Arsenal decide to permanently sign Pablo Mari

first_imgArsenal decide to permanently sign Pablo Mari Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Feb 2020 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.4kShares Pablo Mari is yet to make his debut for Arsenal (Getty Images)Arsenal have already decided to make Pablo Mari’s stay permanent this summer, according to reports in Brazil.Last month, the Gunners agreed to pay a fee of €5 million (£4.2m) to sign Mari on loan from Flamengo and the deal includes an option to sign the 26-year-old permanently at the end of the season.Mari has yet to make his debut for Mikel Arteta’s side but he did feature for Arsenal’s Under-23s against Chelsea earlier this month as he looks to regain his fitness.But according to Coluna do Fla, Arsenal have already indicated to Flamengo that they will take up their option to permanently sign Mari this summer.ADVERTISEMENT Mikel Arteta has been impressed with Pablo Mari since he joined Arsenal (Getty Images)The report also claims that the deal could cost up to €16 million (£13.5m) after performance-related add-ons.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking last week, Arteta admits he has been surprised by Mari’s commitment levels.‘When he joined the club he hadn’t played for a long time and he had a little niggle as well when he joined us, but his attitude and commitment has been really, really good and highly surprising,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘He did really well the other day and hopefully we can start to use him soon.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.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 Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Al Shabaab gunmen kill Somali MP and his guards

first_imgAl Shabaab gunmen kill intelligence officer in Somali capital The attack came as Obama, on a visit to neighbouring Kenya, praised AMISOM’s efforts, but said while the insurgents had been “weakened”, the overall security threat posed by the group remained The attack came as Obama, on a visit to neighbouring Kenya, praised AMISOM’s efforts, but said while the insurgents had been “weakened”, the overall security threat posed by the group remainedSomalia’s Al-Shabaab insurgents assassinated a lawmaker and his guards, the president said, hours after US President Barack Obama said the Al-Qaeda affiliated militants had been “weakened”.Gunmen sprayed the car of MP Abdulahi Hussein Mohamud with gunfire as he traveled through a southern district of the capital Mogadishu earlier Saturday, killing him, his two guards and the driver.President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said he was “devastated” at the attack, the latest in a string of murders of Somalia’s lawmakers.“The lawmaker was martyred while serving the nation, but such killings will not deter us from going forward,” Mohamud told reporters.The Al-Shabaab said in a statement that their “mujahideen fighters targeted and killed a member of the parliament and his guards”, adding that they “will continue targeting” lawmakers.The Al-Shabaab have carried out repeated attacks including a campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations targeting government figures.UN envoy to Somalia Nicholas Kay called the murders a “despicable act”.Witnesses said the militants fled after the attack.“They opened fire on the car of the lawmaker and all of the passengers including him died,” witness Abdirahman Mire said.The Al-Shabaab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government which is propped up and protected by the 22,000-strong African Union force (AMISOM).Related Kenyan Somalis March Against Al-Shabaabcenter_img Prospects of Al Shabaab Joining ISILlast_img read more

Double swoop for Sunderland

first_imgSunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has taken his summer signing spree to 13 with a deadline-day double swoop for fellow Italian pair Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena. Press Association The 22-year-old Borini was Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ first signing at Anfield when he joined for around £10million from Roma last summer, but struggled to hold down a regular first-team place. Borini has been capped 18 times by Italy at under-21 level and made his full international debut in a friendly against the United States in February last year. He will provide extra attacking options for Di Canio and fill the gap created by the departure of Sessegnon. Borini joined Bologna as a youth player before moving to Chelsea in 2007. After a loan spell at Swansea he moved back to Serie A for brief periods at Parma and Roma. Meanwhile, Dossena joined Liverpool from Udinese in 2008 but after losing his first-team place moved back to Serie A with Napoli 18 months later. The 31-year-old, who has 10 senior international caps, helped Napoli win the Coppa Italia in 2012 with a 2-0 win over Juventus in Rome. The double signing takes Di Canio’s Italian haul to four after previous deals for midfielder Emanuele and goalkeeper Vito Mannone. center_img Striker Borini has sealed a one-year loan move from Liverpool, while former Anfield left-back Dossena has agreed a one-year free transfer from Napoli. The moves will help off-set Stephane Sessegnon’s move to West Brom, which was completed as the end of the transfer window approached. last_img read more

