Lyon midfielder eager to complete Arsenal switch

first_img Read Also: Messi nets right-footed rocket as first Barca goal under Koeman Whether a bid has already gone in or not, expect Arsenal to push ahead with this one, and there may even be some players pushed towards the exit door at the Emirates Stadium to raise the required funds. There is a belief that Guendouzi has been given the chance to rescue his Arsenal career, but doubts remain over the futures of Lucas Torreira, Rob Holding, Alexandre Lacazette, Shkodran Mustafi and a handful of other players. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? However, most other sources believe that Arsenal have made plenty of informal bids to Lyon to try and get a deal done, with an offer of £44m plus Mattéo Guendouzi believed to have been rejected earlier this summer, so it seems like nobody really knows what’s going on with this one. Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is interested in joining Arsenal this summer, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta moving the French star to the top of his wish list this summer. Finding a new midfielder has been one of Arteta’s top priorities. Despite bringing Dani Ceballos back on loan from Real Madrid, the desire has always been to find at least one more new face, with Atlético Madrid’s all-action Thomas Partey often named as the most likely arrival. However, according to Fabrizio Romano, it is Aouar who is Arsenal’s primary focus, but Lyon’s £55m price tag has made striking a deal more than a little awkward as the Gunners aren’t exactly blessed with a hefty transfer budget this summer. The reason talks over Partey have stalled is Arsenal are reluctant to pay his £45m release clause. Aouar is understood to be keen on making the move and Arsenal hope to use that to their advantage, but Lyon are well known for their tough negotiating stance. Lyon director Juninho Pernambucano recently suggested that the French side are yet to receive any bids for either Aouar or Barcelona-linked Memphis Depay, saying (via Goal): “For now, there is nothing for these players, we have not received anything for Houssem, we have not received anything for Memphis.” That prompted a report from Téléfoot, who believe that the Gunners are set to submit a ‘concrete’ offer worth around £36m to Lyon in the near future.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Rookie races to Tri-City checkers

first_imgRookie Nate Jones won his first IMCA Modified feature Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway. (Photo by Amanda Kulek)By Roger WilliamsAUBURN, Mich. (May 4) – Nobody could keep up with Nate Jones Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway, as the Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified rookie raced to his first career win in the class.A former pro stock champion, Jones made what became the winning pass just shy of halfway and dominated the rest of the way.At the finish, Jones was closely followed by last week’s winner Matt Szecsodi and Chris Cohoon.last_img read more

