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Manchester United face competition from Juventus and Napoli for Erling Haaland

first_imgManchester United face competition from Juventus and Napoli for Erling Haaland Advertisement Erling Haaland has attracted a lot of attention (Picture: SEPA.Media /Getty Images)The race to sign Red Bull Salzburg sensation Erling Haaland is heating up, with Juventus and Napoli both interested in the prolific teenager.The 19-year-old has been linked with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs after scoring 18 goals in just 11 appearances so far this season for Salzburg.Having signed for the Austrian club in January of this year, the striker has already scored four hat-tricks, including one in the Champions League in a 6-2 rout of Genk.Haaland has been heavily linked with Manchester United due to his connection with Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as it was the Norwegian that signed Haaland for Molde from his first club, Bryne.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Serie A giants Juventus and Napoli have now emerged as contenders for his signature, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.Both are closely monitoring the forward’s situation and are likely to be part of any bidding war for him, should one emerge.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 CityHaaland, who was born in Leeds as the son of former Whites midfielder Alf-Inge, has spoken out on the intense speculation over his future, labeling it ‘f*cking boring’.‘The media attention is huge. It’s good pressure,’ said Haaland. ‘The club is good at shielding me a little, but I hope it will be more shielding in the future. It will be difficult, but we will try. I want to be shielded.‘It’s f*cking boring. I’m bored now. How bored on a scale of 1 to 10? 9.9.’The teenager has the chance to impress on the big stage again this week as he is in the Norway squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Spain and away in Romania.Haaland has picked up two caps for his country so far but is yet to get on the score sheet for Lars Lagerback’s team.MORE: Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar signs new contract at Old TraffordMORE: Manchester United squad ‘unconvinced’ by first team coach Kieran McKenna Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 3:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

It is finally May!

first_imgBelieve it or not, we have finally left the rain and cold of April.  Let’s hope that the month of May is much kinder to not only the sports world but to all outdoor activities in our area.  We are now at the time of the year when the spring sports at our area schools are beginning to build for the climatic state series.  Track will be the first to start the sectional process in mid-May.  Tennis will follow.As we move into the last week of May and early June, baseball, softball, and golf will begin their state series.  The seniors on all of our area teams will be wrapping up their high school sports careers.  Some of them, we hope, will be able to continue their career at the next level.  For those who don’t, we wish them well in whatever endeavors will follow after graduation.Every year there are one or two athletes here in Southeastern Indiana who start on a journey that they hope will take them to the ultimate level of being pro athletes.  This is an arduous trek.  We wish them the best.last_img read more

Greensburg woman arrested for auto theft

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman has been arrested after failing to return a rental car.According to police, Stephanie Quinlan, 32, was arrested on the charge of auto theft.Police say they were contacted on March 3 by the rental company stating that the vehicle, that was due on February 9, had not been returned.The company told police that Quinlan had originally rented the vehicle with a credit card, and then paid for two additional days by cash.They were unable to reach Quinlan when the vehicle became past due.The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department visited Quinlan’s residence, but were unable to located Quinlan or the vehicle.The company contacted police stating that Quinlan had contacted them stating that she would return the vehicle with the additional money owed two different times, but failed to show both times, so they requested the vehicle be reported as stolen and for charges to be filed.last_img read more

