Advertisement Eddie Nketiah scored in Arsenal’s win over Everton on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)Eddie Nketiah says there is no hostility between Arsenal’s strikers as competition for places up front for the Gunners heats up.Nketiah has returned to the Emirates after spending the first half of the season on loan at Championship side Leeds and has started the last two Premier League games, scoring in the 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday.The 20-year-old has lead the attack, with the trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe behind him, meaning Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli have missed out on starting berths.The Gunners have scored seven goals in the two matches Nketiah has started, and won them both, so it seems that manager Mikel Arteta will stick to this formula in the league.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe young forward says that 28-year-old Lacazette has not had his nose put out of joint by being benched, in fact their relationship is a healthy one as they battle for places in Arteta’s starting XI.‘Obviously he is a mature lad and a great player,’ Nketiah said of Lacazette. ‘He always tries to encourage me.‘He has been a young player in my position so he knows what it is like. There are no hostilities, he’s just always looking to help and improve and it shows the maturity he has.‘He has had a great career so all I can do is take the advice he gives me and try and implement it in my game and do what I do best.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Feb 2020 1:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Advertisement Eddie Nketiah insists there are no hostilities after replacing Alexandre Lacazette in the Arsenal team Alexandre Lacazette scored on his last start for the club, against Olympiakos (Picture: Getty Images)Things are certainly looking up for the Gunners under Arteta as the side are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, winning four of their last five.They return to Europa League action on Thursday night, hosting Olympiakos in the second leg of their round of 32 tie, after Lacazette scored the only goal of the first leg in Greece.Nketiah has hailed the atmosphere at the club, especially among the forward line, with everyone trying to help each other improve.‘They’re really good guys off the field and obviously top strikers,’ said Nketiah of his Arsenal team-mates.‘I just try to focus on myself and learn from them, see the things they do well and try to take from it and improve. 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 City‘They’re always willing to give advice and talk to me whenever I need it. It’s great to have two great strikers to learn from. ‘I’m just trying to improve every day and listen to the people around me, my family and coaches, really improve, take each day as it comes and get better.’The narrow win over Everton on Sunday saw the Gunners rise to ninth in the table and keep their hopes of a Champions League place alive.Due to Manchester City’s ban from the competition, it is likely that fifth place will book a spot in next season’s Champions League and Arsenal are now just four points behind that position, where Manchester United currently reside.MORE: Thierry Henry reveals his Arsenal ‘dream’ and why he gets ‘tired’ watching LiverpoolMORE: Arsenal will do ‘as much as they can’ to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay, admits Mikel Arteta Comment
Two former executives of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the chief executive of a rave promotion company were arrested Thursday. Though the charges were not immediately disclosed, attorneys said they believed the criminal counts are for conspiracy regarding the stadium’s operation, according to the Associated Press.Financial ruin · The university is in talks with the nearly bankrupt Coliseum Commission to negotiate a 50-year master lease. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanAuthorities arrested Patrick Lynch, former Coliseum general manager; Todd DeStefano, former Coliseum events manager; and Reza Gerami, chief executive of Go Ventures, Thursday morning.The Chief of Staff for City Councilman Bernard C. Parks said the councilman, a member of the Coliseum commission, was not surprised by the arrests.“It’s unfortunate,” Chief of Staff Bernard C. Parks Jr. said. “But it’s pretty predictable, having followed this now for a year and knowing the different law enforcement agencies that were involved. He knew this day was coming.”The venue’s financial activity has been the subject of scandal for more than a year. In November, the Coliseum Commission sued Lynch and DeStefano, alleging that they had mishandled funds and siphoned money for personal gain. The suit also named rave promoters Go Ventures and Insomniac Events.Parks Jr. said there is no connection between the charges filed and USC’s negotiations with the Coliseum Commission for a master lease.“I know there have been some people trying to draw a parallel line between these two events, but it’s really apples and oranges,” Parks Jr. said. “I don’t think you can hand over a public facility for free based on the negligence of a couple employees at the Coliseum. One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other.”In addition to Thursday’s arrests, a lawyer for Insomniac Events, which has worked with the Coliseum, said the company expects its chief executive to be arrested as well, but is confident that the charges levied against him are invalid, according to the Los Angeles Times.Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, whose office is currently investigating and auditing the operation’s finances, said the arrests signify the need for reform.“We must demand zero tolerance when it comes to allegations of public corruption, wasteful spending, fraudulent activity and abuse of city resources,” Greuel said in a statement. “[Thursday’s] arrests are indicative of the need for bold changes at the Coliseum.”
