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Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Mar 2020 10:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Mikel Arteta was due to return to Manchester City with Arsenal on Wednesday evening (Getty Images)‘They have ambition, professional ways, families and everything. So what I said to Mikel is: ‘Do you want to do it, do you feel it? Then you have to do it.’AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He loves Arsenal, he was there many years. It was a dream from day one to come back there, this challenge came and he had to take it.‘I would not be the guy to say ‘no, no you have to stay’. I don’t believe that, I don’t like that. The opportunity came and he took it.’Arteta was due to return to City on Wednesday evening but Arsenal’s Premier League fixture was postponed due to coronavirus.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 ArsenalAnd Guardiola admits Arteta already has a good understanding of City’s weaknesses.‘He has more information about us than I have about the Arsenal team, but that’s normal,’ said Guardiola ‘It was a huge amount of hours working together, on thoughts and ideas, solving problems, before the game and during and after the game.‘Especially identifying the quality of the players. He knows exactly the way we love this game and the quality of the players. I can imagine a little bit what he thinks, but I’ve not been in his locker room since he’s been manager and I don’t know his players.‘He knows perfectly the way we feel, the way we want to play. The fact he knows every single player – the strong points and the weak points.‘I can imagine the way he is going to press high on our weak player in those terms. The situation we can produce, he’s going to do it. For both of us we are lucky that the players play and we cannot.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.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 Pep Guardiola says Mikel Arteta was right to take his opportunity at Arsenal (Reuters)Pep Guardiola insists he did not attempt to force Mikel Arteta to stay at Manchester City but asked his former assistant whether he had good vibes about becoming Arsenal’s manager.Arteta left City in December to become Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal.And Guardiola believes Arteta was right to take the opportunity.‘It happened in the past with my colleagues and my assistants,’ said Guardiola. ADVERTISEMENT‘I never said, say or will say what they have to do. Advertisement Pep Guardiola reveals what he told Mikel Arteta about becoming Arsenal manager Advertisement
The Pirates played host to visitor Jac-Cen-Del on Tuesday night and fell 5-1. The Pirates got off to a slow start on Tuesday, allowing 5 first half goals. The second half went much better for the Pirates, but it was too late as the Eagles had built a 5 goal lead. The Pirates came out in the second half and had their first shut out half of the season, by not allowing another Jac-Cen-Del goal the rest of the game. The second half saw the Pirates in the attack a lot more than in the first half, seeing 4 shots on goal from Nicholas Zapfe and 5 shots on goal from Vincent Pavy. In the game’s final minute, senior Vincent Pavy broke past the Eagle defense and scored his 10th goal of the season, allowing for the Pirates to not end the game scoreless. Freshman, Grayson Newhart (who started the game at forward) played goalkeeper in the second half for the Pirates and registered 5 saves and the second half shut out. Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Neymar has surprisingly admitted that he is the best player in the world, only to add that Cristiano Ronaldo and former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi belong to another plant.Both Ronaldo and Messi have been awarded five Ballon d’Or each and have dominated footballing world’s individual awards for the past decade.Neymar, who became the most expensive player after joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a 222 million euro deal in August 2017, is popularly considered to take over from Messi and Ronaldo at some point in future.”The two who are above all others today are Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi,” Neymar said to a Brazilian YouTube channel.”For all modesty, today I am the best player in the world – because they are from another planet.”The Brazilian megastar has twice finished third in the Ballon d’Or rankings behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but could be a leading contender for the award for the 2018 prize should he steer Brazil to World Cup glory.
