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first_imgAdvertisement Manchester United and Arsenal hold initial talks to sign Jonathan David Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 7:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link527Shares Arsenal had identified Jonathan David as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are set to rival Arsenal for the signing of Gent striker Jonathan David with both clubs having held exploratory talks with the player’s agent. Mikel Arteta’s need for a new striker will intensify should either of this two most experienced forwards, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, depart this summer. The Gabon international has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract and although agreeing a new deal for last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner is the top priority for Arteta, there are no guarantees he will sign, potentially forcing Arsenal to sell at a discount price.AdvertisementAdvertisementLacazette, meanwhile, lost his place to youngster Eddie Nketiah before the season was suspended and could be used as a possible makeweight in any attempt to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal have regularly scouted 20-year-old David this season and according to HLN they have held initial talks with the forward’s agent Nick Mavromaras. The futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette remain uncertain at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Gent are said to have no intention of selling their prize asset on the cheap and it has previously been reported that a fee of around £17.5million could tempt them into selling.United’s need for a striker is not as great as Arsenal’s with Odion Ighalo having filled a temporary hole during his loan spell, while Marcus Rashford has shouldered the goalscoring burden following last summer’s departure of Romelu Lukaku.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsOle Gunnar Solskjaer is keen not to disrupt the progress of Mason Greenwood, who has scored 13 goals in all competitions during a stellar breakthrough campaign, but the Norwegian did aggressively pursue a move for his compatriot Erling Haaland in January. Borussia Dortmund ultimately won the race to sign the prolific striker but United’s priorities this summer lie elsewhere with Haaland’s current teammate, Jadon Sancho, their top priority.MORE: Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester CityMORE: Bernd Leno rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Manchester City clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Guendouzi has reportedly been banned from training with the first team (Picture: Getty Images)Jeremie Aliadiere says Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is at risk of damaging his career prospects with his attitude problems.The Frenchman has not featured for the Gunners since he grabbed Neal Maupay by the neck after the 2-1 defeat to Brighton two weeks ago.Reports claim that Guendouzi has even been made to train on his own and refused to apologise for his behaviour, which has sparked rumours of his exit from the Emirates.While not disclosing any further information on behind the scenes matters, Arteta has consistently maintained that ‘the situation has not changed’ when questioned about the 21-year-old’s absence from the team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe was also banished from the squad earlier this season after a bust-up with Arteta and his coaching staff during their training camp in Dubai.And ex-Gunners striker Aliadiere, who also played for Guendouzi’s former team Lorient, admits the midfielder had similar issues at the Ligue 2 side in his younger years and if his problems continue, they could have a detrimental impact on his future.‘I’m sure deep inside he is disappointed if he has to leave Arsenal like this,’ Aliadiere told ‘But from what has been said in the press he has obviously got all the top clubs after him. I’m sure he won’t end up at a smaller club.’ Arteta has taken a strong stance with Guendouzi (Picture: Getty Images)‘If he moves he’ll end up at a top club somewhere. I don’t know if he really thinks, ‘I’m gutted that I might be sold by Arsenal’ or will he think, ‘It’s their loss, I’m going to go to Madrid, Barcelona or Paris’.‘It’s hard. When you’re young you just don’t think of the consequences in the long term. A bad experience, a second bad experience, a third bad experience. Eventually if you have enough bad blood at clubs it will impact your career.‘That’s what I’m more concerned about for him, having all that talent, having made it at a top club so young and throwing it all away. I would be gutted for him. I saw him at 16 and thought he would become a top player.‘I know Matteo, he’s like a little brother to me. I was buzzing when he joined the club, I’m gutted to see him in that situation now, to be training on his own because of his own actions.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‘When you’ve got a problem with one coach, with a second coach, with a third coach. I take it it might not be the coach.‘It might be something you’re doing wrong. I know he has had trouble at Lorient with two managers, before when he was a very young kid as well and now he’s having trouble with Arteta. It can’t all be the managers all the time.‘He has passion for the club, you know that every time he plays he gives 100 per cent. That’s what’s sad about it. If you had a player who was not giving 100 per cent you’d be keen to sell him. ‘But it’s not on the pitch, it’s attitude in training, around the training ground, on camps abroad and outside games. That’s what makes it even more disappointing.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Mesut Ozil reveals decision over his Arsenal future to friends after squad axeMORE: Matteo Guendouzi snubs plea from Arsenal teammate David Luiz over argument with Mikel ArtetaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Jul 2020 6:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Comment Advertisement Jeremie Aliadiere sends warning to Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi over his attitudelast_img read more

