Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach

first_img Read More by Metro Video Settings PLAY Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Skip Ad / Skip Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 2:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Read More Full Screen ADVERTISEMENT Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach Read More SPONSORED Advertisement Read More The German appears eager to get back to work with his old teammate (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has welcomed new Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta back to the club after his old teammate was appointed as the permanent successor to Unai Emery.Arsenal parted company with their former manager at the end of last month though results have hardly improved under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg, with the club currently on a run of one win in their last 14 matches in all competitions.Ozil was famously exiled from the squad under Emery, though was given more opportunities by Ljungberg. Top articles 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 Coming Next The German arrived at the Emirates a couple of years after captain Arteta, playing together for three seasons and winning two FA Cups together.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd Ozil appears excited to get to work under his former teammate, who has served a three-and-a-half year apprenticeship at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola before taking over at Arsenal.‘Welcome back to the Arsenal family!’ posted Ozil on Instagram within minutes of the Gunners announcing the news, tagging his new gaffer and adding the ‘raising hands’ emoji.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 ArsenalThere had been suggestions that some of Arsenal’s senior players were wary of appointing a novice manager, but Ozil’s post appears to have put those rumours to bed.Arteta has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the Gunners that will leave him in charge until 2023 and he is thrilled to be returning to his old stomping ground.‘This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world,’ he told Arsenal’s website. ‘We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke, and the senior people from the club.‘We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it. I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.’MORE: Josh Kroenke explains why Arsenal chose Mikel Arteta as new head coachMORE: Freddie Ljungberg in talks with Malmo ahead of Mikel Arteta’s return to ArsenalMore: 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 Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers’ bats fall silent in 4-1 loss to Milwaukee Brewers

first_imgFiers struck out five batters and allowed only a long home run by Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth inning. Gonzalez also homered Friday.Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez walked one batter and allowed a single to Gonzalez in the ninth inning. The Dodgers had runners at first and third — their only runner in scoring position all day — when the game ended on a routine groundout by Matt Kemp.“He’s always been good every time I’ve seen him,” Greinke said of Fiers, his teammate from 2011-12. “I don’t know if he had a tough year last year but I looked at his minor-league numbers this year (2.45 ERA, 0.948 WHIP for Triple-A Nashville) and they’re amazing. I was asking some guys in their organization and I think the main reason is the (major-league) pitching staff’s been so good. “He’s tough. He knows what he’s doing. He’s trippy.”Both Greinke and Mattingly compared Fiers’ repertoire to that of Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter. The key difference: Collmenter has a 6.87 ERA over four games against the Dodgers this season.Greinke (12-8) allowed four runs and eight hits, walked one batter and struck out six. With a runner on first base, Davis crushed a 93-mph fastball to right-center field in the second inning. Gomez swatted a curveball off the left-field foul pole in the sixth.“The only pitch that kind of hurt was the Gomez pitch,” Greinke said. “The Scooter Gennett (single in the second inning) was well executed. Davis’ was well executed and they got two runs on that. They only scored one because of mistakes.”The loss continued what’s become a habit for the Dodgers in the second half: Dominating one series, then playing beneath their ability the next.Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers lost back-to-back series in St. Louis and Pittsburgh, then swept the Giants and Braves. They lost two out of three games to the lowly Chicago Cubs, then took three of four from the Angels, one of the American League’s best clubs.Against the Brewers, they’ve been outscored 13-4 in two games.Hanley Ramirez missed the game with an injury to his right side, believed to be a strained oblique muscle. Miguel Rojas got the start at shortstop and went 0 for 2.The second-place San Francisco Giants are also sliding. They lost their third straight game, 5-0 to Kansas City, and remain 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West.Clayton Kershaw takes the ball in the series finale today. At stake is the best record in the National League. The Dodgers are 66-52, the Brewers 65-52. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Saturday, they couldn’t hit.“When I was with the Brewers, we scored like 11 runs a game,” Greinke said. “When that happens, it doesn’t matter what you do.”Milwaukee recalled right-hander Mike Fiers (1-1) from Triple-A to start his first game of the season. Fiers has never been able to stick in the big leagues over parts of four seasons, but he’s stuck it to the Dodgers twice — once in May 2012 and again on Saturday. He allowed only three hits, and six balls out of the infield, in eight outstanding innings.“He wasn’t a total mystery,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Fiers. “He’s coming right after us, got ahead in the count.”Using a fastball that topped out at 92 mph, a cutter, a curveball and an occasional changeup, Fiers looked better than his rudimentary repertoire would suggest. The 29-year-old right-hander exited to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 40,553 at Miller Park.center_img MILWAUKEE — Around here, the only thing sliding downhill more than the Dodgers is Bernie Brewer.The mustachioed mascot, who goes for a ride down a yellow half-tube every time the home team homers, slid from his perch twice Saturday. Carlos Gomez and Khris Davis cranked a pair of long balls against Zack Greinke as the Dodgers lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-1.If the Dodgers were finding different ways to win during the Freeway Series against the Angels, they have found a different way to lose their first two games against the Brewers. Friday, Justin Turner’s glove betrayed him in the seventh inning and the Dodgers’ bullpen coughed up a one-run lead.last_img read more

