Arsenal confirm loan signing of Kim Kallstrom

first_imgThe Swedish international joins on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow. Press Association The 31-year-old travelled to London from Abu Dhabi, where he had been training with the Russian club during their winter break, and has finalised a loan deal until the end of the season, which will help boost an Arsenal squad weakened by Aaron Ramsey’s injury setback. At his scheduled media conference on Thursday morning, Wenger had ruled out a deal for Schalke’s Julian Draxler, but confirmed he was looking to bring in at least one other player. Kallstrom started his career at Djurgarden before joining French club Rennes and then on to Lyon in 2006, where he won the Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France, both twice. Having played at the 2006 World Cup and also three European Championships, he left for Spartak in the summer of 2012 and made 10 appearances this season before the winter break. It has been reported Wenger could also further bolster Arsenal’s attacking options with veteran Lazio forward Miroslav Klose, the 35-year-old German international. However, any suggestion Arsenal were closing in on 20-year-old Schalke talent Draxler – valued at some £37million by the Bundesliga side – were rejected by Wenger. “The Draxler situation has been created by the newspapers, not by me,” the Arsenal boss said. “You ask me, what is that situation? I say nothing is happening on that front. He will stay at Schalke.” Wenger added: “We are open-minded and active. We look at the opportunities. “We are still trying to bring at least one body in because we are a bit hit now by the red card for (Mathieu) Flamini, the setback of Ramsey and the fact that (Jack) Wilshere is not available, which I hope will be short term. “We are in an area where we had plenty of players, suddenly we are a bit short. It is 80/20 and I am confident we will be able to do something today.” Arsenal drew at Southampton in midweek and were then knocked off the top of the table when Manchester City romped to a 5-1 win at Tottenham. The Gunners, though, could regain the lead should they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday, with City hosting third-placed Chelsea on Monday night. “The results are not made by the winter transfer market, they are made by the performances on the pitch. On that front we have shown we can be very competitive,” said Wenger. “Why should we not (believe)? We are in a position to be able to do it after 23 games with the squad we have available now, so why should we suddenly give up?” Ramsey, 23, had been one of the stand-out performers in Arsenal’s impressive start. However, the Wales international has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a thigh problem. “It is certainly a few weeks. It will be between four to six weeks. I count six, so I have no bad surprise,” Wenger said. “Of course it’s a blow for us because we recently lost (Theo) Walcott for a long period, now Ramsey is out for a long period and it is a big setback.” Arsenal will be without Flamini for three matches following his red card at Southampton, while fellow midfielder Wilshere continues to recover from an ankle problem and should be fit to face Liverpool next weekend. Meanwhile, Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has joined Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley in a permanent deal. The 22-year-old made a total of 16 first-team appearances for Arsenal, and had loan spells at Wolves, Charlton and Fulham, but his development was hampered by a series of injury setbacks. Frimpong, who won a first full cap for Ghana in a World Cup qualifier against Sudan in March 2013, hopes to rebuild his career with the Tykes. “Danny Wilson called me yesterday and wanted me to come play and help the team push out of the relegation zone. Hopefully I can help the team achieve that this season,” Frimpong said on Barnsley Player. “I wouldn’t say I’m fit yet, but the only way to do so is to play games. The more I play, the better I’ll get.” Frimpong added: “It will be difficult, but it’s very important you start off well and make sure your first game is a good game. I am quite confident I can do that. “It’s football and no matter where you go you have to respect your opposition. There are some very good players in the Championship.” last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah picks trainer CoA panel rejected for India job