first_imgPR – Luke Lozier in High Jump, 5’8″.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers. Congratulations to the Batesville Bulldog Track and Field team as they defended their title yet again at the boys Sectional competition tonight! This is Batesville 4th year in a row taking home the Sectional trophy sneaking by East Central by 11.5 points.2016-17 Boys Track Sectionals @ East CentralThere were a few disappointments on the night, but overall, many awesome performance leading to many Bulldogs placing higher than expected. The dogs fought hard to the end and have the 2017 Sectional trophy to show for it!Scores were as follows: Batesville-112, East Central-100.5, Franklin County-96, Oldenburg-79, Lawerenceburg-66, Greensburg-62.5, South Decatur-36, South Dearborn-22, Milan-16, Rising Sun-15, Jac-Cen-Del-6, South Ripley-5 and North Decatur-4.5.The Bulldogs claimed several individual Sectional Championships and two of the three relays. The night on the track opened with the 4 x 800m relay where Batesville ran a 6 second PR (just shy of the meet record) to be the first Sectional Champion crowned on the night, running an 8:20.49, just beating our neighbors, Oldenburg Academy at 8:21.72. Members of the Championship 4 x 800 team are Quinten Gowdy, Joseph Choi, Adam Moster, and Caleb Moster.The 2nd championship of the night came from the very next race, the 110m high hurdles from junior Garrett Wagner. Garrett broke the meet and the stadium record by hundreds of a second, cruising through at 15.02. Garrett also claimed the 300m hurdle Sectional Championship, not only breaking the Sectional, stadium and school record, but also hit the automatic state standards as he flew through at 38.94! Caleb Moster put on a great finish in the last 100 meters of the 800 run to claim 1st place by less than a second at 2:02.28.Finally, to end the night and to clinch the team Sectional Championship, the boys 4 x 400m relay left nothing in question as they beat the rest of the field by 8 seconds at 3:33.63. Members of the 4 x 400m team are: Caleb Moster, Quinten Gowdy, Henry Lipinski and Garrett Wagner. Congratulations to all our sectional champs!Also automatically advancing to Regional competition (placing 3rd or better) are: Robert Strobal-2nd Pole Vault; Caleb Moster-2nd 1600m run; Nathan Bedel-3rd Pole Vault; Ian Yorn-3rd-400m dash4 x 100m relay team-3rd with Peyton Meyer, CJ Thomas, Jon Kurtz and Gavin Koester.Also placing fourth, but advancing to regionals as a callback is Michael Ripperger in the 1600m run. Congratulations to all qualifiers!!!Scoring went to the top 8 places, so beside the above, those helping win that sectional title were:  4th place: Adam Moster-3200m run; 5th places: Zach Harmeyer-400m dash, Henry Lipinski-300m hurdles; 6th place finish: Garrett Wagner-200m dash; 7th place finish: Gavin Koester-100m dash.There were many personal records broken and they were:4 x 400 splits-Quinten Gowdy and Henry Lipinski; 400m dash-Zach Harmeyer; 800m run-Caleb Moster and Quinten Gowdy; 4 x 800 splits-Quinten Gowdy, Joseph Choi and Adam Moster; 1600m run-Michael Ripperger; 300m hurdles-Garrett Wagner and Henry Lipinski; Shot Put-Peyton Meyer; Discus-Ben Krieg.Congratulations to all…and also congratulations to Oldenburg Academy’s Curt Eckstein for breaking the 3200m Sectional record by over 10 seconds, flying through at 9:18.03.All the boys advancing will compete at the Regional competition next Thursday at Warren Central high School. Good luck everyone!Courtsey of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The Greensburg Boys Track and Field team finished 6th in the IHSAA Sectional meet Thursday evening with 65 1/2 points and advanced two athletes to the regional meet next Thursday at Warren Central High School.The two athletes advancing are senior Zach Pokrzywinski in the high jump and freshman Hunter Butz in the 800m run. Both athletes had 3rd place finishes to punch their ticket to next week. Pokrzywinski was part of a 3-way tie at 5’8″ and Butz ran a PR of 2:05.67 to become the 2nd fastest freshman in school history.Overall the team performed and placed well and had a better meet than last week at the conference. A big thank you to our seniors who lead us all season and showed solid leadership on and off the track. Also, congrats to Batesville and Coach Gausman on another sectional team crown.Individual and relay places along with season PR’s listed below.4th place.4×800 Relay-Reid McClintic (PR split), Kevin Johnson, Louis Moore, Butz; 4×400 Relay-Jadrian Woods, Moore, Butz, Daimon Austin; Long Jump- Austin – 18′ 10 3/4″; Discus- Tanner Yonts (PR 128’4);5th place. Long Jump – Pokrzywinski 18′ 6 3/4″; 4×100 Relay – Isaiah Myer, Vincent Pavy, Luke Lozier, Pokrzywinski; 1600m – Jared Hasselbring 4:50.92; 100m – Pokrzywinski 11.61.6th place. 400m – Woods; Pole Vault – Matthew Myer; 1600m – Kevin Johnson.7th place. Shot Put – Dylan Cain; 3200m – Reid McClintic; 400m – Austin.Tied for 7th in Pole Vault – Charlie Pumphrey.8th place. 100m & 200m – Isaiah Myer.last_img read more