Deery Series on Farley half-mile, at Jackson County this weekend

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (April 15) – Two more tracks with strong Late Model traditions take their turns hosting Deery Brothers Summer Series events this weekend. Farley Speedway rolls out the red carpet for the IMCA Late Model tour on Friday, April 18. The series then travels to Jackson County Speedway at Maquoketa for a Saturday, April 19 show. Each feature pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Friday at Farley. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are also on the card and both divisions will run on the half-mile track.Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under. More information is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the website. Jackson County opens the pit gates at 4 p.m. and the front gate at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. Saturday with the first race set for 6:30 p.m. Sanctioned Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, along with 4-stocks, hobby stocks and outlaw super bombers, round out the program.Admission for spectators is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and free for kids 12 and under. The track website is; additional information is also available by calling 563 590-4095 or 563 495-2503. Pit passes are $30 each night.Colby Springsteen of Wapello, winner of the feature last Saturday at West Liberty Raceway, is one point better than Justin Kay of Wheatland and seven ahead of Oxford’s Andy Eckrich in the early standings. Eckrich took the opening night checkers at Davenport Speedway on April 11. IMCA’s weekly point season for Late Models begins April 25. The Deery Series is at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on Sunday, May 4 and at Boone Speedway for the Memorial Day special Monday, May 26. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, 97; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 96; 3. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 90; 4. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 88; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 87; 6. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 86; 7. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 85; 8. Jason Rauen, Farley, 83; 9. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, and Tommy Elston, Keokuk, both 80; 11. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 78; 12. Brian Harris, Davenport, 72; 13. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, and Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, both 69; 15. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, 61; 16. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale, 58; 17. Rob Moss, Iowa City, 57; 18. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, 56; 19. Jeremy Grady, Story City, and Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher, both 55.last_img read more

The Latest: Austria to extend soccer suspension until May

first_img8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___ Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___ 3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.” The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m. 1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___ The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___3:30 p.m. Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health. The Latest: Austria to extend soccer suspension until May Associated Press center_img March 18, 2020 The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___ The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300). ___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed. Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___4:20 p.m. More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Michael Obafemi: Finally Turns His Back on Super Eagles

first_imgIf there is one thing the Nigeria Football Federation had achieved more than any, it’s having successfully wooed players of Nigerian descent to star for the Super Eagles in spite of having played for their countries of birth at the junior cadre and the list is endless. Some are Victor Moses, Leon Balogun, Henry Onyekuru and  Sheyi Ojo among others. However, Michael Obafemi who plays for English Premier League side, Southampton, acted differently as he, on Monday night turned down his invitation to play for his fatherland and instead, opted to don the colours of Republic of Ireland reports Kunle AdewaleNigeria’s hope of having Michael Obafemi play for the Super Eagles was over the weekend dashed as the Dublin-born player made his debut for the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nation League encounter against Denmark. A thrilled Obafemi had set his sights on a long international career after becoming the first player born this century to be capped by the Republic of Ireland.The 18-year-old Southampton striker was used as a late substitute in Ireland’s 0-0 Nations League draw in Denmark days after committing himself to the country of his birth rather than to Nigeria, for whom he also qualifies. Speaking after the game at Ceres Park in Aarhus, he said: “It’s an amazing feeling to get my first cap for my country. I’m very proud tonight, absolutely buzzing. I’ll be getting this shirt framed to put it in my house. Obviously, my career is still young, but this is definitely a major moment in it. Hopefully, I can be playing for years to come. I’m still young. I want to get as many caps as possible, score goals if I can and just keep enjoying it.”Obafemi unwittingly found himself dragged into the Declan Rice saga last week as the West Ham defender pondered over whether to opt for the Republic, Nigeria or England, although he insisted there was never any question in his mind.He said: “There was no doubt in my head about playing for Ireland. I’ve represented Ireland in age grade competitions . I never had any doubts at all.”The teenager will now head back to his club hoping to get more first-team football under his belt as he attempts to force his way into Martin O’Neill’s plans for the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in March next year.O’Neill said: “He had made the commitment anyway that he wanted to play and whether it was going to be tonight or some other evening, he’s got a lot to do, a lot to do. I think he realises that himself. We’ll see what the next couple of months bring. I think Shane Long is out for a little while – I’m talking really about his club form and he’s hoping to get some time.“Obviously he has to fight for that and he has to earn that, but that would be nice if that’s the case. In terms of international football, it’s lovely for him to get on. I think his mum was here again tonight and that’s very, very pleasing. But I think he knows himself he has plenty to do.”NFF boss, Amaju Pinnick had reiterated severally that youngsters of Nigerian origin who were doing well in England and other leagues would wear the Nigerian colours at the appropriate time. He said it had been in the plans of the present NFF board to build a young Super Eagles team ahead of the 2022 World Cup, adding that the federation was monitoring several Nigerian players that were making waves in the various leagues.“What we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at an appropriate time,” Pinnick had said.Obafemi, however, had a different line of thought, as his dream was always to play for his country of birth- Republic of Ireland.The 18-year-old was called up to the Ireland squad on November 6 for the friendly against Northern Ireland and the UEFA Nations League match against Denmark and  Playerworks CSM, a football agency that represents Obafemi, released a statement on his behalf.“Due to current speculation surrounding Obafemi and as Michael’s representatives, we would like to go on record to say that we are not in talks with either Nigeria or England, nor is it something we have ever pursued,” the statement read.“Since Mark O’Toole spotted Michael early on, he, along with the other staff at Ireland, have given Michael a great opportunity, which he has enjoyed immensely. Michael was born in Ireland, so this is the country he naturally wants to play for.                 “Martin O’Neill has shown great faith in Michael and he wants to repay that faith by helping the team achieve success. Michael is 100 per cent committed to Ireland and is looking forward to an exciting future with the national team.”Michael Obafemi has always set his sights on winning many more caps for the Republic of Ireland following his senior debut. The 18-year-old could have chosen to play for Nigeria or England but is now committed to representing the Republic of Ireland.The teenager ended speculation over his international future last week by pledging his commitment to the Republic of Ireland after parallels had been drawn between him and West Ham defender Declan Rice, who continues to consider the possibility of switching allegiance to represent England.“There was no doubt in my head about playing for Ireland. I’ve represented Ireland in  age grade competitions. I never had any doubts at all,” added Obafemi.The Dublin-born forward, who moved with his Nigerian parents to London when he was young, was introduced in the 80th minute of the scoreless draw in Aarhus and he will hope to play a bigger role in the Republic’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, which begins next March.Manager O’Neill has told Obafemi that he will need to play more first-team football Southampton as he continues his development.Obafemi became the 12th Republic player to make his debut this year as O’Neill continues to add to his squad options.Aged 17 years and 199 days, Obafemi became the second youngest player to make a Premier League appearance for Southampton after Luke Shaw, who was 17 years and 116 days old.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Students sample eatery options in McCarthy Quad