Heisler: Lakers already closing in on Anthony Davis, but with lots of competition

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Come to the Bucks, man,” Giannis Antetokuonmpo told Davis after their game. “Come to the Bucks.”Davis didn’t comment.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Actually, Davis, who played through illness in Milwaukee, declined to talk to the press … perhaps further upset at the latest furor after James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that trading for A.D. “would be amazing. Like, duh. That would be incredible.”Unfortunately for A.D., Giannis extended his invitation to join him in a hall, surrounded by press people … making it the first star-to-star pitch witnessed in real time.Of course, nothing can happen unless Davis, who’s under contract through 2019, demands a trade. Now, the latest entry in the campaign to woo Anthony Davis:(Fill in your favorite team’s name here.)What was once mere speculation is now a folk movement as the schedule – aka the Pelican Death March – winds through Boston, where Celtics fans see Davis as their next Bill Russell … to Milwaukee, where the Pelicans took another loss and A.D. got another pitch … to Staples Center, where Lakerdom, starting with LeBron James, sees him as next in their line of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.Yes, it’s come to that. The Lakers are now vying for a superstar with Milwaukee, the Great White North of the NBA. If Lakers president Magic Johnson, or anyone in any front office, said what James and Antetokuonmpo did, the NBA would fine them hundreds of thousands of dollars for tampering.Players, on the other hand, are allowed carte blanche to recruit each other.Something similar happened in Boston where The Athletic reported Kyrie Irving and Davis spoke “about what it would be like to play together in Boston, according to a league source.”Not that this may reflect anything more than furious internet competition for “scoops” with “league sources” passing along hearsay, so the A.D.-Kyrie talks might have been anything from serious to fleeting.With A.D. seeming to tilt toward the Lakers after dumping his agent to hire LeBron’s pal, Rich Paul, I’d guess it went like this:Kyrie: “You’ve got to come here. We’d be great together!”A.D.: “Yeah, that would be cool.”This just in! More teams are expected to let Davis know they want him, too: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, and that’s just through the C’s.Nevertheless, this looks real, rather than a media hype with little basis in fact … like the courtship of James by desperate New York fans from 2008 to 2010, before the Knicks’ declining fortunes knocked them out of the running at the end when it came down to Miami and Cleveland.Wherever the Pelicans go, they’re obliged to rally around Davis with Coach Alvin Gentry proclaiming he’s theirs and will stay that way, and A.D. agreeing … up to a point.“We’re not trading him,” Gentry said before Friday’s loss to the Lakers. “He’s under contract another year and a half. That’s the easy part on our side. That’s from our owner all the way down to the last ball boy on our team. We’re not trading him.”Gentry has been a favorite with the local press from his days as Clippers coach and an assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff.Nevertheless, I’d guess what Alvin is really thinking is: “We’re not trading him. Hopefully, we’ll right the ship, he’ll be moved to stay and this will go away. In the meantime, we’ll keep the faith since that’s all we have left.”Of course, the Pelicans won’t trade Davis until they know they must. A.D. is signaling that his decision point will come this summer, when the team is sure to offer him a “super-max” extension worth approximately $240 million, $87 million more than any other team can.Unfortunately for the Pelicans, it doesn’t look like even that will be enough.“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes last week. “I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about A.D.’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard.”Oops. The Pelicans shot from 34-48 to 48-34 last season, but are now 15-18, No. 13 in the West, with A.D. noting he must play “almost perfect” to win.Put it all together and it spells “death spiral.”For the maraschino cherry atop the sundae of the Pelicans’ misery, A.D. went to dinner with James after the loss to the Lakers.LeBron’s comments about trading for Davis burned up the NBA last week with small markets worried their stars might be looted next.Nevertheless, the league put out the word that tampering applies only to management, as much as LeBron pushes the envelope.Of course, the Lakers could tell you how little it can mean to be a mega-market, or even the NBA’s most glamorous franchise, which is what they were when the bottom dropped out after their 2010 title.The Lakers are once more the stars’ destination of choice with the gregarious James, the Pied Piper of NBA players, in the place of Kobe Bryant, an entity unto himself who inspired more respect than affection.The fix is, indeed, in with Davis, as Charles Barkley noted last week, making it official, at least as a conspiracy theory.Not that it was any surprise with LeBron’s history of coordinating his moves with peers, be they stars like Dwyane Wade or role players like Mike Miller.The A.D.-to-Lakers story is now galloping miles ahead of current events. NBA team officials seem reconciled to Davis joining the Lakers, but worry he’ll demand a short-term deal – as LeBron did in Cleveland and Miami – signaling stars’ intentions to exert even more power.In real life, this will take months to play out, presumably in the summer. For the moment, at least, A.D. looks like he’s on track, heading straight into the heart of Lakerdom.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