THE World Boxing Association’s (WBA) 99th Convention will raise its curtain on Wednesday with several important activities during four intense working days, in which they will take a look at the history of their organization and boxing in general, but with an eye on the years to come.The WBA is the oldest organisation in boxing, and therefore it has a great responsibility with the sport and the paths to take in the years to come. The pioneer organisation decided to take the lead in the midst of the challenges boxing is facing, and to be at the forefront of the situation.This convention is the kick-off for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the WBA, which will be hosted in Moscow in July 2021. The most important topics today will be discussed through the different forums of the agenda, which is adapted to today’s reality.The General Assembly will be held on Wednesday, when the President, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, will meet with the Directorate members to talk about current affairs of the WBA starting at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern United States).Thursday will begin with the Championships and Classifications meeting at 10:00 a.m., followed by a short presentation from Mendoza at 11:55 a.m., in which he will talk about the 99 years of WBA history and will present the forum that will have the participation of the most important promoters in boxing history, Don King and Bob Arum.On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the “Challenges in Boxing” forum will take place. Mendoza will talk about the current challenges of the discipline together with British promoter and president of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, and with the renowned journalist Claudia Trejos.The day will continue at 11:00 a.m. with the “Boxing and Gender Equality” forum, where the great fighters and defenders of women’s rights Miriam Gutiérrez, Claressa Shields and Hanna Gabriels will compete with Orlando “Phenomenon” Cruz, the only boxer who has declared himself gay.Finally, at 12:00 p.m. the day will be completed with the “Amateur Boxing” forum, in which the two-time Italian Olympic medalist Clemente Russo, former world champion Omar Narvaez, WBA Director Miguel Torruco, and Ricardo Contreras, president of the Mexican Boxing Federation, will participate.The last day will be Saturday, with presentations from the Medical Committee at 10:00 a.m., followed by the forum “Veganism and Boxing”, with the participation of Chris Algieri, Bernard Hopkins and President Mendoza. The day will close with the Judges and Referees Seminar.The 99th Convention will set the table for the 100th anniversary of the pioneer organization, aiming to lay the foundations for the years to come and to remain at the forefront of the sport. (Fightnews)
They’ll be treated to 14 International Show Jumping Events as well as classes, competitions and 300 trade stalls.Prize money of nearly €1 million is on offer this year.
President Muhammadu Buhari has redeemed his promise to reward the 2017 Afrobasket winning women’s team, D’Tigress.Each player got N1million while five coaching crew members got N500,000 each.In his address at the cheque presentation ceremony on Tuesday, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said sports in Nigeria was moving to greater heights through the unprecedented support of Buhari. “In Mr President’s usual way of showing appreciation to our sports men and women who made the nation proud, he received the team at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday August 30, 2017 during the Federal Executive meeting.“History is made today as Mr President has fulfilled his promise to the heroic Afrobasket team by doling out N1million to each of the players and N500,000 to each of the officials totaling N17.5million.Dalung thanked the president for his administration’s outstanding contributions to the development of sports in Nigeria and for his extrinsic reward in particular.He said that Buhariâ€™s kind gesture will have a multiplier effect on the country’s podium success in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to hold in Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 through 15 next year.In his response, the Vice-president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Mr Babs Ogunade, thanked the president for redeeming his promise to reward D’Tigress for their excellence and hard work.“Over a period of time, administrations have made promises to athletes and failed but with the change mantra, this administration promised to reward the gold winning basketball team and they have fulfilled their promise.“Like Oliver Twist, we will always ask for more. As you are aware, we qualified for the World Cup in Spain next year and we are gearing up for that as well as the Commonwealth Games.â€œWe ask for the federal government’s support ahead of all these assignments although, we are also looking outward to get sponsorship so that we don’t put everything on the government. We however thank you so much and look forward to seeing that all these come to fruition,” Ogunade said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“I have done some pretty dumb things. I am not going to lie. I see the things I have done, and I have done some dumb things. At the same time, I have done things that get blown out of the water, and suddenly I am that guy. At the end of the day, I play baseball, and I don’t let anything else get in my head.”Machado, a four-time All-Star and two-time Golden Glove recipient, hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs for the Orioles and Dodgers last season. Manny Machado doesn’t know exactly how he earned the role as baseball’s “villain,” but the newly acquired Padres star is taking it in stride.”I always will be the villain, no matter what,” Machado said, via the New York Post. “I don’t know why. That is just stuff I have to deal with, and I have been OK dealing with that situation. Manny Machado signing gives Padres $3M bump in ticket sales “That doesn’t bother me.”Machado, who recently signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with San Diego, faced criticism during last year’s postseason run with the Dodgers when he stepped on Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce’s heel while running through first base. He also had a similar collision with Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar, which led to a brawl involving both benches during the National League Championship Series. Related News Machado reiterated, however, he isn’t concerned about what others think of him.”I’m going to play my game, and I am going to go down as the player I am,” Machado added. “I can’t control what people think of me. I can’t control any of that. I can only control what I do on the field. I can control how good of a teammate I am, how good of a baseball player I am. I am not going to say that I don’t regret some of the things I have done.