UMass faces tough test vs No. 6 Dayton

first_img Associated Press February 13, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 6 Dayton (22-2, 11-0) vs. UMass (10-14, 4-7)William D. Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 6 Dayton presents a tough challenge for UMass. UMass has lost both of its games against ranked teams this season. Dayton remains unbeaten against A10 opponents this season. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img UMass faces tough test vs No. 6 Dayton BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: UMass’ Tre Mitchell has averaged 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds while Carl Pierre has put up 13.1 points. For the Flyers, Obi Toppin has averaged 19.7 points and 7.9 rebounds while Jalen Crutcher has put up 14.1 points and 4.9 assists.TERRIFIC TOPPIN: Toppin has connected on 35.9 percent of the 64 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 8 over the last three games. He’s also made 71.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: UMass is 0-7 this year when it scores 61 points or fewer and 10-7 when it scores at least 62.STREAK STATS: Dayton has won its last five road games, scoring 80.4 points and allowing 69.8 points during those contests. UMass has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 77.7 points while giving up 69.DID YOU KNOW: The Dayton offense has scored 81.6 points per game this season, ranking the Flyers fifth among Division I teams. The UMass defense has allowed 72.9 points per game to opponents (ranked 238th overall).___last_img read more

Chelsea ease past West Ham thanks to Hazard and Costa

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Chelsea brushed aside London rivals West Ham United with a 2-1 away win that restored their 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League yesterday.Eden Hazard gave them the lead after a swift 25th-minute counter-attack before Diego Costa bundled the ball home shortly after the break to put the Blues in control at London Stadium.West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini grabbed a consolation in added time, but the result was never in doubt.Mid-table West Ham, who knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup this season when crowd trouble marred the night, offered little threat for most of the game as the west London side surged on towards the title.Antonio Conte’s team, who have won 21 of their 27 league matches this season, have 66 points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Chelsea were content to sit deep and draw West Ham’s sting for the opening 20 minutes in which the home side enjoyed plenty of the ball without troubling goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Striker Andy Carroll got a bloody nose for his efforts as he made his presence felt in the box but Chelsea were unruffled.When the opportunity presented itself, though, Chelsea were primed and launched a lethal counter-attack to take the lead.Midfielder N’Golo Kante stole possession deep inside his own half and immediately released Hazard who exchanged passes with Pedro before calmly taking the ball around keeper Darren Randolph to slot home his 11th league goal of the season.MORE CLINICALChelsea took control after that and might have secured the points before halftime had they been a little more clinical.Another breakaway ended with Victor Moses, who was on loan at West Ham last season when the Hammers finished 12 points above Chelsea, having a shot blocked by Aaron Cresswell before Randolph saved well from Pedro’s close-range follow-up effort.Manuel Lanzini wasted West Ham’s best chance when he fired well over the bar from a central position. Chelsea then went further ahead five minutes into the second half when Cesc Fabregas’s corner skimmed off the head of West Ham’s Pedro Obiang and straight to Costa who could not miss.West Ham roused themselves and it took a superb low save by Courtois to deny Sofiane Feghouli before, seconds later, home defender Jose Fonte headed over with the goal at his mercy.Costa looked certain to double his tally with a brilliant turn in the area but his shot was clawed away by Randolph.The closing stages were played out to swathes of empty seats as West Ham’s fans drifted home while Chelsea’s sang “We’re going to win the league”.It was hard to disagree, although Lanzini did provide something for the hosts to cheer with a stoppage-time strike.last_img read more

