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first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery has been forced to strip Granit Xhaka as the Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery was not the man responsible for deciding to poll Arsenal’s first team squad in order to determine Laurent Koscielny’s successor as club captain.The long-serving France international’s acrimonious departure forced Emery to select a new skipper, but he delayed confirmation of Granit Xhaka’s appointment until September.Rob Holding, who wore the armband against Virotia in midweek, revealed after the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest he and his fellow players were involved in a secret ballot which saw Xhaka come out on top, ahead of the likes of Hector Bellerin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka was officially stripped of the captaincy last week following his refusal to fully apologise for his swearing at his own fans against Crystal Palace, with subsequently Aubameyang promoted.ADVERTISEMENTEmery has faced severe criticism for delaying and dithering over Xhaka’s original appointment, but the Daily Mirror reports it was not the Spaniard’s decision to take into account the views of his players. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been promoted to club captain following Granit Xhaka’s demotion (Picture: Getty)That idea was the suggestion of Arsenal’s psychologist David Priestley, the same man who introduced the now customary team huddle before matches led by various members of staff.Last season, ahead of the damaging defeat against Crystal Palace which effectively cost Arsenal Champions League qualification, Ameesh Manek, the man in charge of arranging first team travel arrangements, led the rallying cry.Emery’s side travel to Leicester on Saturday, minus Xhaka who still is not in the right frame of mind to play, knowing defeat would leave them nine points behind the Foxes in the race for the top four heading into the international break.‘This a very big opportunity. After two matches at home that we drew, tomorrow is a very good opportunity. Yesterday the players worked and trained very well with a good spirit and they give me confidence,’ said Emery.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‘The most important is our mentality and going there thinking: ‘We are Arsenal.’ And we will go there with confidence and also strong in our mentality to be together to go to work against them.‘The circumstances – Ozil, Kolasinac, the Laurent Koscielny circumstances and if he was still here then he would still be captain and there would be no problem. But the team inside now, they are strong.‘Is this must-win? Yes. But in our mind, for each match it is only to win.’Will Arsenal beat Leicester?Yes0%No0%It’ll be a draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsene Wenger should have signed Jonny Evans for Arsenal, says Alan SmithMORE: Unai Emery hints Granit Xhaka might not play for Arsenal again ahead of Leicester clash Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 12:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link213Shares Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s decision to hold vote to decide club captain wasn’t Unai Emery’s idealast_img read more

first_imgNHL-PLAYOFFS-BRUINS-LIGHTNINGHedman’s goal gives Lightning 3-2 win over Bruins in 2nd OTTORONTO (AP) — Victor Hedman scored with 5:50 left in the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins and their fourth berth in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals in six seasons on Monday night.Hedman beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the left circle, finishing a barrage that saw the Lightning outshoot Bruins 7-1 in the second OT. Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 in overtime games in this year’s playoffs.NHL-WIRE FRAUD SENTENCE — The Oakland Athletics have acquired Mike Minor in a trade with the Texas Rangers, adding another piece to their rotation. Minor has struggled this year, going 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA with Texas, but he went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts last season. — Toronto has acquired left-hander Robbie Ray in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Blue Jays a former All-Star who has struggled so far in 2020. The Diamondbacks got lefty Travis Bergen in the deal. Toronto also received cash considerations as part of the trade. — The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Milwaukee Brewers before Monday’s trade deadline.Phelps is the fourth reliever to join the Phillies in a trade in 10 days. They got Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox and David Hale from the Yankees on Aug. 21. —The San Francisco Giants acquired left-hander Anthony Banda from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash, adding depth to their bullpen. Banda went 1-0 with a 10.29 ERA in four outings with one save over seven innings for the Rays before being designated for assignment. —The Chicago Cubs acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin and two left-handed relievers in three trades. The NL Central leaders sent minor league infielder Zack Short to Detroit for Maybin, who is batting .244 with a homer and two RBIs in 14 games this year. The Cubs got Chafin and a cash consideration from Arizona for a player to be named or cash. Osich was acquired in a deal with Boston for a player to be named or cash. — Marketa Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up and who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.In Open news:— A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that seven players have been put in what one described as a “bubble in the bubble” as the U.S. Open starts because they were in contact with Benoit Paire. He is the French player who was dropped from the field after testing positive for the coronavirus. In other first day Open action:— Coco Gauff is out of the U.S. Open on Day 1.Anastasija Sevastova knocked off the 16-year-old Gauff in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. It was Gauff’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances. — — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets. liskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. —Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago. Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.— No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman blew a two-set lead and was knocked out in the first round. He led 2-0 but appeared to have problems with cramps as he lost to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that took nearly 4 hours. —The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded right-hander Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named. The Blue Jays have dramatically bolstered their pitching staff at the deadline with the additions of Stripling, Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker. Stripling is 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA in seven starts this season for Los Angeles. —The New York Mets acquired infielder Todd Frazier and catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Texas Rangers. Texas receives two players to be named. New York also receives cash in the deal involving Chirinos. The Mets also acquired Baltimore right-hander Miguel Castro for minor league left-hander Kevin Smith and a player to be named or cash. New York is bringing Frazier back after he hit 39 home runs for the Mets over two seasons in 2018 and 2019. He hit .241 with two homers in 31 games for Texas this year.—The Colorado Rockies added outfield depth by acquiring Kevin Pillar from Boston in a trade-deadline deal. The Red Sox received a player to be named or cash and international amateur signing bonus pool space as part of the deal. MLB-ATHLETICS-MARINERSMore games postponed for testing —José Iglesias and Bryan Holaday had RBI doubles in the 11th inning for Baltimore, and Iglesias threw out the potential tying run at home plate as the Orioles salvaged a 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Iglesias’ leadoff hit, to deep left-center field, scored Anthony Santander, who started the inning at second base. Holaday then doubled to right field to drive in Iglesias. Both hits came off Toronto reliever Anthony Bass. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI single in the 11th to draw Toronto closer, but was thrown out at the plate.MLB-TRADESClevinger, Minor among players movingUNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their rotation with another bold move ahead of baseball’s trade deadline. San Diego got Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named for Cleveland for a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges. In other trade activity ahead of the deadline: Update on the latest sports NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Rojas hit a tiebreaking RBI single during Miami’s four-run sixth inning against Jacob deGrom, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3. Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson homered for Miami, which had dropped four in a row. Trevor Rogers pitched five effective innings for his first major league win, and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his seventh save. Marlins second baseman Jonathan Villar made a diving catch in shallow center to rob the Mets of a run in the fifth, and then was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth. In other Monday action:— Luis Robert hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and the go-ahead double in the ninth, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the skidding Minnesota Twins 8-5. The White Sox are in sole possession of first place in the AL Central for the first time this season, ahead of Cleveland and Minnesota. —Tyler Glasnow flummoxed the Yankees for six innings, Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier homered off Gerrit Cole, and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their mastery of New York with a 5-3 victory. The AL East leaders improved to 7-1 against the Yankees this season and stretched their division cushion to 4 1/2 games. —Max Fried improved to 6-0, Austin Riley had a bases-loaded triple and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3. Adam Duvall belted a homer over the Green Monster and Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in two runs for Atlanta. Alex Verdugo had three doubles for the Red Sox.—Orlando Arcia’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night. Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in his first appearance since walking five of the six batters he faced while trying to close out Saturday night’s game. Hader has yet to give up a hit this season. —Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling had RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the first game of a three-game series. It was the Royals’ first win this season when trailing after seven innings. Scott Barlow picked up the win in relief for Kansas City. — Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit his first career grand slam, helping Dakota Hudson to his first win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. Hudson finished with a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks. The Cardinals won their second straight after dropping four in a row. The Reds have lost three of four after winning three straight.—Spencer Howard threw five effective innings, Rhys (rees) Hoskins homered and drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 Monday night. Juan Soto hit a pair of two-run homers and Michael Taylor and Trea Turner also went deep for the defending World Series champions, who fell to 12-20. —Three people have filed a lawsuit against New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, claiming that he robbed them at gunpoint during a May cookout in Florida. The civil lawsuit filed in Broward County, Florida, seeks $100,000 in damages. Baker was charged Aug. 7 with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Prosecutors previously said Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested in May, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. TENNIS-US OPENDjokovic wins easilyNEW YORK (AP) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) breezed past Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth men’s championship and he cruised in his first-round matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic pounded his chest and raised his racket in the air, keeping his celebratory routine intact even without fans in the stadium. Djokovic is 24-0 in 2020 and has won 18 of his last 19 matches overall in Grand Slam tournaments. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette. It’s a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tenure. The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. If Fournette clears waivers, he would become a free agent. He is due $4.17 million in salary in 2020 if someone claims him. — The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Zach Cunningham to a four-year, $58 million contract extension. The Texans announced the signing on Monday. The 25-year-old Cunningham was a second-round pick in 2017 and ranked second in the NFL last season with a career-high 137 tackles. —The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting middle linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list less than two weeks before the start of the season. The list is used for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. —Pittsburgh outside linebacker Bud Dupree and the Steelers failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension during the offseason, meaning Dupree will likely become a free agent next spring. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Dupree in March after he had a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019. —The Las Vegas Raiders have released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara. Amukamara was signed as a free agent to provide a veteran presence in the secondary. He started 99 games over nine seasons with the Giants, Jacksonville and Chicago but had been surpassed in practice by rookie Damon Arnette. center_img Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78 WASHINGTON (AP) — The sports world is reacting to the death of former Georgetown coach John Thompson. He was a Hall of Famer and the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing played center for Thompson on the Hoyas’ national championship team in 1984. He called Thompson a “father figure, confidant and role model’ and said his legacy will be ”everlasting.” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim lauded Thompson as a role model for a lot of coaches, Black and white. Thompson’s family announced his death Monday but disclosed no details. He was 78.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLPlayers association chief wants daily testing August 31, 2020 NBA-MOST IMPROVED PLAYER-INGRAMPelicans’ Brandon Ingram named NBA most improved playerNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the NBA’s most improved player in a season that saw him bounce back from a life-altering blood clot and a trade from the team that drafted him second-overall in 2016.Ingram, who came to New Orleans as part of a block-buster trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged a team-leading and career-best 23.8 points per game while hitting 46.3% of his shots. He also became an NBA All-Star for the first time. Ingram received 42 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 326 total points. HIngram credits former Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry for his success. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-BUCKSButler scores 40, Heat top Bucks 115-104 for 1-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 40 points, Goran Dragic added 27 and the Miami Heat clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-104 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday night. Bam Adebayo had 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Heat, who are 3-1 overall against the top-seeded Bucks this season. Khris Middleton scored 28 points for Milwaukee, which also dropped Game 1 of its first-round series against Orlando. Brook Lopez had 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks. Man who admitted embezzling millions sentenced to prisonCHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois accountant who pleaded guilty to embezzling millions of dollars from a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and others to finance a luxurious lifestyle was sentenced Monday to 16½ years in prison. Three former Chicago Blackhawks players were among those scammed.Sultan Issa admitted earlier this year that Art Institute trustee Roger L. Weston wasn’t his only victim. Issa, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in January, said he also stole millions from individual investors, including $500,000 from a widow who trusted him to invest funds from her late husband’s estate. Most of the individual investors who lost money in Issa’s scams were not identified in court records.MLB-SCHEDULE-MARLINS-METSRojas gets key hit in Marlins’ win UNDATED (AP) — NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday. Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICEEnd zones to carry social justice messages Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Previously announced were decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality. Now, a T-shirt designed by NFL Players Association executive committee member Michael Thomas, a safety with the Houston Texans, can be worn in warmups. In other NFL news:— The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team. Owner Dan Snyder said he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review. The Washington Post reported last month about 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. SEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced that the first two games of Oakland’s series at Seattle have been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing. This, after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test already caused the postponement of Oakland’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros. Now games against the Mariners on Tuesday and Wednesday are being put off. The A’s are also scheduled to play at Seattle on Thursday.In other MLB news:— Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker and manager David Bell were both suspended one game for their roles in a bench-clearing incident Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Chicago coach Mike Borzello was also suspended one game. Winker, Bell and Borzello were also fined, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto received a fine as well. Winker, Votto, COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-JOHN THOMPSONlast_img read more

