Nacho Monreal on verge of leaving Arsenal after agreeing contract with Real Sociedad

first_imgMonreal has spent over six years at Arsenal (Getty Images)The report claims that Monreal will sign a two-year contract with the option of a third season with the Spanish club.AdvertisementAdvertisementReal Sociedad are confident that the transfer will be completed next week and are planning to finalise an agreement following Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.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 CityMarca report that Real Sociedad will pay Arsenal a ‘small fee’ for the left-back.Monreal has started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far against Newcastle United and Burnley but Sead Kolasinac is back in contention to be selected.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 ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Comment Nacho Monreal on verge of leaving Arsenal after agreeing contract with Real Sociedad Advertisement Advertisement Nacho Monreal is set to leave Arsenal (Getty Images)Nacho Monreal is on the verge of leaving Arsenal after agreeing a contract with Real Sociedad, according to reports in Spain.The 33-year-old has spent just over six years with the Gunners but could fall down the pecking order this season following the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic earlier this summer.Unai Emery has already confirmed that Arsenal are open to selling Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi before the transfer window closes across Europe.But according to Marca, the Gunners are also set to offload Monreal as they are close to reaching an agreement with Real Sociedad.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Wilder opens up on his personal life, reveals how he’ll beat Fury next Saturday

first_imgThe most significant moment in the life of Deontay Wilder had nothing to do with boxing or becoming heavyweight champion of the world, rightly proud though he is of that accomplishment. It came when he was called upon to make a deeply personal and profoundly agonising choice as a poor teenager who was about to become a father. Deontay Wilder opens up to Sportsmail on life as a father to eight children by four women Wilder and his then-girlfriend Helen Duncan were told that his first child would be born with spina bifida. ‘It had been scary first off to know I had a I child on the way,’ he says. ‘It was even scarier that this tiny being would be coming into the world with a defect. ‘I was so young, holding my whole world in my hands. Suddenly I was facing this huge responsibility for a life which would need my enormous care and attention. ‘The doctors told us she would never walk. Told us maybe she would never have a child’s natural ability for learning. They offered us the opportunity to terminate. Wilder’s youngest daughter, Naieya, was born with a spinal condition called spina bifida ‘This was the most important decision of my life. To keep her or not to keep her. Thank God I got it right. We just felt she had a right to live.’ Vindication has come with every improving day of Naieya’s life and the 6ft 7in 34-year-old whose business is knocking out all the other giants of the prize ring is glowing with love and delight as his daughter approaches her 15th birthday, on March 20. Naieya, 15, has defied the prognosis of doctors and is flourishing academically and in sport ‘Doctors can do all that studying and acquire all that knowledge,’ says Wilder. ‘But what they cannot account for is a miracle. The miracle that is our Naieya. She’s not just walking, she’s running. She’s not only going to school, she’s one of smartest girls in her class. So clever. So intelligent. ‘The experience with her matured me early. Seeing her overcome adversity so many times inspired me to do the same. Even before she was born she taught me the importance of always making the right decisions. She’s such a bright spark lighting up my life, as are all my children with their different characters and personalities. I love them all.’ All eight of them. By four different mothers including the latest addition with Telli Swift, the fiancée soon to become his second wife. Wilder will be happy if he finishes the job of knocking out Tyson Fury, who he floored twice in their drawn first fight. He says: ‘Yes, I want to prove to the world that I’m the best heavyweight of this generation. Perhaps the best ever because when I knock out Tyson it will be in my 11th straight world heavyweight title fight, which is closing in on Muhammad Ali’s record. ‘This is now the biggest fight of my life but my best days of all are when I have all the kids at home with me. Sometimes with all their mothers. Even a couple of my mothers-in-law. I love them, too. I have a big, beautiful family. The way we are together is amazing. There’s no trouble. I don’t want a stressful life. I lead a loving life. We lead a regular life even though we have all we need and more. Simplicity is the key.’ Preparation for a large family came from being the eldest of eight siblings. As did the aspiration for greatness. He recalls: ‘The house was always full. Some nights when everyone was at home and two of my sisters brought their kids there was no bed for me and I had to sleep outside in the back of our old car. As the oldest I got to do the majority of the chores as well as look after the others.’ Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, for whose fabled college champions football team the Crimson Tide he dreamed of playing. Poor high school grades partly put paid that ambition and he had to go to a tough community college ‘where they made fun of my old hand-me-down clothes and worn out shoes so I turned to boxing.’ There was also the more pressing need to boost the family income: ‘We were always struggling to make ends meet. Living from pay cheque to pay cheque. So I got a job as a server at the local IHOP.’ That is short for the International House Of Pancakes fast food chain and Wilder adds: ‘I used to make pretty good tips. I always kept my station spotless clean. At first people thought I must be a basketball or football player and talked to me about sports. Then they wouldn’t sit at any tables but mine and they would tell me very personal things about their lives. ‘For some reason they clung to me. It became like having another large family. I got my social skills from my mother. She loved talking to people and like her I’m happy to meet people. I don’t think I’m better than anyone because I’m the world champion and I’ve got millions in the bank. ‘I’m still like everyone else. I had to fight my way up. I always know the price of milk. I’m a people person and I won’t let anyone take real life away from me. No-one.’ Certainly not the racists against whom Wilder, like virtually all African-Americans here in the Deep South, is still fighting. One way of reaching his charming Gone With The Wind home city which is frequently voted the No 1 most liveable town in America is via the Alabama state capital of Montgomery. Signs in the arrivals area of the airport there include a reminder that Martin Luther King Jr served several years as pastor at a local church, alongside an illustrated declaration that The March Goes On. ‘Yes it does,’ says Wilder. ‘The struggle continues. It’s still as alive, still as real as back in the day of the Million Man March. It’s appalling that it’s more out in the open now. What used to go on in the dark now goes on in the light. We can see videos of racist remarks and racist acts yet even though the proof is there plain as day those people don’t get found guilty. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Loading… center_img ‘I’m black and famous so I use my platform to put things out there. When those moments come I give it my all. I don’t hold nothing back. I’ve not changed down the years of my success. Same walk. Same talk. Some people may not like it but they gotta respect it. ‘Other people don’t know what black people have to go through. They don’t have to live with hatred every day. They don’t see the eyes of prejudice staring them in the face. ‘Like they say, walk in my shoes. Then you might understand what I’ve been through. What it feels like to be called a certain word or to witness police brutality. ‘Usually if I see a bad situation my size and presence is enough to stop it. But I often ask myself what I would do if a terrible act against someone vulnerable carried on. I know what damage I’m capable of. But I can’t promise I would turn a deaf ear and walk away. I can’t promise I wouldn’t help that person. I can’t promise I would never lash out.’ Tuscaloosa is where the first black girl to be admitted to a segregated southern university, Autherine Lucy, was denied entrance until US marshalls famously forced Alabama governor George Wallace to step aside from barring the main door. Now it is Wilder’s refuge from such dark realities: There is a sign on his gym wall which reads Sweet Home Alabama. ‘I love this place,’ he says. ‘Everyone talks about how they like to come home. But it’s all the more beautiful when you are coming to the place that’s always been your home. To where you were born.’ Which brings him back to Fury, who has suddenly changed his trainer from the defence-orientated Ben Davison to the great Emmanuel Steward’s attack-minded nephew Javan SugerHill Steward. To which Wilder says: ‘I would no more change my trainer (Jay Deas) than I would change where I live. Why would I want to move to New York, Los Angeles or Miami when this is where I have tranquillity. I’m a home boy. I like being surrounded by family but I also like being home alone sometimes. To meditate. To train my brain to solve problems, which is as important for me as training my body.’ That remarkably slender body for a heavyweight which enables him to throw those knock-out punches at irresistible speed. Wilder is desperate to prove himself as the best heavyweight of his generation by beating Fury Fury insists he is going for a second round KO next Saturday in Las Vegas for fear that he might be robbed, as he sees it, for a second time. That draw achieved by him somehow rising semi-conscious from a last round flattening enabled Wilder to keep his WBC title and he says: ‘If Tyson comes out charging at me he really is crazy. People say I can’t box on the back foot but the majority of my knock-outs have been inflicted when I’ve been on the back foot.’ The 34-year-old has remained in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama throughout his career The build-up has been more respectful thus far and Wilder says: ‘So it should be. We’ve shared our energy in the ring and Tyson has felt the wrath of my power. The myth of that power is always in the back of the minds of all my foes. They are always wondering “when he hits me what’s going to happen to me”. ‘If I’d been knocked unconscious the way I knocked Tyson unconscious in our first fight it sure would be on my mind. I know it’s on his mind and his family’s. I’ve seen videos of them saying they don’t want him to do this again. ‘I know what’s going on. Just because you don’t see people it doesn’t mean we’re not watching. We’ve got our spies all over the world. My CIA. Even the birds talk.’ We are talking in a cubby-hole of a room in a corner of that dilapidated gym, which occupies two of a few mostly deserted lock up storage units tucked away in a small clearing in woods on the edge of town. Rain is hammering on the tin roof and old buckets are catching the drips around the ring. Wilder is convinced the punches he hit Fury with will be in the back of the Gypsy King’s mind Read Also: Fury ready for ‘war’ in Wilder heavyweight title rematch It is here that this loving father prepares for ‘my transformation into this beast called the Bronze Bomber on fight night.’ That process will become complete when he puts on one of his garish, wolf-like face masks and enters the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Vegas Strip. Wilder talks a lot about energy but he saves it for his big fights inside the ring and against racial abuse outside. Talk of the third man in the world heavyweight championship equation, Anthony Joshua, is banned in this camp because Wilder is convinced the holder of all the other alpha-belts will never risk fighting him. Still I press him to condense his thoughts into Joshua into one word. He says: ‘Coward.’ And a word for Fury, please. He pauses, gives me a copy of a signed children’s comic book about his life, then smiles as he says: ‘Amen.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Nick Mariano shines, but not bright enough for Syracuse in loss to Cornell

first_img Published on April 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse suffers 10-9 defeat to Cornell in overtimecenter_img ITHACA, N.Y. — The game was tied, and then it wasn’t. Then it was tied again and Syracuse regained its lead. Cornell answered. This time, the tie only lasted 40 seconds.On three occasions, Nick Mariano broke the deadlock. In a game notable for the back-and-forth battle between the two teams, Mariano was the one who allowed the Orange to keep poking its head above water.As the overtime bout hung in the balance, the most crucial tiebreak didn’t go to the junior midfielder. Instead, the Big Red broke the final tie and Cornell celebrated the goal which ended the extra frame and led to its 10-9 win.“We wanted a bigger lead and that’s what we were trying to do offensively,” Mariano said. “But that didn’t happen.”And Mariano’s not to blame. All four of his goals extended No. 9 Syracuse’s (6-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lead in the eventual one-goal loss to Cornell (5-5, 1-3 Ivy) at Schoellkopf Field. The four scores were a season-high for Mariano who previously hadn’t played midfield since he was in sixth grade. He’s used to taking on defenders with long poles and exploited the favorable matchup on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn two previous overtime games this season, the Orange’s offense never touched the ball. This time, Ben Williams won the opening faceoff and SU quickly called timeout to set up a play.After cycling the ball around for nearly a minute and a half, Derek DeJoe sprinted toward the goal from the right wing. He nearly got to the goal-line and unleashed a low-angle shot that flew beyond the opposite sideline.Syracuse head coach John Desko said Mariano’s defender had a short stick.“I wanted the ball definitely,” Mariano said.“I wanted him to have the ball at the end also,” Desko said.Mariano never took a shot on the Orange’s only possession in the extra period and Cornell scored on its first chance with the ball.What he did during the first 60 minutes, though, was enough to leave one of the biggest imprints in a game that teetered from one side to the other.