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Arsenal make contact with Paulo Sousa as search for next manager intensifies

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal make contact with Paulo Sousa as search for next manager intensifies Arsenal have approached Paulo Sousa about their current managerial vacancy (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Bordeaux manager Paulo Sousa as the north London club intensifies its search for Unai Emery’s permanent successor.Emery was sacked last month following a disastrous run of form which culminated in a shambolic Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge with Per Mertesacker, Arsenal’s academy director, promoted to the first team coaching set-up.Ljungberg recorded the first victory of his interim reign last night as the Gunners came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 but, despite an element of the feel-good factor returning after a first win in 10 games, the Arsenal hierarchy continue to broaden their search for a new head coach.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to L’Equipe, Arsenal have made contact with Sousa’s entourage and would be able to prise him from Bordeaux were they to activate his buyout clause, which they report to be between two and three million Euros. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Dec 2019 2:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Ljungberg speaks after Arsenal’s first win in 10, against West HamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:09FullscreenLjungberg speaks after Arsenal’s first win in 10, against West Hamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-speaks-arsenals-win-10-against-west-ham-2066642/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Sousa has endured a nomadic managerial career but has coached in England before, though not since 2010, with spells at QPR, Swansea and Leicester on his CV.The 49-year-old, a former Portugal international, took over at Bordeaux from Gus Poyet in March and has guided the club to fifth place this season having signed former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny in the summer.Mikel Arteta, according to The Telegraph, remains Arsenal’s preferred candidate, while Patrick Vieira remains a contender, despite his struggles with Nice.ESPN, meanwhile, claim Arsenal interviewed currently out of work former Valencia manager Marcelino this week, but the 54-year-old is understood to be far from optimistic about his chances of landing the role.Arsenal face Manchester City at the weekend following their trip to Belgium on Thursday where anything but a five-goal defeat would see them advance to the next stage of the Europa League.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‘I speak to Edu,’ said Ljungberg after last night’s much-needed victory.‘We played with each other so we speak. Of course I don’t have so much staff so I talk to him sometimes about football.‘I’ve been told to work on a game-to-game basis. That’s what I’m trying to do. It’s a club that I love and want to try and help as much as I can.’MORE: Bernd Leno heaps praise on Freddie Ljungberg for bringing ‘real Arsenal’ backMORE: Marcelino ‘not optimistic’ about being offered Arsenal job after face-to-face interview Commentlast_img read more

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The Latest: Oosthuizen shoots 30 on front for 67

