Arsenal provide Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette fitness updates before Newcastle clash

first_imgArsenal provide Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette fitness updates before Newcastle clash Advertisement Pepe is short of match sharpness after his exploits for the Ivory Coast (Picture: Getty)Manager Unai Emery had been cautiously optimistic that Lacazette would be back to face Newcastle, but both the French forward and Pepe are still doubts.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAn update on Arsenal’s official website on Friday morning confirmed that Lacazette ‘will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match at Newcastle.’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 CityPepe, meanwhile, is ‘regaining full match fitness following his late return from the African Cup of Nations. Decision to be made on participation for Sunday.’Hector Bellerin will not be back in full training until October, while Rob Holding is back in training but will continue with ‘on-field rehabilitation.’ If Lacazette misses the Newcastle game, he should be back to face Burnley (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier this week, Emery said of Lacazette: ‘Hopefully he could be available for the match against Newcastle. The doctors, they are optimistic. We are going to wait. The next days are going to be very important to see how he is going to progress with his injury.‘But I am really, really happy with other players also. If he is ready for Sunday, perfect. If he isn’t, then for the next.‘We need now to have a very competitive team, with the players ready forth next matches but above all to create a mentality to start strong and find our best performance in the next match.’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 ReporterFriday 9 Aug 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 link3.6kSharescenter_img Comment The Arsenal attackers may have to sit out their Premier League curtain-raiser (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette and summer signing Nicolas Pepe will both undergo late fitness tests to see if they can take part in Arsenal’s opening Premier League clash against Newcastle United.Pepe, a club-record £72million arrival from Lille, did not take part in the Gunners’ final pre-season match against Barcelona having returned to training late after the African Cup of Nations.Lacazette was also left behind as the rest of the squad travelled to Spain having suffered an ankle injury in the Gunners’ defeat to Lyon in the Emirates Cup a week earlier. Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf: Proposed Budget Cuts and Program Eliminations Will Harm Communities Across Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Proposed Budget Cuts and Program Eliminations Will Harm Communities Across Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposed budget:“Thousands of Pennsylvanians rely on programs that are being eliminated or dramatically cut in President Trump’s budget proposal. Seniors receive food from meals on wheels efforts. Families across Pennsylvania get help paying for their heating bills through heating assistance. Workers rely on job training programs to help them get back on their feet. Students across Pennsylvania with disabilities get access to the education they need to succeed through federal funding.“All of these programs are facing elimination or massive cuts. It’s unacceptable.“Many communities will be harmed by indiscriminate cuts to housing programs, agriculture investments, and efforts to keep our land and water safe.“Here in Pennsylvania we have seen first-hand the consequences of budgets that indiscriminately cut programs. Our schools are still recovering from the cuts under the previous administration, as I have fought to increase education funding by $640 million. We still have work to do in Pennsylvania. That’s why I have made sure my budget puts Pennsylvania families first. Facing a difficult budget situation, I found $2 billion in savings and efficiencies, allowing for targeted investments in schools, job training, and programs that help Pennsylvania’s seniors. My budget proposal stands in stark contrast to the proposal from Washington that simply tries to cut its way out of its problem at the expense of families and seniors.”Governor Wolf is asking Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to carefully review the devastating cuts in this proposal and help stop them.center_img March 16, 2017last_img read more

Offshore WIND Edition 4 Out Now!

first_imgThe fourth and this year’s final edition of Offshore WIND is out now, and includes interviews with DONG Energy Netherlands, Siemens Gamesa, European Space Agency and Van Oord – making it an edition not to be missed.Offshore WIND Conference and Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference have a main focus in the magazine with speaker information, program details and specific interviews. Next to that, find out the latest on the Borssele tenders, grids and connections and hub ports in Denmark. The magazine also offers a guest column by DNV GL and an outlook on the US offshore wind market next to the offshore wind breezes and wind farm updates.To subscribe to the magazine head to www.offshorewindmagazine.comlast_img read more

Strange Oval giving cash, product certificates to top five drivers at 30 IMCA Modified specials

first_img“Jim and his team at Strange Oval have been great to work with and I know IMCA drivers feel the same way,” commented Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “Their program is truly one-of-a-kind and one that has not only been offering great purchasing incentives, but putting cash in racers’ pockets for years.” “We’ll be involved with IMCA for many years to come. Over the years we’ve come to know many of the competitors and have developed great relationships. IMCA has such a wide reach and so many tracks around the country have adopted their rules package because there’s great value and affordability,” said Strange Oval President Jim Kontje. “We strive to mirror this same philoso­phy with our products while incorporating innovative technology. IMCA is perfect for us.” Information about Strange Oval products is available at the website, by calling 800 653-1099 and on Facebook. Located in Morton Grove, Ill., Strange Oval is in its sixth year of IMCA sponsorship and manufac­tures axles and drive plates.center_img MORTON GROVE, Ill. – Strange Oval’s racing heritage and drive for innovation pays off again this season for IMCA Modified special events drivers.  A top five finisher at each of 30 designated specials receives $50 in cash and a $50 product certifi­cate. All awards will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official race results are received and product certificates are redeemable through Performance Bodies.last_img read more

