Wojciech Szczesny: The Poland international has made 40 appearances Roma’s bid to tie down Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to another season on loan has hit a major stumbling block, according to reports in Italy.The Poland international has enjoyed a productive season in the Italian capital, having made 40 appearances for Luciano Spalletti’s side.Szczesny recently admitted he would be keen on extending his stay in Italy and Roma are also eager to keep hold of the 26-year-old for a further year.But Arsenal will only sanction a deal if Roma pay the entirety of the player’s wages, which may prove difficult for the Serie A club.Szczesny is reportedly on around £65,000 per week at the Emirates and his parent club have made it clear they will not be willing to pay him the full whack for another season while he’s on loan.Arsenal are open to having Szczesny back as their No.2 behind Petr Cech next year and will only release him if Roma stump up with a bid for a permanent transfer or agree to pay his wages. 1
The following is the list of unsold players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction-5 in Bangalore on Saturday: PLAYERS UNSOLD James Anderson base price $300,000 Tamim Iqbal base price $50,000 Adrian Barath base price $50,000 Ramnaresh Sarwan base price $100,000 Ian Bell base price $200,000 Owais Shah base price $200,000 Upul Tharanga base price $50,000 VVS Laxman base price $400,000 Matt Prior base price $200,000 Brendan Taylor base price $100,000 Mark Boucher base price $100,000 Justin Kemp base price $100,000 Marlon Samuels base price $100,000 Steven Smith base price $200,000 Ravi Bopara base price $100,000 Luke Wright base price $200,000 Kevin O’Brien base price $50,000 Dwayne Smith base price $100,000 Lonwabo Tsotsobe base price $50,000 VRV Singh base price $100,000 Vernon Philander base price $200,000 Fidel Edwards base price $100,000 Ravi Rampaul base price $100,000 Peter Siddle base price $200,000 Tim Southee base price $100,000 Graeme Swann base price $400,000 Rangana Herath base price $50,000 Ajantha Mendis base price $50,000 Steve O’Keefe base price $100,000 Xavier Doherty base price $100,000 Michael Klinger base price $50,000 Richard Levi base base price $50,000 Alviro Petersen base price $100,000 Lendl Simmons base price $50,000 Farveez Maharoof base price $50,000 Jacob Oram base price $100,000 Moises Henriques base price $50,000 Ben Laughlin base price $50,000 Ryan McLaren base price $100,000 Nicky Boje base price $200,000 Jacques Rudolph base price $20,000 Andy McKay base price $50,000 Alister McDermott base price $20,000 Michael Neser base price $50,000
Day Three was moving day for the 2008 School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament.In the 15’s Boys, ACT and WA progressed to the top four to do battle with formidable NSW and QLD line-ups. ACT and NT did likewise in the 15’s Girls.In the 12’s Boys, NT progressed to the top pool as did SA in the 12’s Girls.The 12’s teams were treated to a clinic on Thursday morning with the Blackest Cats. Tony El-Takchi and Amy Hope flew down to teach the younger players some skills in the scheduled primary activities timeslot. Tony and Amy session has both participants and parents captivated as they took around 150 players for an hour. Players got valuable advice from two of Australia’s greatest players and immensely enjoyed the session.Tony and Amy also provided coaching expertise to many teams during the week, holding additional coaching session and proving advice from the sub-box.They were also stars in the Celebrity Game taking place after the completion of Thursday’s matches. Roles were reversed with the players offering advice to their coaches who also took part in the match which included expert commentary from leading junior referee, Bri Berry.For further information, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-62519-0
Then again, fans weren’t exactly being treated to great hockey — and the trade of star Ron Francis and the talk of relocation didn’t help to build goodwill either. In the 1989-90 season, the Whalers had a slightly above-average 38-33-9 record and also earned slightly above-average revenues. But things went underwater from there: the Whalers never had a winning season again.The question is whether the Islanders would be better off with one-eighth of a loaf in New York or a market to themselves in Connecticut. Considering the popularity of the New York Rangers (and the presence of the New Jersey Devils), the inadequacy of the Barclays Center for hockey, and all the other competition for the fans’ entertainment dollar in New York, it’s probably a pretty close call. It was one of the best logos in all of sports. A green “W,” and a blue whale’s tail, neatly using the negative space to form an “H,” as in “Hartford Whalers.” Unfortunately, they don’t give out Stanley Cups for graphic design. The Whalers didn’t have a lot of success on the ice, winning just one playoff series in 18 NHL seasons before moving to North Carolina and becoming the Carolina Hurricanes before the 1997-98 season.But now there’s a chance the Whalers could resurface. The state of Connecticut is pursuing the New York Islanders, who are in danger of being kicked out of their woefully inadequate arena at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The team would play at the XL Center in Hartford, the Whalers’ former home.How successful might Whalers 2.0 be? In a 2013 study, I estimated that about 175,000 avid NHL fans live in the Hartford-New Haven metro area. That sounds bad, though it’s comparable to or slightly better than some of the lower-tier American NHL markets, including Columbus, Raleigh-Durham, Miami and Nashville (and better than Las Vegas, where the NHL is expanding). Furthermore, there’s potentially room for growth. According to our estimates, 7 percent of adults in the Hartford metro area were avid NHL fans in 2013. But the percentage is 13 percent in the New York metro area and 17 percent in the Boston metro area. If the Islanders or another team were to relocate to Hartford, the numbers would probably improve. The Hartford-New Haven media market is the largest in the U.S. without a “big four” sports franchise. But it’s only about one-eighth the size of New York’s media market (which includes Long Island and Northern New Jersey).Of course, the NHL’s last stint in Hartford didn’t exactly end successfully. Between the 1989-90 and 1996-97 seasons, the average NHL team’s revenues more than doubled, increasing from $22 million to $52 million, according to estimates from Forbes and Financial World magazines. But the Whalers’ revenues didn’t increase at all during this period, flatlining at about $25 million. That doesn’t adjust for inflation, so their income actually decreased on a real basis.
