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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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Jay McDermott increases role on Syracuse defense, establishes himself against top attacks

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Two Duke goals in 16 seconds and a faceoff win to follow had Syracuse on its heels. A tied game had become a deficit, and the Orange was facing a steeper one as Case Matheis tried to maneuver along the sideline.But soon Jay McDermott rushed up to face guard him and the Blue Devil attack lost his balance and turned it over. Just more than a minute later, McDermott again denied Matheis any space as he forced him out of bounds for the second straight time.“He’s had that length since he’s got here, but he didn’t have a lot of muscle to go with his length. I think it’s starting to pay off,” SU head coach John Desko said. “I think he’s done a great job, especially one-on-one these last couple games going against some of the best attackmen in the country.”McDermott has established himself as a starter this season after playing a garbage-time role in his freshman year and as a man-down specialist in 2014. He’s done so by honing in his footwork, increasing his size, and using lessons from his freshman year when he made the choice to not redshirt.This year he’s picked up 13 ground balls, caused four turnovers and used his length to play strong team defense for a squad that ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference goals against. And he’ll likely get the call again when No. 1 Syracuse (11-2, 2-2) travels to No. 13 Colgate (10-4, 6-2 Patriot) for its final nonconference matchup of the season in Hamilton, New York on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s getting kind of over the stage fright, if you will, and getting some experience at the end of games,” McDermott said. “… And that transitioned to this year which has been really helpful. I’ve got obviously a bigger role this year.”The 6-foot-2 defender has put on seven pounds since his freshman year and has bulked up in muscle. His quick foot speed helped him as a man-down specialist last year when he’d often have to rotate to different players on the offense.During practice he goes one-on-one with Syracuse’s premier attack players. After practice he jumps rope and does ladder work. It results in — to him — a tangible difference in the way he moves.There are situations that call for a better matchup player that can keep up with the shorter, more agile opponents on attack. When Syracuse traveled to play North Carolina on April 11, the 5-foot-10 Ralph D’Agostino — a player that McDermott calls a bulldog — made the start instead to defend 5-foot-5 Joey Sankey.“I’m probably more of a matchup guy,” D’Agostino said. “… He’s a very vocal guy out there. A great leader even though he’s the young buck of the four of us.”McDermott is the only junior on a stacked defense that includes fourth-years Sean Young, Brandon Mullins and D’Agostino. It’s a leadership role he developed when he decided not to redshirt as a freshman.He wanted to be the guy that traveled with the team. He wanted to be the young guy in the huddle with all the seniors. He wanted to be the guy getting the experience that everyone else couldn’t get — even if it meant making just two appearances in blowout games.But now, two years later, he’s gone from being in the huddle to leading them. He’s forced his way into a starting lineup where he’s the only player that isn’t in their fourth or fifth season.“I knew when I was being recruited that I wanted to come to Syracuse,” McDermott said. “You know that you may not play right away, I understood that. I just wanted to work my hardest and now I’m out here and it’s worth it.” Comments Published on May 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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