Sol Campbell rates Arsenal’s top-four chances and Gabriel debut after Fulham win

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Sep 2020 8:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5kShares Advertisement Sol Campbell rates Arsenal’s top-four chances and Gabriel debut after Fulham win New signing Gabriel was on target as Arsenal beat Fulham on the opening day (Picture: Getty)Sol Campbell believes Arsenal have a ‘good chance’ of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this season following their impressive opening-day victory over Fulham and hailed the performance of new signing Gabriel.The Gunners enjoyed the perfect start to the new season on Saturday, with debutants Gabriel and Willian starring in a convincing 3-0 win over newly-promoted Fulham.Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal of a Premier League season for the second time with a simple tap-in, before Gabriel headed home Arsenal’s second shortly after half-time.Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who is expected to sign a new deal in the next few days – then rounded off a comfortable afternoon for Arsenal with his first goal of the new campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe north London outfit finished eighth last season but are destined to improve in Mikel Arteta’s first full season as manager and can finish in the top-four, according to Campbell.The Arsenal and England legend told Premier League productions: ‘I’m more optimistic [about that now] because if they can carry on like this and grow with confidence and the new players settle in, then why not?‘Yes, there are other teams in there who have invested a lot of money and are vying for those positions. Advertisementcenter_img It was the perfect start to the new season for Mikel Arteta (Picture: BT)‘He hadn’t played any football for six months so to come and play a game in the Premier League after training with the team for three or four days is a big task,’ Arteta said.‘The boy showed a lot of character and what he can do. He can still improve a lot but he had a really good game.‘Willian knows the league, the country and is very settled here so I knew his performance would settle straight away.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal to make fresh bid for goalkeeper as Martinez closes in on transferMORE: Willian and Gabriel speak out on their spectacular Arsenal debuts Comment Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell (Picture: Getty)‘But I think if they can carry on like they were at the end of this season and today then they have a good chance.’Campbell also hailed Gabriel’s debut following his £23m summer move from Lille.‘He was calm, collected, won his tackles, very mobile,’ the former Gunner added. ‘It was very, very good overall.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‘He should be really pleased. He scored and got a clean sheet so you know you’ve had a great game as a defender!‘You have to look at the opposition but you can only play what’s in front of you and he had an excellent game.’Arteta also praised Gabriel and admitted he was surprised at his performance levels in his first game since the Ligue 1 season was curtailed in March.last_img read more

Mesic to cancel his Performance in Beijing due to Injury?

first_imgUnfortunately, the BH shot putter Kemal Mesic will not perform at the World Championships in Athletics which is to be held in Beijing from 22nd to 30th of August.“Unfortunately, I will have to cancel the appearance at the World Championships because of the new crack of the left calf muscle. My calf broke three weeks ago at the Balkan Games for the first time, I tried to rehabilitate it with therapies and injections, but it cracked again during the last training, while I was trying to throw the shot”, said Mesic.The BH shot putter did not hide his disappointment with the injury.“It is a pity, because I was preparing for this competition all year long. The new injury is a heavy blow for me because I will not perform at the World Championships. I’m more ready than ever this year, but I’ve got no luck. Now I am left to heal this injury and get ready for the Olympic year”, said the BH athlete.The athlete Amel Tuka and the shot putter Hamza Alic will represent B&H in Beijing.“Alic can reach the finals, he is well-prepared, and Tuka will fight for the medal”, said Mesic.In the end, he thanked everyone who supports him.“Thank you all for the support. There is no giving up, let’s move on. There will be more major competitions”, Mesic concluded.(Source: photo read more

Iowa governor has stopped Attorney General from joining anti-Trump suits

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general’s requests to join multistate lawsuits. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ actions were made possible by an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state’s involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Reynolds’ approval before he would join multistate lawsuits, and Reynolds in turn vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state’s top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Miller says the compromise importantly is temporary and won’t hamstring future Iowa attorneys generallast_img read more

COVID-19 Update: 1,180 New Cases Statewide, Palm Beach at 7,280

first_imgFlorida reported an increase of 1,180 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, making it the fifth day in a row of more than 1,000 new cases in the state.The Department of Health says the state now has 63,938 cases. By comparison, last weekend the state reported an increase of 739 cases from Saturday to Sunday.At least 2,700 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 12 new deaths were reported.Palm Beach County: 7,230 cases-372 deaths-Men: 3,586; Women: 3,526-1,309 hospitalizations-156 new reported cases since Saturday-2 new reported deaths since Saturday Broward County: 7,804 cases-339 deaths-Men: 3,741, Women: 3,889-1,621 hospitalizations-114 new reported cases since Saturday-5 new reported deaths since SaturdayMiami-Dade County: 19,547 cases-765 deaths-Men: 9,652, Women: 9,692-3,172 hospitalizations-248 new reported cases since Saturday-0 new reported deaths since SaturdayTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 1,217,105-Positive: 63,938-Negative: 1,152,220-Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.3%last_img read more

