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Once again, Wizards look ahead after 2nd-round exit

first_img“I felt like we were right there,” he added. “That’s the worst thing, especially about the day after.”Still, it’s primarily because of backcourt mates Wall and Beal that the Wizards do have reason to look on the bright side after winning only a single playoff series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Obviously, having those two guys on the team, like Brad and John,” center Marcin Gortat said, “we’re always going to have expectations.”This season began with a new coach — Scott Brooks replaced Randy Wittman, who was fired after missing the playoffs a year ago — and with questions about the chemistry between Wall and Beal. It also started with a 2-8 record. BROOKS REVIEWBrooks received glowing praise from players after Year 1 of his five-year, $35 million contract. “As a team, we respect him, we respect how he coaches, the way he does and how he is as a person, outside of coaching,” Beal said. “I loved him. He granted everybody confidence, freedom, on both ends of the floor.”INJURIESReserve forward Kelly Oubre Jr. said that he had an MRI exam last week on his injured right knee but did not want to hear the results, so he doesn’t know if he will need offseason surgery. Backup center Ian Mahinmi, who missed a chunk of the regular season with a knee problem and the start of the playoffs because of a calf issue, said he is not sure whether he might need any sort of procedure now that the season is over.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “For sure, I’m confident in our team. … It’s on to getting better this offseason. And next season, it’ll be totally different,” Beal said. “We’ve got to remember that feeling that we have now and be better next year.”Here are other things to know about the Wizards as they head into the offseason:GORTAT’S FITGortat tends to speak his mind and did so again Tuesday, raising the possibility that he might wind up elsewhere despite still being under contract with the Wizards. “I’m just going to sit down in the summer and talk to my agent, talk to my people, my closest people,” he said, “and I’m going to analyze if this is the right fit.”A couple of other nuggets from him:— About his critics, “I know there’s a lot of freaking idiots looking directly at the column with the points, telling me that, ‘You scored only four or six points; team lost because of you.’”— About his position’s place in today’s NBA, “Nobody respects centers anymore. Nobody looks at them as a valuable piece.”— About the way the season ended, “Yeah, we could say ‘If, if, if, if.’ There’s a lot of ‘if.’”PORTER’S PATHOne key question is whether restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. will return to his only NBA team. He didn’t shed any light on the matter, saying, “I haven’t really thought about that yet.” Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend But Washington turned things around, thriving at times under Brooks and finishing with 49 wins, and its guard tandem could smile Tuesday while discussing the perceived rift between them.“It didn’t do anything but make our friendship and brotherhood become more tight,” Wall said.As for where they need to improve, Wall sounded a note he’s hit after past postseason exits.“I’m tired of saying the same thing,” the four-time All-Star said, “but we’ve got to do a better job of closing out games.”Beal wants this season’s ultimate disappointment to fuel the Wizards for the future.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working With Fiba U-16 tilt in the bag, Batang Gilas goes for Seaba sweep Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertecenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, and Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas speak on the court after Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston. The Celtics won 115-105 to advance to the Eastern Conference championship series. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WASHINGTON — For the third time in four seasons, John Wall and Bradley Beal exited the playoffs in the second round, extending the Washington Wizards’ nearly four-decade drought without a conference finals appearance.“It feels a little different, but a little bit of the same. It’s kind of like I’m tired of being in this situation. I’m tired of losing in the second round. I’m kind of at that point now,” Beal said Tuesday, about 15 hours after Washington was eliminated with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