‘WI’ must bring their A-game against Pakistan

first_imgFRIDAY April 7 will mark the return of international cricket to Guyana when Pakistan continue their tour of the West Indies.The three One Day Internationals (ODIs) are scheduled for the Guyana National Stadium (April 7, 9, 11) with matches set to bowl off from 09:30hrs.Given their recent run of form, West Indies are under pressure to bring their ‘A’ game, in order to avoid the indignity of having to qualify for the next World Cup in 2019.The ODIs will be crucial, since the top eight teams in the ICC ODI rankings at the end of September 2017 automatically advance to the event in England.Pakistan are currently ranked eighth on the ICC ODI rankings table, the last automatic-qualification spot, with 89 points while West Indies are five points behind them in ninth position with 84 points.If West Indies fail to get into the top eight spots by September, they must participate in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier.That tournament is currently scheduled to be held in Bangladesh, although that may change if Bangladesh – currently ranked seventh with 91 points – gain an automatic qualification.West Indies brand of ultra-aggressive limited-over cricket makes them favourites to extend their domination at home, especially at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, where the Caribbean side have won two of the three games against Pakistan.Notwithstanding the favourites’ tag, the visitors will be no easy walkover, since last year when the two teams met in an ODI series on West Indies tour of the UAE, Pakistan won the series 3-0.West Indies were in turmoil from the start of that tour after coach Phil Simmons was sacked on the eve of the team’s departure to Dubai.It is the first Pakistan tour of the West Indies since 2013 – when Pakistan won a five-match ODI series 3-1 and swept a pair of T20 Internationals – and their first Test series in the Caribbean since a drawn two-match series in 2011.last_img read more

Kamaru Usman Aims to Retain UFC Welterweight Belt against Covington

first_imgNigerian-American and the current UFC Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman, is scheduled to face Colby Covington in a showdown at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 245 on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Fans and lovers of UFC will eagerly look forward to the outcome of this fight, as Usman will fight to retain his UFC Welterweight Championship title.His opponent, Colby Covington, an American mixed martial artist, and former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion, is set to challenge Kamaru Usman who became the first African fighter to win the UFC Welterweight Championship in March 2019. Usman had entered the UFC by winning season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter, and he has turned away every opponent in front of him since.Covington was said to have made his UFC debut as a 5-0 fighter in August 2014, and he’s gone 10-1 in the Octagon ever since then. Covington won the interim UFC welterweight title at UFC 225 but was stripped of the title due to his inability to unify the belt because of injuries. DStv Supersport 6 (CH 226) will bring to your viewing pleasure the thrills of the UFC 245 at 04:00 AM.Also happening this weekend in UFC 245 is the World Featherweight Championship in which Holloway will meet Volkanovski. Holloway has won 13 consecutive fights while Volkanovski is undefeated in seven UFC fights. In the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight, finishers Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie will rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada.The fight between champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Germaine de Randamie will be an extremely tough one, as Nunes, a two-division world champ hasn’t lost in over five yearsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Gorowsky’s missed opportunity, Stalock’s save haunt UW in 1-0 loss at Kohl Center

first_imgTom Gorowsky had to work a little harder than usual to score an empty-netter in Wisconsin’s 3-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth Friday night, but he eventually beat defender Mike Montgomery for his ninth goal of the season.The next night, Gorowsky had an even easier attempt with a wide-open goal — but couldn’t bury the shot.In the first period of Saturday’s contest, Bulldogs goaltender Alex Stalock handled the puck and tried to clear it out of the UMD zone, but Gorowsky was waiting for him, using some nifty stickwork to bat the puck out of the air. Knocking it to the ice, Gorowsky was then presented with a rare situation: an out-of-position Stalock with an empty net to shoot at.“I kind of knew he was going to shoot it, and I was just waiting for it and knocked it out of the air,” Gorowsky said.But Gorowsky rushed the attempt, sending the shot wide right of the goal. Had he converted, the Badgers would have taken an early 1-0 lead and set the tone for the game.“It’s extremely frustrating and disappointing,” Gorowsky said. “I had all the time in the world and I just wasn’t focused, or for whatever reason, I missed the net. I missed the net last night on an open-netter. I don’t know what was going on with me this weekend.”At the time, Gorowsky and Wisconsin had no idea whether the missed opportunity would come back to haunt them in the long run. Looking at the 1-0 final score in favor of Minnesota-Duluth, however, there was plenty of discussion afterward as to its significance.“I remember reading, when I was a kid, Vince Lombardi used to say there’s so many plays in a game, and you never know which one’s going to make the difference,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “Tommy misses that and we create a turnover in our own zone and they capitalize on that. Now you’re really starting to magnify things. But we had chances and we didn’t score.”“Was it the reason we lost the game? No,” Gorowsky said. “But it would have made the game a lot different. We could have went up 1-0 early on.”While Gorowsky’s miss may have been the most glaring, it wasn’t the only missed opportunity to score for the Badgers Saturday night. Wisconsin fired 33 shots on Stalock, with a handful of quality scoring chances in the mix.Still, the missed empty-netter loomed large when it was all said and done.“It wasn’t the whole game,” UW captain Blake Geoffrion said of Gorowsky’s miss. “There were other chances for us to score throughout the game. Podge (Turnbull) had a nice chance in front where Stalock tried to come out and poke check it and it almost squeezed through his legs. We just didn’t hit the bounces and couldn’t get one past him tonight.”Stalock entered the series as the top goaltender in the WCHA statistically, with a 2.24 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Ironically enough, Stalock never had to make a play on the biggest Badger shot of the night.“Let’s not forget that Stalock’s a pretty good young goaltender,” Eaves said.“He’s a good goaltender, and he’s an athletic kid,” Geoffrion said. “Hats off to him on that one.”last_img read more