first_img Associated Press September 17, 2020 Thomas Pieters stayed home for more than five months during the pandemic, skipped the PGA Championship and recently became a father.It hasn’t seemed to hurt his game at the U.S. Open.Taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions at Winged Foot, Pieters had five birdies to offset a bogey at the par-5 12th to shoot a 4-under 66. That puts him in a tie for second with Patrick Reed, one behind Justin Thomas.Pieters delayed his return to competitive golf after the coronavirus shutdown due to the birth of his first daughter, Florence. The Belgian returned to finished third at the Celtic Classic in Wales last month.4 p.m. ___7:30 a.m.Brandon Wu kicked off the 120th U.S. Open with a drive into the right side of the fairway at Winged Foot.That’s considered a great start.Hitting fairways is paramount at Winged Foot. For starters, it’s tough to advance the ball very far. But the greens are severe, and the bunkers are as much as 8 feet deep. That explains why only two players out of 750 who have started the previous five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot finished under par. Paul Waring holed out for a birdie from the fifth fairway after driving into the rough. Moments later, Patrick Reed made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole.Leading the way is an amateur, Davis Thompson of Georgia. He was at 3 under. Rory McIlroy wanted to get off to a good start for a change, and he was at 2 under.Tiger Woods was 1 over through seven holes.The course is forgiving enough that Jordan Spieth managed to recover from his tough start. With three birdies, he was back to even par.___ The Latest: Oosthuizen shoots 30 on front for 67 Will Zalatoris has the second ace at Winged Foot’s par-3 seventh hole.Patrick Reed had the first on the 165-yard hole early in the opening round of the U.S. Open. Zalaoris followed him into the cup on a 9-iron shot that landed in the middle of the green and trickled into the hole.Zalatoris, who led the 2020 Korn Ferry points list, moved back to even par with the ace after two early bogeys.The 24-year-old is competing in his second U.S. Open after a stellar junior career and playing at Wake Forest. Zalatoris won the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur and played on the 2017 Walker Cup team. 2:35 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest from the U.S. Open (all times EDT):6:40 p.m.Benign conditions at Winged Foot have led to some rare low scores at the difficult course. Thompson was an All-American at Georgia and a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award given to the top player in college golf. He qualified as the No. 3 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is making his U.S. Open debut. No amateur has won the tournament since Johnny Goodman in 1933.10:20 a.m.For a U.S. Open course that’s one of the toughest, and with no spectators allowed, there’s been plenty of cheering in the opening round Thursday.The cheers have come from the smattering of volunteers. And they had reason. Phil Mickelson opened his return to Winged Foot with two birdies but gave both shots back over the next two holes.Mickelson blew a one-shot lead on the 18th hole in 2006 for the most painful of his six U.S. Open runner-up finishes.Through the first four holes, he hasn’t found a fairway. He hacked out of the rough on the first two to get within birdie range but couldn’t salvage par after finding trouble on 3 and 4.The 50-year-old wouldn’t have qualified for the field under normal circumstances, and had said he wouldn’t ask for a special exemption. But when the USGA reset the qualifying standards because of the pandemic, it took the top 70 players instead of the top 60. Mickelson made it based on being ranked 61st.___ 1:20 p.m.Justin Thomas is leading the U.S. Open at 5 under par through 18 holes. Thomas arrived at No. 18 tied with Patrick Reed, who had already finished a round that included a double bogey and a hole in one. But Thomas made a 25-foot putt for birdie on the last hole to move into the lead by himself. Thomas had one bogey and six birdies, including three in a row over Nos. 9, 10 and 11. He was playing with Tiger Woods, who also birdied three straight holes while making the turn but then finished up with three bogeys and a double in the last six holes.Reed salvaged his round after taking a double-bogey on the fifth hole. He rallied with a birdie on No. 6 and then one-hopped his tee shot into the cup for a hole in one on the seventh. Three more birdies on the back nine left him at minus-4. Thomas sank a 9-foot putt on No. 11 to pull ahead of amateur Davis Thompson, who had been out to the early lead. The University of Georgia All-American bogeyed No. 13 to fall to minus-3. No amateur has won the U.S. Open since Johnny Goodman in 1933.Thomas’ best finish in the U.S. Open was a tie for ninth in 2017. He won the PGA Championship that year for his only major victory.___Amateur Davis Thompson is leading the U.S. Open through 13 holes. Thompson birdied Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 11 to drop to 4-under at Winged Foot. That’s a one-stroke lead over Justin Thomas. Rory McIlroy is among a trio that are two strokes back at minus-2. Rory McIlroy was in third at minus-3.___11:40 a.m.Tiger Woods is at even par after a bogey on No. 13 stalled his his move up the leaderboard. Woods made the turn with three straight birdies on Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and was at 1 under par after lipping out on a 17-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole. But he dropped a stroke on the par-3 13th hole after putting his tee shot in the bunker and then two-putting from 19 feet. Louis Oosthuizen’s 5-under 30 on the front nine is evidence of that.Bouncing back from a shaky start, Oosthuizen had an eagle and three birdies to close out the front nine, finishing with a 3-under 67 in the first round of the U.S. Open.Starting his round on No. 10, the South African shot 37 on the back nine to turn in 2 over. He opened the front with a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and holed out for eagle from 148 yards on the par-4 second.Oosthuizen is two back of leader Justin Thomas.5:57 p.m. Woods was playing with leader Justin Thomas, who also birdied Nos. 9, 10 and 11. Thomas was the leader at minus-4 through 13 holes.The final groups of the morning round have all made the turn, with the second half of the field preparing to tee off just after noon at Winged Foot in Westchester County in New York.___11:20 a.m.Justin Thomas has moved into the lead of the U.S. Open with three straight birdies while making the turn to drop to 4 under par. 9 a.m.Jordan Spieth already is facing an uphill battle after only two holes at the U.S. Open.He first made bogey from the fairway when his shot rolled down to the bottom of the green and he three putted. And then it got worse.Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa were waiting on the second tee when Spieth in the group ahead arrived in a golf cart. His tee shot got caught in a tree and he had to return to the tee to play his third. He wound up with a double bogey and was 3 over after two holes.Spieth has not won in three years. He was eliminated after the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. And then he missed the cut last week in the Safeway Open. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will get an early start Thursday, though they begin on opposite ends of the West Course. The opening round began with cloud cover. The rest of the week is expected to feature plenty of sunshine and mild weather, unusual for a U.S. Open.Then again, it’s been 113 years since the U.S. Open was played in September. It was moved from its traditional June spot in the calendar when golf shut down for three months in America because of the COVID-19 pandemic.___More AP golf: https://apnews.com/apf-Golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR QUERIES WHY MANCHESTER UNITED HAS NO WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM

first_imgA Donegal businessman has contacted Manchester United FC to query why one of world’s biggest football clubs has NO women’s team.Ian Harkin, owner of the hugely successful Letetrkenny-based children’s doll company LOTTIE was perplexed when he discovered that Manchester United FC had no women’s football team. He was shocked to discover that a worldwide brand like Manchester United FC who also claim to have the largest fan base in the world, does not have a senior women’s team at the club.Manchester United, along with Tottenham Hotspur are the only Premiership clubs that don’t have a women’s senior team.The Moville based businessman decided to contact Manchester United and find out why they don’t cater for a women’s team within the infrastructure of the club.Harkin suggested that within the regulations of the UEFA licensing structure – ALL clubs should make it compulsory to have a women’s team as part of their licensing requirements. Which according to Harkin would provide female players with the same opportunities and legal rights which are afforded to male players.Harkin posted the following message on his LOTTIE Facebook page which includes a number of startling facts about the women’s game.“Manchester United a club which claims the worlds largest fan-base – does not have a senior women’s football team.Following the thrilling Women’s World Cup 2015 tournament, a resurgence in the popularity of women’s football has emerged, but did you know that in the early 1900’s, women’s football had attendances reaching over 50,000 for club matches, becoming so popular that it was perceived as a threat to the men’s game – and so was banned in England from 1921 to 1971?!We believe the UEFA club licensing needs to extend to women’s football, making it compulsory that each licensed club has a women’s team, affording female players the same opportunities and legal rights as the men’s game. At present only 7 countries have adopted this policy, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Hungary and Georgia. Advertisement What are your thoughts?Read More; http://www.independent.co.uk/…/why-is-it-that-theres-no-wom…Read our Lottie coaching tips for girls; http://lott.ie/womens-world-cup-2015 Advertisement DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR QUERIES WHY MANCHESTER UNITED HAS NO WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessDoll ComapnyIan HarkinLottieManchester United FCnewsSportWomen’s teamlast_img read more

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QSST Wins 18’s Boys Title

first_imgThe teams were locked at 5-all at half-time before QSST ran away with the game in the second half. NSWCCC got out to a perfect start, scoring in their first set of six when Wesley Sefuiva combined with Josh Rozairo to send Jonathan Huskins over on the wing. QSST were quick to hit back however, capitalising on a CCC mistake which saw Jackson Luke score on the wing to level the score at 1-all. QSST hit the lead soon after, when Marlon Doak scored on the wing in the fifth minute to take a 2-1 lead. The experienced duo of Sefuiva and Rozairo were quick to retaliate, levelling the score one minute later before reclaiming the lead when Macauley Dawson was the recipient of a great long ball to take a 3-2 lead. Down the other end of the field, Mathew Couper was on the receiving end of a long ball similar to the touchdown prior, levelling the score at 3-all. Luke put his QSST team in front soon after, scoring his second touchdown for the game, showing plenty of speed as he ran down the far wing to score.  Huskins then scored his second for NSWCCC in the 11th minute, after being on the receiving end of another great long ball, and locked things up at 4-all. Defence then took over, with both teams unable to score for the next seven minutes following plenty of touchdowns in the first stanza of the game.  It looked like QSST would take a one touchdown advantage into the half-time break when Luke Swan scored a touchdown in the final minute of the half. But NSWCCC were determined to lock things up, with Cade Price scoring after the siren to level the game at 5-all at half-time. QSST came back from the half-time break in blistering form, scoring the first four touchdowns of the half to take a 9-5 lead midway through the second half. NSWCCC captain, Sefuiva, led by example shortly after, stepping around the opposition to bring the difference back to three touchdowns, but a double to Theo Majid extended his side’s lead out to five touchdowns. Australian 18’s Boys representative, Mathew Couper, scored his second touchdown for the game, before CCC hit back through Andrew Heffernan. Player of the Final, Lachlan Pierce, continued his impressive game and scored his third touchdown of the half with 90 seconds remaining, to give QSST a six touchdown advantage and claim the title 13-7. NSWCCC’s Josh Rozairo was recognised for his impressive form throughout the event, being named Player of the Series. QSST 13 (Lachlan Pierce 3, Mathew Couper 2, Theo Majid 2, Jackson Luke 2, Jason Norford, Ashley Taylor, Marlon Doak, Luke Swan) defeated NSWCCC 7 (Jonathan Huskins 2, Wesley Sefuiva 2, Luke Tonegato, Andrew Heffernan, Macauley Dawson).Referees: David Baggio, Mick Medlin, Luke McKenzielast_img read more

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