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DPI should be reformed

first_imgDear Editor,In 2008, while I still worked in cricket, there was a trial match at Bourda, Georgetown; Sewnarine Chattergoon walked out to bat in short pants, the journalist seated next to me in the Cricket Board’s viewing gallery, shouted down “Disgraceful! I will take your picture and put it in the papers” to which Chatts replied “Calvin Roberts, do what you want, nobody don’t read Chronicle anyway”. The laughter that followed was absorbed with good nature by the now deceased Roberts, but the truth of that off the cuff statement has always stayed with me; seeing Imran Khan’s letter of the October 22, 2018, entitled ‘Jagdeo’s criticism of Court of Appeal ruling can be viewed as attack on Judiciary’ brought those memories flooding back. Here was the former West Indies Press Officer – now Guyana’s first Director of Public Information and Columnist – in the aforementioned Government controlled Chronicle newspaper reduced to using his official title to ensure publication of base drivel in reputable publications.Editor, the DPI and those responsible for the publication of the national newspaper are not the first to use it for propaganda; they may however be the first to know how ineffective they have rendered it as medium of communication. The DPI would be better served putting his efforts into informing the public on specific aspects of Government policy and how these would impact their lives; why for example the Government continues to expend $1.5 billion a year on an entity called the ‘People’s Militia’ when no one has any idea of who the People in this Militia are and what functions do they have that make them different form the regular Army? Why this money should be spent on them (PM) instead of on severance pay for sugar workers or salary increases for teachers? Why is the nation being plummeted into debt at precisely the time we should be exercising the most fiscal caution? Why all of the established pillars of our economy are crumbling due to neglect while we await the saving gush of oil? Why our President has seen it prudent to write to oil company executives to inform them that His Minister of the Presidency has “no reason” to meet with them? Yes, DPI, we the people who pay your salary have many questions, and you Sir, have been remiss of our needs.Editor, any Government Administration would see the value of having a Director of Public Information, but that would be based on actual dissemination of reasoning behind decisions and policy of Government, to take such an office and cheapen it with the behaviour of a Shill is to waste an opportunity to do good work for one’s country and its people. I urge my friend to reform his office and seek to redeem his professional career in the remaining few months of this administration.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Bob Barker says he didn’t mean to endorse Rosie O’Donnell as “Price is Right” host

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — It may have sounded like an endorsement, but Bob Barker’s recent remarks about Rosie O’Donnell weren’t meant that way. “The Price Is Right” host, who retired this month after 35 years with the show, told reporters last week at the Daytime Emmy Awards that he had “no doubt” that O’Donnell would make a fine host for the CBS game show. But Barker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he never meant to endorse any potential host and has no role in choosing his replacement. “I have not been asked for my opinion, nor have I expressed one,” Barker said. “I think there are several candidates who could do the show, and Rosie is certainly one of them.” CBS and FremantleMedia North America, which produces “The Price Is Right,” have yet to announce Barker’s successor. Among those reportedly in the running, besides O’Donnell, are Todd Newton of the E! network, Mark Steines of “Entertainment Tonight,” George Hamilton and John O’Hurley. O’Donnell said on her blog that she plans to meet with the “Price” representatives this week and that she “sure would” accept the job if offered. CBS and FremantleMedia had no comment Wednesday. “The Price Is Right” is on hiatus until the new season starts in the fall. After winning his 19th Daytime Emmy, Barker was asked about the possibility of O’Donnell taking his place on “Price.” The silver-haired matinee idol has known O’Donnell since the days of her afternoon talk show, where Barker was a frequent guest. “She told me at that time that she liked ‘The Price Is Right’ and some day wanted to host it,” said Barker, 83. “I thought she could do the show. She’s a very talented lady and I thought she could do most any show.” So when asked after the Emmys about her qualifications, he responded, “She knows the show. There’s no doubt in my mind she could do the show.” But Barker stressed Wednesday that he never meant to imply she was his top pick to replace him. It would be “terribly presumptuous,” he added, to assume he would have any impact on the host selection. “I haven’t even seen all the tapes of the candidates,” he said. Barker wrapped up his 50-year reign on television earlier this month. So far he has spent his time swimming, exercising and walking his dog, Jessie. “I think I’m going to make a success of retirement,” he said.last_img read more

