What Mikel Arteta has told Granit Xhaka about his Arsenal future

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Dec 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 link966Shares Granit Xhaka started Arsenal’s first game under Mikel Arteta against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has told Granit Xhaka he will be allowed to leave Arsenal, but not until the summer transfer window.The Switzerland international was stripped of the captaincy by Unai Emery back in November after he clashed with his own supporters during a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.Following a period on the sidelines, Xhaka was gradually reintegrated and has started four of Arsenal’s last five Premier League games, only missing the defeat against Manchester City due to concussion.The 27-year-old produced arguably his most influential performance of the season so far at Bournemouth on Boxing Day, as Arsenal came from behind for force a draw in what was Arteta’s first game at the helm.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite having regained his place in the side and receiving the public backing of his new manager, who earlier this week revealed he wanted to sign him for Manchester City, Xhaka wants to return to Germany and is said to have already agreed a deal in principle with Hertha Berlin.✅ First game as our head coachA thank you to all our fans from @m8arteta 👊 pic.twitter.com/yyPU9WPBNj— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 26, 2019 What Mikel Arteta has told Granit Xhaka about his Arsenal future The Bundesliga club, who are now managed by Jurgen Klinsmann, have tabled an opening offer of €25 million (£21.3m) but the Gunners are hoping to recoup somewhere close the £35m they paid Borussia Monchengladbach for Xhaka in the summer of 2016.And, despite giving him public assurances over his future, Bild report that Arteta is happy to sanction Xhaka’s move but wants him to delay his departure until the end of the current campaign, a stance which is said to have annoyed the player’s representatives.‘Look, I will say it frankly and honestly, we are in agreement with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin,’ Xhaka’s agent Jose Noguera told Blick on Thursday.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‘We have told Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sporting director Edu Gaspar, as well as the new coach Mikel Arteta.‘Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear. It’s only about the transfer fee of the clubs.’Arteta, meanwhile, has already issued the Arsenal board with his list of transfer priorities ahead of the winter window with defensive and midfield reinforcements top of the agenda.Adrien Rabiot, who has largely been out of favour since his summer switch to Juventus from PSG, is a loan target, while Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel has been monitored.MORE: Granit Xhaka agrees deal to leave Arsenal and sign for Hertha BerlinMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals details of chat with Granit Xhaka amid Arsenal exit rumours Advertisementlast_img read more

Brisbane squeezing pets out of city

first_imgDevoted pet owners Victoria Lightfoot and John Hawkins with their dog Annie at their Herston rental home. Pic Peter WallisFURBABIES are being squeezed out of the Queensland capital, with latest data showing over 80 per cent of Brisbane rental properties banned families with pets.The restrictions have put pet owners under pressure, facing higher bond costs and red tape like the need to produce “pet resumes” to compete for a shrinking pool of properties. Others unable to find the right property have had to make the ultimate decision to either urgently rehome or put down the family pet.Analysis of data on realestate.com.au showed that despite the wild popularity of furbabies, they were only permitted in 19.1 per cent of rental listings ins Greater Brisbane.The situation gets worse closer to the CBD, with pet friendly properties making up less than 15 per cent of rentals in inner Brisbane.More than 8100 properties were currently listed as available for tenancy in Greater Brisbane, with pets allowed in just 1563 of them. Over 800 listings made particular mention of a strict no pets policy.Desperate owners have resorted to giving animals away via shelters, Facebook and sites like Gumtree where a free English Staffy has remained available for two weeks. The anguished owner was moving to a place where pets were not allowed and said “I don’t give away my animals easily this has been a very hard decision”.Carolyn Parrella, Terri Scheer Insurance executive manager, agreed the situation was becoming more commonplace.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“A number of animals have to be relinquished and sadly destroyed,” she said. “People say all the time, I have to move, we can’t take the pet, we don’t want to have him or her put down. It’s terrible to see but seems to be more and more common.”She said there was an opportunity for landlords given the lack of pet-friendly properties, but there was also a lot of fear over damage that could be done by pets with irresponsible owners.Brisbane couple Victoria Lightfoot and John Hawkins resorted to building their rescue dog Annie a “pet resume” detailing her training and behaviour.“It definitely has been hard,” Ms Lightfoot said. “We’re very lucky in our current property because my friend owns the house and she offered it to us because we had Annie. Previous to that we had a property that allowed pets but it was very hard to get anyone to say yes.”Ms Lightfoot’s tips to get a foot in the door including getting a detailed pet character reference.“It’s legit, they asked for it. I kind of get it because you could have a hideous beast that wreaks the property. But we’re happy to pay more bond if that makes us more desirable applicants.”Another strategy, she said, was to go for a higher costing property.“Even though it would be a push to pay rent, we thought perhaps that would be easier, more space in a nicer area and people are less likely to think the worst of you. We didn’t want to choose something so far away just because we had a dog.”last_img read more

