Arsenal star Bukayo Saka feels he’s earned trust of Unai Emery in Alexandre Lacazette’s absence

first_imgArsenal take on Sheffield United on Monday night (Picture: Getty)‘Do I feel established in the first team? I don’t know yet, I just try to work hard, give my all and put in a good performance.‘Hopefully after I’ve put in that performance I can build on it. If the boss trusts me to play I’ll always do my best.’Arsenal travel to Sheffield aiming to reclaim third spot in the Premier League after Chelsea and Leicester City leapfrogged them over the weekend.Should Lacazette go straight back into Arsenal’s side?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Saka has been given more playing time with Lacazette injured (Picture: Getty)Bukayo Saka is hopeful he will remain in the Arsenal starting eleven after the return of Alexandre Lacazette.The Arsenal striker is in line to make his injury comeback against Sheffield United on Monday night.Saka, 18, has been playing at left wing in Lacazette’s absence and the young attacker thinks he has earned the trust of Unai Emery.‘It’s always good to have all our best players available, all of us competing makes us push to play better and better,’ Saka told football.london.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal star Bukayo Saka feels he’s earned trust of Unai Emery in Alexandre Lacazette’s absence Coral BarryMonday 21 Oct 2019 10:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisement Lacazette’s imminent return may push Saka out of the team (Picture: Getty)‘If one player is injured then others get an opportunity but I want everyone to come back and do the best for Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The boss knows what I can do, what the other players can do. Different games require different players, but I feel like I’ve shown the boss he can trust me.‘Whatever game he puts me in I’ll always give it my all.’More: 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‘The boss has really trusted me and put a lot of faith in me,’ he continued.‘I just try to work hard in training every day, he has given me the opportunity to work in this team.‘I’ve learned so much from the other players and it’s showing on the pitch.last_img read more

Austrian roundup: VBV, Valida Consulting

first_imgAustria’s €2bn Vorsorgekasse VBV has announced plans to reform its fee structure from next year, rewarding people who leave their money in the system for a longer period.Under the new structure, members will pay 1.9% in fees for the first five years, 1.4% after that and, from the tenth year onwards, 1%.“This is the legal minimum for fees in Vorsorgekassen,” VBV said.One of VBV’s competitors, the €1.45bn Valida Plus Vorsorgekasse, told IPE it would lower its own fees from 1.9% to 1.5% from January 2017 for all members – regardless of how long they have been contributing to the Vorsorgekasse. Since the implementation of these severance pay funds in 2003, Austrian companies have been required to make contributions for each employee amounting to 3.5% of salary.Employees can then take the money out after three years with the company.Because the system is not officially designed as retirement provision, many people do take out the money or leave it dispersed over various Vorsorgekassen after changing jobs.To date, the 10 Vorsorgekassen on the market have collected more than €6.5bn in assets.But, in order to gain new assets, the funds must convince companies to change providers.Last year, Valida Plus managed to gain the major Austrian retailer Spar, with 22,000 employees, as a new client.In other news, Valida Consulting has taken on the administration of the supplementary pension plan of Austrian Public Accountants (Wirtschaftstreuhänder).The pension plan of undisclosed size, to which all members of the Chamber have to make contributions, had re-tendered the administration mandate.The previous admin company was Concisa , a subsidiary of the Bonus Pensionskasse.last_img read more

