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Arsenal targeting £35m-rated Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement

first_imgAubameyang is valued at around £50m (Picture: Getty)Arteta is particularly keen on a forward because the Gunners fear that they will lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.The Gabon international has one year to run on his deal at the Emirates and he’s attracted attention from Barcelona.Arsenal are still hopeful they he can be convinced to stay but negotiations over a new deal have subsided and the Gunners will listen to bids of around £50m, particularly if they miss out on Champions League qualification. Arteta’s preference remains to keep Aubameyang, particularly as he’s club captain. Should the Spaniard be forced into sellling to buy, he’d rather raise funds through the sale of Alexandre Lacazette.The Frenchman has found playing time hard to come by under Arteta and is valued at around £35m.MORE: Tammy Abraham admits he’d ‘love’ to play alongside Manchester United star Marcus Rashford Odsonne Edouard is valued at £35m (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is interested in signing Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard this summer as the Spaniard looks to bolster his frontline.The Frenchman’s value has skyrocketed since joining the Bhoys from Paris Saint-Germain in a club record £9m deal. The 22-year-old’s bagged 62 goals in 126 appearances in Scotland and Celtic are already fighting off competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs for the striker’s signature.Celtic are keen to give Edouard a new deal but they’re realistic about their prospects of keeping him and cashing in on their prised asset could offset some of the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNeil Lennon’s side value the forward at £35m and Le10 Sport claim Arsenal are monitoring Edouard’s situation with a view to making a bid this summer. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Arsenal targeting £35m-rated Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Spoornet steps back from the brink

first_imgAUGUST 4 did not bring the cataclysm that South African analysts had expected. Instead of Transnet’s losses for the year ending March 31 mounting to a predicted R750m from R253m last year, the state-owned transport group increased turnover and cut its operating deficit to R170m, much to the relief of Transnet Managing Director Saki Macozoma. At face value, Spoornet’s results were particularly encouraging, with a R614m jump in profit to R712m. But this masks the fact that most of the increase came from higher coal and iron ore exports to Saldanha and Richards Bay, giving road hauliers ammunition in their fight against perceived cross-subsidies between bulk and general freight on the state-owned railway.Spoornet Chief Executive Braam le Roux can take heart from the attention being given to South African Airways and the parcels business PX, which have suffered most under growing competition, but this merely emphasises that Transnet’s businesses, where open to competition, will have difficulty in surviving. Would Spoornet have done so well if Iscor, for example, were running rival heavy haul trains?Following the successful sale of expertise, plus lease or sale of rolling stock to other African railways as far north as Clast_img read more

City Council Meeting Pushed Back Until Tuesday

first_imgBATESVILLE – The Batesville City Council will be meeting Tuesday night.The regular monthly meeting which includes the Board of Works was originally scheduled for Monday.It begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held at the Council Chambers in the Memorial Building in Batesville.last_img

National Beach Soccer team given warm welcome home by GFF

first_img… congratulated for their historic performancesGUYANA Football Federation (GFF) president Wayne Forde and executive committee member Dion Inniss congratulated the Guyana men’s national beach soccer team for their historic performances at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, as they greeted the players at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Tuesday evening.The team made history by winning Guyana’s first matches at a CONCACAF beach soccer tournament, including victories against Belize and Antigua & Barbuda in the Bahamas.“You have done Guyana exceptionally proud,” GFF president Forde told the players and technical staff at the airport. “You exceeded every expectation that we could have had as a federation and as a country. The attention that beach soccer has received over the last couple of weeks should materialise with more players showing an interest in the game; so thank you on behalf of the Executive Committee and the Guyana football fraternity.”In an invited comment, head coach Abdullah Hamid said he welcomed the experience gained for the young team. “We played among a lot of big-playing teams in CONCACAF and it was a great experience for every one of the players.“We could only go forward by promoting sports more in this country, start spreading sports around the country so we can have more youths involved, creating easy access so Guyana can make it to the World Cup at this level.”The GFF believes Guyana has great potential in small-sided brands of football such as beach soccer, and expects the eye-catching performances of the national team to generate a new level of interest in the sport.A series of spectacular performances by 21-year-old Jamal Haynes, including one of the goals of the tournament, earned the Linden-based forward the Scotiabank Young Player Award.“The feeling when I scored that goal; it was awesome,” Haynes said. “I was feeling like I was up on a higher level, knowing that it was my first time and I did such a thing at one of the biggest tournaments of my life.”last_img read more

