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William Saliba sends emotional farewell message to Saint-Etienne before joining Arsenal

first_img Read More William Saliba will join up with Mikel Arteta’s squad imminently (Picture: Getty)William Saliba has promised his adoring Saint-Etienne fans that his ‘heart will always be green’ as he prepares to finally embark on his Arsenal career.The teenage centre-half signed for the Gunners last season but was loaned back to his boyhood club for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign. Saliba had hoped to make one final appearance for Les Vert’s in next weekend’s French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain but a compromise between the two clubs could not be reached.Saint-Etienne claimed Arsenal had been guilty of ‘imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions’ but the Gunners responded with a strongly worded statement of their own, claiming the Ligue 1 club had been unwilling to let Saliba follow a specially designed fitness programme. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jul 2020 9:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.4kShares Skip Ad by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED About Connatix V67539 / Read More PLAY Advertisement Coming Next 1/1 1 min. story Skip William Saliba sends emotional farewell message to Saint-Etienne before joining Arsenal Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Read More Top articles Either way, Saliba is understood to have been left hugely frustated with a decision which has prevented him from competing in what would have been the biggest match of his fledgling career. Bidding farewell to the club at which he has earned a reputation as one of the most highly-rated young defenders in European football, he wrote: ‘It is time for me to say goodbye to you with great emotion and sadness, and above all to thank you, the Greens, for all these wonderful years that I spent from my arrival at the training center to the professional world.‘I want to thank all the coaches that I have had, who have made me progress and grow as a player and as a man. I would also like to thank all the club staff who work for our well-being on a daily basis.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‘And of course I thank from the bottom of my heart all the wonderful supporters who have always believed in me. ‘Finally, I would like to thank all my teammates with whom I was able to learn and share wonderful moments. I’m going to miss this beautiful cauldron that I’m not about to forget. Saint-Etienne is my city and I will always have a Green Heart.’MORE: Saint-Etienne confirm Arsenal’s William Saliba won’t play in French Cup finalMORE: Mikel Arteta reacts to rumours Arsenal have done U-turn over William Saliba’s participation in the Coupe de France finalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire last_img read more

Four-year doping ban for Olympic women’s steeple champion Jebet

first_img Read Also: Tennis: Federer, Nadal play to record crowd in Cape Town After winning gold in Rio in 2016, she went on to set a new world record in the Paris Diamond League meet of 8min 52sec 78sec, a mark since smashed by Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech (8:44.32) in July 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet has been banned for four years after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced Wednesday. Ruth Jebet won Olympic gold in Rio Hit with a provisional ban in 2018 after a positive test on December 1 2017, the Kenyan-born Bahraini has the right to appeal the four-year suspension. As it stands the 23-year-old will not be able to defend her title at the July 24-August 9 Olympics in Tokyo.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Rodin dominates Sanders Modified Tour for first career victory at Red River Valley

first_imgRed River Valley Speedway winner Lucas Rodin (left) stands in victory lane with the Todd Sand­ers Family and runner-up Austin Arneson. (Photo by Steven Olson)By Mike SpiekerWEST FARGO, N.D. (Aug. 18) – A stout field of 40 IMCA Modifieds were checked in Friday for night two of the Sanders Modified Challenge Tour at Red River Valley Speedway. In a dominating per­formance, Lucas Rodin captured the checkered flag for his first career win at the semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval.“I just had to hold it to the floor pretty much the whole way around just to get the car to turn,” said Rodin from victory Lane. “I tried to stay around the bottom and it worked out for us.”Rodin grabbed the lead on lap one from the third starting position as Dale Kraling, Dave Shipley and Trent Grager battled for second.He steadily distanced himself from the field as the race advanced and was able to efficiently slice his way through heavy lapped traffic.The only thing that could slow Rodin was the caution flag, which flew with five laps remaining. Kraling and Shipley lined up on the leader’s rear bumper for the ensuing restart.As the race resumed, 13th starting Austin Arneson was the man on the move as he worked his way from fifth to second. Arneson had five car lengths between himself and Rodin with two to go, but he was never able to reel him in.Rodin drove two flawless circuits as he cruised to the win over Arneson, Kraling, Shipley and Troy Heu­pel.Jesse Skalicky collected his second Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win in as many nights andEric Harpole picked up the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory.Feature results – 1. Lucas Rodin; 2. Austin Arneson; 3. Dale Kraling; 4. Dave Shipley; 5. Troy Heupel; 6. Rob VanMil; 7. Michael Johnson; 8. Cody Peterson; 9. Tyler Peterson; 10. Marcus Tomlin­son; 11. Josh Eberhardt; 12. Trent Grager; 13. Lance Schilling; 14. Josh Beaulieu; 15. Jus­tin Jones; 16. Luke Schilling; 17. Rich Pavlicek; 18. Cale Arneson; 19. Tailin Tommerdahl; 20. Greg Friestad; 21. Bryce Bjerken; 22. Darren Pfau; 23. Dev Malmlov; 24. Michael Greseth.last_img read more