Spanish prosecutors drag Ancelotti to court over tax fraud

first_imgSpanish prosecutors announced on Monday that they had filed a tax fraud suit against Carlo Ancelotti, accusing the former Real Madrid coach of having hidden a seven-figure sum from the country’s tax authorities. Ancelotti is accused of hiding over one million euros of secondary earnings from the Spanish tax authorities Prosecutors said the suit had been filed against Ancelotti, the current Everton manager, for two alleged incidences of tax fraud in 2014 and 2015 totalling 1.062 million euros ($1.19 million). In order for a prosecution to go ahead a judge will have to accept the case before eventually summoning Ancelotti, who won the 2014 Champions League and Club World Cup for Real in his two seasons in the Spanish capital. According to prosecutors Ancelotti declared his salary earnings from his time at Real but not “earnings from image rights, as well as those deriving from his relationship with the club and related contracts from other brands”. Prosecutors also claim that he did so in order to “avoid his obligations with the public treasury”, accusing him of relying on a “complex network of shell companies” in an attempt to hide the identity of the beneficiary of those earnings from the tax authorities. Loading… In recent years Spain has pursued some of the country’s biggest football stars, including Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, formerly of Real Madrid. Messi paid a two-million-euro fine in 2016 in his own tax wrangle and received a 21-month jail term. Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona boss Setien questions use of VAR Last year Ronaldo, now at Italian side Juventus, was handed a suspended two-year prison sentence for committing tax fraud while he was in Madrid. The Portugal forward also agreed to pay 18.8 million euros in fines and back taxes to settle the case, according to judicial sources. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Indian Cricket Team Invests In Monitoring Player Load Management For The World Cup

first_imgMumbai: The Indian cricket team management has invested in a player load management system to help enhance their performance ahead of the World Cup. “The BCCI has enlisted the help of GPS performance tracking and analysis to make sure Ravi Shastri’s squad is in peak physical condition ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the end of May,” a statement said. “A deal has been struck with STATSports.The UK-based sports tech company are global leaders in the industry with a renowned client list which includes the national soccer teams of Brazil, England, Germany, Portugal & clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and many more,” the statement read. The high-resolution units are worn in a baselayer vest and sit in a fitted pocket between the shoulder blades. They measure hundreds of physical metrics including distance, speed, acceleration, deceleration, high-speed running, and dynamic stress load.And, vitally, allow the fitness team to carefully manage players’ workloads, and injury rehabilitation programs. Pathan, who has got over 100 Test wickets to his name, has not featured in the Indian team since a T20I against South Africa in 2012. He has also not been a part of the Indian Premier League over the past two seasons. He managed just one game for the Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017 and before that, he was part of the Gujarat Lions and played four times in the 2016 season. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney.Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “exploratory,” and that the site would be used for practices and housing as well.The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a 255-acre campus with multiple arenas that could host games simultaneously and has been home to, among other things, the Jr. NBA World Championship in recent years. ESPN is primarily owned by Disney, one of the NBA’s broadcast partners.Space won’t be an issue, even if Major League Soccer — which is also in talks to resume its season at Disney — is there at the same time as the NBA. The entire Disney complex is roughly 40 square miles, with nearly 24,000 hotel rooms owned or operated by Disney within the campus.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Associated Press May 23, 2020 Update on the latest sportscenter_img — The NHL Players Association has accepted a proposal on a 24-team playoff format, but there are other items to discuss in the league’s bid to resume play. Those questions include potential game locations, when players can return to their respective teams and what non-playoff teams will be allowed to do during what could potentially become a 10-month break between games. Under the plan proposed by the NHL/NHLPA Return To Play committee, the top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding. The remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup. The proposal will now go to the NHL board of governors. If approved, it would effectively end the season of the league’s bottom seven teams.— Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital. The Hall of Fame player and former New York Knicks center says the virus is serious and should not be taken lightly, adding that he wanted to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of themselves and their loved ones. Ewing also thanked the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. The school said the 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of its men’s program who has contracted the coronavirus.— Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that the soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume June 8. It’s not clear when the first games will be held. The top tier, La Liga, has said it wants to resume play on June 12. There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.— Around 13,000 cardboard cutouts helped fill the stands at a key soccer match in Germany Saturday. Fans took pictures at home and paid for a cardboard cutout to be placed in the stands at the Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) game in Dusseldorf, which could help decide Champions League qualification. The effort didn’t help the home team much. Bayer Leverkusen beat host Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1.— The World of Outlaws raced in front of live fans for the first time in months at a Sprint Car event in Missouri Friday night. Brad Sweet edged his brother-in-law Kyle Larson, who is back racing dirt cars after losing his Cup ride over a racial slur. In qualifying for the 30-lap feature at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway, Larson became the first Sprint Car driver to break the 10-second barrier at the one-third mile, high-banked oval with a lap of 9.995 seconds. The Outlaws returned last week in Iowa at Knoxville Raceway for a race run without fans.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA talking with Disney about resuming seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July. It’s the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Bringing the Curtain Down at West Brom