“Nick had the hot hand,” Desko said.Mariano’s second goal came when he caught a pass from Jordan Evans about 10 yards in front of the net. The lefty wound up with his dominant hand and fired a sidearm shot toward the center of the goal, but it snuck just under the crossbar. Syracuse, 4-3.His next came off a roll dodge from the left side of the field. As Mariano switched his stick into his left hand, he leapt off the ground to generate power and scored his third goal to record his fifth hat trick of the season. Syracuse, 8-7.After Cornell tied it up at eight, Mariano had the answer again 40 seconds later. Another lefty rip. Another broken tie. Except this time, Mariano barely celebrated. He kept his arms at his sides and simply started walking toward the sideline. It was becoming routine. Syracuse, 9-8.“He was shooting the ball extremely well,” Desko said. “He had the opportunities he was put in, he was dodging hard, he was playing with a lot of confidence.”For the past eight years, Mariano had played attack. In two years at Massachusetts, he often drew opponents’ best defenders. He switched to midfield before the season and 10 games into his career, he’s still occasionally drawing short sticks even as the Orange’s leading goal scorer.That’s what helped open him up several times against the Big Red.“When I get a shortie on me, I get a little red in the eye,” Mariano said.After the game, a father and son stood near reporters and watched as Syracuse packed up its truck for the 53-mile drive back to SU. The son, wearing an orange jersey, posed for a photo with Desko as his dad captured the moment with his phone.Moments later, Mariano finished fielding questions from the media just a few yards away from the field he had his best game at Syracuse on.“He played great,” the father said to his son.But then Mariano turned around, the lights on top of reporters’ cameras turned off and he walked back to the Orange’s locker room. It didn’t matter how great Mariano played. Commentslast_img read more

Chris Sale is the fastest pitcher ever to 2,000 strikeouts

first_imgSale’s 2,000th strikeout came on his 6,527th batter faced. That is the fastest to reach the number breaking Pedro Martinez’s record of 6,834, according to Ryan M. Spaeder.Batters faced to 2,000 career strikeouts:Chris Sale – 6,527*Pedro Martinez – 6,834Clayton Kershaw – 7,224Max Scherzer – 7,277Randy Johnson – 7,284Nolan Ryan – 7,915Roger Clemens – 8,796Steve Carlton – 10,721*fewest batters faced to 2,000 strikeouts in baseball history— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 14, 2019Almost more impressively, he accomplished the feat in nearly 150 innings less than Martinez (1,626 to 1,771 1/3) which was also an MLB record. Red Sox’s Chris Sale (3-8) sounds off on ‘absolutely embarrassing’ first half Chris Sale not optimistic umpire will be held accountable for missed calls: There’s nothing MLB is going to do Chris Sale threw a very special pitch Tuesday.On a 1-2 count to Oscar Mercado in Boston’s matchup with the Indians, Sale was able to get a swinging strike on an 81-mph slider to the rookie center fielder.center_img That pitch marked the 2,000th strikeout of Sale’s career.That in and of itself isn’t all that special. Eighty-three pitchers have now eclipsed the number, but it was the speed in which Sale did it that was remarkable. Related News Chris Sale is the fastest pitcher (1,626 IP) to record 2,000 career strikeouts, breaking @45PedroMartinez’s record of 1,771.1 IP. pic.twitter.com/CkumzdJvqg— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 14, 2019The strikeout was Sale’s 211th of the season.This is the seventh straight season in which he has struck out at least 200 batters. And at his current K rate this season, he has a chance to once again break 300 strikeouts which would be his second time to accomplish that feat in the last three years.last_img read more

Guardiola says Aguero will decide own future

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero had earned the right to determine his own Manchester City future after the Argentinian striker scored a brace in a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.The build-up to Saturday’s contest was dogged by talk of Aguero’s supposed discontent at the Etihad Stadium as Guardiola continues to rotate his starting XI.Aguero, City’s all-time leading scorer, is reported to have held talks with club owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak, but he showed no signs of unhappiness against Bournemouth as he scored twice and set up a goal for Raheem Sterling.“I respect Sergio a lot, about all he has done and what he will do in the future,” said City manager Guardiola after the Premier League leaders’ 17th successive league win.“He is a legend. He will decide absolutely everything about his life and his future. I’m delighted to have him here with Gabriel (Jesus) and all the squad.“Aguero is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals. I know the players who normally don’t play are upset, but all the team deserve to play.”Guardiola : Aguero will decide own futureAguero’s first goal, a clinically taken diving header after 27 minutes following a fine Fernandinho cross, was his 100th City goal at the Etihad.Sterling doubled City’s lead in the 53rd minute, thrashing a low effort home to end a challenging week that saw him racially abused at the club’s training ground last weekend by a man who was jailed for 16 weeks on Wednesday.The England forward appears to have shrugged off that incident and Guardiola believes he is getting better all the time.