first_imgMesut Ozil was hauled off with 10 minutes remaining of Wednesday’s Europa League final against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘The club buys you to be the actual leader around the club. I don’t think Mesut has that in him to carry. I don’t train with him everyday, but I don’t think he has it in him to be leader.’After a difficult start to their relationship, Emery handed Ozil a more prominent role in recent weeks, especially in light of Aaron Ramsey’s season-ending hamstring injury.Ozil, however, has failed to deliver as Arsenal missed out on a top four place, before Wednesday’s capitulation, and Emery, according to the Daily Mail, has had enough.Arsenal have received limited interest in Ozil and are now prepared to subsidise his wages in order to ensure he is sold, or at least loaned out, in the summer.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 Advertisement Comment Arsenal will take drastic action to ensure Mesut Ozil is sold this summer Mesut Ozil was heavily criticised for his performance in Wednesday’s Europa League final defeat against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is determined that Mesut Ozil will play no part in his Arsenal rebuild and the club are prepared to subsidise his enormous salary in order to engineer his exit.The 30-year-old signed a new long-term contract 18 months ago worth a staggering £350,000-a-week but has failed to justify is superstar status and is set to become the highest profile departure in what is destined to be a major summer clear-out.Ozil’s star has waned to such a degree that he was hauled off with 10 minutes remaining of Wednesday’s catastrophic 4-1 Europa League final defeat against Chelsea replaced, pointedly, by academy graduate Joe Willock.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe former Real Madrid playmaker was heavily criticised for his performance by Cesc Fabregas who, in his role as a pundit for BT Sport, said: ‘I think sometimes you just have it inside or you don’t have it.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 City‘When he was at Real Madrid he was surrounded by top top players and one of the best players in the history of the sport in Cristiano Ronaldo.‘I’m not taking anything away from Mesut, he played top football there.‘But once you step down a little bit, because we can all agree Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich they are top three, you have to show yourself a little bit more because you don’t have the same quality around you. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Jun 2019 10:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe school announced the move Monday evening, though it didn’t specify which programs were impacted by the cluster. In a separate release, the school said that not all of 27 positive cases reported involved athletes.In a statement, athletics director Boo Corrigan said the school is working to determine “the most responsible path moving forward.”In a tweet Monday, athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said the athletics department has conducted 2,053 tests to athletes, coaches and staff with 30 total positives for an infection rate of 1.5%. But those figures include 693 tests and 22 positives in the most recent set of results.The school also announced two other coronavirus clusters Monday, one involving nine positive cases in a campus residence hall and the second in an off-campus apartment complex with five positive cases involving students.___ The Latest: NC State pauses all athletic activities Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”___The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.” Louisville anticipates admitting 18,000 spectators at Cardinal Stadium with appropriate seat distancing along with increased physical distancing at entrances. The plan is subject to change and the school is working with state officials.Plans call for the former ticket office and a store at one gate to be removed for 16 openings and 32 entrances, with additional staffing. Safety measures include distancing inside the 60,800-seat stadium and parking lots for tailgating, temperature checks and face coverings.Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to select seat location from physically distanced sets in priority point order. Priority points are awarded each year for season ticket holder longevity and donations to the Cardinal Athletic Fund. Louisville opens on Sept. 12 against Western Kentucky in its lone non-conference game before a 10-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.___ Bundesliga team Schalke has reported a positive case of the coronavirus in an unidentified member of staff at its training camp in Austria.“The affected person is currently self-isolating after the test result. Contact tracing is already underway,” the club says on its website. Schalke was due to play Würzburger Kickers in a friendly game later Monday but that has been called off as the club conducts further tests. Team doctor Patrick Ingelfinger is liaising with local authorities on what the club should do next. “We will do everything we are told to do by the authorities. The health and safety of everyone involved is the most important thing,” sports director Jochen Schneider said. In a statement, the team said that “for the time being, it is in the best interest of the general public and our organization that fans not attend games.”The Ravens said they will continue to work with health officials about finding a way to eventually make the stadium safe for fans during home games.___Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt says on social media he is awaiting the result of a coronavirus test and is quarantining himself as a precaution.The 34-year-old retired sprinter who won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the last three Olympics posted a video Monday on his official Instagram account to explain the situation. August 24, 2020 ___Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support. The board of directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has voted unanimously to reschedule this winter’s two Era Committee elections because of concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark says the Era Committee process requires in-person dialogue involving the members of the 16-person voting committee. In view of those concerns, she said the board decided that the Golden Days Committee and the Early Days Committee will instead meet during the winter of 2021.The Golden Days Era Committee considers Hall of Fame candidates whose primary contributions to the game came from 1950 to 1969, and the Early Baseball Era Committee considers candidates whose primary contributions came prior to 1950. Each committee will consider a ballot of 10 candidates compiled by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Historical Overview Committee, and those candidates will be announced in autumn 2021. Both committees will consider the ballots later that year and anybody elected will be enshrined in 2022.___Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney and men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell are among 15 members of the school’s athletic department taking a voluntary 10% salary cut as a way to offset expected losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. A former speaker of the Nebraska Legislature, Flood asked the conference to produce documents relating to voting by the university presidents as well as meeting minutes and audio and video recordings and transcripts of meetings where votes were cast. He also asked for copies of studies, scientific data and medical information or advice considered by the presidents.Flood threatened to file a federal lawsuit if he didn’t receive the requested material.___Iowa’s athletic department is working to secure a $75 million loan to cushion the blow of losing a projected $100 million in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Gary Barta said the Hawkeyes had built a strong financial foundation before the coronavirus forced cancellation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and led to the Big Ten’s postponement of football until after Jan. 1. Now the athletic department faces a $60-$75 million deficit. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Carolina State has paused all athletics activities due to a coronavirus cluster within its programs. Attendance for the first two games in West Point, New York, is expected to be limited to the Corps of Cadets and exclude the general public.Decisions on fan attendance for the remaining home games at Michie Stadium will be decided later.The Black Knights will open the season Sept. 5 at home against Middle Tennessee State. The rest of the home slate includes Louisiana-Monroe, BYU, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, Mercer, Air Force and Georgia Southern.Road games are at UTSA, Tulane and Philadelphia for the 121st Army-Navy matchup.___ Iowa announced initial budget reductions in July, and after the Big Ten pulled the plug on fall football earlier this month the Hawkeyes announced Friday they would drop men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Barta said there are no plans to eliminate other sports and figures it will take about 15 years for the athletic department to pay off the loan. He said he had a “guestimate” for how much money Iowa could bring in from post-Jan. 1 football, but he declined to disclose the figure.___The Baltimore Ravens won’t have any fans at home games for the first part of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team had outlined a plan to accommodate a crowd of 7,500, but decided against it “based on the recommendations of public health experts.” The university also announced Monday a furlough program for affected employees starting Sept. 1 through the end of the year. Clemson said about half of its full-time employees will be impacted by the cost-saving measures. University President Jim Clements is also subject to the 10% voluntary salary reduction.___An attorney representing the families of 11 Nebraska football players says Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has not responded to a letter seeking documents and other material outlining specifics of how the conference decided to not play football in the fall.Mike Flood said in a statement that his “clients believe that transparency in decision making is not too much to ask when the health of student athletes, their future opportunities and the very survival of men’s and women’s sporting programs are at stake.” Stefanski did not disclose how many false positives affected the Browns. He said 12 more players need to be cleared before they can practice Monday.The 38-year-old coach praised the Browns for the way they handled “a fire drill” with their virus protocols.— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___Army has finalized its football schedule and the Black Knights will play 11 games, eight at home. Navy and Air Force remain on the schedule. “Good morning everybody. Just waking up. Like everybody, checked social media and saw that social media says I’m confirmed of COVID-19,” he said. “I did a test Saturday, because I work. I’m trying to be responsible, so I’m going to stay in and stay here for my friends.”Bolt added he has no symptoms.“Just to be safe, I’ll quarantine myself and just take it easy,” he said.Bolt set the world records in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2009 world championships in Berlin. He retired after worlds in 2017.___ Associated Press Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was one of the numerous COVID-19 false positive tests reported Sunday by the NFL’s lab partner.Stefanski was at home with his wife and three children when he got word that he may have the virus.“It wasn’t fun,” Stefanski said on a Zoom call. “I can laugh about it now, but truly it wasn’t fun to have that phone call very early in the morning and not get news that it was potentially an error until later.”Stefanski said he immediately left his house as not to put his family in any more danger. He went to a condominium near the team’s facility where he stayed before moving his family to Ohio from Minnesota in the offseason. He spent the previous 13 seasons on the Vikings’ staff.It took four hours before Stefanski learned he was negative. He was not able to coach on Sunday, when the Browns initially called off their workout before holding it when they learned of the flawed lab results. Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