UG sets 1-year deadline for complete Wi-Fi access on campus

first_imgRecognising the need to modernise the nation’s premier learning institution, the administration of the University of Guyana is working vigorously with the E-Governance Unit to roll out a campus-wide Wi-Fi zone.One of the students’ and lecturers’ grievances on campus is the continued power disruptions and absence of Internet connectivity.Vice Chancellor,Dr Ivelaw GriffithDr Paloma Mohamed, who is now the second Vice Chancellor of a new department under the University of Guyana called the Philanthropy, Alumni and Civil Engagement (PACE), explained that the institution was working closely with the E-Governance Unit under the Public Telecommunications Ministry to implement this initiative.She said the intention was to link the fibre-optic ring that was installed at the University, under a World Bank Project, with Government’s towers in order to connect the Tain Campus with the Turkeyen Campus, and eventually extend this connectivity to the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) locations across Guyana.“Optimistically, we are looking at a better, more stable, widespread, decentralised system of Internet connectivity for all campuses within the next month to six weeks,” she stated; however, it is likely that the project would take about a year to be completed.The venture will be extremely costly for the University, with an initial price of approximately $6 million, provided that nothing else was required, as estimated by the E-Governance Uni.Dr Paloma MohamedDr Mohamed said the institution was currently in the process of conducting an internal audit of its systems to determine what else was needed internally for this initiative.But the Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith said irrespective of the cost, the University could not afford to not have a Wi-Fi network.“The Wi-Fi and the technology are so critical to the credibility of the institution, to the learning, to the whole curricula that we are going to have to find it, using the best possible, most cost-effective approach, we have to find the money somewhere,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, he could not immediately determine if this would bring an additional cost to students who are already complaining of paying exorbitant fees to the educational institution.“Right now, the students pay a facilities fee that would cover a variety of service elements. I don’t anticipate having an additional specific cost. I anticipate having the facilities fee be the basic manager of that. We might need to supplement depending on what the ultimate final bill is, but I don’t envisage a new user fee,” Dr Griffith explained.Last year, the E-Governance Unit began rolling out Wi-Fi networks in schools across Guyana. E-Governance Adviser Floyd Levi had noted that the provision of this service to tertiary institutions was part of this project.last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (HI SIR – THE SONG!)

first_imgTHERE appears to be no end to the number of songs being released as the Countdown to Croker continues.Here’s another one – entitled Hi Sir.Not everyone’s cuppa….but it will give you a laugh.Click to play  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (HI SIR – THE SONG!) was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img