David Raya to push for Arsenal transfer as Emiliano Martinez nears exit Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Raya helped Brentford to the Championship Playoff final, though they were beaten by Fulham (Getty)Martinez, meanwhile, looks set to be granted his wish to play regular first-team football by moving to Aston Villa after Dean Smith’s side lodged a £15million offer.The Gunners are still holding out for a bigger fee – closer to £20m – and would hope to spend less than half of that on signing Raya as his replacement, allowing the rest of the funds to be used to strengthen other areas of the pitch.MORE: Edu sends honest transfer message to Arsenal fans amid Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey rumoursMORE: Nigel Winterburn warns Arsenal they should only sell Emiliano Martinez on one conditionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Gunners want to sign the Brentford keeper as Bernd Leno’s backup (Picture: Getty Images)Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is eager to join Arsenal this summer and his agent has made it clear they will do everything possible to try and secure a move to the Emirates.With the Gunners set to cash in on the impressive Emiliano Martinez – who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa – that leaves Mikel Arteta in need of a new backup option behind number one keeper Bernd Leno.Arsenal have set their sights on Raya, who has impressed in the Championship for Brentford, though the Bees have no desire to sell. Comment Arsenal will cash in on Martinez and want Raya as his replacement (Picture: Getty)But the Spanish shot-stopper is desperate to make the step up to the Premier League with Arsenal and is even prepared to hand in a transfer request to secure a move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRaya’s agent, Jaume Monell, confirmed to Spanish newspaper Sport that Arsenal have lodged a proposal for the keeper, but Brentford are refusing to negotiate and feel they hold all the cards with the 24-year-old contracted until 2023.If they continue to play hardball, Raya will try and force the move with Monell saying they ‘will do what is necessary’ to secure a move to Arsenal.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 ArsenalArteta is a big fan of compatriot Raya, who counts as a homegrown player having left Spain at the age of 16 to join Blackburn Rovers.Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana also knows Raya well, having worked with him at Brentford before being poached by the Gunners, and he would be keen on a reunion in north London.
BLOG: Failure to Fund Schools Would Result in the Loss of 23,000 Educators By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 22, 2016 Budget News, Education, Schools That Teach, The Blog Pennsylvania is at a crossroads. We can fund our schools and fix our deficit or we will be faced with an additional $1 billion in cuts to education funding. This $1 billion cut will lead to the immediate layoff of 23,000 educators in Pennsylvania.In January of 2011, Gov. Corbett was inaugurated. Around this time, schools began to plan for the coming 2011/2012 school year, not anticipating there would be a budget cut. Governor Corbett’s budget cuts passed in late June of 2011 – after many schools had passed their 2011 budgets. They had prior year appropriations and were budgeting for the next school year. For the 2012 school year, they had to account for the new appropriations and cuts. Between July of 2011 and December of 2012, 23,000 educators were lost in Pennsylvania. For budgeting purposes, this is immediate. They were baked into the next school budget cycle – the cycle when the appropriation cut hit. A 2014 survey by PASA and PASBO says “data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics documents the loss of more than 23,000 education jobs in Pennsylvania through the end of 2012.”Most importantly, while it is very useful to have a historic comparison to make when we estimate the impact of a $1 billion cut to education, that estimation and its impact – whether by size of the layoffs or timing – is much different today than it was in 2011.There are three areas where local school districts can make decisions. They can cut programs. They can raise property taxes. They can reduce personnel. But the environment is significantly different today than 2011/2012.First:There are fewer programs to cut today than there were in 2011 and 2012. Since 2010/11, there have been 783 programs eliminated at schools in addition to 370 academic programs schools slated to eliminate according to a 2014 survey by PASA and PASBO. According to the survey, “the cumulative number of program eliminations and reductions is estimated to be well over 1,100 within the next school year.” Further, schools said 220 sports or extracurricular programs would either be eliminated or face a fee. This survey even adds that they might have underestimated the program cuts in schools, “This analysis may understate the depth of academic program cuts and reductions in two ways. First, substantial impacts were felt in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis and in the first years of the recession, while this report documents program reductions only since 2010. Second, districts were asked to indicate cuts at the ‘program’ or category level—for example, ‘music/theater programs.’ Since a district could have made multiple cuts within a single program—such as marching band AND jazz band AND chorus for this example—the number of eliminations and reductions should be treated as a floor, not a ceiling.”Schools are cut to the bone and there are fewer available options for schools to cut programs in order to make up for an additional $1 billion state education cut.Second:Legislation restricted local school districts’ ability to raise property taxes to make up for cuts. This means that state level cuts are more harmful today than five years ago. There simply is not the ability to compensate. School districts that were able to replace revenue and keep teachers in 2011 and 2012 do not have that option.Act 25 of 2011 made several changes to the Taxpayer Relief Act, including reducing the number of referendum exceptions that could be requested from PDE. Exceptions that were removed were for new construction projects (academic and nonacademic projects), maintenance of local and state tax revenues, school improvement plans and health care-related benefits.In 2011-12, there were seven referendum exception. Now, there are only three – pensions, special ed and school construction. (For this, all the school construction categories are counted as one.)Third:Even before these changes, schools identified staff reductions as a preferred means – of their limited means – of balancing their budgets. According to the 2014 survey, “ninety percent of responding school districts have reduced staff, and more than 40 percent of districts have, or will, furlough classroom teachers. Reductions continue to occur among all categories of school employees.” In 2014, with balanced funding – never mind a $1 billion cut – more than one quarter of districts anticipated furloughs.Fourth:The financial environment for schools is significantly different than 2011-2012. Pennsylvania’s credit has been downgraded many times, and the school district intercept program has faced similar downgrades. This limits a school’s ability to go to the market and issue debt to make up shortfalls.July 17, 2012 – The programmatic rating of the Pennsylvania Act 150 School District Intercept Program was downgraded to A1 with a stable outlook from Aa3 with a negative outlook; the programmatic rating of the Pennsylvania School District Fiscal Agent Agreement Intercept Program was downgraded to Aa3 with a stable outlook from Aa2 with a negative outlook; and the programmatic rating on the Pennsylvania State Public School Building Authority Lease Revenue Intercept Program was downgraded to Aa3 with a stable outlook from Aa2 with a negative outlook.November 4, 2015 – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s (Aa3 negative) pre-default intercept programs for school districts to A3 from A2. This action affects the State Public School Building Authority Lease Revenue Intercept Program (Sec. 785) and the Pennsylvania School District Fiscal Agent Agreement Intercept Program (Sec. 633). For districts enhanced by the commonwealth’s post-default intercept program (Pennsylvania Act 150 Program), Moody’s confirms the cap, or the highest rating districts can receive due to the post-default enhancement, at A3.December 22, 2015 – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the school district enhancement programs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Aa3 negative) to Baa1, and changed our approach to rating pre-default enhancement programs in the commonwealth. All enhanced ratings in Pennsylvania carry a negative outlook. The negative outlook is based both on the outlook for the commonwealth and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding its ability to fund the intercept programs during budget stalemates.After years of harsh and disproportionate cuts, there are districts that may be forced to close their doors before the end of this school year without the additional funding provided for in the bipartisan budget agreement and the 2016/17 proposed budget.For example, the Erie school district is facing bankruptcy right now.Put simply, 23,000 educators were lost the last time there was a $1 billion cut to education and this time there are far fewer tools in schools’ toolboxes to stave off those cuts for even an additional school year budgeting cycle.Schools – already stretched thin by years of underfunding – are at their limits. 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Share 8 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Secretary General says the development of rural women in the Caribbean threatened by gender-based violence.ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The CARICOM Secretariat will soon publish the findings of the report Youth, Masculinities and Violence in the Caribbean.This was disclosed by CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque during his message to mark International Women’s Day, under the theme Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty, yesterday.The report was prepared by CARICOM Advocate for Gender Justice, Dr. Rosina Wiltshire, who has co-ordinated research in several Member States to gather the data.LaRocque said the development of rural women in the Caribbean was threatened by gender-based violence. “There is a pressing need to engage young women and men, girls and boys in advancing gender equality and eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls,” he said.He added that rural women constituted one-fourth of the world’s population, and stressed that if they were granted equal access to productive resources, agricultural yields, the number of chronically hungry people could be reduced between 100 and 150 million.The Secretary-General said rural women accounted for a great portion of the agricultural labour force, and produced the majority of the food grown.He added the Secretariat also launched its public campaign products produced during a workshop in Suriname last year. That will see 15 artists from Belize, Guyana and Suriname blending their voices to the global campaign led by the United Nations Secretary-General to end violence against women.“They produced public service announcements, jingles, a calypso and a documentary on sexual, psychological and physical violence and we are pleased to share these with Member States of the Community,” he said, noting the project was sponsored by UN Women. Caribbean 360 News Share NewsRegional CARICOM head makes plea for equal rights for women by: – March 10, 2012 Tweet Share
Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw“I am happy and proud, not only for myself but also for my parents and for all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I never forget where I came from.“I really can’t wait to step out at the Camp Nou,” he admitted.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement “Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and becoming a part of them is the highest step for any footballer,” he told the Bosnian Football Federation. “For me, it is a dream come true. Loading… Miralem Pjanic is delighted to have signed for Barcelona and is desperate to step out onto the Camp Nou turf. The Bosnian completed his long awaited move from Juventus, and has spoken of his pride at joining the Catalan giants.
RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a goalless draw in Wednesday night’s El Clasico at Camp Nou. Barca had a half-chance inside the first four minutes when Jordi Alba volleyed a brilliant pass into the path of Luis Suarez inside the Madrid box, but the Uruguay international just could not make contact. The hosts were the team on the front foot in the early exchanges, but Madrid, who started with a diamond in midfield, were dangerous when they had the chance to break. Karim Benzema had the game’s first shot on target in the 10th minute, but the Frenchman’s low strike was never threatening to trouble Marc-Andre ter Stegen between the home side’s sticks. Barca had a penalty shout shortly after when Dani Carvajal blocked a cross from Jordi Alba, although replays clearly showed that the Los Blancos defender had used his thigh rather than his arm. Gerard Pique then had to clear a header from Casemiro off the line down the other end during a period where Madrid were causing all sorts of problems in the wide areas. The fact that Los Blancos were playing with a high press was making it uncomfortable for Barca, who did not have the blistering pace in the final third to threaten in behind. Madrid had another half-chance in the 25th minute when Gareth Bale delivered a low cross into Sergio Ramos, whose clever flick just dropped wide of the post. Casemiro then tested Ter Stegen with a drive from distance as Barca continued to come under pressure on home soil. Barca had a wonderful chance to make the breakthrough just before the hour when Griezmann did excellently to feed a low cross into Messi, but the Argentine got his contact all wrong and the chance evaporated. Bale was next to come close as the Wales international struck the side-netting with a thumping effort in the 68th minute having been found by the impressive Valverde. Barca will finish their 2019 with a home game against Alaves on Saturday afternoon while Madrid will close the year with a clash against Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu on Sunday night.Tags: Camp NouDani CarvajalFC BarcelonaLuis SuarezReal Madrid
The surge in positive test results for coronavirus cases is surging as nearly one out of every 100 Americans has tested positive for Covid-19.However, at least in Florida, the death rate is no where near that of New York or California.Twelve deaths were announced in Palm Beach County and seven in Miami-Dade County from COVID-19 Statewide, 45 deaths were announced yesterday.Florida reported more than 15-thousand positive test cases, pushing its total to just under 270-thousand cases since the outbreak began. That was just one day after Walt Disney World in Orlando opened to the public Saturday for the first time in nearly four months.Despite the increase in testing and positive results, Florida has just over 4000 deaths total compared with New York’s 32,000, eight times Florida’s death toll.See death stats here:New York 32,029California 7,042Florida 4,241Texas 8,196New Jersey 15,525Many South Florida school districts will announce Wednesday whether they will allow students to return to class or if they must continue to learn on line at home.