first_imgStudents flocked to McCarthy Quad Thursday afternoon to sample a variety of food and drink at the biannual Taste of Downtown Los Angeles event. The gathering, organized by the Special Events Committee of the Undergraduate Student Government’s Program Board, featured complimentary tasting samples so that students could try new and different cuisine.Denise Rockstroh, assistant director of Program Board, and Taylor Wong, publicity chair of Program Board, spearheaded the event, which has been in the works since April. This year, it drew nearly 2,500 students and 11 eateries, including two food trucks.“We have a good mix of old favorites and new vendors this year,” Wong said.Some local favorites included Viztango, an Italian restaurant on Figueroa, and Spitz, a European style take on Turkish street food, with a nearby location in Little Tokyo. Chichen Itza, located in the Mercado La Paloma, featured crowd pleasing Mexican food from the Yucatan peninsula.“Many students don’t have cars, especially freshmen, so going off campus and finding these restaurants might not be a possibility for them,” Rockstroh said. “Bringing all these restaurants and vendors to USC and making them available is a great opportunity for everyone to try new foods. It’s definitely gained more popularity since we started it.”Though most restaurants brought around 400 food items, some brought more to cater to an impressive demand.“Vendors who have been here before know how many students come, so they are well prepared,” Wong said.Eateries at the event included Fickle L.A., a new restaurant in Little Tokyo and Bird Pick Tea & Herb from Pasadena. Dina Levashova, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, especially enjoyed Bird Pick’s hibiscus tea, a specialty of the teahouse.“I’ve never been to eat off campus,” Levashova said. “Maybe I’ll try it more often, because I did like Viztango.”Many students agreed with Levashova that the event encouraged them to try off-campus food.“I have a meal plan, so that makes it harder to go out. But I’ll definitely try out more places,” Linda Xu, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, said.Though many of the restaurants were local and individually-owned, some larger restaurateurs were giving out their samples. Built, a local restaurant owned by The Counter burgers, was one of the larger companies present at the event, serving hormone-free beef and turkey burgers. The Lobos truck, also new this year, brought its “comfort food with a conscience” to the quad. Vendors that frequent the USC campus, such as the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, as well as Popchips, Hubert’s Lemonade and Jarrito’s took to McCarthy, as well.Despite the heat, the event was so popular that many restaurants ran out of offerings. In fact, every company present except for Viztango Cafe, the Lobos Truck and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf ran out of food before 2 p.m.Tito Rivera, owner of Viztango Cafe, noted that the event was about food, as well as an opportunity to come together with the USC community. Tito also works with student organizations to help them raise money. All nonprofit organizations who sign in with Viztango receive 20 percent of their transactions back.“We try to get closer to the students, to the community and organizations. We come to Taste of Downtown L.A. every time to connect with the new students so they can know what our restaurant is about,” Rivera said.Students waited in long lines for many of the restaurants, especially Viztango and Chichen Itza, in order to try foods that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to come across.“I don’t eat out that often, but I like when all the restaurants come to me,” Ashley Holman, a sophomore majoring in cognitive science, said.The event, and the draw of complimentary food, also reflected the amount of cultural diversity in the area around USC.“L.A.’s one of the most diverse places: you have Mexican food, Asian food, Italian food,” Wong said. “It’s great that students have an experience where they can go to one place and taste all these different foods.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Beat writers predict outcome of Syracuse-Holy Cross matchup

