Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to force January move to Barcelona

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Mar 2020 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried to force January move to Barcelona Aubameyang was close to a move to Barcelona in January (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s attempts to force a January transfer to Barcelona were shut down by the north London club, according to reports.The Spanish giants tried to recruit the 31-year-old in the winter transfer window given the injury to first-choice forward Luis Suarez.According to Catalan publication Sport, the Gunners denied their top scorer’s request to leave, despite Barcelona having a deal agreed with the striker.The report also states that Aubameyang is now a backup option for the summer transfer window, as Quique Setién’s side favour a move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, if a move for the Argentinian cannot be completed, Barca view the Arsenal forward as a much cheaper alternative. Advertisement Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be desperate to keep hold of his star striker (Picture: Getty Images)The Gunners face a battle on their hands to hold onto the Gabon international, as his current contract ends in just 18 months.Talks of an extension are reportedly stalling due to his wage demands of upwards of £300,000 a week.The clinical striker also wants to play Champions League football, which is looking increasingly unlikely with the Gunners’ league position of ninth.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 ArsenalDespite the rumours of his exit, Aubameyang insists he is ‘happy’ at the Emirates Stadium.Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: ‘It means a lot [to play here]. When I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they always had great players and they won trophies as well. ‘I think it is really a pleasure to be here, I am really happy – that’s my feeling.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Arsenal squad are staying fit during coronavirus lockdownMORE: Mikel Arteta convinces key Arsenal staff member Gary O’Driscoll to reject Liverpool move Advertisementlast_img read more

Kenyan athletics in dock again over doping

first_imgAthletics powerhouse Kenya are once again in the eye of a doping storm just a month out from the Olympic Games after the latest investigation by German television channel ARD and The Sunday Times.Saturday’s documentary alleges doping is rife at the elite training centre in Iten.Previous joint research by ARD and the British newspaper led to the banning of the Russian athletics’ team from the Games for state sponsored doping.Over the past three years some 40 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests, shredding their reputation for probity and laying bare the reality behind their reputation as the most dominant middle to long distance running nation in the world.The allegations will come as a major blow as it follows only weeks after Kenyan lawmakers passed into law — after being threatened with a similar sanction as the Russians by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) — legislation making it a criminal act to either dope or to supply such products.The documentary, largely filmed with a hidden camera, says it successfully infiltrated one of their team posing as an athlete into the training centre which is a favoured spot for distance runners, both Kenyan and European, as it is at high altitude 2400 metres above sea level.The documentary shows images of boxes of the endurance boosting drug EPO on the inside of the training centre and used syringes dumped in a bin.EPO is shown to be widely available in the pharmacies around the centre whilst two doctors are only too willing to propose supplying the journalist posing as an athlete with doping products.Very shockingOne of the two doctors claims to have supplied “more than 50” athletes, including three British runners, based on his guarantee he could dramatically improve their performances in “three months”.“Even if the athletes are subjected to doping tests they will find nothing,” says the doctor. “That is what the top level athletes take.”The same doctor, according to ARD, when approached again retracted his claims and said he had nothing to do with doping and to have made up supplying the products.However, both he and the other doctor featured have since been arrested by Kenyan police according to ARD.A man said to be the coach of an Olympic champion, appearing with his face hidden, confirms the claims made in the documentary.“The great majority of the athletes who appear out of nowhere are doped,” he says.The chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, Nicole Sapstead, said the report was “of grave concern and of significant interest”, adding they were investigating.“I can confirm that this evidence is being treated with the utmost importance and urgency, and two UKAD staff are currently in Kenya pursuing a number of lines of enquiry,” she said in a statement.Japhter Rugut, head of the Kenyan anti-doping agency, said the revelations were “very shocking”.“We can see that we have a lot of problems at grassroots level and we will work with the police so as to weed out all those implicated in these criminal activities, both sports people and doctors, who will have to answer for their actions,” he told ARD.“We want to go to Rio with a clean team.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Vicky Namuyanja: Uganda’s female pool queen

