first_imgArsenal’s Bukayo Saka, who is eligible to play for both Nigeria and England, says he is weighing up his international options but will not rush his decision.“I am always thinking about it but I haven’t made a decision yet,” the 18-year-old told BBC Sport.Saka, born to Nigerian parents, has so far represented England at youth leve. The Arsenal youth academy graduate said neither England nor Nigeria had so far approached him about his senior international future.“No-one has been in touch but when I make a decision you will find out,” said Saka.The talented winger is having a breakthrough season with Arsenal.He made his Premier League debut at the age of 17 – making history in the process when he became the first footballer born in 2001 to play in the Premier League.The young Arsenal star paid tribute to former Gunners coach Unai Emery for giving him his chance.“I have a lot of thanks to give him because he gave me so much confidence, he gave me my debut and he kept pushing me. I am grateful to him always.“It’s just something I have always dreamed of, coming up from the academy to the first team.”Now Saka says he is focused on the future with Arsenal’s newly appointed manager, Mikel Arteta.“I have heard positive things about him and I am looking forward to working with him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bukayo Sakalast_img read more

first_imgThe road has not been friendly for the Trojans this season, as they dropped their sixth consecutive away game Sunday night in an 87-65 loss to Cal at Haas Pavilion.USC (19-10, 8-8) wraps up its road conference schedule with a 2-7 record and has dropped five of its last six games. Meanwhile, the Bears (21-9, 11-5) finish the season a perfect 18-0 at home.“We can’t afford to play like that anymore,” junior guard Julian Jacobs said of the road struggles. “It’s ridiculous. It’s the same thing every single time. It’s very frustrating. It’s the same game. It’s basketball – same hoop, same ball. Whatever it is, we’re mental midgets on the road.”Junior forward Nikola Jovanovic was the lone bright spot for the Trojans. Jovanovic had 21 points and nine rebounds, but only he and Jacobs – who finished with 11 points – scored in double figures.The Trojans started off with great energy on defense and on the boards as Jovanovic was highly efficient inside, going 7-of-8 from the field in the first half for 14 points. With USC down four, freshman center Chimezie Metu recorded two blocks that each led to layups on the other end. A putback by Jovanovic followed to give the Trojans a 14-11 lead at the 13:52 mark of the first half and the game was tied at 26-26 midway through the first half.“We played hard in the beginning of the game,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It was 26-all. We were defending, rebounding, pushing the ball. We got good looks at the basket.”But the Trojans went cold the remainder of the half, going on a scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes as the Bears went on a 14-0 run to take a 40-26 lead. To wrap up the half, Cal freshman forward Jaylen Brown went coast-to-coast in 3.8 seconds and finished at the rim, a fitting end to a frustrating first 20 minutes of play.“All of a sudden, they kept making shots and we stopped,” Enfield said. “That was the difference in the game. You can’t get down double-digits at Cal and expect to win.”USC trailed 44-30 at halftime and like the loss against Stanford on Thursday night, never threatened in the second half as the Bears built a 20-plus point advantage. Cal wound up shooting 48 percent as Brown and fellow freshman Ivan Rabb led the way with 18 points each.The Bears made 10 3-pointers while the Trojans struggled despite getting quality shots, which, for whatever reason, led to issues on the defensive end of the floor.“We pretty much got whatever we wanted,” Jacobs said. “We just didn’t finish. A lot of shots went in and out. Whenever we don’t make shots, it translates to poor defense. That was the name of the game. We just couldn’t guard.”Coming into the night, USC had allowed its past four opponents to shoot at a combined 49.3 percent clip.The Trojans drop to .500 in conference play and are tied with Oregon State and Stanford for sixth in the Pac-12 conference. They wrap up their season with a pair of home games this week against Oregon State and Oregon.“It’s not looking too good for us,” Jacobs said. “We definitely need to regroup, and we really need these two games at home.”last_img read more

