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Eddie Nketiah bags hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Charlton ahead of Premier League restart

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Jun 2020 7:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Nketiah scored a hat-trick (Picture: MB Media/Getty)Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Arsenal won a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton on Saturday. Arsenal controlled proceedings at the Emirates, taking a 2-0 lead at half-time courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Lacazette struck from outside the box to open the scoring, with Aubameyang scoring a curled effort after a darting run from the left-hand side to double the Gunners’ lead.The second half was the Nketiah show. ADVERTISEMENTHis first goal was a scrappy one. He reacted quickest to a goalmouth scramble that came from a Dani Ceballos free-kick. He then coolly slotted home a one-on-one to put Arsenal 4-0 up. Comment Advertisement Arteta’s side got the win (Picture: Getty)He completed his hat-trick by heading home a cross from Joe Willock. AdvertisementAdvertisementWillock then grabbed a goal of his own, finding the top-left corner from outside the area to cap off an impressive day at the office for Mikel Arteta’s side. Arsenal return to Premier League action a week on Wednesday when they face defending champions Manchester City. 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 ArsenalThey will hope to make a last dash for a top-four spot but they are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in ninth. Should they win their game in hand against City, however, they will be right back in the mix, leapfrogging Spurs, Wolves and Sheffield United – although the Blades also have a game in hand against relegation-threatened Aston Villa – into sixth, just two points behind Manchester United.Should Eddie Nketiah start vs Man City?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Eddie Nketiah bags hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Charlton ahead of Premier League restartlast_img read more

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Revealed:Toppmoller in talks to become new Black Stars Technical Director

first_imgCredible information reaching footy-ghana.com indicates that German coach Klaus Toppmoller is being earmarked as the new technical director of the senior national team, the Black Stars.According to our unimpeachable sources, Toppmoller has been contacted by third parties representing officials of the Ghana Football Association with a view to taking over the technical bench of the Black Stars.Footy-ghana.com understands that should the move happen, the 62-year-old Toppmoller will take all technical decisions regarding the team, leaving current Black Stars head coach Kwasi Appiah as a deputy in effect.Interestingly, the GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi told GTV Stage Africa host Jerry Kwame Ayensu on Friday that unless Appiah asks for any technical help, the former Black Stars captain will remain in full charge of the national team, since he has almost qualified the Black Stars for next year’s World Cup.Appiah has guided the Black Stars to one game away from qualification for the 2014 World Cup, but footy-ghana.com understands that he has been unable to win the support of some top GFA officials who still want a foreign coach in charge of the team.Toppmoller came into prominence when he coached an Eintracht Frankfurt side containing Anthony Yeboah and Augustine Okocha, and he has coached other Bundesliga clubs like Hamburg, Bochum and Bayer Leverkusen, which he led to the 2002 UEFA Champions League final. He was also in charge of the Georgia national team; a position he left in 2008. Toppmoller was linked with the Nigeria job before losing out to Swede Lars Lagerback just before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.last_img read more

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Fred Pappoe dismisses rumours about FA presidency quest

first_imgFormer Black Stars management committee chairman Fred Pappoe, has distanced himself from the F.A top job as nominations for the role have opened.Pappoe, alongside former FA spokesperson Randy Abbey, have been widely tipped as suitable candidates for the role as the quest for formidable opposition of the incumbent Kwesi Nyantakyi remains.But the Olympics board member tells Asempa Sports he is focused on the club and not on the elections.“The thoughts I have do not extend to the F.A elections and Presidential nominations. I am thinking about my club and we are focusing on the Elites Cup,” he told Asempa Sports.“I think I have more important things to think about than that one. I don’t know when or if I am going to pick any form.”The Elites Cup is a competition targeted by Mr.Pappoe’s Olympics and the board member was hoping the competition will reach a successful conclusion. “It is an interesting competition which is serving a lot of purposes for most of the clubs. It gives them the opportunity to try players coming out of injury or players who were not getting playing time and also to test a whole lot of formations.““We are still keeping on and we hope we will be able to finish with our program up till our final round of matches when the league ends in September.“Olympics beat Inter Allies 3-1 in the competition last week.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter @Joy997FM. Get more with the #JoySports hashtag on Facebook/Twitterlast_img read more

