Arsenal poised to land Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba in €25m deal

first_img Comment William Saliba is set to become Unai Emery’s first signing of the summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have won the race to sign Saint-Etienne’s highly-rated centre back William Saliba and are expected to make him their first summer signing in a €25m deal, according to ESPNFC.The 18-year-old has been linked with a host of top clubs including Arsenal’s north London rivals Spurs in recent months after making an impressive breakthrough in Ligue 1 last season.However, Arsenal are poised to complete Saliba’s signature after agreeing to let him spend the upcoming 2019-20 season on loan at Saint-Etienne in order to further his development.Saint-Etienne included a similar clause in Kurt Zouma’s transfer to Chelsea in January 2014 with the then-teenager spending the remainder of the 2013-14 season with them in Ligue 1.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery is looking to improve his squad ahead of next season (Picture: Getty)Reports on Tuesday claimed that Saliba had agreed personal terms with Arsenal over a five-year deal and he will be Unai Emery’s first major recruit ahead of his second season in charge.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe France U20 international established himself during the second half of last season, making 19 appearances for Saint-Etienne in total, 16 of which came in Ligue 1.Although he is predominantly regarded as a central defender, Saliba is also capable of playing at right-back having done so on three occasions last term.Saliba’s imminent arrival further emphasises Arsenal’s shift in transfer policy towards signing younger players following the captures of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira last year.Celtic’s 22-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney is also said to be one of Emery’s top targets this summer as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of a top-four push.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 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Jun 2019 10:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Arsenal poised to land Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba in €25m deal Advertisementlast_img read more

Kraken Selected for Mine Hunting Upgrade Program

first_imgKraken Robotics has been chosen as the successful bidder on a program for the acquisition of new sonar systems for an unnamed international navy. The navy customer has notified Kraken that it intends to enter into a contract with the company after the expiration of a standstill period.This was a competitive bid process for upgrades of the customer’s mine-hunting equipment. Kraken was one of four companies whose offers were received and evaluated and all four bidders have been notified of the result.Under the program, Kraken will deliver the KATFISH towed synthetic aperture sonar as well as autonomous launch and recovery systems (ALARS) to the customer.The total contract value is expected to be approximately CAD35 – CAD40 million, with the majority of that received over a 2 year equipment acquisition phase.Final contract signing with Kraken is subject to several factors including the expiry of the standstill period, on October 14, 2019, and Kraken entering into an industrial offset contract with the government business agency.In addition, the contract signing is subject to political approval, including approval by the Finance Committee of the customer’s Parliament.last_img read more

Margreet: “She was euthanized without consent. They decided.”

first_imgIn the new film “Fatal Flaws” (Spring 2018) filmmaker Kevin Dunn questions the long term effects of assisted death laws on society. One of the most shocking stories came from a woman named Margreet whose mother was euthanized without request. Margreet (The Netherlands) was on her way to the hospital to see her mother who was just admitted with a possible case of pneumonia. On her way there, she received a message from the emergency room doctor who told her not to worry about rushing to the hospital, as doctors had just induced a coma from which her mother would not awaken. Margaret’s full story is featured in the film “Fatal Flaws”, coming 2018 from DunnMedia and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition along with donors like you. Please consider supporting this film at fatalflawsfilm.comlast_img read more

Martinez: Club needs take priority

first_img Press Association Wayne Rooney and, more recently, Ross Barkley are salient examples of young English players that have come through the ranks at Everton and made an impact in the first team, leading to involvement with the senior national side. And Martinez feels it is important for that to continue, albeit with the focus being on what it means for the Toffees themselves. The Spaniard said: “Our football club has always had terrific young talent. “We need to make sure we use that talent in the first team. To do that we need to help them and have a structure where they can be given an opportunity to show what they have got. “Ross Barkley is a great example. We have got similar cases now, deeper down. “I do feel if you want to be successful at any club, you need to have good young talent, and a good young generation that can be guided, representing the values of the football club, on the football pitch. “That can help the foreign additions, (in terms of) how to play and how to represent the club.” Dyke last week said the “frightening trend” of the reduction in the number of England-qualified players in the top flight needed addressing, and pledged to set up a commission to find a solution to the problem with a view to boosting the prospects of the national team. The 66-year-old wants the FA and the Premier League to work together on the issue, but asked about Dyke’s speech on Thursday morning, Martinez said: “The responsibility is – you don’t do something for someone else. We do it for Everton.” center_img Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed in the wake of Football Association chairman Greg Dyke’s speech on the state of the English game that Barclays Premier League clubs must prioritise their own individual needs.last_img read more

