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Arsenal target Tottenham and Chelsea defenders after Unai Emery’s transfer demand

first_imgArsenal target Tottenham and Chelsea defenders after Unai Emery’s transfer demand Unai Emery has made a transfer demand to the Arsenal board (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has demanded Arsenal sign a world-class centre-back – and the club are reportedly ready to sell three players to fund the summer move.The Gunners have conceded 49 Premier League goals this season – more than Wolves, Leicester City, Everton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United.Emery had hoped to bolster his defensive options in January but was left disappointed as only midfielder Denis Suarez arrived at the Emirates from Barcelona.The former PSG boss has shown faith in his back-line this season, often leaping to the defence of £35million Germany international Shkodran Mustafi.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut three successive league defeats has left Arsenal’s top-four hopes in tatters and also convinced Emery he needs to sign a top-class centre-back at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to The Sun, Emery has contacted the Arsenal board to demand a quality defender arrives through the doors in the summer.And it is claimed the Gunners are willing to sell stars including Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mustafi to finance the move.Emery knows he needs to strengthen his squad this summer but will only have a budget of around £40m if Arsenal miss out on Champions League qualification. Advertisement Leicester’s Harry Maguire has also been looked at (Picture: Getty)On Sunday, Virgil van Dijk was named the PFA Player of the Year and Emery, it is claimed, has taken note of Liverpool’s transformation following his arrival and believes Arsenal need to follow suit.The Sun say Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma – currently on loan at Everton – have both been looked at by the Gunners, along with England man Harry Maguire.Arsenal will struggle to get Ozil and Mkhitaryan – two of the club’s highest earners – off their books while Mustafi is yet to attract much interest from other clubs.The Gunners’ dismal form continued on Sunday when they suffered a 3-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium. The north London club face Valencia in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 12:03 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link327Sharescenter_img Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld is reportedly an option for the Gunners (Picture: Getty) Emery: I don’t agree with the first yellow cardTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:59FullscreenEmery: I don’t agree with the first yellow card is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Breaking: Rangers of Enugu loses player in ghastly accident + photo

first_imgRelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption 2020/2021 Season: Rangers set resumption date Rangers FC retire late Ifeanyi George’s jersey Rangers Football Club of Enugu player, Ifeanyi George, is reportedly dead. Sources said he died in a ghastly motor accident on Sunday. The club’s Media/Communication Officer, Norbert Okolie, however told our correspondent that the management were on their way to the scene of the accident. The Image maker added that an official statement would be issued as soon as the incident is confirmed. It can be recalled that Rangers International FC management on Friday approved a 10-day break for the players following the four weeks suspension of all football activities by the Nigeria Football Federation. The GM/CEO of the Flying Antelopes, Prince Davidson Owumi, while announcing the break, urged the players to be conscious of the health situations around them during the break. Owumi said: “This break is necessitated by the suspension order by the NFF on all football activities in the country and management in its wisdom wants its players to be with their various families in this challenging health period. “It is our belief that the players would maintain a high level of discipline and return after the break stronger to challenge for a top finish in the season.” Tags: Davidson OwumiIfeanyi GeorgeNobert OkolieRangers FC of Enugulast_img read more

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Plastic hose pulled from dolphins stomach in Fort Myers

first_imgA plastic shower hose was pulled from a dolphins stomach in Fort Myers.On Friday, the seven-foot long male dolphin washed ashore Fort Myers Beach in Big Carlos Pass, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.The FCC discovered the plastic item in the animal’s stomach  during an autopsy.The FWC will have samples collected from the dolphin analyzed to determine the exact cause of death.This is the second stranded dolphin to be found in the area with a belly full of garbage in a month.A baby female rough-toothed dolphin had a piece of a balloon and two plastic bags in its stomach at in late April.The dolphin was found emaciated and in poor health, and biologists decided to “humanely euthanize” it.last_img

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Tennis News Happy Birthday Sania Mirza: Social Media wishes India’s most celebrated Tennis player