Former Township Trustee arrested on felony warrant

first_imgRush County, IN – A lengthy investigation by the Indiana State Police Special Investigations Section has led to a former trustee of Ripley Township, located in Rush County, being arrested on a multiple count felony warrant. The investigation and charges allege that former township trustee, Tara Hancock, age 36, misused and misappropriated public funds for the personal gain of herself and her husband. The investigation began last fall after a State Board of Accounts audit for Ripley Township, from between 2015 to 2018, found discrepancies in records totaling over $17,000, according to State Board of Accounts officials. The Indiana State Police Special Investigations Section was contacted and an investigation began. When that investigation was completed, it was turned over to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office for their review.As a result of the joint investigation and prosecutor’s review, Tara Hancock was arrested at her home in Hancock County Friday morning on a warrant for allegations of four counts of Level 6 Felony Theft, one count of Level 6 Felony Official Misconduct by a Public Servant and one count of Level 6 Felony Ghost Employment.last_img read more

Officials: Florida Woman Dies in Gunfire Exchange with Deputies

first_imgA Florida woman was shot and killed Saturday after firing at sheriff deputies, authorities said.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said in a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey.According to authorities, the woman fired a shot at the deputies, who then shot back, striking her once.The suspect was treated by emergency personnel and was pronounced deceased. No deputies were injured. The criminal investigation regarding the female is ongoing and will be conducted by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) June 27, 2020 The woman was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by emergency personnel.None of the deputies were injured.The names of those involved have not been released.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the shooting.last_img read more

Area residents compete in Dead Run

first_imgThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text ELLSWORTH — Below is a list of finishers in Saturday’s Dead Run and Headless Half-Mile, which were run Saturday.Dead Run Headless Half-Mile Stephen Grierson, 12 minutes, 39 secondsJon Bates, 12:39Andre Jacques, 14:27Anthony Crossman, 14:38Stanley Grierson, 15:03Thea Crowley, 15:10Spencer Grierson, 15:13Everett Stiles-Martin, 15:39Edith Dunham, 15:58Matthias Case, 17:41Arianna Stiles-Martin, 18:04Kris Garcia, 18:24Eliza Crowley, 18:43Jasper Rossney, 18:50Susan Brenner, 19:00Ken Weeks, 19:31Alexander Stanton, 20:17Emily Herwerden, 20:18Tamera Murphy, 20:36Scott Grierson, 21:43Melissa Nowell, 21:48Michele Wagstaff, 22:32Carrie Kutney, 22:41Leann Beal, 23:09Bobbie-Jo Thornton, 23:14Karen Bruck, 23:38Pamela Beam, 25:39Sara Spencer, 25:53Martha Farley, 27:43Maire Scanlon, 27:50Killian Scanlon, 30:27 Aiden Mitchell, 4:34Heather Brenner-Simpson, 4:43Nicola Thurber, 5:28Larkin Speed, 5:50Eva Beal, 6:05Lucy Chase, 6:16Michael Rossney, 6:54Leigha Pendleton, 7:46Jody Warren, 7:48Shannon Sawyer, 8:04Fiona Cleary, 13:44Richard Cleary, 13:45Elsie Flemings, 13:46last_img read more