first_imgKampala,Uganda | AGNES E NANTABA | Vicky Namuyanja is a well-known face in Uganda’s sports arena as a champion in the rare game of female pool. She started competitive and professional pool in 1999 and is currently the only two time winner of the Pool Queen title; the highest in ranking for Uganda’s women’s pool league. Her latest was in 2016, a title that she still holds. She has been on the national pool team for the last five years.She was the East Africa Ladies Champion 2015 and African Team champion with Team Uganda in 2014. She is also one of only four ladies in Uganda to ever break and finish a competitive frame without giving the opponent any chance to play.Numyanja says she forayed in ladies pool out of admiration.“I admired the game but was scared to break into something that most people around me never seconded me to take on,” she says.So she trained and played secretly without mother being aware. But the cat was let out of the bag when her trainer convinced her to take part in a tournament. It was a skills test and Namuyanja recalls being intimidated by the prospect of facing off with one the senior female pool players at the time. In the end she did not go beyond the first game but trainer was impressed with the skill she displayed. They fixed the gaps and Namuyanja was soon winning trophies. When she started winning prize money, she felt it was time to come out. With her mother, Sylvia Kaggwa’s support now, she went professional.In 2009, her first attempt was at Spice shortly before crossing to Hot Pool for three years. It was here she eventually emerged Ladies league runner up in 2012. She then joined Skin Samona on a three year contract. She has won many trophies at Skin Samona, including being crowned Pool Queen Champion 2014 and Ladies League champion 2015. At the beginning of 2017, she joined CKI pool team.Namuyanja is not happy that unlike in other countries where the pool game is highly sponsored and professionalized, Uganda’s pool is still struggling. But she is optimistic as more sponsors come on board to boost professionalism. Her mission, however, is to increase the number of professional female pool players. Currently there are just 64 and Namuyanja wants to train female youngsters to make the game more competitive.  So far she has two girls.“From my observation, they will turn out to be some of the best players in the country,” she says of her charges.Any three things we don’t know about you? I have been a dynamic pool player for sometime so not so much is unknown about me. However, I pride in being a mother to two boys all of whom I have had as an active player.What is your idea of perfect happiness?For me, there is no fun time like family time and winning a pool game.What is your greatest fear?While some people consider me to be fierce, I am scared of physical assault or battering. Even for the pool games, sometimes, fear for the opponent overshadows but I strive to overcome it along the way.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?I don’t like the fact that sometimes I fail to control my emotions which may block the way for greater happiness.What is the trait you most deplore in others?I can’t stand two-faced people.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Inside Conditions…‘Too little, too late’