McCoy makes history at Towcester

first_img Press Association Having travelled strongly for much of the two-mile-five-furlong journey, the Irish point-to-point winner appeared booked for minor honours as Panama Petrus and Kris Spin asserted from the home turn. However, the 39-year-old rider had not given up on Mountain Tunes back in third and galvanised his mount to ensure he was in with a chance jumping the final obstacle. Kris Spin held a narrow advantage on touching down, but McCoy threw everything at the market leader and with the packed grandstands roaring in anticipation, Mountain Tunes claimed victory by half a length. McCoy had made no secret of his desire to secure his 4,000th winner in the green and gold silks of McManus, to whom he has held a retainer for the last nine years, and the delight on his face as he passed the post in front was clear. With McManus, O’Neill and his family on hand to immediately join in the celebrations, McCoy admitted it was a fairytale end to his quest to reach the incredible milestone. McCoy said: “It was just amazing, it couldn’t have worked out any better. “To do it for Jonjo and the McManus’s is brilliant as they’ve been so good to me. It was always hopefully going to be in JP’s colours. “I’ve had the same agent, Dave Roberts, from day one and his dad sadly passed away yesterday so I’d like to dedicate this to him. Tony McCoy produced the kind of swashbuckling ride for which he has become so famed as he secured his 4,000th winner over jumps at Towcester. A huge crowd descended on the Northamptonshire circuit – which as always offered free admission – in the hope of seeing history being made and McCoy was in no mood to let his supporters down. Having earlier suffered disappointment when 3-1 favourite Church Field could finish only fifth in the Agetur Handicap Hurdle, the 18-times champion again teamed up with trainer Jonjo O’Neill and owner JP McManus as 6-4 favourite Mountain Tunes kicked off his career under Rules in the Weatherbys Novices’ Hurdle. “To have Chanelle (wife), Eve and Archie (children) here is great and to do it in the McManus silks means a lot – Eve thinks they belong to me! “I’m very lucky I work in a great sport. I get lots of support and work for great people. You only have to look at the amount of people who have come out today and supported me. I feel very humbled by it. “I don’t feel I’m any different to anyone else. I hope everyone in the weighing room doesn’t think I am any different after today. “I’ve ridden 4,000 winners. I’ll try to ride a few more. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved and being able to last, one way or another. I’m lucky and proud to have done it. “I live in the fear of not winning, but I wouldn’t be in this job if I didn’t enjoy what I do. “You have to have goals. Otherwise you get a bit lazy. I’m one of those people who needs to chase something. I find it easier because I love what I do, but it keeps me working that bit harder.” Of his winning ride, McCoy said: “To be honest I didn’t give Mountain Tunes a good ride. Jonjo told me he was a nice horse and to ride him like one and not be worried about everyone else watching. “The horse was fantastic. You can’t win any horse race without their help and I’ve ridden some fantastic horses. “There is a sense of relief, no doubt, but for the first time in my life I feel a sense of pride of what I’ve achieved. “When I got out there (on the track) the thought never came into my head that someone was watching me. When I’m out there I’m on my own. “It wasn’t until I got past the winning post today that I felt I was doing something different.” McCoy was quick to speak of JT McNamara, the jockey who was left paralysed following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He said: “Every season I want to be champion jockey, but as a jump jockey you have to take it day by day. “The last two weekends I’ve spent at Southport with John Thomas McNamara after racing and that is the reality of this game.” Asked about riding 5,000 winners, McCoy said: “Anything is possible.” McManus embraced McCoy when he dismounted and said: “What a man and what a ride. “That ride sums him up. I remember when he first came to the UK, Christy Roche brought him to my attention and he said ‘you know this AP, he’s getting 7lb and he should be giving weight away’. ” McManus announced he would pay for drinks at Towcester so everyone could celebrate. He said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to buy a drink for everybody here to toast what AP has done today. I’m very fortunate.” O’Neill said: “He’s an amazing man, fantastic, that was brilliant to watch – 4,000 winners or not, that was a brilliant race to watch. “His pain barrier must be something else, he’s been through a lot. He’s great with all the staff. He’s brilliant at schooling. If one is tricky he’ll school it afterwards and show the lads how it’s done. Not in a cocky way. “He’s a great ambassador for the whole job. He’s never late and is always on time. “We’ve all been in this game long enough to know you’ve got to enjoy it, we’re just lucky enough to make a living out of it. JP’s family are just fantastic supporters and love the game. “I’m just privileged to have been part of it all.” Chanelle McCoy outlined plans for a party at her husband’s pub and that he would be buying a special present for Eve, who turns six on Friday. She said: “This is incredible. I didn’t think he was going to do it. It was nearly too good to be true as his dad is here, his brother is here and Mr McManus is here. “Our hearts were in our mouths, we’d given up – it was a typical AP ride, definitely. “Daddy promised Eve an extra present when he got his 4,000th winner. We’ve been following Tony around this week, so Eve has had to have this week off school. ” McCoy began his British career as a conditional jockey for Toby Balding. The now-retired dual Grand National-winning trainer was at the track in his capacity as an owner. He said of his former protege: “For him to ride 4,000 winners is unbelievable. His greatest asset is that he’s unbreakable.” McCoy’s former boss Martin Pipe, with whom he forged such a prolific partnership, labelled the Ulsterman “absolutely phenomenal”. He said: ” I’m sure he rode over 1,000 winners for me. It’s absolutely amazing. AP is just absolutely phenomenal. Always Perfect – his two initials. “He’s absolutely incredible. Not only is he a great friend, he’s a brilliant jockey and a brilliant role model for the young jockeys to follow.” Speaking at the beginning of this month, McCoy had reiterated his admiration for Pipe and that he had one eye on his former ally’s career total of winners. He said: ” When I rode 3,000 I never thought that would happen, but Martin Pipe’s record of 4,182 is something that I’ve thought about. “We still keep in touch, when I had a spare 20 minutes we had a chat and his figure is there for me to aim at.” last_img read more