first_imgNew Delhi: Sania Mirza is truly a phenomenon when it comes to Indian Tennis. Mirza was the highest-ranked female player ever from India, peaking at world No. 27 in singles in mid-2007 before a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit.Read More | Virat Kohli and the Adelaide love affair: A match made in heavenMirza is celebrating her 32nd birthday and social media has been generous with praises for India’s first superstar in tennis. From politicians to film personalities, everyone has wished Mirza on her birthday. Mirza married Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010 and the duo welcomed a boy in 2018, naming him Izhaan Mirza Malik. Sania is currently taking a break from tennis due to her delivery but she is aiming to come back in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Mirza holds plenty of records when it comes to India in Tennis. Apart from being the highest-ranked singles player from the country, she has also achieved tremendous success in doubles.Read More | Roger Federer suffers shock defeat in ATP FinalsHer first major title came in the mixed doubles tournament in 2009 at the Australian Open when she partnered with Mahesh Bhupathi to clinch the title. She achieved similar success in the 2012 French Open with Bhupathi and 2014 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares. However, it was in the doubles and her pairing with Swiss star Martina Hingis that propelled her to great heights. #HappyBirthday to one of our favourite sports icons and PETA pal @MirzaSania. Thank speaking about adoption of homeless cats and dogs.— PETA India ❤️❤️ (@PetaIndia) November 15, 2018Her first major success with Hingis came in 2015 when she won the Wimbledon and US Open partnering. Her magnificent run continued as she secured the 2016 Australian Open but they stumbled in the French Open. However, with all the success, the duo surprisingly split later in the year.In singles, Mirza has had some notable successes. Her best performance came in the US Open in 2005 when she entered the fourth round by defeating Marion Bartoli, who would later go on to win Wimbledon in 2013. In the same year, she secured a magnificent victory over reigning US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the WTA event in Dubai. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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USC Upstate, Winthrop meet in Big South quarters

first_imgUSC Upstate, Winthrop meet in Big South quarters Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: Winthrop’s Chandler Vaudrin, Hunter Hale and Josh Ferguson have combined to account for 41 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 46 percent of all Eagles points over the last five games.EFFECTIVE EVERETTE: Everette Hammond has connected on 29.1 percent of the 127 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 15 over his last three games. He’s also made 84.2 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: South Carolina Upstate is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 64 points and 13-5 when scoring at least 64.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Eagles are 12-0 when holding opponents to 40.4 percent or worse from the field, and 9-10 when opponents shoot better than that. The Spartans are 5-0 when the team records at least eight steals and 8-19 when falling short of that total.DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense has scored 80.8 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles eighth among Division 1 teams. The South Carolina Upstate defense has allowed 73.6 points per game to opponents (ranked 262nd).___ March 4, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouth Carolina Upstate (13-19, 8-11) vs. No. 2 seed Winthrop (21-10, 15-3)Big South Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Dedmon Center, Radford, Virginia; Thursday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: South Carolina Upstate is set to face Winthrop in the quarterfinals of the Big South tourney. In the regular season, Winthrop won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 27, when the Eagles outshot South Carolina Upstate 51.6 percent to 46.7 percent and made 10 more foul shots en route to a 90-82 victory. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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FA Cup: United Beat Huddersfield, to Play Brighton in Q/Finals as…

first_imgBrighton beat League Two Coventry 3-1 yesterday to set up a repeat of the 1983 final after yesterday night’s draw.In other fixtures, the winner of Tottenham’s match at Rochdale today will meet Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who will go to a replay after yesterday’s 0-0 draw.Southampton travel to the winners of tomorrow’s match between Manchester City and Wigan, while Leicester and Chelsea meet in another all Premier League tie. The ties take place from March 16-19.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Manchester United beat fellow Premier League side Huddersfield to progress to the FA Cup quarter-finals. Lukaku opened the scoring after just three minutes, racing onto Juan Mata’s through ball before finishing at the near post.The Belgium striker then got his 21st goal of the season early in the second half as he again broke clear of the Huddersfield defence, this time picking up Alexis Sanchez’s pass before calmly slotting beyond Jonas Lossl.Juan Mata had a goal ruled out just before half time by the video assistant referee (VAR), although there was some confusion over whether the decision was a correct one. But ultimately it did not matter as Manchester United set up a quarter-final tie with Brighton at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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African-American students evaluate their place at USC