Philips and KLM schemes achieve 10% gains in 2016

first_imgIts fixed income holdings and equity portfolio yielded 7.4% and 8.7% respectively last year, the scheme said, while its real estate assets – which make up roughly 10% of the total portfolio – gained 5.2%.The €8.3bn pension fund for KLM’s pilots reported an annual gain of 7.6%, following a 0.2% fourth-quarter return. Its most recent funding ratio was 119.7%. KLM’s €8bn pension fund for ground staff posted an annual profit of 9.3%, after a quarterly loss of 1%. Its coverage ratio was 108% at the end of December.The scheme’s board said it had decided to cease its tactical asset allocation “as this had delivered insufficient returns”.The assets of the three large KLM schemes are managed by Blue Sky Group. The €19bn Philips Pensioenfonds gained 10.2% on investments over the course of 2016, despite a 2.8% loss in the last quarter.The fund also recorded a combined loss of 0.4 percentage points on its inflation and interest rate hedges. At year-end, the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 108%.With a predominantly older population, the Philips scheme has divided its investments across a 40% securities portfolio and a 60% matching portfolio. The securites portfolio mainly comprises equity (29%) and property (10%), while the matching section includes government bonds (35%), credit (10%), mortgages (5%), and emerging market debt (5%).Elsewhere, Dutch airline KLM’s €2.8bn scheme for cabin staff generated a 10% return during the year but lost 1% in the fourth quarter, resulting in funding level of 105.7%.last_img read more

Colorado Leads Nation For First Time Adolescent Pot Use

first_imgAnnual HHS Survey Finds Marijuana Use Higher in “Legal” States; Colorado Leads Nation For First Time Adolescent Pot UseSAM 3 December 2018Family First Comment: More young people are trying marijuana for the first time in Colorado, the first state to allow recreational marijuana, than anywhere else in the nation. The nation’s most authoritative study on drugs, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services also finds the state is at the top of the list for the lowest perception of risk of using marijuana among teens.#SayNopetoDope www.VoteNo.nzMore young people are trying marijuana for the first time in Colorado, the first state to allow recreational marijuana, than anywhere else in the nation, according to the nation’s most authoritative study on drugs, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The survey also finds the state is at the top of the list for the lowest perception of risk of using marijuana among teens.Almost 8% of Colorado teens admitted to using marijuana for the first time last year, compared with 7.9% in Massachusetts, 7.4% in DC and 7.1% in Alaska, all jurisdictions with “legal” marijuana (marijuana remains illegal in the U.S. per the Controlled Substances Act). Past month use of marijuana is double in “legal” states among all age groups, and 45% higher in the 12 to 17 year-old category (9.1% versus 6.3%).“The effects of legalization are revealing our worst fears,” Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, president and founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), and a former White House drug policy advisor, said. “Big Pot’s profits-over-people business model is hooking more people on highly potent marijuana gummies, candies, waxes, and blunts while governments look the other way. How many lives have to be affected until we take action?”Sabet continued, “There should be a moratorium on legalization until we can better understand what is happening. The social harms –increased stoned driving, more youth use, crime, and hospital mentions — keep piling up. We need to stop the bleeding.”Key findings of the study: Past month use of marijuana is noticeably greater in states that have legalized among those 12+ by 7.6% (legal: 16%; non: 8.5%), 12-17 by 2.8% (9.1%; 6.3%), and 18+ by 8.7% (17.4%; 8.7%).Past year use of marijuana is noticeably greater in states that have legalized among those 12+ by 10% (legal: 23.48%; non: 13.43%), 12-17 by 3.7% (15.7%; 12%), and 18+ by 10.5% (24.1%; 13.6%).In 2017, past month marijuana use among 12-17 year-olds was highest in Vermont (10.75%), followed by Oregon (10.35%).In 2017, past year marijuana use among 12-17 year-olds was highest in Vermont (17.88%), followed by Oregon (17.01%).In 2017, perception of great risk from smoking marijuana once a month among 12-17 year-olds was lowest in Colorado (16.21%), followed by Oregon (16.84%).Washington saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting both past month and year use in 2017, compared to 2016Oregon saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting both past month and year use in 2017, compared to 2016.D.C. saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting past month use in 2017, compared to 2016California saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting both past month and year use in 2017, compared to 2016.https://learnaboutsam.org/annual-hhs-survey-finds-marijuana-use-higher-in-legal-states-colorado-leads-nation-for-first-time-adolescent-pot-use/last_img read more