Men’s golf returns to the course in Hawaii

first_imgFor USC to have a successful outing, the whole team must play consistently well and post good numbers on all three days. In 2018’s Amer Ari tournament, USC finished a solid third behind Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech. Oklahoma State dominated last year and again boasts an amazing team, but if USC is to contend with them in any tournament, it would be this one.   The Trojans started off the fall season ranked in the mid-twenties, but have steadily risen to break the top five as the season has progressed. The Amer Ari Invitational presents another chance for the team to prove itself against higher-ranked opponents.   Aside from various Hawaiian and West Coast schools, powerhouses such as No. 1 Oklahoma State and second-ranked Georgia Tech aim to solidify their status as the best two teams in the nation. Other ranked teams include No. 12 Texas and No. 13 Auburn, who had a huge jump in the standings at the end of fall play. The field is very similar to last year, as are the rankings of the teams in the tournament at this point last season.   These four teams, along with USC, should control the field, as four of the five teams earned conference championships in 2018, and Oklahoma State won the 2018 NCAA title. USC’s performance against them could help set the tone for their overall performance in the second and more crucial half of the season.   This season, he will have even more support as freshman Charlie Reiter will attempt to extend his impressive campaign. Additionally, sophomore Issei Tanabe played outstandingly well into 2018, leading the Trojans to their comeback in the St. Mary’s Tournament by finishing second overall. However, the Trojans cannot rely too heavily on second or third day heroics this time around. In the St. Mary’s Tournament, USC was one of the best overall teams present, and a comeback was not too surprising. The caliber of teams the Trojans will face at Amer Ari will most likely be good enough to fend off any comeback bids by USC because of their staunchly  solid lineups. center_img The men’s squad finished off the fall of 2018 at the St. Mary’s Invitational with a eighth out of 18 finish, despite starting with a large deficit. In fact, slow starts developing into hot finishes have become a common storyline this season, as St. Mary’s was not the first time that the team has recovered from a bad day one in a tournament.   Senior Justin Suh will look to bounce back from an underwhelming performance at St. Mary’s at Amer Ari. Last year, he was able to shoot under 70 on all three days and claim the individual title at the tournament. The men’s golf team will kick off their 2019 spring season at the Amer Ari Invitational this weekend. After a couple months away, the No. 4 Trojans will look to continue their stellar season in what appears to be a loaded field at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course in Hawaii.   The team has reason for excitement this weekend and could make a huge statement if they were to beat Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech or even both. This tournament could hint at USC’s potential to make a title run in the postseason, so the stakes and pressure will be extremely high.last_img read more

Olukokun Describes VAT Wonder Goal Win as Best Ramadan Gift

first_imgStill basking in the euphoria of his first VAT Wonder Goal Award success, Nasarawa United’s Najeem Olukokun believes there could have been no better time to win the award than during the holy month of Ramadan.Olukokun edged former winner, Sikiru Alimi of Sunshine Stars to clinch the Match Day 21 award which comes with a cash reward of N150,000. But the player is to nominate a Charity that will receive half of the reward prize.“To donate to Charity especially in this period of Ramadan is a thing of joy for me and I am so proud that this is happening”, Olukokun told www.npfl.ng in an online chat. While expressing appreciation to the fans that voted for him, the former Shooting Stars of Ibadan player said the award will motivate him to work harder to improve his goals scoring abilities and help his team win more matches.“I am very happy to win the award and also very grateful to the fans that voted for me. It will motivate me to work harder and perhaps score more goals to help my club win more matches in the games ahead”.Olukokun was nominated alongside Alimi, Reuben Bala of Plateau United and Pascal Seka of FC IfeanyiUbah. The Nasarawa United forward clinched the award with 3460 votes, beating Alimi to the second place with a total of 1244. Bala, had a total of 138 votes while Seka secured 110 votes.Olukokun also had words of praise for his team mates saying, “I want to say a big thank you to me team mates without them, I couldn’t have achieved this because a tree cannot make a forest”He has since nominated Hajiya Maimuna Katsai Motherless Home as the charity to receive his donation. The VAT Wonder Goal Award is an initiative of the League Management Company (LMC) supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Transfer News: Marseille accept Ayew departure