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Possible Univision bid lifts stocks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Shares of Univision Communications Inc. surged nearly 4 percent Friday as reports emerged that a consortium of private-equity investors and key Univision shareholder Grupo Televisa were considering making a bid for the Spanish-language media conglomerate. The company’s shares rose $1.26, or 3.8 percent, to close at $34.18 on the New York Stock Exchange, near the high end of the stock’s 52-week range of $23.52 to $35.65. A consortium including Mexico’s Grupo Televisa, Venezuela’s The Cisneros Group, U.S.-based investment firms Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Madison Dearborn Partners Inc., and billionaire media mogul Haim Saban are in talks to make a possible bid for Univision, according to several reports that surfaced late Thursday, citing unnamed sources. Calls to Televisa, Cisneros Group and the two U.S. equity firms were not immediately returned. Representatives for Saban and Univision declined to comment Friday. Univision said last month its board, led by Chairman and CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio, is exploring a sale of all or parts of the company. Analysts have pointed to Televisa, which owns an 11 percent stake in Univision and is a key provider of television programming for Univision’s networks, as a likely bidder. “There could be two consortia out there, but the one that I think would be most likely to succeed would be the one that includes Televisa,” said David C. Joyce, an analyst with Miller Tabak & Co. in New York. Televisa’s programming accounts for 40 percent of the gross ratings points generated by Univision, Joyce said. “(Televisa) will raise quite a fuss if they’re not directly involved” in a buyout deal, added Joyce. Similarly, The Cisneros Group, which owns 14 percent of Univision and also provides some of Univision’s programming, is seen by analysts as a likely player. Both companies, however, would have to enlist U.S. investors such as Providence Equity and Madison Dearborn to help with any bid because U.S. law says a media company cannot be more than 25 percent owned by a foreign entity. “Televisa partnering with Providence Equity has been actually one of the more likely scenarios,” said Philip Remek, a senior equity analyst with Guzman & Co. in Miami. “I find even a more likely scenario would be no deal at all, given the high valuation of Univision.” Friday’s stock rally was not likely to push Univision shares far beyond $34, and nowhere near the $40 per share price that Univision’s investment bank has reportedly been seeking, Remek said. “If the deal is done, it won’t be for much more than the current price,” Remek said. “I don’t think anybody’s going to pay up to $40 (per share).”last_img read more

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Minding your wallet?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Some mutual fund companies, such as American Century, go a step further by putting their voting records on their Web sites. To find American Century’s proxy voting record, go to the very bottom of its home page, www.americancentury.com, and click on “About Us.” You’ll find the record of how each of its funds voted on every proxy proposal at every company in each of its holdings.Shareholder activists have just begun to dig through the filings; one early study indicates that mutual fund companies’ voting records are mixed.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the AFL-CIO and The Corporate Library examined mutual fund proxy votes from 18 of the 25 largest fund families. Their study, which focused on executive compensation issues, looked at 2,393 management compensation proposals and 362 shareholder compensation proposals at 1,603 companies.It found that “with a few exceptions, the largest mutual fund families are complicit in runaway executive compensation for failing to vote in the best interests of the shareholders.”The mutual funds in the study voted for management’s recommendations on compensation issues 73.9 percent of the time. Mutual funds voted for shareholder-sponsored compensation proposals, including CEO compensation, compensation disclosure, option expensing and pay disparity only 27.6 percent of the time. The funds supported shareholder proposals tying executives’ stock options grants to their performance 37.6 percent of the time. NEW YORK If you’re an attentive investor, you know how your mutual funds did last quarter. If you’re very, very attentive, you know how the funds’ managers voted in proxy contests.Those are your shares the management is voting: Investment companies registered in the United States managed $9.5 trillion at the end of 2005, or 25 percent of all U.S. stocks, according to the Investment Company Institute, the fund industry’s trade group. Individual investors held 90 percent of all mutual funds.That doesn’t mean mutual funds consult their investors before voting on proxy proposals. Would you have voted against a 2005 proposal at Verizon Communications Inc. requiring a majority vote for the election of directors? If you owned shares of American Century Investments Equity Growth fund, you did. That’s how your shares were voted, anyway.The Securities and Exchange Commission began requiring funds to disclose their proxy votes in 2004. Mutual funds must file their votes in N-PX filings with the SEC. The funds’ voting records sometimes diverged dramatically. Consider “golden parachutes,” provisions in a company’s bylaws that give executives a big payout if they are pushed out following a merger. If Capital One Financial Corp.’s $14.6 billion purchase of North Fork Bancorp is completed, for instance, North Fork’s chief executive could get a payout of nearly $200 million.Most governance experts agree these provisions serve little purchase other than enriching executives and some of the largest fund families would seem to agree. The Dreyfus Corp. and TIAA-CREF voted against golden parachutes 100 percent of the time, according to the study. The Vanguard Group, Inc., AllianceBernstein, Janus Capital Group, T. Rowe Price Group Inc. and Federated Investors, Inc. voted against the golden parachutes at least 90 percent of the time.But fund managers from AIM Management Group Inc., Oppenheimer Funds Inc., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch & Co, Fidelity Investments and Putnam Investments voted against the parachutes less than 20 percent of the time.If you’re ready to dig, some mutual fund managers will indicate how they’re going to vote or what fund managers consider when they read a proxy proposal.Mutual fund companies file a report with the SEC called a Statement of Additional Information and some helpful companies also put it on their Web sites. The statements should include the company’s proxy voting policies. Some of those policies are wishy-washy, with most proxy matters considered on a case-by-case basis. Others are refreshingly stringent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Cunningham lashes out at media in letter

