Arsenal sweat on Bukayo Saka new deal

September 22, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare Saka tops PFA Player of the Year shortlist Reinier completes Dortmund loan switch Arsenal is desperate to keep burgeoning talent Bukayo Saka and want to open contract talks as soon as possible as Borussia Dortmund become the latest team to eye the teenager.The 18-year-old has been one of Arsenal’s stand-out performers this season, despite having spent much of the campaign out of position at left-back. Naturally a winger, Saka has excelled in place of Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac to the point he can be considered a deputy in the position in years to come.Saka’s form would have piqued the attention of Champions League clubs across Europe anyway, but the London-born attacker being out of contract in 2021 means plenty of rivals are sniffing around report that there have been no talks between Saka’s representatives and Arsenal since February, although he is out of contract in a little over 12 months’ time.Yet despite that, the Gunners are said to be desperate to keep their academy graduate.Saka only earns £7,000 a week on the current terms he agreed back in September 2018 but even despite the squad taking a 12-month wage cut due to the coronavirus crisis, can expect an upgrade in his salary if he pens an extension. Speaking last month, Coach Mikel Arteta said of the situation: “The club is doing what it has to do and is having conversations.“We’ll get it resolved.”The Daily Mirror, though, said that Dortmund are the latest team to look at the teen as they eye a repeat of the progress of Jadon Sancho in the Bundesliga.The German giants picked up Sancho from Manchester City for less than £10 million and look set to sell him for 10 times that fee this summer with Manchester United keen.United and Liverpool are also said to be looking at England youth international Saka, as are Bayern Munich. Speaking about his future back in February, the player insisted he leaves contract talk to his agent and parents.He said: “Do I want to stay? Like I said it’s for my agent. They’re sorting it out.“Of course I’m enjoying my football, enjoying playing under the new coach so we’ll see what happens.”Tags: Borussia DortmundBukayo SakaKieran TierneySead Kolasinaclast_img read more

UW grapples NIU in Big Ten tune-up

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe No. 10 Wisconsin wrestling team will be on the road onceagain this weekend as it heads to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to compete against No. 23Northern Iowa Saturday.The dual will be the first of the season for the Panthers,while the Badgers come in with a 4-0 record. Still, keeping NIU’s ranking inmind, head coach Barry Davis knows not to take this weekend’s match lightly.”UNI’s got a good coach in Brad Penrith,” Davis said. “Hisguys will be ready. This will be a big match for them, down at UNI. We’ve justgot to be ready.”Wisconsin enters the dual with seven wrestlers ranked in thetop 20 nationally of their respective weight classes. Among the notables areNo. 3 Craig Henning at 157 pounds, No. 4 Dallas Herbst at 197 pounds and No. 11Kyle Massey, who wrestles in the heavyweight division.NorthernIowa has three ranked grapplers of its own, asC.J. Ettelson is ranked No. 10 at 141 pounds,Moza Fay is No. 5 at 165 pounds andAlex Dolly is No. 16 at 174 pounds.”The thing withNorthern Iowa is they always wrestle us tough,” Massey said. “We’re one oftheir featured matches every year. So they’re always coming out, raring to goand ready to bring their best game against us.”Wisconsin is comingoff an impressive showing last weekend at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas.The Badgers finished fifth out of 50 teams competing, scoring 107.5 teampoints. Three of the top five teams at the invite came from the Big Ten, withMichigan taking the title and Ohio State placing third. Herbst improved hisseason record to 13-0 while taking the individual title at 197 pounds. Henningand Massey also finished well, taking third in their respective weight classes.”I think I wrestledwell,” Herbst said of his first-place performance. “Friday, I wasn’t feelinggood. I wrestled well, but I was still feeling tight, not really lose like Icould have been. But going into Saturday I just felt really good. On the mat, Ifelt prepared and ready to be there.”This year will be the 36th meeting of the two teams.Wisconsin leads the overall series 19-16-1. Last year, the Panthers came intothe Field House expecting to win, only to leave empty handed with a 24-10 lossas the Badgers took seven of the 10 matches.Once the Badgers return home late Saturday night, they havea short turnaround as they head to Ohio State Monday for their Big Ten opener.Despite the fact the core of the Big Ten season is still a month and a halfaway, Massey knows that this team builds off the little successes that occuralong the way.”We had some prettysuccessful guys this weekend, but we always have kind of wrestled a little bitbetter when we’re heading into a dual meet,” Massey said.”It’s going to benice to kind of change pace back into our dual meet team and get back into theflow of building off of each other matches because that’s when we’re at ourbest.”last_img read more