The Latest: Canadian GP canceled because no fans allowed

first_imgAtlanta acquired Brown from the Los Angeles Sparks on Feb. 10 in exchange for guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gülich.___The next Premier League soccer season will begin on Sept. 12 and finish on May 23.This season will end on Sunday. That is two months later than originally scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The dates for next season were agreed to by the clubs during a conference call. ___The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon in Detroit is joining other large cities in canceling its fall event because of the coronavirus.“In March, when our world as we knew it seemed to change, we were hopeful that we would be able to run together in October. As time has gone on, it has become clear to us that this will not be the case,” organizers said Friday.It would have been the event’s 43rd year. It offers a 26.2-mile race that takes runners over the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor, Ontario, and back to the United States through the Detroit River tunnel.There are also two half-marathons, one that follows the international route and another that stays in Detroit. ___South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho also says fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. But professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August.Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns. “I got up and down the court,” Bledsoe said while wearing a mask throughout his Zoom session. “Just touching the basketball, getting a feel for it again, it was pretty fun.’’The Bucks play the second of their three scrimmages Saturday against the Sacramento Kings as they prepare for the resumption of the season after a 4 ½-month layoff. Donte DiVincenzo replaced Bledsoe in the starting lineup for the Bucks’ first scrimmage, a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Thursday.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the team would be patient in working Bledsoe back into action and that they’d see how he progresses over the next several days. The 30-year-old Bledsoe said he never felt sick during his quarantine. ___Atlanta Dream forward Glory Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the start of the season. Associated Press July 24, 2020 ___Michigan State says all members of its football team will quarantine or isolate after another staff member and an athlete tested positive for COVID-19.The team had already paused workouts after a staff member tested positive. The athletic department said Friday that testing conducted over the last week included a second staff member and an athlete testing positive.“All members of the football team will quarantine or isolate, while awaiting completion of a 14-day quarantine,” the athletic department said in a statement.Surveillance testing of athletes was completed Wednesday and is set to be repeated before they are cleared to return to workouts. Runners who had registered can participate in a virtual event, roll their registration to 2021 or 2022 at no cost, or get a 50% refund. Details on the virtual races will be announced July 30.The Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon were also canceled. ___Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe practiced with his teammates Friday for the first time since learning he had tested positive for the coronavirus.Bledsoe had arrived at Walt Disney World for the relaunch of the NBA season on Wednesday, about two weeks after the team got to Florida. Bledsoe said after Friday’s practice that he savored getting “back to my sanctuary.” The Latest: Canadian GP canceled because no fans allowed Earlier Friday, the team said center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under quarantine as the team prepares to play in the WNBA bubble.In a statement released by the team, Johnson says she tested positive two weeks ago following several negative tests.Johnson averaged 7.3 points per game for Dallas in 2019, her seventh season in the WNBA.Brown says she has battled “challenging” symptoms include headache, sore throat, chills, body aches, fatigue, loss of the sense of taste and shortness of breath.Brown says she is feeling better but won’t be able to play when the Dream opens its season on Sunday against Dallas. The U.S. GP was initially scheduled for late October. Brazil and Mexico were then to host races in November. Canada was already postponed from its mid-June date. Promoter Francois Dumontier said the Grand Prix had been tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 9-11 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, but the turning point came when local public health authorities informed promoters and Formula One that no fans would be allowed entry.“As of that moment, as a private business, it was no longer viable,” said Dumontier, who has a deal with F1 to put on the Canadian Grand Prix until 2029. “It also prevented us from contributing to the costs of the races and the costs of bringing F1 to North America which, amid the pandemic, were much higher than usual. That was the turning point.”The last time the Canadian Grand Prix was canceled was in 2009. At the time, the event promoter and F1 couldn’t come to an agreement over broadcast rights to show the race.The three new races take this season’s total to 13. All of them are in Europe. ___Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora says fans will be allowed back into stadiums in September if the virus is kept under control.Spadafora says “obviously the stadium can’t be filled like before but rather a series of measures currently being studied will need to be respected.”The Serie A soccer season is being completed without fans and is scheduled end on Aug. 2. Next season should start in mid-September.___ The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao.The Chinese Basketball Association says medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.The league says fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players” from July 31.Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Formula One races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and three others have been added.F1 says the Eifel Grand Prix will host a race at the iconic Nürburgring in Germany on Oct. 11. That will be followed by the Portuguese GP in Portimão two weeks later and the Emilia-Romagna GP in Italy on Nov. 1. ___More AP sports: and read more