first_imgThe USC Auto Club held its second annual auto show on Sunday along Trousdale Parkway featuring 61 cars ranging manufactured between 1965 and 2015.The event attracted hundreds of people throughout the day.The event was planned over the course of six months and was held in conjunction with Reach Out Worldwide, a disaster-relief charity created by late actor Paul Walker. The event also served as an act of remembrance for Auto Club member Wing Hay Tang and Matt Edmondson, who both passed away this year. The event was sponsored by Fiat, Motor Village of Los Angeles and Pep Boys.“It’s insane; this show is 10 times better than last year’s,” said Gerilynn Eierman, president of USC Auto Club. “We have more cars, more variety and there’s a better turnout. I never thought it would be this big. It’s been a really rewarding experience.”Club members worked with several university organizations to put on the show, including the Dept. of Public Safety and USC hospitality. The event featured cars from America and Germany to Japan and Italy, including an original and extremely rare, full-competition Shelby Cobra.“It raced in England and the United States and set track records in New Hampshire and West Virginia in the late ’60s,” said owner of the Shelby Cobra, Anthony Boosalis. “I saw my first Cobra about 25 years ago and fell in love with the styling. Eleven years ago, I met the president of a local Cobra club and he helped me find one. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have my car here on the Trojan campus.”Jason Perls Miller, a graduate student at the Leventhal School of Accounting, also featured his 1970 Ford Mustang convertible, the lowest produced convertible ever made by the manufacturer.“My mom got the Mustang in 1971 with about 1500 miles on it, and it’s been in the family ever since,” he said. “In 2009, I restored it. It’s going to take a lot for me to sell it — too many memories.”The club was founded in 2012 by Aaron Bajor, a junior majoring in business administration. Made up of only a few students in its beginning stages, the club’s membership has grown to 575 students and alumni.“When I came to USC, since it’s in L.A., which is the car culture of the West Coast, I was really disappointed to see that there wasn’t a community for that,” Bajor said. “I wanted to create an organization in the community that would bring together car enthusiasts and have some outlet for us to come together on a casual, recreational basis. At the end of the day, it’s about having a family.”The club holds open-door meetings for its executive board every other week, where they discuss potential events and activities. They also watch an episode of the show Top Gear every week and go out to dinner afterward. There is also a Facebook group where members make posts about anything from car recommendations to questions about repairs.“We’ll have events with guest speakers from the auto industry, we’ve gotten people internships, we go to car shows, we might go to the race track,” Bajor said. “It’s really what people make out of it. I’m just glad to see how much it’s grown — it’s come a long way.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Daily Observer has learnt that Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, and his Technical Supervisor, Frankie Cassell, have been dismissed from their respective positions with immediate effect. According to LWSC’s Public Relations officer, Wilmot Dweh, the Corporation’s Board of Directors headed by Kimmie Weeks has already approved of the two dismissals and at the same time are investigating reports of financial impropriety at the LWSC. Mr. Dweh would not elaborate. The Daily Observer is yet to obtain further details of Messrs Allen and Cassell’s dismissals, but recently Mr. Allen told reporters that the corporation was unable to establish how much work would be required by LWSC to restore water supply to affected areas in Johnsonville.Mr. Allen said that since the situation was reported to his office, the management had not been able to pump pipe borne water into Monrovia.He said the corporation has contacted the World Bank for financial support to construct water reservoirs in Monrovia.Mr. Allen said had that project been implemented sooner, the breakdown would not have caused such a significant effect.Meanwhile, despite assurances that the LWSC would repair the damaged facility on Pipeline Road in about two weeks’ time, the situation worsened with the water pouring from the broken pipe creating a huge crater (hole) which has become a serious hazard to vehicles and commuters. The situation, according to our reporter who toured the area over the weekend, has caused the few vehicles using the route to divert due to the deplorable road condition, now exacerbated (made worse) by the breakdown of the Pipeline Road waterline. Residents there and those in central Monrovia that depend on pipe borne water from the area have gone for days without receiving safe drinking water. Community residents and some customers of the LWSC have expressed concern about the delay in the completion of the repair work. Some of them told the Daily Observer that the project had been abandoned by the LWSC Management “because the road condition has remained a death trap for over two weeks.” A fortnight ago, LWSC Management admitted to a major breakdown of its water supply line in Johnsonville, which they said occurred as a result of the deplorable road condition. Up to press time last night, engineers from the water agency were yet to detect the extent of the damage as they were seen during odd hours on Saturday night apparently trying to restore the damaged facility, but to no avail. According to the residents, including a leader, Mr. T. Emmanuel Cole, they could not comprehend why the project is not treated as a priority by the LWSC management. But the LWSC said the damage is so severe that it has now cut off the water supply line to greater Monrovia, which has impeded the free movement of residents in the area. As an emergency plan to address the current shortage of water, the LWSC management said in a recent interview with this newspaper that it had commenced trucking water into greater Monrovia. LWSC also acknowledged that as a result of the breakdown, many businesses have been affected.The Daily Observer reporter who visited the affected area on Saturday and yesterday afternoon saw a crew of boys, who claimed to be engineers, doing the “repair work.” They told the Daily Observer reporter, who wanted to interview them, to be grateful to God that motorbikes were transporting residents of the area and that they were also there at least to restore the damaged facility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more