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Adrian Gonzalez reaches milestone pain-free in Dodgers win

first_imgPITTSBURGH >> The first one came on April 20, 2004 at Angel Stadium. Still almost three weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, Adrian Gonzalez was wearing a Texas Rangers uniform then – but not for long – when he stroked a clean single to center field off Angels right-hander Ramon Ortiz.For 11 seasons from 2006 through ’16, the hits came in a steady stream from coast to coast and back, with the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and Dodgers. The stream finally stopped 1,995 hits later as a troublesome back sent the 35-year-old Gonzalez to the DL for two months.Back in the lineup for five games now, No. 2,000 came in the sixth inning Tuesday night, a hard-hit ground ball down the first-base line that went through Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and into right field for a double. Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run later in the inning as the Dodgers beat the Pirates 8-5.“I don’t think you think that far ahead,” Gonzalez said of the road between his first hit and his 2,000th. “You’re focused on the at-bat of the moment. It’s cool looking back and thinking about the first one and thinking about today.” With the double (his 428th – tied with Ruben Sierra for 139th all-time), Gonzalez became the 285th player in baseball history to record 2,000 base hits and the seventh to do it in a Dodgers uniform.“It’s one of those milestones that means a lot – a lot to be grateful for, a lot to be thankful for,” said Gonzalez, who received a standing ovation from his teammates in the visitors’ dugout – and from a large contingent of Dodgers fans among a sparse crowd at PNC Park on a rainy day.“That was really cool, really special – seeing the guys in the dugout, seeing the Dodger fans in the stands. … And I know there’s a lot of people back home smiling as well especially my wife and kids, my parents and brother. It’s a special feeling.”Gonzalez is enjoying another feeling. The pain in his back has subsided. The 35-year-old Gonzalez is just 4 for 21 since returning to the lineup but the outs have been hard.“I feel good,” he said, having unexpectedly played five consecutive games since returning because of the ankle injury that sent Cody Bellinger to the DL. “Overall, I don’t think the results are all the way there but I feel the process is there. The body feels good. When I hit the ball, it’s coming out with authority.” Brock Stewart is at the other end of his career, trying to establish himself in the big leagues. This season has been difficult. He started the season on the DL with shoulder inflammation (and a desire by the Dodgers’ management to limit his innings). He has pitched as a starter and out of the bullpen. He has gone weeks without pitching at all. He has lived out of a suitcase, traveling between the majors and minors.“It’s gotta be difficult,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Any player would like routine, consistency. But I think that a lot of (young) guys through that. And when you play for our ballclub and we have so much quality pitching and you have options … that’s kind of where he’s at right now in his career.“He’s continuing to grow. Never makes excuses. And he’s going to be a good one.”Summoned from Triple-A to fill in for Yu Darvish on Tuesday, Stewart arrived having pitched just 10 1/3 innings in the past month – none in a week – and fighting a head cold.He couldn’t get through three innings. The Pirates batted around in the third, scoring all five of their runs on four hits including a two-run home run by Starling Marte and a two-run double by Josh Harrison off reliever Josh Ravin.“Definitely wasn’t my night,” Stewart said. “I think I just missed barely but a few too many times. Tried to be too fine and when you do that you usually don’t hit your spot.“It’s definitely a learning experience. That’s how baseball goes. You’re not always going to have good days.”It doesn’t seem to matter to the Dodgers who have won 10 games this season in which their starting pitcher failed to get through five innings. They forged on Tuesday, scoring in five of the first seven innings. Chris Taylor had three hits and drove in three runs. Yasmani Grandal had a two-run home run.While the Dodgers just kept scoring, the Pirates stopped completely after their gluttony in the third inning. They didn’t get another runner past first base in the final six innings against five Dodgers relievers.“They did a great job,” Roberts said. “The story of the night was obviously the bullpen.”That group has thrown 13 innings over the past two nights – Stewart’s short start and Monday’s 12-inning game. Reinforcements are likely to be recalled Wednesday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Will coronavirus cancel college football in 2020? COVID-19 updates, key dates & season alternatives

