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Thomas Partey keen on Arsenal transfer as Gunners step up interest

first_imgThomas Partey has a €50 million release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)Atletico have already offered Partey a new contract which would double his current £65,000-a-week deal and increase his release clause to over €100m (£87.2m).In April, Partey’s father claimed that Arsenal had already made an approach to sign the midfielder.Meanwhile, Partey’s Atletico Madrid teammate, Kieran Trippier, has praised the midfielder’s talent.‘I’d seen him play for Atletico but I didn’t realise how good he is,’ said the former Tottenham defender.‘It’s unbelievable, his physicality, how he breaks up play. Technically, he’s got everything. 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 ranks as one of the best midfielders I’ve played with but Mousa is Mousa, he’s on a different planet. Even in training he’s just in cruise control. ‘Ask anybody who has played with him and they’ll say Mousa Dembele. That’s how good he was. It was frightening. ‘But Thomas is still very young and everybody loves him out here.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Thomas Partey keen on Arsenal transfer as Gunners step up interest Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 10:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Comment Advertisement Thomas Partey is reportedly keen to join Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)Thomas Partey is keen on a move to Arsenal as the Gunners have stepped up their push to sign the midfielder from Atletico Madrid, according to reports.Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his midfield options in the summer transfer window and Partey is one of his top targets.However, the Gunners are likely to have a restricted budget for the upcoming window as their finances have taken a hit following the coronavirus pandemic, while the club are also on course to miss out on another season in the Champions League.According to The Athletic, Arsenal have ‘intensified’ their interest in Partey ahead of the summer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the Gunners are not willing to meet the midfielder’s €50 million (£43m) release clause.Arsenal, however, will be boosted by the fact that Partey is keen on the idea of joining Arteta’s side this summer. Advertisementlast_img read more

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NZ study: Dads get the baby blues, too

first_imgNZ Herald 16 February 2017Family First Comment: Study author Dr Lisa Underwood said that while maternal ante-natal and post-natal depression were recognised and known to be associated with poor outcomes for women and children, there had been little done to identify peri-natal depression symptoms in men.Pre- and post-natal depression has been studied exhaustively in mothers but a new study of 3500 Kiwi men has revealed how dads are also affected by the baby blues.Using participants from the longtitudinal Growing Up In New Zealand study, University of Auckland researchers discovered that 2.3 per cent of fathers experienced depression during their partners’ pregnancy and the figure climbed to 4.3 per cent nine months after their child was born.Fathers most at risk of depression symptoms either felt stressed or were in poor health, although post-natal depression was also influenced by relationship factors.Although paternal depression could not induce harm to the fetus, it could still affect the psychosocial and cognitive development of their children.The researchers behind the study, published todayThursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, now hope to increase awareness among fathers about the risk of increased depression.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11801286last_img read more

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Suarez: Playing without fans not good enough

first_img Loading… Barcelona forward, Luis Suarez, has revealed that playing without fans is not good enough for football’. Suarez is in line to return from a long injury lay-off when La Liga resumes next week behind closed doors in the heat of the Spanish summer after a three-month coronavirus shutdown. “We are not used to playing in so much heat in the middle of summer. We are adapting to playing without a crowd which will be peculiar,” he said. “We will continue to focus on winning games to win the league title, which is what we all want.” read also:Suarez tells Barca fans: I’ll be ready to play “As time goes on, everything is getting back to normal, despite the death of so many people,” he added. Defending champions Barca hold a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top with 11 rounds of matches still to be played. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Suarez, 33, was sidelined for four months in January after undergoing surgery on his right knee but could make his comeback on June 13 when leaders Barcelona travel to Mallorca, for their first game since early March. “I feel very good, adapting to training with my team-mates. Returning after an injury is always difficult because you are a little scared but I’m enjoying being back,” Suarez told the club’s website. La Liga is set to restart with the Seville derby on June 11 and to be completed on July 19, yet the expectation is players will be subjected to safety protocol for several months and stadiums will not be full again until next year.Advertisement Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Is The First Meme Ever, According To The InternetWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Closelast_img read more

