Can is poised to leave Juventus (Picture: Getty)Emre Can is weighing up his options after receiving a ‘luractive’ offer from Arsenal, according to reports.The former Liverpool star was edging closer to a transfer to Borussia Dortmund after falling down the pecking order at Juventus.Sport 1 claim that although Dortmund are leading the race for Can, Tottenham and Arsenal have made a late move to lure the midfielder back to the Premier League.The January transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday and Arsenal and Spurs face a race against time to get a deal over the line for Can.ADVERTISEMENTThe offers are described as ‘lucrative’, with Paris Saint-Germain and an unnamed Spanish club also submitting bids.AdvertisementAdvertisementDortmund’s deal for Can is believed to be worth £25.2million and will see the 26-year-old join on loan before making the move permanent. Comment Coral BarryFriday 31 Jan 2020 9:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Arsenal and Tottenham submit transfer offers to sign Emre Can Advertisement Can has barely played this season (Picture: Getty)However, the late interest from Arsenal and others has caused Can to pause and consider his options.Can is yet to make a final decision on his next club, but the German transfer window closes at 5pm.Arsenal may find it difficult to convince Can after it was reported the Germany international turned down an approach for Manchester United out of respect for Liverpool.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCan spent four years at Anfield and his exit was of great disappointment to Jurgen Klopp and many Liverpool fans.Since moving to Juventus on a free transfer in 2018, Can has found it difficult to nail down a regular starting place and has made just eight appearances in total this season.Can’s issues at Juventus peaked when he was left out of their Champions League squad at the start of the season.MORE: Man City move to beat Arsenal and Barcelona to Brazilian defender Yan CoutoMORE: Dani Ceballos makes U-turn over Arsenal future and vows to earn starting spot under Mikel Arteta Advertisement
___Petra Kvitova will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in.Organizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic.Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner.One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events. The second-division club says the 50-year-old O’Neill had tested negative in five previous rounds of testing but the positive result came from a test administered on Monday.Stoke says O’Neill will “follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation.” Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training.Stoke is scheduled to play Reading when the Championship resumes on June 20.The Premier League returns to action with two matches on June 17.___ The Ground Safety Advisory Group in Liverpool says Anfield and Goodison Park can now be used for Liverpool and Everton matches.Liverpool could clinch the trophy by beating Everton if Manchester City loses to Arsenal on June 17.Liverpool Deputy Mayor Wendy Simon says “we are confident the measures in place will allow the matches to be held behind closed doors without any detrimental impact to all concerned and recommend to the city council that the safety certificates for both grounds be amended to allow this to happen.”___English soccer club Stoke says manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for COVID-19. Associated Press Texas brought in 58 players this week to the campus that is otherwise closed to students. One of them presented symptoms during pre-screening and was tested before arriving. The other two were tested during the on-campus screening process.Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine and Performance Allen Hardin said their families have been notified and the two players with the COVID-19 virus are self-isolating.The announcement did not indicate if any of the players were among a group that marched together with coach Tom Herman last week from the campus football stadium to the state Capitol in honor of George Floyd. The players wore masks during the march but many also walked with their arms locked together.___One player and three caddies on the developmental Korn Ferry Tour have tested positive for the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Two Texas football players have tested positive for coronavirus this week and a third tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody, the university said Wednesday night. June 10, 2020 Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.___Everton will be allowed to host city rival Liverpool at Goodison Park instead of playing at a neutral venue when the rivals meet on June 21.Police had initially believed the Merseyside derby could not be staged in Liverpool because of fears that fans would congregate outside.Premier League games will take place without fans for the rest of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis players ranked outside the top 500 in singles or outside the top 175 in doubles are eligible for grants worth up to $1,000 from the International Tennis Federation to help deal with the suspension of competition because of the coronavirus pandemic.The ITF announced Wednesday specifics of a total relief fund worth more than $2.5 million, including money for national associations and players.That has $350,000 earmarked for players ranked 501 to 700 in ATP or WTA singles, who receive $1,000 each, or 176 to 300 in doubles, who receive $750 each.More than 1,000 ITF events, including junior and wheelchair tennis, have been wiped out since March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The ATP and WTA tours also have been suspended since March. Those tours teamed with the ITF and the four Grand Slam tournaments to set up a $6 million fund for certain players, including those ranked from 101 to 500 in singles. ___The Southeastern Conference has scrapped its scheduled football media days in July and instead plans to hold its first virtual event. League officials announced the decision Wednesday. SEC media days had been scheduled to be held July 13-16 in Atlanta at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel.Commissioner Greg Sankey says the virtual format will allow the league to manage media days in a healthy manner during the coronavirus pandemic and give programs flexibility as they prepare for the upcoming season. Sankey says the SEC looks forward to returning to its traditional media days format in 2021, which had been scheduled for Nashville.The SEC did not announce dates for the new virtual media days. Sankey is expected to deliver his annual “State of the SEC” along with media sessions with all head coaches and select players. The English Premier League says one person has tested positive for the new coronavirus after testing on 1,213 players and staffers across the 20 clubs.The person who tested positive was not identified.Testing is taking place at clubs twice a week ahead of ending the league’s 100-day shutdown next Wednesday.All games will be closed to fans for the remainder of the season.___ The Latest: 2 Texas football players test positive for virus The PGA Tour says it administered 1,559 tests — at home and at tournament sites — for the PGA Tour event in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Korn Ferry Tour event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.The positive results were from saliva tests and were done at home. The tour recommended — but did not require — that players and caddies take tests before traveling to the tournament.The tour did not disclose the names of those testing positive. They were to self-isolate for at least 10 days and have two negative test results at least 24 hours apart before returning.The tour said there 487 tests at tournament sites on the PGA Tour and 407 tests on the Korn Ferry Tour, all negative.___ The opening two rounds of the 2020 AMA Motocross season will have fans in attendance.The July 18 race at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and the July 25 races at WW Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida, will include social distancing policies to be announced later.The rest of the outdoor motocross schedule will be rolled out in phases as additional venues are allowed to welcome fans.Motocross’ decision comes a day after NASCAR announced it will allow fans to attend races in Florida and Alabama.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
While forecasts had projected that government surpluses would total $5.6 trillion over the next decade, the 2001 recession, spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the president’s first-term tax cuts all combined to wipe out those surpluses. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ECONOMY: Analysts expect figure for entire year to be even better. Spending hits record. By Martin Crutsinger THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The federal deficit is running sharply lower than last year even though spending in August set an all-time high, the government reported Thursday. The Treasury Department said that the deficit through the first 11 months of this budget year totaled $274.4 billion, down 9.8 percent from the same period a year ago. Analysts believe the deficit for all of 2007 will be even lower because they are forecasting a sizable surplus in the final month, reflecting in part timing issues that caused about $44billion in Social Security and Medicare payments that normally would have been made in September to be shifted into August. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting that when this budget year wraps up on Sept. 30, the deficit will total $158 billion, down by 36.2 percent from last year’s $248.2 billion deficit. The government’s books have been helped this year by record flows of tax receipts, which have continued even though economic growth has been reduced by a serious slump in housing. A deficit of $158 billion would be the best showing since the budget was actually in balance for four years. The last surplus was in 2001, President Bush’s first year in office.