Column: A different level of Tigermania this time around

first_imgNot that he’s all that bad.Remember, it was just seven months ago that Woods began his year not knowing how his game would respond to four back surgeries that limited him to 19 starts on the PGA Tour and kept him out of the FedEx Cup playoffs since 2013.Not only did he make it to the PGA Tour’s version of a postseason, he starts The Northern Trust at No. 20 out of the 125 players who qualified.He is playing well enough to win. Even so, this is one time Woods will consider it a very good year even if he doesn’t.“No doubt,” Woods said. “I didn’t know if I was ever going to play again.”And that might explain the reaction to him.It’s not just the headlines he makes for finishing 12th or the shot-by-shot TV coverage at every tournament. It’s the response outside the ropes that keeps getting bigger and louder, week after week, from Palm Harbor to Potomac, from the British Open to Bellerive.Stewart Cink described the third round at the PGA Championship as “a pretty intense environment” playing with Woods, this from a man who played with him (and often lost to him) during a time when Woods looked close to unbeatable.“I think everyone at the golf course cheers for him,” Brooks Koepka said after winning the PGA Championship at Bellerive while hearing one ear-splitting cheer after another for Woods on the back nine.Tigermania first struck in 1997 with his watershed victory at the Masters. It hit again during a stretch from 1999 through 2001, when Woods won five of six major championships and 19 out of 38 events on the PGA Tour.And now it’s back at full tilt for a guy who hasn’t won in more than five years.Some of that is because fans thought they might not ever see him play again. And some of that could be from those who wonder how much longer he’ll be around.“I think that people are more … I guess appreciative,” Woods said. “I don’t want to make that sound wrong or anything, but they know that I’m at the tail end of my career, and I don’t know how many more years I have left. But I’m certainly not like I was when I was 22. Forty-two, it’s a different ball game.”The Northern Trust is the five-year anniversary of Woods first showing undeniable evidence of back problems, dropping to his knees with spasms during the final round on his way to a runner-up finish.He had back surgery in the spring of 2014, two more in the fall of 2015 that kept him out of golf for more than a year and then fusion surgery on his lower spine — “the last-ditch effort,” he called it — in April 2017 that kept him off the PGA Tour another season.In the midst of that, there was his woeful mug shot from a Florida jail after his Memorial Day arrest on a DUI charge from a bad mix of painkillers.It was a low point, especially the arrest video. It had the look of being the end of his career.That seems a distant memory now.Woods delivered the largest crowd Tampa had ever seen for a golf tournament when he finished one shot behind at the Valspar Championship. He had Carnoustie buzzing when he had the lead for two holes during the final round of the British Open. He shot 64 in the final round at Bellerive, his lowest final round in a major and his best finish in nine years. He probably won’t hear noise like that the rest of the year, except maybe at the Ryder Cup.Woods was appointed a vice captain for the Ryder Cup in February and talked about wanting to make the team. He was No. 106 in the standings. Twelve tournaments later, he finished 11th and is certain to be a captain’s pick.It’s been a different kind of year, for sure.Woods can hear it. And he likes it.“I’ve had people into it over the years, but this has been so different,” Woods said. “We go back to how everyone received me at Tampa. That was very special, and I had not received ovations and warmth like that. I guess everyone knows I’ve struggled and I’ve had some back pain and I’ve gone through four surgeries and I’m trying to work my way back. And it’s been tough. People understand that.”Fans can relate to him more, even though he hasn’t won.Maybe it’s because he’s not winning all the time that they can relate to him more as a player instead of a machine.Woods has used the word “blessed” just about every week. He is playing again, when a year ago he had not even been cleared to swing a club. And it doesn’t hurt to get treated like a rock star everywhere he goes.It’s one thing to be looked upon with awe. That comes from winning, from the kind of dominance golf had never seen.It’s another thing to feel the love.“As I’ve said before, this has been a blessing,” he said. “But man, it’s been so special to have this opportunity. I’m certainly not taking it for granted, that’s for sure.” PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods seems to be bigger now than when he was good. In this Aug. 12, 2018 file photo Tiger Woods celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Woods is being treated as big now as when he was at his peak. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)last_img read more