2010: Year of the Freshmen

first_imgThere are more labels being put on the year 2010 than colors in Dennis Rodman’s hair.According to the Chinese calendar, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger (apparently Mr. Woods didn’t get that message). The Christian Science Monitor says 2010 is the year of the global insurrection (whatever that means). In 1984, Hollywood made a movie titled 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Sam Cassell was born way before 2010). The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity and Time magazine listed 2010 as the Year of the Natural Disaster (Tornado Ron Artest happened in 2004).I’m here to set the record straight: At USC, 2010 is the Year of the Freshmen.Recently, the USC athletic department has been all about getting rid of the old and ushering in the new. The school has a new athletic director, new football and baseball coaches, new compliance officers and a new attitude — makes you wonder when the men’s bathroom on the first floor of Heritage Hall is going to receive an upgrade.But the newest additions to the athletic department are the athletes, and they will be thrust into impact positions and bear more responsibility than any freshman class in recent history.The football team is an obvious example of this. This team has more question marks than just about any of former head coach Pete Carroll’s teams during the past decade, and most of those questions swirl around positions lacking experienced players. Carroll preferred to let players mature a few years under the system before allowing them to run loose on the Coliseum grass.Unfortunately, new coach Lane Kiffin has no choice. Because of the exodus of players, Kiffin has been forced to rely on the talent of incoming freshmen. Forget about just one student from the dorms getting a start or significant playing time for the Trojans down in Hawaii; there could be as many as four or five freshmen ­on the field, with possibly more if freshman running back Dillon Baxter hadn’t gone all Tyler Durden of Fight Club and made his own rules.To begin, there are freshman receivers Kyle Prater and Robert Woods. Other than senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson, those two have the chance to be the biggest threats for sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley has stated he feels “really comfortable” working with both of them, and Kiffin has gone so far as to say that Woods could start next Thursday.Rounding out the impact players on offense is Baxter. For as much trouble as he’s caused off the field, he is a bigger nuisance to defenses on it ­— like a mosquito you keep hearing buzz by your ear but never see. His famous run during spring practice made people instantly compare him to Reggie Bush, but given that the former Heisman Trophy winner is now banned from campus, that might not be a good thing.So there are three freshmen and a sophomore who could very well find themselves on the field at the same time at some point this year, and that’s just on offense.On defense, the front line and linebacking corps are stocked with experienced and talented players, but the secondary will see more rookies than the first frat party of the year. True freshman Dion Bailey, who had 10 tackles and an interception in the Trojans’ scrimmage Saturday, has practiced in the starting safety spot while his classmate Nickell Robey is in contention to start at cornerback.But athletes with meal plans aren’t just making an impact on the gridiron. Across the street, the women’s soccer team — just three years removed from a national championship — started five freshmen in their opener last week. All eyes were on Shelby Church as she stepped between the pipes to fill the decorated shoes of departed goalkeeper Kristin Olsen.Church did her part, making two saves and allowing just one goal in her debut, but the offense sputtered to a 1-0 defeat. Still, Church’s play will be a huge factor in the Women of Troy’s success this year.Not to be outdone, the women’s volleyball team welcomed in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. Outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, labeled by some outlets as the best high school player in the country last year, could be the missing link USC needs as it begins its quest for a long-overdue national title. In all, as many as four freshmen could compete for quality minutes on the court.There you have it. This year, the freshmen class are more than just the hundreds of dining dollars left on their meal plans at the end of the semester. This year, the class of 2014 will make a visible impact on the field and could establish USC’s path to success for the next four years.For a school and athletic department that’s all about being new, it only seems appropriate for freshmen to play a prominent role.Still, it wouldn’t hurt to replace the shower curtains with doors on the stalls in the first-floor men’s room.“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Kenny at read more