Stoke complete Bardsley deal

first_img However, he fell out of favour with former boss Paolo Di Canio and seemed destined to leave the club last summer, when only a foot injury scuppered a proposed move to Fulham. Di Canio took a dim view of the player being pictured lying on the floor of a casino covered in £50 notes, and was even less impressed with an ill-advised tweet after the club’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season. Bardsley joined Sunderland from home-town club Manchester United in a £2million switch in January 2008 after loan moves to Royal Antwerp, Burnley, Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United and established himself as first-choice right-back. However, he was handed a clean slate by new manager Gus Poyet after he replaced the controversial Italian in October last year, and rehabilitated himself to such an extent that he started the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City in March. Manager Mark Hughes believes Bardsley will be a valuable addition to his squad. He told “I’m really pleased to bring Phil in to the club. “He’s a player of great Premier League experience who I think will bring added quality to the squad. “He has plenty of qualities that will improve us and help move the Football Club forward to where we want to be. “Phil was genuinely excited to join and I’m delighted to bring him in as his personality and desire will shine in the dressing room.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

PSG complete Luiz signing

first_img The 27-year-old will join the French champions following the World Cup, where he played in Thursday night’s opener against Croatia in Sao Paulo. A statement on the French club’s website,, read: ” Paris Saint-Germain are pleased to announce that for a period of five years Brazilian international David Luiz has moved from Chelsea FC. “He will join the group after the World Cup.” Luiz signed for Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 and after taking time to settle, the Brazilian went on to become a mainstay in the Blues defence, helping them win the 2012 Champions League and then the Europa League the following season. He made 143 Blues appearances – 34 of them last season, including against PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals – scoring 12 goals. However, Luiz had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after falling behind Gary Cahill and John Terry in the pecking order at centre-half last term. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho often preferred to use the 27-year-old just in front of the defenders in midfield, but with Nemanja Matic rejoining the squad in January, Luiz’s days appeared numbered. It was announced last month that Chelsea and PSG had come to an agreement regarding a fee, with Press Association Sport understanding Luiz would move for £50million, a world record for a defender. The confirmation of the deal on Friday means Luiz, who was also a reported target for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is likely to a form a centre-half partnership with international team-mate Thiago Silva. Mourinho has already looked to strengthen his squad this summer. On Thursday, the Barclays Premier League club completed the £30million signing of former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, with his Spain team-mate Diego Costa expected to follow from Atletico Madrid to bolster the Chelsea attack. Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Brazil defender David Luiz from Chelsea.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and more