first_imgGreensburg, IN – UPDATE: The issue has been resolved, the area is back open to traffic, and the police have a man in custody.—A first responder tells WRBI News that the public should avoid the 200-block of North East Street in Greensburg, where there is reportedly an armed man barricaded in a home.last_img

Mata ‘happy’ at Chelsea

first_img The Spain international, 25, was named as Chelsea’s player of the year last season but has fallen out of favour with the returning Jose Mourinho, playing just 65 minutes of competitive football under the Portuguese boss so far this campaign. But despite links to Paris St-Germain and Arsenal as the transfer window drew to a close on Monday evening, Mata remains a Chelsea player and the former Valencia man intends on keeping it that way. “I think it’s normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours but I’m happy here,” he told Chelsea TV. “It’s been a very, very good two seasons for me here, maybe the best of my career, and what I want this season is the same. “I’m looking forward to achieving as many trophies as we did the last two seasons and hopefully this is going to be a good season for us again.” The signings of Marco van Ginkel, Andre Schurrle and Willian, with Kevin De Bruyne also returning to the club after a spell out on loan, have given Mourinho plenty of options in attacking positions, but Mata is seemingly willing to fight for a place in the side. Chelsea winger Juan Mata has no plans to move away from Stamford Bridge despite widespread speculation about his Blues future during the recent transfer window.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Color Run raises nearly $10,000

first_img Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Bio ELLSWORTH — Almost 200 runners participated in the Ellsworth Public Library’s Rainbow Readers Race on Sunday. The color run raised almost $10,000 for the library’s building and renovation fund. Latest posts by (see all)center_img Latest Posts Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Team Coco’s John edges Hicks to win GCF’s 70-miler

first_imgTEAM Coco’s Jamal John edged Team United’s Andrew Hicks across the finish line to win the Guyana Cycling Federation’s (GCF) 70-mile points race last Sunday.John’s time for the event attracted a mere 18 starters outside the Ocean View International Hotel, East Coast Demerara. The cyclists proceeded to Mahaicony before turning back to finish at the same location. John’s time was two hours 37 minutes 10 seconds.This was John’s second win in as many starts for the GCF’s 2017 season. His first was last month when he won a 75-miler in three hours 20 minutes 23 seconds. That event started on Homestretch Avenue in Georgetown, proceeded to Loo Creek on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway before turning back to finish at the place of origin.With the two victories to his name, John heads the points table with 30 points.Hicks earned 12 points for finishing second on Sunday and his teammate Raphael Leung placed third for 10 points.According to the GCF, the points accumulated will play a major role in the selection of local cyclists to represent Guyana at Regional and International levels when the time arises for such selection process.Veteran cyclist Junior Niles continued his fine form but had to settle for fourth place in the 70-mile race.The other top six places were occupied by Briton John, Leer Nunes, Dwayne Gibbs Jr, Jason Cameron, Eric Sankar and Everal Mundy respectively.last_img read more