first_imgMarcus Stern, the Copley News Service reporter who broke the news last year of Cunningham’s corruption, said he didn’t take the former congressman’s remarks personally. “I did not feel he was lashing out at me personally,” Stern told The Associated Press on Saturday. “I just felt this was a guy in anguish.” Stern said he wrote to the former congressman in early September, requesting an interview. The Union-Tribune said Cunningham’s letter was dated Sept. 15. “I hurt more than anyone could imagine and without my faith your constant cruelty would destroy me,” Cunningham wrote. The Republican, who held seats on powerful House intelligence and appropriations committees, admitted last November that he accepted $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors in exchange for government contracts and other favors. SAN DIEGO – Disgraced former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham lashed out at the reporter who uncovered the corruption scandal that sent him to prison, telling him in a letter that his “constant cruelty” had nearly destroyed Cunningham’s life. The former Navy “Top Gun” pilot also blasted defense contractor Mitchell Wade, who helped implicate him to authorities. “Wade is the absolute devil, and his lawyer is trying to save his donkey,” Cunningham wrote in the four-page, handwritten letter, excerpts of which were published Saturday on the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Web site. Wade has pleaded guilty to giving Cunningham more than $1 million in bribes and is awaiting sentencing. His lawyer said he would have no comment on the letter. Among other things, Wade said he gave Cunningham expensive rugs, furniture and jewelry, as well as cash, in exchange for support for his company’s efforts to win defense contracts. “I should have said no to the gifts. For that, I am truly sorry,” Cunningham wrote. The former congressman was sentenced in March to more than eight years in federal prison and is currently housed at a low-security correctional center in North Carolina. Cunningham, who is estranged from his wife, Nancy, wrote the media coverage of the case “nearly destroyed me and my family.” Nancy Cunningham’s attorney, Douglas Brown, said Friday she intends to file for divorce after agreeing last week to pay $1.7 million in back taxes and penalties relating to the bribery. She will not be charged with any crimes related to the corruption scandal.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sheffield Wednesday appoint Jos Luhukay as their new manager

first_imgJos Luhukay is Sheffield Wednesday’s new manager.The Championship side announced the appointment of the Dutchman – most recently with Stuttgart – late on Friday night.His arrival marks the end of a two-week search for a replacement for Carlos Carvalhal, who left the job on Christmas Eve and is now at Swansea.“In Germany I have turned down offers from the Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga in recent months because I have been looking for an entirely new challenge,” Luhukay told Wednesday’s official website.“Sheffield Wednesday is exactly the exciting challenge for which I have been waiting.“We shall now work together with all the staff at the club and the fans, to stabilise the team, and following that, improve it step by step with discipline, effort, commitment and creativity to take it up.”Luhukay’s coaching career has been exclusively in Germany, starting out with SV Straelen and moving on to the likes of KFC Uerdingen, SC Paderborn, Borussia Monchengladbach, Augsburg, Hertha Berlin and latterly Stuttgart.Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri said: “I am delighted to welcome Jos to Hillsborough.“Following an extensive search for the right candidate to take us forward, I am thoroughly convinced Jos is that man.“His track record and experience suggested he was the perfect fit and once I spoke with him, there was no doubt in my mind that Jos would become our new manager.”Luhukay is now tasked with galvanising an expensively-assembled squad which is currently 16th in the Championship. Jos Luhukay 1last_img read more

