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

USC releases ‘Agents and Athletes’ policy

first_imgThree months after improper contact between USC freshman tailback Dillon Baxter and another USC student resulted in Baxter’s suspension from a Nov. 20 game at Oregon State, USC’s Office of Athletic Compliance released a statement Tuesday outlining a new “Athletes and Agents” policy.Crucial · Since Pat Haden took over as athletic director, the university’s compliance staff has increased in size and prominence. The newly released “Agents and Athletes” policy is intended to further help USC student-athletes remain in good standing with the NCAA. – Anna Wierzbowska | Daily Trojan The statement, sent via e-mail Tuesday morning to students, staff and faculty noted that USC, in an effort to remain in compliance with NCAA rules, stresses that students and staff members refrain from impermissible conduct with student-athletes.“We are committed to protecting our student-athletes from any contact, communication or conduct with individuals who seek to inappropriately contact or represent student-athletes before their eligibility is exhausted or voluntarily terminated,” wrote Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Todd Dickey, senior vice president for administration.According to the university’s compliance office, the policy is the first of its kind.“I’m unaware of other universities adopting such a policy,” said Dave Roberts, USC’s vice president for athletic compliance. “With all the press we’ve been getting, you’d think someone would have said they’d had seen a similar policy before.”Under the policy, students, staff and other third parties are required to notify USC’s compliance office of their involvement with a sports agency before any interaction with student-athletes.“We’re publishing this to the student body, so they can be aware,” Roberts said. “Of course, somebody could choose to ignore it, but we have to at least be proactive by putting the policy in place.”Specifically, the new regulations stipulate that all such parties provide written notification to the school’s compliance office within 24 hours of their involvement with a sports agency or similar marketing agency.Those found to be in violation of the policy would then be subject to remedial action and/or discipline, according to the release.“I don’t think it’ll force a divide between students and student-athletes,” Roberts said. “It should only be an issue for certified agents.”Last November, Baxter accepted a ride in a golf cart from a student, Teague Egan, who at the time was a National Football League Players Association-certified agent, in addition to founder and CEO of 1st Round Enterprises, a marketing agency that seeks to represent athletes and musicians.“We have been exploring agent issues since June,” Roberts said. “1st Round accelerated the process and was the driving force behind the policy, but we had been looking at this before.”Eventually, Baxter was declared eligible for USC’s final two games of the season after donating $5 to a local charity as repayment for the ride.“The idea of a student-agent had not crossed anyone’s mind,” Roberts said.Although USC met with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee last month in Indianapolis, the recently announced policy is said to be entirely unrelated to the athletic department’s efforts to have NCAA-levied sanctions lessened.“It’s completely, 100 percent separate,” Roberts said. “What the appeals committee sees is what we did in the past. The policy does not touch the appeal. It is forward-looking, and hopefully we can show the NCAA that we’re doing everything we can to police.”The idea for the policy did come at least partially from USC’s athletic department, which is separate from compliance.“We do work closely with athletics,” Roberts said. “They’re supportive of it. At request of their office, we were able to put this in place.”last_img read more

Jones handed snooker suspension over match-fixing allegations

first_img StumbleUpon Watch: Joe Lee on the importance of collaboration December 13, 2019 Betting on Sports Europe to address industry’s looming crisis February 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit Downes departs Dons following FA charge October 21, 2019 World number 39, Jamie Jones has been handed suspension from the World Snooker Tour and will face a disciplinary hearing from The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).The case relates to a International Championship Qualification tie played between David John and Graeme Dott on 29 September 2016. 30 year old Jones is accused of being “party to, or facilitated, the manipulation of the outcome” of the match in question. A WPBSA statement outlined: “Following a WPBSA investigation into alleged breaches of the WPBSA rules by David John, a decision has been taken today that Jamie Jones has a case to answer.“The allegation is that Jamie Jones was party to, or facilitated, the manipulation of the outcome of David John’s match with Graeme Dott that was played at the International Championship Qualifiers in Preston on 29 September 2016.“Jason Ferguson, the chairman of the WPBSA has taken the decision to suspend Jones from attending or competing on the World Snooker tour with immediate effect. This suspension will remain in place until the conclusion of the hearing or hearings and the determination of this matter. Jones has the right to appeal his decision.”The WPBSA also emphasised that no matches played by Jones were under investigation at this stage.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper’s agent indicates Yankees could be bluffing

