Serena: I almost died after giving birth

first_imgSerena Williams “almost died” after giving birth to her daughter last September, the former women’s world number one tennis player wrote in a column for CNN that was published on Tuesday.Williams had previously revealed some of the complications she had after giving birth but offered more details about an experience that has since inspired her to speak out about the importance of affordable child care.“I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia,” Williams, 36, wrote in the opening line of her article.Williams was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency cesarean section.“I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Williams.“They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren’t for their professional care, I wouldn’t be here today.”Williams said her C-section wound popped open due to intense coughing endured as a result of the embolism.She had surgery, where doctors found a large hematoma in her abdomen and returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from travelling to her lungs.She went on to encourage people to donate to charities that help mothers and newborns around the world.Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 grand slam singles titles, returned to competition nine days ago when she represented the United States in a Fed Cup doubles match.last_img read more

Saudis stun Egypt 2-1 in World Cup farewell

first_imgSaudi Arabia managed their first win at the 2018 World Cup by beating Egypt 2-1 with a last-gasp winner that eclipsed Egyptian talisman Mohamed Salah’s 22nd minute goal in Monday’s Group A game between the two eliminated teams.Saudi Arabia finished third in the group standings, scoring their only goals of the tournament and vastly improving from the 5-0 thrashing by hosts Russia in their opening game.It was a bitter disappointment for the Egyptian side, however, with Liverpool striker Salah unable to prevent three consecutive defeats for his country. Egyptian keeper Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup at 45-years-old.Saudi Arabia got back in the game with a penalty awarded just before halftime and Salman Al-Faraj scored from the spot. They then pulled off a win in the 95th minute thanks to Salem Al-Dawsari’s angled shot.last_img read more

All systems go for Reggae Marathon

first_imgAmong the overseas-based marathoners expected to participate in this weekend’s Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K in Negril, are two runners from the Tottori Prefecture Marathon in Japan and nearly 400 from the Reggae Runnerz group of the USA. Other runners from more than 30 countries have confirmed their attendance.However, Diane Ellis, Sponsorship Director of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, says the Reggae Runnerz have remained the largest contingent in recent years.She noted that the club members continue to boost the economy of western Jamaica by planning several parties and visits to attractions over their minimum four-day stay on the island.”Reggae Runnerz have also adopted the Green Island School and donated generously to the institution, in addition to giving tremendous support to the students participating in each year’s event and those who go to the annual Penn Relays overseas,” she said.Planning progressing wellEllis said that the planning of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K is progressing well, with plans in place for the annual signature World’s Best Pasta Party, hosted by the Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association today at Couples Swept Away from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring the Silver Bird band, together with local artiste Shyam Moses. The party spirit will continue tomorrow morning from 7 to 11 during the awards ceremony at Long Bay Beach Park, with DJ Venom at the controls.Participants in the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will need to pick up their packages today at Couples Swept Away Sports Complex from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.”We continue to put emphasis on the environment each year with our own ‘greening team’ – supported by Recycling Partners of Jamaica – gathering discarded plastic bottles for recycling and this year the partnership continues,” Ellis said.The 18th staging of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, which is organised by the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston, will take place on a course certified by the IAAF to serve as a qualifier for any international event requiring qualification for a world record, or to enter such events as the Boston Marathon, which need a qualifying time for participation.Among the partners of this year’s event are: The Jamaica Tourist Board, PUMA Running, Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, the Ministry of Health and volunteers from Negril as well as Green Island.last_img read more

