oloja’, as Maiyegun was known in his boxing days, brought home, but also highlighted the values embedded in the thought process that birthed the awards. The 24th Karis Award glittered like the Christmas trees that welcomed guests to the event. The list includes the representatives of the Oba of Lagos, the Minister for Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, the President Nigeria Boxing Board of Control, Dr Rauf Ladipo, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Femi Adetula, the captain of the Nigeria Olympic Team to the London Olympics in 2012, Olumide Oyedeji, gold medalist in Men’s 400 Metres Relay at the Athens Olympics in 2004, Ene Udo-Obong, Chairman Brila Group, Dr Larry Izamoje, the President of AIPS Africa, Mitchell Obi, members of the Maiyegun family, and Supersport presenter Mozez Praiz .The event opened with the red carpet, where the gorgeously dressed guests expressed their appreciation to the Household of God for the initiative that has blessed deserving Nigerians, regardless of tribe and religious affiliations.The Maiyegun family were full of praise for the recognition of the icon of their family, with the son of the boxer, who was present at the event stating that he is happy and satisfied that his father is being so honoured.The highlight of the event came when the Minister, Sunday Dare declared that the awards has opened his eyes to the need for the government to officially recognize past Olympians, and promised to immediately, on return to Abuja, set up the machinery that will go into the archives to unearth and find ways of honouring those who had brought fame to the nation at the Olympics.Maiyegun is the third sports person to be honoured at the Karis Awards. Incidentally, the first sports person to receive the award was Hogan ‘Kid’ Bassey, the first Nigerian to win a World boxing title; he was posthumously honoured in 1998. In 2011 former Enugu Rangers and Green Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala became the second sports person to receive the award.The organizers of the award have promised to make the awards more inclusive from next year, with the promise of throwing the nominations open to members of the public.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Family members of legendary Nojeem Maiyegun with the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and Pastor Chris Okotie at the annual Household of God Church Karis Awards Ceremony in Lagos.
On Saturday, USC students joined thousands of volunteers for the annual Carnival of Love on Skid Row, an event that aims to provide services for homeless Los Angeles residents. Langa Tran, a sophomore majoring in accounting, volunteered at the event as a personal guide.“I was assigned an individual and walked him through the various stations,” Tran said. “He didn’t want any clothes so we skipped that area and went straight to food where I sat with him while he ate. Then we went to get him some body soap and popcorn and pizza.”Tran said that homelessness has always been an issue that resonated with her.Skid Row is an area in downtown Los Angeles known for its high concentration of homeless people. Between 8,000 and 11,000 people live at Skid Row, according to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.”There are so many control factors that can lead to homelessness,” Tran said. “It makes me extremely sad to think that these people have no one they can turn to for a home, so when I found out about this opportunity I knew I had to volunteer.” The Wayfarer Foundation has hosted the event for three years in a row and stated that last year over 1,500 homeless individuals came to the event. The foundation said that the goal is to “[transform] one of the worst places in America for four hours into a colorless, classless, beacon of light,” according to the event’s website.“I spent three hours talking to a 57-year-old man about his family where almost every single individual was on drugs and died either by a stabbing, car accident or overdose,” Tran said. “It made me realize how easy it is for me to look at and make judgements on people based on their appearance.”The residents of Skid Row filed in to get medical attention, mental health services, a dental checkups, foot washes, haircuts and massages. There were also multiple tents where homeless individuals could sort through large piles of donated clothing. Susana Montoya, a resident of the Skid Row area for the past two and a half years, said that the Skid Row Carnival of Love, and the clothing donations specifically, are helping her take that next step in her life and get her where she wants to be.“Once you reach this point on Skid Row, you just want to be wanted and accepted the way you are, mistakes or not,” Montoya said. “Getting gifts to look good and looking at ourselves in the mirror and saying ‘I’m ready,’ it’s really a blessing. I really appreciate these clothes, no one knows where they’re from, so when I look to get out of Skid Row, this carnival and clothing make me feel like I fit in.”Benjamin Franklin Chambers said he lived on Skid Row for three and a half months with his wife and daughter, but that they are now on their way out since they have been approved for housing. Chambers related how much he enjoys the Carnival of Love and how this event along with others really helps those of Skid Row get back on their feet again. “At first Skid Row is really really disturbing, but after a while, you see the better things of it,” Chambers said. “Even though the bad is everywhere you go, you have to overlook the bad things and focus on fighting to get out. I am so grateful and so blessed, and I am just happy to be here.” There were also various sources of entertainment such as a live performance by Andy Grammer of “Keep Your Head Up” and a DJ, along with food, an ice cream truck, face painters and multiple carnival games. Tran explained how the experience humbled her and opened her eyes to a world outside of USC. “I had this interaction with a 59-year-old lady, who goes by ‘Chunkeems,’” Tran said. “She told me about how my face looked like a pie and how looking at me made her hungry. I just thought about how despite her mismatched socks and disheveled attire, we were all born the same.”Kids ran around with their painted faces and smiles, enjoying the chance to get to just play and goof around in a safe environment. Resident China Polite expressed the powerful impact of the carnival and how special it was that so many people were able to come together.“This event means going global and surfacing a land that nobody sees, a land of love,” Polite said. “It’s a carnival, yes, but the event is also based upon love and giving. Everyone here is able to accept others and powerful enough to act in the name of love.”Justin Baldoni, an event coordinator and actor in the television show “Jane the Virgin,” spoke to people, shook people’s hands and told them not to give up.“Everything in our lives is trying to tell us that we’re broken, but we’re not. We’re not,” Baldoni said. “No matter what love always wins.”