first_imgThe Yankees initially interested in signing Teixeira, either, but they eventually signed the Boras client to an eight-year, $180 million contract during the 2008-09 offseason. Cashman, however, rejected the comparison and indicated this situation is different because the Yankees had a vacancy at first base at the time of signing Teixeira, the Post notes. “The Yankees are very adept. They’re smart,” Boras said. “They are going to do something, and I think they can earnestly tell you that right now they’re not doing it and have every intention of doing something else when it’s best for them to do it.” “I’ve never heard the Yankees say that,” Boras said (via the New York Post). “It might be that they say things to you. I wasn’t there.”As far as the Yankees and what discussions I, Hal [Steinbrenner] and Cash have had, I will leave that to our own,” he added. “And I will only let you know that when you’re talking about star players, and I go back to Mark Teixeira. Mark Teixeira with the Yankees.” Related News Cashman responded to Boras’ comments late Wednesday and when asked if he sticks to his original comments, Cashman said, “Yeah. You get the kinder and gentler Brian today.”“I kind of try to promote that we are an aggressive, open-minded operation,” Cashman said. “That every day is different. That we are prepared to pivot and react at any moment if things change, if the rosters adjust. If something doesn’t make sense today, it doesn’t mean it won’t make sense tomorrow.“All I can keep telling you is you know where my current focuses are, but at the same time, we’re a fully operational Death Star.” MLB hot stove: Nationals sound like they’ve moved on from Bryce Harpercenter_img MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper not a good fit for Yankees, GM Brian Cashman says Bryce Harper’s agent Scott Boras isn’t buying into the speculation that the Yankees aren’t interested in the All-Star outfielder. Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings that he has no concern over New York general manager Brian Cashman’s comments from earlier this week as Cashman indicated Harper wasn’t on the Yankees’ radar and that the 26-year-old isn’t a good fit for the team.last_img read more

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram keeps charting his own course

first_imgBut there are also parts of Ingram’s development that are flying under the radar. Did you know that Ingram is one of the better foul-drawing players at his position (96th percentile)? Did you know he’s improved his accuracy on midrange attempts from 35 percent last season to 42 percent? In the past 10 games, the Lakers offense virtually grinds to a halt when he’s not on the court (from 110.4 points per 100 possessions on the floor to 91.4 when he’s off).There’s also his defense, where Ingram has been asked to defend a wide range of dangerous scorers. Kyrie Irving notably praised Ingram’s use of his 7-foot-3 wingspan when the Lakers beat Boston, saying he was able to close off lanes that the Celtics guard usually can dart down. That versatility has taken time to develop.“When he’s using that length, sometimes the guys won’t even shoot it, or sometimes they’ll airball it,” Keefe said. “He’s learned how to use it.”It’s intriguing that Ingram has become one of the most reliable pillars of the Lakers’ attack after withstanding withering criticism for his play while James was sidelined with a groin injury, when the Lakers went 6-12.There were games when Ingram played brilliantly, besting the Sacramento Kings at home and the Dallas Mavericks on the road. But the losses, as many as there were, had a way of drawing more attention: a no-show in Minnesota and tight home losses to Oklahoma City and New York made plenty question whether Ingram was really poised enough to be one of the foundational pieces of the franchise the Lakers once envisioned.But NBA seasons are like rapids: full of unexpected stops and starts, bumpy and always rushing constantly ahead, ignoring any reasonable sense of pace. Ingram was hit hard early with obstacles: A four-game suspension for his role in a fight with the Houston Rockets at the home opener, and a seven-game stretch he missed with an ankle injury. Tossed in and out of action in the first half of the season, he barely had opportunities to gulp for air, and others’ injuries forced him on and off the ball.Since February began and James has returned, Ingram has had more of a chance to solidify a consistent role. That’s made a huge difference, he said.“Our team was always unbalanced – I was trying to figure out things,” he said. “Now I have a chance to sit back and reflect on how I can be better … how I can be more aggressive, how I can be more effective on the offensive end and defensive end. I just try to come in and apply it. That’s been my M.O. from the first year I’ve been here.”While James spoke of getting activated after the All-Star break, no one has quite kicked it up proportionally like Ingram, who has 111 points over the last four games, the most he’s scored over any such stretch in his career. James might have said it best when a reporter recently mentioned Ingram being his “wingman,” responding: “Nah, he wasn’t a wingman for me. He was special for our team.”Keefe noted that one of his favorite developments was in last week’s win over Houston, when Ingram grabbed 13 rebounds in a scrappy home effort.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “He plays a physical style – he’s actually played that way since before he came to us,” he said. “It’s just now that he’s obviously stronger, even though he doesn’t look it.”But one thing the Lakers are not is surprised. Even as others continually draw boxes around Ingram, judging what he can and can’t be, they’ve tried a less limiting approach.It’s paying some dividends now, as the team fights for a playoff berth. But they’re not ready to say this is all they expect to get.“I think he continues to grow as a player, and he’s getting more confident and comfortable getting to his spots and just shooting the shot that he works on in practice all the time,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said. “We see this all the time in practice. It’s just a matter of time.” By his own description, Brandon Ingram’s 3-point stroke used to look a bit like a “slingshot.”On a recent morning in Memphis, Ingram talked about the years-long process of altering his deep shooting motion, of paring it down with Lakers assistant coach Brian Keefe and making it more reliable. He’s still shooting below 31 percent for the year, but that has risen to nearly 39 percent in the month of February, as has any meaningful statistic for the 21-year-old forward.That morning, he talked about his desire to take more 3-point shots, something Ingram’s critics have been shouting from the rafters for the last two seasons. Later that night, he would go on to hit all three of his 3-point attempts, a surprising stat for a player who hazards just under two long-range shots per game.Do you recognize that others want you to take more 3-pointers, he was asked. Is the criticism a reason why you think you need to do this more?center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Nah,” he said with a glint of a smile. “That’s for y’all to talk about.”Ingram’s circle is a close one: His teammates, his coaches, his family, and what is said outside that circle doesn’t seem to bother him. On one hand, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft is among the most scrutinized and picked-over players on the Lakers, with both devout believers in his game, as well as skeptical detractors. The type of player he is – a lanky scorer whose midrange attempts make analytics devotees cringe – is bound to polarize.But it’s inherently wrong to view Ingram along narratives drawn by anyone outside of the Lakers organization. He’s got his own plans.“That’s the beauty of Brandon to me,” says Keefe, who has worked with Ingram one-on-one for the better part of three years. “Regardless of good game, bad game, he comes in and keeps doing the work. He focuses on the stuff he wants to be great at. And there’s no limiting him.”Ingram’s proposed ceiling seems to be rising again lately, given the February he just had: In nine games, Ingram averaged 21.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. While his second-year counterpart Kyle Kuzma (19.2 ppg) is still the second-leading scorer behind LeBron James, Ingram has slowly ticked his way closer to challenging him: His scoring average has been rising every month since November. 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Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen hoping to stay sharp in quarantine at Auston Matthews’ house