first_imgOn Nov. 1, 2012, Raishad Hardnett dodged a swarm of reporters, cameras and news crews as he headed to his morning classes.This day was unusual for other reasons, too. When Hardnett walked into class that day, he noticed a fraction of students who made themselves undeniably noticeable. They were covered in USC apparel. And most of them were black.From his personal experience as a black student, Hardnett had a theory as to why. It was a reaction to a community’s lack of inclusion, he thought.“I felt like I didn’t belong at this school all of a sudden,” said Hardnett, a senior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. “After all the things that I had put into it, all the resources, the time, the effort, all the money — I felt like I could no longer relate to the university.”The night before, the Black Student Assembly hosted more than 400 guests at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center for a Halloween party. By 11:45 p.m., dozens of students were dancing to blasting music in the center’s underground ballroom. Above ground, others waited in line to enter. But that crowd dispersed shortly before midnight. Gunshots rang out.The on-campus shooting, which did not involve any USC students or faculty, sent four non-university affiliated victims to the hospital. Police arrested and charged the alleged shooter, Brandon Spencer, a black 21-year-old, with four counts of attempted murder.In the days following, many believed the event caused a rift between the university’s black community and the rest of campus.Several black students explained that they began to feel ostracized when online commenters called the party a “ghetto nightclub” and suggested that violence was unavoidable for black students on the Daily Trojan and Los Angeles Times websites.This feeling was not lost on Hardnett. Despite his involvement on campus as a journalist for Neon Tommy and Annenberg Television News and as the president of the historically black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, he felt his skin color had become his main identifier.“My sentiments were definitely mirrored around the community,” Hardnett said. “We felt like we were being looked at as outsiders — as black people. Wearing Trojan gear was the only way to say, ‘Hey, I’m not a hoodlum, hey, I go here.’”From the time of its inception, the relationship between the University of Southern California and its black student population has been constantly adjusting.Since the early 2000s, black students have comprised about 5 percent of USC’s nearly 18,000 undergraduates. The approximately 900 black undergraduates make up USC’s smallest racial minority group.At the same time, the black community has deep roots at USC and in the surrounding area. But the community often comes into conflict with the local authorities after accusations of racial profiling.This relationship came to a head on May 4 when 79 Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a noise complaint at a party with helicopters and riot gear. The party, just north of campus, was attended predominantly by black students. The incident led to a student movement, which focused on curbing racial profiling. Organizers of the movement put on several rallies and events, making waves on social media and adopting the name “USChangeMovement.”The uncertainty of belonging on campus and the responses to last year’s high-profile incidents have led many black students to evaluate their place in the Trojan Family.‘Making Moves and Movements’To protest the perceived aggression toward minority students by LAPD, Hardnett once again pulled out his USC gear and, on May 6, joined more than 100 students in a sit-in in front of Tommy Trojan.In the aftermath of the alleged racial profiling incident, a forum discussion was organized to feature LAPD, the Dept. of Public Safety and students in the filled-to-capacity Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom, the same room where the Halloween party had taken place months earlier.During the event, many students compared LAPD’s response to the May 4 party with their response to a party across the street that had a majority of white students in attendance.LAPD opened an internal investigation, yet at the forum Capt. Paul Snell of the LAPD Southwest Division said they did not believe it was a case of racial profiling.“We do not believe at this point that there were any indications that this was race-based,” Snell said. “What I would like to focus now on is how we can move forward. We do not want this to happen again.”Similar to the Halloween shooting, the USChangeMovement was heavily covered by the media, from outlets ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Huffington Post. Hardnett, however, said the USChangeMovement created a more supportive climate for black students on campus because several other minority groups, such as Latino and Jewish students, expressed a feeling of marginalization by authorities.“We were being discriminated against by LAPD,” Hardnett said. “But the response from the students was amazing and was widespread from people of all creeds and backgrounds.”James White, assistant director of the Undergraduate Student Government Diversity Affairs Committee, however, questioned the administration’s respect for the black community, noting that it took four days for President C. L. Max Nikias to issue a statement.