first_imgAs I viewed the AFC and NFC Championship games last weekend, I almost instantly had a “retro” moment back to the firing, resignation, permanent sabbatical or “whatchamacallit” of Steelers now ex-offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The only question I have and have posed for the last three years is what took them so long and does the Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin have any “juice” in regards to hiring and firing? The termination could not have been based on Arians’ 2011 body of work because Pittsburgh finished the regular season with an above average record of 12-4. Since everyone has finished slapping their “kill” the defense bumper stickers on broken down vehicles along with donning one of their spare pairs of rose colored glasses, maybe finally the Steelers nation will take an honest look at one of the more Steelers’ questionable hires during the past decade. The precepts of the “Rooney” rule seem to have been thrashed and dashed since the hiring of Tomlin.From the outset, the hiring was considered faulty because it was supposedly based on the “Rooney” rule which in turn was predicated on the dreaded and despised “affirmative action” concept because as we all know, most African-Americans have to be given opportunities because in the normal work place they would almost never have the skills to secure such positions by their qualifications and merit alone, right? Wrong. When White candidates are awarded positions because of “confirmative” action, you know guys just walking in with little or no experience and still getting the job just because they are White, there is no griping about any racial prerequisites that assured their employment.The first Black NFL head coach of the modern era, Art Shell was hired in 1990 by the Oakland Raiders after serving as a player and assistant coach for the Raiders for 20 years. Former Colts and Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy had been a head-coaching prospect as early as the 1980s, but he was passed up year after year until he finally was named the head coach of the Buccaneers in 1996. At the time Dungy was 45 years old. Jon Gruden was named head coach of the Raiders at the age of 35 and ex-Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was hired at 32. Both coaches are White so in their case, there was no need for a “Rooney” rule. Black coaches Herm Edwards (47), Dennis Green (43) and Ray Rhodes (45) were all well over forty before becoming head coaches and are now ex-head coaches. Romeo Crennel, the ex- New England Patriots D-coordinator, ex-Cleveland Browns head coach, ex-Kansas City Chiefs D-coordinator, now the Chiefs head coach is a defensive mastermind yet it took Crennel beating the undefeated Green Bay Packers for him to get another shot.There is also a different imagery promoted about Black coaches when their demeanor and coaching styles are depicted. When Bill Cowher or current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh are profiled with the sputum of excitement and harsh words flying, they are defined as emotional and passionate. However, when Black coaches become irritated and display the same traits they are pictured as “angry with an attitude.” In a league where they monitor the color of the shoes that a player wears along with almost everything else, image is obviously the primary motivator for any action or reaction. In a University of Pennsylvania study titled: “Has the NFL’s Rooney Rule Efforts ‘Leveled the Field’ for African American Head Coach Candidates?” Janice F. Madden and Matthew Ruther, who co-authored the study, showed that; “African American National Football League (NFL) head coaches significantly out-performed their White counterparts between 1990 and 2002. They conclude that this evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that African Americans had to be better coaches than Whites in order to be hired as a head coach in the NFL.”Three teams this season have relieved themselves of head coaches whose skin contained significant amounts of melanin. The Raiders fired Hue Jackson, the Indy Colts gave Jim Caldwell his walking papers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave the pink slip to Raheem Morris. Let’s see if the racial balance remains the same. If the league can entertain, promote and award two brothers Jim and John Harbaugh with head coaching jobs (49ers and Ravens respectively), then why the heck is it so hard to find and hire Black head coaches. Carrie Daklin a correspondent for bleacherreport.com calls the Rooney Rule “ridiculous” and poses the question; “do they [Black coaches] dance better too?” Sure they do and the NFL can sure as hell can find enough Black players. It’s time to quit “fakin’ the funk” and get… real. As far as leveling the playing field for Black NFL coaches; they are for all intents and purposes still “benched” on the sidelines of the hiring process(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce is also the NFL/AFC North analyst on the “Odd Couple Sports Show’ streaming live on Fox Sports radio; WCWA 1230am, Toledo, Ohio, Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m.)last_img read more