first_imgJonathan Thomas fully participatesFirst-string linebacker Jonathan Thomas appeared to be full-go after being limited earlier in the week.Field-goal block unit gets workDefensive players worked on field-goal blocks during Friday’s open session. Earlier in the week, the field-goal unit worked on fakes.Kyle Kleinberg with tight ends againSophomore walk-on linebacker Kyle Kleinberg worked with the tight ends during pass-catching drills again.Wednesday, August 17Who’s out: Freshman safety Devon ClarkeWho’s limited: Redshirt sophomore safety Rodney WilliamsKyle Kleinberg participates in pass-catching drillsLinebacker Kyle Kleinberg walked on for the Orange in 2015 and was one of 15 freshmen to receive playing time, mostly on special teams. On Wednesday, tight ends coach Reno Ferri personally coached up Kleinberg when the latter wasn’t running routes and catching passes. Related Stories Transcript of Dino Babers firing up Syracuse football team before Friday’s practiceSyracuse football defensive linemen not locked into 1 spot in Tampa 2Syracuse football preseason storylines, No. 1: How Syracuse adapts to Dino Babers’ spread offenseSyracuse football preseason player file No. 1: Eric DungeySyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 1: Backup quarterback Here are updates from Saturday’s practice.Who’s new:Syracuse added two new walk-ons for the 2016 season: punter/kicker Nolan Cooney (No. 92) and running back Winston Lee (No. 32).Lee was a sprinter for Syracuse last year and placed fifth in the 60-meter dash at the Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships.Who missed practice: Freshman safety Devon Clarke sat out of practice on Saturday in shorts and a T-shirt. Babers said that Clarke is working through a medical issue and doesn’t know if it’s short-term or long-term. Who was limited in practice: Linebacker Parris Bennett, tight end Josh Parris, linebacker Ted Taylor and safety Chauncey Scissum were in green jerseys and limited at practice. Bennett is likely to start at one of the three linebacker spots, while Taylor is competing with Jonathan Thomas for one of the other linebacker spots. The grass is always greener:Instead of using the turf football fields next to the Ensley Athletic Center, the Orange is holding its training camp practices at the grass Hookway Fields Complex, primarily used by the soccer teams.“We play on grass. We don’t play all our games on turf,” Babers said. “So while the weather is good we’ve got to have an opportunity to train the guys on grass. Make sure that it’s not a disadvantage when we play grass teams.”John Williams | Contributing Photographer Comments Scoop Bradshaw works with wide receiversBradshaw wore No. 18 instead of No. 26 on Monday and worked with the wide receivers during warmups with quarterbacks. He was recruited as a safety coming into the season and had worked with the defensive backs until Monday. Published on August 25, 2016 at 8:45 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Who missed practice:Safety Devon Clarke was on the sidelines again.Who was limited in practice:Cornerback Cordell Hudson was a new addition to the limited list. Parris Bennett, Josh Parris, Ted Taylor and Chauncey Scissum were limited at practice again.Here are some highlights courtesy of the SU head coach: Syracuse football training camp opened Saturday, Aug. 6. The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will keep a running tab of updates from each SU practice this summer. Follow along here and @DOsports.Thursday, August 25Who’s out: Wide receivers Jamal Custis, Sean Avant and Clay Austin and cornerback Wayne Morgan, safety Rodney Williams, safety Devon Clarke and safety Evan Foster did not practice. Wednesday, August 24Who’s out: Cornerback Wayne Morgan (wasn’t in pads, stretched), safety Rodney Williams (had helmet on), safety Devon Clarke, safety Evan Foster and wide receiver Clay Austin were not dressed for practice.Who’s limited: Wide receiver Alvin CorneliusKenneth Ruff works with receivers and tight ends in pass-catching drillsRuff wore an orange pinnie over his white practice jersey and ran routes. Players who have switched from offense to defense and vice versa, like Kyle Kleinberg and Scoop Bradshaw, have not returned to their initial position. Saturday, August 6Syracuse held its first training camp practice under Dino Babers on Saturday at the Hookway Fields Complex. Running backs did rope drills, quarterbacks worked on their releases and the stretch run toward SU’s first game of the season against Colgate got started.Click here to see a gallery of Saturday’s best training camp scenes.John Williams | Contributing Photographer Friday, August 12Who’s limited: No player was wearing a green jersey to indicate that he was limited.Who’s out: Safety Devon Clarke, linebacker Shyheim Cullen and Safety Rodney Williams were in street clothes. Dino Babers described Williams’, Cullen’s injuries and an injury to cornerback Wayne Morgan as “owies” because he doesn’t want opponents to know what they are.Dino Babers gives impassioned speechAt the beginning of Syracuse’s practice on Friday, Babers brought the team together because it’s the Orange’s first two-a-day of training camp. Here’s the full transcript. Walk-on kicker Alex Grossman takes field goalsWhile the rest of the kickers were watching offensive drills from the end zone, senior walk-on kicker Alex Grossman took kicks on the narrow uprights marked on the netting on the wall in the Ensley Athletic Center.He set up about 30 to 35 yards away and went 2-for-3. Then he strapped on his helmet, pulled the first one right, but finished 5-for-7 overall.Grossman is the backup place kicker behind junior Cole Murphy. He stands at just 5 feet 9 inches and 155 pounds according to the post-spring depth chart, compared to Murphy’s 6-foot-3, 197-pound frame.Murphy was named to the 2016 Lou Groza Award Watch List — the award is given to the nation’s best kicker.Monday, August 15Who’s out: Freshman safety Devon ClarkeDino Babers coaches fake field goalsDino Babers spent his time with the holders and kickers working on fake field goals. He worked on their technique performing multiple types of fakes.’s Stephen Bailey got film of one. Fan Fest canceledThe football team’s open scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 was canceled due to the impending inclement weather. The open practice will probably not be made up, Babers said, because he doesn’t want to reveal any schemes as the team progresses in its practices.Cornerback Michael Moore ineligibleSophomore cornerback Michael Moore won’t play for Syracuse this season, Babers said on Friday. Moore had been waiting on certification through SU following his transfer from Palomar (California) College.Babers explains why Moe Neal practiced at wide receiverMoe Neal worked with the wide receivers and Jacob Hill worked with the running backs on Friday. Both previously worked with the other group primarily.