“I felt like a black man at this university that may or may not care for us the way they care for others,” White said.In his statement, issued on May 8, Nikias said he had been communicating with DPS and his senior staff since the incident. He expressed concern for students’ well-being and said he was optimistic about continuing an amiable relationship between USC and its students.“We are confident we will move ahead from this issue in an even more productive and positive manner,” Nikias wrote.Student-led movements at USC have a long history of moving the university forward. Lois Pitter-Bruce, a black 1978 alumna, said student activism was prominent during her time at USC.“Efforts are always made to reach out when there are difficulties,” she said. “There were black, Hispanic and Asian organizations. Whatever happened in that community, those communities made the campus and administration move forward and resolve anything that needed to be done.”The past year’s events are still mobilizing the black community, Ama Amoafo-Yeboah, executive director of the Black Student Assembly, said, citing increased involvement in the surrounding communities and student activism on campus.“I feel like people are making moves this year,” she said. “Everyone is trying to do something and it’s amazing to see it happen.” ‘Row Out and Meet It’To see the ways in which the black community has impacted USC, one needs only to walk inside the Ostrow School of Dentistry. Inside hangs a quote from Somerville, one that defined his mission in life.“Do not wait for your ship to come in. Row out and meet it,” Somerville said.Today, many black students said they use the struggles of the past to fuel their goals for the future.“We can use these issues and recent events as motivation to bridge the gap between communities,” Hardnett said.Students said that in addition to promoting the USChangeMovement, they wanted to continue supporting the university’s established initiatives that connect them with the surrounding community. The Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a seven-year pre-college program for low-income students around USC’s campuses, offers full scholarships upon completion, is notable. Many of the scholarship recipients are either black or Hispanic.Brunold said though the university has made great strides in building their diversity and enrolling the brightest black students, there is still work to be done.“When we’re talking about diversity, we are never talking about how we made it,” Brunold said. “We’re never as diverse as we want to be or should be. We’re always striving to increase diversity in all of its forms.”Many black students continue to echo the same sentiments. At USC, they still face the struggles associated with past generations of black Trojans, but like any other student, they are proud and hopeful for the future that lies ahead.Amoafo-Yeboah was one of these students. She views past difficulties as setting an ideal stage for the black community at USC.“It’s the perfect time for people to be here,” Amoafo-Yeboah said. “It’s the perfect time for us.”  ‘There’s A Divide’The size of USC’s black student population is comparable to other California universities, such as UCLA with a 3.9 percent black student population, UC Berkeley with a 3.4 percent black student population and Loyola Marymount University with a 5.6 percent black student population.Tim Brunold, USC dean of admissions, said he believes the university is up to par on the admission rates of black students, especially when USC competes with other prestigious universities in the nation, such as the Ivy League schools, Stanford, Duke and UCLA.“If you look at the academic caliber of our African-American students, these are some of the very best African-American students from the country,” Brunold said.Though black students at USC share similar backgrounds, some who were interviewed for this story believe they could be more socially unified.“I wish we were more cohesive,” said Rebecca Berry, a junior majoring in sociology. “Parts of us are cohesive, but there’s a divide between the athletic black students and the academic students. There’s a divide between students that are more involved in Greek life on The Row and black Greeks. We need to find a way to unite all of us.”When Makiah Green, a graduate student pursuing a master’s in professional writing, first entered the university as an undergraduate in 2009, she struggled to establish a network with her black peers.“I didn’t feel a connection to the black community at all,” Green said. “I could already sense that it was divided.”To Trevian Hall, a sophomore majoring in theater, being grouped by his race was not a main concern for him on campus.