first_imgCOLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (Aug. 28) – The weekly Friday night racing season at CJ Speedway came to a close with a great night of racing on the perfectly prepared multi-groove race track on the Louisa County Fairgrounds.  Brandies led the entire race but was hounded by Jason See and Bell and all three drivers had a shot at the win as they took the white flag in tightly bunched pack. Bell took to the outside in turn four coming to the checkers but came up less than half a car length short at the checkers with See in third right on Brandies bumper.   By Jerry Mackey The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars put on their usual side-by-side thrilling racing with the winner in doubt until the checkers waved in the 20 lap main event. David Brandies scored a hard-fought win over track champion, Adam Bell. center_img Cody Staley had a season for the record books in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Staley took the win on Friday night, which was his eighth in a row at the 4/10-mile speedway. Staley easily outdistanced Darin Smith in taking the win. All IMCA point standings become official on Oct. 26.last_img read more

first_imgGov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal might cut $110 million from the Cal Grant system, which would affect financial aid for students enrolled in public and private California universities during the 2012-2013 school year.As part of the $12.5 billion in reduced state spending, the cuts to the system would reduce the amount offered to students who choose to use Cal Grants at private institutions and would raise the minimum requirements for students to qualify for a Cal Grant.The Cal Grant system consists of Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B, which are offered to students based on merit and demonstrated financial need. The grants do not have to be paid back.Cal Grant A provides for tuition and fees in the California State University and University of California systems, as well as tuition support at private, nonprofit schools such as USC. Up to $12,192 is offered to each eligible students in the UC system, up to $5,472 to students in the CSU system, and up to $9,708  to students at private schools.Brown is proposing cutting the award money offered to students at private schools by 44 percent to the CSU level in addition to raising the minimum GPA requirement for Cal Grant A from 3.0 to 3.25.The USC Financial Aid Office could help make those cuts manageable for students attending USC, despite worries that such cuts would make it more difficult for low-income students to cover the cost of attending a private school, said Thomas McWhorter, the dean of financial aid.“In a place like USC, where we still meet the full determined need of the students, I wouldn’t anticipate [a drop in the number of low-income students], but any time you have a reduction in the amount of gift aid that’s given I can understand that there may be some changes in attendance,” McWhorter said.McWhorter, however, said that with a reduction in either state or federal money offered to students as part of their financial aid package, the additional money would have to come from either increased university resources or more loans included in the financial aid package.“USC has a commitment to meet the full need of our students,” McWhorter said. “When a major source of aid changes like this, it means the money has to come from somewhere else.”The possibility of Cal Grant cuts would be especially worrisome for students hoping to attend a private university as a freshman in fall 2012, said Veronica Villalobos, the executive director of state government relations for USC in Sacramento.Because the finalized state budget isn’t constitutionally due until June 15 and incoming freshmen must confirm their college decision by early May, students could have to make their decision before knowing how much aid they will receive from the state.“The impact of a 44 percent cut [for Cal Grants at private schools] would be particularly dramatic,” Villalobos said. “Sometimes students choose not to go to a private university because it looks like their grant is going to be cut significantly. There’s a lot of uncertainty.”Zarkhi Palmer, a freshman majoring in business administration, is a recipient of a Cal Grant who said that if the state had offered him less money while he was making his decision and his financial aid package was unable to offset the difference, he would have had to think twice about attending a private university.“If the school financial aid didn’t cover [tuition], I probably would not have come [to USC],” Palmer said. “I would have gone to a cheaper school.”Approximately 1,900 undergraduate students, or just over 10 percent of the undergraduate population, are currently recipients of a Cal Grant as part of their financial aid package, alongside other aid such as loans, scholarships and the Federal Work-Study program.According to Villalobos, these students would have their grants cut for 2012-2013 as well, and a large enough cut might even have some students deciding to transfer.To avoid this situation, Villalobos said USC has been partnering with other California private schools to push for changes to the budget proposal that would not hit their students as hard.Villalobos said former Gov. Schwarzenegger proposed a similar cut in 2004, but schools and students were able to fight back and have the cut reduced to 14 percent.“Because the budget is so bad and there’s not much room to make cuts, it’s really going to be a big fight this year that students have to initiate to protect their financial aid,” Villalobos said.last_img read more