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job and will learn next week if he is hired, according to multiple reports. Colts owner Jim Irsay has reportedly met to discuss the position twice with Tressel, who served as a game-day consultant for the team this past season. From his Twitter account, @JimIrsay, Irsay tweeted Saturday at about 11 a.m.: “The #1 pick debate will rage on,what a great year to have it..the HC search is wide ranging n thorough,decision by mid 2 late next week.” The Colts did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment regarding the team’s head coaching position. Tressel opted to postpone his term of employment with the Colts until Week 7 of the NFL season due to concerns about current and former OSU players who were suspended in both the NFL and NCAA. In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel resigned from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. This past season, the Colts posted an NFL-worst 2-14 record.
Having completely lost out in the Arsenal job that was perceived to be his, given how far down the line discussions had progressed for him to replace Wenger, Mikel Arteta is now set for a new Manchester City contract.City manager Pep Guardiola and chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak quickly reached out last night to give Arteta an offer after news broke about the Gunners settling on appointing Unai Emery according to DailymailUk.The offer for a new two-year extension to remain as part of Guardiola’s backroom team will at least, melt the heavy disappointment Arteta’s went through yesterday.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…However, Arsenal, are on the verge of unveiling former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery as their new boss. The 46-year-old Spaniard has been in London for talks with the club’s top executives, who were hugely impressed with his plans for the club if he were to succeed Arsene Wenger. Emery previously conquered at Sevilla, where he won European cups consecutively, before going on to seal a domestic treble with PSG last season.Although Arteta was believed to have hesitated about taking the job because of decision-making about transfers, Emery had no such misgivings.
Schalke 04 sporting director Christian Heidel insists their summer transfer activity cannot be held culpable for the club’s poor start to the seasonLast season’s Bundesliga runners-up total expenditure in the summer came to €52,7m after signing the likes of Sebastian Rudy, Suat Serdar and Omar Mascarell.However, Schalke have only managed two wins in their opening nine league games and find themselves 15th and just one place above the relegation play-off spot.But Heidel is adamant that the new recruits were money well spent.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Before the season, we were praised to the skies for our new signings. The assessment in the media and the public opinion change rapidly,” Heidel told Ruhr Nachrichten.“16 out of the 18 Bundesliga clubs probably wanted to sign Omar Mascarell, Mark Uth and Salif Sané in the summer. We are convinced that our team is stronger than last season.”Although Schalke did claim a rare win on Wednesday after beating 1.FC Köln 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out following their 1-1 draw in the DFB-Pokal Cup.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche insists the team’s success last season has made it difficult for the club to bring in new players.The Clarets were amongst the lowest spenders in the Premier League during the summer transfer window, with the likes of Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town investing more in their squad than Sean Dyche’s side.The Lancashire club were reportedly quoted with higher figures for their transfer targets due to their participation in the playoffs of the UEFA Europa League.Dyche said, according to Daily Mail:Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I wouldn’t change any of it. Many historical markers chiselled in stone, that’s an amazing thing, but it passes quickly.”“You asked me about credit in the bank, it’s all gone, the next challenge is the next game, it’s not, ‘Hasn’t it been marvellous?’ Yes, it has, but it’s all been parked.”“The first time we got promoted, I made my son’s bed the next day, I wasn’t rattling around with the champagne. Now we’ve got to remodel it and move it forward again.”
Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini revealed that rejoining Sampdoria was an easy decision after completing his transfer from Southampton last weekGabbiadini decided to end his two-year stay at St Mary’s this month after making just four starts in the Premier League for Southampton this season.Although the 27-year-old did enjoy some highs in his short stay in England with his most notable feat coming in the 2017 EFL Cup final, where he scored twice against Manchester United in a 3-2 defeat for Southampton.Now Gabbiadini has returned to Sampdoria, who he played for between 2013 to 2015 before leaving for Napoli, and is looking forward to his second spell in Liguria.“The Premier League is a unique League,” Gabbiadini told Il Secolo XIX.“It a positive experience, which let me grow, and I’d do it again, but it went so-so for me.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“What will stay with me? Several things. I scored twice in the 2017 [League] Cup Final and scored the goal that kept us up last season.“Let’s say I was always there whenever I was needed most over the last two years and I still have a wonderful relationship with their fans. They used to chant ‘Lamborghini-Gabbiadini’.“When you leave somewhere, you don’t think about going back and just think about where you’re going next.“However, I left Samp on very good terms and when the opportunity [of returning] came up, I didn’t give it a second’s thought.“Physically I feel good. I haven’t played for over a month but there’s no winter break in England and I’ve kept training.”Gabbiadini scored 12 goals in 60 appearances for Southampton in total.
Insurance claims from deadly California wildfires top $11.4B Posted: January 28, 2019 SACRAMENTO (AP) – Insurance claims from California’s deadly November 2018 wildfires have topped $11.4 billion.State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Monday that more than $8 billion worth of damage comes from the fire that leveled the town of Paradise and killed 86 people. About $3 billion more is from two Southern California wildfires that ignited the same week.The $11.4 billion is just shy of the claims filed in a series of 2017 wildfires, including deadly blazes that tore through Northern California wine country.The Paradise wildfire destroyed about double the number of homes than the wine country fires, but property values are lower in the rural Northern California region.Including other major California fires in July 2018, total insurance claims from the year neared $12.4 billion. AP, AP Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter January 28, 2019