Badgers struggle in home tourney

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe No. 52 Wisconsin women’s tennis team played some 27 separate matches from Thursday through Saturday, contesting 21 points and facing three different schools. The Badgers emerged victorious from only two of those matches — both coming during Thursday competition with the University of Miami — snagging as many points on the weekend and falling to all three schools. Still, with those grim results coming in competition against No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Georgia Tech and the No. 9 Hurricanes, the team considers the brutal competition to have provided valuable experience, yielding results perhaps more promising than the statistics would leave one to believe. “You look at it, and it looks like we got killed … but it could have gone either way in a lot of matches,” Badger ace No. 32 Caitlin Burke said.The squad’s only two points on the weekend frame came thanks to Kaylan Caiati and Chelsea Nusslock lifting 7-4, 4-6, 1-0(9) and 6-3, 4-6, 4-1 (ret.) victories off of the Hurricanes’ Patricia Starzyk and Audrey Banada, respectively. Caiati’s victory, noted for protracted back and forth points highlighted by a theme of notable deliberation, clocked in as the team’s longest individual effort on the weekend frame. Despite getting blanked 7-0, 7-0 by the Yellow Jackets and Commodores on Friday and Saturday, the defeated Badger squad felt a general tone of maturation as the USTA/ITA National Indoor Tournament drew to a close.”We’re a better team today than we were Thursday,” head coach Patti Henderson said after Saturday play. “We’re going to be a better team.”Though the Wisconsin ensemble did not manage a doubles victory during the three matches, the top pairing of Burke and freshman Liz Carpenter came notably close against Vanderbilt. After dropping the first game of the eight-game pro-set, the Badger duo rallied to break Maggie Yahner’s serve as she double faulted in the second deuce, giving Wisconsin its first advantage, and Burke and Carpenter capitalized.Carpenter then held, bringing Wisconsin to a 2-1 lead early in the affair. The Commodores next claimed five consecutive games, though four of them went to deuce, breaking each Badger while both Yahner and Amanda Taylor held service (though Yahner did get called for a rare foot fault at the baseline). But Wisconsin reciprocated in kind, stealing the next three games as Yahner was broken once again and both Badgers held. With Vanderbilt now enjoying a 6-5 lead, Taylor, Burke and Yahner each held their final serves, giving the Commodores an 8-6 victory. “Liz and I have improved a lot since we have been playing together this season,” Burke said. The USTA/ITA National Indoor Tournament, which was being held in Madison for the 19th-straight year, was ultimately claimed by top-seeded Stanford on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal knocked off Texas 4-0, completing a clean sweep of the four-day affair during which Stanford never ceded a single match.last_img read more

Shafer explains decision to demote McDonald, promote Lester

first_img Published on October 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ On Monday morning, head coach Scott Shafer and the Syracuse football program announced that George McDonald was being demoted from his position as offensive coordinator to just coaching the wide receivers and that quarterbacks coach Tim Lester would take over as offensive coordinator.In his Tuesday teleconference, Shafer said he made the decision alone over time, not just in reaction to the Orange’s six-point performance against Louisville on Friday. He also talked about how McDonald took the move and briefly spoke to Lester’s role in the future.“It’s all-inclusive. Every decision you make is one that’s day-by-day and it wasn’t something that was preconceived a long time ago,” Shafer said of the thought process behind the coaching shakeup. “It was as simple as I felt like it was in our best interests to improve the team by making the move.”The SU offense had scored just three touchdowns in its last three games, all of which were losses. Against Louisville, the Orange gave up two safeties, including one on an audibled pitch from the shotgun to Adonis Ameen-Moore in the end zone.Shafer reiterated that he felt he had to both make the decision and move on from it as quickly as possible. He also said that McDonald’s willingness to take responsibility for the offense’s struggles and jump back into coaching at practice on Sunday helped.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“George for sure is one of the most unselfish people I’ve ever met and one of the most diligent, hard-working coaches I’ve ever worked with,” Shafer said, “and at the end of the day, I’m sure there’s the natural frustration of making the change and having to listen to my decisions.“But the thing that was great about George is how he just put his head down and went to work.”Syracuse hosts No. 1 Florida State at noon on Oct. 11 in the Carrier Dome. And while Lester will be calling the offensive plays on Saturday, Shafer would not elaborate on Lester’s role as the offensive coordinator much further into the future.“Well we’re going one game at a time right now, but I do have a ton of respect and confidence in him,” Shafer said. “He’s a talented offensive mind and I’m fortunate to have him here, that’s for sure.”Said Shafer, when asked how the offense would change under Lester: “You will find that out on Saturday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BSA, student governments present list of concerns over campus inequality, national unrest to USC administration