NOC Applauds Dalung over Federation Guideline Amendment

first_imgBy Femi SolajaLess than a week after what looks like a showdown between the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports over the guidelines released for the forthcoming elections into all the sports federations, both bodies have buried the hatchet to give way for the elections.The truce was as a result of a meeting held in Abuja between the executive committee of NOC and the Sports Ministry team led by the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, in his office.According to the Public Relations Officer of NOC, Tony Ubani, “The Olympic body in the country applauded Sports Minister for his love, understanding and demonstration of Olympic values after agreeing to amend the guidelines for the 2017 federation election guidelines.” The latest uncertainty was due to the Sports Ministry releasing the guidelines for the federation elections which the NOC said was at variance with the Olympic Charter as well as the International Federations (IFs).Two contentious provisions — The issue of eligibility as contained in the guidelines that did not conform with the Olympic Charter, that seek to bar some Nigerians in the international federations from seeking office were expunged after the minister met with NOC bigwigs and federation presidents on Friday.NOC President and a member of International Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, said that he and his members admired the Sports Minister’s great courage and moral values by dropping the contentious provisions that were not in line with the IOC and IFs statutes.“All the stakeholders applauded the Sports Minister for his handling of the disagreement and resolving it amicably. This shows that he is a true democrat, a lawyer who understands the implications of disobeying rules and he has demonstrated his undying love for Nigerian sports,” Gumel said.After mutually agreeing to remove the offending provisions and allowing the federations’ constitutions to prevail, Dalung said: “We decided to make amendments to some of the guidelines after wide consultations with the stakeholders in the industry to conform with the IOC Charter and International best practices.”The minister also said: “We also resolved that the NOC should be actively involved in driving the process and look at areas that can be adjusted in the interest of democracy.”Those who met with the Sports Minister to review the offending provisions include: NOC President, Gumel, second VP, Chief Fatai Williams (Swimming), Scribe Tunde Popoola, Edward Fom (Rugby), Daniel Igali (Wrestling), Dauda Yussuf (Handball), Dr Lanre Glover (Triathlon) and George Ashiru (Taekwondo).In a related development, the Sports ministry has tentatively fixed the National Sports Federation elections for 30th of May, 2017.The amended guidelines released at the weekend and co-signed by the acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdulrasaq Salau, and the Scribe of NOC Popoola state that a congress for the elections of zonal representatives, vice-presidents and national federation presidents would also hold the same day in Abuja.The national federations have until April 27, 2017 to set up their  electoral committees while the sale of nomination forms begins on May 2. The deadline for the submission of forms is May 9, 2017.Hearing of petitions and appeal cases will hold from 1-10 June, 2017 while bye elections arising from petitions and appeals for zonal and national elections come up on June 13, 2017.The inauguration of the National Sports Federation Boards holds on 27 June, 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Too Early to Decide on Olympics Shift, Says Lord Coe

first_imgLord Sebastian Coe “If you had to ease that date, you’d have to ease it. Anything is possible.”Speaking on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, Coe, who was chair of the London 2012 organising committee, also said: “Events are changing by the hour but it is not a decision that has to be made at the moment.“We’re trying to manage the situation with the information we have but there is not a great deal of information.”The IOC says it held “constructive” talks with athlete representatives about the coronavirus crisis earlier this week.President Thomas Bach admitted he was “confronted with many questions” over qualification and restrictions but insisted that “everybody realised that we still have more than four months to go” until Tokyo 2020.The British Athletes Commission said on Thursday that the situation was “significantly impacting the preparation of athletes” for the Games.“We encourage information to be made readily available and that timely decisions are made in the best interests of athletes,” the BAC statement added.On Thursday, Tokyo 2020 organisers received the Olympic flame in a scaled-down ceremony in Athens’ Panathenaic stadium, site of the first modern Games in Greece in 1896.“The flame was then transferred into a small holder to travel to Japan on a special aircraft named ‘Tokyo 2020 Go.’In a video message Tokyo 2020 organising chief Yoshiro Mori said he hoped the flame’s arrival would help “shake off the dark clouds hanging over the world”.When asked about the prospect of pushing the Olympics back a year to 2021, Coe replied: “It seems on the surface an easy proposition but athletics has its worlds on that date, the Euros in football have been moved back a year.“The sporting calendar is a complicated matrix and it is not easy to move from one year to the next. It would be ridiculous to say anything is ruled out at the moment. The whole world wants clarity; we’re no different from any other sector.“In athletics we’ve postponed three Diamond League meetings but not all, because we don’t have to make that decision. Everybody accepts this is a fast-moving environment. I need to be careful I’m not removing the earning potential from athletes any more than I need to at this moment.”In contrast to Coe, former Olympic champion rower Sir Matthew Pinsent said he did not see “much of a choice” but to postpone or cancel the Games.“I just think there are bigger things to worry about at this stage on a global front,” Britain’s four-time Olympic gold medallist told BBC Radio 4.“For most of the European countries as well as Asian countries, organised sport in any meaningful way has ceased, and that’s from government advice. I don’t see there’s any way forward for an Olympic athlete to train effectively – even as an individual, but particularly in a team environment.“Obviously I came from rowing, and rowing squads around Europe and the world are essentially downing tools and going into lockdown as their individual governments are mandating that they should – I just think it’s unfair.“It’s unfair for the Olympics to say we’re going to carry on. There are the two big forces in an Olympic athlete’s life, which is the Olympics and everything else. And those two things are pulling in different directions at this moment.”Asked why he felt the IOC was insisting the Games would go ahead, Pinsent added: “I think they feel a responsibility to Tokyo.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It is too early to decide whether to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but “nobody is saying we’re going to the Games come what may,” says World Athletics Chief Lord Sebastian Coe.The International Olympic Committee has said the Games could still begin on 24 July despite the coronavirus pandemic.Coe told BBC Sport: “Let’s not make a precipitous decision when we don’t have to four months out.last_img read more