A Broward County Public Schools campus monitor finds himself behind bars for allegedly soliciting minors, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Alton Johnson, of Lauderhill, faces criminal charges including soliciting minors and transmitting harmful material to minors.Detectives are concerned that there may be more victims in the community.Last February, detectives began a joint investigation with the Broward County Public Schools Special Investigative Unit into Johnson.The probe revealed that Johnson, who worked at Blanche Ely High School at the time, solicited two minors to send him sexually explicit videos.Courtesy: Broward County Sheriff’s OfficeIn one of those cases, Johnson offered money in exchange for the video.The Sheriff’s Office says Johnson is also accused of sending photos of porn to one of the minors.He is also being charged with being an authority figure engaged in lewd conduct with a student.Johnson was booked into the Broward County Jail on Tuesday.Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to contact Special Victims Unit Detective Robert Rausch at (954) 321-4234.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Young West Indies opener, Keagan Simmons, says the players vying for selection for next year’s Youth World Cup, have been gradually lifting their training intensity.The group have been training for most of the year, undergoing camps and overseas tours, in preparation to defend the title the region captured last year in Bangladesh.With the Christmas holidays approaching, the players are expected to be involved in yet another training camp, which Simmons has identified as “crucial.”“So far it has been good. All the guys have been working in their prospective territories to get better and the December camp is going be very crucial as a team going into the World Cup,” the 18-year-old said.Before that though, everyone knows how much work they have to put in.”The Under-19s are coming off a recent similar camp in Grenada which wrapped up last weekend, where they were once again put through the rigours as they fine-tuned their preparations for the January 13 to February 3 tournament in New Zealand.Simmons highlighted the intensity of the camp but said players understood the value of the quality preparation.“Everyone knows how important this camp was as the World Cup gets close. There is a lot of pressure on all the players to perform,” he pointed out.Trinidadian Simmons has been a key member of the set-up over the last year, featuring prominently on the tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe last July.The left-hander struck an unbeaten hundred against South Africa U19s in Durban, to help the Caribbean side clinch that series 3-2.However, Simmons said there were areas of improvement to his game which were highlighted during the recent camp.“I think for the time I was in the middle I was batting well. I found the gaps frequently so the runs was coming,” he explained.“What was disappointing was the way I got dismissed – playing very early on a slow track. Once I grow in that regard I would score a lot more runs.”West Indies Under-19s have been installed in Group of A of the Youth World Cup alongside Kenya, South Africa and the hosts.
Update on the latest sports Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEETennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTitans, Henry work out new contract…Prescott remains taggedUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s reigning rushing leader has a new contract. The Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback does not. NBA-PACERS-OLADIPOOladipo rethinking decision to sit out rest of seasonORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) is having second thoughts about calling it a season, saying the workouts in Orlando, Florida, have forced him to rethink his decision. Oladipo said less than two weeks ago that he would sit out because of concerns over his surgically repaired right knee. His presence could give the Pacers a big boost when the season resumes, especially with starting guard Malcolm Brogdon also expected to be healthy.NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACEWallace bumped from contention NHL-AWARDSAdams, Calder finalists announcedNEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has announced the finalists for the Jack Adams Award and the Calder Trophy. Columbus’ John Tortorella, Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) and Boston’s Bruce Cassidy are up for the Adams Award, which goes to the Coach of the Year. Colorado’s Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’), Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes and Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAKDelle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctors UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their top pitcher should be fine.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that an MRI on two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom showed nothing to be concerned about. DeGrom was examined after leaving Tuesday’s intrasquad start after just one inning because of a sore back.Any significant injury to deGrom would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta. The Mets are spending the season without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) due to Tommy John surgery.Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross says it’s too early to talk about first baseman Anthony Rizzo starting the season on the injured list. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on Rizzo’s left side that is causing spasms, a condition he has dealt with before in his career. Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. COLLEGE SPORTS-WISCONSINWisconsin to don black “W”MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin plans to have its sports teams wear a university crest logo with a black “W” to show solidarity with Black and other underrepresented communities on campus.School officials said the change would take effect whenever Wisconsin sports teams return to action. They said the black “W” is meant to show support, inclusion and unity from Wisconsin athletes, the athletic department and the university as a whole. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry just before today’s deadline. The team announced only that it was a multi-year extension, but ESPN.com says it’s a four-year package worth up to $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed. The Titans had to sign him Wednesday or let him play this season under the $10.2 million franchise tag he signed April 2.Henry ran for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2019 regular season before pouring it on in the playoffs, averaging 149 yards in three games.Dak Prescott is set to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag after failing to work out a deal with the Cowboys before the Wednesday afternoon deadline.The two sides have been working for more than a year on a long-term contract for a two-time Pro Bowler who has started every game of his career. In other MLB camp news:— Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge homered in an intrasquad game Wednesday after missing five days due to a stiff neck. The team also says right-hander Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE’-roh) Tanaka is scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday, his first action since he was struck on the head by a liner off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4.