first_imgWhen Victor Anichebe was excluded from the 23-man list for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by, Lars Lagerback many cried foul over the exclusion of the one-time Everton striker on the pretext that he was nursing an injury, which his club coach denied. And by the next Mundial in Rio four years later, his wish to don the colours of the national team did not attract sympathy from fans; even as spate of injuries denied him of regular shirt in his club. It therefore came as little surprise when Anichebe on Mondayannounced his departure from West Bromwich Albion. In this report Kunle Adewale writes on next move for the former Nigerian internationals.Victor Anichebe on Monday announced he would be leaving West Bromwich Albion when his contract expires next month. He wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to all the WBAFC official fans  for the support during my time at the club! I wish you all the best for the future.” The 28-year-old signed from Everton in September 2013, played 63 times for West Brom, scoring nine goals. He started just three Premier League games this season and failed to score a single goal after appearing in 14 matches in all competitions.A former Nigerian international, Paul Okoku, said he was not surprised by the decision of Anichebe to exit West Brom.“Anichebe had all the potentials to be a great player but injury never allowed him. If you look at the way he started, if not for persistent injury, he would have been one of the top players in world football today. Any other player would have bowed out long ago, but not Anichebe. He is a fighter and really gave it a real fight. But what one can one do when a nagging injury would not allow you to play?“Anybody that has been following his career would not be really surprised by his decision to go as a free agent. He hadn’t had time to play this season. It is a shame that injury did not allow him to do what he knows how to do best. Maybe the Super Eagles would have fared better in their last two World Cup with a fully fit Anichebe in their fold,” the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations silver winner told Global Soccer.The striker, who departs as a free agent, has struggled to hold down a place under Tony Pulis and started only three Premier League games this season. His uninterested demeanour and despondent body language has often been more telling than his contributions to the team.He was the star of the show in the 1-0 win over Newcastle in December, on what was his first Premier League start of the season. But he was a pale imitation of that player and virtually anonymous in the 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park less than two months later. Anichebe was equally as lethargic during cameos from the bench at Southampton and more recently at Sunderland. His last appearance in Albion stripes was in the 1-0 defeat at home to Watford on April 16.Much was expected when Steve Clarke signed him for a fee reportedly rising to £6 million in September 2013. But the former Everton trainee endured a slow start to his career at the Hawthorns and did not score in his first eight games.The powerful forward hit a purple patch midway through the campaign, scoring three goals in seven games. He never kicked on and ended the season without a goal in his last nine matches.In the summer of 2014, Anichebe underwent surgery for a persistent groin injury that would hamper him during the 2014/15 campaign. The injury flared up in December 2014, but he shrugged it off and appeared to enjoy a new lease of life when Pulis was appointed as Alan Irvine’s successor and scored in the 7-0 FA Cup hammering of Gateshead in January 2015, in what was Pulis’ first game in full control of the team.Anichebe bagged a brace later that month in the 2-1 cup win at local rivals Birmingham City in what was arguably the pinnacle of his Albion career.Pulis picked him on a regular basis and used him as a substitute in the first game of the 2015/16 season. But the Welshman was not enamoured with Anichebe’s overall fitness as evidenced in his exile from the team.Big Vic was not seen again until late September when he started the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich as a holding midfielder. Another three months elapsed before Anichebe, capped 11 times by his country, returned to the pitch against Newcastle.A flurry of substitute appearances materialised early in 2016, but Anichebe did little to rescue his career or earn a new contract.Popular with his teammates if not the fans, Anichebe leaves having scored nine goals in 63 games.Before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, former national team coach, Stephen Keshi, was toying with the idea of persuading Anichebe to end his international exile and the former Everton man was then not ruling out a comeback for the finals in Brazil.“Right now I’m playing well, feeling fit, strong and helping my team in the situation we are currently in at the moment. If I continue to play well from now to the end of the season then we can take it from there. I’m grateful the coach says he is willing to give me a chance, but I think everybody in Nigeria and around the world knows what I can do. Yes, the World Cup only comes once every four years and it could be my last opportunity – this is something I’m aware of but I haven’t spoken to anybody,” Anichebe has said.In his last appearance for the Super Eagles, a 2-0 win over Madagascar in 2011, he suffered a groin problem. Since then he opted to concentrate on securing regular first-team football at club level. That decision led to criticisms from some Nigerian supporters but Anichebe rejected suggestions that he did not care about his country.“I believe I have some good fans in Nigeria that understood and respected my decision to concentrate on getting fit. Some players would have just joined the team, not in great condition but for personal gains. I see the bigger picture in things and it’s worked for me. Nigeria also won the Nations Cup in 2013 and we got to discover other talents that we may not have got the chance to see.“So any ‘fan’ that sees me as unpatriotic is just being unfair because if you check the meaning of patriotism it’s the love and devotion you show for your country and I love Nigeria. I grew up in England but only see myself as a Nigerian and my long-term objective is a lot bigger than this because I hope to give back to my country.“Football has given me a great platform but my aim is to help young people in Nigeria, so to say I’m not patriotic is ludicrous,” he said.Anichebe is also keen to make it clear he did not withdraw from international duty because he failed to make the World Cup squad four years earlier.“I must commend the players that got Nigeria to this year’s World Cup because I did the same thing a few years ago.But then I played a friendly game and got man of the match in nearly every newspaper in Nigeria yet I still didn’t go to South Africa, which was a shame and a great disappointment. But I held no grudges and still returned to play for Nigeria before I suffered an injury. What happened in 2010 showed that some decisions obviously have no logic but that’s life at times.“The break has helped me to stay fit and enabled Nigeria the chance to discover other players,” the player cited.Born in Lagos, Anichebe was raised in Liverpool. He made his Nigeria debut in 2008 after switching allegiance from England but missed out on selection for the 2010 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