June Mar Fajardo sets PBA mark, bags Philippine Cup Finals MVP award

first_imgSan Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments June Mar Fajardo wins another finals MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—To no one’s surprise, June Mar Fajardo was named Finals MVP in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.Fajardo showed why he’s the most dominant player in the league today as he willed San Miguel Beer past Magnolia to a historic fifth straight All-Filipino title on Wednesday night after a 72-71 Game 7 squeaker.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard READ: San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs The 29-year-old Fajardo also put his name in the record books with another performance to remember with a PBA record 31 rebounds that went with 17 points.Fajardo averaged 22.9 points, 19.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in the series in which San Miguel had to come back from a 3-2 series deficit.The Cebuano giant now has three Finals MVPs and seven PBA championships.The Beermen won their 27th championship overall.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgWomen Swimmer of the Year: Kylie Masse, TorontoRookie of the Year: Rebecca Smith, TorontoFox 40 Co-Coaches of the Year: Byron MacDonald, Toronto / Steve Price, UBCStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Taylor Snowden-Richardson, Victoria Men (Nelson C. Hart trophy) Swimmer of the Year: Markus Thormeyer, UBCRookie of the Year: Alexander Pratt, UBCFox 40 Coach of the Year: Mike Blondal, CalgaryStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Owen Guyn, Lethbridge Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 53.78 (U SPORTS Record) Robert Hill, Calgary, 56.27 Anders Klein, Calgary, 56.38W 50 Breast Kylie Masse, Toronto, 59.33 (U SPORTS Record) Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 1:01.56 Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 1:01.82M 100m Back W 100m Free1. Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 55.452. Charis Huddle, Western, 56.023. Hoi Lam Karen Lam, UBC, 56.22 Women W 50m Back1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 27.942. Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 28.783. Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 28.81 W 400 IM1. Emily Overholt, UBC, 4:40.95 (U SPORTS Record)2. Megan Dalke, UBC, 4:48.213. Allison McCloy, Calgary, 4:54.38 1. UBC, 1,075 points2. Calgary, 925.53. Toronto, 6824. McGill, 5505. Victoria, 472.56. Regina, 4707. Ottawa, 442.58. Laval, 397.59. Montreal, 388.510. Alberta, 24911. Lethbridge, 234.512. Western, 16013. Dalhousie, 13414. Sherbrooke, 8715. Manitoba, 6516. Laurentian, 5817. Brock, 4118. Acadia, 4019. Waterloo, 3920. Queen’s, 3421. Thompson Rivers, 2922. Mount Allison, 2823. Guelph, 1024. McMaster, 5DAY 3 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS Story Links FINAL TEAM STANDINGS Day 1Women 50m Free W 200m Breast1. Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 2:25.50 (U SPORTS Record)2. Renae Ledoux, Alberta, 2:32.503. Jasmine Raines, Laurier, 2:32.98 For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Men M 50m Back1. Clement Secchi, McGill, 26.152. Josh Dow, Calgary, 26.183. Robert Hill, Calgary, 26.23 M 200m Back1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 1:58.64 (U SPORTS Record)2. Robert Hill, Calgary, 2:02.933. Anders Klein, Calgary, 2:03.76 W 4 x 100m Free 1. Toronto, 3:43.90 (U SPORTS Record)(Aleksa Gold, Ainsley McMurray, Kylie Masse, Rebecca Smith)2. UBC, 3:45.75(Hoi Lam Karen Tam, Quincy Brozo, Mackenzie Gunther, Emily Overholt)3. Montreal, 3:47.20(Katerine Savard, Charlotte Beauchemin, Frédérique Cigna, Ariane Mainville) Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 31.80 Hillary Metcalfe, UBC, 32.26 Marie-Laurence Godin, Sherbrooke, 32.47M 50 Breast Women 200m Free1. Emily Overholt, UBC, 1:57.26 (U SPORTS Record)2. Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 1:59.693. Aleksa Gold, Toronto, 2:01.17 M 4 x 100m Free1. UBC, 3:23.39 (U SPORTS Record)(Alexander Pratt, Josiah Binnema, Araya Therrien, Markus Thormeyer)2. Montreal, 3:26.56(Vincent Laperle, Antoine Bujold, Vincent Taboga, Antoine Bernard-Lalonde)3. Toronto, 3:26.75(Bjoern-Ole Schrader, Matt Dans, Ethan Fazekas, Mitch Ferraro) Men 200m Fly1. Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 2:00.41 (U SPORTS Record)2. Josiah Binnema, UBC, 2:00.953. Dmitriy Lim, UBC, 2:01.16 Kylie Masse earned national swimmer of the year honours for the fourth straight season as the 2019 Odlum Brown U SPORTS swimming championships wrapped up on Saturday night (Feb. 23) in Vancouver.TEAM STANDINGS: The Blues women earn their second straight national silver medal, finishing with 1230.5 points, just 25 points behind the host UBC Thunderbirds (1255.5). The Montreal Carabins placed third with 701 points.”Our women were a distant second last year by nearly 400 points,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “To make almost all of that up in one year is incredible. What a finish. After three days and after 17 of the 19 events and the score was only three points apart. It can’t get more exciting than that.”Toronto’s men claimed the overall bronze medal with 682 points, behind the UBC Thunderbirds (1075) and Calgary Dinos (925.5).  “The men’s team deserve some serious accolades,” added MacDonald. “The turnover in the team from last year was the biggest wholesale change I have ever experienced in my 41 years at U of T. We lost 10 of our 18 members from last year’s OUA championship team. The fact that we could still make our way to the national podium was impressive.”WOMEN’S RESULTS: Masse garnered female swimmer of the year honours after finishing the meet with three individual and three relay gold medals.”I’m so proud of these girls,” said Masse. “To have been a part of this team for five years is something really special. This award is quite an honour because there were a lot of very fast swims this weekend.”In her final individual race as a Varsity Blue, Masse earned her third grand slam award in as many days, winning her fourth career 200 backstroke gold medal in a U SPORTS long course record of 2:08.70. That completed the backstroke sweep for the kinesiology major for the fourth straight year.The LaSalle, Ont., native capped off her U of T career by teaming up with rookies Aleksa Gold, Ainsley McMurray and Rebecca Smith to win the 400 freestyle relay in a U SPORTS record time of 3:43.90.”Being a part of a team is so special,” added Masse. “You learn a lot about yourself and there is a lot of personal growth both in and out of the pool. To share that with your teammates and watch each other grow and continue to improve is awesome. Not everyone gets a chance to be a part of a team so to be able to have that honour and to represent your school is something that everyone should be really proud of.””It was sad to see Kylie swim her last race for U of T as she has been such a role model and inspiration for her teammates and I would argue all sports folks,” said MacDonald. “It has been a privilege to coach her as I have mentioned before. She will remain on campus for her Olympic prep so even though her varsity eligibility is gone, she will still provide inspiration and leadership to the Blues.”Smith earned U SPORTS female rookie of the year laurels after amassing three individual and three relay gold medals as well. Smith capped off her first national championships by claiming her third individual gold medal in three days. The Red Deer, Alta., native touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle in 55.45 seconds.Rounding out Toronto’s podium finishes on Day 3 was Hannah Genich, who claimed the 200 butterfly silver medal in 2:13.77. Georgia Kidd was fourth in 2:15.81.Gold placed fourth in the 100 freestyle, while she, Sarah Polley and Genich finished 4-5-6 in the 200 backstroke. Sophia Saroukian also placed seventh in the 800 freestyle in 9:02.94.MacDonald and Linda Kiefer were named co-coaches of the year, alongside UBC’s Steve Price. MEN’S RESULTS: Mitch Ferraro ended his five-year career at U of T with a bronze-medal finish in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 50.94 seconds. He then teamed up with Bjoern-Ole Schrader, Matt Dans and Ethan Fazekas to place third in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:26.75.”Mitch has had a marvelous career at U of T,” said MacDonald. “We could always count on him for his swim performances and his leadership.”Osvald Nitski placed fifth in the 200 butterfly in 2:03.59, while Matthew Mac was sixth in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.02.INDIVIDUAL HONOURS Men 200m Free1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 1:48.02 (U SPORTS Record)2. Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 1:49.033. Alexander Pratt, UBC, 1:51.41 Josiah Binnema, UBC, 52.89 (U SPORTS Record) Matt Dans, Toronto, 54.21 Clement Secchi, McGill, 54.64W 200 IMcenter_img M 100 Breast1. Jonathan Naisby, Sherbrooke, 1:03.982. Benjamin Blackmon, Calgary, 1:04.343. Ruishen Yu, UBC, 1:04.40 W 100 Breast1. Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 1:08.232. Renae Ledoux, Alberta, 1:10.443. Hillary Metcalfe, UBC, 1:10.60 Women 200m Fly1. Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 2:13.542. Hannah Genich, Toronto, 2:13.773. Megan Dalke, UBC, 2:15.40 Alex Loginov, UBC, 23.21 Matthew Schouten, Laurentian, 23.36 Stephen Calkins, Calgary, 23.42W 100m Back M 200m Breast1. Jaren LeFranc, UBC, 2:16.412. Jonathan Naisby, Sherbrooke, 2:18.393. Benjamin Blackmon, Calgary, 2:19.17 W 50 Fly1. Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 26.842. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 27.183. Marie-Lou Lapointe, Montreal, 27.20 DAY 2 INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS W 4 x 200m Free1. Toronto, 8:07.20 (U SPORTS Record & Canadian Club Record) (Aleksa Gold, Ainsley McMurray, Rebecca Smith, Kylie Masse)2. UBC, 8:10.56(Emily Overholt, Maia Brundage, Megan Dalke, Ingrid Wilm)3. Calgary, 8:19.37(Marit Anderson, Allison McCloy, Danica Ludlow, Robyn Lee) W 800m Free1. Emily Overholt, UBC, 8:46.89 (U SPORTS Record)2. Marit Anderson, Calgary, 8:50.173. Megan Dalke, UBC, 8:51.14 M 400 IM1. Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 4:24.252. Ambroise Petit, Laval, 4:25.733. Brian Palaschuk, Regina, 4:26.05 Charis Huddle, Western, 25.74 Hoi Lam Karen Tam, UBC, 26.05 Ainsley McMurray, Toronto, 26.13Men 50m Free M 4 x 200m Free1. UBC, 7:27.78 (U SPORTS Record)(Alexander Pratt, Markus Thormeyer, Josiah Binnema, Brodie Young)2. Calgary, 7:36.01(Peter Brothers, Stephen Calkins, Teddy Kalp, Emil Goin)3. McGill, 7:39.35(Clement Secchi, Kade Wist, David Brenken, Will Simpson) Rebecca Smith, Toronto, 59.03 Hannah Genich, Toronto, 59.33 Danielle Hanus, Victoria, 1:00.61M 100 Fly W 200m Back1. Kylie Masse, Toronto, 2:08.70 (U SPORTS Record)2. Olivia Ellard, UBC, 2:13.753. Ingrid Wilm, UBC, 2:14.51 M 1500m Free1. Eric Hedlin, Victoria, 15:34.16 (U SPORTS Record)2. Hau-Li Fan, UBC, 15:34.243. Peter Brothers, Calgary, 15:50.47 M 100m Free1. Markus Thormeyer, UBC, 48.71 (U SPORTS Record)2. Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 50.733. Mitch Ferraro, Toronto, 50.94 Toronto, 4:05.55 (U SPORTS Record & Canadian Club Record)  (Kylie Masse, Kelsey Crocker, Hannah Genich, Rebecca Smith) UBC, 4:08.24 (Ingrid Wilm, Hillary Metcalfe, Kirsten Douglas, Emily Overholt) Montreal, 4:18.43 (Ariane Mainville, Marie-Lou Lapointe, Katerine Savard, Anais Arlandis)M 4 x 100m Medley Montana Champagne, Ottawa, 2:02.09 (U SPORTS Record) Brian Palaschuk, Regina, 2:02.26 Josh Zakala, Victoria, 2:04.35W 4 x 100m Medley Kelsey Wog, Manitoba, 2:13.98 Hillary Metcalfe, UBC, 2:16.87 Georgia Kidd, Toronto, 2:17.79M 200 IM M 50 Fly1. Josiah Binnema, UBC, 24.522. Stephen Calkins, Calgary, 24.713. Matt Dans, Toronto, 24.85 Davide Casarin, Ottawa, 3:53.46 Alexander Pratt, UBC, 3:56.92 Peter Brothers, Calgary, 3:57.95W 100 Fly Cale Kooyman, Alberta, 28.81 Matthew Loewen, Western, 28.93 Jonathan Naisby, Sherbrooke, 29.00W 400 Free Emily Overholt, UBC, 4:06.27 (U SPORTS Record) Megan Dalke, UBC, 4:15.57 Maia Brundage, UBC, 4:16.48M 400 Free UBC, 3:41.62 (U SPORTS Record) (Markus Thormeyer, Jaren LeFranc, Josiah Binnema, Alexander Pratt) Toronto, 3:47.19 (Matthew Mac, Graeme Aylward, Matt Dans, Mitch Ferraro) Calgary, 3:47.59 (Anders Klein, Benjamin Blackmon, Emil Goin, Stephen Calkins) 1. UBC, 1,255.5 points2. Toronto, 1,230.53. Montreal, 7014. Calgary, 5215. Victoria, 3126. McGill, 2997. Ottawa, 2948. Alberta, 237T9. Western, 217T9. Laval, 21711. McMaster, 20612. Dalhousie, 20013. Waterloo, 198.514. Manitoba, 192.515. Guelph, 14116. Sherbrooke, 9617. Regina, 9018. New Brunswick, 7319. Québec à Trois-Rivières, 7220. Wilfrid Laurier, 5821. Laurentian, 4422. Acadia, 2623. Queen’s, 1524. Lethbridge, 925. Memorial, 326. Brock, 1last_img read more