— Astros manager Dusty Baker doesn’t expect reliever Joe Smith to play for them this season. Smith has not reported to camp because of what general manager James Click called concerns for the safety of his family. Smith was placed on the restricted list Tuesday night, but he has not said publicly if he is opting out of the season— The Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor, and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been the team’s likely opening day starter. The pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they have cleared the protocol, but they have not been able to participate in team workouts and would need time to prepare for the season.— Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is expected to miss the start of the season because of a hip strain. Calhoun has been ready to play again after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in a spring training game more than four months ago. July 16, 2020 — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak. Face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.— The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.MLB-NEWSDeGrom, Rizzo dealing with back issues. Clint Bowyer was named winner of the fan vote.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGANMichigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies. Associated Press Prescott signed his $31.4 million contract in June. The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year earned slightly more than $4 million total in the four years of his rookie contract after being drafted in the fourth round.Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones worked out a pact before the deadline. He and Henry are the only players to sign a new deal among the 14 players who received a franchise tag.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented edge rusher the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. Garrett received a six-game suspension last season after ripping a helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.— Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Chase Elliott has joined his father as winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, earning the $1 million prize in front of limited spectators at Bristol Motor Speedway.Elliott won the second and third stages of the event and earned the right to choose which lane he wanted to restart for the final 15-lap sprint to the finish. He picked the outside lane and pulled buddy Ryan Blaney with him on the restart but was never challenged before beating Kyle Busch to the finish line.Bill Elliott won the race in 1986, the only year it was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.Bubba Wallace was wrecked out of the qualifying race, ruining his shot of racing for the $1 million prize.One driver advanced into the All-Star race through a fan vote and Wallace had been leading when results were last updated by NASCAR a week ago. But he was no longer eligible to win the fan vote after he crashed 17 laps into Wednesday night’s qualifying race NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. SOCCER-WORLD CUPWorld Cup schedule announced LONDON (AP) — FIFA (FEE’-fuh) has announced a 2022 World Cup schedule that will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage. Matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. Eight venues in close proximity to Doha will be used at the tournament, which will be played in 28 days rather than the 32 days used in Russia to minimize the disruption to the European season. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. Baffert-trained horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. The commission said the suspension will run from Aug. 1 -15. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWIS Former NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons.
Knowing this, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side will do everything they can to get a result today.The Merseysiders travel to United sitting second in the Premier League, but with this afternoon’s clash being their game in hand on leaders Manchester City, the Reds will go back to the top of the table if they avoid defeat at Old Trafford.“It’s a big one,” said the German. “They are in a good moment, physically strong, defend and attack well. Full of confidence. We will try everything to get a result there.“They’re full of confidence, that’s clear. We will go there as good as possible prepared. You never know. It’s open until the final whistle. We try and use that time.”However, United are going for a 12th win in 14 matches in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced previous manager Jose Mourinho in December.In fact, United remain unbeaten in nine league matches, having last tasted defeat at Anfield in December – a 3-1 loss that brought the end of Mourinho’s reign.And Solskjaer knows all about eagerly-anticipated encounters with Liverpool.“I’ve played in a few of these myself and I know the magnitude of it for the fans, for everyone who works here, the staff,” said United’s caretaker boss.“There have been many comments about, ‘this is the big one’ and ‘we’re looking forward to this one’.“Then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode. It’s not about emotions.“I understand that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled but with some fight in us as well.”Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could return for Unoited today. The duo were expected to be out until early March with injuries sustained against Paris Saint-Germain, but both may be available for Liverpool’s visit, with Solskjaer more optimistic about Martial (groin) than Lingard (hamstring).David de Gea is set to return in goal after Sergio Romero started Monday’s FA Cup win at Chelsea. Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are still fighting their way back from injury.Liverpool will still be missing the likes of Dejan Lovren (hamstring), Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) with injury, but Virgil van Dijk does return after being suspended for Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Bayern Munich.Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to do the league double over Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14. They’re already the side to do the Premier League double over the Red Devils more than any other in the competition (4).Only Manchester City and Chelsea (6 each) have won more Premier League away games against Manchester United than Liverpool (5).Manchester United are on the longest current unbeaten run in the Premier League (W8 D1), and their longest run without defeat in the competition since October 2017 (10 games).DStv and GOtv viewers can choose between the United-Liverpool game or the Arsenal-Southampton match, both starting at 3:05pm. The Gunners are looking to avenge their surprise 3-2 defeat at the hands of Southampton from December 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Demola OjoManchester United host Liverpool today, hoping to put a dent in their bitter rivals’ push for a first league title in 29 years.Between then – when Liverpool were by far the preeminent team in England – and now, United have been champions 13 times, in the process usurping their rivals to become the number one team in England with 20 league titles to the Reds’ 18.