WATCH: Jim Brown talks Dino Babers, Syracuse football, Colin Kaepernick

first_imgSyracuse football and lacrosse legend Jim Brown praised Dino Babers and Syracuse football at his press conference Saturday morning, following his receiving of the 2016 Arents Award — the highest alumni honor bestowed by SU, for excellence in athletics and social activism — Friday night. He also addressed NFL player Colin Kaepernick and social activism. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on September 17, 2016 at 11:22 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

SWAN Sets up Committees for President’s Cup, Platform

first_imgThe media interface is also expected to bring to the doorsteps of sports enthusiasts and Nigerians true situations in the sector and efforts of critical stakeholders towards delivering on their mandates.Other members include Toyin Ibitoye, Abdulrahman ibn Mohammed, Jide Alabi, Mike Mbonye, Tony Ubani, Sina Abimbola and Norbert Okolie, while Abdulraheem Aodu will serve as secretary.Meanwhile, another committee has also been set up to organise the SWAN President’s Cup aimed at fostering unity and bond among sports writers across the country.The committee headed by Mr. Fred Edoreh, Chairman of SWAN in Lagos State is expected to come up with implementable ideas and strategies towards ensuring a successful competition.Other members include Igwe Onuoha, Idris Malikawa, Niyi Alebiosu, Nasiru Kobi, Chibueze Chidoka, and Gabriel Nwanetanya as secretary.The committees will be inaugurated on a later date.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In pursuance of its mandate and commitment to keep tab on the activities of critical stakeholders in the sports sector, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has set up a nine-man committee to manage its interactive forum called “The SWAN National Platform.”The committee headed by ace sports journalist and General Manager, Sports, Africa Independent Television (AIT), Mr Tunde Orebiyi; is to coordinate the forum that would afford sports administrators, corporate organizations and other stakeholders to interface with sports writers with a view to engendering sports development.last_img read more