first_imgMarseille president Vincent Labrune has accepted the club will lose the services of Andre Ayew this summer to a wealthier outfit.Ayew’s contract will expire at the end of the season, with Premier League pair Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly tracking the Ghanaian winger.Labrune told The Independent: “We can’t keep Ayew. He is a very important player for OM but we can’t offer him the kind of money English clubs can offer. The French financial system is complicated and we can’t offer him an equivalent salary to what he can earn in England.“And equally, we can’t ask Ayew, who we love and is an icon of our team, to accept a lower salary. That makes no sense so unfortunately he is going to quit the club and we hope he has the great career that he deserves in England or somewhere else.”last_img read more

Commissioner Sam Karnue Takes Office

first_imgMr. Karnue accompanied by a crowd of well-wishers. First Liberian Baha’i promises to serve with humilityFor the first time in Liberia Sam Karnue, a Baha’i, has been inducted into office as Commissioner of Yarpea Mah Administrative District in Nimba County.Members of the Baha’i faith do not campaign for any position neither do they lobby or impress an appointment power, to allow them serve in government, but accept appointments void of political influence and class system.Commissioner Karnue receives the gable of authority from Inspector Reginald MehnMr. Karnue, whose appointment came as a surprise to many of his acquaintances, accepted President George Weah’s call to serve his people, who have longed over the years for a leadership that will unite them.In his acceptance remark on Saturday, June 9, in Duo Tiayee, where he was inducted, Karnue promised to serve his people with humility, passion, love and work, to unite not only the people of Yarpea Mah, but the entire county.“It is my prayer that unity abides with us as a people while we work together in the best interest of our district Nimba, which is a political subdivision of our country Liberia. It is even my best wish that what we do here to live in perfect peace and harmony impacts the lives of others in counties near and far,” he said, assuring the residents that his leadership will be a sound and harmonious one free from prejudice of all forms and sectionalism.“As I consider this a call for service, it is also of my numerous expectations that we consider respecting each other, regardless of origin or position, as a means of collectively achieving our developmental goals,” Karnue told the locals.He outlined truthfulness, humility, trustworthiness, patience and punctuality as pathways to success and improvement in one’s life.Quoting from the Baha’i text which says “the well-being of humanity, its peace and security are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established,” Karnue, a Baha’i by faith, called on his predecessor Fred N. Gaye to offer his expertise in helping the new leadership succeed.He said his appointment came not by means of lobby, neither any political engagement, “because I did not wish neither pray for this. I did not rob anybody of anything to get this appointment. In fact, I was in Sierra Leone on Baha’i duty when I received a call that I had been preferred to serve as district commissioner for Yarpea Mah,” Karnue said.Nimba County Inspector Reginald Mehn advised Mr. Karnue to be a leader with new eyes, ears and nose and whose job will always be above sentiments and personal feelings.Mehn, who performed the task on behalf of the county’s superintendent David Dorr Cooper, called on Mr. Karnue not to give credence to gossips, because doing so destroys any leadership.“You have come to serve people of diverse backgrounds. There are people here who still practice the Poro and the Sande societies, while others do not. Please respect the cultural practices of your people and be a leader for all, regardless of place of origin and class system,” Mehn said.Former Commissioner Fred N. Gaye considers Karnue as his friend and brother, whose developmental agenda he is set to assist in order for it to succeed. He referred to Yarpea Mah District as the only common denominator they all have to protect from acts of division.He expressed his gratitude to former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for allowing him to serve his people over the years.The induction ceremony was characterized by presentation of gifts giving and traditional dances.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mechanic’s vehicle broken into, $800,000 in valuables missing

first_imgThe owner of Khan’s Auto Service and Repair Centre is now counting his losses after suspected bandits broke into his vehicle in the wee hours of Sunday morning at Foulis, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).The car with the shattered pieces of glassBased on reports received, the incident occurred between 01:45h and 02:30h. The motorcar was reportedly parked in front of the owner’s property.It is believed that bandits gained entry by smashing one of the windows and carting off with items which were in the vehicle at that time.This publication understands that over $800,000 in valuables were stolen. Some of the items include a laptop bag containing stamps, billing books, receipts and business documents.A haversack containing jumpsuits, the company’s shirts and a number of tools were also taken.The owners are pleading with persons to report any suspicious activities whereby persons might be selling the stolen items. They can use contact numbers 612-7444 or 658-4756.last_img read more