“My race is an identifier but I don’t identify by my race,” Hall said. “I’m proud to be black. But at the same time being black isn’t what makes me. It’s definitely shaped who I am today, but it’s not me.”Several black students at USC have identified a variety of differences in cultural practices that make it difficult to connect with one another.Hardnett said when black Trojans encounter one another, they don’t always show signs of acknowledgement. The lack of connection led BSA to go as far as to stage a “Say Hi” campaign in 2010. They created “Say Hi” buttons and fliers to encourage black students to say hello when they walked past one another on campus.Similarly, Somerville has undergone shifts in demographics of students living on the floor. An equal number of black women and men have not lived on Somerville since 2009, Bennett-McBride said.Though current residents say the floor fosters awareness of the black community, Bennett-McBride said fewer black students matriculating through USC are the first in their families to attend college, which she thought leads some to feel mentorship and fellowship among their black peers is less necessary.She said first-generation students were more likely to want help navigating through the university because they did not have parents or other immediate family members who had direct experience with the college process.White also recognized the growing differences between black students’ backgrounds, but believed everyone in the black community should strive to bridge the divide with their peers who look like them.“There’s some of us that are somewhat detached in one way or another,” White said, “People should at least involve themselves in some way.” ‘Staging community’Some of the university’s founders and first students struggled with accepting the black community at USC. The university’s second president Joseph Widney wrote a book called Race Life of the Aryan Peoples in 1907, which highlighted and analyzed the superiority of Caucasians throughout history, as compared to minority groups.Around the same time, USC students staged a petition to expel a black dentistry student, John Somerville, according to the university’s Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs website.According to the Los Angeles Times, the beloved mascot Traveler, a fixture at USC football games, was named in honor of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s horse that accompanied the general in many battles against the Union during the Civil War.Today, mindsets at the university have changed dramatically, as they have across the nation. USC explicitly states that it strives to create an environment where racism, bigotry and discrimination of any kind are reprimanded.Yet, USC officials said students’ concerns with racial profiling are not unfounded.DPS Chief John Thomas, a lifelong Angeleno who grew up near the University Park campus in the 1960s and 1970s, said he had personal experience dealing with racial profiling around USC.“If you’re an African-American coming up on this campus, you might be profiled,” Thomas said. “I know I was. That gives me perspective when people say, ‘I was racially profiled’ and made to feel a certain way. I cannot negate that because that happened to me when I was coming up on this campus as a teenager.”In January, the university implemented new security measures, which include requiring students to show USC identification to enter campus from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and building fences at the entrances at Exposition Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue.Many students said the new measures might lead to more cases of racial profiling and White said perceived racial profiling could have a strong reverberating effect.“It’s emotionally draining for some of the students,” he said. “It’s bad for the university because if some of your students don’t feel safe on campus — and they’re the ones to promote the school — then they won’t be able to do that.”To support students of African heritage, there are more than 40 student organizations on campus. Among them are the Black Student Assembly, Africa ’SC, and eight of the National Panhellenic Council fraternities and sororities. Many of the organizations, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs Director Corliss Bennett-McBride said, are grounded in community service, political activism and religious faith.In addition to the student organizations, the university has taken internal steps to support black students.In 1977, the university created the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. The center’s services include academic support and professional development, and it seeks to attract and retain more black USC students.Within housing, the university created Somerville Place, a black special interest floor located in Fluor Tower named after John and Vada Somerville, in 1995.Bennett-McBride, who has worked at USC for 17 years, said the Somerville floor is an essential space on campus because when students are connected to their cultural community, they have a higher retention rate and involvement in school life.“It was made to help black students transition to a predominantly white institution,” Bennett-McBride said. “It acts as their home away from home where people understand what they’ve gone through during the day.”Despite the support systems, the views of some newer members to USC’s black community have been shaped in part by the incidents of the past year.When Katrina Miller, a freshman majoring in English, heard about the Halloween shooting and USChangeMovement as a prospective student, she considered the impact her race would have on her experience at USC.“I know I have to face race issues wherever I go,” Miller said. “But I kept thinking how ridiculous it was that those things actually happen. It was cool to see how united the [black] community was and it put some faith back into USC for me.” Follow Jordyn on Twitter @jojoholmeyThis is the first in a series about the demographics of USC. The next installment will run Monday, Oct. 28.last_img read more

