Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sets contract demands to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAubameyang could leave Arsenal on a free transfer next year (Getty Images)Aubameyang has been in excellent form for Arsenal this season with 20 goals in 31 appearances.AdvertisementAdvertisementReports have claimed that the striker is keen to leave Arsenal in order to play for a club who stand a better chance of winning a major trophy, including the Champions League.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 ArsenalBut Aubameyang has claimed this week that trophies will not define his career.‘I’m a striker so I will defend my side – I don’t think you need trophies to be a top striker,’ he told Sky Sports.‘Of course, it can help you but we’ve seen a lot of great players that didn’t win trophies but we respect them because of their quality.‘You don’t need to win trophies but if you win it, it’s better.’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 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Mar 2020 9:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly demanding £300,000 a week to stay at Arsenal (Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is demanding £300,000 a week to stay at Arsenal, according to reports.The 30-year-old will have just a year left on his current contract at the end of the season, which means the Gunners run the risk of losing their top scorer on a free transfer in 2021.According to MailOnline, Arsenal have opened talks with Aubameyang over a new contract.But the report claims that the Gunners are likely to sell the Gabon international this summer as he is requesting a new deal worth £300,000 a week – a 30 per cent increase on his current contract.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sets contract demands to stay at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

As Heat return, Thunder get 1st taste of finals

first_imgby Jeff LatzkeOKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—When the Oklahoma City Thunder signed five-time champion Derek Fisher late in the season, they added a veteran guard with oodles more NBA finals experience than the rest of the roster he was joining.Whether Fisher can prepare his Thunder teammates for what they’re about to face is another matter. VETERAN LEADERSHIP—Thunder point guard Derek Fisher goes through a drill with shooting guard Daequan Cook during practice, June 11. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) While the Miami Heat are returning to the finals for the second straight season, it’ll be an eye-opening, first-time experience for most of Oklahoma City’s youthful players. Only Fisher, starting center Kendrick Perkins and backup Nazr Mohammed have ever made it this far—all winning titles with other teams.But for all the leadership Fisher has provided since joining the Thunder in late March, he doesn’t plan any lectures for the team’s younger set that includes three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant and All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.“With my experience, I’ve found it better to on some level allow guys to experience things for themselves in its natural state,” Fisher said. “You can’t always tell someone what they should feel or what they should be thinking as they get ready to go into what may be the biggest moment of their life or their career.“I think it’s important to allow people to be who they are and experience it the way they naturally would.”The finals are sure to disrupt some parts of the Thunder’s routine. Their practices will be uprooted from their brand new training facility on the north side of town and instead held downtown at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Heat will also work out. They’ll be surrounded by hundreds of additional media members, and it’s not uncommon for old friends and family to come out of the woodwork at what might not be the most opportune time.“Those are things that you can control and basically block out. If they haven’t called you in the past couple months, then don’t take their call now,” Fisher warned.“It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. Just politely don’t answer or don’t respond to the text. And then in a couple weeks, once you’re done, you can reply back that you were busy. That’s how you keep that part under control.”Not so easy for some to handle, Fisher said, are the heightened emotions that come with playing for a championship. It could be anxiety, tension or excitement. Some players might not be able to sleep.“The bottom line is on the basketball court everybody feels comfortable,” said coach Scott Brooks, a reserve on Houston’s 1994 NBA championship team. “Everybody will have nerves, nervous butterflies, before the game. … You’re always nervous before the games until the tipoff. As a coach, I’m the same way. As a player, I was the same way. But that’s part of it.”Brooks even considers the nerves to be good, a sign that players care.“Once the tipoff is in the air, our players aren’t going to get nervous,” he said. “Once that ball is in the air and they’re ready to play, they’re going to fly around the court, they’re going to be aggressive and they’re going to play good basketball.”Westbrook said Sunday the fact that he’s in the finals probably won’t settle in until he’s playing in Game 1 on Tuesday night at home.“I’m kind of just going with the flow right now,” Westbrook said.Seeking redemption for last year’s finals loss to Dallas, Miami’s roster should be aware of what’s to come. The lion’s share of the team is back from last season, and Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem were both on the 2006 squad that won it all. LeBron James will be making his third finals appearance, including one with Cleveland.“It’s been a long 12 months. But obviously when you lose in the finals, it hurts,” Wade said. “And you have to come into the season, you have to forget it. But you can’t forget in a sense. So you play and you try to get back to this moment again, so you can in a sense redeem yourself or in a sense put yourself in that position again to succeed.”Perkins—who won the title with Boston in 2008—said he sensed growth in the Thunder’s 20-somethings over the course of the season. He believes “guys knew what it takes to get where we needed to go.”There’s only one step left to take.“You can’t hide the fact that we have a young team, but that’s never been an excuse for us and we don’t look at it as one,” Brooks said. “Young is good. I wish I was younger.”last_img read more