first_imgVice Provost of Academic Operations Mark Todd and President of Student Veterans Association Joshua Lynch spoke about the struggles veterans face and the resources available to veterans at the Veterans Appreciation Week kickoff event in Sample Hall on Monday evening.Regina Nordahl, associate dean of USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, has hosted and organized Veteran Appreciation Week for two years in a row and hopes to establish it in coming years.“Its an appreciation and an awareness. It’s a way for students, faculty and staff to understand who our veterans are and what their experiences have been and how their experiences contribute to who we are as a University,” Nordahl said. “The more we know about one another, it’s a way to expand our knowledge and let people understand they have more in common than they think. VA week allows us to be forward-thinking and look at our similarities, not our differences.“Some of the highlights of Veterans Appreciation Week will include a career fair, a letter signing, boot camp workout and veteran luncheon taking place during the week. Josh Lynch served in the Army National Guard from 2008-2014. He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and now strives to ease veterans’ transitions and spread awareness about the veteran population on campus as President of the Student Veterans Association. “There’s this stereotype that veterans are crazy [and] you can’t work with them. That’s all wrong,” Lynch said. “VA week will put us on the map and spread awareness that we do exist.”Todd spoke about the veteran community and USC’s immensely diverse student body.  USC has over 600 veterans enroll as students each semester, and that number is growing. Todd said that much of the veteran population at USC are transfers from community college, and USC’s Veteran Resource Center is set up to ease that transition. “We are just tremendously proud of our veterans and instead of just celebrating Veterans Day, we want to express our gratitude to them by putting on a whole week of events,” Todd said. “The university admits over 800 community college transfers and one in every six come from community college compared to our competitors — one in 1,000. So we greatly value the diversity that community college brings and a lot of our veterans come in through that route.” Jennifer Perdomo serves as coordinator for the Veteran Resource Center, and oversees many of the support systems and resources available to veterans on campus. She said that the resources offered by the center help veterans who may otherwise struggle to keep up with their classes.“We may have students who may not want to be known as a veteran and that’s okay but we have that veteran space available where they can lounge or study and have safe space like any of the other culture centers on campus,” Perdomo said.last_img read more

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs every Thursday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Nick at Better late than never, I guess.Such was my initial reaction to USC coach Lane Kiffin’s apology of sorts for the disastrous 2012 football season. In a two-hour interview with ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski, Kiffin accepted blame for all that went wrong last season, admitting that he is a “coaching work in progress” and that he needs to “grow up.”For once, I don’t think many USC fans will disagree with him.First, I’ll give the man his credit: I agree with most of what he said. The odds were stacked against the 2012 Trojans. With so much pressure to be perfect, anything less than an undefeated season would have disappointed many, so it was unlikely that the third-year coach would please everybody.But he didn’t do himself any favors along the way.At this point, it would be quite redundant to hash through all of Kiffin’s missteps last season, which went far beyond the win-loss figures. The jersey switching, the football deflating and the beatwriter banning have all been well-documented.Kiffin’s off-the-field transgressions have proved to be distractions and, if we are to believe his words, distractions were something that his players already had had enough of.“When you have all the hype that this team had around it coming into this season — [the players said], ‘See you in the Orange Bowl [site of the Discover BCS national championship],” Kiffin said in the interview of his team’s mindset coming into the season. “That’s where their minds were, regardless of what we [coaches] said.”This is where many have taken issue with Kiffin. Over the course of his relatively short career, he has been called many things: petulant, arrogant and dishonest, to name a few. His reputation precedes him wherever he goes to the point that I’m not sure many people outside of his defenders at USC have any nice things to say about him.But he has also been called something else: a good football coach. A current USC football player said just as much recently, while also criticizing Kiffin for the lack of control he had over the USC locker room. That lack of control was evidenced by the reported incident involving several players. It has been characterized as a “disagreement” by some and a “full-on brawl” by others following the loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.Regardless, few have questioned Kiffin’s knowledge of the Xs and Os. He has excelled in that regard, as well as in recruiting. But it is in the area of managing and leading people, namely kids in their late teens and early 