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Officer fired in the 2014 chokehold death of unarmed arrestee

first_imgThe New York Police Department has made the decision to fire the officer who is accused of fatally putting Eric Garner in a chokehold in 2014, while attempting to arrest him.Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced the firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo Monday, based on a recent recommendation of a department disciplinary judge.According to the report, officers were called to the scene in 2014 because Garner was suspected of illegally selling loose cigarettes.When Pantaleo arrived at the scene, he attempted to arrest Garner who was much bigger than him. Pantaleo reportedly used two approved restraint tactics on Garner before placing him in the chokehold which is banned by the NYPD. During that time, Garner could be heard crying out, “I can’t breathe.”Garner reportedly cried out at least 11 times before he fell unconscious.The medical examiner’s office later reported that the chokehold contributed to Garner’s death.Federal prosecutors decided not to charge Pantaleo in Garner’s death despite nationwide protest, but he was placed on suspension while awaiting the commissioner’s decision on whether he would continue with the police department or not.“It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer serve as a New York City police officer,” Commissioner O’Neill said during a press conference Monday.last_img read more

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Pitbull 3.0 crowned new Rawle Toney/ Mackeson 3X3 Classic champs

first_imgPITBULL 3.0 walked away with GY$300,000 and the Rawle Toney/ Mackeson 3X3 Basketball Classic trophy, following the conclusion of the tourney this past weekend at the Burnham Court.After a total of nine opening matches were played in the round stages, the eventual champs managed to edge opponents and runners-up, Smooth, as well as third-place winners, Plaisance Ballers. In the end, it was a 22-12 scoreline, led by MVP Ryan Stephney which saw the Pitbulls thrash their opponents in front of a decent crowd.After advancing from the preliminary stages, both Pitbull 3.0 and Smooth watched as the likes of Ion Know, Dark Knight, Unstoppable and Plaisance ballers did battle among each other.Ion Know got into the semifinals by beating Dark Knight 18-15 while Plaisance Ballers managed to stop the Unstoppables 19-10, which set up a match between Smooth and Ion Know with the Pitbulls facing Plaisance Ballers.Smooth, in the semi-finals, defeated Ion Know 17-16 while Pitbull 3.0 thumped a hapless Plaisance Ballers 15-06 to help secure a spot in the finals. Stephney pocketed $25,000 and the Andrew Ifill trophy, compliments of FireSide Grill, for his MVP performance.last_img read more

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I’m a Proud NTTF Boss, Says Tikon

first_imgThe NTTF helmsman also thanked the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode for his support and his presence at this year’s finals, adding that this goes to show that the governor is a lover of table tennis.Also, Ganiyat Aruna, wife of Quadri Aruna has described the victory of her husband as a promise fulfilled.A delighted Ganiyat was all over the place when her husband was battling it on the table against Frenchman Antoine Hachard in the final of the men’s singles.It was clear from her reaction to every point won by the Frenchman that she was nervous and when her husband started dominating, she started leading the fans on various sonorous songs.She added that the victory was honour to Nigeria as the long-awaited dream of having a Nigerian win the tournament became a reality.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, has said that he is proud to be in charge of the sport that has continued to set standard for others to follow following the successful staging of the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open.Tikon specifically lauded the Local Organising Committee (LOC) chaired by Wahid Enitan Oshodi for their ingenuity in raising the profile of the tournament.“I am so proud to be the President of NTTF at this point in time because we have been able to show the world that we have the wherewithal to match any other international competition in the world with the quality of players and organization put together this year. So ITTF is not wrong to have upgraded our competition for 2019 because we are ready to improve every year and we have shown again that Nigeria is at par with the rest of the world when it comes to organizing a world class event,” he said.last_img read more

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Badgers’ hot streak continues