first_imgNew Delhi: The much-talked-about the legacy that former India trainer Shankar Basu had supposedly created over the years around the Indian team and the National Cricket Academy (NCA) seems to have fallen flat once again. Contrary to the general rule of injured Indian players undergoing rehab at the NCA, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has been working on his strength and fitness under Delhi Capitals trainer Rajnikanth Sivagnanam.Interestingly, Rajnikanth is the same person who had been rejected for the position of Strength and Conditioning Coach back in August and the job was handed to Nick Webb under the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The panel for conducting practical exams consisted of the national selectors and Ranadeep Moitra — owner of the Endorphins Gym in Kolkata. And they placed Webb and Luke Woodhouse over Rajnikanth.Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official not only questioned the turn of events, but also asked if the process followed in the appointment during the CoA regime needs a re-look.“This is not a judgment on Nick in any way, but the process was harder for Rajni than anyone else. I had enquired from a member on the panel who was surprised at the apparent hostility towards Rajni. He was asked to do things by the gym trainer on the panel that no one else was. What was curious was that the person on the panel had not worked at the level that Rajni had worked at. It would be interesting to know who placed him on the panel,” he said.Bumrah’s importance in the Indian set-up is pretty well known and sources in the know of developments told IANS that even the Indian team management didn’t wish to take any chance with his recovery post the stress fracture on his back and that is why he was sent to the UK for consultation.“Can’t take a chance with one of your best bowlers even though his body was on auto heal mode. So, he was sent to the UK for consultation. We have an important tour of New Zealand coming up in the new year and he will be an integral part of the planning there. So, the team management was very clear that they are happy to wait and have him back at his best in time for the New Zealand tour,” the source said.This isn’t the first case of India players refusing to head to the NCA for rehab and trainer across the country believe that it is the result of having trainers who are picked on reasons other than pure merit.“You tell me something, who decided that NCA trainers have to be below 35? The last employment advertisement given by the BCCI for Strength & Conditioning Coach at the academy required the person to be below 35. So, who exactly are we trying to push and who are we trying to keep away? When national interest is at stake, why such a bizarre rule? We have been training domestic teams over the years and when we have reached a level of experience, we are told that the age is an issue,” one of the trainers associated with a state team told IANS.“When India last won the World Cup in 2011, the trainer Ramji Srinivasan was 42. Why don’t you check with the likes of M.S. Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and all on what he brought to the table. This is all turning into a joke and the number of injuries to the players in recent times is enough proof of what we are saying is nothing but the truth.”Another trainer who was among those who had written to joint secretary Jayesh George recently about the indiscrimination faced by the domestic trainers said that even international certification has been ignored when recruitment has been done.“We have been ignored despite being part of the system since the mid-2000s. Nothing against youngsters coming in, but even the international certification courses done by some of us have been ignored and hopefully all this will now change under the new BCCI officials. Rajni is one of the best we have so I am not at all surprised that Bumrah is training under him and not at the NCA. If you check with other players also, they aren’t too keen on undergoing rehab at the academy,” he said.“In fact, why don’t you check why Hardik Pandya is not at the NCA? Also, what was Moitra and Nisha Varma — former Reebok Master Trainer (North India) – doing interviewing aspirants at the NCA? The pandora’s box remains to be opened.” IANSAlso Read: Jasprit Bumrah ‘playing it cool’ on social mediaAlso Watch: Protester catches fire while staging a protest against CAB in Nagaonlast_img read more

Man City, Chelsea charged with failing to control players

first_img(REUTERS) – Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players during their Premier League match on Saturday, the FA said yesterday.City striker Sergio Aguero committed a reckless tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz during stoppage time, sparking a melee at the Etihad Stadium with players and coaching staff from both teams involved in ugly scenes.“Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour,” the FA said in a statement.“Both clubs have until 18:00hrs on December 8 2016 to respond to the charge.”Aguero and City midfielder Fernandinho were sent off and will serve four- and three-game bans respectively.Leaders Chelsea won the match 3-1 to move four points clear of fourth-placed City in the table.last_img read more