first_imgThe spread of COVID-19 in the United State has led to a complete halt of sporting events in the country and has prompted questions whether the 2020 college football season will take place.   Alabama coach Nick Saban was among many FBS coaches who have been asked that question this week.    Riley also is among the coaches who is not going to put an absolute start date on the season. That’s part of the uncertainty because of the spread and the priority to get back to normal lives in the United States.  That extends way past football. When the time is right, however …  “I don’t know that we can put on a limit,” Riley said. “Football, just purely the game, can be played anytime, anywhere. I think we all have to be open-minded about it.” “I never really answer hypothetical questions,” Saban said. “I’m sure that everybody’s going to want me to speculate on what’s going to happen in the future, and nobody really knows.”  With that uncertainty in mind, here are all the factors to consider when assessing the potential for a college football season.MORE: 10 questions that remain unanswered without spring footballNo football in 2020?ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit evoked a strong reaction when he said he would be “shocked” if there was college football in 2020.   There more than 257,390 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. Timetables for when the virus could peak and spike again stretch into the summer months, and several sporting events have been shut down into July.   The outbreak of COVID-19 needs to be suppressed before college football is even a consideration.  Herbstreit’s comments point to the worst-case scenario for the sport, and the financial ramifications would be significant for the athletic departments given the revenue the sport has generated.   “I believe it’s in everyone’s best interest, when it’s safe and right to do, that we play a football season,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour told the Reading Eagle this week. “We’ve talked about the emotional and the moral piece for communities across this country. Then, obviously there’s a revenue and a financial piece to it.”  That is why there are contingency plans in place.   Important dates to consider   Spring football was wiped out because of the spread of COVID-19, and the SEC canceled its May spring meetings in Destin, Fla.   The recruiting calendar also has been impacted. The NCAA extended the dead period until May 31. That means college coaches cannot have face-to-face interactions with recruits until June 1.  Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley points to June 1 as one of the important dates to consider for the possibility of the season.   “The next realistic time most people are going to be looking at is the summer period and whether or not you have camps,” Riley said. “Whether or not you are able to have prospects on campus. That’s going to be the next realistic possibility. What we do the rest of the summer will probably hinge on how that plays out.”     Fall camps typically open in late July and early August, and the first games on the FBS schedule are Aug. 29. That includes an overseas game between Notre Dame and Navy in Dublin, Ireland.  Those dates will be impacted on whether the threat of COVID-19 has been suppressed in the summer.  Alternative plans   Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is among the coaches who believe there will be a college football season in 2020.  “That’s the best-case scenario, and I think that’s what’s going to happen,” Swinney said in a teleconference Friday. “I have zero doubt that we’re going to be playing.”This is America, man. We’ve stormed the beaches of Normandy. We’ve sent a rover out on Mars and walked on the moon. This is the greatest country. We’ve created an iPhone where I can sit here and talk to people in all these different places. We’ve got the smartest people in the world. We’re going to rise up and kick this thing in the teeth and get back to our lives.”That might be the case, but there are still other factors to consider if COVID-19 cases are still spreading.  Some alternatives include:  Games with no fans Before sports were suspended across the United States. That was a measure taken before several college basketball conference tournaments.  Would a college football game be feasible without fans in the stands?  “It would be very, very unique,” Riley said. “If that what it comes to do for games to still be able to be played and guys to still be able to play and then for our fans to connect and be a part of it virtually, that may be where we could end it.”   Shortened season  If games in September are canceled, college football could take steps toward shortening the season to seven or eight games.  Would that be strictly a conference schedule? That is one of the logistical hurdles given the nature of college football rivalries.  “Well, you know we play eight conference games, so there would need to be at least eight weeks. Here in our state there would need to be nine, because we would need to play South Carolina,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. Clemson-South Carolina, of course, is a nonconference game. Later start date  College football also could consider the possibility of a winter or spring schedule is COVID-19 spread extends into September, October and even November.  That is yet another option that require logistics. Riley was among the coaches who was asked about how long it would take to get a football team game ready.  “We could have 15 to 20 practices and be ready to go play, without a doubt,” Riley said.    last_img read more