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team defeated Butler (6-8) 7-0 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The No. 62 Badgers (6-4, 1-1) got off to a fast start by capturing the doubles point against a tough Butler doubles crew.”Butler has beat Clemson, they beat Indiana and they beat Purdue in the doubles,” said UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “They really base their program on those doubles points, so it was really, really important [to get that doubles point].”The first-year Badger coach was happy for his team to be able to come through strong and take the doubles point.”I knew [the ability] was there. It was just whether they’re getting themselves there,” Van Emburgh said. “We know what they can do in the doubles. They just need to be ready, be determined, do it every time we step out on the court. I think it is important for us to make sure we’re looking to go up 1-0 into the singles.”The top doubles pairing of Jeremy Sonkin and Nolan Polley led the way for the Badgers by dispatching their opponents, Parker Ross and Brandon Gill, by an 8-4 margin.Wisconsin clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win by the doubles pair of Lachezar Kasarov and Felipe Bellido over Butler’s Eric Breitenbach and James Low. Gian Hodgson and Brennen Phippen also triumphed for UW, defeating Tony Aker and Andy Bartish 8-6.In singles, the Badgers were led by Sonkin, the reigning two-time Big Ten athlete of the week. The sophomore was able to easily defeat Gill, 6-2, 6-0.”[Gill] is easily an opponent who could give me a lot of trouble,” Sonkin said. “The key to winning this match was hitting winners, being aggressive, taking advantage of every point I could and just staying on top of him, and eventually he broke down and couldn’t handle what I was giving him.”No. 2 singles player Polley fought with Low through a long first set. Eventually, Polley was able to come out on top with a hard fought 6-3 win. He easily disposed of Low in the next set 6-0.Co-captain Kasarov cruised early against Bartish, taking the first set 6-1. The second set proved to be more difficult as Kasarov fell in the tiebreaker 6-7 (6-8), but he was able to recover and get the win by beating Bartish in the last set 10-7.Phippen of UW also had a tough match against Ross. Ross seemingly had Phippen beat in the first set, but Phippen battled back to defeat the Bulldog 7-6 and then finished him off in the second set 6-2.Bellido then sealed the win for the Badgers by knocking off Evan West of Butler 6-4, 6-2. Hodgson also defeated Scott Newmark 6-4, 6-3.Van Emburgh was pleased with the performance of his team and the effort they put into their victory.”Having the guys being focused and ready to play [was important],” Van Emburgh said. “Butler’s not a ranked team. They could have come out here and maybe taken them a little lightly, [but] they didn’t. They showed up, they were ready to play, they wanted to win this match. And if they could win it 7-0, they would win it 7-0, which they did today.”The Badgers’ next match is on Wednesday, when they travel to Milwaukee to take on Marquette.last_img read more

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NBA sets up hearing to terminate Donald Sterling’s ownership of Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nearly three weeks after banning him for life, the NBA charged Donald Sterling with damaging the league and set up a hearing that could terminate his ownership of the Clippers.The league on Monday announced Sterling’s comments regarding African-Americans and minorities over the past several weeks “provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA constitution and related agreements.”That constitution gives Sterling the right to appear and defend himself before the NBA Board of Governors during a special hearing on June 3. If the league’s other owners sustain the charge with a three-fourths majority vote, Sterling will be forced to sell a franchise he has owned since 1981.The 80-year-old also has the right to respond to the league by May 27. Board of Governors chairman and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor will preside over the June hearing. “I just feel sorry for him,” Johnson told Cooper. “I really do. It’s just sad.”The NBA likely will argue Sterling violated Article 13(d) of its constitution, which states any owners who “fail or refuse to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association, its Members, Players, or any other third party in such a way as to affect the Association or its Members adversely” may be subject to termination. Sterling reportedly signed past moral and ethical contracts with the league.Even if the league comes up with a three-fourths majority vote, Sterling is expected to drag the case out in court. His attorney, noted antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher, wrote a letter telling the NBA his client had done nothing wrong and will not pay the $2.5 million fine that accompanied his lifetime ban.Sterling is the only league-approved controlling owner of the Clippers, but his wife Shelly Sterling has vowed to fight for her 50 percent share in the franchise. The NBA, intent on ousting both, said on May 11 that under its constitution the termination of a controlling interest also dissolves any other ownership interests.“Based on our initial assessment, we continue to believe there is no lawful basis for stripping Shelly Sterling of her 50 percent ownership interest in the Clippers,” Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said in a statement Monday. “She is the innocent, estranged spouse. We also continue to hope that we can resolve this dispute with the NBA for the good of all constituencies.”center_img “Mr. Sterling’s actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion; damage the NBA’s relationship with its fans; harm NBA owners, players and Clippers team personnel; and impair the NBA’s relationship with marketing and merchandising partners, as well as with government and community leaders,” the league said in a statement. “Mr. Sterling engaged in other misconduct as well, including issuing a false and misleading press statement about this matter.”TMZ first published Sterling’s comments in late April and released audio of him telling female friend V. Stiviano not to associate with African-Americans and not to bring them to his games. He even specified former NBA star Magic Johnson, with whom Stiviano had posed for a photo. Several other audio clips of Sterling were leaked to various media outlets.He also injured his own image with a widely panned interview on CNN last week. During a two-part segment with Anderson Cooper that aired last Monday and Wednesday, Sterling admitted his comments were wrong and apologized, but added Stiviano baited him into saying something that did not reflect his true feelings.Sterling also used the opportunity to attack Johnson and accused the Lakers legend and Dodgers co-owner of trying to force a sale so he could buy the Clippers. He called Johnson a poor role model for children in citing the NBA Hall of Famer’s HIV-positive status and alleging he and other African-Americans did not do enough to help their own communities.In a separate CNN interview, Johnson refuted Sterling’s accusations and said the Clippers owner is “living in the stone ages.”last_img read more