Reports: Cruise Ship with 4 Dead of COVID-19 Cleared to Pass through Panama Canal

first_imgThe Holland America cruise ship with four dead passengers on board who were infected with COVID-19 received clearance Sunday morning to cross the Panama Canal, according to reports.The Panama Canal Authority backtracked from an earlier statement which stated a person would not be allowed passage through the canal if they were infected with the virus.In a revised statement, the canal authority says it “supports all efforts being made to ensure an expedited return home for cruise passengers and crew on Holland America’s Zaandaam, which is the ship in reference.UPDATE 3/28 (8 pm PT): We are aware of reported permission for Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal. We appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew. We continue to work with the Panamanian authorities to finalize details.— Holland America Line (@HALcruises) March 29, 2020 Healthy passengers are being allowed to depart the cruise ship at the Panama Canal and transferring to Holland America’s other ship, the Rotterdam.However, no date has been announced as to when the Zaandaam may cross the canal to get to the United States.last_img read more

Football News UEFA Champions League: Manchester City top group, register come-from-behind win against Hoffenheim

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Manchester: Manchester City survived a sloppy start to secure top spot in Champions League Group F by coming from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 thanks to Leroy Sane’s double. Andrej Kramaric’s penalty put the Germans deservedly in front on 16 minutes as another much-changed City side struggled to get up to speed. However, Pep Guardiola’s men found their feet as the first half wore on and were level just before the break courtesy of a brilliant Sane free-kick. Guardiola was frustrated by his side’s wastefulness in front of goal in the second period, but Sane did at least secure victory by converting Raheem Sterling’s pass on the hour mark. City made life difficult for themselves with a flat performance in losing at home to Lyon in their opening group game and were similarly caught cold having already secured their place in the last 16.Kramaric had fired a warning shot inches over before Ederson in the City goal showed he wasn’t to be outdone by Brazilian international team-mate Alisson Becker’s heroics to secure Liverpool’s place in the knockout stages against Napoli on Tuesday by producing an incredible finger-tip stop to turn another curling effort from the Croatian behind. However, Kramaric’s luck was in third time round from the penalty spot after Aymeric Laporte was punished for hauling down Benjamin Hubner. All of City’s best efforts before the break came from set-pieces as Gabriel Jesus headed Sane’s corner off the post before Oliver Baumann got down well to deny John Stones.Read More | UEFA Champions League: Manchester United lose to ValenciaNicolas Otamendi sent another wicked dead ball delivery from Ilkay Gundogan off the crossbar, but the hosts were finally level in spectacular fashion when Sane curled home a free-kick into the top corner from 30 yards out.Read More | Tottenham come back from brink to qualify for Champions League last 16Hoffenheim needed to win just to have a chance of qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages in third, but in their desperation to chase a winner left themselves hopelessly exposed to the pace of Sane and Sterling after the break.Read More | Liverpool beat Napoli to enter last 16 of UEFA Champions LeagueSane was guilty of overplaying as City incredibly spurned a three-against-one when Sterling fed the German, who tried to tee up the surprised Bernardo Silva rather than going for goal himself and Baumann saved the Portuguese’s shot. Sterling has been in the news for bravely speaking out about the alleged racist abuse he suffered in defeat at Chelsea on Saturday and news coverage he has received in the past. However, the England international showed little sign of letting it disrupt his fine form on the pitch as he teed up Sane to round Baumann and slot home the winner. Pep Guardiola handed Phil Foden his first Champions League start of the season and the 18-year-old was only denied a spectacular first goal in the competition by a fine save by Baumann to turn his dipping volley over. However, it mattered little as the competition favourites march into Monday’s last 16 draw where they can face Atletico Madrid, Schalke, Ajax or Roma.  last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players. Verlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening dayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a siimilar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13Elsewhere around major league training camps: BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal.  Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016.In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL news: The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal.  Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016.In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL news:— New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10.  The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton.Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.MLB-NEWSVerlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening day No. 2 Gonzaga outlasts San Francisco in WCC semiUNDATED (AP) — No. 2 Gonzaga survived a scare to beat San Francisco 81-77 in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals.Joel Ayayi scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs. Killian Tillie had 19 points and Ryan Woolrdige had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to pace Gonzaga, which will play in its 26th WCC final and seeking its 17th championship.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spot — The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner.— The Cleveland Indians and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor have stopped talking about a contract extension. Lindor told The Athletic that the sides suspended talks so he can focus on the upcoming season. Lindor will make $17.5 million this season and he’s under the team’s control through 2021.NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with BillsBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 2 Gonzaga outlasts San Francisco in WCC semi Linus Ullmark stopped 33 shots through overtime and six of seven shootout attempts in his first game in six weeks. Jack Eichel snapped a career-worst seven-game point drought and rookie Victor Olofsson also scored for Buffalo.Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Dmitry Orlov also scored as Washington erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period. Ovechkin’s goal was his 48th of the season, tying him with Boston’s David Pastrnak for the NHL lead.  Despite the loss, the Capitals earned a point to move one ahead of idle Philadelphia atop the Metropolitan Division.In other NHL action:— Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their Pacific Division lead to three points by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2. Theodore scored off a feed from Jonathan Marchessault, who got the tying goal in the third period. Nicolas Roy also scored for the Golden Knights, who improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who played without captain Connor McDavid due to an illness. — Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu.— The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner.— The Cleveland Indians and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor have stopped talking about a contract extension. Lindor told The Athletic that the sides suspended talks so he can focus on the upcoming season. Lindor will make $17.5 million this season and he’s under the team’s control through 2021.NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with Bills Jamal Murray scored 21 points, Paul Millsap had 20 and Jerami Grant added 19 as Murray led six Nuggets in double figures and Denver swept the two-game season series from the NBA-leading Bucks.Milwaukee was without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) as well as its next five leading scorers. Kyle Korver led a valiant effort by the backups with 23 points.Elsewhere in the NBA:— Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam each scored 27 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 101-92 for their fourth straight victory. Kyle Lowry added 21 points and seven assists as Toronto used a 52-33 advantage on the glass to improve to 21-4 since Jan. 15. Ibaka grabbed 13 rebounds, and Siakam finished with 11 boards and eight assists.— De’Andre Hunter broke a tie by sinking three free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime and the Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 143-138. Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points and 16 assists for Atlanta and Hunter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. UNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton.Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.MLB-NEWS WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a siimilar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13Elsewhere around major league training camps:— Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu. UNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension.Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Associated Press — Shea Theodore scored 2:13 into overtime and the Vegas Golden Knights increased their Pacific Division lead to three points by beating the second-place Edmonton Oilers 3-2. Theodore scored off a feed from Jonathan Marchessault, who got the tying goal in the third period. Nicolas Roy also scored for the Golden Knights, who improved to 11-2-0 in their past 13 games. Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the goals for the Oilers, who played without captain Connor McDavid due to an illness.— Brett Connolly scored early in the third period and Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots, leading the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Aleksi Surreal assisted on both Florida goals, the first two assists of his career. Driedger made his third consecutive start after being held out of the lineup for almost two months with a lower-body injury. Florida moved within one point of the idle Carolina Hurricanes for the final playoff spot in the East.— The Winnipeg Jets over the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 in a matchup critical to the crowded Western Conference playoff race. Cody Eakin broke a 2-all tie for the Jets at 11:33 of the third period with his first goal since being acquired from Vegas on Feb. 21. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele added an empty-netter, and defenseman Tucker Poolman had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves.NHL-NEWSSharks, Red Wings extend defensemen — Brett Connolly scored early in the third period and Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots, leading the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Aleksi Surreal assisted on both Florida goals, the first two assists of his career. Driedger made his third consecutive start after being held out of the lineup for almost two months with a lower-body injury. Florida moved within one point of the idle Carolina Hurricanes for the final playoff spot in the East.— The Winnipeg Jets over the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 in a matchup critical to the crowded Western Conference playoff race. Cody Eakin broke a 2-all tie for the Jets at 11:33 of the third period with his first goal since being acquired from Vegas on Feb. 21. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele added an empty-netter, and defenseman Tucker Poolman had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves.NHL-NEWSSharks, Red Wings extend defensemenUNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension. Linus Ullmark stopped 33 shots through overtime and six of seven shootout attempts in his first game in six weeks. Jack Eichel snapped a career-worst seven-game point drought and rookie Victor Olofsson also scored for Buffalo.Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Dmitry Orlov also scored as Washington erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period. Ovechkin’s goal was his 48th of the season, tying him with Boston’s David Pastrnak for the NHL lead.  Despite the loss, the Capitals earned a point to move one ahead of idle Philadelphia atop the Metropolitan Division.In other NHL action:— Mikey Anderson scored his first career goal, Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 for their sixth straight win. Austin Wagner and Alex Iafallo also scored for the Kings, who are on their longest winning streak of the season. Los Angeles is 7-1-1 in its past nine home games, including five straight wins. — The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing.—French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium.—The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland.HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen charged March 10, 2020 SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAKMore sporting events affected by spread of virusUNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak.Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Elsewhere: More sporting events affected by spread of virusUNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak.Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Elsewhere:— The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing. Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENuggets beat short-handed Bucks, Hawks outlast HornetsUNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets sent the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks to their third straight loss and fourth in five games with a 109-95 victory. Two officials’ review at the end of the first overtime produced different results. Following their first review, officials ruled Terry Rozier was fouled by Atlanta’s Treveon Graham with 0.8 seconds remaining. A second review following a protest by Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce produced a reversal.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent NoahLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah.The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Jamal Murray scored 21 points, Paul Millsap had 20 and Jerami Grant added 19 as Murray led six Nuggets in double figures and Denver swept the two-game season series from the NBA-leading Bucks.Milwaukee was without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) as well as its next five leading scorers. Kyle Korver led a valiant effort by the backups with 23 points.Elsewhere in the NBA:— Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam each scored 27 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 101-92 for their fourth straight victory. Kyle Lowry added 21 points and seven assists as Toronto used a 52-33 advantage on the glass to improve to 21-4 since Jan. 15. Ibaka grabbed 13 rebounds, and Siakam finished with 11 boards and eight assists.— De’Andre Hunter broke a tie by sinking three free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime and the Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 143-138. Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points and 16 assists for Atlanta and Hunter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. — New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons.— The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a position of need by agreeing to a one-year contract extension with defensive end Steven Means. The 29-year-old Means started four games in 2018 and had 14 tackles and one sack. He missed the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during organized team activities.— The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program.— The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league to Saturday night. The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFL Players Association executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor. A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season. NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAK UNDATED (AP) — No. 2 Gonzaga survived a scare to beat San Francisco 81-77 in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals.Joel Ayayi scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs. Killian Tillie had 19 points and Ryan Woolrdige had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to pace Gonzaga, which will play in its 26th WCC final and seeking its 17th championship.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. Two officials’ review at the end of the first overtime produced different results. Following their first review, officials ruled Terry Rozier was fouled by Atlanta’s Treveon Graham with 0.8 seconds remaining. A second review following a protest by Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce produced a reversal.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent NoahLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah.The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies. March 10, 2020 He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014.NHL-SCHEDULECaps salvage point, lose to Sabres in shootoutBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dominik Kahun scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a six-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. —French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium.—The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland.HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen chargedNEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons.— The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a position of need by agreeing to a one-year contract extension with defensive end Steven Means. The 29-year-old Means started four games in 2018 and had 14 tackles and one sack. He missed the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during organized team activities.— The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program.— The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league to Saturday night. The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFL Players Association executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor. A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMS He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014.NHL-SCHEDULECaps salvage point, lose to Sabres in shootoutBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dominik Kahun scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a six-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. NEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others.Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death.Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races.,Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENuggets beat short-handed Bucks, Hawks outlast HornetsUNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets sent the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks to their third straight loss and fourth in five games with a 109-95 victory. The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others.Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death.Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races.last_img read more