Louis Cross nets 1st goal of season with parents in attendance from England

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on October 13, 2015 at 11:09 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus SU Soccer Stadium was empty — save for one player and two adoring fans. Syracuse defender Louis Cross held a cellphone out in front of the three and snapped a picture as the man and woman decked out in Syracuse apparel, including bright orange scarves, smiled widely next to him.Cross’ parents, Tony and Joanne, traveled thousands of miles from England to watch him play — like they do once every year. They’re in the middle of a two-week trip in which they’ll get to watch six of SU’s games.In front of his parents, Cross netted his first goal of the season and shut down Bowling Green forward Pat Flynn, who came into the game tied for fifth in the country in goals and tied for sixth in points.Cross’ play helped the No. 16 Orange (9-3-1, 2-2-1 Atlantic Coast) shut out the Falcons (6-6-1, 0-1-0 Mid-American) and hold them to just four shots — two on goal — in the 3-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium on Tuesday.“Usually we’re watching these games after midnight so I’m normally watching it in bed,” Tony Cross said. “If he had scored I could see that a cup of coffee would’ve ended up all over the bedding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were up and down. We jumped and probably ruined everybody else’s night.”From the start of the game, Cross matched up with Flynn one-on-one. When the forward tried to sneak behind the backline Cross was there to jab out his right foot and stop the pass. And when Flynn’s teammates tried sending long balls into him Cross consistently headed them away.When the Orange offense was maintaining possession of the ball, SU head coach Ian McIntyre constantly yelled to Cross to “squeeze up some.” The result was Cross forcing turnovers in the midfield and sustaining the Syracuse offensive possession.One of Bowling Green’s best chances of the game came in the first half when forward Tate Robertson headed a cross on goal. But Cross was standing just a few feet in front of the goal line and kicked it away.“I don’t think they had any shots that were actually inside the box,” Cross said. “We limited them to just the outside area. They didn’t create anything behind the defense.”When Flynn was substituted out in the first half, Bowling Green head coach Eric Nichols pulled him aside, barking tips into his ear and pointing to where Cross was standing on the field.The second half was much of the same with SU stifling Flynn and the entire Falcons offense. Robertson tried dropping behind SU’s defense more, Cross said, but he and the rest of the back line were able to keep the Bowling Green offense quiet.With 15 minutes left in the game Cross contributed on the offensive end, too. Midfielder Julian Buescher’s shot was blocked by two defenders and Cross crashed into the box to knock the ball out of the air for the goal.“The last couple of days we’ve been giving Louis a hard time,” McIntyre said. “It’s nice for him to chip especially when his mom and dad were here. It was a quality strike from about 2 inches.”After the game, Cross was announced as the man of the match. He signed posters for fans, then greeted his parents — receiving a kiss on the cheek from his mom — before doing interviews with reporters.As Cross was interviewed, his dad stepped onto the field to capture the moment with more pictures, capping the special evening.“To come out here and see him play is extremely special,” Tony Cross said. “And to see him score is fantastic.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BG man gets 13 months in DUI crash

September 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA Battle Ground man who was driving under the influence of heroin when he caused a crash on state Highway 502, injuring his passenger, received a 13-month sentence Wednesday.Howard E. Morrow, 37, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to vehicular assault-DUI stemming from the March 11 crash.According to court records, the crash occurred just before 9:40 p.m. when a Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Morrow turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle while traveling from westbound Highway 502 onto the northbound Interstate 5 onramp.The pickup was totaled in the crash, as was the other vehicle, a midsize Chevrolet pickup driven by Jorge A. Alvarez Baca of Woodland. Alvarez Baca was uninjured.A passenger in Morrow’s vehicle, Chance R. Newbill, suffered a broken collarbone and ribs and a collapsed lung, according to a probable cause affidavit.Morrow told Washington State Patrol troopers that he had used heroin about two to three hours before the collision, the affidavit states. A search warrant was obtained and two vials of Morrow’s blood were taken for testing.last_img read more