State Turns Down Plea For Traffic Light

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK – The call by borough officials for another state traffic analysis and plea for a new traffic signal for a problematic intersection have been met with another apparent “no” from Trenton.The Borough Council’s Oct. 11 resolution sought to have the state Department of Transportation (DOT) again evaluate the intersection at Riverside Avenue/State Route 35 and Bodman Place, a particularly sticky traffic location at the borough’s northernmost point.“The borough is trying to tell them, stop the talking,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said last week. “Now get to work and come up with a solution.”But the DOT said it has been down this road before with borough officials about this location and its response remains unchanged. “NJDOT has investigated this request numerous times over several decades and has communicated to elected officials on multiple occasions that adding a traffic signal at the intersection of Bodman Place and Route 35/Riverside Avenue is not feasible,” said Steve Schapiro, the department’s director of communications, in response to The Two River Times’ request for comment about the recent resolution.Schapiro explained the most recent DOT investigation of the intersection occurred in late 2016, followed by a meeting with local officials in early 2017, “to once again explain to the town that adding a signal is not warranted.”Menna remembered that DOT review as “an army of individuals, all of them making the same notes, and one or two persons talking and looking at each other.”Menna took Schapiro’s assessment as “a typical bureaucratic response from individuals who are indifferent to the conditions on the ground.”For years the borough has experienced pedestrian safety issues along Riverside Avenue, which is an extension of state Route 35 through the borough, and has had state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) reach out to state transportation officials for assistance.The area is lined with several restaurants, apartment developments, senior housing complexes, office buildings and access to two hotels. Over the last 20 years, according to Menna, traffic has intensified and development has changed the complexion of the area. “Frankly, the intersection was fine 20 years ago,” Menna said, “but no longer.”Bodman Place has Oyster Point hotel, along with condominiums and office buildings, and leads out to Riverside Avenue. The problem, Menna noted again, which other borough officials have brought up over the last few years, concerns traffic moving onto Riverside from Bodman, especially those turning left to travel southbound, as well as traffic traveling south on Riverside, looking to turn left onto Bodman.Riverside Avenue is a four-lane road that has an S-curve in that area, in close proximity to Route 35 at the Coopers Bridge. Traffic travels at a pretty quick pace, creating a dangerous mix, Menna pointed out.Menna is a lawyer who maintains offices on Bodman Place. He said he is well aware of the intersection’s difficulties, facing them almost daily.The borough police’s Traffic Safety Division also supports the traffic light recommendation, according to the resolution.“Frankly, at the end of the day, the reason they’re being shy about it is financial,” Menna said, alleging the state DOT doesn’t want to spend money for a traffic signal, when another signal is close by.A traffic signal could cost up to $250,000, according to Menna, and the borough would be willing to pay 25 percent of the cost, the standard local contribution. As for it being too close to another light, the mayor pointed to traffic lights, authorized by the DOT, at the West Front/Water streets and Water Street/Maple Avenue intersections, which are close to other signals; as well as the fact that Asbury Park, along Route 71, has signals at seemingly every intersection.Borough officials have formally designated Riverside Avenue as an area in need of rehabilitation. That was done, Menna noted, in anticipation of redevelopment of some of the properties along that corridor.And that, Menna determined, makes traffic and pedestrian safety improvements that much more important.Schapiro said DOT engineers feel a traffic signal at Bodman “would increase the potential for same direction crashes and create coordination issues negatively affecting traffic on Route 35.”Menna said he’s keeping his fingers crossed that with a new administration in Trenton next year. “Hopefully, that attitude can change,” he said.This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Field hockey names new associate head coach

first_imgVittese began coaching in 2012 and joined the staff at Temple last spring. She previously coached for the New Jersey Spirit of USA club team, where she coached players aged 6-18 years old.  Vittese’s knowledge of the game is also impressive, Ciufo said. Vittese was a three-time All-American for the University of Virginia field hockey team. She was also a part of the United States field hockey team for eight years, playing in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.  He founded the LEAP Hockey Academy, which stands for learn, enjoy, achieve and progress. This academy is Australian-based and he will be focusing on player development in that area. Assistant Temple field hockey coach Michelle Vittese has been promoted to associate head coach, the team announced in a press release Friday afternoon. “Her knowledge of the game is proven on a daily basis and her loyalty is something I have an immense amount of respect for,” Ciufo said. “Moving [Vittese] into this position and sharing this program was a no-brainer.”center_img “Her work ethic is what makes her stand out among the rest,” coach Susan Ciufo stated in the press release. “From the start, [Vittese] has shown her true passion for this sport and for developing our young women as students, athletes, and most importantly people.”  Temple field hockey players discuss strategy during their game against Merrimack College at Howarth Field on Aug. 30. | COLLEEN CLAGGETT / FILE PHOTO Vittese is a four-time medalist with USA field hockey, winning two gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015. Vittese will be replacing Ross Gilham-Jones, who had been an assistant coach since the 2018 season. Jones left to pursue other opportunities.last_img read more