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Dwight Howard leads Houston Rockets over LA Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error HOUSTON — Dwight Howard played one of his best games of the season Saturday night and wore a huge grin as he did it, seemingly unbothered by recent unsubstantiated reports that he’s unhappy in Houston and could be traded. Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Rockets built a huge lead early and rolled to a 107-97 win over the Clippers.“That’s one thing we’ve been talking about in the locker room is not allowing the noise, the distractions to really affect who we are and what we’re trying to accomplish as a team,” Howard said. “That’s what we have to do. There’s always going to be talk, there’s always going to be noise but we have to be able to keep that noise out and only hear the voices of each other.” Houston led by as many as 26 points in the first half and was up by 12 after three quarters. The Rockets opened the fourth with an 8-2 run to make it 91-73. Marcus Thornton highlighted that spurt when he drove into the lane, evaded Blake Griffin and finished with a layup. Houston pushed the lead to 95-76 with about 7 1/2 minutes left when Howard blocked a shot by Austin Rivers, and Trevor Ariza grabbed the ball and dished it to Howard, who finished with a dunk on the other end. The starters for both teams sat down a few minutes after that. Griffin’s 22 points led the Clippers, who lost their second straight.“They wanted to be the aggressors and get into our air space and they did that,” Griffin said. “By the time we looked up and tried to turn it around, we were in too deep of a hole.”James Harden added 18 points with 11 assists, and Ariza scored 17 for Houston.The Rockets got things going with a 38-point first quarter in which they outrebounded the Clippers 20-5. Los Angeles intentionally fouled Howard and Clint Capela for a big chunk of the second to cut the lead to 11 by halftime. center_img A 7-2 spurt, with five points from J.J. Redick, early in the third quarter got the Clippers to 61-53. Ariza made a 3-pointer to extend Houston’s lead, but the Clippers scored the next five points to make it 64-58. Ariza got Houston going again after that, making another 3 to hold off the rally. Chris Paul made a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to get Los Angeles within seven points soon after that, but a third 3 by Ariza started a 10-2 run for Houston that made it 78-63 with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter. The Clippers led by one early before Houston scored 15 straight points to make it 23-9 with 5 minutes left in the first quarter. Harden scored seven points during that span and made two nifty passes to Donatas Motiejunas to help add four more points. Los Angeles went almost 4 minutes without scoring as Houston built the lead. The Clippers finally broke the drought on a 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first. TIP-INS Clippers: Griffin got a technical foul with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. … Rivers sprained his right ankle late in the fourth quarter and was helped off the court by Paul. … Redick finished with 19 points and Paul had 12. Rockets: Houston was without G Ty Lawson, who served the first of a two-game suspension without pay for a drunken-driving case in Colorado. … Motiejunas had 10 points. … The Rockets outrebounded the Clippers 55-38.HACKINGThe Clippers trailed by 22 with about 8 minutes left in the second quarter when they started hacking Houston’s big men. They intentionally fouled Howard on five possessions and Capela on three more over the next 3 1/2 minutes. Howard made five of 10 attempts and Capela two of six. The tactic helped the Clippers go on a 15-7 run to cut the lead to 50-36. Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff took both players out after that, but Howard returned a couple of minutes later and so did the Hack-A-Howard. He made one of two free throws before heading back to the bench. Howard was asked if he would like to see the NBA ban the tactic. “It doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s a strategy. It’s boring at times, but you’ve just got to go make them.”QUOTABLEClippers coach Doc Rivers on his team’s slow start: “I just didn’t think we had any energy tonight. I should have probably taken our guys out earlier, but we just kept the game close enough that you wanted to play them. But I sensed it really early.” last_img read more

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Sumner County Farm Service Agency accepting applications for Program Technician

first_imgSumner Newscow — The Sumner County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a temporary full-time Program Technician position beginning at a Grade 3 or Grade 4.  Salary range is $25,181 to $28,269 depending on knowledge and experience.  An agricultural background and general computer knowledge is not required, but could be helpful.Applications (FSA-675, Application for FSA County Employment) may be picked up at the Sumner County FSA Office, 320 N Jefferson Wellington, KS between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Applications must be returned to the office no later than 4:30 pm, April 17, 2015.FSA is an “Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.”last_img read more