“Moe Neal has really good hands,” Babers said. “Running backs don’t get to catch passes really far down the field. So we’d like for him to work the receivers just so he can work his hands and keep his growth going there.”Babers added that Neal is working exclusively with the running backs during full team exercises.Running backs practice with heavier footballsDontae Strickland, Fredericks, Hill and George Morris used bright orange footballs labeled “3 pounds” while doing several drills, including ball security drills. New running backs Winston Lee and Otto Zaccardo appeared to use a regular football.How Dino Babers chooses captainsBabers doesn’t know if he’ll have team captains, he said. In the past he has decided “usually on a gut feeling” and he said that it is his decision alone to make. “Unless we want to vote for it on the open the interview,” Babers quipped.High temperatures a ‘blessing’Babers referred to the high temperatures affecting the area as a blessing. “We’re getting ready to play all those guys that are eating grapes down in the south,” he said. The high on Thursday was observed at 92 degrees in Syracuse, according to, after being 89 degrees for the two days prior. The highs for Friday and Saturday are 90 and 91 degrees, respectively.“When you think about the temperatures, how high the humidity is up here. I mean these guys are walking around. Their socks are soaked. And you can hear them coming up behind you because you got that ‘squish, squish, squish, squish’ thing going on from all the water being inside their cleats and stuff. … It’s a difficult task … For them to push through this week in 12 to 15 pounds of gear. I thought they’ve been doing a nice job.”Wednesday, August 10Who’s limited: No one was limited for the first time in the three days that practice has been open to the media.Who’s out: Safety Devon Clarke was in shorts and a T-shirt watching again.DEs switch based on strong and weak sideIn the Tampa-2 defense Dino Babers brought to Syracuse, the defensive linemen will be moving based on the strong and weak side, multiple players said after Wednesday’s practice. Under Scott Shafer, the defense did not use the same strategy last season. Practice moved to EnsleyBecause of the rain, the team’s morning practice was moved into the Ensley Athletic Center. Santana’s “Smooth” was blasting through the sound system during the 10 minutes open to the media, as was the case during every spring practice. Kicker Cole Murphy sang along as the offensive and defensive position groups worked on drills. DT Chris Slayton practices with DEsDefensive tackle Chris Slayton has started moving out to defensive end at times during practice, he said. He was listed as the first string defensive tackle on the post-spring depth chart, but the team has limited experience at the end spot. Trey Dunkelberger switched back to working with the tight ends after spending the spring at defensive end.Slayton wasn’t expecting the move prior to camp and said that utilizing the space on the end has been the most difficult adjustment. He doesn’t know where he’ll be at the start of the season, but thinks he can bring “strength and leadership” to the end spot.“I’m just trying to be comfortable playing end,” Slayton said.Defensive line rep distributionSeveral guys have been getting in the mix for Syracuse on the defensive line. So far, the distribution has been a mix among several players.Laguerre said the freshmen defensive ends have had their moments in the first five days of practice. The senior mentioned Josh Black, Kendall Coleman, Kenneth Ruff and Jaquwan Nelson. “Whatever coach is trying to feel nowadays, trying to get guys more opportunities,” Laguerre said. “… Everyday it’s something different, and if a guy shows out, he’ll get more reps of course and not showing out as much, he won’t. If he didn’t get that much reps, he’ll get more, so it’s pretty much like a feel thing.”Biggest hitsFreshmen defensive backs Evan Foster and Scoop Bradshaw delivered the biggest hits during the first day of contact, sophomore safety Kielan Whitner said.“He just rolled down into like a perfect fit and laid a good hit on the running back,” Whitner said of Foster’s hit.“The young guys really were flying around hitting the hardest today,” he added. “Older guys, I mean it’s the same old same old.”C Jason Emerich leads O-lineCenter Jason Emerich was the most vocal during a drill where the offensive lineman practiced staying in their blocking stances.