first_img– ‘Bittersweet’ –US midfielder Carli Lloyd scooped the best women’s player of 2016, the two-time Olympic gold medallist adding to her 2015 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year accolade.The American finished ahead of Brazilian star Marta and Germany’s Melanie Behringer.She described 2016 as “bittersweet”, with the US failing to win a medal for the first time in women’s Olympic football.Spain’s La Liga accounted for nine of the 11 players in the FIFPro team of the year with Ronaldo and Messi headlining a star-studded line-up.Ronaldo was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric while the side comprised four Barcelona players with Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez joining Messi.Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer — named to the FIFPro World 11 for the fourth year running — was the only player selected without links to Spain’s top two clubs.Juventus defender Dani Alves was included for a sixth time having helped Barca to a league and cup double before leaving the Camp Nou for Italy last June.FIFA also gave a fair play prize to the Colombian side Atletico Nacional.The team had asked South America’s football governing body to award a regional club title to Chapecoense after most of the Brazilian side perished in a plane crash on the way to the first leg of the final.– New honours –World football’s governing body launched the new award series after ending its six-year collaboration with France Football magazine for the Ballon d’Or.The change is one of many implemented under Infantino, who took over FIFA last year pledging to lead it away from the scandals that dominated the end of Sepp Blatter’s tenure.Speaking on the so-called “green carpet” outside the Zurich awards venue, Maradona said the prizes helped define a new FIFA identity.“After everything that was taken away from football, everything that was tainted by corruption, to see new people, new faces, that provides me with hope,” Maradona said.But the first 11 months of Infantino’s administration have had their troubles, including massive and often contentious FIFA staff overhauls and an ethics probe that ultimately cleared Infantino of abusing his office.Infantino’s biggest test to date is set for Tuesday, when FIFA’s powerful governing council will decide whether to back his controversial push to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32-nation format.Share on: WhatsApp Congratulations, Claudio Ranieri!Winner of #TheBest FIFA Men’s Coach 2016 ?https://t.co/LO8lWBKxpn pic.twitter.com/8czujwPzIz— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 9, 2017Having miraculously avoided relegation the previous season, the Foxes rode that wave of momentum all the way to the title.The prizes were based on a combined voting process involving national team coaches and captains, a select group of journalists and fans.Ronaldo took 34.5 percent of the vote over 26.4 percent to Messi, who skipped the awards show co-hosted by US actress and former “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria.Barcelona said Messi was focused on preparing for an upcoming match against Athletic Bilbao. Delighted to win The Best FIFA award. Wouldn’t be possible without my teammates, coaches and you who support me every day. Thanks everyone! pic.twitter.com/1E1VkaYbTu— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 9, 2017Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo claimed FIFA’s inaugural best player of the year award on Monday, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country.Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri received the best men’s coach award following his side’s fairytale Premier League triumph.But the night again belonged to the 31-year-old Ronaldo, who edged out long-time nemesis Lionel Messi for the trophy as well as France’s Antoine Griezmann, the top player at this summer’s European championship.Ronaldo had already won the Ballon d’Or after his third Champions League title, thanks largely to his 16 goals in 12 games, as well as triumphing with Portugal at Euro 2016 — the country’s first major prize.“2016 was the best year of my career,” Ronaldo said after being handed the prize from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.Ranieri, 65, who saw off Real boss Zinedine Zidane and Portugal manager Fernando Santos, said the best coach honour was “incredible” after receiving the prize from Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.Under Ranieri’s leadership, Leicester pulled off one of the greatest shocks in English football history by defying title odds of 5,000-1 to lift the Premier League trophy last season.last_img read more

first_imgThe two leaders have already met three times — in Singapore, Hanoi and at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.At the second summit in Vietnam last February, Trump rejected Kim’s demand to drop widespread sanctions in exchange for dismantling the North’s main nuclear complex.The U.S. and South Korea have both scaled down major military exercises since Trump and Kim’s first summit took place in June of 2018. However, the North claims that even those downsized drills violate agreements made between Kim and Trump, and compel North Korea to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”When they last met two months ago, the two leaders agreed to resume working-level nuclear talks, but no meetings have taken place since then. President Trump says that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants to meet again to “start negotiations” after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises come to an end. He adds that Kim also apologized for a recent series of short-range missile tests.Kim reportedly assured Trump “that this testing would stop when the exercises end.” Meanwhile, North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.last_img read more