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Tiger Woods returns to Tour Championship with share of lead

first_imgMOST READ Woods played one of his best rounds of the year in his return to the FedEx Cup finale and caused the biggest cheer of a sun-baked Thursday afternoon by making an eagle putt from just over 25 feet on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler.It was the second time in as many FedEx Cup playoff events that Woods was tied for the 18-hole lead. He shot a 62 at Aronimink in the opening round of the BMW Championship two weeks ago on a rain-soaked course that allowed just about everyone to go low.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis felt even better on a dry, tougher East Lake course.“This was by far better than the 62 at Aronimink,” Woods said. “Conditions were soft there. This, it’s hard to get the ball closer. If you drive the ball in the rough, you know you can’t get the ball close. You just can’t control it.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It would enhance the year,” he said.Woods still has 54 holes remaining. Two weeks ago, he went from a share of the first-round lead to five shots behind on a course where attacking flags on soft greens was the only option for low scoring.This was more about precision, and Woods felt in total control. He opened with a three-putt bogey from 25 feet, and he twice ran birdie attempts farther beyond the hole than he would have liked. But after making birdie putts from 25 feet on No. 5 and from 15 feet on No. 6, he figured out the speed of the greens and was on his way.“I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee-to-green or it was putts,” Woods said. “I didn’t really mishit a single shot today. The only shot I can honestly say that I necked pretty bad was the tee shot at 17. Hit a 3-wood there, and with an iron, I probably would have shanked it. But ended up in the fairway and made par.”Woods will play in the final group Friday with Fowler, who has seen plenty of him at home in Florida in the months before Woods returned to golf. He had finished his round and was doing interviews when he heard the head-turning roar of Woods making eagle.They will be teammates next week at the Ryder Cup. Fowler has other objectives at East Lake.“The biggest win for him is just staying healthy and being out here all year consistently,” Fowler said. “Definitely happy for him. It’s obviously great for our sport. It’s great to have him as part of the team next week. We hope he continues to play well. I just want to play a little bit better and beat him.”Sixteen players in the 30-man field broke par on a hot afternoon with only a light breeze, and Thursday was all about staying in the game, especially as it relates to the chase for the FedEx Cup.Bryson DeChambeau, the No. 1 seed after the points were reset, had to birdie two of the last three holes for a 71. For someone like Woods or Fowler to win the FedEx Cup, they would need the top five seeds to falter.Rose and Thomas didn’t go along with that with strong opening rounds. Finau overcame a pair of early bogeys for his 67. The key for Woods could be Friday. Only once this year, at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, has he stayed consistently in the thick of it all tournament. He figures to have plenty of support. Houses along the side streets outside East Lake, and even one funeral home, offered parking and their yards were packed. It hasn’t been like that in several years.“I hadn’t played this tournament in five years, and some of the people said they haven’t been out here in five years,” Woods said. “That’s kind of nice that they’re coming out and supporting this event and supporting me, as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tiger Woods reacts as he makes a eagle putt on the 18th green during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — The crowd at East Lake was larger and louder than it has been in five years, which was the last time Tiger Woods was at the Tour Championship.It was no coincidence.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Fowler, who missed two playoff events recovering from an injury to his right oblique, putted for birdie on all but two holes for his 65 as he tries to avoid ending the season without winning.Justin Rose, in his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, got up-and-down from the bunker for birdie on the 18th for a 66 and was tied with Gary Woodland. Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau, all of whom will be in France next week for the Ryder Cup, were another shot behind.Woods already considers this a successful year just by making into the 30-man field at East Lake for the FedEx Cup finale, where everyone has a mathematical shot at capturing the $10 million bonus. He started the season in January after a fourth back surgery that limited him to only 16 PGA Tour events in the previous four seasons.“To be able to play golf again and to earn my way back to this level is something that I was hoping I would do at the beginning of the year, but I didn’t know,” Woods said. “And I’ve done it?”What would winning mean in this comeback?ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Only in New York: McGregor takes shots, swigs ’em in returncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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In Narcos Netflix recreates Pablo Escobars world