– Sterling ‘is loved’ – “With and without the ball he’s so aggressive and so intense. I like how clear it’s becoming — he knows when to dribble and when to pass,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.“Before there was a mistake, now he’s enjoying scoring goals. In the past it was a bit scary for him.“He’s loved in the locker room, he’s a young player and important for the national team. He must maintain that level.”After Sterling’s goal, Bournemouth could no longer contain City and the home side began to maraud forward.Aguero nodded home his second header of the match before substitute Danilo ruthlessly finished from 12 yards out with five minutes remaining.Sterling is lovedAlthough they slipped into the relegation zone, Bournemouth showed enough intent and commitment to suggest they can avoid the drop.“City are an outstanding team, very difficult to play against and we came with a game plan to stay in the game then maybe have a go,” said beaten manager Eddie Howe.“For long periods we were good. The (first) goal came from our mistake, which was disappointing, but the rest of the half was OK. The second goal was the killer. We had another go, but it was difficult.”Howe added: “We try to approach every game looking to win, but these are a difficult team to play against.“If you get it wrong here they have the players to expose it. We’ve had an incredibly difficult run, but we are through it and have to focus on the games coming up.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Guardiola hits backs at Solskjaer’s ‘tactical’ fouling jibe

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Pep GuardiolaManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has slammed suggestions from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Manchester City are guilty of “tactical” fouling in an attempt to stop rivals from counter-attacking.Solskjaer, talking before the crucial Manchester derby between the sides at Old Trafford on Wednesday, made reference to City’s supposed habit of fouling high up the field to stop opponents hitting them on the break if Guardiola’s players are out of position.But City boss Guardiola did not take kindly to that analysis and appeared to accuse Solskjaer of trying to influence referee Andre Marriner, who will take charge of the derby.“That’s the reason why, of course,” said Guardiola when asked if he was concerned Solskjaer’s comments might be intended to influence the referee.“I know exactly what I said to my players from day one to the last day.“So when a player wants to attack, we have to be honest and, of course, there is contact, there are fouls.“But when it happens and you arrive late, that is why there are referees — to make yellow cards or red cards or whatever they decide, but never have I prepared a game (to do it).“I prepare the game to do our own game, that is what I want, knowing of course the opponent, but I never said I’m going to do that to punish them or cancel them, making fouls. Never.”Solskjaer is not the first United manager to make a similar claim about City in the Guardiola era — his predecessor Jose Mourinho having made an identical observation before a derby meeting last season.But the bare statistics tend not to support Solskjaer’s claims as figures show United have collected 64 yellow cards this season, compared with City’s 38, with four reds for United, in contrast to their rivals’ solitary dismissal.– ‘Ask him again’ –In terms of fouls, United have committed 201, considerably more than City’s 172, and Guardiola’s outraged reaction appeared to support such a reading of the situation.“I never prepare a game in 10 seasons as a manager thinking about these kind of things. Never,” he said. “The players can talk about it better than me about that — the players I had at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and here — one of the targets is about the counter attacks for the opponents making fouls, never have I said to one player to make fouls to avoid something.“Football sometimes you do that, because football, the actions is quick, fast.“But I’m concerned about many other things to beat them than these kind of things so I don’t know.“Maybe tomorrow in the press conference after the game you can ask him again about that.”Guardiola, however, is wary of the threat posed by United to City’s Premier League title ambitions.City are two points behind leaders Liverpool and the Manchester derby represents their vital game in hand.The Spaniard knows United’s under-performing stars could suddenly hit form as Solskjaer’s team battle to finish in the top four after a disappointing recent run.But the fact that Guardiola likened such a potential upset to Burnley’s achievement in drawing at Chelsea on Monday spoke of the extent to which United have ceased to be a viable challenger to City’s superiority.“Well the tension is there, it’s necessary to complete these kind of games,” he said.“I think everyone knows what we are playing for, we have to focus on the target and what we have to do.“For me, United remains an incredible team, of course, the last 20 or 25 years always there. The past three or four, that can happen in terms of a long history.“For one specific game, they would be dangerous. I know in the beginning how strong they’ll be in terms of intensity and we’ll have to handle it.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Player divide threatens Premier League’s restart plan