first_img“We have decided to no longer be silent as Black people across America continue to be lynched by those sworn to serve and protect,” the letter read. “We are asking that you, our fellow Trojans, join us and use your voices as well, because to be silent is to be complicit.” Hinton hopes that Black and non-Black members of the USC community take action out of necessity and that they want to help meaningfully change USC’s attitudes of support toward Black students. USC student leaders and administrators issued statements following nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd and ongoing incidents of police brutality and inequality throughout the country. The statements, released by President Carol Folt and USC’s Undergraduate and Graduate student governments, come after several students and campus organizations have called on University leadership to address ongoing concerns of racial injustice on and off campus. “I don’t want you to feel obligated to do it,” Hinton said. “I want you to want to do it because it’s the right thing to do and because you have the desire to make the world a better and more fair and more just place for everyone.” “If we’re going to buy into this narrative of the Trojan Family — and that’s going to be donations to the school and going to football games and attending homecoming and paying all this money to go [to USC] … you can take a second to donate $50 to Black Lives Matter or a bail fund,” Hinton said. “You can put yourself in front of a police officer if you see them about to attack a Black man. You can stop when you see someone getting pulled over and make sure that they make it out OK. These are small acts you can do to support your own family.” Concerns over campus and neighborhood policing also persist at USC. In 2015, actress Taraji Henson alleged her son was racially profiled during an allegedly illegal stop and search by DPS officers near campus. In April 2013, StreetsBlogLA reported on new security measures at USC intensifying the racial profiling of low-income youth of color in the neighborhood. Six years later, StreetsBlogLA reported that the handcuffing of a Black cyclist by DPS raised concerns over the department’s tactics and accountability.  “We are in a very unique position in the country right now where we have the world’s attention, and everyone’s at home, everyone’s watching TV, on Twitter, on Facebook because there is nowhere else to go, there’s nothing else to do,” Hinton said. “That also means we believe we have the chance to talk to the administration.”  “Something so small as changing VKC, which people have been asking for for years — it’s time for them to do that,” Hinton said. “What do you gain from having a eugencist’s name on your building? How are you okay with all of your marginalized students feeling uncomfortable walking past because that’s not just Black students, that’s Jewish students, that’s LGBTQ students, that’s anyone who has been marginalized in any way.” “USC does a poor job altogether at fostering a positive and representative environment for black talent and intelligence,” the petition read. “So the institution, like almost every other in high education, is inherently complicit in the system of anti-blackness that disenfranchises Americans across the country.” “South LA is 30% Black, Los Angeles is almost 10% Black, and as of this fall, USC is a mere 5.3% Black,” the petition read. “It is well known that over half the Black students of USC are generally at a distance from the rest of the Black community as dedicated athletes; our beloved football team is over 40% black coached by a staff of 26 — of whom 4 coaches are Black leadership.” These responses come one week after Floyd was killed in police custody in Minneapolis when an officer choked him for more than eight minutes. Protests organized in Los Angeles attracted thousands and were among several protests throughout the country. Organizers have also called for justice in the nationally-recognized cases of Taylor, Arbery and Tony McDade. “We were basically talking to each other through a Google doc because Calvin lost his voice protesting all day,” Hinton said. “It is a very different situation for us because we have to deal with our own personal emotions and attachments to it and try and find the best way to rally the non-Black community while supporting the Black community.” The Black Student Assembly has also released a letter, outlining actions it will be taking in the wake of these events. According to the letter, BSA will host community conversations for Black Trojans to discuss and organize, hold educational sessions for allies, work with the Department of Public Safety to facilitate open dialogue and increase fundraising efforts for protestors’ bail funds. The letter was signed by USG President Truman Fritz, USG Vice President Rose Ritch, GSG President Melisa Osborne and GSG Vice President Sam Garza on behalf of both student governments. Both bodies also linked resources for students interested in showing support by donating to causes or influencing policy decisions.  “Many of you have told me that you are feeling sad, angry, desperate and despairing as you face such grave injustices and the escalation of tensions, and you are trying to find a way forward,” Folt wrote in a letter to the community Sunday. “It weighs heavily on all of us. But we are Trojans, united as a university dedicated to the fundamental principles of equality and inclusion, education, and discovery for the good of humanity. We can make a positive difference, as we have for more than 100 years.” “Members of our Trojan Family are under attack and have been for years,” the letter read. “Black people across the country risk their lives every time we leave our homes.” The Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment also released a statement from Executive Director Alexia Sambrano about the University and student government’s earlier silence on the issue. “We have started discussions with our student, faculty, staff, and alumni organizations, our civic leaders and our neighbors in the community,” Folt wrote. “We recognize the need for continued conversations around policing, and our chief of the USC Department of Public Safety will be partnering with our campus and broader community to find collective answers to persistent inequities.” USG and GSG are partnering with the University of Minnesota to work on collaborative responses to these issues and said that USG’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council will meet periodically over the summer. USG has also updated its website with a comprehensive list of campus support and resources, including counseling, educational letters that can help students explain the Black Lives Matter movement to family, a crisis text line and anti-racism resources.  