Landry has the experience, but Joshua Dobbs has more upside (commentary by the Courier’s Rob Taylor Jr.)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter JOSHUA DOBBS has performed well in the Steelers’ first two preseason games, but he may be on the outside looking in when the Steelers establish their QB depth chart—unless they decide to keep four quarterbacks on the roster. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook)It’s the worst kept secret in Pittsburgh right now concerning the Steelers—Robert Joshua Dobbs will not be on the 53-man roster to start the 2018 regular season.I’ve tried to explore every possible scenario that Dobbs, the second-year quarterback who starred at the University of Tennessee, would be either the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger.There are a few scenarios that could happen which would bode well for Dobbs’ inclusion on the big club in a few weeks…1. Roethlisberger starts to really like how it feels to wear a headset on the sidelines, dressed only in a Steelers’ short-sleever…really likes how it feels to watch other quarterbacks get pummeled and criticized for a change, and then reveals through his LinkedIn page that he has retired…2. Coach Mike Tomlin institutes the “Rooney Rule” for Steelers quarterbacks, and makes it mandatory that there be at least one African American listed as a quarterback on the team…3. We find out that Mason Rudolph’s father is really Archie Manning, and good ole Archie demands that his son, Mason, is the starting quarterback for the Steelers, or else. The pressure to make the final decision is too much for Art Rooney II, so he asks Antonio Brown to meet him at Heinz Field to help him make the decision. But Antonio shows up four hours late to the meeting…4. Tomlin takes a good look at Dobbs’ impressive preseason outings so far. He recalls the zipline rocket touchdown Dobbs threw on the money to Damoun Patterson in the game against the Eagles. Tomlin watches the tape of Dobbs’ ability to escape a crowded pocket and throw on the run to James Washington, like he did in the third quarter of the game against the Packers. Or the way Dobbs held Packers safety Josh Jones in the middle of the field before he zoomed a pass to Washington for a “Top Play Nominee” touchdown grab a few plays later…Through the first two preseason games, Dobbs is 21-31 for 283 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. This season will be Landry Jones’ sixth with the Steelers, with five regular season starts under his belt. Two of those starts were against a hapless Cleveland Browns team the last two years (even Mark Malone could have won those games). In the other starts, against the Patriots, Chiefs and Cardinals, Jones had a 60 percent completion percentage, with 219 yards passing per game, and a total of 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. The Steelers won one of those three games.I can’t be the only person who thinks Dobbs, if put in the same situations with the No. 1 offense and targets like Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Jesse James, etc., couldn’t perform just as well, or better.I can’t be the only person who has watched enough of Landry Jones to know that he’s not a starting quarterback in this league, at least not with the powerful Steelers. Sure, he can rack a win or two in a New Year’s regular season finale against the Browns that has no playoff implications. Sure, he can come into an emergency situation and not crumble under the fire. Yes, he knows the offense, he has experience, and he doesn’t kneel during the national anthem.But when Ben eventually does hang it up, the Steelers better be sure Mason Rudolph is the second-coming, because if he’s not, the other protégé, Dobbs, will most likely be coming into his own as a professional quarterback in another city.And that’s unfortunate.We—excuse me…The Steelers—drafted Dobbs for his playmaking ability, his speed, his cannon of an arm, his high IQ, his unbeaten record in collegiate bowl games, his ability to perform in the rough, tough Southeastern Conference. That seems forgotten ever since Rudolph the Red Nosed Mason came to town.Before it’s too late, the Steelers should rethink their quarterback situation. Do you really want to see Joshua Dobbs developing in a different uniform, when you know the talent and ability is there? Or will you stick with the “safe” move, and keep Jones, who’s already received the “vote of confidence” from Roethlisberger?The Steelers are a top-notch organization, and they usually make the best moves, not just for the present, but for the future. In a few years, I can see a healthy battle between the youngsters Dobbs and Rudolph as the Steelers’ new starter, with the competition making both players better. And I can see Landry Jones, who will be 30 years old before next year’s training camp, in a non-Black and Gold uniform, being a backup for another organization.Hopefully the Steelers see it the same way.last_img read more

Armed security escort teams following investigation

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Armed police officers have been escorting a western Pennsylvania high school’s sports teams to games at another school following allegations that its own soccer team used racial slurs during a game last month. School police officers traveled with Connellsville Area High School athletic teams to away games at Penn Hills High School this week.The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League investigated after Penn Hills officials said Connellsville soccer players used slurs during a Sept. 6 game.Officials concluded that allegations made by Penn Hills officials were “reasonably credible,” but they were not certain to have occurred.Penn Hills Superintendent Nancy Hines said Connellsville’s decision to bring armed security was “culturally insensitive” and asked league officials to discourage the other school from doing it.She wrote in a letter to district employees that Connellsville brought the guards to games at least three times in the past week, but never before.She said they positioned themselves near the Connellsville teams’ benches and escorted players to the bathrooms and locker rooms.Spectators were not allowed at a boys’ soccer game Monday.Connellsville Area School District Superintendent Joseph Bradley described the practice of bringing school officers to “appropriate away events” as standard practice. He said school police officers attend all home games, all playoff games and other games that involve rivalries or large crowds.Connellsville is a predominantly white school; Penn Hills has a high percentage of black students.The league has directed Connellsville Area School District student athletes to participate in racial and cultural sensitivity training.Following reports that Connellsville students, fans and players used racial slurs during the Sept. 6 soccer game, Penn Hills officials halted all games with Connellsville and sought a league investigation.The league concluded late last month that although it was not certain that slurs were used by players, the Penn Hills’ players were credible. The league determined that it was “likely that at least some racial slurs or racially insensitive comments were directed to a Penn Hills player or players.”After the investigation, Penn Hills announced it would resume playing teams from Connellsville. (Courier File Photo)last_img read more