Vesey, 26, is coming off of a season in which he scored a career-high 35 points while matching his best goal-scoring output of 17.The lefty winger has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed with New York in 2018. Related News NHL trade rumors: Sabres contacted Wild about winger Jason Zucker The signing of Jeff Skinner to an eight-year, $72 million deal this offseason has done a lot to encourage Buffalo fans this team is trying to win now and not simply trade assets to build for the future.And after Ryan O’Reilly — who the Sabres traded to the Blues — won the Conn Smythe Trophy in this year’s NHL playoffs, it’s probably not a bad idea to not let one of the team’s best players to get away in free agency.Buffalo started off the season very well last year even going on a 10-game winning streak at one point, but it struggled to close out the year and finished with the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have reportedly been looking around for a second-line center and a winger over the last few weeks.In a report from The Athletic last week, it was said that Buffalo had contacted the Wild about picking up Jason Zucker in a deal as well. The Sabres are still searching around for a winger.Buffalo has contacted the Rangers about acquiring Jimmy Vesey in a deal, according to Sportsnet.
And that game also featured an assist from the Manchester United man, something he has failed to provide for his club for two-and-a-half months.At the heart of Pogba’s problems with United lies the issue of which system favours the Frenchman, with the player himself known to prefer a 4-3-3 approach that allows him to focus on his attacking, ahead of his defensive, talents.However his club manager has been reluctant to adopt that formation, on a regular basis at least, with Pogba usually used in front of his back four, a fact that explains why he has scored just three times this season and has not hit the net for United for well over four months.Mourinho possibly has bigger issues with which to contend after United players returned from the international break this week to prepare for their first club fixture in two weeks against Swansea.The United manager launched an astonishing verbal tirade against his players after the FA Cup tie, accusing them of showing “a lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire” despite a comfortable 2-0 win.Only midfielders Nemanja Matic and McTominay, playing in place of Pogba, were spared Mourinho’s wrath and the United boss faces a stern test of his man-management skills to ensure there is no residual effect from that public humiliation of his stars.Former England left-back Luke Shaw, substituted at half-time of the Brighton game, bore the brunt of Mourinho’s anger and the United manager will be hoping Ashley Young recovers from the knee injury he sustained playing for Gareth Southgate’s team against Italy on Tuesday in order to replace his team-mate against Swansea.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho’s strained relations with Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba will again come under close scrutiny when the Premier League returns from its international break this weekend.Mourinho’s side, out of action for two weeks since winning an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, face struggling Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the United manager forced to decide whether to recall the French international to his line-up.Pogba has been left out of the starting XI by Mourinho for United’s past three games, a shocking turn of events given that run has included a cup quarter-final, a vital Champions League tie against Sevilla and a high-profile Premier League meeting with fierce local rivals Liverpool.But the 25-year-old’s struggle to find consistent form, plus an obvious difficulty on Mourinho’s part to fit him into a system that suits his style of play, has seen Pogba reach what appears to be a crossroads in his career under the Portuguese manager.Should Mourinho retain his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation against Swansea, the decision about his starting line-up may be aided by the fact that young Scotland international Scott McTominay, who has played in Pogba’s position for two of those past three fixtures, has returned from international duty with a calf injury.Pogba strengthened his claims for a recall, turning in an impressive performance for France in their 3-1 friendly victory against World Cup hosts Russia in St Petersburg in midweek.In keeping with the inconsistent nature of his season, however, he had been left out of the previous World Cup warm-up game, against Colombia.– Pogba goal –The win in Russia included a free-kick goal from Pogba, the first time he has hit the net since scoring for United in the 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle in mid-November.