The petition launched Sunday also criticized campus media outlets, including the Daily Trojan and Annenberg Media, for their silence on the national protests. BSA Co-Director Jaya Hinton, a junior majoring in business administration, emphasized that statements from the administration and from student government were overdue. Hinton also described that BSA’s decision to release two statements — one to the Black community and one to the greater USC community — was critical for the organization. A petition launched prior to the release of Folt’s letter asked USC administrators and student leaders to “acknowledge the fight against anti-Blackness” and to send a message to the community regarding the University’s role in supporting Black students. Jephtha Prempeh, a 2020 graduate, authored the petition, which has amassed almost 3,000 signatures at the time of publication.  USG and GSG addressed the issue of silence in their letter, apologizing for their delayed response. The letter also listed concerns such as DPS’ relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department, the mistreatment of Black students and campus policing. USG and GSG also encourage students to support a recent petition from UCLA students calling on their university’s administration to adjust their fourth quarter final exams in the wake of the pandemic and recent outrage over police brutality. Hinton emphasizes that because of the pandemic, students now have the opportunity to vocalize their concerns and grab the attention of USC’s administration. She said DPS Chief John Thomas and various administrators reaching out to BSA means that students have the chance to create a dialogue. BSA’s message to Black students acknowledged the pain and grief that students are experiencing and outlined several resources students can seek in the wake of police killings and protests. Hinton said BSA members and her co-director, Calvin Carmichael, collaborated to write the statements.  Other student and cultural organizations such as the Helenes and Latinx Student Assembly, among others, apologized for their silence up until May 31 and pledged their support to the Black community.   “Although we are currently spread across the world, we recognize that our community directly surrounding USC is disproportionately affected by racial injustice,” the letter read. “Historically, our neighboring community has been home to subsequent protests against police brutality. For these reasons, and for the good of all those affected by the University on and off campus, we urge USC to support the surrounding community in their demonstrations and be an actor of tangible institutional change.” “They are two different messages because this requires two different hands,” Hinton said. “We didn’t pressure ourselves to release a statement immediately because as Black people we are processing, and that processing, in part, means that we can’t … convey our feelings or a group’s feelings. Because whether we are speaking for ourselves or speaking for BSA, people are always going to think that we are speaking for all Black people.” BSA, USG and GSG have called on USC to reexamine its policing practices. Folt addressed some of these concerns in her letter.  The letter also calls on the USC community to check in with affected students and teachers, take a stand against police brutality and racial inequality, participate in racial bias training facilitated by USG and BSA and actively promote an open environment where students feel comfortable filing reports against DPS officers who have profiled or mistreated them. The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs is also providing resources for students at this time. CBCSA is hosting a community forum June 3 to discuss racial inequality and recent events. USG and GSG leaders also pledged their support to Black students and Black student organizations in a letter sent to the community Monday.  “We will provide a safe space for Black Students, Staff, Faculty, and Allies to decompress and have some rich dialogue about Anti-Blackness and the many systemic issues that plague the Pan-African community in America,” an Instagram post by the center read.  “We stand in solidarity with the Black community and condemn the systemic racism that enables and perpetuates violence towards communities of color,” the letter read. “The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery were unacceptable abuses of power exhibited by the American justice system. Our hearts sink for the three of them, along with the endless list of Black Americans who fall victim to police brutality and institutionalized racism on a daily basis in this country.” “Those of us who are white or non-Black people of color have a responsibility to speak up and show up for the Black community,” Sambrano wrote. “We have all, in some ways, benefitted from the disenfranchisement and oppression of Black people. Speaking out is a bare minimum.” Hinton hopes that students can rally to give to causes that impact marginalized students and facilitate a meaningful dialogue to enact change on campus. Another concern students and student organizations have called on USC to remedy is the renaming of the Von KleinSmid Center. The building — named after USC’s fifth president, Rufus Von KleinSmid — has a controversial legacy. Von KleinSmid was a known eugenecist. Shaylee Navarro contributed to this report.last_img read more