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Thursday March 19th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have so far been doing more subtracting than adding. Their first official move of the new league year was to shed yet more salary, with the termination of right guard Josh Kline’s contract. Kline joined fellow starters defensive tackle Linval Joseph, cornerback Trae Waynes and wide receiver Stefon Diggs on their way to other teams. The Vikings made their biggest move this week by extending the contract of quarterback Kirk Cousins and agreeing to trade Diggs to Buffalo. Their most notable pickup on the market was former Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce to replace Joseph. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Organizers announced Wednesday they had indefinitely postponed the Drake Relays that had been scheduled for April in Des Moines.In a statement, Drake University said officials made the decision to protect the “health, safety and well-being” of participants and fans amid concerns about the coronavirus. The event was scheduled for April 22-25, primarily at Drake Stadium.The postponement includes related activities, such as the Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Grand Blue Mile and Drake Road Races.Organizers said they would work with local, state and national officials to reschedule the event when it’s safe for all participants.The Drake Relays were first held in 1910. DES MOINES — The Iowa High School Athletic Association at their board meeting last week approved contracts keeping the boys state basketball and wrestling tournaments at the Iowa Events Center through at least 2025. The contract extensions ensure the association’s two highest-attended tournament events stay in Des Moines through 2025, with five optional annual renewals after 2025 which could take the contract through 2030. State basketball will continue in a five-day format after shifting away from a six-day format in 2018. The state wrestling schedule will continue to stay on the same schedule. The association’s wrestling advisory committee discussed the future of the state dual team tournament and wrestling post-season during a meeting on February 27th. The committee was asked to consider possible date and venue changes for state duals, but they decided to keep state duals in the current arrangement the day prior to the start of the traditional tournament. The committee, alongside leadership from the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, was primarily concerned about how an IHSAA staff proposal to move the state duals to the current weekend of sectionals and at a different facility and shifting all classes to district events as the only tournaments for individual state qualifying would be executed and would affect Classes 1A and 2A. The committee will still hold its annual spring meeting with plans to address possible qualifying procedures for post-season duals and other recommendations.last_img read more

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Pochettino would snub Man Utd as Spurs have a ‘better squad’, claims Allardyce

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO would snub a move to Manchester United as his Tottenham squad is stronger.That’s according to ex-England manager Sam Allardyce, whose verdict is another sign of United’s declining status as pressure mounts on their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.3 Mauricio Pochettino would choose to stay at Spurs for their squad over the tradition of Man Utd, claims Sam AllardyceCredit: EPA3 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen Man Utd drop to 12th in the Premier League, with just nine points from their first eight gamesCredit: Getty – ContributorUnited’s displays this season have been as poor as their results, notably a 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar and a 1-0 Premier League loss at Newcastle in their last two games.Pochettino has long been linked with the United job, even before Solskjaer’s superb start as caretaker chief last December gave way to the slump since April.But former Everton, West Ham and Newcastle boss Allardyce believes Pochettino would be deterred by the huge rebuilding job needed at Old Trafford.The Metro report Big Sam as saying: “I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment.”Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.”It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’. But has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAll the speculation means Solskjaer might think the international break has come at the right time for him and his much criticised players.Everton chief Marco Silva is the only Premier League boss whose ‘next manager to get the sack’ odds are shorter.And United are 12th after just two wins in eight games, just two points above the drop zone, with Everton third bottom.3Latest Manchester United newsLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in trainingPicturedTRAINING DAYFernandes back in his Mini while Pogba arrives for training in yellow FerrariMARCSMANWatch Rashford floor Man Utd team-mates with ‘naughty’ bit of skill in trainingThe Old Trafford board are reportedly keen to give Solskjaer time to both radically overhaul his squad and instil a flowing style that United have so far failed to produce this campaign.But it was also suggested over the weekend that the United hierarchy want to avoid spending big in January, to avoid flop buys like record money-getter Alexis Sanchez.So that would make it even more important for Solskjaer to prove his man-management