Syracuse’s upset bid falls short at No. 8 Miami, 27-19

first_imgMIAMI — Adrift in an ocean of green jerseys, Eric Dungey had nowhere to run. He peeked over his left shoulder, saw Miami defensive linemen racing toward him and looked down field. He overthrew Ervin Philips and the ball sailed into no man’s land, where a Hurricanes defensive back caught it.Dungey lay flat on his butt at the 30-yard line, without having seen the disappearance of his third interception of the game. The Miami sideline erupted with cheers Saturday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium. By that time, Dungey had had a grand total of 12 passing yards, thrown 1-for-10 and carried a minus-39.9 quarterback rating. On its ensuing possession, Miami pushed its lead to 13 in a 27-19 victory.“Those are my fault,” Dungey said. “Miscommunication, but I’ve got to communicate.”Each of Dungey’s four first-half interceptions left Syracuse with an unnerving sight: Miami players jumping up and down, clutching their fists. They combined with a restless Miami (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) defensive front to hold Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) to its lowest offensive output since a 45-14 loss to Florida State last season.The Hurricanes entered Saturday fifth in sacks per game and third in tackles for loss. It was a mismatch for Syracuse, which has allowed more sacks per game and tackles for loss than every ACC team not named Florida State. The result was a Syracuse loss that puts the Orange at 4-4, exactly where it stood this time one year ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor most of the game the heart of Syracuse — junior quarterback Eric Dungey — could not be protected. The SU offensive line could not solve the UM blitz to shield its QB. Overall, the offense could not bail out another strong defensive game, as Syracuse’s defense held a third straight opponent to under 30 points. The Syracuse offense, though, has not eclipsed 30 points since week 3.“We had some difficulty shaking people off, giving them great field possession and putting our defense in a bad situation,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “We came back and played a better half of football, but when you’re playing a team like this, you have to score touchdowns, not kick field goals.”Despite a second-half resurgence to pull within four, Miami harassed Dungey to the tune of six QB hurries, four sacks and four picks. Dungey took the blame, while Babers said none of the turnovers were his quarterback’s fault.Regardless, it speaks to a larger issue that was somewhat disguised in Syracuse’s upset win over Clemson: Syracuse struggles against blitz-heavy defenses. Middle Tennessee State, No. 24 LSU, No. 16 North Carolina State and now No. 8 Miami all have brought pressure to disrupt the SU offense. Babers’ answer has always been that the line is young and ever-evolving, though a strong performance against Clemson’s potent front four suggested otherwise.Just after a Miami touchdown in the first half, a herd of Miami defensive linemen hunted down Dungey, who stood alone by his team’s 40-yard line. He had barely eluded a sack and stood with his hands on his hips after the ball floated into the hands of a Miami defensive back. He jumped on his toes in frustration in a game Philips and Steve Ishmael, the country’s leading receiving duo, combined for only nine catches and 98 yards.“It really wasn’t Dungey,” Babers said. “It looks like it was four interceptions on the quarterback, but there were a lot of other things. He was battling and making plays where we should have been able to make plays on the balls.”Senior kicker Cole Murphy made four field goals, including a career-long 53-yarder to pull Syracuse within one in the fourth quarter. The SU offensive line showed new life in the second half, buying the offense some time, especially the run game. Sophomore running back Moe Neal ran for Syracuse’s lone touchdown of the game, a 15-yarder in the third. It succeeded a pair of Dungey broken-down first-down pickups on the ground, one of 28 yards, the other 14.Following Neal’s score, Babers smiled. Miami head coach Mark Richt put his hands on his knees. Syracuse, again, seemed on the precipice of history against a top-10 team. Syracuse could exhale.But the Hurricanes signal-caller Malik Rosier tossed a deep ball for a touchdown on Miami’s next possession, sucking the life out of Syracuse in what would have been a historic win. With a massive upset over then-No. 2 Clemson last week, Syracuse defeated a No. 2 team for the first time in 128 years of football. Saturday afternoon, Miami nearly became its next victim. An upset would have been Syracuse’s first stretch of back-to-back top-10 wins since 1959, the year Syracuse won the national title.The Orange positioned itself to win late but fell short. Miami rolled to its 11th straight win, while Syracuse enters its bye week needing to win two of its next four to ensure bowl eligibility.“We have to make sure we don’t turn the ball over,” Babers said. “We have to score touchdowns when we’re in the red zone. It’s coming back to the same thing, same thing.” Comments Published on October 21, 2017 at 7:29 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Contrasting fortunes for Harrington and McIlroy.

first_imgThe three-time Major winner holds a share of the overnight lead after carding a 4-under par 67 at Royal County Down yesterday, despite squally conditions that reduced world number one Rory McIlroy to a disastrous 9 over par round of 80.Germany’s Max Kieffer is level with Harrington at the top of the standings and the 2007 winner says that he’s determined to try and hammer home his advantage over the rest of the field.Harrington tees-off this morning at 7:50am, while McIlroy will start his bid to make the weekend field this afternoon when he’ll return to the course at 1pm, knowing that he will need an exceptional round to have any chance of getting inside the cut.last_img

Borrisokane CC held in All-Ireland camogie final

first_imgToday’s decider against Abbey Community College, Ferrybank , which was played in Freshford, finished 3-9 a piece.The Tipp school had led 2-7 to 1-5 at the break.The replay will take place next Saturday, March 25th.last_img