first_imgOne day after moving up from No. 19 to No. 18 in the AP Top 25 Poll, Syracuse (1-0) faces Holy Cross (0-1) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. The Orange throttled Colgate in its first game, 83-55.Check out how our beat writers think SU will fair against Holy Cross.Connor Grossman (1-0)Cross off anotherSyracuse 76, Holy Cross 51Syracuse’s starters seem to be significantly more cohesive, even since their first exhibition two weeks ago. That’s the group SU leans on to stake themselves to a comfortable lead, including the first sizable contributions on offense from Tyler Lydon. The talented sophomore pitched in only two points in the season opener on Friday, and has yet to make a 3-pointer in any of the Orange’s three contests (two exhibitions).Matt Schneidman (1-0)Crossed upSyracuse 73, Holy Cross 54AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Crusaders fell by 32 to a future Syracuse opponent, South Carolina, in their season opener. This should be another tune-up game for the hosts, who handily beat Colgate last Friday behind a balanced attack that saw its presumed best player score only two points. Look for Lydon to be more involved in the offense during game two, and Tyus Battle to formally introduce himself to the Carrier Dome crowd with a night in the high teens off the bench.Paul Schwedelson (1-0)Holy MolySyracuse 67, Holy Cross 49The Orange gets out to another early lead and sustains it throughout the game. Holy Cross allowed South Carolina to shoot 50 percent from behind the arc and Syracuse’s shooters are salivating at the chance to slip into open space on the perimeter. I’d expect Andrew White to improve from 3 after going 2-for-7 against Colgate. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2016 at 11:33 pmlast_img read more

Dodgers sign reliever Louis Coleman to 1-year $725K deal

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers and reliever Louis Coleman have agreed to a $725,000, one-year contract.Coleman’s deal was announced Friday, when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Arizona. His salary is identical to the one he agreed to last month with the Kansas City Royals, who then released him.The 29-year-old right-hander was 8-2 with nine saves and a 1.69 ERA in 38 games with the Royals’ Triple-A Omaha club last season. He was called up to Kansas City in September and made four scoreless appearances in the majors. Coleman made his big league debut in 2011 with the Royals and appeared in 152 games with Kansas City, going 6-4 with two saves and a 3.20 ERA.To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy (Tommy John surgery) on the 60-day disabled list.last_img read more