Huskies dominate in Beaverlodge

first_imgBEAVERLODGE, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies are now 8-1 on the season after another win in Beaverlodge.The pups travelled to Beaverlodge Saturday night and ended up winning 7-0 over the Blades.  The Huskies scored four times in the first period with goals from Sebastian Powsey, Joshua Robinson, Geoff Dick and Gary Loewen.In the second Geoff Dick added another goal for the Huskies to make it 5-0.  In the third period, Alex Hartman scored twice to give the game a final score of 7-0.- Advertisement -The Huskies will head back to Beaverlodge on Wednesday for another game.  The next home game for the pups is on November 17 following the Santa Claus Parade.last_img read more

Moscow students make rare protest against World Cup

first_img0Shares0000The fan zone is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 © AFP / Andrei BORODULINMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 8 – Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside Moscow’s top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital’s few green spaces.The row pits students at Moscow State University against a recently re-elected President Vladimir Putin whose administration does not easily brook dissent and has gone all out to ensure the month-long football extravaganza goes off without a hitch. The area will have concerts and entertainment for up to 25,000 fans as well a giant interactive screen for those without tickets to watch matches.It is being built in the park below the main building of Moscow State University — one of the city’s seven Stalinist skyscrapers — which overlooks the Luzhniki stadium where the opening match will be played on June 14 as well as the final on July 15.Many of the university’s over 6,000 students and employees are not thrilled about their campus hosting the fan zone because of the disruption and damage it will cause.“We started the protest when they told us last year our semester would be cut short because of the fan zone,” said Maria Shekoshkhina, a 26 year-old PhD student.Security services, she said, maintain that the university labs have to close for the World Cup period because of their work with radioactive materials.“There was also a risk that students will be moved out of their dorms to make way for the National Guard, like in other World Cup cities,” she added.– Cleaning up dissent –The protesting students won what appeared to be a partial victory earlier this year when Moscow authorities assured them this will not happen and moved the fan zone 300 metres (1,000 feet) further from the university.But Shekoshkhina said the university and city authorities have not fulfilled their promises and gone to “absurd” lengths to stop the student protests.When over 200 students protested on May 22, the university “spontaneously deployed” dozens of cleaners to disrupt the event.“There were also lots of FSB (the successor agency of the KGB) there,” Shekoshkhina added. “We’ve started to recognise them,” she laughed.Two students were arrested that day, though they were released shortly afterwards.When a sign directing visitors was recently defaced with a graffiti tag reading “No Fan Zone”, the police opened a criminal investigation instead of a usual administrative case.They said the damage came to over 65,000 rubles ($1,050, 900 euros).Three students were arrested, with social media saying one was taken by officers during an exam, but they were subsequently released.The university has taken to social media urging students not to take part in protests.– A protected area –Students are also worried that the fan zone will damage the university’s protected historic park in an area known as Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills.“We’re not saying all football fans are wild animals, we just think putting 25,000 people in an area with protected nature is not a good idea,” said Ekaterina Palmina, a 19 year-old student wearing a “Stop the Fan Zone” badge.She pointed to areas where trees have been cut down and historic granite-lined walkways destroyed.Local green activists and ordinary Muscovites have supported the protest, with a petition addressed to Putin requesting the fan zone be moved reaching 14,000 signatures.The university’s biology department has been organising walks for Muscovites to see the damage already inflicted on the park.“Vorobyovy Gory to Muscovites is like the Bois de Boulogne for Parisians,” said Moscow urban activist Pavel Gnilorybov.“The work on the fan zone was rushed, even though Moscow has several other places that are better suited for this,” he added.– ‘Illegal’ construction –A month ahead of the opening of the games, two of Moscow’s local municipal councils called for the urgent relocation of the fan zone.Yelena Rusakova, an opposition deputy, said the fan zone is “completely illegal” as it lies within two protected areas: the university park and a city forest.“Authorities are ignoring its protected status,” Rusakova said.“FIFA says the World Cup should not damage the nature of the country that is hosting it,” she said.“That is exactly what is happening here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more