Wanyama on target as Tottenhan tear apart Hull

first_imgIt was an all-action start to this game with Hull’s Omar Niasse the first to get a shot away, from 30 yards, that flew wide of the target.Spurs’ first real chance of the game ended in a goal for Kane though as he picked up a Christian Eriksen pass on the edge of the box before drilling a shot into the bottom corner of the net.Heung-Min Son may well have shot minutes later but saw his cross for Kane blocked. But the Spurs striker soon added a second as he tapped home after Kieran Trippier has squared a ball over the top from Eric Dier.Kane fired wide under pressure on 15 minutes after another good set-up from Son before David Marshall denied the Korean after a good cut-back from Ben Davies.Spurs continued to dominate proceedings, and Alli added a third in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half after Kane played in Son, who cut the ball back for Alli, to fire home from close range.It was again all Spurs as the second half got underway, with Marshall doing well at his near post to deny Son before Kane failed to connect to a 54th minute Eriksen free-kick from the right side of the box.Toby Alderweireld then had to be alert after a rare foray forward from Hull. The Belgian centre-back slid in well to cut out a Niasse ball after his powerful run down the right flank.Niasse volleyed wide on 57 minutes before almost cracking a first-time shot just over the Spurs goal following a positive spell for the hosts.Second-half substitute Kamil Grosicki drew the first save of the game from Hugo Lloris on 66 minutes, who also kept out the rebound from Tom Huddlestone.But he could do nothing to stop Sam Clucas firing in from 10 yards out after the keeper had saved Niasse’s initial shot.Normal service was, however, soon resumed as Eriksen drew a fine save from Marshall on the volley before Victor Wanyama added a fourth goal on 69 minutes. The Kenyan midfielder was unmarked as he headed home an Eriksen free-kick from the right.Kane then bagged his hat-trick after latching onto an Alli through ball and firing an unstoppable shot past Marshall.Eriksen fired wide before Spurs substitute Moussa Sissoko drew a save from the home stopper with the match winding down, but there was more misery to come for Hull as Davies got on the scoresheet on 85 minutes before Alderweireld added a seventh two minutes later to round off a truly miserable day for Hull and manager Marco Silva.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wanyama (right) pumps his fist after restoring his side’s three-goal advantage over the relegated outfit.PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, May 21 – Kenyan Victor Wanyama scored his fifth goal for Tottenham Hotspur as Harry Kane claimed the Golden Boot with his hat-trick following their  7-1 victory over Hull City on the final day of the 2016/17 Premier League season.Kane kicked off the scoring against a woeful Hull at the KCOM Stadium and was accompanied by some super goals from Deli Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld as Spurs finished their season off in style with a demolition of their relegated opponents.last_img read more

Mourinho stays tight-lipped over Terry’s Chelsea future

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to confirm whether John Terry will be offered a new contract.The Blues captain signed a one-year contract extension in the summer, but hast yet to hold talks with the club over extending it beyond 2015.Terry has been an ever-present this season and appears certain to be retained by Mourinho, but the Portuguese coach is not giving anything away just yet.Speaking ahead of the clash with Tottenham on Wednesday, Mourinho said: “It’s not the time to speak about it but he [Terry] knows what I think, he knows what I feel.” John Terry last_img read more