Close losses doomed USC’s 2013 season

first_imgThe USC women’s soccer team entered the 2013 season with hopes of building off the momentum from the previous season, which they ended by upsetting archrival UCLA at home. After earning a No. 25 preseason ranking this year, the Women of Troy hoped to improve on a 6-10-3 (3-6-2 Pac-12) record and make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.Finishing strong · Senior forward Elizabeth Eddy completed her illustrious career at USC by leading the Women of Troy in goals (5) this season. Eddy finishes her time at USC with 16 goals and nine assists. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanBut even though the team occasionally showed a lot of promise, missed opportunities caused the Women of Troy to fall to an 8-10-2 (3-7-1 Pac-12) finish, and head coach Ali Khosroshahin was fired after the Women of Troy lost 4-1 to No. 2 UCLA to end the season.“We wish Ali well and thank him for his dedicated service in bringing the first NCAA women’s soccer title to USC and to the Pac-12 in 2007,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said in a press release announcing Khosroshahin’s termination.  “But based on the past few years, we felt it was time to go in a new direction.  We need to reinvigorate our program and get back to contending for NCAA and conference championships.”USC hasn’t had a winning season, made the NCAA Tournament or finished higher than sixth in the Pac-12 since 2010.“I think that in terms of effort and how well we worked together, we worked really well and came close in every game,” junior forward Jessica Musmanno said. “We just got unlucky most of the time, which obviously stinks but there’s nothing we can really do about it now. So taking that frustration, I think we’re just trying to build on next season.”USC started off the season strong, scoring four goals in each of their first three games while only allowing four goals total. The 12 goals were a program record for USC in its first three games, while the 3-0 start matched the Women of Troy’s best since 2007, the year they won the NCAA Tournament.USC stumbled a bit through the rest of its nonconference schedule, finishing 2-3-1 to head into Pac-12 play with a 5-3-1 record. The sequence still had its highlights, including a 5-1 victory over Loyola Marymount, the most goals the team had scored in a single match since 2010. Sophomore forward Katie Johnson earned a hat trick in the win, marking the first USC hat trick since senior forward Elizabeth Eddy pulled it off in that same 2010 match.The Women of Troy had a rough start to conference play, losing their first three contests and failing to score a goal in any of them. The team bounced back up in Northern California, earning a 1-1 tie against California and upsetting then-No. 5 Stanford 1-0. The Women of Troy hoped to carry that momentum into their game against Arizona in the Coliseum, but the Wildcats pulled out a 3-2 victory in overtime.USC would go 2-2 in its final games leading up to its match against the Bruins in Westwood, including a 2-1 win over Oregon State in the last minute of overtime on Senior Day. Sophomore midfielder Jamie Fink scored the first goal the Bruins had allowed at home all year, and the Women of Troy went into halftime with a 1-1 tie. But UCLA took over in the second half, scoring three goals en route to a 4-1 win to remain undefeated in the conference.And with that, Haden decided he had seen enough — Khosroshahin was let go the following day, marking the end of an era in USC soccer.“I would like to thank USC for the privilege and opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program, and I wish them all the best in the future,” Khosroshahin said in a USC press release announcing his termination. “It was tremendous to be part of the Trojan Family.”Khosroshahin, who led the Women of Troy to their first national title in 2007, leaves USC with a record of 82-53-15 (30-31-8 Pac-12) in seven seasons, but just a 21-33-5 (10-20-3) mark in his last three years in Los Angeles.Eddy led the team with six goals on the season, while Johnson and Fink finished with five each. Freshmen played a big role for the Women of Troy, as defender Mandy Freeman earned All-Pac-12 First Team Honors, while midfielder Kayla Mills led the team in assists (8) and points (16). Both Freeman and Mills made the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, while Freeman became the first USC player to be named a conference first-teamer since 2009 and the first freshman since Amy Rodriguez in 2005. Fink also earned a spot on the All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.“They’re definitely gonna help us out and be as strong, if not stronger, next year,” Musmanno said about the impressive crop of freshmen.Despite creating plentiful scoring opportunities, USC often failed to convert on its chances. The Women of Troy dominated their opponents in shots (350-199) and corner kicks (129-64) on the year, but were only able to outscore them 31-27.The USC defense and goalkeeping from junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley helped keep the Women of Troy in their matches, as eight of their ten losses were by only a goal.But ultimately, the squad couldn’t pull out enough wins to earn an NCAA berth, and Khosroshahin paid the price.“We all are obviously very thankful of Ali because he recruited us all here to be able to play at USC and it’s sad to see anyone go,” Musmanno said. “We’re all excited for a new opportunity and a fresh start with a new coach. We’re anxious to see what’s going to happen.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Syracuse begins 10-game field hockey schedule against Duke on Sept. 18