first_imgThe Premier League’s bid to restart the season in JuneLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  The Premier League’s bid to restart the season in June is in danger of being derailed by a heated debate between players about the risks of playing amid the coronavirus crisis.While Premier League chiefs believe completing the campaign is essential to safeguard the financial and sporting future of the game, some stars are not so convinced.AFP Sport looks at both sides of the row:“I’m not going to put my family at risk”Watford captain Troy Deeney has been one of the loudest voices against returning to the pitch so soon.Although the Premier League has agreed to fund regular testing for players and staff, there is no guarantee of keeping the virus at bay while vaccine trials remain in the early stages.Adding to Deeney’s concern, black and ethnic minorities are statistically more at risk of dying from the virus, leaving him adamant he will not gamble with his family’s life just to satisfy the desire for football to resume.“I’m not even talking about football at the moment. I’m talking about my family’s health,” Deeney said on Instagram.“I’m not going to put my family at risk. What are they going to do, take money off me? I’ve been broke before so it doesn’t bother me.“They’re talking about not playing in front of fans until 2021. So if it’s not safe enough for fans to be inside a stadium, why should it be safe for players to be in there?”Critics of Deeney’s view have noted that Watford were just outside the relegation zone on goal difference when the season was halted, so his club would clearly benefit from the season being abandoned.But Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have also raised concerns about restarting, while Newcastle’s Danny Rose, on loan from Tottenham, launched a furious rant about the situation.“Government is saying ‘bring football back’ because it is going to boost the nation’s morale. I don’t care about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk,” he said.“Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.”Like Deeney and other Premier League skippers, Norwich captain Grant Hanley took part in a conference call with the Premier League this week that reportedly saw numerous disagreements.“I think the overall feeling is that players have got concerns. There’s just so much uncertainty,” Hanley told Sky Sports. “Every team and player has got different views on it. Ultimately it’s putting your family at risk that is the main concern.”“Looking forward to playing again”In contrast to the anger expressed by some of his peers, England captain Harry Kane has preached a more moderate attitude.Tottenham striker Kane is ready to restart as long as player safety is the highest priority.“I think the majority of players are looking forward to playing again as soon as possible but we know we want it to be as safe as possible too,” Kane told British daytime TV show, Good Morning Britain.“Me personally, I am happy to start training in small groups if that is allowed and just trying to get back to some normality as soon as possible. I guess everyone is different and has their own personal view.”Even those willing to play, like Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, have given their support with caveats.Abraham’s father has asthma and the England international does not want to put him in danger.“To go out on the pitch is a big thing for me. But my dad is asthmatic and the last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus,” Abraham said.“The Premier League and the Government have to come to a decision on whether or not it’s safe enough to play again and we take it on from there. I am ready to play tomorrow if it is safe.”Encapsulating the split in the ranks, former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton claimed Deeney is acting out of self-interest.Barton, who is manager of League One side Fleetwood, tweeted: “If Troy doesn’t want to play or doesn’t feel safe enough to, then that’s his choice.“Let’s not kid ourselves about what is going on. Big money to be had in the Premier League, who wouldn’t want another year of that towards the end of your career? Got to admire the opportunism.“Squad on huge bonus for survival. No wonder they want it null and voided.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Like daughter, like mother a winner!