His physical attributes appeal to Wenger – possible Arsenal striker assessed

first_img1 Fernando Llorente has scored nine headers in two seasons for Juventus Arsenal are rumoured to be in the market for a striker and Juventus’ Fernando Llorente is apparently on the shortlist. Here, assesses the 30-year-old Spain striker.Arsenal’s attacking quality was clear for all to see at the weekend’s Emirates Cup triumph, particularly on Saturday when they put Ligue 1 side Lyon to the sword with a 6-0 win.Understandably, excitement levels have gone through the roof among the Gunners faithful, however, there are some who feel Arsenal are one piece short of completing their jigsaw.The capture of Petr Cech naturally appeased fans, but it’s further forward where Arsenal, arguably, need to bolster. Lyon’s obliteration aside, the Gunners have struggled to score against teams who set up to defend staunchly.Yaya Sanogo has joined Ajax on loan and while manager Arsene Wenger can call on Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott up front, the boss has still been linked with a number of other top strikers, including Juventus’ Fernando Llorente.Boasting strengths on of ‘aerial duels’ and ‘finishing’, the reports linking Llorente with a move away come as little shock.The Juventus striker has fallen down the pecking order after the Serie A champions secured the services of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic and, coupled with the permanent return of Simone Zaza, speculation Llorente could be shown the Juventus Stadium exit door has increased.Despite having played second fiddle to Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez, Llorente still scored a respectable seven league goals and registered one assist in Juventus’ all-conquering campaign, winning the league and cup double in Italy last season.Llorente boasts the physical attributes to succeed as a lone striker, which would appeal to Wenger, who regularly favours a 4-2-3-1 formation. On, his style of play – statistically calculated – reports that he ‘likes to do lay offs’ will also suit the players behind him.Wenger is fortunate enough to be able to call on the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla in the positions behind the striker, all of whom are able to find the back of the net with aplomb. With Llorente holding up possession in and around the opposition 18-yard box, he is more than capable of bringing his team-mates into play.His goal getting ability is also a strength of his, with the Spaniard netting more headed goals (nine) than any other player in Serie A in the last two seasons. Arsenal scored an impressive 10 headers in the Premier League last term, so they are capable of providing an aerial threat to opposition sides when needs must.This would benefit Llorente’s approach, with the former Athletic Bilbao star utilising his 6’5” frame commendably.Importantly, though, his arrival would provide suitable competition for first choice striker Giroud. In the Frenchman’s absence, Arsenal struggled without their focal point in attack at times, with Welbeck disappointing in his debut campaign at the Emirates.While Llorente’s capture would be something of an admittance of Welbeck’s failure last term, the Spain striker would offer a similar threat in attack to Giroud, while allowing the Gunners’ other offensive players to flourish.With a little under two years of his contract remaining, Juventus will be keen to make a sizeable profit on a striker they signed for free back in 2013. Arsenal are looking to bolster their attack and in Llorente, they would be acquiring a striker of international pedigree who would only boost their chances of returning to the summit of English football.For more stats on reported Arsenal target Fernando Llorente, click here to view his player pagelast_img read more

Deportivo La Coruna favourites to land Everton goalkeeper

first_img Joel Robles could be on his way out of Everton Deportivo La Coruna are leading the race for Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles.The Spaniard’s place at Goodison Park is under threat following Jordan Pickford’s £30m arrival from Sunderland and he is considering his future.Several sides in Spain are interested in the 27-year-old, including Getafe and Real Betis.But, according to Marca, Deportivo are the favourites to land Robles after missing out on other targets.The Spanish club had wanted Diego Alves, but he opted to leave Valencia for a move to Flamengo.Now, Deportivo are pushing full steam ahead with a move for Robles and want to sign him either on loan or permanently. 1last_img read more