“Stay, stay, stay,” he yelled as the drill was nearing its end and some players were losing their form. Who’s limited: Alvin CorneliusDevin Butler switches numbersFreshman wide receiver Devin Butler, who has spent time at running back during drills, donned a new number on Thursday, the last practice open to the media. He switched from his original No. 81 to No. 13.Kenneth Ruff participates in pass-catching drills againAdvertisementThis is placeholder textRuff has practiced in pass-catching drills for two days in a row. He had been listed as a defensive end since the beginning of camp.Offensive linemen work on handsThe offensive linemen worked on a new drill than the media had not previously been able to see. They hit a large hanging bag to work on their hand placement and arm extension. Kyle Kleinberg runs pass-catching drills againKleinberg worked with the offense again on Monday. He’s been doing pass-catching drills with wide receivers and tight ends since Wednesday, Aug. 17. On his first day, he talked exclusively with Reno Ferri while he wasn’t catching passes. Friday, August 19Who’s out: Cornerbacks Wayne Morgan and Devon Clarke, safety Rodney Williams and redshirt freshman defensive end Jake PickardWho’s limited: Senior tight end Kendall MooreWhy players are training at different positions:On Friday, Dino Babers said part of the reason players are practicing at different positions is because the team hasn’t filled its scholarship limit. Having players able to play multiple positions gives the team flexibility it wouldn’t have otherwise.Devin Butler and Jacob Hill, both of whom are listed as wide receivers, have run drills with the running backs. Moe Neal, who is listed as a running back has practiced catching passes and running routes. Freshman Scoop Bradshaw and redshirt freshman Kyle Kleinberg also have started catching passes in drills after moving from defensive back and linebacker, respectively.James Pierre’s status still uncertainSyracuse still hasn’t heard back from the NCAA about James Pierre’s eligibility. Michael Moore failed to qualify through Syracuse just a week ago. Pierre committed to Syracuse after being denied admittance to North Carolina. Babers expressed frustration that the NCAA had yet to come back with a decision. George Morris out with ankle injury that requires surgerySenior running back George Morris sustained an ankle injury in practice last Saturday that required surgery, according to an SU Athletics statement sent to The Daily Orange. Morris’ status will be determined in the following weeks.Jamal Custis working on filling out frame and potential in 2016Custis has changed his diet and seen results in the weight room and on the field. His teammates have said he’s one of the most improved wide receivers this preseason.Moe Neal impresses at wide receiverAs Neal ran a tight corner route and looked over his shoulder, an Eric Dungey pass fell right into the running back’s hands. It prompted wide receivers coach Kim McCloud to praise the SU freshman.“I don’t know what we’re doing with that running back stuff,” McCloud said.Babers has said in the past that Neal would battle for the second running back spot, but if Neal impresses at wide receiver, he could earn a spot at inside receiver. Brisly Estime and Ervin Philips appear to be the frontrunners for the two starting inside receiver spots.Ninety-nine bottles of beerThe offensive linemen sang “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” during their daily stance drill. One of the coaches yelled out, “You can sing your song all you want. It doesn’t matter until I say hit.” The linemen switch the direction of their stances when a coach says hit. Dunkelberger switches backTrey Dunkelberger worked out with the receivers and tight ends, who ran routes as quarterbacks worked on their releases. Several times, tight ends coach Reno Ferri pulled him over to work on running routes.“He’s willing to go wherever he needs to get playing time and contribute to the team,” tight end Cameron MacPherson said. Devin Butler practices with running backsWhen the running backs started practicing ball security and footwork drills, Moe Neal went over to catch passes with the wide receivers and freshman receiver Devin Butler shifted to work with the running backs.It doesn’t necessarily mean a position switch and could’ve been to balance numbers, but running backs coach Mike Hart put Butler through all the drills and asked him if he liked carrying the ball. Butler responded with a yes. Mike Hart goes to double digitsRunning backs coach Mike Hart continued his morning torture of the tailbacks, this time flashing double-digit numbers with the same hand for his group to call out as it maneuvered its way through the elevated ropes. Walk-on Winston Lee practices at DBFormer SU track sprinter Winston Lee, who walked onto the team before training camp, spent Monday and Wednesday with the defensive backs. He spent the entirety of camp up to this point working with the running backs. Head coach Dino Babers has talked about creating depth at different positions by having guys move around during practice. SU had four defensive backs not dressed for pads in practice on Monday and all four were not in pads on Wednesday, but Morgan participated in some of the stretches and Rodney Williams had a helmet on.Monday, August 22Who’s out: Cornerback Wayne Morgan, safety Rodney Williams, safety Devon Clarke, safety Evan Foster, wide receiver Alvin Cornelius, wide receiver Clay Austin were not dressed for practice.Who’s limited: No players were in green jerseys, which indicate if players are limited.Moe Neal stays with running backsMoe Neal stuck with the running backs for ball security and footwork drills on Monday. Since Aug. 12, he’s caught passes with the wide receivers during the portion of practice open to the media. Head coach Dino Babers said it was to keep his receiving skills sharp. Devin Butler had been doing the opposite since Aug. 15, but he stuck with the wide receivers. Monday, August 8Similar to Saturday, receivers and tight ends worked with quarterbacks, running backs did agility and ball security drills and the defense stretched. Here are some news, notes and observations from the second open practice.Ball securityThe running backs spent much of the first 10 minutes of practice on Saturday and Monday working on ball security. During one drill, a coach holds the ball carrier back with an elastic band as two players try to strip the ball. During another, the ball carriers hold one hand in the ground jumping in a circle over four bags while a coach hits at the ball with a bag.Freshman Otto Zaccardo had to run a lap for fumbling one on Saturday and did push-ups after the ball security drills on Monday. Jordan Fredericks fumbled one during practice on Sunday, he said. “It was depressing to me,” he added. “I thought about it all night.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s water polo hits the road again