Best thing I saw today: A WBKB love story

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Before we leave tonight I wanted to try my hand at a, “Best thing I saw today,” story.Four years ago I interned here at WBKB when I had much longer hair and a much smaller idea of what I was doing.But I met a handful of amazing reporters while I was here, and two in particular stick out.Lynzi DeLuccia who was a mainstay on the six o’clock show behind the anchor desk, and former sports reporter Jon Shideler.Those two met here at WBKB when they were hired, and now, four years later, I woke up to a text from Jon this morning:The happy couple is now engaged!And in fact they are in Alpena visiting at the moment, so if you see them around town make sure you tell them congratulations and thank them for all the hard work they put in here at WBKB.I’ve been extremely fortunate to meet some amazing people here that I still talk to everyday despite most being halfway across the country.Once again a big congratulations to Jon and Lynzi, and you bet we will be sending a reporter to the wedding to cover it.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: happy, Jon Shideler, love, Lynzi DeLucciaContinue ReadingPrevious Three new ordinances to replace original blight ordinance 135 in Alpena TownshipNext Renovated lobby reopens at Thunder Bay Theatrelast_img read more

The Third “Tour de Igman“ held

first_imgThe third in a row “Tour de Igman 2015“ was held two days ago in the organization of MTB Club.About 200 registered amateurs and professionals from BH cycling, started through the charted recreational bicycle route approximately 30 kilometers long in the Veliki park on Ilidza – Velika Aleja – Jasike – Stojcevac – Kovaci – Osmica – Sajina Kuhinja – Lasicki stan – crossroad (War mosque – Veliko polje) – Mraziste and the finish was Veliko Polje on Igman. Flowers were laid and tribute was paid to the victims at the memorial  in Veliki park.Attendees were addressed by the president of the club Trek Team Sarajevo, Senad Beckovic and Zlatko Berbic, president of the Cycling Association of B&H, who thanked at the big response and wished participants a good ride to Veliko Polje and the secure return to their homes.On this way, the aim of the project that connects the important historical places on Ilidza and Igman, and at the same time promotes ecology and health through sport, especially cycling, was supported. Hanging for all participants with lunch and drinks of a large number of sponsors who supported this year’s Tour de Igman, was organized.(Source: Photo: read more

The Espanyol of the derby was already the Alavés de Abelardo

first_imgThe other offensive bulwark of Alavés 2018-19 with Abelardo was speed: it was the LaLiga team that spent less time in the attacks that ended in goal, only 7.3 seconds. Y that is how the final 2-2 arrived in minute 87, work of Wu Lei, in a clearing of the Chinese after an exquisite in-depth pass by Matías Vargas. The technician entered both the final section, precisely looking for that effect.With the right pieces, both the stopped ball and the rapid transitions will be the mark of the house of the new Espanyol. It’s not obviously casual the 4-4-2 that Abelardo likes so much, that he exploits the arrivals by the bands, centers, attention to rejections and second moves as a great resource to make the attack the best defense. Definitely, the speed above possession. And the effectiveness. In it the Espanyol faltered until now. It will try to be right in the lineups and, of course, in this winter market already underway. Will face this Wednesday Abelardo Fernández his ninth session in front of Espanyol. Taking into account that the first two were recognition, Saturday to stretch hours before debut and Sunday, recovery, so far the coach has only had four workouts, counting this Tuesday afternoon, to implement your idea in the template. However, and in record time, in the derby the work and the seal were already seen of the new parakeet coach.Abelardo’s hallmarks were seen incredibly embodied in the two goals of Espanyol against Barcelona. Specifically, the ones that last season could take root in the Alavés, on that occasion with a whole pre-season involved and having already addressed the Basques for much of the previous year. The Alavés of the previous course was the First team that scored so many strategy (excluding penalties, that is, following a foul or a corner), 17, matched with Barcelona and Levante. Y that’s how the 1-0 arrived by David López, head-on after a lateral foul thrown to the millimeter by Marc Roca. It took 22 minutes to show a feature that Pablo Machín also had, but that dissipated very soon.last_img read more

Cignal hopes to bounce back vs Smart

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cignal seeks to regain its winning ways when it battles struggling Smart in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Action kicks off at 7 p.m. with the HD Spikers looking to bounce back from a sorry loss to Petron.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Eala, Guarde survive foreign aces; Del Rosario, Tria lead boys’ charge 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Meanwhile, the Blaze Spikers are out to extend their winning run when they collide with winless Sta. Lucia at 4:15 p.m. while Cocolife guns for a fitting follow up to its first victory when it tackles Foton in the 2 p.m. appetizer.Petron, the reigning champion, remains on top of the team standings with a 5-0 win-loss card while Foton and F2 Logistics are not far behind with 4-1 and 4-2 slates, respectively.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 ChrissThat makes this match interesting for the HD Spikers as they seek a crucial win that will put them in the top four of this season-ending conference. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more