Packers schedule 2020: Dates & times for all 16 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

first_imgHow much pressure does that put on two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers heading into the 2020 season? Green Bay’s schedule is tougher this time around with the AFC South and NFC South, and that inconsistency on the road will be tested again.Here is a complete breakdown of the Packers’ 2020 schedule, including dates and start times for all 16 games and our early prediction.NFL OFFSEASON 2020:Draft grades | Power rankings | Best free agents availablePackers schedule 2020 Home: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, TennesseeAway: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Houston(The Packers’ full schedule was released Thursday at 8 p.m. ET along with the entire 2020 NFL schedule.)WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV1Sept. 13at Vikings1 p.m. ETFOX2Sept. 20vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFOX3Sept. 27at Saints8:20 p.m. ETNBC4Oct. 5vs. Falcons8:15 p.m. ETESPN5Oct. 11BYE–6Oct. 18at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETFOX7Oct. 25at Texans1 p.m. ETFOX8Nov. 1vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFOX9Nov. 5at 49ers8:20 p.m. ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon10Nov. 16vs. Jaguars1 p.m. ETFOX11Nov. 22at Colts1 p.m. ETFOX12Nov. 29vs. Bears8:20 p.m. ETNBC13Dec. 6vs. Eagles4:25 p.m. ETCBS14Dec. 13at Lions1 p.m. ETFOX15Dec. 19-20vs. PanthersTBDTD16Dec. 27vs. Titans8:20 p.m. NBC17Jan. 3at Bears1 p.m. ETFOX(For Canadian viewers, each game can be streamed on DAZN.)Green Bay plays a first-place schedule, and that means facing NFC division champions Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco — teams that combined for a 35-13 record last season. Those will be the biggest hurdles on the schedule.The Packers are just 10-15 on the road (including postseason) the last three seasons. Two of those losses were to the 49ers last season, and those are the big-moment games Green Bay still has not been able to win on the road since Rodgers led the last Super Bowl run in 2010.MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2020Packers strength of schedule & predictionGreen Bay’s opponents had a 128-126-2 record in 2019, good for a .504 winning percentage and the 14th toughest schedule in the NFL by record.The Packers face just four teams that won six games or less last season, and two of those are against the Lions. Detroit lost two games by a combined four points to Green Bay in 2019. Carolina and Jacksonville both visit Lambeau Field and are among the easiest games on the schedule.Toughest tests: The road schedule is ridiculous outside the division. New Orleans and San Francisco are the biggest tests. The Packers have not won at the Superdome since 1995, and Green Bay is 1-4 at San Francisco with Rodgers at quarterback.That’s not all. Tampa Bay has Tom Brady now, and Houston and Indianapolis have Deshaun Watson and Philip Rivers at quarterback. Those are the hurdles outside the normal NFC North routine.Biggest breaks: Philadelphia beat the Packers at Lambeau in a Thursday night game last season, and that was Green Bay’s only home loss. The Packers avoid Atlanta on the road, which has been a disaster the last few trips. Jacksonville and Tennessee become easier at Lambeau, too.The Packers are 17-7-1 at home the last three seasons. The only teams that have been better in the same stretch are New England (23-5), Minnesota (19-6), New Orleans (21-7) and Kansas City (21-8). Bottom line: The Packers are still good enough to win 10 games and take the NFC North Division, but that starts with those division games. Green Bay went 6-0 in those last season under LaFleur, and that’s a rare occurrence. Minnesota has improved, and that will be the big competition once again.The Rodgers-Love drama won’t overshadow what the Packers should know in August. As long as Lambeau remains a distinct home-field advantage and they steal a few on the road, Green Bay will be back in the playoffs.Record prediction: 10-6 The  Packers are coming off a 13-3 season in which first-year coach Matt LaFleur guided the franchise back to the NFC championship game.Of course, a 37-20 loss to San Francisco in that title game provided a reality check, and the Packers were the center of 2020 NFL Draft drama when they traded up to get Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round.last_img read more