first_imgIf USC wins its match Saturday morning, it will move on to the tournament semi-finals on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans would continue the weekend’s action by facing off against the winner of the ASU vs. UCSB match. The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team is on the road at Irvine to compete in four matches at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational this week. The action begins Friday morning at 10 a.m. with a match against SDSU. Senior driver Hannah Carillo and sophomore utility Emily Bennett lead the Aztecs offensively this season with 11 and 7 goals, respectively, along with eight and five assists, respectively. Senior goalie Maura Cantoni will defend the cage and has 57 saves on the season. “Obviously, we’ve had a lot of success so far, but I think our team chemistry in the pool can improve,” she said. “We just need to play more games together, we had a few girls come in January, so mixing them into the team is still a work in progress. Outside the water, we love them. They’re great girls, but figuring out our roles in the pool is still a big thing.” This weekend, USC is one of 16 teams competing in the tournament. The Trojans will be playing in Group A, along with Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State. Hauschild said playing in four games over the course of the weekend is no hard task for the Trojans. If the Trojans secure a victory Saturday afternoon, they will advance to the championship game on Sunday. All games will take place at the UC Irvine Aquatic Center and the Corona del Mar pool. Hauschild said USC still has growing to do before it can play its best. Junior utility Maud Megens and sophomore driver Paige Hauschild lead the Trojans in scoring with 33 and 21 goals, respectively. Senior goalie Amanda Longan leads the conference in saves with 99 in the books this season.center_img Last weekend, the Trojans opened Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference play with a 19-1 win over the Indiana Hoosiers at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. For UCSB, junior utility Sarah Snyder and freshman attacker Amanda Legaspi lead the Gauchos’ scoring with 27 and 23 goals this season respectively. Freshman utility Caitlyn Snyder aids with 10 assists. Junior goalie Kenzi Snyder holds down the defense with 64 saves in goal. Hauschild said it’s important for the team to keep its goal of another national championship in mind as it continues the season. Junior defender Bente Rogge and senior attacker Maud Koopman are scoring powerhouses for the Sun Devils, posting 27 and 25 goals this season respectively. Sophomore goalie Bridget Johnston anchors the defense in goal with 24 saves. “We’ve played this tournament before, we played in the Santa Barbara tournament as well, where we had four games, so it is something we’re used to,” Hauschild said. “But especially with some big competition this weekend, we’re doing a lot of preparation, a lot of video, and our practices are really geared toward our opponents, so we’re just doing everything we can to prepare for some of the top teams.” The Women of Troy are undefeated in no small part due to junior utility Maud Megens, whose 33 goals lead the team. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) “We all know what our end goal is, we went over our goals at the beginning of the season,” Hauschild said. “None of us are really satisfied. We’re all still looking forward. We’re not complacent at all. Our coach keeps us in check, and we all keep each other in check, so we’re just continuing the hard work.”last_img read more