City League Roundup… Living Large: Patrick Ferguson has the frame and hopes for his senior season

first_imgWhen Allderdice senior running back Patrick Ferguson entered camp this season, he came in with peak confidence for the upcoming season.But that wasn’t the only thing that was elevated.“I looked at him and noticed that he’d picked up some weight,” head coach Jerry Haslett said. “Indeed, he’d weighed in at 260 pounds.” At 6-feet-1 Ferguson—a four-year starter for Allderdice (1-1)— admitted he’d been indulging.“As much working out and preparing I’d been doing in the offseason, it’ll still probably be a good idea for me to watch my eating habits,” he said with a laugh.But that didn’t stop his performance in the team’s 9/7 non conference 21-7 victory at Cupples Stadium, when the Dragons defeated their West Virginia rivals, the Linsly School. He toted the ball 26 times for 179 yards, including two touchdowns.“He’s got some of the best feet I’ve ever seen on a kid that big,” Haslett said. “It’s obvious that the kid spends a lot of time getting himself ready physically. His gifts are truly second to none.”“It’s been all about speed,” Ferguson said. “I know I’m a bigger guy, so me working on my feet and training to be faster would be extremely important for me.”He scored on runs from 27 and 47 away. Senior quarterback Bishop Gethers hooked up with Jaylen Wilkins for a 29 yard pass to complete the scoring for Allderdice.“Bishop is really emerging as a solid leader for us,” Haslett added. “He’s got a really strong arm and is really going to be one of our keys to being a successful team this season.”He also attributed the win to containing their running game.“We were really lucky to have some guys step up on D this year and fill some holes that were left when we had Tyrique (Jarrett) and Jay (Barlow) graduate,” he said. “We knew it would be very important for us to make adjustments so that we could contain their good ground attack.”Linsly’s only score came on a 10-yard pass from Jameson Murray to Chinelo Oparanozie who transferred to the school from Perry.Other games:Perry 32, Pius X 13Running back Curtis Edmonds led the way for the Commodores offense with touchdown dashes of 60 and 19 yards. The other half of Perry’s formidable rushing duo, Robert Willie added a rushing score of one yard.Senior quarterback Ahmad Turner found Quentin Carter for a 9-yard score in the second quarter and run for another from 49 away, to complete the scoring for the Commodores (1-1).Wheeling C.C. 37, Westinghouse 22In their second consecutive trip across state lines, the Bulldogs have dropped that number of games.They put up all 22 of their points in the final quarter on three rushing scores. The school failed to provide those player’s full identities.Chestnut Ridge 35, Carrick 12Wheeling Park, W. Va. 41, Brashear 14(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.) (Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]­pittsburghcourier.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.) PATRICK FERGUSON last_img read more

What we learned Wednesday at 49ers: Skule not tapping dad’s FBI resources

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Rookie left tackle Justin Skule could know more about you than you know about him.Summoned to fill in for Joe Staley and start in the 49ers home opener Sunday, Skule has a family background that should help him devour scouting reports, specifically those of the upcoming Pittsburgh Steelers.Joshua Skule, Justin’s father, is the FBI’s assistant executive director for intelligence.“We make an effort to talk at least once or twice a week, just to see how things are going,” Justin …last_img read more