In the words of USC coach Bob Cantu, the Trojans “stayed the course.”After an offensive vacuum sucked up both teams’ productivity midway through the second half, the Trojans (10-13, 5-5 in Pac-12 play) capitalized on their opportunities down the stretch and hit a wave of late free throws to pull away for a 72-68 home win over the Washington State Cougars (11-12, 2-8).USC trailed by seven early in the second half, but the Trojans managed to square the game at 53 with 5:37 to go, and then went on a decisive 9-1 run to pull out to a 62-54 lead with under three minutes to go. The frenetic Cougars hit a whirlwind of 3-pointers to cut the deficit to two with six seconds left but were unable to claw all the way back.The Trojans improve to 3-3 under Cantu, and are now in a five-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-12 conference standings with a conference record of 5-5.A week after scoring four clutch overtime points in USC’s 75-71 over UCLA, sophomore guard Byron Wesley led the Trojans with a season-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including eight of USC’s first 10 points.“Byron is a slasher; he’s a scorer and he can get to the basket,” Cantu said. “He’s almost like a running back in there, you get him the ball and he can find holes in the zone and make plays.”Senior point guard Jio Fontan tied a career high with 11 assists to go along with 10 points, despite not practicing all week while dealing with the flu. Junior guard J.T. Terrell pitched in 12 points, all in the second half, while junior forward Ari Stewart contributed a season-high 11 off the bench in a balanced Trojan scoring effort. Redshirt junior forward Dewayne Dedmon led the Trojans with 11 rebounds, as USC outrebounded the Cougars 38-28.USC had an eight-day layoff following the UCLA game and broke out with a burst of energy as the sides traded baskets early. After Washington State tied the game at 14 with 12:53 left in the first half, the Trojans reeled off seven straight points, including five from bench sub Stewart, to go ahead at 21-14.“We gave them (the team) a couple of days off over the weekend, and then we said ‘Hey guys, you got to take care of business this next game or else that game (UCLA) is not going to mean anything,’” Cantu said.The Cougars found their shooting touch soon after, though. After not scoring for the first 13 minutes, forward Brock Motum had a scoring burst of six points in two minutes, as the Cougars went on an 11-3 run to take a 25-24 lead with 5:05 left in the opening half. The Trojans clawed back to take the lead again, but consecutive 3-pointers by guard DaVonte Lacy put USC in a 33-30 hole at halftime.The Trojans quickly erased their deficit to begin the second half to make it 34-33, but the Trojan defense could not muster enough pressure, as the Cougars followed with an 8-0 run to take a 41-34 lead, their largest of the game.A slew of offensive fouls and turnovers hurt the Trojans, but the Cougars topped them in sloppy play by going over six minutes without even making a field goal. With the Cougars throwing up bricks, back-to-back 3-pointers from Terrell gave USC its first lead of the second half at 49-47 with 7:51 to go. Still in the game by this point, USC managed to score efficiently down the stretch, going 17-for-18 on free throws in the second half to hold off the Cougars.The Trojans host the Washington Huskies on Sunday at 7 p.m.