Arsenal Appoint Vinai Venkatesham as Chief Commercial Officer

first_imgArsenal Football Club has appointed Vinai Venkatesham as its Chief Commercial Officer, following Tom Fox’s move to Aston Villa as Chief Executive Officer.Venkatesham has been with Arsenal for four years since joining from the London 2012 Organising Committee, where he played a key role in raising the £2 billion of private finance required to fund the Games through sponsorship, licensing, hospitality and broadcast deals. He is currently Arsenal’s Sales and Marketing Director, where he sits on both the Arsenal Executive team and the board of Arsenal Broadband Limited who own the Club’s media rights. He will step up into his new role after leading the sale and negotiations of the recent partnership with PUMA and the contract renewal with Emirates.In this new role, as well as his existing responsibility for Partnerships, Hospitality, Marketing, CRM and Business Strategy, Venkatesham will oversee the Retail and Arsenal Media teams.Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis said: “Tom has played a leading role in our development over the past five seasons and I take it as a great compliment that members of the Arsenal team are sought after for the top jobs in the industry. I wish Tom all the best in his new position.“Having worked closely with him over the past four seasons, I am very confident that, in Vinai, we have another top class leader who will continue to drive forward the Club’s off field success.”last_img read more

Tamale Stadium renamed Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium

first_imgThroughout his lifetime, Aliu Mahama was a supporter of youth and sports development and he helped raise awareness of discipline with his “Campaign for greater discipline.”He remains an inspiration to the youth as well as sportsmen and women irrespective of their socio-economic background or ethnicity, and a national icon. The ceremony for the renaming will take place on December 10, 2017, in Tamale. President Akufo-Addo has signed an Instrument to rename the Tamale Sports Stadium to Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, in honour of the late Aliu Mahama, the former Vice President.The renaming is part of the fifth-anniversary celebration of his passing. The late Aliu Mahama was a native Dagbon, who served as President John Agyekum Kufuor’s Vice President from 2001 – 2008.His development and promotion of sports, particularly football, began with the Real Tamale United (RTU) Football Club, where he was a founding member and bankroller for several years.center_img “It is proper to name after it the former Vice President to recognize his immense contribution to the development and promotion of sports, particularly, football,” the Instrument said. It added, “his significant contribution to the construction and development of the Stadium and his commitment to ensuring discipline and inspiring leadership in the youth of Ghana.” “The Tamale Sports Stadium holds great significance in the life of the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama as it remains a constant reminder of the realization of his effort at promoting football in the Northern Region. “It also achieves one of his lifelong goals of giving football fans in the Northern Region the opportunity to experience exhilarating local and international football matches,” a statement from the presidency said. last_img read more