and tactical skills before next summer.Man Utd have the highest wage bill ever reported by Premier League club despite struggles under Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Tonight, it is job done in a difficult group,” said Mourinho, whose team is now assured of facing one of the following group winners: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Porto or Paris Saint-Germain.United was one of four English teams to reach the knockout stage for the second straight season. This was the first year when 16 group-stage places were guaranteed for the Big 4 leagues in Europe — Spain, England, Germany and Italy. The four countries put 12 teams in total into the round of 16, the draw for which is on Monday.MADRID HUMBLEDWith the Club World Cup only a week away, Madrid coach Santiago Solari rested most of his key players and used several others who hadn’t started much this season, including Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and Marco Asensio.There was no intensity to Madrid’s play CSKA capitalized, completing a home-and-away double over the titleholders that still didn’t lift the Russian team off last place. Viktoria Plzen beat Roma 2-1 to finish in front, with CSKA needing to better Plzen’s result in the Czech Republic.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fedor Chalov and Georgi Schennikov scored late in the first half for CSKA, and Arnor Sigurdsson added another after the break.“It’s sad … to beat Real Madrid, earn seven points, but finish bottom and get eliminated from Europe,” CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko said.MISSED CHANCEMourinho might also have had one eye on an upcoming game, with United playing great rival Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.His understrength team still featured Pogba, France’s World Cup-winning midfielder who has fallen out of favor with Mourinho and started on the bench for the last two Premier League games.Pogba’s chances of getting back in the starting lineup for the weekend won’t have been helped by his bad miss when the score was 0-0, prodding the ball wide from inside the six-yard box.Carlos Soler put Valencia in front with a driven first-time finish after latching onto Jones’ clearing header in the 17th, and the United center back made an even bigger error for the second goal in the 47th. Jones slid in to clear the ball as he chased down Valencia striker Michy Batshuayi, but only succeeded in slotting it past Sergio Romero from 20 meters with the goalkeeper having come off his line.Marcus Rashford pulled a goal back in the 87th for United.Ronaldo played the whole game for Juventus, which was undone by goals from veteran Young Boys forward Guillaume Hoarau in the 30th and 68th minutes. Paulo Dybala cut the deficit in the 80th.LYON THROUGH Only one qualification place was up for grabs on the final night of group play and it was a straight shootout in freezing sleet between Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk, which was forced to play its home game in Kiev after it was relocated due to martial law in various regions of Ukraine.Nabil Fekir’s 65th-minute goal earned Lyon a 1-1 draw that preserved second place in Group F behind Manchester City, which beat Hoffenheim 2-1 thanks to Leroy Sane’s double to seal top spot.Shakhtar dropped into the Europa LeagueBAYERN TOPBayern Munich’s wild 3-3 draw at Ajax — featuring four goals from the 82nd minute, including an equalizer for Ajax five minutes into stoppage time — earned the German champion first place in Group E above the Dutch team. Both sides had already qualified.Benfica was already assured of third place and a Euroa League spot before beating AEK Athens 1-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Best of the best No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a painful result,” Madrid left back Marcelo said.At least that embarrassing loss didn’t stop the defending champions from topping their group. United didn’t have that luxury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLike Madrid, United selected a largely second-string lineup with qualification secure, even though Jose Mourinho’s team still had a chance of climbing above Juventus to first place with a win.With Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus surprisingly losing 2-1 at Swiss club Young Boys, United could have finished top — only to lose by the same score line at the Mestalla. Adding to United’s misery, Phil Jones scored an own-goal from outside his own area and Paul Pogba missed a great chance from around four yards out. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Real forward Vinicius Junior looks up as CSKA players celebrate in background their side’s third goal, during the Champions League, Group G soccer match between Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)Two of European soccer’s grandest clubs paid the price for fielding weakened teams on the final night of Champions League group play, with Real Madrid slumping to a record home loss and Manchester United squandering a surprise opportunity to top its group.On an evening when Lyon celebrated becoming the 16th and last team to qualify for the knockout stage, Madrid’s players were jeered off the field at the Santiago Bernabeu after a 3-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow — its heaviest loss in more than 250 home games in European competition.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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