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Chelsea ace reportedly quits to join PSG and spark fears of youth exodus

first_img REVEALED 1 moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Marcin Bulka is set to leave Chelsea for PSG Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND LATEST According to Goal, the Polish youngster feels as though he has more chance of breaking into the first team in the French capital than at Stamford Bridge.Bulka has not yet made a senior appearance for the Blues, but was included in their pre-season squad last summer by Maurizio Sarri.But after replacing Thibaut Courtois with Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record £71million, the youngster felt unsure over his position at Chelsea.And it seems as though he is going to try his hand in Ligue 1 with Ginaluigi Buffon coming to the end of his career at 41 and Alphonse Areola, 26, looking to move on. targets center_img LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The fear from the west London club is that Bulka’s exit could trigger a mass exodus from Stamford Bridge with SEVEN other youngsters also out of contract.Chelsea also face losing stars such as 19-year-old Netherlands winger Juan Castillo, Swedish defender Joseph Colley (20), England Under-17 World Cup winner George McEachran (18), English goalkeeper Bradley Collins (22), defender Josh Grant (20), goalkeeper Jared Thompson (20) and 19-year-old midfielder Tariq Uwakwe. LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Chelsea are reportedly set to lose highly-rated goalkeeper Marcin Bulka this summer for absolutely nothing.The 19-year-old is reportedly set to join Paris Saint-Germain once his contract expires in the summer. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

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Bellerin speaks out on Alabama abortion ban and urges more men to do the same

first_img REPLY “This isn’t just an issue for women, it’s one for every human being.“We fight for equality and this is something men should fight for and not hide away from.”The 24-year-old is never one to shy away from societal issues outside the game. ADVICE Alabama recently became the latest US state to outlaw abortion in almost all cases, including rape or incest.It has sparked global outrage – and Bellerin insists men should not ‘hide’ from the debate.He tweeted: “I wanted to see if anyone from our industry would speak out about the abortion bill, but I guess people are too scared. Hector Bellerin has called on men to ‘fight’ against abortion laws in the United States after the controversial bill passed in Alabama.The Arsenal defender spoke out about the issue and urged more people in football to do the same, insisting it affects ‘every human being’. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Sometimes I just think he’s trynna trigger us because this kinda nonsense it’s not normal for a man his age https://t.co/g7GkFPHZtm— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) January 29, 2019Bellerin has previously called out Donald Trump on Twitter and addressed racism in football.He is currently recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered in January. gameday cracker 1 tense Bellerin shared his outrage on social media Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

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Metz players involved in car crash leaving defender ‘seriously injured’

first_imgMetz defender Manuel Cabit has been hospitalised after being involved in a car crash which left him ‘seriously injured’.Cabit, 26, and Metz team-mate Kevin N’Doram were involved in the accident on the A4 autoroute, which connects Paris and Strasbourg, the Ligue 1 club announced. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST Manuel Cabit (right) signed for Metz in June N’Doram, the 23-year-old on loan from Monaco, came away from the incident unscathed, and ‘was able to quickly leave the hospital’, according to a club statement.The statement read: “In the early afternoon of Sunday 3 November, Kévin N’Doram and Manuel Cabit were involved in a car accident on the A4 motorway.“Kevin N’Doram, unharmed, was able to quickly leave the hospital. However, shocked by the accident, he will be put to rest for a few days.“Manuel Cabit, unfortunately, was seriously injured. He is currently at CHU hospital in Reims. His condition is not life-threatening. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS stalemate 1 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta targets latest rookie error on target Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman appointed statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ PEP TALK update Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule His family and those close to him are around him. His team, coaches and all at FC Metz are giving him their intense support in these difficult moments and wish a speedy recovery.”last_img read more