Be aware of increased timber thefts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Current high prices for white oak and black walnut timber have created a recent increase in timber theft. Tree theft in rural areas of Ohio should be of concern to residents and landowners, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry offers tips to help residents prevent this activity.“Timber is a marketable commodity, with well-formed trees of some species having substantial value,” said Dan Balser, chief of the Division of Forestry. “Keeping an eye out for timber theft on your property or on your neighbor’s land can go a long way to deterring theft and significant monetary and resource losses. We have recently seen timber thefts from both public and private land in Ohio.”Timber poachers often work in secluded areas not visible from residences. They often remove the most valuable lower log section of the tree and leave upper sections and limbs. Thieves use small equipment like small trailers and winches, or logging equipment like loaders and large trucks.ODNR offers these tips when illegal tree theft activity is suspected:• Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement immediately. Do not personally confront anyone working a suspected timber theft operation. • Leave contact information with a neighbor, especially if you are an absentee woodland owner. Keep them informed of your plans for the property. • Inspect your property regularly. Cable or gate access lanes and install locks. • Mark all of your boundaries with paint or signs to deter potential thieves. • Conduct a timber inventory and estimate the value of your timber. • When conducting a timber sale, work with a professional forester to know what resources you own, follow a management plan with defined outcomes, use sustainable forestry practices, solicit multiple bids, research any potential buyer or logger, require a bond, use a contract for harvesting work and include best management practices to protect soil and water.Resources are available at callB4Ucut.com/ohio or by calling 877-424-8288.last_img read more

SXSW: Accelerator Finalists and Winners

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market At last week’s SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, 32 companies presented at the SXSW Accelerator awards, sponsored by Microsoft’s BizSpark. The companies spoke in front of a panel of judges, one of which was ReadWriteWeb’s editor, Richard MacManus, who helped in judging the news applications. By day two, 32 finalists were narrowed down to just 12, all competing for the top spot in one of four categories: news related technologies, innovative Web technologies, entertainment technologies and social media and social networking technologies.So, who won?The grand prize at this year’s awards show went to the following:News Related Technologies: StorifyInnovative Web Technologies: HipmunkEntertainment Technologies: TangoSocial Media & Social Networking Technologies: PopVoxIf you’re not familiar with these services, all are worth taking note of.Storify is a useful tool for creating stories using social media. We’ve used Stofify here at ReadWriteWeb to curate tweets about popular events, for example, including SXSW itself. But you can also make collections that include Flickr photos and YouTube videos, using the service.Hipmunk is an easy-to-use flight (and now lodging) search service which offers an improved interface for finding, sorting and filtering results. One of its sorting options is called “agony,” which the company describes as a way of sorting flights taking into account price, duration, and number of stops, combined. Hipmunk also recently launched an iPhone application that lets you perform flight searches on your phone, then book on your mobile or email yourself a link to the flight you chose.Tango is a free mobile calling service, that, unlike Apple’s FaceTime, works across platforms (iPhone and Android, and others soon). It also works over Wi-Fi and 3G, while FaceTime is currently limited to Wi-Fi-only. Tango hit 3 million downloads in November, and has now just recently reached 10 million.Finally, PopVox is a service providing real-time information on current legislation. Designed by people who have worked in around government for years, and advised by Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, the site lets you locate a bill you care about, declare your opposition or support and share that opinion directly with Congress. For politicians, the site provides a number of bill-tracking tools to stay on top of public sentiment.The other finalists at Accelerator included the Participatory Politics Foundation, a nonprofit promoting civic engagement; DocumentCloud, a tool for journalists that enables publishing public documents to a Web-based catalog; the eye-tracking service GazeHawk; Kabbage, a service providing funding to online merchants; Portalarium, makers of a new social game called Ultimate Collector; Viki, a crowd-sourced foreign-language captioning for the movies and TV shows; CompassLabs, a social media advertising agency; and Neighborgoods, a community that allows you to share items (e.g., a lawnmower, bike, drill, etc.) with your neighbors,Neighborgoods also got Accelerator’s Bootstrap Award for having done the most with the fewest resources. Tags:#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

13 hours agoScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing link

first_imgScholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing linkby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks his former club could use Mesut Ozil’s skills.The German seems destined to leave Arsenal after being left out of their last five match day squads.United have struggled to break down deep-lying teams this season, and Scholes believes Ozil could solve that problem.Asked whether Ozil could be a difference-maker for United, Scholed replied: “Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together.”[He is] a player who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.”He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.”I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of player, short-term, who United could do with.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more