The Latest: ACC men’s hoops tourney going back to Greensboro

first_imgThe Latest: ACC men’s hoops tourney going back to Greensboro It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed.Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches.The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___ ___The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees. The league announced the move Tuesday.The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___ The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. April 28, 2020 Associated Press ___The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11. Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league.___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.” Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’” More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

DRC Pummel Libya 4-0

first_imgDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) brushed aside Libya 4-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which was played yesterday evening in Kinshasa. It took only six minutes for Dieumerci Mbokani to fire DRC into the lead with a left-footed finish with Yannick Bolasie grabbing an assist.Jonathan Bolingi doubled DRC’s lead when he scored with a left-footed effort deep inside the Libyan box and the home side were leading 2-0 at half-time.The Leopards of DRC continued their dominance in the second-half they went on to score twice against the Mediterranean Knights. In the 56th minute, tricky midfielder Mpeko Issama set-up centre forward Mbokani who made it 3-0 to the Leopards with a decent finish. While Ndombe Mubele sealed DRC’s 4-0 victory when fired past a hapless Khaled Warfali in the Libya goal in the 69th minute.Russia 2018 QualifiersDR Congo 4 – 0 LibyaGabon 0 – 0 MoroccoIvory Coast 3 – 1 MaliBurkina Faso 1 – 1 South AfricaSenegal 2 – 0 Cape VerdeGermany 3 – 0 Czech RepublicPoland 3 – 2 DenmarkEngland 2 – 0 MaltaScotland 1 – 1 LithuaniaSlovenia 1 – 0 SlovakiaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

WLAX : Tumolo honored to be finalist for Tewaaraton Award, happy for winner Schwarzmann of Maryland

first_img Comments WASHINGTON – When the winner of the 2012 Tewaaraton Award was announced, Michelle Tumolo was the first person to stand up and cheer.‘From Maryland, Katie Schwarzmann,’ presenter Richie Moran announced to a packed Rasmuson Theater at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Thursday night.It wasn’t her name, but Tumolo was excited to see it go to a familiar face.‘I’m so excited and happy for Katie Schwarzmann,’ Tumolo said. ‘She’s one of my very good friends and I couldn’t be happier.’Tumolo was among five women’s finalists for the award, given to the top college lacrosse player in the country. Florida midfielder Brittany Dashiell, Northwestern defender Taylor Thornton and North Carolina attack Becky Lynch rounded out the group. The Syracuse junior attack helped the Orange reach the national championship game for the first time in program history and finished the season with 52 goals and 43 assists. Colgate attack Peter Baum was honored as the winner on the men’s side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite her standout campaign, Tumolo didn’t go into the night with high expectations.‘I’m actually not expecting to win – at all,’ Tumolo said before the ceremony. ‘But I mean if I do I would be really shocked and probably get up there and not know what to say. I’m just so happy to be here and really excited for everyone and whoever wins I’m just so happy for them.’Syracuse head coach Gary Gait didn’t necessarily feel the same way.While he was proud to see one of his players honored as a finalist, he said Tumolo was just as deserving as any of the five finalists to win.‘You never know who’s going to win,’ Gait said. ‘It’s hard to predict. We were hoping she would, but Michelle and what she does, I think she’s the best player in the country.’Schwarzmann can also be added to the list of Tumolo’s admirers.The two played each other earlier this season when the Orange defeated Maryland 10-9 in College Park, Md. and are teammates on the U.S. national team. Schwarzmann knows firsthand how dynamic Tumolo is.‘Michelle is a great player, and I know that from playing with her and it’s awesome being able to play with her,’ Schwarzmann said. ‘All the credit to her, she had a great season and so did Syracuse, so it’s awesome that we can all celebrate this accomplishment with each other.’Even without actually winning the award, the Orange’s return to the Tewaaraton ceremony is another important step for the program.In a season full of milestones for SU, even an individual honor is a reflection on the team.‘It really does reflect on them because of how well we’ve done, you don’t get recognized for this award unless your team does well,’ Tumolo said. ‘They are the reason why I’m here today and Alyssa Murray and all the other girls are doing so well and they’re just as deserving.’And for women’s lacrosse as a whole, four junior finalists means that next season could be more exciting than any other as the sport continues to grow.‘Lacrosse is really starting to step up and become a bigger thing and it’s awesome that it’s spreading and becoming more known,’ Schwarzmann said.So Tumolo still has another shot at the award. And with nearly every major contributor on offense, with the exception of Sarah Holden, returning next season, the core that Tumolo credits for her success remains almost entirely intact.Schwarzmann too should be right back in the conversation, too. After being named a finalist in the past two seasons, she will enter the 2013 season as one of the nation’s best once again.And that means that Tumolo can make the final chapter of the friendly rivalry with Schwarzmann hers.‘She still has got another year, so I’ve got another year, too,’ Tumolo said. ‘… I play with her on the U.S. team, too, so it’s an awesome experience.’ Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Mayweather defeats McGregor