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse field hockey will play a shortened 10-game schedule this fall that includes six conference games, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Friday. The Orange open their season Sept. 18 with a home game against Duke, though the game won’t count as one of the six conference games. SU’s first conference game that counts toward the standings, also against Duke, comes two days later.Syracuse, which finished fifth out of seven ACC teams last season with a 3-3 conference record, is set to play doubleheaders against Duke, Virginia, Boston College and Wake Forest in addition to one game against North Carolina and Louisville. For the four teams the Orange are playing twice, only one game will apply for the ACC’s standings.SU has home games against Duke, Boston College and Louisville. The team will travel to North Carolina, the defending national champions, as well as Virginia and Wake Forest.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe ACC Championship — scheduled to take place at Duke’s Jack Katz Stadium on Nov. 5, 6 and 8 — will be a single-elimination tournament featuring all seven of the conference’s teams. Syracuse lost 1-0 to Louisville in the first round of the ACC Championship last season. Although the Orange made the NCAA tournament, they were also eliminated in the first round after a 5-1 loss to Princeton.  Published on September 4, 2020 at 1:06 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16center_img Commentslast_img read more

CWI Targeting September for SA Tour but Sweating on IPL

first_img“With no flight flights between South Africa and the UK which is the obvious route for them to travel, at this moment it’s not something South Africa have been able to confirm to us. But we’re talking to them regularly and we hope for good news soon.” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave “We obviously hear and read that India are trying to get the IPL towards the back end of September either in India, which I know is their preferred choice or the UAE, which is their back up choice but there’s been no announcement on that yet. If the tour goes ahead, Grave said the template being utilised by the CPL where games will be played in a single jurisdiction, would be mirrored so as to limit movement of players and personnel in the ongoing COVID-19 environment. All CPL matches for the upcoming tournament will be played in Trinidad and while Grave said CWI were still in discussions over the venue for the South Africa series, he backed the Caribbean’s ability to successfully execute the various bio-secure protocols required. He continued: “It will be dependent on the IPL. South Africa have a number of their Test players who have IPL contracts whereas this current Test team we don’t have any IPL players in. And with the New Zealand limited overs tour carded for July 8-19 also put on hold, Grave said CWI remained hopeful over the South Africa series and were continuing their dialogue with Cricket South Africa. “Whether we can get the full tour in or we’re going to have to look at a split tour between the Tests and the T20s, we don’t know. However, with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) in the process of finalising dates for the rescheduled IPL, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said any tour by South Africa would have to accommodate the lucrative T20 tournament, especially with several of their players involved. “We very much hope that South African will be able to come here in September for either a T20 only tour or a Test only tour at the very least.” “I think moving does create challenges in terms of bio-security but also in terms of ensuring that all of the measures that we would want put in place can be adhered to, and then obviously changing countries involves different procedures and measures in terms of Ministries of Health and National Security. He continued: “Certainly, in terms of our medical panel, in terms of our sports science and medicine manager, I’ve got all the confidence that we’ve got the medical practitioners and the cricketing operations staff that are used to operating cricket and therefore I’m pretty confident that we’ll be able to adhere to any government protocols and do everything we can to ensure player safety which is always going to be our number one concern.” South Africa were expected to play two Tests and five Twenty20 Internationals from July 23 to August 16 before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced a global cessation of cricket. Due to COVID-19, CWI have already been forced to postpone several home series. South Africa Women were scheduled to arrive for a One-Day International tour from May 30 to June 10 while South Africa A had been expected to tour from June 10 to July 9 for three four-day “Tests” and five one-dayers. “So it’s a huge operational challenge if we have to have long tours that need multiple venues and therefore cannot be hosted in one country.” “I think very much like the Caribbean Premier League we would be looking to host South Africa in one country,” Grace explained. “CPL finishes September 10. We hope very much that South Africa will follow immediately after that. CMC BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Cricket West Indies are eyeing September as a possible window for the hosting of South Africa’s rescheduled tour of the Caribbean but said the staging of the Indian Premier League would be the final determinant of when the series will be played. “The plan as we are working on now is that the players would come home [from England], they will have the weekend at home. Those that are in the Caribbean Premier League will head down to Trinidad on probably August 3rd so it’s a quick turnaround,” Grave told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guests cricket show. “We won’t be able to play Test cricket against South Africa during the IPL – Cricket South Africa have made that very clear to us. They’ve got a commitment to their players to allow them to go and play in the IPL.” With the Caribbean Premier League expected to be staged from August 18 to September 10, CWI hope South Africa can follow immediately afterwards with the series to be staged in one territory in a bio-secure environment. “At this stage, we hope that’s the case (South Africa will tour) but I can’t confirm at this stage,” the Englishman said.last_img read more