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe thinks she’s ‘extremely American’ She says she’s hoping to be ready for the WNBA playoffs, but “(t)hen it becomes this team has played an entire season without me, is that fair? And I’m already putting the carriage before the horse because who knows if I’m going to be ready by then?” Bird said. “It was definitely more extensive than we had initially thought going in. Which isn’t a bad thing, I think long term it’s a good thing. It just kind of sucks for this season.”Bird said she’s excited to watch from the stands as the U.S. women’s national team faces the Netherlands in the final at 11 a.m. ET Sunday (Fox).”What they’re doing right now, it’s amazing,” Bird said. A few days after writing a lengthy article published by The Players’ Tribune to call out President Donald Trump and defend girlfriend Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird detailed what had prompted her to speak out.  Bird said her mission wasn’t to make a political statement. Instead, she wanted to show her support for Rapinoe and the rest of the U.S. women’s national team. Women’s World Cup 2019: Sue Bird blasts President Trump for comments against girlfriend Megan Rapinoe Hi!! @S10Bird here. This is my WC Semis preview. Title was supposed to be “So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend (& 10 Other Things I Want You to Know Before the World Cup Semifinals)” but we ran out of space. My bad. Thanks for reading. GO @USWNT.https://t.co/A2dJrBIzRh— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) July 2, 2019″On some levels, if you read it, there is some humor in there. It’s a light, fun way to use your voice, but also address some things,” Bird said. “More than anything I wanted to hype Megan up a little bit and also have her back. … It was challenging at times trying to get the right messaging across that I wanted to convey, but I think all in all I’m happy with it. There has been a lot more love than hate. Unfortunately, there has been some hate, but that’s just reality we live in right now.”🤫 pic.twitter.com/EzIY93gXR6— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) June 28, 2019Bird will be in attendance Sunday for the Women’s World Cup final and support Rapinoe in person. Bird, who plays for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, won’t miss any playing time to make the trip to Lyon, France, as she’s been sidelined because she had knee surgery in late May that was more extensive than expected. “I don’t feel political. To me, this isn’t a matter of tax reform and things of that nature,” Bird said Wednesday (per The Associated Press). “This is treating people with respect, treating people like they’re a human, just like you are. That’s where I stand with it. That’s what I believe in. It’s very similar to what Megan believes in. More than anything, I wanted to have her back and talk about some soccer.”In the article under the headline “So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend,” Bird responded to Trump’s twitter rant in which he criticized Rapinoe for her stance on visiting the White House and her decision to not sing the national anthem before each match. Bird wrote she “freaked out a little” when she saw what the president wrote but went on to share that Rapinoe was unfazed by the whole exchange. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over Englandlast_img read more

first_imgMERRILL — May is recognized is “Beef Month,” and with Memorial Day approaching — it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season — but the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on things.Cattle feeder Craig Anderson of rural Merrill says the slowdown in production at plants has led to a glut of supply and lower prices. “Last week there were cattle trading at a dollar 12 to a dollar 15 a pound. But it was down to about 95 cents,” Anderson says. “..I’m gonna guess that most people have a break-even of about a dollar 25 a pound.”He says the drop in the prices paid for cattle comes at a time when demand is up among consumers. “There were a lot of cattle that were sold at a loss and probably continue to be sold at a loss. Because of the rush at the meat counter, the retail price has really skyrocketed,” Anderson says.Anderson says the sale of the prime cuts is really hurt by the slow down in processing and the cut back in the operation of restaurants. “The cattlemen always say — you know people eat hamburger and roast at home — but they go out for a steak,” Anderson says. He says those the prime cuts are now probably ended up in homes in a different form.“A lot of those prime cuts are being ground up into hamburger right now trying to meet the demand for people trying to maybe feed people at home — and do it on a cheaper basis,” Anderson says.Anderson estimates the cattle industry is running between 30 and 40 days behind in having cattle marketed on a current basis. He says during that time, cattle may gain around three to four pounds a day, which will add around another 100 to 150 pounds to their market weight.last_img read more