Thompson, Durant lead Warriors past injury-riddled Spurs

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 24 and the Golden State Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 112-92 on Thursday night.Steph Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against the Spurs since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, Golden State struggled to close out San Antonio.Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant’s 3-pointer.Aldridge and Pau Gasol took and made the Spurs’ first two 3-pointers. The Spurs made four of their first six 3-pointers in running to a 22-12 lead. San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes midway through the opening period. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss LATEST STORIES Golden State slowly cut into the lead behind its defense. After shooting 48 percent in the first quarter, the Spurs were held to 33 percent in the second quarter. San Antonio was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 7 for 21 overall in the second quarter.The Spurs finished 7 for 24 on 3-pointers, failing to make a 3 in the second half after draining six in the opening quarter.Zaza Pachulia, making his first appearance in San Antonio since Leonard was lost after landing on the center’s foot in Game 1, was heavily booed throughout the game.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 4:47 remaining in the game after complaining that traveling was not called on Patrick McCaw minutes after Aldridge was assessed a traveling violation.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors: Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its games this season. The Warriors were 14 for 28 on 3s against the Spurs. … Thompson has a 3-pointer in 63 straight games, the league’s longest active streak. … Durant has scored at least 20 points in all but one of the team’s nine games this season. … The Warriors shot 96 for 166 in their previous two games. … JaVale McGee played in his 500th career game. … Golden State closes out a three-game trip in Denver.Spurs: Leonard and Parker have played a combined three quarters against the Warriors in the last five games, including the postseason. … Parker missed the entire conference finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of the opening game. … Mills made his 600th career 3-pointer, 551 of which have come with the Spurs. … San Antonio is 62-19 at home against Golden State.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Denver on Saturday night trying to end a two-game skid against the Nuggets.Spurs: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the second of a six-game homestand.last_img read more

NLEX taps Tony Mitchell as import for PBA Commissioner’s Cup

first_imgThe Road Warriors hope the 27-year-old Mitchell will be able to turn their fortunes around after they wound up with the second-worst record in the Commissioner’s Cup last season.NLEX is also coming off a ninth-place finish in the 2019 Philippine Cup after losing to Alaska in a playoff for the last quarterfinals slot.The Road Warriors said Mitchell is currently playing in the Taiwan Super Basketball League and will be in the Philippines soon once his campaign ends.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Tony Mitchell. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NLEX on Tuesday announced highly-athletic forward Tony Mitchell will be its reinforcement for the Commissioner’s Cup next month.Mitchell had seen action in the PBA before with Purefoods in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘Unbelievable journey’: Bucks advance for 1st time in 18 years, face Celtics in 2nd round DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The 6-foot-8 Mitchell, who played 21 games for the Detroit Pistons during the 2013-14 NBA Season, led the Hotshots to a 6-2 record before being replaced by Ricardo Ratliffe.See you soon, Tony. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFormer @DetroitPistons player Tony Mitchell will be suiting up for us in the 2019 #PBA Commissioner’s Cup. He is currently playing in the Taiwan Super Basketball League and will make his way to the Philippines soon! #ArangkadaNLEX pic.twitter.com/BGYhpXpTxx— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) April 23, 2019 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Braxton Miller During National Championship Celebration: “We’ve Got Another Year To Do It, So Go Bucks”

first_imgOhio State football players celebrating after a victory.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates on the field with quarterback Kenny Guiton #13 and quarterback Cardale Jones #12 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 42-41 in a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Update: Big Ten Network released video of Miller’s brief speech. As he takes the microphone, Ohio State fans loudly chanted “one more year.” Clearly, they want all three quarterbacks back for next season.Earlier: By now, everyone knows about the remarkable dilemma that Ohio State faces at the quarterback position entering 2015. While rumors have been swirling about possible transfer destinations for senior Braxton Miller for months now, he has said that he plans to return to Columbus. That doesn’t seem all that likely considering he would have to beat out J.T. Barrett and now Cardale Jones for the starting job, but during today’s national championship celebration at Ohio Stadium, he definitely made it seem like he’s all-in on OSU.Braxton Miller: “Privilege and honor to be part of this team. Guess what, we’ve got another year to do it. So go Bucks.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015The other two quarterbacks spoke up about the magical 2014 season as well.RT WEWS “RT KosichJohn: The 3 Ohio State QBs Braxton,Cardale & JT pic.twitter.com/3oqHBIf7SJ” #CLE— bobarcher (@bobarcher1) January 24, 2015J.T. Barrett: “This is what we talked about doing. Glad ya’ll were part of it.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015Meyer refers to Cardale Jones as “the final part of the magnificent three.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015Cardale Jones: “I dedicated this season and the last couple of games to these 2 guys on my left and my right.” Miller and Barrett.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015We still can’t imagine that all three quarterbacks stick around, but it will be very hard to make the decision to leave Ohio State, especially after the celebrations on campus that they’re all experiencing.last_img read more