20s, that Kiffin appears to have failed. One needs to look no further than his comments about his own players making plans for Miami before the season even began.For Kiffin’s sake, and for USC’s, he must improve in this facet of coaching. Whether or not he can remains to be seen. But admitting there is a problem is the first step in combating it, and Kiffin did that this week — a reassuring development. But his other comments were equally troubling.With respect to the infamous jersey-switching incident that occurred against Colorado, Kiffin claims that the tactic was “100 percent legal,” according to NCAA rules. But, according to Wojciechowski, the NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations manual states, “The following are unethical practices: Changing numbers during the game to deceive the opponent.”Kiffin claims there was “no intent to deceive.” If that is the case, then what was the intent? To see how redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Kessler looked wearing jersey No. 35?Kiffin’s refusal to budge on this topic speaks to his stubbornness, a trait that has its positives and negatives in the college football world. With national signing day right around the corner, it will most certainly be an asset in persuading high school players to come to USC following last season’s poor showing. Even with scholarship reductions, Kiffin’s 2013 class has already been lauded as one of the nation’s best, and a strong finish will earn him some goodwill among his detractors.But past incidents like the jersey switch will always find their way into the conversation, and as a result, forming an opinion on Lane Kiffin will never be as simple as black and white.In the results-based institution that is college football, I believe Kiffin can succeed. He proved it two seasons ago, and I believe he can do it again. You may never consider yourself a “Lane Kiffin fan” because of his many offenses, but he doesn’t need to win a popularity contest to be the right man for the job of USC’s head coach. He needs better results on the field, not to convince people to like him.But by winning more games next year, he might just be able to do both.last_img read more

first_imgA reign of boos descended onto the turf of Camp Randall Stadium late in the third quarter when Derrick Tindal was escorted off the field during Wisconsin’s 28-3 win over Troy Saturday afternoon.Tindal had just been ejected for a targeting penalty and was the second member of the Wisconsin defense to suffer the same fate. Linebacker Leon Jacobs was removed from the game in the first quarter for targeting Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers.Both calls were questionable. Replays showed that Jacobs made contact with Silvers’ chest. Tindall, going at full speed, made contact with a receiver’s neck-area although the receiver lowered his head.Neither player was available for post-game interviews.Head referee Jeffrey Servinski told pool reporter Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal that even after the plays went under review there was forcible contact to the neck or head.In Tindal’s case, Servinski said, “To tell you which [body part] it was, I can’t tell you that, other than they confirmed the foul … If there would not have been contact to the head or neck area, we would have reversed both scenarios.”After the game, players mostly remained quiet about their feelings toward the ejections.UW head coach Paul Chryst said the give should err on the side of player safety.“There’s no doubt that every coach that I know wants to — and this is for all rules, to make this game safer, no question,” Chryst said.Offensive line gets new lookThe UW offensive line underwent another face lift Saturday.Redshirt freshman Micah Kapoi started at right guard for Walker Williams, who suffered an ankle injury during practice this week.Kapoi said the start was validation of all the work he’s put in to get to that spot.“I feel like it’s all paying off, from the day I got here until now,” he said. “It’s a great feeling knowing I can be out there in that starting group.”Another redshirt freshman, Jacob Maxwell, saw the first game action of his career, taking snaps at right tackle for Hayden Biegel.“My confidence after that first drive was pretty good,” Maxwell said. “A little nervous at first, but after that first drive it was good.”Behind them, Wisconsin had its best rushing game of the season. The offensive line paved the way for 212 yards and three rushing touchdowns, and an average of 5.7 yards per carry.“It’s a great feeling we got the run going,” Kapoi said. “There’s always room for improvement and next week we’re going to get those numbers higher and just get back to Wisconsin offense.False AlarmWith about eight minutes left in the game, fire alarms throughout Camp Randall started blaring. A woman’s voice over the loudspeaker encouraged fans to leave.It turned out to be a false alarm, and was a reaction of a sensitive heat-detector near a pizza oven, a UW Atheltics statement said.Here is the entire statement from UW Athletics:During the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Wisconsin-Troy football game, a heat detector near the pizza oven in the main kitchen at Camp Randall Stadium caused the stadium’s fire alarm system to activate. UW Athletics staff and UW Police immediately investigated and determined that there was no fire in the stadium. At that point, the alarm system (which was working correctly) was shut off. An announcement was then made in the stadium that no fire existed and that spectators did not need to leave the facility.last_img read more