first_imgConor McGregor’s first boxing experience ended in defeat to Floyd Mayweather Junior in Las Vegas.The mixed martial arts champion was stopped in the 10th round – as Mayweather extended his unbeaten professional career record to 50 fights.Mayweather told Sky Sports News this will be the last time he gets in the boxing ring – and he’s pleased to have gone out with a win.last_img

NFL free agency rumors: Steelers kicking tires on WR Tyrell Williams

first_imgWith the departure of star offensive players Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers may be looking to add a wide receiver to the mix. According to ESPN, the Steelers are interested in Tyrell Williams as his free agency kicks off Wednesday. The report adds Pittsburgh is active in the receiver market and it has inquired about several wideouts. Steelers retain LB Ryan Shazier, toll contract for 2019 Steelers are involved in the receiver market. They’ve inquired on several, including Tyrell Williams. Could settle on second-tier player market depending on price, but it wouldn’t surprise if they signed a new playmaker for Ben Roethlisberger.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 12, 2019Williams had been connected to the Raiders, Browns and the Colts, however, each of those teams have since added other receivers. Oakland reportedly acquired Antonio Brown from the Steelers, Cleveland added Odell Beckham Jr. through a trade with the Giants, while Devin Funchess joined Indianapolis.Williams was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 draft. He caught 41 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns for Los Angeles last season, proving he has the potential to be a strong running mate with JuJu Smith-Schuster. Related Newslast_img read more

Jesus fires as Man City snatch top spot from Liverpool

first_imgThe England number one handed Liverpool’s title challenge a huge boost earlier this month as his error deep into stoppage time left Divock Origi an open goal to win the Merseyside derby.But Pickford wasn’t so charitable to City as he made an excellent save to prevent Riyad Mahrez doubling the hosts’ lead just before half-time.The champions had to wait just five minutes after the break to make it 2-0, when a patient build-up again found Sane on the left and the German’s cross was met by a bullet header from Jesus.Everton had barely offered any threat in the second period before they got back into the game 25 minutes from time, Calvert-Lewin’s header from a high-hanging Digne cross flicking off Fabian Delph and past the helpless Ederson.Guardiola responded by sending on Sterling for Sane and in a week when the England international has bravely spoken out about the alleged racist abuse he suffered last weekend by Chelsea fans, he also made his mark on the field by scoring immediately.Jesus was involved again as he freed Fernandinho inside the area and his cross picked out the unmarked Sterling to score a rare header.De Bruyne then made his first appearance for six weeks — just his fourth in the Premier League all season, all of which have come as a substitute — after lengthy absences for two knee injuries.Other than defeat to Chelsea last weekend, City have barely missed a beat without the Belgian, but the return of their player of the year in last season’s record-breaking campaign is an early Christmas present for Guardiola ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the Etihad on January 3.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City laid down the gauntlet to Liverpool by leapfrogging their title rivals back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Everton at the Etihad on Saturday.Gabriel Jesus enjoyed a welcome return to form by scoring his first league goals in four months either side of half-time to put City two goals up.Dominic Calvert-Lewin briefly gave Everton hope, but Raheem Sterling came off the bench to make the game safe with his first touch as City moved two points ahead of Liverpool, who host Manchester United on Sunday.Pep Guardiola could even afford the luxury of leaving Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero on the bench on their return from injury as the Catalan coach again shuffled his pack for the busy festive period.But fears in recent weeks that City lack a predator in front of goal when Aguero is absent were quashed by two fine finishes from Jesus.– Caught cold –With temperatures approaching freezing in Manchester, City were nearly caught cold by a rare Everton break early on when Richarlison fired the first big chance of the game over from Lucas Digne’s cross.The first big threat to Everton’s goal came from one of their own defenders when Michael Keane turned Leroy Sane’s cross towards his own goal and Jordan Pickford had to make a smart low save.Everton also played a big part in their own downfall as Jesus opened the scoring midway through the first-half. Yerry Mina’s hopeful punt gifted away possession and the Colombian then played Jesus onside as the Brazilian ran onto Sane’s pass to fire low past Pickford.last_img read more