first_imgLuckily, Andersen’s teammate Auston Matthews offered to let him stay at his house in Arizona. “We’ve been close friends since we’ve played together, but obviously spending a bit more time, it’s been fun so far,” the netminder said. “[We’re] pretty competitive about some of the things [we] do here, which is just fun. Having someone to hang out with, talk to, is nice, so I’m very appreciative of being out here.” The Danish goalie had been having another solid season in Toronto before the NHL season was paused on March 12. He was fourth in the league in wins (29) and in total saves (1434), despite posting the lowest save percentage (.909) and highest GAA (2.85) of his career in 52 games this year. He was also named to the 2020 All-Star game for the first time in his career. 25 saves = a @pepsi shutout for Frederik Andersen (@f_andersen30). pic.twitter.com/wK6vaX5pix— NHL (@NHL) November 28, 2019Now, like most other hockey players, he’s desperate to get back on the ice — but with that still out of the question, he and Matthews have been exploring other options.”It’s definitely a challenge not being able to be on the ice,” Andersen commented. “I do have all my gear out here, so I think we’re going to experiment a little bit. He has a little sports court in his house now so I definitely think we’re going to test that out and shoot some pucks. Maybe I can work on my stickhandling and my shot as well!”I think especially in a time like this where the facilities are limited, it’s about trying to be creative and coming up with something. [Maybe] something with a tennis ball machine, or playing different games with him … he’s got a ping-pong table so we can play with that a little bit, do something with that, and not miss too many steps in this interruption.” MORE: Matthews talks ‘Tiger King’ and more in chat with Justin BieberAndersen is hoping to stay ahead of the curve, especially because he thinks it’ll be harder for goalies to get back into a rhythm than it will be for skaters.  “As a shooter, you don’t really need a goalie to work on your shot,” he said. “I think as a goalie you just need someone to shoot at you. So I think in that thought, maybe shooters have a little bit of an advantage.” When the sports world came grinding to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL allowed players to return home, wherever that might be. For Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie Frederik Andersen, however, it wasn’t that simple.”Denmark was kind of ahead of Canada and the U.S. a little bit [in regards] of being shut down,” he told reporters in a conference call on Thursday. “So that kind of felt a little out of the question for me.”  As for the many different rumors floating around about the plan to finish the season, including hosting the rest of the games in certain arenas, he’s willing to do whatever it takes. “I’ve heard a lot of different ideas and obviously different scenarios, but I’m pretty open to pretty much anything that can be done to salvage the season,” Andersen noted, as the Leafs remain third in the Atlantic Division. “I definitely want to see something to be done to try to finalize the season and not lose out on all the hard work and all the stuff that has been put into the season.”last_img read more

New York bar owner arrested for ignoring lockdown orders

first_imgA bar owner in New York has become the first business owner to be arrested for not adhering to the coronavirus lockdown of nonessential operations.56-year-old Vasil Pando was arrested on Saturday after his bar was found to be still operating as normal despite Governor Cuomo’s order for all bars and restaurants in New York to remain closed until April 15th.When authorities arrived, they found several people inside of the bar drinking, gambling, and not adhering to the social distancing rules.The business owner is now facing charges for the illegal sale of alcohol, prompting gambling, and violating the mayor’s order.last_img read more