Reggie Bush returns Heisman Trophy

first_imgOver the course of the last few weeks, the question of “Will he or won’t he?” has been the big elephant in Heritage Hall. The question revolves around former USC star running back Reggie Bush and his now-infamous 2005 Heisman Trophy.The end · Former USC star running back Reggie Bush, seen here rushing in 2005, returned the Heisman Trophy he won with the Trojans that season on Tuesday, The move preceeded an anticipated decision on the matter by the Heisman Trust. – Daily Trojan file photo There were murmurs and increased speculation about whether Bush would lose his Heisman, but still the Heisman Trophy Trust had made no decision.On Tuesday, the climax of this cat-and-mouse game finally came to a head-scratching halt when Bush announced he would concede his trophy, marking the first time in the prestigious award’s history that a recipient has given back the honor.“For me, it was a dream come true. But I know that the Heisman is not mine alone,” Bush said in a statement. “Far from it. I know that my victory was made possible by the discipline and hard work of my teammates, the steady guidance of my coaches, the inspiration of the fans and the unconditional love of my family and friends. And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name.”“I am determined to view this event as an opportunity to help others and to advance the values and mission of the Heisman Trophy Trust,” he said.Bush’s role in the NCAA violations has contributed to the  stranglehold over the athletic program for the next two years, in which the Trojans face bowl ineligibility and a reduction of 30 scholarships.The former Trojan running back’s off-field activities, however, pale in comparison to the actions of previous Heisman winners.The Oklahoma Sooners’ running back Billy Sims the 1978 award winner, was so far in debt and back child support he sold his trophy to clear almost $33,000 from his name. Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman winner from Louisiana State University, spent nearly three years in prison for his role in a counterfeiting scheme in the early 1980s. And who can forget arguably the greatest running back in USC history, O.J. Simpson, whose reputation needs no introduction.But none of these men or any of the individuals with whom they share the renowned honor has ever given back the award, or been forced to give it up — except Bush.In regards to the matter, USC coach Lane Kiffin stated flatly that it didn’t affect his memories of the 2005 season.“He doesn’t have to give it back,” Kiffin said. “This is his decision to do and I respect that. I don’t  think of that season any differently. I think it was a great year until the last 6 minutes of the game, when he were up 2 scores and gave it away. Other than that, I have good memories of that season.”Kiffin also pointed out that Bush’s situation hasn’t affected the current team in any way, simply because of how much time has passed since the tailback attended USC.“None of [the current team] was here when [Bush] was here,” Kiffin said. “So it’s not as big a deal to them as you might think. We didn’t even discuss it in the team meeting. The only reason I brought it up was so they weren’t surprised when [the media] asked them.”Though it would not comment on whether the meeting was about Bush, the Trust was supposed to hold its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon in New York City.USC returned its copy of Bush’s Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trophy Trust in July, shortly after the announcement of the NCAA sanctions against the school.Though there is no way to erase the 1,740 rushing yards, 478 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns that Bush amassed during his junior season in 2005, his decision ends a drawn-out process that included himself, the university, and the Heisman Trust for months following the NCAA sanctions.last_img read more