first_imgRelated posts:After 23 years in prison, top assassin for Pablo Escobar is a ‘reformed’ man Costa Rica’s 3-pronged strategy scores high against drug trafficking, says Coast Guard chief Beachcombing along the Caribbean drug trail in Nicaragua Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court BOGOTÁ, Colombia – It’s a tall order to play the role of Pablo Escobar, the larger-than-life druglord who became the world’s seventh-richest man with his shrewd, ruthless dominance of the international cocaine trade.The Colombian kingpin has already been brought to the screen by actors ranging from Oscar winner Benicio del Toro to Vincent Chase, the fictional heartthrob in the HBO series “Entourage” who nearly wrecked his career with a disastrous Escobar biopic.So Brazilian actor Wagner Moura knew he had his work cut out for him when Netflix hired him for the lead role in its latest original series, “Narcos,” which chronicles the height of Don Pablo’s reign over the Medellín Cartel in the 1980s.The first thought to cross his mind, he laughingly told AFP in an interview, was: “I’m fucked.”He spoke no Spanish, for one thing. And he didn’t look the part.“I was a very thin Brazilian guy,” he said.But he threw himself into the role.He moved to Medellín for six months to study Spanish in Escobar’s hometown. He gained 20 kilos (nearly 45 pounds) — which he is still struggling to shed, he admitted. He adopted the druglord’s look, from the mustache to the lopsided hairstyle.Reviewers have praised the accuracy of his portrayal, which enabled the show’s director, fellow Brazilian Jose Padilha, to seamlessly splice historical footage of the real Escobar into the series.“Narcos,” which debuted Friday, recreates Escobar’s world through the eyes of Steve Murphy, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He is played by Boyd Holbrook (“Gone Girl,” “Milk”), whose jaded narration of the cross-border operation against the Medellín Cartel frames the show. Colombian police and military forces storm the rooftop where drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead just moments earlier during an exchange of gunfire between security forces and Escobar and his bodyguard on Dec. 2, 1993. AFPShot almost entirely on location in Colombia, the show features dialogue in both English and subtitled Spanish.“I don’t know anything in American television that looks like ‘Narcos.’ It’s spoken in two languages. It’s shot here in Colombia. It has a very international cast,” said Moura.Netflix spokeswoman Kari Perez said the U.S. video streaming giant sees the show as part of its “ongoing bet” on Latin America, where it first rolled out service in 2011.“We wanted to have to have a series that would work in two different worlds: It would be very interesting for an American audience [and] a Latin American audience,” said Padilha, the director.“And the way to do it was to tell the DEA story.”A complex killerPadilha made his name exploring the upside-down moral universe of cops and drug dealers in his native Brazil with “Elite Squad” (2007) and “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within” (2010), both of which starred Moura.A piercing critic of the war on drugs and its unintended consequences, he said “Narcos” gave him the chance to tell that story from both sides.“Escobar marks the beginning of the inflow of cocaine with volume into America and Europe,” he said in a Netflix press release.“He shaped history. … So, where else to begin?” Hermilda de Escobar, second right, mother of Medellín drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, walks with friends and relatives on Dec. 2, 1994 to Escobar’s tomb to celebrate the first anniversary of his death. AFPThe show — 10 episodes of 45 minutes each, all available immediately for Netflix’s 65 million subscribers — also features Chilean actor Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”) and Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre,” the forthcoming James Bond movie).Twenty-two years after his death in a shootout with Colombian police on a Medellín rooftop, Escobar is still revered by some in the city as a Robin Hood figure who built them hospitals, schools and housing.Others revile him for unleashing a campaign of terror on Colombia in his bid to avoid being extradited to the United States.Moura said he wanted to capture Escobar’s complexity in his portrayal.“I love the fact that he’s a very contradictory character,” he said.“He loved his family. He was loved — he’s still loved by a lot of people in Medellín. And he’s still one of the most terrible killers in modern history.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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