first_img When the name M MacLaren pops up on a leaderboard it usually refers to 20-year-old England international Meghan. Today, though, the honours belonged to her mother, Mary.The Wellingborough player won the women’s scratch prize at the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Midlands tournament at Newark, where her gross score rewarded her with a total of 60 points.Mary, a four handicapper, an Ireland senior international and a past Northamptonshire county champion, commented: “It’s my first win in one of these senior events, so I’m delighted. I had to take a photograph of the leaderboard! I’m used to seeing another M MacLaren up there!”Mary had special thanks, though, for her younger daughter, 15-year-old Rebecca, “who dragged me out to practice on Monday evening. I am sure that helped me,” she said.Mary added: “One of the benefits of turning 50 is coming to play in these fantastic senior events. They’re good fun and still competitive, but it’s a more friendly competition!”The ladies’ handicap prize was won by Pauline Olliver of Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire who scored 71 stableford points – and won by a point from Mary MacLaren.“It’s been absolutely lovely. In the first round I had a good front nine and then rather lost it. Today I had another good front nine and managed to hang on. I’m thrilled – and I’ve taken 0.9 off my handicap!” she said.“The course was lovely and I’ve done some exploring. I brought my National Trust card with me and visited Belton House, just outside Grantham, which was stunning. Since I’ve been playing in these events my geography of England has improved enormously!  That’s another bonus.”The men’s scratch prize went to Newark’s course manager Graeme MacDonald who was hard at work before the competition and then back on his tractor afterwards, preparing for the weekend’s play, which includes a mixed open on Sunday.Graeme, who had 60 points, is playing his first year of senior golf, is representing Nottinghamshire seniors and played in the recent English senior amateur championship. He was pleased with the presentation of the course today and, although he had local knowledge, he didn’t enjoy any inside information. “England Golf chose the pin positions,” he said.The handicap winner was David Bull of Erewash Valley in Derbyshire, who amassed 77 points and was five clear of the runner-up.David, a past captain of Ilkeston Borough, also in Derbyshire, is a regular at England Golf captains’ events – but this was his first senior tournament. He used to play in the Newark Open but said: “I haven’t played the course for about five years, so it was nice to go back there and have some memories.”“The greens were very true and I had tremendous success with my putter.”Picture (from left): Graeme MacDonald, Mary MacLaren, Pauline Olliver and David Bull. 11 Jul 2014 Like daughter, like mother a winner! last_img read more

Toy Run 2014 Parade Route Traffic Delays Expected

first_imgSubmitted by The City of OlympiaThe 37th Annual Olympia Toy Run motorcycle parade is this Saturday, December 6. Motorcyclists will assemble at South Sound Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Run starts at 1:00 p.m., and winds its way from South Sound Center along Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, through downtown Olympia to Deschutes Parkway, ending at Marathon Park.Sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition, the event attracts nearly ten thousand motorcyclists. Spectators are welcome to gather on sidewalks along the route. The Run may last up to two hours while motorcyclists travel from the South Sound Center to Marathon Park. Motorists should expect travel delays.  Intercity Transit has also issued a detour alert for several of its routes: http://www.intercitytransit.com.Information and the route map are posted on the Coalition’s website:  http://olytoyrun.com/. According to its website, the Olympia Toy Run “brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy ‘n Joy Shop.” Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more