The No. 1 men’s golf team won the Western Intercollegiate tournament this weekend in Santa Cruz, Calif., closing out the regular season as the top-ranked team in the country. The tournament was a highlight for sophomore Justin Suh, who notched the first win of his collegiate career.This was the fourth title of the year for the Trojans, who won with a final score of 1,050 (347-348-355). The finish was 18 strokes better than Stanford, which came in second place, and 20 strokes ahead of Oregon in third.Suh’s victory came with a 5-under 205 finish (68-67-70). It was his third finish in the final top three on the season, ending with five birdies in the final round. Suh won by four strokes, leading the entirety of Sunday’s play.Meanwhile, junior Sean Crocker took home a tie for second at 1-under 209 (72-70-67) after a clutch 3-under final round. That final round helped Crocker extend his streak of under par tournaments to eight straight. Fellow junior Jonah Texeira tied for eighth, finishing 2-over(68-73-71). It was the best finish for Texeira since November’s Gifford Collegiate tournament.Seniors Rico Hoey (72-71-72) and Andrew Levitt (73-67-75) rounded out the group with a tie for 21st, finishing 5-over 215, while freshman Cheng Jin tied for 39th with 9-over 210 (67-77-75).Now, the Trojans prepare to enter postseason play next week with a trip to the Pac-12 Championships. They finished fifth in the conference last spring during the tournament in Salt Lake City.After the Pac-12 Championships, the Trojans will look toward the NCAA Championships. The regional tournament will kick off on May 8, but it’s uncertain which location the Trojans will be assigned to for the first round. Six different courses around the country will host NCAA Regionals, and the Trojans could find themselves in nearby Stanford, Calif. or as far away as Austin, Texas or Baton Rouge, La.USC is looking to make it all the way to the finals in Sugar Grove, Ill. after a disappointing finish to last year’s season. Despite a No. 3 ranking, the Trojans fell to Texas in a 4-1 semifinals upset, prematurely ending an otherwise successful season.This year, the Trojans come in as the favorite to take the tournament. In the last four months, the Trojans have notched only one finish below second place in a tournament. A particularly strong showing in March and February helped the team leap from No. 6 to No. 1 in the national rankings, coming off the heels of top-two finishes at the Amer Ari Invitational, the Southwestern Invitational, the Southern Highlands Collegiate and The Goodwin.With three weeks to prepare, the Trojans are locking in as they look to redeem themselves after last year’s fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. The tournament will tee off on April 28 in Boulder, Colo.
The charred remains of two Chinese nationals was on Sunday morning removed by undertakers following a massive fire which broke out in the wee hours of Sunday at the main commercial area at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD).The rubbleThe ruins of the buildingsOwner of the Mobile Guru and employees inspecting damageThe fire, which reportedly started at about 01:50h, also flatted at least five other businesses in the area, resulting in millions of dollars in loses.The blaze reportedly started in a Chinese supermarket following a fluctuation of electricity supply in the area. Among the businesses destroyed are the Chow Singh Chinese Restaurant, Wishful Supermarket, a multipurpose complex which housed Nauth’s Fashion, Robin’s Bookstore and a mobile store along with Mobile Guru.Based on information received, at the time of the fire, the two now dead men were asleep aback the supermarket which was heavily secured by an electric door.Guyana Timeswas informed that the men might have been unable to exit the building since there was no electricity in the area at the time to open the door.However, the fire, according to an eyewitness, broke out at the supermarket and quickly spread to the other building.“Dem building deh here years, many many years, I know the man that used to own it before so by the time the fire start, the place burnt quickly” the man told Guyana Times.As the fire was spotted, the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was summoned but according to residents, its efforts to save the buildings were fruitless due to the lack of sufficient water. After some time, the firefighters started to pump water from a canal to put out the blaze.In addition to the GFS, Pooran Brothers also rendered assistance in putting out the blaze. After hours of battling with the heat and fire, the firemen eventually put out the blaze. When Guyana Times arrived at the scene at about 11:00h on Sunday, small pockets of fire were still being put out by firefighters.As the fire came under control, the charred remains of the Chinese nationals, which were huddled together, were removed as family members who had gathered, looked on.Speaking to this publication, owner of Nauth’s Fashion store expressed disappointment with the work of the fire service.According to the woman, she would have lost millions of dollars since nothing was saved from her business place.The destroyed Chow Singh Chinese RestaurantAnother section of her business was, however, saved as firefighters worked quickly to soak the building with water to prevent the flames from spreading across. The owner expressed great joy that her life was saved.Owner of Mobile Guru, Rajaran Suknanan told this newspaper that he would have lost about $30 million due to the fire.According to one of his employees, he was called to the scene but by the time he arrived, the buildings were already engulfed in flames.“When I came, everything was already on fire, nobody couldn’t have saved anything, everything was already gone” the teen lamented.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, curious onlookers had gathered.Workers from Guyana Power and Light (GPL) along with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) were assessing the damage and more so, replacing those facilities that were destroyed by the fire.An investigation is presently ongoing. (Kizzy Coleman)