St Eunan’s indebted to O’Donnell as St Michael’s leave it behind them

first_imgST EUNAN’S were indebted to seven Niall O’Donnell points as they squeezed through to the Donegal SFC quarter-finals.St Michael’s 0-12 St Eunan’s 0-12By Chris McNulty at The Bridge O’Donnell was on fire for St Eunan’s, but it took a late score from veteran Conall Dunne, two minutes into added time, for the Cathedral Town side to get the draw they needed to move into the last eight.The teams were all square six times in the second half and eight in all over an hour that seed and sawed and St Michael’s will be kicking themselves after letting this one go.Three times in the final ten minutes, St Michael’s led, but each time St Eunan’s responded with O’Donnell, Aaron Deeney and Dunne earning them a draw.While St Eunan’s advance, they’ll go into the quarter-finals without the influence of Rory Carr and Rory Kavanagh. Late in the first half, St Eunan’s lost full-forward Carr, whose shoulder troubles appear to have come back to haunt. Carr has been beset by shoulder injuries and has previously gone under the knife to repair damage. As he left the field just before half-time, it was clear that he was in discomfort and he seems set to face another spell of rehab.Kavanagh was sent off for an off-the-ball clash with Daniel McLaughlin, who had just put St Michael’s ahead with a classy point from out on the left in the 60th minute.O’Donnell might have won it for St Eunan’s four minutes from the end, but his stinging shot was superbly saved by Mark Anthony McGinley. On Friday night, McGinley saved a penalty in Finn Harps’ draw at Cork City and his save here was equally impressive.St Michael’s – without the injured Martin McElhinney who recently had surgery on a broken jaw – were two behind at the break (0-5 to 0-3), but Christy Toye and a stylish point by McLaughlin brought the hosts level.O’Donnell steadied the St Eunan’s wobbles when he hit two in a minute, but Michael Langan – moved into full-forward after going over on an ankle early in the second half – had St Michael’s within a point again. When Langan and Colm McFadden popped over points to level the game with 14 minutes to go, the home side were energised again and they’ll feel as if this was one they left behind them after a particularly wasteful first half.A lovely Toye score off his left foot after he took a cross-field ball by Colin McFadden cancelled out Sean McGettigan’s opening point for St Eunan’s in the first minute.Toye fired over another, this time with his right boot, with the aid of the inside of an upright, but St Michael’s wouldn’t score again until added time at the end of the half, when Colin McFadden arrowed over.St Michael’s registered six wides and dropped another effort shot in the first period while Michael Langan was denied a goal by a superb Shaun Patton save in the 29th minute. Langan bore down on goal after Colin McFadden and Ciaran Gallagher combined to cut St Eunan’s open. As Langan went to slot low, Patton made the telling intervention to keep St Eunan’s three in front.Earlier, a brilliant Aaron Deeney block prevented Edward O’Reilly from putting St Michael’s in front after Niall O’Donnell’s frees tied the scoreboard.An opening day draw away at Ulster champions Gaoth Dobhair lifted the hopes of St Eunan’s, who were drawn in a ‘Group of Death’ for the second year in a row having not made it to the quarter-finals last year.Last week, the black and amber peeled away from Ardara, spurred by an O’Donnell goal, to record a 12-point win.The plates had never really shifted for St Eunan’s, even with that draw in Magheragallon, with the Letterkenny men always circling their trip to Dunfanaghy as a do-or-die voyage.St Eunan’s found their way with three points in a rapid-fire two-minute spell, the pick of them an eye-catching effort from Conor Parke, whose arrow hit the bullseye to put St Eunan’s 0-5 to 0-2 in front with Colin McFadden narrowing the margin right on the buzzer.O’Donnell hit five of the seven St Eunan’s points in the second half and they managed to do enough to get their name in the hat for this evening’s draw, but not before a real sweat.St Michael’s: Mark Anthony McGinley; Oisin Langan, Liam Paul Ferry, Chris McElhinney; Martin Breslin, Michael Gallagher, Michael McGinley; Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Langan (0-2); Colin McFadden (0-1), Christy Toye (0-4), Daniel McLaughlin (0-3); Edward O’Reilly (0-1), Colm McFadden (0-1), Andrew Kelly. Subs: Odhrán McFadden for O’Reilly (53), Liam Kelly for Breslin (55).St Eunan’s: Shaun Patton; Conor Parke (0-1), Conor Morrison, Aaron Deeney (0-1); Caolan Ward (0-1), Rory Kavanagh, Eamonn Doherty; Conor O’Donnell, Sean McGettigan (0-1); Daragh Mulgrew, James Kelly, Brian McIntyre; Niall O’Donnell (0-7, 3f0, Rory Carr, Eoin McGeehan. Subs: Peter McEniff for Carr (29), Conor Moore for Kelly (39), Sean McVeigh for McGettigan (47), Conall Dunne (0-1) for McIntyre (52).Referee: Enda McFeely (St Mary’s, Convoy)St Eunan’s indebted to O’Donnell as St Michael’s leave it behind them was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)Tags:2019 Donegal SFCAaron DeeneyChristy ToyeColin McFaddenColm McFaddenConor ParkeMichael LanganNiall O’DonnellSean McGettiganSt Michaelslast_img read more